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Should I Buy Pixel 2 !NEW!

The Pixel 2's 5-inch screen isn't the sharpest, at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and it's much smaller than the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8, but it produced an excellent 148 percent of the sRGB color gamut. When I watched the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer on the Pixel 2's display, the golden orange around the insanely cute porg's eyes popped against its white fur, and the reflection of two clashing weapons in Captain Phasma's gleaming, silver helmet looked gorgeous.

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The Pixel 2 XL's 6-inch screen sports a sharper, 2880 x 1440-pixel resolution. This panel registered a slightly lower 130 percent of the color gamut, but its colors are just about as accurate on paper. The Pixel 2 XL's display scored 0.26 on the Delta-E error test (0 is perfect), and the Pixel 2 hit 0.29.

Considering the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL sport single rear 12-megapixel cameras, you might think that they're snapping pics with one arm tied around their backs compared to dual-lens camera phones. Nope. They aren't, and that's because these phones are smart enough to offer a Portrait mode (bokeh effect) through software that works even on the phones' front 8-MP camera.

The Pixel 2 XL easily makes our list of the longest-lasting phones. Plus, you can expect even longer battery life should you choose T-Mobile for your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, as we've found that phones tend to last longer on that network.

Compared to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 4a 5G and 5 have more RAM, the same amount of storage (or more, if you have a 64GB Pixel 2), an additional wide-angle camera, and 5G support. The Snapdragon 765G in both phones should be about as fast in real-world usage as the Snapdragon 835 chipset in the Pixel 2, and the extra RAM and faster storage will also help performance.

Since smartphone manufacturers still think paying more for phones means you shouldn't have a headphone jack, only the cheaper Pixel 4a 5G has a 3.5mm audio connector. The Pixel 2 was the first Google phone to drop the connector, so you won't lose anything jumping to the jack-less Pixel 5, but you would get the port pack with the 4a 5G.

Both phones have a 12.2 megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p video at 120 FPS, and 720p video at 240 FPS. The camera also contains phase-detection autofocus, laser autofocus, and HDR+ processing. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also include the Pixel Visual Core (PVC) image processor for faster and lower power image processing, though it was not enabled until Android 8.1 was released in January 2018.[9][10] The PVC was custom design by Google's consumer hardware team with collaboration from Intel.[11] The Pixels do not have support for 4K video at 60 FPS, as the processor is not powerful enough.[12][13] The Pixel 2 includes optical image stabilization which the Pixel lacked. Google uses Fused Video Stabilization which reduces issues with camera shake, motion blur, rolling shutter distortion, and focus breathing as found in other image stabilization methods.[14]

There are also reports of a screen burn-in problems Google Pixel XL when a static image remains on the OLED display for too long. So far, the issues are faint and shouldn't dissuade you. We'll keep this review updated as we hear more and if you want to keep up with the problems impacting some models, head over to our guide that can teach you how to fix some of them.

The one I bought was like the original. Real glass and it came with adhesive! Just make sure when you do the repair to constat heat up the glass but. Also DO NOT pull off the lens glass and flash difuser as it isn't like the Google pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 XL runs on the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 835, but the the marriage of Google's Android OS and Google's Pixel hardware is so efficient that it almost feels like the Pixel 2 XL isn't putting any strain on its chip. That should make for some great future-proofing, where the Pixel 2 XL will continue to perform amazingly well for at least a couple years.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL now have IP67 water and dust resistance, which should let the Pixel 2 phones survive in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. That'll be handy for that one time you accidentally drop the Pixel 2 phones in water.

Curiously, Google didn't include any headphones at all with the Pixel 2 phones. That shouldn't be a problem for most people who already have headphones. But if you don't, you'll have buy your own pair. In a way, it make sense, as most people who care about audio quality would use their own pair instead of the headphones that are usually included with new phones. People who don't care so much about audio quality can use any old pair they have lying around, or get a cheap pair.

Personally, in my opinion, this is the best camera on any smartphone you can buy this year and that should be reason enough to buy it for most people. The best part is Google is able to somehow get perfect portrait shots while using just a single camera. Not just the rear camera, but its selfie camera is equally impressive as well.

But it's far from the only choice, and another great choice is Apple's iPhone SE. Like the Pixel 5a, it's not the most stylish phone around, but it excels in other areas to make up for it -- specifically, flagship-level power and camera abilities for just $399. So which phone should you buy? We took a look at the two to help you decide.Specs

With the original Pixel phones, Google and its manufacturing partner HTC created a solid phone that was perhaps a bit derivative in design, but none the less had a unique aesthetic to it that helped to separate it from other flagship phones. The Pixel 2 phones, in turn, do not significantly rock the boat here. Instead they come off as a natural evolution of the original pixel phones.

In terms of overall quality, one of the big focal points of the original Pixel phones was to have the highest quality smartphone camera on the market. And while the Pixel has since been surpassed, Google is continuing to pursue that direction with the Pixel 2. While DxOMark is not the sole arbitrator of camera quality, the record-setting score of 98 means that the Pixel 2 phones should be very competitive in the market, and that the Pixel 2 will be worth keeping an eye on.

As always, though, the two versions of the Pixel 2 are more alike than different. Like most other flagships we've seen this year, the Pixels use the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and the Adreno 540 GPU. Both are encased in handsome glass-and-metal bodies with 12-megapixel camera bumps jutting slightly out of the phones' glass "windows." Both are available in 64GB and 128GB options, with no option to add more storage with a microSD card. Both have always-on displays that show off the time and notifications as they roll in. The list goes on.

It might be bound by big bezels, but the Pixel 2's AMOLED screen is definitely no slouch. In fact, I was surprised to see that the smaller Pixel's display showed off crisper, livelier colors than its big brother. A 1080p panel might seem a little passé in this world of super-high-resolution screens, but the pixel density is more than enough to pick out nitty-gritty details in photos. Viewing angles were great too, and quite honestly, I'm very pleased with how the junior Pixel's screen turned out

Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL's screen was more of a mixed bag than I expected. It's bigger and more pixel-dense, but colors aren't quite as punchy as on its smaller sibling. Google attributes this to the XL screen's tuning -- the official line is that the company was aiming for more "natural" colors, with the potential for the display's wide color gamut to offer up punchier visuals when necessary. (There's an option for "vivid colors" that's enabled by default in both phones' display settings, but it didn't seem to change much of anything on the 2 XL.) The result is that the 2 XL's screen often produces colors that seem flatter than those on other phones on the market, but I wouldn't necessarily call that a deal-breaker.

App notifications can now be categorized into channels by developers -- the Play Store specifies six of them, for instance -- and you can define how they present themselves to you. I definitely don't want my Pixel to play a sound every time one of my apps is updated, but I may want to see the notification LED blink. Alternately, I might want to mark Play Store account alerts as "urgent" so they make a sound and pop up on-screen. Not every app supports this kind of nuanced notification handling, and most people probably won't bother. Still, there's a lot of depth to Google's approach, and power users should have a great time with them. If you're less discerning about these kinds of things, you can also just tell apps to shut up for an hour.

So yeah, there aren't a ton of shiny new user-facing features in Oreo. Instead, Google went big on structural changes that should improve the way devices handle over the long haul. Project Treble, for instance, separates Android's core from manufacturers' software tweaks, which should make it easier and faster to roll out updates. Though I'll believe it when I see it. Another feature, Vitals, is a series of system optimizations and analytics tools for developers so they can see if their apps are working as intended. I'll continue to fiddle with Oreo as I work on our full review, but one thing seems clear: it's the most powerful, accessible version of Android I've played with so far, and that bodes well for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL share the same 12.2-megapixel camera, and it's already been hyped like crazy -- in DxOMark's rankings, the Pixels seemed to blow rivals like the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 away. I don't think things are quite that simple. Over a week of testing, both versions of the Pixels proved themselves to be highly impressive performers, to the point that the 2 XL has become my go-to smartphone camera. It's that good, but this race is closer than you might think. 041b061a72

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