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Is the Google Pixel 2 XL best Android smartphone money can buy? We find outNov 09 2017 By Nitansh Rastogi
It’s hard to believe that the world of smartphones is just a decade old. In such a short span of time, the way people communicate has changed, and for a large chunk of people, smartphones are their only way of accessing the world wide web. While Apple claims that its latest, the iPhone X (first impressions) – represents the future of smartphones, I believe Google has managed to play catch up fairly quickly. In just its second generation, the Pixel 2 XL solves many of the issues we had with the first-gen offerings. The best part is that the search juggernaut is following Apple’s playbook – combining both hardware and software to deliver a seamless experience.Related read: Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note8 vs Apple iPhone X: which is the best flagship this year?However, with prices starting at Rs 73,000, there’s no denying the fact that the Google Pixel 2 XL is an expensive proposition. What’s more difficult is that apart from its cameras, there`s no defining characteristic in the smartphone that’s not available with the competition, since its software features would be rolled out to other Android devices sooner than later (Google Assistant has already started recognising songs playing near you, although you need to activate it with your voice). The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (review) isn’t just cheaper by almost Rs 7,000, but also offers S Pen and dual cameras. Apple’s iPhone X is also a tough rival, boasting similar features such as a bezel-less display and stereo speakers, and while it’s expensive, the fact that it’s already out of stock at most places suggest that it would set cash registers ringing for the brand. In a way, Google’s latest offering also faces competition from devices such as the OnePlus 5 (review), which provides similar hardware at almost half the price, and would soon get an iterative upgrade in the form of the 5T, which will be joining the bezel-less bandwagon. On top of that, the Pixel 2 XL is riddled with quality control issues (apart from the things mentioned above, several consumers reported that their units shipped without any OS).So where does all that leaves us? While it might be difficult to recommend the Google Pixel 2 XL wholeheartedly, it’s a perfect example of a smartphone that stands out on its own without needing to follow the competition blindly. The phone is worth considering if you’re looking for a premium offering which doesn’t compromise on many aspects. Add to it the fact that the phone comes with a two-year warranty…. which certainly trumps the competition offering the standard one year warranty.
value for money it's pixel and the person buying pixel already knows everything about pixel so let me help you with major issue that's bothering everyone 1 screen is fine for Indian user i think our batch is free from other screen issues except blue tint. 2 slow charging and camera issues will be fixed in futures updates 3 clicking noise from earphones and below par speaker is just hoax they are working flawlessly no need to worry if you buy this phone but be careful as flipkart after sales service is not user friendly if you are having second thought then buy OnePlus5t it's bang on for. money at that price.
Used this device for about 6 days.Below is my initial review(Running on Android 8.1 from the first day) PROS 1. Battery life- Excellent. SOT is always around 9 hours (5 cycles so far). First time ever, I found it tough to kill the battery. 2. Fluid performance on every aspect. 3. Natural mode on display is really natural. 4. Rear camera ofcourse. 5. Gestures. 6. Charging time is around 2hours 10minutes which is good for 3520mah battery. 7. Stereo speakers (good at less than 60% volume only) 8. More wallpapers. 9. Ofcourse latest Android always. 10. 2 year warranty. 11. 3 year software support. CONS 1. Speaker is getting some noise when more than one notification comes at a time. Speaker Distortions also annoying at higher volumes for some kind of audio. 2. Touch on edges are not consistent some times.....especially during games. 3. Front camera is below average on low lighting conditions. Google camera could have included filters. 4. Phone is little taller which is not comfortable to hold. 5. A sound(Speaker being used kind of indication) is coming from earpiece during call which can be heard in very silent conditions. 6. Phone is slippery. 7. Lack of 3.5mm jack. 8. Lack of wireless charging considering removal of 3.5mm jack. 9. Google should have included wireless headset if they are not encouraging 3.5mm jack (Intead of Type C to 3.5mm adapter). Improvements 1. Speakers issues, Touch issues on edges. 2. Blue shift is slightly reduced on saturation mode.So there is a scope for improvement. Considering good battery standby and SOT, GOOGLE should have opted for dual standby sim atleast for some regions.
When a Pixel user is in the Night Sight mode, the phone would automatically recognise when it s pointed at the dark sky and surface a prompt indicating that the astrophotography mode is now enabledNov 08 2019 By Sai Krishna
The Android 10 October 2019 security patch is rolling out to all Pixel devices and fixes a major Android vulnerability.Oct 09 2019 By Siddharth
The latest Android Q Beta 4 update is putting some Pixel 2 XL devices in bootloop.Jun 06 2019 By Siddharth
Google finally stops selling Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on its Store. To focus completely on Pixel 3 series.Apr 02 2019 By Sai Krishna
The Active Edge remapping feature is hidden and may or may not make it to the stable version of Android Q.Mar 18 2019 By Abdul
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998|
|Rear Camera||12.2 MP|
|Front Camera||8 MP|
|Launch Date||November 15, 2017 (Official)|
|Model||Pixel XL 2|
|Also Known As||Google Pixel 2 XL|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Single SIM, GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
4G: Available (supports Indian bands),
3G: Available, 2G: Available
|Colours||Black, Black and White|
|Waterproof||Water resistant, IP67|
|Screen Size||6.0 inches (15.24 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 2880 pixels|
Best in Class
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v5|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||76.71 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998|
Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280 + 1.9 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280)
Best in Class
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||12.2 MP f/1.8, Wide Angle Primary Camera(27 mm focal length, 2.55" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size)|
|Sensor||CMOS image sensor|
|Autofocus||Phase Detection autofocus, Dual Pixel autofocus, Laser autofocus|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 120 fps, 1280x720 @ 240 fps|
|Resolution||8 MP f/2.4, Wide Angle Primary Camera(25 mm focal length, 3.2" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size)|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 30 fps, 640x480 @ 30 fps|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41)
FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
75 Mbit/s ↑ 800 Mbit/s ↓ (LTE category 15)
HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ↓, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ↑
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|GPS||with A-GPS, Glonass|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Audio Jack||USB Type-C|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
7.8 mm vs 7.9 mm
143 grams vs 175 grams
Smaller screen :
5 inches vs 6 inches
6.28 inches vs 6 inches
Quad core 2.8 GHz vs Quad core 2.45 GHz
6 GB vs 4 GB
6.41 inches vs 6 inches
Quad core 2.8 GHz vs Quad core 2.45 GHz
6 GB vs 4 GB
Is Google Pixel 2 XL waterproof?
Does Google Pixel 2 XL support Quick Charging?
You can download ACR call recorder app from the play store.
To record calls on Google Pixel 2 XL Follow the steps below:
1. Download the ACR call recording app from the play store
2. Then Follow the instructions from the app and allow all the access to the app as shown in the Image below
4. Then Tap the three bar on the top left of the app
5. There you will find the Enable option on the top.
6. Enable it and enjoy the app.
You can also check this video for more detailed information.
To hide or protect your apps I would suggest you use App Lock. Heres how.
Now, whenever you open a locked application, you can either unlock it by simply verifying your fingerprint or by entering the unlock pattern. The fingerprints that you have registered for unlocking your device are the ones that will also work with App Lock.
Here is the video guide to do the same
Yes, Google Pixel XL 2 supports OTG. USB OTG or USB On-The-Go is one of the most recent technologies that allows you to connect your pen drives and in some cases hard disks to your smartphones and tablets. It has a cable and through that cable, you can directly view and use your pen drive in your smartphones.
You can check the specs here: Google Pixel XL 2