When Google enters a marketplace they don’t do things by half measures, when the first Pixel turned up it instantly became the Android alternative to an iPhone. Now the sequel; the Pixel 2 is here and we at Techscheme couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you all about it. Techscheme helps you save money on all the best tech, up to 12% of the retail price, to be exact.
Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL: Design
On the outside, the Pixel 2 and its larger companion the Pixel 2 XL, look pretty slick. It’s a conventional design but you can see and feel the build quality on the smaller phone, on the 2 XL the screen is larger and runs right to the edge of the mobile. They are status mobiles and people will notice them. The other thing you’ll notice is that Google has followed Apple and done away with the headphone jack.
You can buy the new Pixel Buds separately but Google supply a USB C to 3.5mm jack with the mobile so you can plug in your own earphones if needed. Beyond that, the speakers and sound quality through earphones are excellent, which is fast becoming a trend for the Pixel brand.
The display is clean and bright in Full HD, it’s up there with the best of them in terms of picture quality. The Pixels also now have an always-on display which makes it easier to tell the time and check notifications without having to actually wake them up.
Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL: Performance
The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are incredibly fast mobiles, transitioning between apps is quick and easy and even the most labour-intensive applications don’t lag. That’s mainly down to the Snapdragon chipset running thing behind the scenes but due credit should be given to Android Oreo. The new OS is brilliant and on a dedicated Google phone, without the bloatware from other manufacturers, it’s the cleanest way to experience Android.
A special amount of time has been put into making your layout easy to use and customise and there’s a heavy emphasis on Picture in Picture mode. It’s now usable with seemingly any app and you can run your GPS or Streaming while checking your emails without slowdown. It’s pretty impressive.
Battery life is also good, matching competitors at the high-end of the mobile market in delivering around a full day of charge.
Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL: Camera
We’re giving the Pixels a full section on their cameras because boy have they done some work. These mobiles have arguably the best cameras on the market today. It’s hard to tell what Google has done, there’s a slight improvement in megapixels with the new models sporting 12.2MP rear cameras and 8MP selfie cams.
But they’ve stuck to the single lens format, as other flagship mobiles continue with two.
The proof is in the pudding however and the Pixel 2 and 2 XL consistently take excellent snaps. In part, the f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures on the rear and front cams help a great deal, it’s easy to take a crisp photo with good colour without having to fiddle with the settings. There’s also a range of new camera features, like optical image stabilisation which go a long way to improving performance.
If you want the highest standard of Android mobile, you won’t go wrong in choosing a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. Like we said, when Google wants to do something, they do it right.
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