Google has come up with the second lineage of Pixel devices; Pixel 2 and XL. This is also seen as an attempt by the Google to raise the bar in the premium segment of smartphones mainly dominated by Apple and Samsung across the globe. The Pixel is designed by and is marketed as being a Google product although the company used HTC as a contract manufacturer and recently both the companies had stuck a deal to transfer manpower that was into making Pixel devices. I’ve got Pixel 2 for the review. So let’s check out how it fared on our parameters.
69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm | 143g | Oreo 8.0.1 | 5 / 1080 x 1920 | 4GB RAM, 64GB | 2700 mAh | 12.2MP, 8MP | Single SIM
Design & Build
The top section of Pixel 2 is made from glass to provide antenna transmissivity and the back is made from aluminium with a thin premium coating of plastic. The phone is great to look at and has a slim body design. The phone is easy to carry around as well and it will fit the size of your hand easily as it is having the display size of just 5 inch but that does not add to the disadvantage of the device. The rear side of the phone is having the fingerprint sensor to unlock the device with a single touch plus it is used for clicking the images. There is 12.2 megapixel rear camera at the rear side as well which can record 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p video at 120 FPS and 720p video at 240 FPS. Not to forget there is LED flash as well at rear side of the device. The front side of the device is sporting 8 megapixel selfie camera and the speaker is placed at front side only. The bottom of the device has USB Type C port which is used both for charging and for connecting headset. There is no different connectivity option for headphone jack. At the right side of the device there are the power button and volume rockers. The left side of the device is having the SIM tray and you won’t find space for microSD card there as because the phone does not support microSD card and internal memory cannot be expanded. The lack of separate headphone jack and inability to expand storage might add up to the minus point of the device.
The new Google Pixel 2 has a display size of 5-inch full HD OLED panel which produces nicely saturated colours and the aspect ratio of display is of 16:9. The resolution size of the device is 1080×1920 pixels. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is the latest protecting glass by Corning and the phone is resistant against any scratch or any sudden fall.
The new Google Pixel 2 has a powerful rear camera of 12.2 megapixel with wide f/1.8 apertures and Optical Image Stabilisation. The camera captures great quality of images at any condition. There are various effects like slow motion camera and other features which further enhancing the camera quality and adding to the advantage of the device. The portrait mode gives some stunning shots. Each and every detail of a frame gets properly exposed and on top of that there’s unlimited storage from Google so you don’t have to bother about the number of clicks you might have.
The selfie camera is of 8 megapixel with f/2.4 aperture and it will excite the selfie lovers for sure and there are various selfie effects as well. The portrait mode also works for the selfie mode as well apart from other beautification mode. In a nutshell, Pixel 2 is one the best lens smartphone at present.
The new Google Pixel 2 is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC processor and you will witness everyday task is handled smoothly without any issue. The processor is supported by 4GB RAM and the apps do run smoothly reducing the workload of the processor. The RAM easily lets you play any big sized games and the gaming experience is also good, games like Asphalt Injustice 2 runs smoothly. But on the other hand phones of the price tag which Google Pixel 2 is carrying are offering mostly 6 GB of RAM. The RAM size might provide a minus point to the device. The device is having 64 GB of ROM and it is enough storage to let you store any apps, media or games without being in double mind of the device is getting full. The storage cannot be further expanded as there is no space for microSD card. Overall experience of the processor and RAM is very good and it won’t give you any point to complaint about. The new Google Pixel 2cruns on latest update of Android OS which is Android 8 Oreo and updates are guaranteed for a long time. There’s a new feature called Active Edge, which works similarly to the ‘squeeze’ gesture on the HTC U11, and is set to trigger Google Assistant.
Since the device is having OLED panels which means that there is an always-on display feature along with something called Now Playing, which taps into Google’s AI capabilities to try to identify songs playing in the background, and one don’t even need an Internet connection for that.
The new Google Pixel 2 has a non-removable battery of 2,700 mAh. The battery is made to last for long hours providing non-stop entertainment and usage of the device. For charging of the device there is rapid charger which boost up the battery charging and let you use your device with short time of separation from your phone. There is no issue of the device getting heated up during the charging.
The other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC. The device supports 4G Indian network band as well. The sensors on the phone include fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer.
The Google Pixel 2 clearly wins the heart of the user with top notch camera performance, immersive response and light weight design. The smartphone runs like breeze throughout no matter which type of game you’re interested in. Available at nearly Rs 61,000, Pixel 2 is a serious competitor for iPhone 8 and Samsung Note 8.
Could be the battery