Google’s second attempt to create a real competitor for the iPhone comes in the form of Pixel 2, and is equipped for players like the Samsung Galaxy S9 to do it for their money. Rather than putting the high-level specifications above all else, Google has focused on delivering the purest, most refined Android experience, not to mention that you’ve equipped your latest smartphone with a camera unbelievable. Despite all the compliments this phone has got, however, there are still clear areas where it could be improved.
The smallest two-pixel camera is manufactured by HTC, a Google project, of course, but there is little DNA from the Taiwanese company on this phone. In fact, Google Pixel 2 is very different from any other Android smartphone you’ve used recently. Although built in aluminum, the back has a stone finish. It’s hard and textured; Strange at first, but finally super cool. It is much stronger by hand in shiny aluminum and is not as slippery when sitting on a table in the same way as glass. He does not even seem to collect fingerprints. It looks like it might get scratched over time, but we’ll have to wait and see if that becomes a problem.
Like the previous pixel, a cut “tone” just above the metal covering the camera of the sensor and the flash. In addition to adding contrast to the metal, this is where all cellular and Wi-Fi antennas live. Giving them plenty of space should help connectivity, but it also means there’s no antenna bands elsewhere. I hope this glass panel is less subject to scratches, which was a real problem on the first device. The back of the Google Pixel 2 is well laid out, but the front looks a little old fashioned. Unlike Pixel 2 XL or Samsung Galaxy S9, Pixel 2 has a huge chin and forehead on both sides of the 5-inch screen. The frame here is more important than the iPhone 8. Overall, the Pixel 2 is not much smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Huawei S9 or P20, but it has a much wider screen of 5.8 inches.
It seems odd that Google has adopted this design path, especially as more and more device manufacturers opt for a non-goggle appearance. At least Google has used this extra space on both ends of the phone to add two stereo speakers before, but it’s still hard to forgive. Like most flagship phones, the Pixel 2 has an IP67 rating for water resistance. Another less desirable trend that Google has decided to follow is the elimination of the headset. I can only assume that the decision was made to allow waterproofing, but it’s a shame. And even if you have a 3.5mm USB-C port dongle in the box and there are a lot of USB-C “Made for Google” headphones, it’s annoying.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL run Android 8.0 Oreo from the factory and have features you will not find on other Oreo devices. In addition, both phones received an update that could resolve some issues that users have complained about. One of the most spectacular features you’ll find only on Pixel devices is an updated Pixel Launcher, the application that powers the home screens of phones. The Google search bar has been moved from the top of the screen down, where it’s easier to reach your thumbs. There is a new “Daily News” widget that displays the current weather, temperature, and upcoming calendar entries, as well as a completely transparent navigation and notification bar.
Detected for the first time by Android police, Google revealed that additional support for users to manually switch between light or dark mode in their pixel launcher. The dark theme is automatically turned on when your phone’s wallpaper is dark, but it also hides the application tray, folder icons, and quick setup menu. After an official request to switch the light / dark mode on the launcher was sent to Google’s convenience store in March, the company confirmed that manual configuration will be available on a future version of Android. Although the release date is not clear, it may mean that we will see it included in Android Q. In the future, you will be able to access it in Settings> Display> Device Theme and manually enable or disable it.
In January 2018, Google started sending an update to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. Although the update was basic, it provided minor security and configuration updates, the phone area indicated that the update updated contained improvements. to possibly address the engraving of the screen. A Google spokesman denied the statement saying “Phone Arena understands that there are no new patches in the January update, there is a small update in an existing configuration.”
In the upgrade, the biggest change may be the addition of three display options, Boosted, Natural and Saturated. If you think that the colors of your Pixel or Pixel XL are a little discolored or boring, you may want the option to be full. The update also reduces the maximum brightness of the screen and attenuates the navigation controls if you do not use them to try to resolve recording issues that some people have complained about. Last but not least, it’s the poor click noise that some Pixel users have noticed. It seems that the noise was a software problem rather than a hardware problem and as such was corrected in the update.
An exclusive Google Assistant feature on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will soon use the three-microphone “Always On” technology and machine-learning on the device to listen to nearby songs. If you identify a match, you’ll see a useful link to the corresponding list of stores on Google Play Music in the notifications field. And if the permanently activated Pixel or Pixel 2 XL screen mode is on, a black and white alert persists on the lock screen.
All this adds to the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, such as notification channels, which allow you to change application alert categories and notification badges that mimic unread iOS card counters. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Oreo has an image-in-picture mode, an autocomplete service that remembers application login passwords, and a task manager that optimizes the battery and eliminates bad apps in the background. To see a complete summary, check out our Android 8.0 Oreo guide.
A big advantage of the Pixel series phones is that they are usually the first to have a new version of Android, and Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are no different. Google says both will have three years of software updates. On October 4th, Google highlighted ARCore, an augmented reality framework that creates experiences similar to ARKit. Unlike Tango’s hardware search engine, which requires special sensors, ARCore is compatible with Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and any Android device running Nougat 7.0 or later. Applications that digitize digital design characters to real-world objects, detect horizontal surfaces and read ambient light from the environment.
There’s not much to be excited about the Pixel 2 screen. Just like the first version of the device, it’s a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel that looks good, but not surprising. AMOLED panels are famous for offering more saturated colors, perfect blacks and better contrast with their LCD counterparts. But I’m sure the main reason why Google opts for these panels is because OLED is needed for the Daydream VR to work, which is obviously a big boost for Google.
I am a big fan of AMOLED screens, but they are not perfect. The dashboard of Pixel 2 on the warm side, so it is likely that the whites have a slightly orange hue. Keep in mind that Google does not offer the ability to adjust colors on the screen, which is annoying if you prefer a slightly cooler screen.
Probably the most important feature missing on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL panels is compatible with high dynamic range or HDR. The ability to play Amazon content and Netflix HDR10 and Dolby Vision is available on the Galaxy Note 8, LG G7 and Apple iPhone X, but is not available on Pixel 2. This is not a problem. breaker, but it’s a strange feature to ignore when Google Play Movies and YouTube support HDR.
Surprisingly, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL designs are the only thing that sets them apart. In many ways they are cut from the same fabric. Both phones are IP67 resistant to dust and water, which means they can survive up to three feet of water for 30 minutes, and their touch screens have Gorilla Glass 5 scratch and scratch resistant. In Project Fi, they use eSIM technology to switch between cellular networks on time. And both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have an active edge, capacitive frameworks that enable Google Artificial Intelligence Assistant, mute phone calls, take photos and start other applications when they are compressed (the HTC U11).
Under the hood, the new Pixel phones include Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm, an octa-core chip system that has a 27% advantage over the Snapdragon 821’s performance of the first-generation Pixel phones. It is paired with 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5.0 radios and up to 128GB of internal storage, and is quickly loaded with USB Power Delivery support.
Overall, a five-minute charge provides five hours of battery life with the included 18-watt charging adapter. And with a 27W adapter, you’ll get even faster charging speeds. If there is an area where the Pixel 2 XL has the advantage, it is the battery life. Google puts its battery 3.520mAh “two full days” with a charge, compared to the battery “full day” of 2.700mAh Pixel 2.
The Pixel phones last year had spectacular cameras that rivaled those of the iPhone, and Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not resting on their laurels. They achieved a score of 98 at DXOMark, the highest rating in the history of the photography agency. Google hardware director Rick Osterloh describes them as the best sensors in their class that “completely revolutionize” the photo-taking experience.
A custom-designed Google Image Chip powers the cameras on both phones: an 8-megapixel f / 2.4 aperture sensor on the front and a rear camera with a 12.2-megapixel rear aperture and an aperture with optical image stabilization, autofocus phase detection and high dynamic range (HDR). Google calls the Pixel camera, and is capable of all sorts of software stuff that the first generation of Pixel phones did not have.
Google uses so-called fused video stabilization, a combination of optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization mentioned above, to automatically soften spasmodic videos. One is the portrait mode of the iPhone, similar to the bokeh mode that captures close-ups in focus and fuzzy backgrounds (Google says that thanks to machine learning, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not have need a second camera for), Motion Pictures, capture videos three seconds before and after taking a picture (think Apple Live Photos).
But Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cameras can do more than just beautiful photos. They are the main platform Google Lens, an AI photo analyzer that can choose books, DVD covers, architectural landmarks and more. Using Google’s machine learning chips that process more than 180 billion floating point operations per second, Google Lens can describe a building on a photo, identify the artist in a table, or even enter a password. Wi-Fi.-Fi automatically from a photo at the bottom of a Wi-Fi router.