Google Pixel 2 XL Review – The best of Android Redefined

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It is no longer a surprise that Google smartphones seek to be an option in the high-end product range. Gone are the times when Nexus modest models were launched and that many users liked so much. Now the objectives are different: to be a real option among the most powerful terminals in the market and, this is what we have valued in the analysis of the Google Pixel 2 XL. We tell you if it succeeds or not.

The creation of this has had the collaboration in manufacturing by HTC, being this Google Pixel 2 XL almost certainly the latest model of the Mountain View company that uses a third party. The case is that this new device meets the premises that are expected from a device that comes from the company: quality, basically pure Android operating system; and, of course, options that make this differential phone while still offering what is necessary to compete for face to face in the high range. In short, there is quality ... but this is paid and this device is not exactly cheap as it is around 1,000 euros at the time of putting on sale (this amount, yes, it is no longer a surprise since there are more cost terminals similar, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Apple's own iPhone X ).

Then, we leave you the impressions that this phablet has caused us to use it continuously in the day to day. Nor are the results of the performance tests that we usually use and, of course, if this model is one of the best Android options for the most demanding.

Design of the Google Pixel 2 XL

The smartphone of which we speak we have tried the darker variant that combines the two rear finishes, it is attractive. It is not the most striking of the market, but it is clear that we are facing a Premium model. This is because, despite the appearance of its back, metal is present on all sides. And, here, it is necessary to emphasize that the marks of the tracks for our joy shine by their absence - even in the superior third, where the crystal is present. Great.

With a grip that must be classified as very good, since it is a narrow model so it is held firmly, it is appreciated the "roughness" of the back makes the fear of slipping the Google Pixel 2 XL in the hand is non-existent. In what has to do with the place chosen for the side buttons this is perfect, since you get to them with one hand without the slightest problem, in addition, its resistance to pressure is excellent. If you wonder what is on the edges of the Google Pixel 2 XL apart from the indicated, then only the tray for the SIM card (nothing of microSD, which we speak of Google) and, also, in the bottom the USB port type C. Headphone jack? No, it has been eliminated, although there is space for its integration. A shame

The front use is very good, with a screen with rounded corners that give a modern look at the Google Pixel 2 XL and good work is done. It does not reach the levels of the Galaxy S8, for example, but it does not clash at all. By the way, it remains the bet by the fingerprint reader in the back, and the place chosen for the sensor is good ergonomically speaking, so it is comfortable to use (and, good touch, the double touch to wake up the device on the front you can use). By the way, that this integrated accessory supports some gestures, as for example the display of the Notification Bar, which with the passage of time is discovered as quite useful (those who have used a model of Honor sure know what we are talking about).

The Google Pixel 2 XL, as a good high-end model, does not lack protection against water and dust, specifically, the one implemented is the IP67, and its effectiveness is what is expected of it. By continuously using the phablet, it is discovered that the weight of the phablet is well distributed so that you do not have the feeling of having a stone in your hand or the arrival of fatigue. In short, this model is attractive, it fits well in its segment of the market, but it is something more traditional than part of its rivals ... but having the feeling of quality in the hand and insight is a reality.

Google Pixel 2 XL screen

Here there are news and some of them of importance. The first is to indicate which panel is chosen for the Google Pixel 2 XL: a model of six inches, no less, offering a QHD resolution (2,880 x 1,440) being type P-OLED. The latter already makes the device striking, but surely the resolution indicated is somewhat curious and, this is because the ratio of the screen is 18: 9, already seen in the high range of 2017, and seems a success and that allows the device to be narrower and, therefore, that the grip of the terminal is better.

There are other details that should be taken into account for this element of the Google Pixel 2 XL, such as the pixel density it offers is 538 dpi and, obviously, it does not lack Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which, in the tests that we have done it shows very effective since the protection against the problems of the day to day is excellent -the coins, for example, did not affect him at all-.

The visual experience that is appreciated by the panel of the Google Pixel 2 XL is very good in almost all situations. The brightness is powerful - it reaches almost 500 nits effectively - as well as the definition and the ability to reproduce wide ranges of color (it is compatible with DCI-P3 at 100%, but the calibration here could be somewhat better). But in certain angles of vision, a clear tendency to the blue ones in the screen is appreciated, something that has been solved in part with an update launched by Google a few days ago and that includes a new configuration of the colors called Saturated. The aforementioned effect is not completely eliminated, but it is certainly corrected to a large extent.

The tactile response of the panel is perfect in all its surface, and in the exterior the behavior of the panel is very good, of the best of the market, surpassing most of the competition that it has. By the way, there is no news about the compatibility with HDR 10, which leaves some points. In short, the screen is not bad, but it has some flaws that make it in our opinion to be inferior to that of Samsung models and even LG.

Features of the Google Pixel 2 XL

Taking into account what was already found in the previous generation of the Pixel range, in this year's 2017 what was expected at least in the Google Pixel 2 XL, is that it will be aligned with the best in the choice of hardware. And so it has been, since the integrated processor is a SoC eight-core (Kryo) Snapdragon 835 that works at a maximum frequency of 2.35 GHz and that has an Adreno 540 GPU inside . That is, what power does not lack. Additionally, we must mention that the RAM is 4 GB, and this may be that for some it is a small failure, since there are models with six or eight gigs. Is this an inconvenience? Well, the truth is that we already told you not to.

The experience of use we have achieved when using the Google Pixel 2 XL is excellent. And, the main reason for this to be so, apart from the aforementioned, is that the Android Oreo operating system is perfectly embedded with the hardware and, as it arrives in its purest state, it takes advantage of every last gram of the terminal's power in every moment Thus, the games run with excellent fluency, even those that abuse the creation of polygons, and when working in multitasking conditions -with multiventana included- , we do not detect any bottleneck due to the amount of RAM. Without a doubt, we are facing one of the three best Android terminals currently on the market. Of this there is no doubt whatsoever, although models such as Galaxy Note 8 and Mate 10 Maybe they are on a small top step.

Important details to mention about the Google Pixel 2 XL is that the storage is not expandable, and there are models of 64 or 128 GB (we analyze a model of the version with less space) and, when checking the copy and writing rates of data we did not see anything that makes us suspect of specific yield reductions or in sustained jobs. Quite the opposite. The connectivity is excellent, with everything you need now, such as Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, and we really liked the WiFi and data coverage. In both cases, the signal is powerful ... although, yes, in what has to do with the wireless option, we detect a certain slowness when changing from one to another - nothing serious, but we found something curious.

No temperature problems on a day-to-day basis, even if it is played, the results we obtained in the performance tests are excellent, but we have seen some superiors already.

By the way, we want to highlight the sound of the Google Pixel 2 XL, since two speakers are used that are placed in the best possible place: the front of the terminal. Here you can see the experience of HTC in this regard, and therefore the rotundity and power are beyond doubt when it comes to listening to music. And this is something that can not be said much of other high-end where this section is almost in the background. Good for Google.

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

In what has to do with autonomy, a key element in mobility, yes or yes, we have to say that the Google Pixel 2 XL is one of the best in the Android market, always speaking of the most powerful segment. It includes a 3.520 mAh battery, which is not bad at all but which initially generated some doubts about the dimensions of its screen and the hardware that is integrated. And, the truth is that spending a day of intense work without having to recharge is completely possible and, if you are not demanding, you can overcome even a day and a half - always without the abuse of having the panel with the maximum brightness on -.

When checking the time that you can use the Google Pixel 2 XL with the screen always on, we do not go down even once from 6 hours and 45 minutes (with a brightness of 200 nits). As we say, the Google Pixel 2 XL is very good here. And, in addition, the Saving Mode is effective and efficient (its use is detected when passing the upper and lower tapes of the operating system to a very evident red color). But not everything is rosy, since for example the terminal is not compatible with wireless charging and, despite including fast Quick Charge type, the speed of this is not exactly the best we have seen.

The reason for this is that the input power is limited, so a complete cycle takes almost two hours of time. This makes the experience is not as satisfactory as with other models, here the first that comes to mind is the Mate 10 of Huawei that compared to the Google Pixel 2 XL literally flies. Of course, this limits the degradation of the battery, at least on paper. You know, who does not console himself is because he does not want to.

Details to take into account the Google Pixel 2 XL

Well, there are several that are worth highlighting. The first is to indicate that the screen of the terminal when it is at rest is still helpful. We say this because you have the option of viewing active information, such as the text of WhatsApp messages that arrive - and there is no lack of the Double Touch that allows you to "wake up" the phone by pressing twice on the panel. In addition, there is a curious possibility that can be disabled if desired in the Settings but that makes the Google Pixel 2 XL is listening constantly and, if it detects music, shows the information of the track in question. Interesting and. In addition, it consumes little.

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

The Google assistant arrives with the Google Pixel 2 XL. The information with the voice that is managed is immense and, in addition to being able to indicate that data of a place or the time that it does is shown, it is possible to execute actions. For example, send a text message, activate an alarm or turn off the WiFi connection is possible without having to touch the terminal. The efficiency is excellent to understand natural language and promote information, almost perfect. You can even ask the tool to show some games if we are bored. We liked it a lot, really.

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

Nor is Google Lens integrated into Photos. Once you have an image, it is possible to use the tool and, then, information about it is detected. We explain: if you focus on a bottle of Coca-Cola, you can see the information on the website and, for example, access your page. Additionally, telephone numbers, bar codes and even business cards are also recognized. The good operation when using it and useful, but something hidden in Google Photos (ideally, you should have quick access to the Camera application).

Chambers of the Google Pixel 2 XL

In the company of Mountain View still has not been determined to jump to the two sensors in the back, and at the moment is only one that exists. This does not mean that the quality of the photos that are obtained is bad, much less. The first thing is to indicate that the hardware integrated into the main element of the Google Pixel 2 XL: resolution of 12.2 megapixels with an aperture of F: 1.8 and is not lacking optical stabilizer. It includes PDAF and HDR mode, with the possibility of recording at 4K, of course. In what has to do with the front camera, this is 8 Mpx (F: 2.4), with recordings at 1080p.

Google Pixel 2 XL Review

The quality of the photographs that are made with the Google Pixel 2 XL is excellent. With very little noise present, the white balance is fine, and the dynamic range is the best we've seen to date. Thus, getting shots with realistic colors in good light or with low brightness is more than possible, and always with good definition and without aberrations. Again, the device must be classified as excellent.

By the way, if you thought that Portrait Mode was not present in the Google Pixel 2 XL, you're wrong. The manufacturer achieves by software in a subsequent treatment to add the corresponding blur effect, even though there are no two sensors in the back. And how are the results? Very good. Maybe it is not the best market, but it is very close and, the truth is that it is surprising. Of course, the 2X optical zoom of the dual models, you do not have it on the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Some examples of what it is possible to do with the Google Pixel 2 XL we leave them below, and you will verify that the photos that are made are of great quality:

The application is clearly improbable, things as they are. It is correct and simple to use, but it lacks options to match the competition and, for those who seek advanced use at certain times, the truth is that it does not offer everything you need and you may have to resort to a third-party. Of course, the development is fast and it does not fail.

We can not finish without showing results of the recording, with stabilization, which is possible to achieve with the Google Pixel 2 XL. The good work of the main sensor is confirmed, and the sound is acquired correctly. Fully convinces, and there is the possibility of using slow motion - but it does not reach the levels of the best of Sony -.

conclusion

We really liked the Google Pixel 2 XL. It offers options that are really attractive (beyond the quick updates of the operating system, which is one of its best details, of course). Your camera is of great quality, it is powerful and the voice assistant is really good. Very good. Apart, the ability to execute this by pressing the sides has become something that once used, is used regularly.

Complete and quality, even with a design that is not bad at all (without being the most attractive market), there are details that should be improved as for example that tendency to the blue of the panel -which is evident- or the absence of the Wireless charging or headphone jack. And, this, we say it due to the existence of space to integrate it, which would not have cost much. But, altogether, this Google Pixel 2 XL is an excellent terminal.

The best

  • Good performance in general
  • Android quick updates
  • Excellent quality camera
  • Very useful and effective assistant

Worst

  • Only includes 4 GB of RAM
  • The screen clearly tends to blue
  • Does not include headphone jack