The Google Pixel 2, is the second generation of the handset the search giant launched last year. And once again see’s the company take on the likes of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone industry. The question you’re probably asking yourself is, is it any good? In a bid to answer that, here’s everything you need to know about it.
The Google Pixel 2
Just in case you missed it, last week Google announced both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The latter is a much larger handset, and not to be confused with the device we are looking at here.
However, what they do have in common is the use of Google’s search Assistant and its ever-growing capabilities. With this, the company says both handsets are now much smarter and easier to use.
As for what else you can expect, there’s an array of new features, a better camera, plus the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.
Here is a breakdown of what we think are the most important bits.
Not much has changed in the display technology compared to the first Pixel. The Google Pixel 2 has a 5-inch AMOLED panel, which offers 441-pixels-per-inch, meaning it’s about standard.
However, what it does offer, is a new always-on feature, it enables you to get information without touching the screen. That information comes in the form of notifications such as email, and SMS, as well as the time, and date.
Furthermore, the Pixel 2 can detect a piece of music playing in the background and using the always-on display tell you its name. What’s great about this feature is that it does not require an internet connection to work.
One of, if not the biggest differences between this generation and the last is the disappearance of the headphone jack. Yes, Google did openly mock Apple last year for doing it; however, it now says the move is worthwhile. As such, instead of the 3.5mm jack, you will find a USB-C port, meaning you will need to use Bluetooth headphones or an adaptor.
Fortunately, Google has included a free adaptor inside the box of every Google Pixel 2.
Moving on this handset has a metal body, with a piece of toughened glass at the top-rear where the camera is found. As for the front, there a smaller bezel than on the previous model, but there remains, screen-less sections above and below the display. Regarding buttons, you will find the power/lock and volume keys on the right-hand side, while on the rear there’s a fingerprint scanner.
This handset is available to pre-order in three different colors, Clearly White, Kinda Blue, and Just Black.
Last year when the people over at DxO put the first Pixels camera through its paces, the resulting score was 89. A respectable score, one that enabled Google to claim it had produced a better camera than that on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Now, with the Google Pixel 2 being similarly, put to the test, its results have shocked all who have seen them. It scored 98, the highest ever result seen by DxO, does that mean it is the best?
That has to be seen in the real-world, although it does have a 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and HDR. Which means, it can produce depth of field photography with a single lens and comes with portrait mode. Combined, these should enable the camera to take professional quality pictures while also making the background blur.
Up until now, this kind of quality has only been produced by manufacturers using dual-lens cameras. Meaning, it’s entirely possible that the Google Pixel 2 features the most advanced camera on a smartphone!
Right now Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 835 chipset lead the way in mobile performance. So, it comes as no surprise that Google has chosen it to power the handset. However, what also adds to the power of this handset is 4GB of RAM, coupled with the chipset, it means the device is both speedy and responsive. It should be able to handle almost anything you ask it to do, including multi-tasking.
Having said, that, the real test will be when owners come to use the handset, right now there is no further detail available.
As you would expect from the company that created the Android OS, the Google Pixel 2 comes running Android 8, Oreo. This very latest version of the OS highlights the benefits of a purist vision of the platform. Along with this comes a much improved Google Assistant, with better voice, and search features. These features can be called upon with a squeeze of the handset.
Release Date and Price
Good news, as soon as the Google Pixel 2 and its larger brethren were announced, they became available for pre-order. And that means you could put your name down on one now. However, to do so, you would have to be living in the following countries, the U.S.A., U.K, Australia, and Canada.
Additionally, in the U.S.A, you can get an unlocked version straight away from Google. As for when pre-orders turn to deliveries and the general public can buy, that will be Thursday, October, 19.
How much does the Pixel 2 cost?
If you want the 64GB version, it starts at $649 and £629; however, for the larger capacity of 128GB, the price will be $749 and £729. At the time of writing this, with the purchase of the Google Pixel 2 comes a free Google Home Mini. To be able to claim the gift you must live in either the U.K, U.S.A., Australia, Germany, or Canada.