Google Pixel 2 XL Hands On: He Ain%27t Heavy, He%27s My Smartphone

Anyway, the point is that the premium features in the Pixel 2 phones exist in the software rather than the hardware, meaning that with few exceptions you won't get better features just because you buy the more expensive model.

What you will get, though, are bigger and better materials.

The Pixel 2 XL has a much, much better screen than the smaller Pixel 2, for instance. It's not just bigger (6 inches versus 5 inches on the non-XL model), it's sharper (538 pixels per inch versus 441 ppi), and it takes up the whole front of the phone, like an iPhone X or like a Galaxy S8.

The difference in the materials is so great that there's no doubt in my mind that the XL will be the one to get when Pixel 2 goes on sale later this year (rumoured to be at the end of October, but unconfirmed by Google).

But even with the premium materials the Pixel 2 Plus is wanting something. Most of the premium features are in software, as I said, and you know how much software weighs, don't you? Not very much.

The one complaint I have is that, for the $1399 you have to spend for the 64GB Pixel 2 XL Plus, or the $1549 you have to spend for the 128GB model, you're getting something with the heft in your hand of a $500 phone. It feels too light, too plastic for my tastes.

Which is where the lead comes in. Or goes in, if Google would just listen to me. There must be some space in there for a bit of heft.

Or if they won't listen, I guess the heft could go on, rather than in. When Google sends back all that lead, I think I might just melt it down and do a nice line of Pixel 2 XL cases.

Source : http://www.afr.com/technology/google-pixel-2-xl-hands-on-he-aint-heavy-hes-my-smartphone-20171006-gyw1ov

Google Pixel 2 XL hands on: he ain't heavy, he's my smartphone