Pixel 2 Hands On Roundup: What Critics Love And Hate

The Bad:

“The competition is crazy-fierce, from the iPhone 8 and iPhone X to the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and even the midprice champ, the OnePlus 5, all of which also have great cameras and impressive, high-end specs.”

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TechCrunch

>TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington went hands on with the Pixel 2 XL specifically, and came away with very positive impressions. Etherington says the handset should “easily be a category leader,” and praised the phone’s 6-inch quad-HD OLED display, light aluminum frame, and rear camera. He noted no lag when using the Pixel's much-touted Portrait Mode, and said it felt “super fast and responsive” overall." data-reactid="68">>TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington went hands on with the Pixel 2 XL specifically, and came away with very positive impressions. Etherington says the handset should “easily be a category leader,” and praised the phone’s 6-inch quad-HD OLED display, light aluminum frame, and rear camera. He noted no lag when using the Pixel's much-touted Portrait Mode, and said it felt “super fast and responsive” overall.

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The Good:

“The QHD resolution renders both texts and images with crisp detail which is great news because the camera captures images with a sharpness that displays well on this new phone screen.”

“[Active Edge] is a great way to trigger Assistant without having to say “Okay Google” out loud in a crowded environment.”

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Engadget

Chris Velazco of >Engadget was delighted at the speedy user experience and excellent camera performance of both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but admitted that side-by-side, the latter is the more attractive device. Velazco said the phones churned out “consistently excellent” photos, and remarked that the second-gen Pixel camera seems better than the iPhone 8 Plus’ and Galaxy Note 8’s, even after very brief testing.

The Good:

“The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are exactly what you'd expect a pair of high-powered phones to be in 2017.”" data-reactid="93">“The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are exactly what you'd expect a pair of high-powered phones to be in 2017.”

“Both are almost shockingly light, and both of their coated aluminum bodies look and feel more premium than I would've expected.”" data-reactid="94">“Both are almost shockingly light, and both of their coated aluminum bodies look and feel more premium than I would've expected.”

The Bad:

“Getting the phone to recognize a squeeze took more force by default than seemed comfortable.”

“It would've been nice of Google to bring those sweet, 18:9 screens to its smaller phone.”" data-reactid="97">“It would've been nice of Google to bring those sweet, 18:9 screens to its smaller phone.”

SlashGear

While >SlashGear’s Chris Burns said the Pixel 2 XL felt like a “more refined, sharper” device than its predecessor, he was less upbeat when the conversation turned to the smaller Pixel 2. Burns said current Pixel owners might want to wait out this generation if they prefer the more compact design, calling it only an “incremental update” over the existing device.

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Still, he praised the loud front-facing stereo speakers, and commented the two devices feel remarkably similar in quality despite being manufactured by different companies HTC with the Pixel 2, and LG with the Pixel 2 XL.

The Good:

“The [Pixel 2 XL’s] hardware has been tweaked in all the right places, making the industrial design look as good as the experience therein.”

“The larger Pixel 2 has a display that’s far closer to total frontside coverage than any Google-made device released before.”

The Bad:

“For those of you that stick to the smaller device, you might just want to wait for the next generation, as [the Pixel 2 is] not super extremely different.

MORE: Google Pixel 2 XL vs. iPhone X

Android Police

>Android Police’s David Ruddock had a chance to test the Pixel 2 XL, and was immediately pleased with the new design. Ruddock said the fit and finish feels like a step in the right direction following last year’s debut, although the craftsmanship is not necessarily superior to anything Apple or Samsung has produced. He concedes that while the overall product is “hardly revolutionary,” it’s a natural progression of Google’s smartphone design, and addresses some of its predecessor's key pain points, like lack of water resistance and optical image stabilization." data-reactid="124">>Android Police’s David Ruddock had a chance to test the Pixel 2 XL, and was immediately pleased with the new design. Ruddock said the fit and finish feels like a step in the right direction following last year’s debut, although the craftsmanship is not necessarily superior to anything Apple or Samsung has produced. He concedes that while the overall product is “hardly revolutionary,” it’s a natural progression of Google’s smartphone design, and addresses some of its predecessor's key pain points, like lack of water resistance and optical image stabilization.

The Good:

“I loved the first XL, and this really just seems to be an improvement on that phone in every way — sans headphone jack.”

“Fast updates, an uncluttered interface, great cameras, and competent smartphone basics are the bread and butter of Google's in-house devices.”" data-reactid="127">“Fast updates, an uncluttered interface, great cameras, and competent smartphone basics are the bread and butter of Google's in-house devices.”

The Bad:

“The demo area lighting made it hard to get a good look at the screen in low light, but I was able to see some of the banding I've observed on my pre-production V30 devices.”" data-reactid="129">“The demo area lighting made it hard to get a good look at the screen in low light, but I was able to see some of the banding I've observed on my pre-production V30 devices.”

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Source : https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pixel-2-hands-roundup-critics-135700094.html

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