I finally decided it was time to move away from the original Google Pixel (actually made by HTC) with its terrible battery life and so far, it has been a great move.
I have now bought myself the new Google Pixel 2 XL (made by LG), and to be fair, it’s a bit of a beast. The 6-inch Quad HD display touchscreen is not to everyone’s fancy, but I love it!!! I’m amazed at the variety of things I was missing out on the slightly smaller first Pixel. The new range of AR Stickers is awesome with the new beta section of Android 8.1 (Oreo) that lets you create Augmented Reality objects such as dinosaurs and various other fun things.
There are, as with anything, some downsides, and with the new LG based Pixel 2 XL, this includes the screen which needs to be checked all the time due to its lower saturation compared to something made by Samsung. I’m actually on my third device at the moment which seems to be fine after having to change the first two ones because of their quick burn-ins.
Below is a picture of the device that has taken over my life, I can’t put it down!! I’ve updated the originally black section on the back with a custom edited style using dbrand.
The camera is currently considered as the best there is when compared to multiple other devices such as the new iPhone 10 (X) and any of the Samsung devices. This has all been rated when using DxO which sets it as a 96.
Every other major phone manufacturer has moved to a dual camera setup while Google has stuck with just one. They are claiming that with the first-generation Pixel’s HDR+ mode, computational photography has real-world advantages that means there is no need for a second lens. While most people would consider this an excuse for them not to be copying everyone else, they are still considered to be the best there is with photography.
I’m sure most of you have already watched MKBHD on YouTube but if not, he is great for rating many of Google devices.