Google Pixel 2/XL review: 10 key takeaways

Our Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review is in, and the verdict is in: the new Pixels break some new ground when it comes to camera quality and overall deliver improvements to an already great first-gen product.

In just two years, Google has managed to enter the phone game with a phone that offers meaningful improvements over the competition and focuses on innovative data and AI-driven technology, rather than flashy looks, to stand out.

If you don't have the time to read through our full review, we have distilled it down to 10 key takeaways, the 10 things you should know about the Pixel 2 and its larger XL sibling. Take a look.

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Solid points but indifferent about the bezels.

11. KingSam

Posts: 1515; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I think the xl bezels are fine. The smaller one could shrink a bit.

2. pixel_ftw

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Despite the drawbacks pretty much every reviewers calling Pixel 2 and 2 xl as the best android phones you can buy. I'm so glad that google decided to make their own hardware and custom SoC.

3. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

No headphone jack no buy. Sticking with my original pixel xl.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Thank you for using your brain

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Lol, it's the same old campaign of 'no removable battery no buy.' I guess they don't use their brain anymore now after using phone with non removable battery.

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Can't wait until my order to arrive, need to replace my Nexus 6p (front facing speakers)... Thank you Google!

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I can live without the stereo speakers, but not without the headphone jack.

9. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

hope u got the XL cause the standard pixel 2 speakers are gonna leave you disappointed coming from a 6P

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

"Wallpapers" is not one of them huh?

8. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I'm still waiting the Galaxy s8 top spot in consumer reports chart article .......

10. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I can take mine to a painter to change the color to red.

12. jjface

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

I thought the battery tests had the two pixels within 17 mins of each other. Also higher than last year's pixels. And very close to the s8 and iphone 8. What is the problem?!

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