If you want a Pixel 2 XL, you'd better order one right now

If you want a Pixel 2 XL, you'd better order one right now

So hey, Google dropped two new Pixel phones the other day. Cool, right? Especially that XL model, the design on that one looks pretty nice. Maybe you should buy it, last year's models seemed good — but yeah, you'd probably wait until it's released and see what the reviews say first, just to be on the safe side. That's the sensible thing to do, right?

No. No, it isn't.

If you want to buy Pixel 2 XL, do it now. Open a new tab, navigate to the Google Store (or Verizon's website, if you're into that sort of thing) and slam that "buy" button as fast as you can. 

Why are you still reading this article?

"But wait," you might ask, "why should I pre-order an untested device when I could just wait and see how it compares against the competition?" Great question! The answer is that, right now you actually have the chance to do so. And judging from very recent history, this is something you should make use of.

Remember how the Google Pixel didn't exist? More than six months after its release, the device was still a month behind on back orders. And at launch, all the Pixel XL models were gone almost instantly. Sound familiar?

Or to put it in actual words, Google has an absolutely shameful history of smartphone supply, and there's little indication this is changing any time soon. Google hasn't taken any commitment to fixing the issue — in fact, it has barely acknowledged the problem exists at all.

New devices, same old story


But it does, and there is some strong indication we'll be seeing a repeat of last year's situation. For example, the unlocked panda Pixel 2 XL with 128 GB of storage is currently listed as shipping in 7-8 weeks, while the 64 GB one is completely out of stock. And the less popular all-black variant is also shipping later than it should, with an estimate of 2-3 weeks (the official release date is on October 17th, which is in eleven days).

Just like the giant panda, the black-and-white Pixel 2 XL is a rare animal

Just like the giant panda, the black-and-white Pixel 2 XL is a rare animal


And yes, device launches often have some problems, but do note that all these pre-orders come from enthusiasts who are willing to blindly shell out $850 for a just-announced device — this is not a particularly big percent of the population. Chances are that once the phone actually starts hitting the store shelves it will become considerably more popular, and considering how bad Google's availability track record is, your chances of actually being able to get one without being in a month-long wait list will be considerably reduced.

But there is some good news: firstly, it seems Verizon has more stock available than Google, so people on their network can still buy a panda Pixel 2 XL (but not through Google's website, as they're all sold out there).

And secondly the regular, non-XL Pixel 2 seems to be considerably less popular than its sibling (but you can probably guess why). So if you don't mind the outdated looks, you'll probably have a much better experience ordering that model instead. Who knows, two months down the line it might actually have that coveted ships immediately text below the buy button.

So to summarize: if you really like the Pixel 2 XL, don't make the mistake of waiting too much; go buy it right now.

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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

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31 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Telling people to buy a device before any reviews are out is ridiculously irresponsible.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Is it really? I guess it was also irresponsible for PhoneArena to not mention that you also get a Google Home mini as well if you order now.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, people waited till after the reviews to buy the Note 7, but that didn't protect them from a horribly designed phone that posed a risk to property and person.

11. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think you can do that with certain manufacturers. You pretty much know what you're going to get once you know the specifications and the features.

2. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

No sorry. I don't want android at all. What's the point of spending a lot of money when the device will not be supported at all after a very short period of time... Goodbye Google. I already own a 3 year old android device which was a flagship at one point of time and now it performs like ****.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i own a year year old iphone and it performs like s**t after ios 11.

12. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

With iOS you can expect to receive update(s) which might fix those issues. But with Android it takes ages and might never be fixed at all.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"With iOS you can expect to receive update(s) which might fix those issues." Yeah, though those quick updates usually fix the issues but also causes another issue in return.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have read article after article about how OS updates ruin iPhones.

10. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

they purposely slow the phone down and its a signed update which means u cant downgrade backwards. its purposely done so youre forced to update. and apps wont work and they say you need to update it to make it work. youre naive if you think apple is goody two shoes and really cares about the user.

13. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

It was never technically proven.

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

iPhone 4S iOS 9.

25. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

There's a case to be made for owning an Android device, could be feel, formfactor or a variety of other factors. Used to be removable batteries and SD cards vs premium materials were the deciding factors, but those have largely fallen away. I still prefer the value proposition of an Android device, because when I have a flagship, and the manufacturer stops supporting it, there's a good chance the community will provide updates for it until I'm ready for another device. With an iOS device, you don't really get that, if Apple wants to make that 2 year old iphone slower, it gets slower and you can't do much about it.

26. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I guess it's a good thing now that Google is providing a minimum of 3 years worth of upgrades.

28. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I let go of iPhones in 2013 when my iPhone 4 was chocked after the latest iOS update at that time. It became virtually useless and slow as hell... only to force users to buy the next gen.

3. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That's fine with me, by the time they have them in stock the kinks would be exposed and (hopefully) worked out, and if the issues can't be resolved then I'll move on to another device. Easy peasy

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Dare I ask a troll what issues are currently there in the new devices?

21. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

How am I trolling? All new phones will have some kinks to them and some may be hardware related. Look at last year's Pixel release where most issues were fixed with a software update but there was one that was hardware related but Google/ HTC fixed that with newer batches. No phone is immune and it's best to wait.

5. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Just another strategy for early (beta) adopters. I'll wait.

7. Joosty

Posts: 462; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Traded in my Pixel XL for a black 2XL

27. ezfidel

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

How much did they give u back?

15. Cat97

Posts: 1728; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually I would ask: why should I order such an ugly device for so much money ?

16. Maccyb

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

Why would anyone want this? Only a couple of million stock nerds will buy it any. This phone is rubbish compared to S8 plus, Note8, LG V30, and the soon to arrive Huawei Mate 10. The only Android flagship it's better than is Essential phone and look what happened to that. Even the iPhone X though also overpriced rubbish using a 4 year old 625 nit Samsung Amoled is better with wireless charging and an optical zoom lens.

18. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I wish people would stop saying optical zoom... It has 2 dam cameras. Any zooming is done digitally. Meaning no optical zoom. I think only Samsung has released a cell phone with actual optical zoom.

22. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Nokia has as well and I think sony created a small camera setup that did as well but was never released. Other than that no one has put an actual optical zoom on a phone and could be quite complex/ expensive to do so... Unless of course they go with a bulky or protruding module.

20. dmsrfl

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I got home at 2am, found a 2:30pm email from Google (I was on the wait list) saying the device was back in stock. So I quickly went to the play store and surprisingly the 128GB XL Panda version was still available to buy, so I got it. Right now my shipping date is Nov 27.

23. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

First Pixel was built by HTC. XL 2 is being built by LG. Not fair to make that supply comparison.

24. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

It's also BS they ship in 2-3 weeks to the US, but in 5-6 weeks here in Canada.

29. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I have been using Pixel XL since last year after I had to send my Note 7 back to Verizon twice. I ordered Pixel XL with thoughts that I need a device till next Note is available. After 12 months using my Pixel XL, I have no interest to get any other phone, but the next Pixel XL. I found out that you never get the real Android experience with any brand, but Pixel phones. We discuss a lot about hardware in today's technology reviews, but a piece of well designed hardware, without a great software, would act like a jewelry, that shines, but has no other usage. I feel I would never use any other phone, but the Pixel brands when Google keeps developing great AI and software. I pre-ordered Pixel 2 XL just after Google keynotes were completed. I never try to make people to use a phone that I like. This is the reason why we are different and so many options are available for each individual. But I am mostly sure that many Android users would never switch to another brand if they have experienced Pixel phones.

30. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Absolutely my point! I own Galaxy S7 edge and an Ipad mini 2 and i can say that my ipad is running 5x faster then my Galaxy. I's not bad but i am definitely switching back to ios next time. I don't have the time to play with my UX on my phone to make it work the way i want to. Although i have nova launcher, custom icons and widgets set up on my phone and it's still laggy as hell smoetimes.

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