Google Pixel 2 XL Review

by admin November 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

Google’s Nexus devices gave Android fans the experience of a stock UI, at a time when manufacturers and carriers were forcing heavy custom skins and bloatware onto the devices they sold. The Nexus phones found their share of fans by striking a good balance between price and performance.

With a loyal user base already in place, Google decided to try playing in the big leagues with the Pixel series last year. The philosophy of providing the best Android experience remained, but the emphasis was more on premium features and performance than affordability. Compromises that had been made previously were abandoned, and most notably, the original Pixel and Pixel XL had arguably the best cameras of their generation. This direction continues with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, though Google is taking slightly different design approaches this time around, which makes for some interesting differences between the two.

The Pixel 2 XL is what we have for review today, and it is the larger and prettier of the two. It is priced starting at a steep Rs. 73,000, which puts it right against the Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Review). Of course, it also competes with other flagships including Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 (Review) and LG’s V30 (which is yet to launch in India).

It’s also hard to ignore all the bad press this phone has received ever since it went on sale. We’re going to keep an open mind despite multiple reports of serious issues, and see how they actually affect our day-to-day usage. We have a lot to get through, and prospective buyers have a lot to think about before making any final decision. Let’s begin.