GOOGLE PIXEL 2 XL
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The Pixel 2 phones may not pack the newest hardware available to Android device makers — the Pixel 3 will fix that soon — but it’s still one of the best Android phones you can buy right now. And that’s because it runs Google’s pure version of Android, which gives you instant access to Google’s latest Android releases before they’re ready for public consumption. The phones also pack a great camera, probably one of the top three cameras available right now on Android devices.
But Pixel 2 phones aren’t cheap. When Google killed the Nexus brand, it also killed affordable prices. The newest Pixel phones are about as expensive as the latest iPhones. However, if you’re willing to act fast and you don’t want to wait for the upcoming Pixel 3, then there’s an excellent Pixel 2 XL deal for you.
If you want a smaller phone that’s great to hold and has a brilliant camera, then you could do a lot worse than look at the thankfully-now-cheaper Google Pixel 2.
Screen: It’s only a 1080p LCD screen, but we don’t see a lot wrong with what’s on offer here. It’s not 18:9 nor bezel-less, which puts it at a disadvantage to its rivals’, but it’s still more than acceptable.
Battery life: The battery life, like the screen, is also just fine, making it just to the end of the day. That makes sense given the smaller power pack in there, and it’s still better than some other phones on this list.
Camera: This is the reason that the Pixel 2 is on the list. Some of the best photos you’ll ever capture on a phone will come from this device, and while there are some competitors (the Samsung Galaxy S9 pair and the Huawei P20 Pro) for the price, this is easily the best cameraphone.
Mini verdict: The Google Pixel 2 is nowhere near as impressive the Pixel 2 XL, with a smaller, lower-res screen, less power and not as much battery power – but for the cost, it’s a stunning option if you want to take decent snaps.