Google Pixel 2 XL is a smartphone with pure Android, which offers top performance, a great camera and a thin-frame OLED screen. Is this the best Android phone on the market? I invite you to read my Google Pixel 2 XL review.
The new Pixel 2 XL smartphone can recently be bought in Poland and in proven stores. More than three months after the world premiere, I check if it was worth the wait. Is this the best Android smartphone on the market? The answer to this question can be found in the following Google Pixel 2 XL review . I received a copy for the tests thanks to my friend's courtesy – thanks to Szymon!
Premium smartphone with aluminum housing
Google Pixel 2 XL is the first smartphone of this manufacturer, which is equipped with thin frames surrounding the display. The result is a beautiful, elegant shape with rounded edges, thanks to which the phone is great in the hand, despite its size. I would not call it the original one, but it can certainly be liked.The housing is made entirely of glass and metal. The front is largely filled with an OLED screen, covered with Gorilla Glass 5. The manufacturer took care of the quality of the materials used. The oleophobic layer also deserves praise – this screen is really hard to get dirty , and the removal of unsightly fingerprints requires just one abrasion. Google Pixel 2 XL fully deserves to be called a premium smartphone. There are two materials at the back. One is aluminum – in our version it is white. It looks very good, it's hard to get dirty, and during the tests it was not scratched at all – despite the fact that I did not wear it in any case. Uniform white only interferes with the Google silver logo and the fingerprint reader. Above there is a black glass pane . The camera lens was also placed there – unlike most flagships, it is single. It protrudes slightly above the outline of the casing, but it is hard to scratch it. Despite the 6-inch screen, this is not an excessive equipment, although I must note that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with the same diagonal is much lower. Dimensions I would describe as similar to a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display with a 16: 9 aspect ratio. However, he is far from the most "frameless" models on the market. Frames are visible, especially on the top and bottom – there is definitely room for improvement here. Below you can find a comparison with competitors. Surface Ratio the screen for the whole front is about 77 percent – in this respect, Google Pixel 2 XL falls out worse than similarly priced models from other companies. For me, Google has a pretty good explanation – stereo speakers above and below the screen. I will write about their quality a bit later, but this is an addition that some competitors are missing. The smartphone is also waterproof , as confirmed by the IP67 standard. On the side edge you will only find a tray for one SIM card in nano format, volume button and blocking device – both probably embedded. For some, the disadvantage may be the lack of a headphone connector . It has been replaced by USB-C located on the bottom of the housing. The producer did not forget about the appropriate adapter in the set, so I do not consider it in the defect category. In summary, I can say that I liked the quality of the implementation of the Google Pixel 2 XL . It's a beautiful device that you want to use. I can only attach to the color of the Power button – the orange color irritated me every time I blocked my phone. However, this is a detail that does not spoil the reception of the whole. The smartphone was made with the care that its price suggests.
Efficiency? It's a monster
The Google Pixel 2 XL specification includes the Snapragon 845 processor and 4 GB of RAM. At the time of release, you could easily find models with 6 or even 8 GB of RAM. This, however, does not affect the overall performance of Pixel 2 XL – it is still one of the most powerful Android smartphones we had the opportunity to test in gsmManiaKa. In all benchmarks, it is at the forefront – if performance is your priority, Pixel will easily meet your needs. [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22512" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = " 22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu "] [test slug =" android-antutu -6 "order =" desc "selected =" 22512 "virtual =" antutu-total-6 "type =" single "product_id =" 22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458, 22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" SlingShot "] [test slug =" 3dmark "order =" desc "selected =" 22512 "virtual =" 3dmark-slingshot-total "type = "single" product_id = "22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "T-Rex"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22512" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186, 22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22512 "type = "s ingle "virtual =" manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] How this translates to work in everyday use? In this case, a response other than perfect would be a huge disappointment. There can be no speech about it – no matter what tasks I set before Pixel, he did not even stutter for a moment. The culture of work also deserves praise – even with a few hours of use, Google Pixel 2 XL will become at best warm. During a lesser load involving browsing the Internet, taking photos or using social media Google Pixel 2 XL is incredibly fast. Not once did I meet with the interface cage. You do not have to wait for anything, each application fires in the blink of an eye. This is one of the most responsive smartphones that have come into my hands . Exactly as I would expect from a flagship with pure Android 8.1 Oreo.
Great stereo speakers
How does the Google Pixel 2 XL fall out as a device for an audiophile? Excellently. Despite the lack of a headphone connector, I can recommend it to anyone who is listening to a lot of music from a smartphone. There is no shortage of sound quality even though there is no dedicated transducer on board. In the set you will not find any headphones, but after connecting your will be delighted. Is the best music smartphone on the market? In my opinion, there was not enough for LG V30, but it's a minimal difference. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone also performs very well. Modem LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and dual band WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac and USB-C 3.1 are the expected set for this amount. I also have no objections to the operation of GPS. It connects quickly to satellites, and the reading is quite accurate. Google Pixel 2 XL will work as pedestrian and car navigation , and NFC will be used for payments in Android Pay. Conducting conversations is pure pleasure. The voice is clear, the smartphone holds the range well and does not lose it even in problematic places. For a bliss you can not have Dual-SIM. You also do not expand the device's memory – it's worth remembering about deciding on a smaller capacitive variant. In our version it had 64 GB, so for most users it was too much. You can unlock Google Pixel 2 XL using a fingerprint reader on your back . It works quickly and efficiently, but it is definitely not the level of scanners from Huawei smartphones. This one gives way to them both in terms of speed and accuracy. Unlocking with a damp finger is almost impossible, and even when dry, the finger must be applied again.
Pure Android is the best Android
For every fan of Android Pixel is the best choice. On this I could basically end this paragraph, because no other equipment will provide such quick updates and such long support. It is worth remembering, however, that pure Android is not as functional as the extensive overlays of producers. The tested version included the latest security patches, and in the meantime the smartphone received two updates. The most irritating to me was the need to rewind the whole list with applications to close them. Honestly, I do not understand why it can not be possible at the beginning. On the other hand, I never felt the need to close them once – since the smartphone does not slow down, why do you do it? A useful feature is the Always On screen , which displays notifications and an energy-saving clock. Since the screen is OLED, this solution makes sense. I did not notice that it particularly affected the time of work away from the socket.
The screen is OLED. Very good OLED
In smartphones, I definitely prefer OLED displays. I am able to accept the fact that after a long time they are burning – before this happens, most people will decide to exchange the phone for a new one. The color reproduction is fantastic . My measurements showed 98 percent sRGB coverage and 87 percent Adobe RGB. These are some of the best results on the market – only Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 have similar.The display is large – the diagonal is 6 inches . Nothing can be accused of QHD resolution. All fonts are sharp and you want to look at the screen all the time. Does the 18: 9 ratio make using the Pixel 2 XL more conveniently than the "standard" 16: 9? I am not convinced, but reaching the opposite corner with the thumb is available for people with large hands. [wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum brightness"] [test slug = "screen-battery" virtual = "TEST_JASE_PASS" order = "desc" selected = "22512" type = "single" product_id = "22512,22382, 22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [slug test =" screen-battery "virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN" order = "asc" selected = "22512" type = "single" product_id = "22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] As befits an OLED, Google Pixel 2 XL has a bright screen that can be read in any light – the maximum brightness was 460 cd / m2. The minimum brightness of 4 cd / m2 also positively falls out. On the market, there is no shortage of devices reaching even 1 cd / m2, but in everyday use this difference is small. As a result, Pixel will be a good choice for people who like to read in total darkness.
Battery for 1 day of work
The battery has 3520 mAh and performs well. Google Pixel 2 XL is able to provide a reasonable one day's work away from the outlet. Of course, if you press it with games, there are no miracles – in such a scenario, it will give up after about 3 hours. In everyday work, SoT reaches about five and a half hours , which I consider a good result.[wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22512" virtual = "pcmark-work" type = "single" product_id = "22512 , 22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order = "desc" selected = "22512" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Loading time"] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "loading-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22512" type = "single" product_id = " 22512,22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318,22472 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The results of synthetic tests are very good. Pixel 2 XL does not shake off competition, but behaves like most flagship from 2017. A whole day of work involving the use of instant messengers, several short sessions with games, about an hour of conversation and watching videos for the next hour does not impress him. In this scenario, Google Pixel 2 XL operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and at the end of the day, more than 20 percent of the battery remains. Charging the smartphone fully takes about 95 minutes. The set includes a quick charger.
The best camera on your smartphone
This is the element to which I had the most expectations. Pixel 2 XL cope with them without a problem. I must openly admit that in my opinion it is the best fotosmartphone on the market , which is even outdistanced by Korean flaggers like the Samsung Galaxy S8. The lens is single and bright – f / 1.8. Competition is brighter but it does not change anything.I was not disappointed with nighttime photos or blurred background. I am tempted to say that the Google Pixel 2 XL does it best on the market . In good light, the photos look great – full of vivid colors, with lots of details. Although I wanted to, I can not fault any detail. View full-resolution photos What where there is less light? Next is great. Without a doubt, Google Pixel performs above average – maybe even overcoming the rest of the flagship rate. All this was achieved without the need to resort to an additional lens. Lots of fun is also provided by the AR mode , which allows you to add some additional characters to our photos – for example from Star Wars. A great thing, not only for children. I have no objections to video mode. Google Pixel XL 2 can record 4K movies in 30 frames per second . The quality is great, the recordings have lots of details and nice looking colors. The image stabilization does what it has to do, but I must admit that I have seen smartphones that are doing better in this aspect. Autofocus works very well, which is not right at all. The transition from a distant plan to a closer one takes only a moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfaXz-WKz5g When it comes to the front camera, this is an 8 megapixel matrix with which you can make a good selfie . It falls exactly as we would expect from a flagship. Similarly, night scenes fall out of the way.
Summary and evaluation
Google Pixel 2 XL is an expensive smartphone. It costs approx. PLN 4,000 (depending on the store), which makes it almost the most expensive flagship on the market. Naturally, it should be better than the rest of the top rate. Does he win with Huawei Mate 10 Pro, LG V30 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8? This question has no unambiguous answer. Each of these models has a lot of advantages, but fans of pure Android will not find a better smartphone. What's more, the great camera makes the phone tested a tasty morsel for the other gsmManiaKów.
Advantages and disadvantages of Google Pixel 2 XL
The biggest advantage of the tested smartphone is undoubtedly the camera. For me it is the best fotosmartfon on the market , which in every aspect copes better than the competition. It is a brick candidate for our TOP-10 smartphone for photos. The OLED screen is also very good. A slight surprise for me was the battery life – I expected worse results. The current system and instant updates are not to be overestimated. For disadvantages, I can only include the price. Google Pixel 2 XL in Poland is too expensive . The biggest competitors have already been able to stand up since the premiere and each of them is affordable compared to the tested smartphone – the difference is currently at least PLN 1000. In this situation, I can recommend the equipment only to maniaKom not limited by the budget. The rest will buy an almost equally good device for much less money. But this "almost" is key, because Google Pixel 2 XL is the best smartphone with Android on the market and I have no doubt about it. [Show_rating]