It’s been a while since the Google Pixel 2 XL Panda arrived. So it’s time to share our impressions with you. We have had time to explore the bigger Pixel 2 now that the excitement has worn off. And there’s more to it than meets the eye. We can now confidently present a critical assessment of Google’s most recent mobile product. You should be ready since it could not be entirely enjoyable.
Launch date and cost
Before anything else, let me say that the Google Pixel 2 XL is not—just the opposite of someone trying to save money. The Pixel 2 XL is costly, starting at $849 for the 64 GB variant. The Google Store and partner shops both now offer the Pixel 2 XL.
Currently, Google offers a special deal that allows you to save $200 on the Pixel 2 XL when you finance your purchase, bringing the final price to around.
Design and build quality
We have mixed feelings about the design of the new Google smartphone. We enjoyed the first-generation Google Pixel, which had a distinctive design and a glass pane on the rear to contrast with the metal body. Another plus was the fact that there was no protruding camera.
With the Pixel 2 XL Panda, Google has gone backward by reducing the size of the glass portion and flattening the smartphone’s corners. The gadget we use in the black color option can be summed up in one word: dull.
Even though this has precluded Google from including wireless charging, we admire the aluminum unibody design. Additionally, the paint used to cover the metal gives the smartphone a plastic-like feel. The smartphone has superb build quality and feels sturdy in the hand.
Unique Features of the Google Pixel 2 XL Panda
- Google recently addressed consumer complaints about the Pixel 2 XL display with a software update enabling your smartphone to show more saturated colors. The Pixel 2 XL display has proven to be a contentious topic. We recognize that it is a personal matter, but in my experience, it has not been an issue. The display has an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 6-inch LG POLED with QuadHD+ resolution. Although we seldom fully appreciate the spectrum of colors this display is capable of, the quality could be better for viewing multimedia material like images and movies.
- Like its smaller sibling, this Google Pixel 2 XL offers the Active Edge feature first seen on the HTC U11. You can “squeeze” your device’s side edges just enough to activate Google Assistant.
- Google still needs to upgrade its phone to the most recent security updates for October. Its Android version is Oreo 8.0. It is odd to see certain Sony and Samsung devices overtake the Pixels because the Pixels are intended to update more quickly than other smartphones. You may potentially test the Android 8.1 beta with the most recent fixes.
The Google Pixel 2 XL’s technology and performance are not very noteworthy. We discover the familiar Snapdragon 835 processor, the inseparable Adreno 540 GPU included in Qualcomm’s SoC, and 4 GB of RAM, which is more than adequate. Google is not attempting the now-familiar ruse of packing excessive RAM into a phone just for promotional purposes.
Both of Google’s latest smartphones include two front stereo speakers. Strong, adequate, and pleasing sound is the end product. You will like the location when viewing films and playing games, even though the loudness doesn’t exceed the iPhone 8 Plus’s speaker settings.
Unfortunately, Google changed its mind and opted not to include the 3.5mm headphone port this time, as it was one of the original Pixel’s key selling points last year.
It makes a difference when Google’s unique hardware and software are optimized for this device. Any Power Delivery-compliant charger can be used, and fast charging up to 18W is also possible. According to Google, the smartphone would only charge up to 18W, sufficient to provide us seven hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charging.
Google is paying attention to every smartphone component, modifying even the visuals, and developing a simple, quick, and enjoyable user interface. We had a fantastic experience with Google Pixel 2 XL Panda. There is no space for inferences to the contrary. We could not use the first-generation Pixel because of its lack of IP67 certification, but Google has since addressed the issue.