Google has launched its new smartphone, the Pixel 2, this month. It is considered to be in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone.
As of now there are two versions launched: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Other than the screen size, which is a marked difference between the two versions with 5 inches for the Pixel 2 and 6 inches for its XL version, there is not much of a difference in features and basic specifications. Pricing-wise the Pixel 2 comes at a base price of $650, while the Pixel 2 XL version is $850. It’s a single-SIM smartphone.
Android Oreo is the operating system in this phone, which comes without any customization or bloatware. This completely untainted version of Android will surely enable Pixel owners to get new security updates and new features more quickly than other phones. The phone has an average battery life; with moderate usage the battery can survive throughout the day. Pixel 2 users also get the cloud storage offer for unlimited photos and videos until 2020.
One of the best features of the Pixel 2, according to Google, is the smartphone’s camera. The camera has impressive detailing, especially in low-light settings. There is a new feature added called “Motion Picture.”
Another well-implemented small feature that’s been added is quite unique, although not that helpful: To hail the Google assistant, you can just squeeze the phone. Users can change sensitivity settings in order to avoid calling the assistant accidentally.
On the downside, just like Apple, the phone doesn’t have a separate headphone jack, which means that Google has provided one single port for charging and audio. That doesn’t seem very convenient. The phone has front-facing stereo speakers. The speakers can deliver high-powered audio, and there is absolutely no distortion, even when the volume is set to the highest setting.
With Pixel, Google has tried to focus more on high-quality hardware with the best operating system. It appears everything is in place in regards to the inner functioning of the phone. However, there is a lot of room for improvement with regards to its external features like the camera or the lack of a separate headphone jack. Either way, everyone out there is rooting for this latest product by Google.