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Goergen Family

I bought the phone because of the many extraordinary good reviews of the camera, but I was bitterly disappointed. For me the Pixel 2 case is an outstanding proof of how mendacious and bought the online test results of the big test labs are. I really wonder if the testers ever had a Samsung smartphone in their hands – because these are really great cameras, especially from model Galaxy S7 on. But now in detail:

DESIGN
The design of the pixel devices is bad to say the least – really bad. Especially the XL-model looks with its thick side edges simply cheap and ugly. But also the little brother has a look like a 2014 or 15 mobile phone model with the GIANT edge on top and bottom. Today simply not contemporary.

PERFORMANCE
This is really outstanding. Especially with Android Pie 9.0, which is really the absolute strength of the phones. Even a Galaxy S9 doesn’t come quite close. I also appreciate the slim structure of the pure android. But as the only unique selling point it is simply not enough at the end of the day! Somal also the Samsung software offers some nice additional functions, which are not available at Google.

CAMERA
My main point of criticism: The photo quality is just on the level of a Samsung Galaxy S7, thus with quite good pictures in the upper middle class range – more definitely not! Provided, however, that the factory activated HDR+ mode is deactivated. Because with HDR+, all pictures get an ugly color cast. Only the HDR+ extended mode is highly recommended for low-light, because here really 3 pictures are taken and stitched together.
The great background blur in portrait shots is often distributed very wildly by pixel 2. In most cases useless. Also panoramic shots take much longer compared to Samsung and are much worse composed.
The video quality is with 30fps lower middle class, with 60fps grotto bad. Since there is even less image information (kbit/s) available for the individual image. The focus is set somewhere 2 meters behind the mobile phone during FullHD recordings and produces a completely blurred, noisy video and this in daylight. Comparable roughly to a Samsung Galaxy S5. With UltraHD recordings it gets a bit better, the focus is usually right, the picture is less noisy and clearer. With normal pans, however, clear pixel cubes appear. Even in Ultra-HD mode, even in daylight, there are worlds between pixel 2 and e.g. a Galaxy S9!
Another banal but in practice unsuitable circumstance is that you always have to switch between photo and video mode before videos or photos can be taken. As an old Samsung user, this caused me to press the video button several times in the beginning and only noticed at the end of the filming that there was no recording at all, because I only switched to video mode at first, but didn’t record yet, which would have required another click. Surely only a small thing, but in practice incredibly annoying and cumbersome.

FAZIT
Actually I am a big Google fan because of the simplicity and reliability of software. But if you are thinking about buying this Pixel 2 phone because of the outstandingly well tested camera, you should leave it alone. You will be very disappointed. The independent test results just don’t match the reality – buy a Galaxy S7, S8 or S9 and your shots will be fantastic, especially with the S9, even at low light.

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 21:08
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Sarajuddin najem

such bullshit!!!! The KAmera is top and takes realistic pictures. Just because your samsung lolipop camera captures everything in a colorful sweet world doesn’t make it any better

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 22:09
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Milania

Total nonsense that you write, according to the specialists at DxO one of the best smartphone cameras! by the way NO VERIFIED BUY! 

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 21:25
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Leslie Sowl

No verified purchase? But that didn’t stop Mr. Dampf from posting this bad review 4 times. That has a bit of a taste.

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 21:20
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iPhone xs User

I guess someone here was sponsored by Samsung?

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 22:54
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Steven W. Finckbeiner

Google Pixel 2XL what can I say, for days I was concidering returning it or sell this device right away. Build quality and handling bad bad bad, way to thin build without a case you cannot use this device, you can’t I even grab it off a table with one hand. Very bad speakers so please don’t believe all those hyped YouTube influencers like I did. Constant dropping of Wi-Fi signal while in apps, the message ‘oops your not on the internet’ is your most frequent message you’ll see on your high priced pixel. This is my first Android device and I hate it, coming from a Windows phone Lumia 920 thinking this was going to be more efficient. NOT. OK* however he good things are: surprisingly the vibrant display no problems whatsoever, the Google assistant works amazingly well… ofcourse I turned off the BS squeeze feature, it’s just a nuisance and makes no sense. The camera is good crisp but you can definitely feel the Ai stepping in, it’s good but not it’s Al cracked up to be. I prefer my Lumia 920 with the Carl Zeiss optics… it’s just better especially in low light and doesn’t change the image with some algorithm. The only reason I am not selling it was the purchase of the OtterBox Defender case, it’s a perfect match now it’s a manageable device. However if Google doesn’t fix this annoying and frankly shamefull annoyance of a constant dropping of a Wi-Fi connection this thing will sell. At last battery life, it supposed to be Soo good, also just hype, believe me it’s just avarage nothing special. Influencers worked their magic, will I be buying another pixel… probably not.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 23:23
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dreamforaninsomniac

Well then go back to your windows Lumia phone 

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 23:53
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Moose

Are… are you okay?

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Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 00:37
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R. Unverzagt

All in all the phone is good, for the price you get more hardware from other manufacturers. What spoke for the phone for me is the pure Android, of course. The display is nice and big, what I like here is the design, I don’t like it so much when a phone has a notch or a hole like that. Also the fingerprint sensor in the back is a + point. I’m really excited about the speakers, they go pretty loud and have a very nice sound. The cameras are good, what I especially like is the portrait mode and the night vision. The battery is pretty good. Compared to the Pixel 3XL, I find it better. For example, the back of the camera is made of metal. The Pixel 3XL is made of some kind of glass/plastic. The only thing that bothers me is that the fingerprint is sometimes simply not recognized, no matter which one I use, it has become better with the last update, but it is not completely fixed.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 03:05
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Atsumi Y.

The device itself is still one of the best smartphones on the market in 2018, I’m very satisfied with the performance and multitasking despite 4 GB RAM.
Friends envy me about the camera, incredibly great photos even in night mode…
The fingerprint sensor does not always respond immediately because the quite sensitive built annoys me in everyday life but not really with a 1049€ device should not happen.
The pixel was also already 2 seconds in the snow, the upper speaker cracks a little bit now, that annoys me because IP 67 was promised…
By and large it is still bearable and I’m completely satisfied with the hardware and software, you get updates before all other manufacturers. 5 stars because the performance compensates everything.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:27
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Yehudis K.

Even though the 4th generation of pixels is already available for purchase, I still think Pixel 2 XL is top. I had bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 before, but the display and the backside of it jumped several times. Therefore (back made of metal) and the experience of my wife with the same phone moved me to buy this one too.

The battery life is great, 1 1/2 days without charging despite more or less intensive use is top. The camera takes good pictures and it is always there when you want to take a snapshot of the kids. The system itself is lightning fast and the updates still come monthly.

Good smartphone for the next few years.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:36
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S.N.

The seller was really professional, packed my Pixel 2 XL well, and even included a pack of Haribo Gummy bears !

I think that if they want to take their experience to the next level, they should provide a cheap case for the phone, since some phones can be slippery without one. (I dropped mine and broke the glass back 1 week after receiving it… :(((( ) Also they only include a charging cable, and I felt that the lack of the original phone accessories (like the headphone jack adapter) was the biggest downside of buying with my seller.

All in all, good phone, good service, but need a few improvements to earn my 5 stars

4+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 23:19
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Harmon D.

great price performance makes great photos

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 14:49
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Bull

Exciting is above all their evaluation. The P30 cannot be used for …

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 15:29
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Von Dutch

Exciting is above all their evaluation. The P30 cannot be used for …

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 15:29
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anna marie aguanza

For the last few years, I have had different smartphones in hands. I can frankly say, this is so far the best camera I’ve ever had in a smartphone. The phone itself is super smart especially with the new android 10. The edges of the phone are not so curvy which I like. The only flaw here is the lack of a headphone jack since I’m a bit old school.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 00:02
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JUDITH T

One mounth of use and I’m finally very happy again. I forgot how was to have a nice phone cause the battery on my Nexus 6p creshed and I got an Huawei as sub. But now I can be happy to be yet again in the Google family with this flagship which I can suggest as a convenient opportunity since those new devices doesn’t really offer too much more.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:27
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Tamesh Singh

Pros:
Nicely built product, with excellent (!!) camera capabilities, and plenty of storage (128 GB). Bonus: you get the latest Google updates and the stock software is easy to use.

Cons:
Unfortunately, when I make a phone call the person on the other side cannot hear me at all, due to faulty microphone. Only when I turn the speaker on (i.e. the other microphone also comes into play), can I have a conversation. This first started 4 months ago and now (Dec, 2019) this behaviour occurs in every call.
On top, the fingerprint sensor only works one out of three times, so it is much harder to unlock the phone that it should be.

2+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 22:02
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Rudi Aroldo Perez Jimenez

I bought the product exactly one year ago and I am still very satisfied.
Because Google always sends reliable updates to their smartphones every year, a Google Pixel 2 XL from 2017 can really hold a candle to a new Google Pixel in the software.

The camera is a bomb and I really like the generally simple but young design.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 20:26
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J.J.

I’ve had the Pixel 2 XL for a year now. I’ve just been on holiday and accidentally went into the pool with my smartphone in my swimming trunks. I noticed it after 10 minutes in the pool and put it out immediately. I know that it is waterproof. But that it is so good I would not have thought. It was no problem for the smartphone.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 19:58
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Heather L Milligan

Great phone, works like a charm and even though it was already introduced in 2017, it still feels quick. The Android 10 update was quickly available. Beautiful pictures ?
I don’t have any issues with the screen.
For me the Pixel 2XL succeeds a Nexus 6p.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 18:06
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Matthew Powell

Like an iPhone, but with Android! Perfect!

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:27
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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:10
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Mark Rushing

Naprostá spokojenost. Náhrada za Nexus 6P, pokrok je znát. Kvalitní display, zvuk, nejnovější system. Překvapila dlouhá výdrž baterie, 2 dny jsou standard. Spokojenost

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 14:03
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Adam Cauthen

The delivery came as announced, well packed, no damage.
If there was an adapter for headphones – USB c / jack – it was perfect, but no problem! Otherwise very satisfied.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 16:53
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Josh Grafton

Display problems or not. The mobile phone offers everything you want or need and above all you don’t notice the problem with the blue cast in everyday life.

5+
Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 06:17
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M. Lance

The third Google Phone in a row and still very enthusiastic! br>High quality workmanship! And after two years it runs like the first day

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 16:11
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JC

It is a super Smartphone. Great camera and lots of memory. Besides there are always the latest updates!
Bin very satisfied.

5+
Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 20:38
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tommy6862

The camera is incredible, the speakers also are very good for watching videos. Overall, an amazing phone!

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 11:57
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Google Pixel 2 XL
Display
Contrast ratio: inf
Google Pixel 2 XL
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
Google Pixel 2 XL
Main Camera
12.2 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
Google Pixel 2 XL
Storage
64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
Google Pixel 2 XL
Size
6.0 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~76.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Google Pixel 2 XL
OS
Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 10.0