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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Analysis / Review of the Pixel 2 XL

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the latest phone launched by Google, the Pixel 2 XL . While the initial criticism showed the Pixel 2 line in a very positive light, days later, the Pixel 2 XL screen and other problems made the Pixel 2 XL a not-so-perfect terminal.

Since the launch inconvenient after inconvenience have been appearing, from poor viewing angles, to recording problems, while Google searches for solutions.

Analysis / review of the Pixel 2 XL

Apart from a screen with some problems in this phone there is a lot of great technology ... So it is better that we know thoroughly the Pixel 2 XL

This phone is really close to being the perfect Android device, and it's a shame to see that its screen stops it to be the terminal that all Android lovers would have liked. However, I still think that the Pixel 2 XL is a phone that you should consider buying.

The Pixel 2 XL has a 6.0-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixiles and a p-OLED panel with narrow bezels: the first and only phone in the Google range with an impressive relationship between screen and body.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC processor, and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. This device has a 12.2 megapixel camera on the back with a f / 1.8 lens and an OIS, combined with an 8-megapixel sensor on the front.

And the battery? Well, this time the Google Pixel 2 XL has a 3520 mAh battery .

Design of the Pixel 2 XL

As for the design, there is no doubt that the Pixel 2 XL is the most attractive phone that Google has ever launched . I thought last year's Pixel was ugly, with fat bevels and an uncomfortable glass slab in the back.

The Nexus 6P that came before was not much better. Now the Pixel 2 XL is a much thinner and refined phone. Yes, there is still the distinctive glass plate on the back, but it is much better integrated into the design. The metal body feels excellent in your hands, and the matt coating makes it easy to grip. The edges are rounded on all sides, the seams between the glass and the metal at the front are tight, and in general this phone fits well in the hand. In addition, it has that premium touch with a nice, modern and minimalist aesthetic that fits with Google's design strategy of recent times.

The Pixel 2 XL is simple in its back, but it is a delight in the front. The 6.0-inch OLED and 18: 9 format takes up most of the usable space, with a decent screen-to-body ratio of 76.4%. Google has marked all the boxes from the design point of view and although the bevels are not as small as its competitors, such as the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, we like it a lot.

As I am very precise, I noticed that the bevel is not even; it is 8.5 mm at the bottom and 12 mm at the top, which makes the screen appear misaligned on the front panel. It's one of those things that you can not stop seeing when you have it for the first time, so a note for Google here: perfect symmetry is the best.

Seeing the positive side, Google (or LG?) Has managed to insert the stereo speakers in the front in the chassis, which makes them ideal for watching videos / music or playing. The speakers are strong and decent for a smartphone. While Google has included speakers in the face of the front, has removed the headphone jack , which personally dislike me. There's still no good reason why a phone can not include a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB-C connector. You can not connect a wireless headset and USB-C headset to a phone that has USB-C and 3.5 mm audio. I'm disappointed that Google made that decision. The removal of the headphones is becoming real and it is a pity that this happens.

It's no wonder that the Pixel 2 XL has a fingerprint sensor on the back, which has been standard for the last three generations of Google phones. It is in the perfect position for easy use and in my opinion it outperforms many other fingerprint unlocking implementations or facial identification technology at this stage. The Pixel 2 XL is water resistant, which is another necessary inclusion. Water resistance is one of those characteristics that is basically required for a high-end smartphone these days. Despite this resistance we remind you that you should not use the Pixel 2 XL in salt water.

If you wonder which smartphone is easier to handle and use, if the Pixel 2 XL or Pixel 2, that crown is the Pixel 2, to be smaller. Despite this, I had no problem holding or operating the Pixel 2 XL and its large screen, even with one hand. The screen is expansive, but the small bezel size helps usability. As for other minor concerns that we can think about when analyzing a terminal we should mention that, the camera protrudes slightly from the body , which could make it prone to scratching after a typical use. There is no expansion slot for microSD, which is typical of Google smartphones, although it would have been a good inclusion considering that adding an additional 64 GB of internal storage costs almost 100 euros / dollars more.

Characteristics of the Pixel 2 XL

The technical features of the Google Pixel 2 XL are the following:

Operating system : Android 8.0.0 (Oreo)
Display : 6.0-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixiles and an OLED panel with narrow bevels. Format 18: 9
Chambers :
Rear: 12.2 MP
Front: 8 MP
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM : 4 GB
Storage : 64 GB
Dimensions and weight : 15.74 x 7.62 cm
Colors : Black and White and black
Audio : Front stereo speakers
Battery : 3520 mAh
Wireless connection :
Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Sensors : Active Edge
Ports : USB-C 3.1 (first generation)
Materials : Aluminum body / Water and dust resistant
Others : Compatible with Daydream
Price of the Google Pixel 2 XL

All this hardware makes the Pixel 2 XL, expensive smartphone ... but more than consider it expensive you should consider it as Premium, because as they say, quality has a price. And speaking of prices the price of the initial Google Pixel 2 XL was at $ 849 for the 64GB model, or an amazing price of $ 949 for the 128GB model. Essentially, you would be paying an extra $ 200 for having the largest screen, since the smaller screen Pixel 2 comes with hardware almost identical to XL, but for a price of $ 649.

In Spain the model that is sold is the Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB at a price of € 959.

Problems of Google Pixel 2 XL

The most controversial aspect of the Pixel 2 XL is its screen. Google has used a panel LG p-OLED (6.0 ", 2880 x 1440, ratio 18: 9), so it comes with all the associated benefits and some problems with the highest resolution. The good news is that most popular applications do a great job of supporting the resolution, extended these days. Before discussing the problems with the Pixel 2 XL screen, I wanted to touch on some of the most basic properties and things that Google did correctly. The OLED panel has an essentially infinite contrast and deep blacks; deeper than any LCD can provide. The advantage is that colors appear more than an LCD screen, and the screen uses less energy to produce blacks. In addition, OLED panels are thinner, so phones can be thinner.

martphones with OLEDs also tend to have lower persistence and shorter pixel response times than LCDs, which makes them more suitable for RV applications. Daydream VR is a key pillar of Google Android and Pixel strategies, so it made sense for them to go with an OLED panel. In some aspects, the screen is quite similar to other OLEDs. Due to its high pixel density (538 ppi) it uses a diamond sub-pixel arrangement, which has a "true" detail lower than the RGB band used in LCDs. This is not a big deal in this type of pixel density.

The brightness is also quite typical , at 437 nits (100% APL). The best Samsung phones achieve a higher range than this with their sunlight modes, but most other OLED smartphones do not and tend to fall in front of the acceptable range of 400 nit. The Pixel 2 XL is not hard to see outdoors. What is clear, however, is that LG's mobile OLED technology is several generations behind Samsung, which is the market leader .

There are several fundamental hardware problems with this panel - problems that Samsung has solved through years of technological refinement - that can not be resolved through software updates.

The first problem is the most important: horrible viewing angles. Even the slightest deviation produces a remarkable blue tint, so you need to see the screen directly to receive an ideal experience. I'm not 100% sure if this is a problem with the panel itself, or some other aspect of the composition of the screen like a filter or another layer, but it's a hardware problem, and it's immediately obvious. Samsung solved this problem a long time ago, so LG needs to work hard to solve this problem with its technology in the next generation.

Uniformity is also another of the visible problems in these screens. The OLED panel of the Pixel 2 XL has noticeable areas that are more yellow / redder than others; In my test unit, the middle section is a little too red with respect to the top and bottom. This is most noticeable when the screen is using a white background.

I have seen some units that have worse uniformity than my screen. OLED technology from LG is much more flexible than Samsung's, which is a unique problem that I have not seen with many LCDs either. The grumo appears as a light fleck, almost as dust, along the entire screen. It is most noticeable with a lower brightness and while you see uniform white colors, like seeing the background of Gmail or Twitter applications.

It is not so much a problem in my opinion as the viewing angles or uniformity, but with the grain, the screen does not feel as sharp or clear as most flagship phone displays.

The last hardware problem that has been reported is the recording of images. My team started to suffer from this after about 4 days of use, and it only got worse after a few weeks. When a full gray image is displayed, the outline of the navigation bar can be clearly seen. In Pixel 2, which uses a Samsung OLED, the recording is practically invisible.

The good news is that the latest software update from Google includes some technical improvements that will help mitigate some of the problems this terminal presents.

So, what can Google do to solve the hardware problems of the Pixel 2 XL screen? Well, the reality is that not much. All these are problems inherent in the hardware itself, so it is not something that can be completely solved through the software.

Google Pixel 2 XL reviews, is it worth buying?

We reach the last point of this analysis ... in which we must answer the question of whether it is worth buying the Google Pixel 2 XL? .

Despite the problems we have discussed on the screen of the Google Pixel 2 XL, we must say that in daily use the only really noticeable problem is the poor viewing angle. Unless you are looking closely and trying to identify specific problems, you will not notice the problems we have mentioned ... but we should mention them since they are there. Considering this this is a great terminal. What you will enjoy especially if you like large screen devices and without layers of personalization of companies.

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