Google Pixel 2 Review: This Thing is Smart!

Do Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have what it takes to be the best smartphones of the year?

Pixel 2 Unboxing:
Top 5 Android 8.0 Features:

Reddit on the display:

Video Gear I use:

Intro Track: Liquid Spirit (20syl Remix)


Phone provided by Google for review.

32 Replies to “Google Pixel 2 Review: This Thing is Smart!”

  1. Jiani Zhao

    this thing is worst product ever!!! I will never buy any google product! I had pixel 2 for over one year, and my device had the issue with speaker that I couldn't hear anything from the phone, google sent me a refurbished one, and the problem still existed. Making a phone call is an issue with a cell phone, what do you need it for then? It seemed they don't have any way to solve the problem, and they won't refund you at all. At lease Apple has good return policy. My sincere advice, stay away from GOOGLE!

  2. Alexa Likes

    Damnit. I was considering upgrading to pixel 2 xl, because I'm still on the OG and I firmly believe it's not entirely necessary to have the newest version if the previous is still good and will cost less. However, I use my phone A LOT for IG and colours are so important. Going into lightroom and dealing with that mess of not knowing what my edits are going to look like on other people's screens is going to drive me insane. This was so helpful in illustrating that!

  3. Stag Dragon

    Everyone talking about how they're looking at phone reviews even though they don't have money. meanwhile I'm like "why am I looking at phone reviews when I don't have the time."The struggle is real.

  4. ThePeoplesChamp

    OVERVIEW: The Google Pixel 2 XL is supposed to be the ultimate Android phone, and although its software stability is appreciated, it falls flat on its face due to anti-consumer, privacy-breaching mechanics, restricted home-screen customisation, embarrassingly lacklustre selfie camera and USB-C to AUX playback issues. Read below for more information.


    Beware that Google unnecessarily FORCES users to activate GPS LOCATION TRACKING for basic weather information (this is not normal – most other smartphones allow users to select their location from a list without any location tracking). It gets worse – if users decide to deactivate GPS location tracking, Google will punish them by breaking the weather widget on the home-screen which users are forced to look at.


    It’s well known that the lack of a standard 3.5mm AUX audio jack is despised by majority of smartphone users. The reason smartphone companies decide to remove the incredibly useful AUX jack is to push the Bluetooth accessory agenda. Phone companies expect a backlash for removing the AUX jack and they attempt to compensate the inconvenience it poses by providing a USB to AUX adapter. My Pixel 2 XL’s USB to AUX adapter does not work – It mistakes the AUX cable for a charging cable and does not play music. Google sent a replacement adaptor, but the issue was not resolved. How embarrassing that an $800 'smart' phone is too stupid to know the difference between an AUX input and USB charging.


    The front camera has a fixed focus, meaning that you cannot choose to focus on the background or foreground (This is not normal in high-end smartphones and Google makes a point of hiding this lacking specification). The fixed focus makes detailed close-up selfies impossible because the phone must be held 50cm from your face and that distance, all details are lost. The Chinese phone brand: Oppo, have better front facing cameras.


    This Pixel 2 wastes 8 home-screen icon spaces due to the non-removable Google search bar and weather widget. It’s insulting that users are refused the flexibility to customise their home-screen considering this phone costs $800.


    There is no full-screen gesture control mode akin to both iPhone and Oppo’s impeccable implantation. The Pixel 2 retains the old and ugly navigation bar at the bottom which makes the phone feel like it belongs in 2008. Google needs to swallow its pride and follow the trend of making the navigation bar transparent.

    THE VERDICT: Unfortunately, Google have demonstrated their anti-consumer and restrictive vision for their smartphones in the Pixel 2 XL. Google forces the users’ hand to activate GPS LOCATION TRACKING by punishing them with broken software if they don’t comply. Google don’t give their customers the flexibility to customise the home-screen to their liking. These are basic expectations for a modern smartphone and Google abysmally fails at delivering. I cannot recommend this phone.

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