Looking back at the Google Pixel 2 XL

It’s that time of the year when another generation gets released making it the perfect time to reflect on the previous version; the Google Pixel 2 XL. Especially now with the Black Friday Google Pixel 3 contracts deals going on, is it worth upgrading?

After 8 months of wear and tear, the Google Pixel 2 XL is still going strong. This review is going to go through the ups and downs (spoiler alert… there isn’t much) of the Google Pixel 2 XL from the view of an average consumer.


One of the best things that the Google Pixel 2 XL can do well, is pictures. With crispy clean image quality, even in low light, it’s great for any casual photographers out there. Plus, with a whopping 6-inch screen, you can show off your images can be shown in it glory.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has many features to explore such as night sight which brightens images in low light, photo sphere, a feature that takes many images and stitches them together to make a 3D looking environment image and lens mode which identifies text/ pictures so that users can tap to Google easily.

One of the stand out camera features is Portrait mode which blurs the background and makes the foreground image to central focus of the image, most shot takes a rather average looking image to the next LVL.

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Google Pixel 2 XL – In low light
Google Pixel 2 Portrait Mode

Other Cool Features

A cool feature on the Google Pixel 2 XL is that Google added a song recognition feature that works even without the internet. I’m not the biggest music fan but I still have fun with this feature and have found it useful when I can’t recognise a song.

You can also squeeze the Google Pixel 2 XL, with triggers Google Assistant, a feature which admittedly I don’t use a whole lot, still this works well, and you can adjust the sensitivity of the phone so you it unlikely to accidentally trigger it.

Amazing Battery Life

This phone can last all day and probably the next day without charging, with the 3,520mAh the Google Pixel 2 XL can handle many hours of video watching and Instagram scrolling… I’ve can verify this. This phone includes lighting charging hence I guarantee you won’t ever be without power with the Google Pixel 2 by your side.

No headphone-jack

Now, one of the early experiences of this phone was that there was no headphone jack with I found quite hard to adjust too. Firstly, the adapter that came with the Google Pixel 2 XL was complete and utter shit, as is broke within 2 weeks of getting the phone. Consequently, I made the decision to switch to Bluetooth headphone and many Bluetooth earphone purchases later, I found that having two earphones that you can alternate in use is the best way to always have music/ watch videos at the ready. However, even with this I do find that the audio from time to time cut out for a few seconds when in the back pocket.

Blue tint screen

I did have concerns when first looking into the phone about the blue tint that happens when the phone tilts a little left or right which is noticeable, nevertheless would normally use the phone from the front angle anyways so I didn’t find much of an issue with this.

Having small hands, size of the phone was is something I got used to it fast due to how light the phones which enables me to hold the phone for long periods of time with ease.

Suggestions to LVL up? I would suggest to bring back the headphone jack… but that’s not going to happen, so realistically Google should include an adapter that is more durable or include multiple. Or ideally throw in a pair of Bluetooth earphone which is a reasonable request seeing the price tag that comes with the Google Pixel 2 XL. (£550)

Overall LVL: 9.5/10 – 8 months on and I am still loving this phone with the stunning photos quality and battery life that seems to go on forever, I have no desire to switch it out anytime soon.


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