Google Pixel 2
The Google Pixel 2. //Photo by AndroidCentral

Thoughts: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announced – What I think

After weeks, and perhaps months of leaks, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is official.

Like most flagships, the Google Pixel 2 specification, as well the Google Pixel 2 XL specification is almost similar, with exception of their battery and screen size.

Both smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, have 4GB or RAM, a 12MP rear camera with optics and image stabilizer, as well as a front 8MP front shooter.

As it is a Google phone, it is of course only right that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come in the latest Android Oreo operating system (OS), making it among the first few smartphones to have the OS in the device at sale.


This isn’t exactly an in-depth review since I didn’t try out the phone, but I could tell you briefly on what I think about the phone, based on it’s specifications.

For starters, the looks; I dislike the ‘colour block’, black and white colour which to me is odd, and weird, but I am sure some will find it interesting.

The huge bezels is not trend worthy, but the curves around the body do make it look rather nice regardless, and the rear phone camera isn’t exactly at the side or center, so that’s good as photo taking would be much easier.

Moving on, the hardware specifications look pretty solid with many standard specs making its way to both the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

However, the lack of an audio jack does bug me a lot, and the 4GB RAM, despite being enough, isn’t exactly mind-blowing considering these days you have 6GB of RAM to ensure multitasking is seamless.

Reviews online suggest that the 16MP rear camera is impressive, but I am more keen to the fact that you need not need a simcard if you are subscribed to Google’s Project Fi, which provides free internet access at selected places.

Last but not least, I’m not in favour of the rear fingerprint scanner, preferring it on the side of at the front screen, and I am skeptical over power retention of the 2,700mAh battery on the Pixel 2.

Anyway, until I get the phone to test, my money isn’t on purchasing either phone for now as I think  there are better options out there.