The Google Pixel 2 is twice as good
The Pixel 2 builds on the strengths of the original Pixel - a pure Android build, all-day battery life and the title of the best smartphone camera. This review is going to focus on two of those things that make it work for me.
Consider the Pixel 2 as part high end point-andshoot camera and part smartphone. Yes, the camera is that good. It’s just a single 12.2mp lens with an f/1.8 aperture but Google’s machine learning algorithms do wonderful things with it, producing stunning images every time. Like the saying goes, ‘the best cam- era is the one you have with you’, I’m now comfortable leaving my DSLR at home when I travel. In daylight, you can expect colour accurate stills with high detail, even if you zoom in to 50 per cent. This isn’t important for social media updates but when you decide to print these shots, like we did for a feature story in the Dec 2017 issue, it’s a big deal. In low light, you’ll definitely be able to get Insta-worthy shots. We had fun shooting details on cars with the Portrait mode, which introduces a surprisingly well defined bokeh effect. Sure, it feels artificial sometimes but when it gets it right, it’s easy to mistake for a shot taken with a DSLR.
Ending a regular workday with 30-40 per cent battery life remaining is normal, with 3.5-4 hours of screen time. Screen on time dips an hour or so when travelling, possibly due to the phone searching for signal more often. On a road trip, with GPS navigation and Bluetooth running from 7am, I had to plug in at about 4pm. I find myself using Google Assistant quite a lot when I’m behind the wheel, for directions and even to send texts. Sure other phones offer ‘Assistant’ but the integration on the Pixel seems more fluid. At the end of the day, it’s easy to recommend the Pixel 2 on its camera capabilities alone, so the fact that it offers a superb smartphone experience really does seal the deal.
How well does Google’s flagship do in our everyday grind of photography, travel and road trips? Simran Rastogi finds out WHEN IT GETS THE BOKEH RIGHT, IT’S EASY TO MISTAKE FOR A SHOT TAKEN WITH A DSLR