The G-spot

Esquire (Singapore) - - Man At His Best -

We’re so fix­ated on the Ap­ple and Sam­sung throw down, we fail to no­tice an­other wor­thy con­tender to the bat­tle of the smart­phones: the Google Pixel 2 XL. It’s a 6IN smart­phone pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor and op­er­ates on An­droid 8.0 Oreo. Dust and wa­ter-re­sis­tant, fin­ger­print au­then­ti­ca­tion re­mains at the back of the de­vice for an eas­ier un­lock. Cam­era-wise, the Pixel 2 XL has a sin­gle rear cam­era (against the grain of the dual cam­era wave) but it’s still able to get that bokeh ef­fect. If you’re a mem­ory hog, this phone doesn’t have a slot for your mi­croSD card, so you’re gonna have to rely on the 64GB model that’s also avail­able. Oh, and there are

squeez­able sides—much like the HTC U11—that launch Google As­sis­tant. The de­sign for the Pixel Buds is hit-and-miss. The ear­pieces con­fused me at the start and I ac­ci­den­tally shoved the wrong end of the buds into my ear­holes. And you’re sup­posed to ad­just the fab­ric loops for a se­cure fit, but ei­ther my au­ri­cles are de­formed or the loops keep slip­ping back to their orig­i­nal po­si­tion. Google As­sis­tant was a boon in most sce­nar­ios: when lost, I pressed on the right ear­bud and

asked for help—voila! I was able to get di­rec­tions. I was more in­ter­ested in the real-time trans­la­tion though, but we’re still far from that ide­alised fu­ture where in­stan­ta­neous uni­ver­sal trans­la­tion is pos­si­ble. Google Trans­late does not do well with nu­ances of lan­guage so keep

it sim­ple. And pre­pare to get lit­eral trans­la­tions. But aside from that, this is a good start. It’s not per­fect but it’ll do for now.

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