GOOGLE PIXEL 2
Google adds intelligent software on top of an amazing camera to make this phone an instant hit
Google is back again with its nextgeneration Android offering, bringing extra smarts and a cracking camera, but can it compete with the fierce competition?
It seems Google is really starting to define its vision for the perfect Android phone: pragmatic, quirky design, with killer software.
Let’s start with the design, which has its good and bad parts. With a five-inch screen, it’s a great size, and easy to use one-handed. The phone overall has a clear visual identity now, with a larger glass panel on the rear that stretches around the edges of the device, and chamfered bezels.
Oddly, it feels like it’s made from plastic, though it does feel as solid as a rock. Compared to the almost ceramiclike iPhone 8’s glass back, it feels kind of cheap despite being premium. That said, it’s the most grippy flagship phone out there, which we like.
We also need to talk about those giant bezels at the top and bottom of the phone, which are so egregiously large, we’re not sure if Google is trolling us here in the year of bezellessness, 2017. We can live with them, as we did on the iPhone 8, but it does make us wish the slim-edged design of the six-inch Pixel 2 XL was used on the smaller phone – but we’ll talk more about the XL version later.
At least within those bezels, the Pixel 2 has been given a significant upgrade in the display department, with a more vibrant-looking OLED display (though still Full HD, which is brilliant sharp at five inches). It also features an ambient ‘Always On’ display, which continues to show key information and notifications even when the screen is theoretically off. This is a nice touch but has been seen before, though it’s executed nicely here, and includes a feature to tell you what song is playing in the background, like an instant Shazam.