My friend Goo

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If you wanted to buy your way to ‘elite nerd’ sta­tus not so long ago then one of Google’s Nexus phones was the way to go. Since they weren’t sold on the high street you were guar­an­teed to own a phone none of your mates had. Plus, there was the priv­i­lege of be­ing able to drop the phrase ‘stock An­droid’ into con­ver­sa­tions as though it was akin to the Holy Grail and a win­ning lot­tery ticket com­bined.

The prob­lem with all of this? Loads of peo­ple who owned a Nexus were to­tally in­suf­fer­able. A re­brand­ing ex­er­cise was due, and it has cul­mi­nated with the Pixel 2 XL: a phone for nor­mal folks and pedan­tic geeks.

You see, what makes this bumper-sized blower so great is not the fact that it runs the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid sans un­nec­es­sary apps and wid­gets. No, it’s that you get loads more be­sides that one ad­mit­tedly crack­ing trick. Chiefly, that means the finest cam­era we’ve ever seen in a smart­phone and a de­sign that’s a huge step up from last year’s model – es­pe­cially for the poor ac­ci­dent-prone souls who found drop­ping the Pixel phone on its glass back would wreck its cam­era in one crack.

As such, the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t feel like a gim­mick or a pic­ture of how phones could work in the fu­ture – which its pre­de­ces­sor could ar­guably have been ac­cused of. The se­quel to the Pixel is great right now, whether or not you wor­ship at the al­tar of the Big G.

It doesn’t do mi­crosd, but up to 128GB stor­age should prove am­ple for most me­dia hoard­ers. Not hav­ing that card slot also helps with the IP67 wa­ter-re­sis­tance. Des­per­ate to know what song is on in the pub? The Pixel 2 XL keeps tabs on the mu­sic around you in dis­arm­ingly ac­cu­rate fash­ion. Its ’90s pop knowl­edge is im­pec­ca­ble.

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