Every new device appearing in the smartphone arena is trying to boast of a new and unique design to outshine the competition at least in an outward manner. Well, that seems quite unusual as the smartphone market seems to be really overcrowded and saturated up to the brim while consumers continue to demand better in every front. Google Pixel 2, the ambitious latest upgrade of the Google Pixel phone seems to have real potential to keep us hold breath looking at its exceptionally cute design.
Just launched on 19th October this year, this new member in the not so old Pixel fraternity seems to have positioned Google once more as a commendable name in smartphone market. Though it still looks a bit dull compared to several major launches from other brands in recent months, it still holds quite a lot to be considered a contender in the chokingly competitive smartphone arena.
• Design and Built
Google Pixel 2 was launched along with a XL variant just like the iPhones launched in recent years. But with a thin aluminium built and sleek bezel on both sides, the Pixel 2 looks more compact and appealing compared to its big brother Pixel 2 XL which looks a bit similar to several Chinese variants. The outward and at a glance look apart, the phone is a pleasure to hold in hand because of the firm grip and slightly textured backside.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes respectively in 3 and 2 different color options. While the Pixel 2 is available in a cool Blue colour, it’s XL variant gets a sophisticated Black and White colour option. The Pixel 2 will weigh only 143 gm while the Pixel 2 XL will weigh 175 gm. Unquestionably, it is one of the most lightweight smartphones available presently on the market.
It is far from a flashy phone when you look at it. Without offering an all-screen design without bezel or a curved screen design Google rather took a balanced path with an effective, simple and easy to hold design. The absence of glass at the backside and presence of a considerable amount of bezel may disappoint you, but the solid built will nevertheless help you hold and move around with the phone with greatest ease.
• Hardware Specs
With Pixel 2 the hardware specs plays a really powerful role and it seems Google gave performance a lot of thought when considering the hardware. Loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, it would have the most advanced processor in the Android phone market. The 4GB RAM will add more power to Pixel phones and on the storage front it will have two variations respectively as 64GB or 128GB.
One of the best value addition that Google made with this new range of phone is the water resistant capacity. With IP67 water resistant rating new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is capable to stay unmanaged under up to one meter of water for as long as 30 minutes.
There are some eye popping revelations for the Pixel enthusiasts. One of them is the sheer absence of headphone jack. This is obviously suggestive of Google’s vision about Pixel 2 offering wireless music listening experience. But you can still experience wired hearing by pairing the USB-C 3.5mm adapter provided in the box with any other headphone available in the market.
Finally, few weeks ago Google launched Pixel Buds for a never before smart wireless music listening and calling experience whether at workout or at other situations. Obviously, the Pixel Buds bought with a Pixel 2 device will give you ultimate listening flair with a slightly higher cost.
• Cameras And Imaging Output
One of the most formidable thing about new Pixel 2 is its robust 12.2 MP rear camera which delivers 1.4μm pixels in crisp images. The camera comes with f/1.8 aperture lens and offers autofocus ability with advanced abilities like laser and dual-pixel phase detection, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). Besides grabbing crisp and crystal clear images the camera can also shoot smooth 1080p video at frame speed of 30, 60, or 120 frame per second.
Unlike many other competitors sharing the upmarket smartphone arena, Google rather preferred to load its new Pixel upgrade with a single camera on the rear side. Instead of offering multiple cameras it chooses to deliver awesome image output with some advanced features. Powered by machine learning the user can enjoy unmatched photographic output based upon the user preference.
Unmatched pixel count is just the icing on the cake while new Pixel 2 delivers awesome optical and electronic image stabilisation to help you capture smooth images even at various compromising situations while on the go. The advanced phase detection offered by the phone will allow you take the brightest portraits with Pixel 2 camera. Finally, even for low light conditions Pixel 2 delivers just the right imaging ability with the presence of auto HDR mode.
• Better than Live Photos
If you were a fan of Apple’s Live Photos and always missed it in most Android devices, Pixel 2 can just deliver you a rather better and enhanced version of it. Google has introduced augmented reality with the imaging software of Pixel to help you grab lively and moving images commonly called Motion Photos. With HDR and AR working together you can grab the best of live moments and share them instantly on social platforms.
• Google Assistant
Finally, if you need to talk of a real masterstroke of Google with the new Pixel 2 it is its introduction of a more powerful and responsive version of Google Assistant. Now, Google Assistant can really deliver much more better outputs than its previous avatars and performance wise it can even be compared to the Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa.
New Google Assistant will deliver you information about surrounding landmarks, locations and things in the real time along with their pics. If your phone camera shows an object or a landmark, the Google Assistant will instantly furnish information about it along with all practical information concerning entry fee, timing, etc.
To add more spice to your user experience, the microphone of the device will identify any ambient music in the vicinity and deliver you instant information about them on your screen.
Pixel 2 seems convincing as a device just because of the huge boost with camera output and Google Assistant. But, for the uncompromising users who do not mind paying a premium for the ultimate cutting edge smartphone experience, Pixel 2 still comes short of being the best option. Nevertheless, it is still a contender among several hard-knock smartphones launched in recent months.