The Google Pixel 2 XL is a phone to be impressed with from Google a company who has only recently delved into making smartphones. Having spent a lot more time on the software through the Android system, Google has made a pretty refined phone for just their second iteration of devices.
It’s not hard to say that the Pixel 2 XL is Google’s best phone yet, although a slightly shallow response with only 4 devices on the market, it has an impressive screen which is big and bright and the camera which are able to outshine the rest of the competitors.
It’s not been without its fair share of reported problems with blue tinting and screen burning on the OLED display. Using the phone for a few weeks solidly though, there seem to be no issues with our review device.
The Pixel 2 XL is Google’s most expensive phone and a fair bit more than other phones on the market which can keep up with the internals. For £799 it will take a nice little chunk out of your wallet but the smaller version the Pixel 2 is £170 cheaper for at £629 for a 5-inch screen.
Although cheaper, they do differ from each other making it an important choice to consider.
With the XL comes a bigger battery, interestingly has less bezel around the screen and a better screen than the 5” version. Google promotes the subtle differences as a benefit only having to choose between deciding whether you want a bigger screen with a bigger battery or smaller device but slightly cheaper and a difference in screen quality.
Google Pixel 2 Price and Release Date
There are a couple different options you can select when picking the phone from the Google Store, starting at £799 for the entry 64GB model and £899 for the 128GB version. Colour options are only two coming in either black or white. Of the shelf at Google, the phone comes unlocked but if you do want to have the device on contract in the UK, EE is offering a selection of different options.
If you’re reading this from the US, Verizon is the go-to retailer. At the same time, if you pick up the phone from either Google or other retailers you can also get a free Google Home mini with your purchase.
Unlike other phones though, Google’s Pixel 2XL is the first ever phone to support the eSim technology which means you don’t need a sim to use it. The caveat is it works only in the US on Google’s own wireless carrier ‘Fi’. So the British among us will have to wait a little bit longer to try it out seeing as there is no known release or roll-out planned in the UK.