The Google Pixel 2, unveiled in 2017, was the successor to the original Pixel. Google continued its emphasis on camera capabilities, software experience, and the integration of the Google Assistant. The Pixel 2 aimed to refine the experience of its predecessor while addressing some of its criticisms.
- Operating System: Launched with Android 8.0 Oreo, with the promise of direct and timely updates from Google.
- Display: 5.0-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa-core.
- Memory: 4 GB RAM with options of 64/128 GB internal storage (non-expandable).
- Camera: 12.2 MP rear camera with laser and phase detection autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization, and an 8 MP front camera.
- Battery: 2700 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging capabilities.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS.
- Other Features: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted), USB Type-C, water and dust resistance (IP67), stereo front-facing speakers, and deep integration of Google Assistant.
- Camera Excellence: The Pixel 2’s camera was lauded for its outstanding performance, especially in low light and for its portrait mode, even without a dual-camera setup.
- Pure Android Experience: The Pixel 2 offered a stock Android experience with the added benefit of prompt updates.
- Water and Dust Resistance: The addition of IP67 certification was a welcome improvement over its predecessor.
- Performance: With the Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB RAM, the device delivered a smooth and responsive user experience.
- Front-Facing Stereo Speakers: The stereo speakers provided a richer audio experience compared to many competitors.
- No Headphone Jack: Google’s decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack was controversial and not well-received by all users.
- Design: While the build quality was solid, the design, especially the large bezels, felt somewhat dated in comparison to the competition.
- Battery Life: The 2700 mAh battery was adequate but not exceptional, especially when compared to some other flagship devices.
Comparisons to Other Technologies:
In 2017, the smartphone market saw several innovations and design shifts. The Google Pixel 2 faced competition from:
- iPhone 8: Apple’s offering with its A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and iOS ecosystem.
- Samsung Galaxy S8: Known for its Infinity Display, premium design, and robust feature set.
- OnePlus 5T: Offering high-end specs with a more affordable price tag.
The Google Pixel 2 was announced in October 2017 and released later that month.
- Display Issues: Some early users reported issues with the Pixel 2 XL’s display, including muted colors, blue shift, and burn-in. While the standard Pixel 2 was less affected, it wasn’t entirely immune to these concerns.
- Audio Quality: Some users reported buzzing and clicking sounds in the earpiece during calls.
- Software Bugs: As with any new device, there were occasional software bugs, though Google was relatively prompt in addressing them with updates.
The Google Pixel 2 built upon the foundation set by its predecessor, offering an even better camera, improved build, and the latest software features directly from Google. While it faced stiff competition and had its share of controversies, especially concerning the display, it solidified Google’s position in the premium smartphone segment. For those deeply invested in the Google ecosystem or those prioritizing camera and software experience, the Pixel 2 was a compelling choice.