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Google Pixel 2 XL

from  $929.99+
91
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

Long story short, the XL is the bigger, more attractive version of the Pixel 2. Just about everything I loved about Google's new small phone applies here too, but the XL has a few distinct advantages -- its battery life is much better, and Android Oreo shines on its bigger screen. Considering how much the phone costs, though, I do wish Google and LG had gone with slightly better display panels. That aside, the Pixel 2 XL improves on its predecessor in almost every way that matters and claims the crown as my favorite Android phone of the year so far -- it's just too bad that headphone jack is gone.

Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Long battery life
  • Truly impressive camera
  • It's finally water resistant
  • Android 8.0 is powerful and accessible
  • eSIM works well with Project Fi
Cons
  • No microSD slot or headphone jack
  • There are better big screens out there
  • Unlimited full-res photo storage only lasts three years
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Scores

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User Reviews

70
JOAO FELIPE
Very bad implementation with Pixel Buds. I moved from iPhone, so I get frustrated...read more
10
Liz
Before buying this, please Google the many reviews by owners saying that the...read more
90
Mano
Despite all the benefits Google has given to its new X-Pixel phone, it remains...read more
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90
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Reception and call quality

80
 

Display

78
 

Battery life

88
 

Camera

98
 

Ease of use

91
 

Design and form factor

86
 

Portability (size / weight)

77
 

Media support

71
 

Durability

80
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

80
 

How It Stacks Up

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