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Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

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

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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.

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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
91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

91
 

User Reviews

20
Black
I purchased this Google Pixel 2 64 GB directly from Google around 9 months ago....read more
90
Mano
Despite all the benefits Google has given to its new X-Pixel phone, it remains...read more
10
Liz
Before buying this, please Google the many reviews by owners saying that the...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
90
Average Critic Score
 
100
The Guardian
There is no question that the Google Pixel 2 XL is the best Android experience money can buy. It is the fastest-feeling, slickest and smoothest Android has ever been, putting it well on par with the quality of iOS.
 
90
USA Today
The Pixel 2 XL is a strong upgrade over Google’s first foray into producing its own phones. While it lacks some features found on other top phones from Samsung and Apple, photo buffs and Android fans will be very pleased with what Google’s done with the Pixel 2.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
If Google can fix the display using software to make it more joyous to use every day, then this would become a more exciting phone, but launching into a market of great devices, this model isn't Pixel perfect.
 
90
CNET
A bigger, sharper screen and thinner bezels make the Pixel 2 XL the best Google phone and a generally fantastic phone choice.
 
90
9to5Google
All this in mind, this is a refined phone designed with consumers in mind, and software that absolutely no one else is capable of matching. Over the coming year, I think we’ll keep coming back to the Pixel 2 XL as a baseline for a lot of Android phones, just like we did last year.
 
90
TechRadar
Despite losing the cherished 3.5mm headphone jack, the Pixel 2 XL makes up for it in spades with a mix of unique and sought-after features like a stellar design, waterproofing, Active Edge and a truly impressive camera.
 
90
PC World
The Pixel 2 XL is an incredible phone that grafts device experiences to life experience in simple, intuitive and smile-provoking ways.
 
90
PC Mag
The Pixel 2 XL combines elegant Google software and a great camera for a smooth Android experience.
 
100
Stuff
If you don’t mind the size, and spending the extra, the XL is absolutely the Pixel 2 to buy - the smaller version just feels plain in comparison. It's expensive, but then what flagship phone isn't these days?
 
80
Liliputing
Even with an imperfect display, I think the Pixel 2 XL is a pretty good phone. I’m just not sure if it’s $849 good. And that’s one of the main reasons I bought the smaller model for $649.