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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

 
48
Average user Score
 
20
Black
01.11.19
I purchased this Google Pixel 2 64 GB directly from Google around 9 months ago. I have had several faulty issues with the phone including random loss of phone service, phone only vibrates randomly, and the consistent need to restart phone in order to gain phone service. The charger cable became loose after about 6 months, and finally after 9 months it became nearly impossible to charge or use any other cord attachments such as the audio adapter or data transfer adapter. I contacted Google about the issue and found out that they would replace my newly purchased device with an aftermarket repaired Google Pixel 2. They told me that the request would be processed immediately and that I would receive the replacement Pixel 2 shortly and then send my original phone to Google. I received an email stating, "Ive processed your request. You should receive an email soon with detailed instructions and shipping labels.If I can help with anything else, please let me know." I decided I did not want a replacement, but wanted my original phone to be repaired and returned. I responded to the email and waited 6 days, no response from Google and no shipping label or replacement phone. When I called they said it must have been a glitch. This phone has been a world of glitches and Google's customer service is very poor. Because Google owns the search engine it seems they have been able to manipulate the reviews in their favor. Do yourself a favor and purchase an Iphone or Samsung instead.
 
90
Mano
08.23.18
Despite all the benefits Google has given to its new X-Pixel phone, it remains subject to fierce competition with some other smartphones that are tied in the technical level but are outperforming in terms of price. But the Google pixel 2 xl deals ‎option remains one of the most important options that can increase users’ demand for the Google Pixel XL experience.
 
10
Liz
07.25.18
Before buying this, please Google the many reviews by owners saying that the battery drains really quickly since the upgrade to 8.01 and that it gets hot in use. We only discovered this type of review when we had cause to look for it and we discovered these problems within the first hour or so of setting it up from brand new. It lost 6% of battery on standby with 4 simple apps (Chrome, pictures etc) open in less than 15 minutes. I ran the same apps on my equivalent Moto G6 Plus bought a few weeks earlier and it lost no percentage of battery in the same time. I also ran the same video on both phones, mine stayed cool whilst the Pixel 2 XL got warm within the first couple of minutes and also used twice as much battery percentage. This is not right. It also gets very hot when charging. The good reviews you have read were written before this update caused the problems, Google have no information as to when they will be resolve so DON'T BUY THIS PHONE.
 
70
JOAO FELIPE
06.24.18
Very bad implementation with Pixel Buds. I moved from iPhone, so I get frustrated many times as the voice commands do not work, or the bluetooth looses connection and then you are out without the buds box, so there is no way to reset the thing, and you loose the abiity to listen to music in my running or biking routine. This happened already a couple of times. Basically I do not think this thing is ready to cost > USD 1000. I feel like really stupid for having paid this amout of money for a half baked product.