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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Google's best phones get even better

Rather than build two identical Pixels this year, Google decided to make its new small smartphone a little more conservative. Make no mistake: the Pixel 2 is still an incredibly fast phone, and a clean build of Android 8.0 Oreo combined with Google's intelligent features make the device incredibly capable. And its camera? Just fantastic. Because of its more traditional design and smaller battery, though, the Pixel 2 doesn't make as strong an impression as the Pixel XL. Still, if you're looking for a first-rate Android phone that won't make your hands cramp, you'd do well to start your search here.

Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • 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
  • Its design feels dated
  • Unlimited full-res photo storage only lasts three years
  • Middling battery life
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Reception and call quality

80
 

Display

83
 

Battery life

78
 

Camera

98
 

Ease of use

95
 

Design and form factor

72
 

Portability (size / weight)

85
 

Media support

70
 

Durability

80
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

93
 

How It Stacks Up

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81
 

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