Is It Worth Upgrading to the Pixel 2?

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Properly the day is lastly right here: the day Google introduced to mild its latest Pixel telephones. Whereas none of what was introduced at present was significantly stunning, it’s no less than formally official. The true query right here is, after all, do you have to purchase a brand new Pixel telephone?

What’s New in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL?

With the first Pixel telephone, Google tapped HTC to deal with each fashions (the “common” one and the XL). This 12 months, HTC is once more manufacturing the smaller mannequin, however Google turned to long-time Nexus associate LG to construct up the bigger Pixel 2 XL. This can be a questionable, although not unusual, change however the variations in every mannequin might counsel why Google selected every producer to deal with it the approach they did. With Google’s current buy of HTC’s cell division, nevertheless, I’m undecided we’ll see this kind of conduct once more.

Whereas the smaller Pixel has gone largely unchanged when it comes to type issue and dimension, the bigger of the pair has been bumped to an objectively huge six-inch show. Luckily, the smaller bezels appear to kind of make up the distinction in general dimension, so its footprint is actually the similar as the earlier XL.

And that’s actually the greatest change we’re seeing right here: a way more refined, elegant look has been utilized to each fashions, although the bigger of the two undoubtedly has extra of a contemporary edge.

Talking of edge, each Pixels have an attention-grabbing “squeeze” function referred to as “Lively Edge” that enables you to invoke the Google Assistant by squeezing the sides of the telephone. This was clearly a web page taken from HTC’s U11 smartphone that was, like most HTC telephones in recent times, type of a flop. Hopefully this can do extra for Google’s telephones than it did HTCs.

On the inside, the telephones are way more comparable to each other. Every one is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and both 64GB or 128GB of storage. The XL mannequin packs a Quad HD show, whereas the smaller five-inch mannequin sticks with a extra humble 1080p panel. Each telephones have improved cameras, enhancing on the already nice expertise from final 12 months’s Pixel telephones.

In any other case, the general design—particularly on the again of every handset—could be very comparable to final 12 months’s Pixel. Aluminum backing with a fingerprint scanner, Gorilla Glass on the entrance, and USB-C are all alongside for the experience.

However you’ll additionally discover one large omission: no headphone jack. Google appears to have adopted in Apple’s footsteps right here by eradicating the headphone jack (although the firm is together with a USB-C to three.5mm adapter with the telephone), supposedly for waterproofing functions. This pair of telephones are the first from Google to function IP67 water- and dust-resistance, so I suppose that makes some kind of sense.

Then there’s the worth. I hope you guys are sitting down, as a result of this one is hard to swallow: the Pixel 2 will begin at $649 for 64GB and $749 for 128GB, whereas the XL is available in at a whopping $849 and $949 respectively. Yeah, we’re principally taking a look at iPhone X pricing for the Pixel XL, which is actually simply type of absurd.

With the particulars out of the approach, let’s speak about whether or not or not you should purchase one.

Ought to You Improve to the Pixel 2?

This, after all, will depend on what telephone you presently have. Listed below are just a few of the hottest telephones on the market, and what we take into consideration your improve choices.

If You Have a Final-Gen Pixel

Actually, this one is type of a toss-up. The 2017 Pixel telephones are nonetheless nice—arguably Google’s greatest telephones to date—and so they received’t be going wherever for some time.

So, actually, should you sprung for a Pixel final 12 months and don’t really feel prefer it’s getting lengthy in the tooth (which it shouldn’t be), then you definitely’re in all probability fantastic.  Except you simply want to squeeze your telephone to do stuff, I wouldn’t trouble with upgrading till no less than subsequent 12 months.

If You Have a Nexus 6P or 5X

Whereas final 12 months’s Pixel telephones will in all probability be going sturdy for no less than one other 12 months, the final residing handsets to bear the Nexus identify in all probability are getting just a little lengthy in the tooth at this level—in reality, Google even omitted a handful of Oreo options which might be obtainable on the Pixel when it launched the replace for last-gen Nexus telephones.

And that’s not even to point out the widespread bootloop issues which have plagued each units. Ouch.

So, should you’re a holdout from the Nexus crowd, that is in all probability the time to make the soar from Nexus to Pixel. You received’t remorse it.

If You Have a Nexus 6 or Older

Dude, simply do it already. Critically.

If You Have a Galaxy S7 or Different Non-Google, Earlier-Gen Android Telephone

Ah, now that’s a distinct kind of query, isn’t it? From my expertise, customers who’re already on the Galaxy prepare, have a tendency to keep on the Galaxy prepare—in different phrases, the logical improve path is from the S7 to the S8, or presumably even the Notice eight.

If, nevertheless, you’re searching for one thing completely different—cleaner, extra refined—then the Pixel 2 shall be a nice alternative. You’ll be dropping out on Samsung’s wi-fi charging, sadly, however that’s about it. In any other case, the Pixel 2 needs to be higher in just about each approach.

Plus, you received’t have to anticipate months to get software program updates. That’s a fairly large perk.

If You Have a Present Era Android Telephone (Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30, and so on.)

Lastly, and this in all probability goes with out saying, however should you’re already on a current-gen smartphone from one other producer, there’s little cause to dump that a lot cash on a Pixel until you’re actually sick of the (or there’s one thing about the telephone you simply type of hate).

The one factor you’re actually getting from upgrading to the Pixel is the promise of extra well timed updates. So it’s actually your name what you do right here—hopefully you may make a few of that cash again by promoting your previous telephone, regardless that most Android telephones don’t maintain their worth tremendous nicely.

If You Have an iPhone

With out truly going arms on with the new Pixels, I’ll say this preemptively: The Pixel 2 telephones are the greatest Android telephones we’ve ever seen. When you’re on the fence about shifting from iOS to Android, there’s no cause why one in all these shouldn’t be the telephone you decide up to make the change. These are actually Google’s iPhones, so you may’t go mistaken. When you make the change, I feel you’ll love them.

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