The present generation, Google Pixel 2 XL is a smartphone with a practical casing, in which only the glass insert from the camera module stands out from the decorative elements. The device is devoid of sharp corners and other irregularities: the shape is streamlined, nothing sticks out, and there are no acid colors, only white-black with an orange power button and completely black. The design looks beautiful, but looking at iPhone X and Galaxy S8, the Pixel series hasn’t reached the magnitude. The design innovation is expected once Google Pixel 3 Xl is revealed to the world.
The Pixel 2 Xl smartphone is large, but due to its small thickness, it is convenient to hold it. Slightly frustrating from an aesthetic point of view, that the frames under and above the display are disproportionate, the sides on the left and on the right are also large, and together with the substantial smoothing of the corners (not like the case itself), the composition delays the sensation of a modern fashion device. However, in the process of using this feeling disappears, but the first contact does not fascinate, as in the case of the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Now you clearly know, what Google should fix in the next Pixel device.
For Pixel 2 Xl, the metal to the touch resembles sandpaper with the impregnation of metal; this gave grasp to the body but reduced the feeling from it. To attribute strange sensations to pluses or minuses is not worth it, since this feature is for the amateur, besides many buyers will hide such an expensive smartphone in a cover.
The layout of the controls is standard, placing the lock button above the volume switch (typical for Google smartphones) is inconvenient because of the length of the device – the lock has to be constantly searched, the brain often needs to click to decrease the volume. Apparatus is also perceived to be slightly long, it often has to be intercepted, which is caused by a new aspect ratio of the screen.
Talking about the display used in the present generation phone, Pixel 2 XL received a 6-inch OLED display with a new 2: 1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels, a DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage. The production technology allowed to realize always included display and maximally deep black color.
Great contrast on the spot, also the display was pleased with the excellent maximum brightness. Overflows and care in green-blue-red shades under small deviation angles (classical OLED shortcomings) are present. At minimal brightness, in addition to strong care in blue tones, one more traditional negative OLED is clearly pronounced.
Color rendering of the display is difficult to praise: profiles suggest choosing natural colors that look more like faded, and other modes drastically depart from reality towards acidity. The temperature is slightly cool, but within reason, it does not irritate.
After such ratings for the display, it still doesn’t stand in front of best display smartphones such as iPhone X. The present market actually seeks an innovation in the display technology, to some extent iPhone X full fills, but doesn’t Pixel series doesn’t so far.
The design review of Pixel 2 Xl favors the device. However, there are a lot more things that should be improved. We all hope that Google make the required and we have the best smartphone at the end of this year in form of Google Pixel 3 XL.