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Google Pixel 2 XL Review: FEATURES and PERFORMANCE

Originating from a Samsung smart-phone famous for its high brilliant colours, the Pixel two XL's Oled (natural light display) screen looks more vibrant, but might be closer to neutral. There is an option to enable more vivid colours, however, the consequence seems minimal. Perhaps I am utilised to Samsung's displays, but the LG-made screen on the Pixel two XL just isn't quite as goodlooking and not as glowing.

The screen has rounded corners and also an on-screen screen mode to display the current notifications and time. In addition, a Now Playing feature pops up an integrated song database numbering in the tens of thousands to recognize the name of a song playing at the background also shows it on the lock screen. Google claims it functions in airplane mode, when the device is not connected online, and the database will be updated regularly. In my own testing, it can recognise most well-known songs on radio stations (unless it is a classical bit) that will be probably its planned use instance anyway.

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FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE

Taking a page from HTC, the sides of this Pixel 2 mobiles could be wired to activate the Google Assistant. Dubbed Active Edge, this feature may also quiet in coming calls, however it's a pity that Google, unlike HTC, will not let users put in the gesture for some other uses. Probably the most divisive thing about the Pixel two phones is their absence of a 3.5mm headset jack. A USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle is included, but it is inconvenient and likely to be misplaced.

The Google Pixel 2 XL works on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system, however with Google's own customisation, such as the search bar in the underside. The back fingerprint sensor can be tapped to pull down the notification colour, a useful tweak that I believe is also available on Google Nexus phones along with the Galaxy S8. More to the point, it runs very smooth having its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. I can easily get past each day's usage without having to charge it. However, it would probably be a stretch to make it survive just two weeks.

On the 64GB inspection set, the critical files constitute nearly 10GB of internal storage, which is some thing to consider because the Pixel lacks a SD card slot for extra storage. Actually, the lack of mobile storage is but one entry at the list of qualities that are missing over the two Pixel two models in comparison to some of their competitions. Wireless charging and, clearly, the headset jack, are others that spring into mind. For me, its design, while still above-average for a smartphone this calendar year, will not excite me as much as Samsung's sleek Galaxy S8 or Note8 mobiles.