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Pixel 2 Review

Episode #31The Fringe #451

Ian R Buck is joined by his tech twin, Betsy Dadabo to talk about the phone they both just bought, the Pixel 2! Is this a phone that will stand the test of time?

Episode Summary

00:00 | Intro

01:07 | Pricing

  • Start at $650
  • Add storage for $100
  • Get XL for $200 more

02:44 | Specs

  • Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM
    • Apps stay in RAM forever, it’s great!
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • 2700 mAh (3520 mAh on XL)
  • USB 3.1 Type-C

04:08 | Camera

12:46 | Battery Life, Charging

  • I haven’t used my external battery since I got this phone
  • Typically end the day with ~20% charge
  • USB-PD
  • No wireless charging

16:42 | Display

  • 5” 1080p AMOLED (6” 1440p P-OLED on XL)
  • Always-on display
    • No problems with it doing stuff in my pocket

19:48 | Body

  • Gorgeous, really good feeling phone; I feel bad about putting a case on it
    • Glass is now “upper fifth” instead of “upper third”
    • Love the material they covered the metal body in
  • Colors
    • Pixel 2
      • Just Black
      • Clearly White
      • Kinda Blue (bright blue power button!)
    • Pixel 2 XL
      • Just Black
      • Black & White (red power button!)
  • Antenna bands slightly visible from the front; a little distracting when you notice them from the corner of your eye
  • Dimensions feel very familiar coming from the Nexus 5X
  • People hating on the bezels

28:41 | Buttons

  • Power, volume buttons on the right
  • Fingerprint sensor on the back
    • Really picky when your finger is damp
    • Swipe for notifications feature has been improved: orientation rotates to match the screen
    • Before I put a case on it, I activated the notifications by accident a lot
  • Active Edge
    • Very effective at getting me to use the Google Assistant more

34:29 | Sound

  • Great speakers!
  • No headphone jack. It’s a real bummer when your adapter breaks in mere weeks.

39:48 | Radios

  • Haven’t noticed any problems, similar reception to Nexus 5X
  • eSIM
    • Convenient for setup
    • How will I quickly switch my service to another phone if I want to?

42:20 | Software

46:18 | Freebie

  • Google Home Mini

47:24 | Final Thoughts

48:53 | Outro

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