With real-time cloud computing and any number of other gee-whiz capabilities built right in, the Google Pixel 2 and the larger Google Pixel 2 XL are serious players in the smartphone space. That means easier use of Google Assistant, higher-quality photos and videos, improved battery life and improved functionality at work or on the go.
And the tech press has take note. Here are six features of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that have impressed them above all.
Pixel 2 takes amazing photos
For the snappers, the Pixel 2’s specs will impress: a 12.2MP sensor with a strong low-light, f/1.8 lens, and optical image stabilization (OIS) to prevent blurred shots. But according to TechRadar, it’s Google’s Pixel Visual Core processor that’s “injecting even more smarts into your phone.” That means brighter HDRs—those cool multiple shots sandwiched into a single image—especially in low light, and smoother zoomed-in shots, the editors note.
Meanwhile, Dxo Mark highlights the camera’s impressive video quality, noting that “exposure is good in almost all lighting conditions” and “autofocus is very fast, smooth, and stable—including subject tracking.” Photography Blog praises the handset’s motion controls and the Pixel’s ability to decide when to grab video while snapping stills—“a great way to create motion clips when it’s most wanted.”
You won’t lose memories
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use cloud storage, and users get unlimited photo and video storage until 2020. “[You] can upload all of their photos and videos at full resolution for free,” points out CNET. That’s excellent news if you commonly run up against your phone’s data-storage limits.
The fingerprint reader is where it should be
Google positioned the Pixel 2’s fingerprint scanner on the back of its device, which means unlocking the device is easy and intuitive. “You simply hold the phone as you would use it,” writes Business Insider. “Where you pointer finger naturally rests is where the fingerprint scanner is.”