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6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

On October 4, Google decides to launch its second version of the Pixel to the market. He hype It was…

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

On October 4, Google decides to launch its second version of the Pixel to the market. He hype It was tremendous Would they present the best camera on the market again? As always, we follow the presentation from Andro4all. The Pixel 2 goes unnoticed, with a design more typical of a mobile from 3 years ago, so we look at the Google Pixel 2 XL, the true top of the range .

The design is still not flashy, there are more frames than we expected, but it’s time to talk about the camera and its artificial intelligence . Portrait mode with only one camera! Android Oreo is seen running smoothly and fully integrated into the device.

959 euros, Google’s most expensive mobile to date , and higher than what big manufacturers like Samsung asked for their S8. Was it worth it then to buy the Pixel?

Google Pixel 2 XL, a bad start

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

Yes, the beginning of Google Pixel 2 XL in the market could not be more disastrous, and I’m sorry, but Google deserves the harsh criticism it received . The Pixel 2 XL comes to the market with a screen dead , without color, with a greenish and unpleasant tinge, provoking the immediate return of many users, and the fierce criticism of the entire media.

After realizing the disaster – it is not logical for a firm like Google to launch a mobile phone to the market with this screen-, they decide to launch an update to fix the colors, and blessed has been .

The main problem of the Google Pixel 2 XL is its factory color mode, which shows a dead screen that seems to have a filter loin of Instagram. The saturated mode ended this problem.

The screen of the Google Pixel 2 XL changes radically in the saturated mode. It’s still far from the big Samsung panels, but the 6 inches with QHD resolution and P-OLED technology finally shine the colors that should . Saturated, vivid, and flashy, a pretty screen resultona

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

The blueing theme? Another big mistake of Google, followed by another error even bigger . The first units of the Google Pixel 2 XL had an excessive bluish tint, something that was corrected in silence , so the majority of press consumers tech , they had no information about it.

Google, if you make new shipments of Pixel 2 XL with a less blue screen, communicate it to the press, and do not let users continue to criticize a defect that is already so much in your device star.

The units of the Google Pixel 2 XL manufactured as of October no longer present that blue dye so exaggerated . I have been able to test the Pixel at the same time as the iPhone X, and I can assure you that the dye is practically identical.

They are grateful for details such as the progressive luminosity of the navbar to avoid burned , the good combination of Ambient Display of Google with P-OLED technology, they manage to complete a good experience with the screen, which is clouded by not being at the level of the competition, and by the serious, very serious initial failures.

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

Reviewed this, say that after almost half a year, my screen does not present burned of any kind or any degradation . Follow with the same brightness and vividness of the first day, so it is not a problem for which you should worry in the short or medium term.

Design, is still the ugly duckling

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

We will not cheat, the Google Pixel 2 XL is the less graceful high end to this day . It is not a mobile that surprises in the hand, it has good grip , but it does not feel as premium as an S9 or a P20 Pro, and has too many front frames, which are not justified by the double speaker .

The Google Pixel 2 XL is built in a combination of aluminum and glass. Its 2.5d curvature makes it quite pleasant to the hand, and the grip on the back is spectacular. However, the design can not be compared to the top end of its price range.

I would like a Pixel with the design of any Samsung, Huawei, and even Xiaomi, why lie? I hope that this 2018 Google will put the batteries . Having the best software and camera is something to value, but it is understandable that many users do not want to spend almost 1,000 euros on a mobile phone that is not particularly pleasant visually.

The camera, we have to talk about the camera

DxOMark can say whatever he wants, the camera of the Google Pixel 2 XL is still the most complete . We have a single sensor of 12 megapixels, and a front of 8 megapixels. A priori, a hardware that is considered insufficient in this time of double and triple cameras, Nothing could be further from the truth .

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

It is true that the camera of the Google Pixel 2 XL has been overtaken by the Huawei P20 Pro in the night section, but remains the king in fundamental aspects of photography such as:

• Portrait mode, both front and rear camera

• Contrast of the image

• Dynamic range management

• Automatic HDR + management

• Overall quality of the front camera

• Video stabilization

IN CONSISTENCY OF RESULTS, NO MOBILE APPROACHES PIXEL 2 XL

We started, recently, we explain how Google portrait mode works . It is an algorithm of Machine Learning , which allows the telephone to distinguish between dozens of categories – hair, ears, faces, animals … -, so the cut of the image is superior to that of any other mobile of the competition . To show a button, and is that without evidence to support our opinion, there can be credibility

In this complete gallery you can see how the Google Pixel 2 XL is the only mobile on the market that exposes correctly . The other competitors overexpose the skies or lose information, not always, but are prone to do so. Nevertheless, you will never see a burnt sky in the Google Pixel, for the management of the dynamic range that has .

As for the front camera, manages to make 8 megapixels better than rival photos that use more than 20 megapixels . Note that the opening of the selfie camera is only f / 2.4, and still brings more light than other phones with f / 1.7 . Again, the algorithm of Machine Learning It comes into play, and it shows that software is almost more important than software.

A brief response to the criticism of computational processing

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

I have come across comments, throughout these months, making a criticism that Pixel achieves these results through software, and that some users prefer a better sensor that makes better photos, instead of processing them like that .

I’m sorry, friend, but if you understand a minimum of digital photography, you’ll know that the final result depends on the software . A professional photographer, even if he shoots with a camera of thousands of euros, shoot in RAW format, and get a file in raw .

In digital photography, processing is key to the final result. The smartphones do nothing but save us that step of processing the photo manually, but when it comes to delivering a professional job, the software is key to the final quality of the snapshot.

This file in raw , is processed in programs like Photoshop Lightroom , where photographers can get to dedicate hours to the processing of the image. That is, we take photographs, and process them when we get home.

The Pixel does exactly the same thing, but automatically, so it makes no sense to criticize that the results are thanks to the software , since this is precisely its greatest virtue.

Performance, when everything else seems slow

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

It is totally understandable that you argue that any high range of 2017 and 2018 works well and smoothly, It is undeniable . However, with the exception of the iPhone X, there is not a single Android phone that is more fluid than the Pixel . This one has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (MSM8998), with a frequency of 1.9Ghz in 4 cores, and 2.5 Ghz in the other 4 (Big.LITTLE architecture).

The manufacturing process is 10nm, and the RAM module is 4 GB LPDDR4X. Finally, we find 64 and 128 GB internal memory configurations . No, they are not expandable by microSD cards because these are not favorable for Android performance . But not everything is hardware, the Pixel ROM is the one that makes it work that well .

Currently, we can find this same hardware configuration in 300 or 400 euros mobile phones. However, software is key to performance, something Google has known for a long time.

Internet has spread the big lie that OnePlus phones are at Pixel level in terms of performance , but after having tried the OnePlus 3T, 5 and 5T, I can assure you that this is not quite true.

Software is the key to the performance of Google Pixel

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

The response of the Pixel screen is what makes the experience so fluid , apart from that, as is logical, Google ROM is more optimized than any other ROM .

Android is from Google, and the biggest expression of Google is the Pixel 2 XL. As is logical, Oreo is optimized for this mobile, the other manufacturers must look for the life to adapt the ROM to their terminals.

Every time I try a mobile from another firm, I notice it heavy and coarse , and although that performance is enough for 99% of users, it is not for me.

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

The application load is instantaneous, not a single slowdown, microtirón nor strange Everything works as it should work. The best? The Google Pixel 2 XL can run smoothly for 2, 3 or 4 years , something that unfortunately many competitive terminals can not say.

Finally, comment that I’m enjoying a lot of additions like the squeeze to invoke Google Assistant, the white / black automatic themes , and certain developer mode options that are only found in the Pixel. If you like the cacharreo , this is your phone .

A battery that does not make me strangers

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

There are several phones that I can use to test them over a prolonged period of time, and almost always I find that when I install more apps from the account, or just spend a few months, the battery gets out of control .

Unfortunately, the operation of Doze is still not perfect on Android. Sometimes, certain phone processes can cause our battery to drain, and detecting what the battery is wasting is not always easy.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is, along with the iPhone, the phone that in my personal experience, more stability is giving me with the battery. 6: 30h screen average, with a good percentage remaining before bedtime , is what the 3520mAh of the Pixel are giving me.

Fast loading is, but when you reach 80% it becomes quite slow . It is the price to pay to take care of the useful life of the battery, and although at first I found it a problem, taking into account the longevity that this terminal can have, I think it is the best idea.

Conclusions

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

6 months with the Google Pixel 2 XL, what has changed?

I do not pay Google, I have no problem with the rest of the signatures, and I am always willing to switch to the mobile that best suits me. With all this, to this day not a single mobile, in MY opinion, gives the user experience of the Pixel .

I LOST THE MOBILE ACCOUNT THAT I HAVE TESTED, AND THE MOST COMPLETE CONTINUES TO BE THE ONE FROM GOOGLE

There are more beautiful, but here ends the thing. None has the balance in the Pixel’s camera, none update like him, none has its performance, and no other mobile was keeping me that long .

With this, I do not want to say it’s the best mobile for everyone . If you really consider yourself an Android fan, it is, without a doubt and without debate. However, if you value more the design or added functions of software, the Pixel may not be the best option for you. As usual, It is up to the user to choose which mobile is best for him , and I have very clear that only the Google Pixel 2 XL is the right one for me.

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