With its latest tech at its head, Google has launched its Pixel 2 as its recent flagship smartphone as a direct competition to the likes of Apple and Samsung launches. Designed to be at the top of the smartphone segment, it comes with a great many features to blow your mind off.
Let’s check out if this piece of gadget is worth a shot.
THE WINNING POINTS
With its unique camera system, Google has once again flooded the market. A 12.2-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and optical image stabilization, it’s guaranteed to give you a great camera experience. When tested in various tricky situations, the camera proved to be pretty good, and especially in low-light conditions, the photos clicked were crisp and incredibly well-detailed. The Autofocus works wonders with the dual lens at its behest. The portrait mode also works impressively albeit on a single lens and automatically adjusts the background, giving the clicks a professional touch.
Pixel 2 runs on Oreo 8.0, the latest version of Android. This is perhaps one of the key selling points of the mobile.This is because while other manufacturers try to put their tweaks into the Android OS to promote company apps with bloatware, Google works to keep it simple. Pixel 2 runs a pure version of Oreo without any bloatware as Google intends it to. And while significant software updates might come late to other manufacturers, the Pixel gets it first.
3. FINGERPRINT SENSOR
Unlike other smartphones released this year, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 making their fingerprint sensors shallow and poorly positioned, the Pixel 2 comes with a large finger sensor. The finger sensor is also smartly placed not to be confused with a camera lens and provides quick accessibility.
THE LOSING POINTS
1. HEADPHONE JACK
It’s a sad news for all the music lovers out there. The lack of headphone jack in the Pixel 2 is a great disappointment. It has come into the picture as the company tried to advance into the C-type ports and thereby ditch the additional 3.5 mm jack. Though the box includes a USB-C to 3.5mm converter, it is far from solving the problem. No music during charging isn’t a desirable thing for a music enthusiast.
2. NOT SO GREAT DESIGN
Google had claimed its phones to be bezel-less, but it did not deliver on its promise. The screen to body ratio is worse than that of its competitors like Apple and Samsung. Though the new look is better than the old one, it still does not stand a chance in competing with others in the segment along with its looks.
The Pixel 2 lags behind with its screen quality. A 5-inch display with 1920X1080 pixel resolution does not help much when it comes to competitors like Samsung and Apple who provide better in this segment.
This piece of technology costs you around 60k in the Indian market for the 64 GB model. Overall the phone isn’t bad at all though improvements could have been done in some places. Performance wise it rocks whereas the looks and the lack of a headphone jack blow it off. Given the pros and cons of this device, it is up to you to decide, if this smartphone is worth buying.