Review of the Google Pixel 2: the first after Apple?
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL look like twins (from the movie with Schwarzenegger and DeVito, okay), but are manufactured by different companies. Small – authorship HTC, the smartphone division which soon after the release of “Pixel” and was purchased by Google. Produces large LG. But they differ only in the display (5 inches vs 6), battery size and design, mostly for the same screen as the XL it format 18:9.
So much sense to talk just about two smartphones I do not see – we took only the Pixel 2 with a five-inch screen standard format (16:9). Already in the format it is clear that this is not the typical flagship 2017 – a pinch of spice throws a single (!) camera. Shocked: somebody is still not doing dual modules and even earns huge points from DxO Mark. And on top of all this is seasoned with a number of scandals involving the marriage of a new “Pixels”. Not to talk about this smartphone, even if delayed, even if he will never drive to Russia officially – it would be wrong. Well, forward.
|Google Pixel 2||Google Pixel 2 XL||Google Pixel||Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|Display||5 inches AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, AMOLED, 2880 × 1440 pixels, 538 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5 inches AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2436 × 1125, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone||5.8 inch, AMOLED, 2960 × 1440 pixels, 570 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||no data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821: Kryo two cores a clock speed of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo 1.6 GHz||Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral)||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Apple GPU (3-core)||Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||3 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64/128 GB||32/128 GB||64/256 GB||64 GB|
|Memory card support||No||No||No||No||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||Lightning||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||One nanoSIM||One nanoSIM||One nanoSIM||One nano-SIM||One nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz CDMA 2000||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz CDMA 2000||800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 15 (up to 800 Mbps download, 75 Mbps transmission): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 15 (up to 800 Mbps download, 75 Mbps transmission): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): ranges depend on the version (USA or Europe); Russian frequency but band 31 are supported in each version||LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbit/s, 150 MB/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/AC||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|NFC||There||There||There||Yes (Apple Pay)||There|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor|
|Fingerprint scanner||There||There||There||No (instead – Face ID)||There|
|The main camera||12.2 MP, ƒ/1.8 is the hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash, optical stabilization, record 4K video||12.2 MP, ƒ/1.8 is the hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash, optical stabilization, record 4K video||12 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid autofocus, led flash, record 4K video||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras||12 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||7 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash||8 MP, autofocus|
|Food||A removable battery of 10.26 W·h (2700 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 13.38 W·h (3520 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 10.5 W·h (2770 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: of 10.26 W⋅h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||145,7 × 69,7 × 7.8 mm||157,9 × to 76.7 × 7.9 mm||143,8 × 69,5 × 8.5 mm||143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm||Of 148.9 × 68,1 × 8 mm|
|Weight||143 grams||175 grams||143 grams||174 grams||155 grams|
|Protection case||There are, IP67||There are, IP67||No||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android Nougat 7.1 c shell Launcher Pixel||iOS 11||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell|
|Current price||45 990 rubles for the version with 64 GB 55 990 rubles for the version with 128 GB||59 990 rubles for the version with 64 GB 72 990 rubles for the version with 128 GB||26 680 rubles for the version of 32 GB, 28 890 rubles for the version with 128 GB||70 000 rubles for the version with 64 GB, 78 000 rubles for the version with 256 GB||43 000 rubles|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
This year Google decided to do without drastic measures in relation to the design of their smartphones if Nexus is constantly changing beyond recognition, then Pixel 2 has kept the main line series glossy glass insert on the rear panel. It looks new “Pixel” more gracefully – this insert does not seem foreign, it is more well hidden in the case. The feeling is due to the fact that the top removed metal edging, smartphone like “ends” of the glass.
But more practical is the solution for a year did not – glossy finish easily collects fingerprints, has to constantly wipe. Although without a pleasant surprise, was not. The case in problem of all smartphones with Gorilla Glass 5 – they are well tolerate a fall from a small height, but too sensitive to small scratches. I mean it is not a problem, and that she finally decided: whether Corning was able to defeat her, if Google orders a special version of glass for their smartphones, but a week and a half test in the normal mode or Pixel on the screen 2 or on the rear panel there have been no scratches. This is especially pleasing in comparison with the last Pixel on which I scratched the insert very much in just a week – although used exactly in the same mode, not carrying one gadget pocket with no metal objects.
Case Google Pixel 2 is protected according to IP67 standard – there is a theoretical protection against the ingress of dust and cracks of possibility to survive after a half-hour dive to a depth of one meter.
Google offers Pixel 2 in three different colors: in addition to the mandatory black (as shown on the picture instance) have a fully white and blue.
In addition to the glass, the design of the case Google Pixel 2 uses brushed aluminum – very soft to the touch and non-slip. To keep the smartphone very convenient, although this, of course, “guilty” and the small size — still in the normal Pixel 2 uses a five-inch screen. The gadget tries to slip out of his hands, and shift it once again is not necessary. Easy to operated with one hand, fingers reach to the corners of the screen, hardware keys and to on faces. Weighs second “Pixel”, 143 grams – a small light weight phone.
According to the ergonomics of the Pixel 2 is a classic Android smart phone with power key hardware keys on the right edge, with the slot for the SIM card on the left and the virtual navigation buttons on the screen.
Of unusual items attract the attention of only two slots on the front panel – this is a trace HTC brought forward stereo speakers. What other traits of the Taiwanese, that of the Koreans from LG that is responsible for the release of version XL, to not see – own smartphones these companies look completely different.
The fingerprint scanner located on the rear panel. The return of the sensor to this place in modern smartphones usually dictated by the fact that the entire front panel is screen – hardware keys on the front just yet. In this case it was more about uniformity – conditional edge-to-edge in this pair is only XL. On a small Pixel 2-button could be put without any problems, but then was covered with cracks, the idea of a unified style. However, someone such things are not of concern – recall, for example, Huawei Mate Mate 10 and 10 Pro.
By itself, the traditional sensor, capacitive, and it is located below the glossy surface, touch it with your finger once again not necessary. The functionality is nothing new, it’s crystal clear Android only unlock the operating system and confirm payments through the Android Pay. Sensor works quickly overwrite the indentations are too often not required.
Google Pixel 2 With Screenshot
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About the operating system once again nothing to say – at the time of writing is Android 8.1 Oreo, the fastest updates guaranteed. This time without any shell-specific Pixel Launcher – all tested last year features moved to the “General” Oreo. The main joy of the Pixel 2 – a minimum of preinstalled software, Google does not impose anything, except your own, provided by default in (almost) any Android-smartphone. The system works very quickly, the slightest hint of any bugs or memory leaks I have not noticed. In standby mode the power consumption is minimal.
A nice aspect of the new Pixel 2 – easy settings. This applies to a normal transfer installed software and user accounts from another Android smartphone, but they don’t even have to try to “make friends” through the air – includes double-sided USB Type-C cable. I am so moved from your previous smartphone (OnePlus 5T, which later), not only an almost complete image of the system, and part content.
Also note that the Pixel 2 works system Always-On Display, which even in standby mode, the settled screen shall be made of key information (time, date, weather, notifications). Through the use of OLED panels, the energy is not spent almost – real flow that is in Always-On Display units is measured by the percent charge per day.