Google Pixel 2 review: amazingly intelligent

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Like the HTC U11 before it, your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL has pressure sensors built into the edges.

And, finally on design - Google have tweaked the colourways available. If you can look past its annoyances - be it the lack of headphone jack, or dodgy viewing angles - it absolutely is. Older ARM32 devices might simply be unable to display the entire selection of the live wallpapers due to hardware incompatibilities. And so having this extensive battery life is really huge. Apple's 56-millimeter lens, on the other hand, is ideal and cuts down on that warping. Google's new Pixels both ship with OLED displays and a new always-on display. Switching off the ambient display will mean less battery drain, and you can always use the double tap or lift-to-wake features instead. The Pixel Visual Core co-processor will be turned on through a software update along with the public launch of Android 8.1 Oreo and will allow third-party applications to take advantage of the better HDR+ photos. But Google has been keeping a huge secret under wraps: the Pixel 2 has a custom, Google-designed SoC dedicated exclusively to camera image processing. Google even said new uses for Pixel Visual Core will arrive over time, as it is programmable.

The upside to the bezels is they hold a set of stereo speakers that give the handset a much punchier sound than the original Pixel, though headphones are still the best option for audio.

Aimed at switchers: Google has also made it an incredibly easy move for iPhone switchers. This shows the time and date, while also revealing any notifications that need your attention. Definitely try to reboot, and if you do factory reset, make sure all of your data/info is backed up. Here's how they avoid burn-in.

The chip will be quietly residing dormant in the Pixel 2 units, until it is activated sometime over the coming months.

One of the things that allows the Pixel 2 to shoot great photos is its ability to utilize finely tuned software and machine learning. That's not a complaint, I'm just pointing out the reality of the situation.

Antonio Villas-Boas: And so, Google introduced a relatively new feature, squeezable edges where you could bring up Google Assistant. And I think being system UI, it's not like we're trying to increase engagement with your home screen. Without a second lens, the Pixel 2s (both the regular and the larger XL) are about 30 percent lighter than their iPhone counterparts, which you notice almost immediately.

But there are still some ways that the camera doesn't deliver the same experience as one would get on an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. The contrasting glass panel that covers the camera is still present, but it's been scaled back so that it no longer covers the fingerprint scanner. Whether you go through Google or through Verizon, you'll pay just $8 more monthly.

This means if you're in the market for a full-fat Google flagship this year, the Pixel 2 XL is the smartphone for you.

The Pixel 2s are higher-end devices, but don't have any specs that will blow other Android phones away.

Storage starts at 64GB and goes up to 128GB. I mean I would, I would buy this.

You get more resolution on the Pixel 2 as well at 2880 x 1440 pixels, compared to 1920 x 1080 pixels on the Pixel 2. Take a picture of a London landmark, for example, and Lens can tell you what building you are looking at and then tell you more about it. So it's accessing some sort of database of songs internally that we believe is hosts more than 17,000 songs. And like a lot of phones, there is a monthly payment plan. It's a useful feature, but it can get a little distracting at times.