Google Pixel 2 XL review

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Google Pixel 2 XL review

Here's our tips and tricks for getting started with your Pixel handset.

Since burn-in is a common concern when it comes to always-on displays, I decided to get in touch with Google and see how the Pixels avoid it.

Now, this is a modified app just like the Google Pixel launcher, but it works properly and might have some minor bugs here and there.

Now on to the giveaway!

Press and hold your finger on a spare bit of desktop space and you'll see three options pop into view. The importance of the camera in today's smartphone market cannot be overstated. You can download it from the forum thread linked below along with the aforementioned Google Wallpapers app that, depending on your device, may be required to apply the wallpapers. Definitely try to reboot, and if you do factory reset, make sure all of your data/info is backed up.

This application is made from the courtesy of an Indian developer named Pranav Pandey who is also an XDA member and has ported this Live Wallpapers app for everyone.

The Google Pixel 2 Now Playing function can intelligently recognize over 17,000 songs that are playing in the background. We would have preferred it to aim for a bezel-less design, but that energy was saved for the larger Pixel 2 XL.

We'll have to do some more in depth tests with the Pixel 2 and its competitors, but it's certainly lining up to retake its crown. And this is something that Google is really pushing, is like, "Abandon your iPhone". And so having this extensive battery life is really huge. The Pixel Visual Core has its own CPU (a single Cortex A53 core to play traffic cop), its own DDR4 RAM, the eight IPU cores, and a PCIe line, presumably as a bus to the rest of the system. Google already stated that the successors to the original Pixel series will sport various features and one of these features is an innovative ambient music recognition technology.

This performance, helped by the lack of flabby software, make the phone a great productivity workhorse, alongside being great for general use.

Head into your Pixel 2's settings menu and then tap Sound, and give Advanced a poke. Turn that on and your notification LED should start shining through as notifications do.

We're also not massively convinced by the Pixel 2 XL's squeezable sides, or 'Active Edge' functionality, a feature borrowed from the HTC U11 that lets you grip the phone in order to fire up Google Assistant. And like a lot of phones, there is a monthly payment plan. But most of us are not going to buy it that way. It scored 165,841, less than both the Galaxy Note 8 (176,219) and Sony Xperia XZ1 (166,783). Instead, audio will be piped through the handset's USB Type-C port, meaning people without Bluetooth headphones will need to use the bundled adapter or invest in USB-C headphones.

If you're searching for the best Android smartphone, the Pixel 2 is a solid choice that packs in the best of Google's apps and AI smarts. The display itself is gorgeous.

The result is a big improvement, with the camera capable of taking some stunning shots, and, most importantly, reliably. Google even said new uses for Pixel Visual Core will arrive over time, as it is programmable. Their claims also seemed to be backed by an early review by DxOMark, who gave it to a mind-blowing 98 score! But we also found that the portraits were not as consistent as what we've gotten with the iPhone 8 Plus.

The smartphones we all use every day are setup to be in constant contact with servers in the cloud so our apps continue to function. The...well, you get the picture.

Those are the upsides. This means that the 12.2-megapixel camera drinks in more light and allows for sharper daytime photos and better low-light captures.

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