Google Pixel 2 XL Revisited: My Daily Driver

Hi guys, its MTG here, and today I'm going
to take a final look at the phone that has been my daily driver for the last couple of
months, the Pixel 2 XL. I'll talk about some of the reasons why I
have chosen this phone over say the iPhone X or the Note 8. I'll also tell you some of the things that
really bother me with this phone. Let's get right into it. To give a little context, my previous daily
drivers were the S8+ and Note 8. I was actually really critical of the Pixel
2 XL when I first got it. When I first turned on the phone, I saw just
how much I took the S8 and Note 8's screens for granted. The screen quality just wasn't up to par and
I actually went immediately online to see if I got a defective unit. Low and behold, reviewers were starting to
talk about how low the quality of the display really was with its blue shifts, dull colors
and burn ins. So I actually didn't switch to the Pixel 2
XL right away.

For a couple of weeks after its release, I
was still using my Note 8 because of how great that screen is. But then I started creating some camera comparisons
for the channel with other flagships, and the results spoke for themselves. Never before have I seen such good image processing
on a phone. It would take the picture and basically do
all of the enhancements you would've done with a separate app, automatically. And just about every single picture that had
people in it simply blew people away. The amount of detail that the camera picked
up was tremendous, and I started to take so many more pictures than I have ever taken
before. And the fact that Google includes unlimited
full resolution storage in Google Photos, means that I can continue to take many pictures
and videos without worrying about having to delete them. So the camera had successfully drawn me in. I was so intrigued by the camera that I actually
stopped caring about the screen, which you get used to fairly quickly.

And when I started using it more and more,
I was drawn to the great smartphone that the Pixel 2 XL is. Let me quickly remind you of the design and
specifications of the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL actually feels really solid
in the hand. It has a mostly aluminum back with a glass
portion at the top for its antennas. The front of the phone is Corning's Gorilla
Glass 5. It's not the best designed phone by any means,
but personally, I think the design is very clean, and I also give Google credit for putting
two big, front-firing speakers on the front of its phone. Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon
835 processor. The Pixel 2 XL has 4 GB of RAM and comes in
either 64 or 128 GB storage options. Its screen is a 6 inch P-OLED panel with a
QHD+ resolution of 1440 by 2880 (538 ppi). And the phone itself is IP67 rated water and
dust resistance.

But if I ignore the specifications and all
of the numbers that can be looked up online, the most important question that I hope to
answer is what is the Pixel 2 XL like as a daily driver? Smartphones are much more than just phones
nowadays. As a daily driver, our phone must serve as
our pocket computers, cameras, and main media consumption devices among other things. The Pixel 2 XL has an industry leading camera
(S9 not officially released yet) and software experience, and just does everything else
well.

The first thing that I want to talk about
regarding the Pixel 2 XL is its software and user interface. I've used a lot of phones over the past year,
and all of them have been pretty snappy. But with the Pixel 2 XL, it very noticeably
zipped around menus and apps without simply removing animations. Even content within apps would load noticeably
quicker than on other phones I've used. The Pixel 2 XL was made with a software focus,
and that's really obvious if you ever get a chance to use it, and it becomes even more
obvious over time. I appreciated the little things that Google
added to the software experience like an automatic dark themed notification shade when your wallpaper
is dark, or the fact that this Earth wallpaper changes in real time as the time of day changes. I also really like phones that have always
on displays so I can see my notifications at a glance.

I've been in many situations where I was curious
about what song was playing behind me, and low and behold, the Pixel 2 XL showed me what
song was playing before I even had to ask. And whenever Google releases any sort of software
patch or update, Pixel 2 owners will definitely be the first ones to get it. So when it comes down to some of the things
people use their phones the most for like scrolling through social media, the web, or
news, the Pixel 2 XL loads the information so fast that there is little to no wait time
when scrolling through anything. In my daily use, the battery life has been
pretty solid. Especially when I use apps that are made by
Google. I've noticed that apps like Google Maps, YouTube,
and Chrome use significantly less battery than even on other Android devices.

I do want to mention that there have been
some times where my phone would drain very quickly, but a quick restart fixed that. On most day, the Pixel 2 XL has some of the
best battery life I've ever test on a smartphone, and for most people, it'll comfortably make
it to the end of the day without it even getting low enough where you'd feel concerned. The onboard 3,520 mAh battery does do a great
job, and although the phone can't wirelessly charge, it does charge fast enough through
its cable where you can live without it. Another feature that drew me into using this
phone are these two front-firing speakers that the phone has. The fact that the speakers are front-firing
means that you won't accidentally cover the speakers by simply holding your phone in a
natural position. The speakers have really made watching YouTube
videos more enjoyable, and they are loud enough to allow me to let my friends listen to a
new song without having to use a Bluetooth speaker.

So as a media consumption device, the Pixel
2 XL is actually pretty good. Okay so I just said a bunch of things that
I love about this phone, but there are definitely some things that I don't like so much. Even though I said that I got used to the
Pixel 2 XL's screen, every time I pick up some of the other phones I have like the iPhone
X, Note 8, or even the Mate 10 Pro, the first thing I notice is how much better those screens
are compared to the Pixel 2 XL's. Also enough phones include headphone jacks
still that I have to say those times where I need to use headphones and I don't have
any of my Bluetooth headphones charged or with me, the phone just feels worthless.

I mainly use Bluetooth, but sometimes, you
just need to plug in some headphones, and most of the time, you won't have that dongle
with you. The Pixel 2 XL retails for $850. For a lot of people, the camera system alone
makes it worth the purchase. But the Pixel 2 XL does have other things
going for it that have made it probably the most popular Android choice for daily driver
among the tech reviewing community. It has the latest and greatest stock Android
experience, a fast and responsive user interface, and simple features that add to the user experience.

It has a very respectable, dual front-firing
speaker system that add to your media consumption experience. The Pixel 2 XL had probably the worst display
among recent flagships, but so many more factors go into choosing a phone that will inevitably
be with you at all times for the next couple of years. So yeah, the Pixel 2 XL had enough going for
it that it has had my sim card in it since November, and still today it is my daily driver. I know I haven't been posting that often,
but now that I have my schedule in order, I will go back to trying to posting two videos
a week. My S9 plus will come within this next week
so expect to see a lot of camera comparisons with that new camera system. And as always, thanks for watching, and I
will see you in the next video..

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