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If you are searching for a good-looking phone, the Google Pixel 2 is not the one. But if you are looking for exceptional battery life and a few sneaky extras, then it's worth a look.


Looks


We have become accustomed to the latest smartphones being things of beauty but there is something exceptionally bland about the latest offering from Google. It has the same back panel and the same glass front. And nothing more. But where its looks let it down, it makes up for in other departments.


Screen and Size


At 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 screen is a full inch smaller than its 6-inch screen cousin but in all honesty, this doesn't disappoint. It has a regular OLED display with top and bottom bezels that house a set of speakers, which are also fairly good in terms of sound quality.


It may not have the sleekness of the new iPhone X and if you can afford the £1,000 price tag for that, then you wouldn't be considering the Pixel 2. It is, however, simple to use and has a fantastic responsive screen with a decent colour reproduction, making gaming on high-end sites such as slotsites.com a pleasant experience.


Battery Life


Another plus for gamers and avid social media fans is the rather splendid performance of the battery. Other phones have long struggled to power the numerous apps as well as all day connection to Wi-Fi and/or data without the power source being drained. Although all smartphones manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to battery efficiency, the Pixel 2 has a battery beefy enough to last all day without it collapsing.


Functionality


The Google Pixel 2 runs the latest version of Android 8 Oreo, giving it a smooth, optimised and polished performance. Its snappy response works well with Google Assistant. There are some nifty extras such as the ‘playing Now' feature which recognises music around your and the new Google Lens feature recognises objects in photos, identifies landmarks and so on.


Camera


The front and rear cameras on the Pixel 2 are identical to those on the Pixel 2 XL. At 12.2 megapixels it can certainly hold its own, although avid photographers are disappointed at what they see as the lack extensive manual controls. But the picture quality is certainly more than good enough.


What Users Are Saying


Some users are reporting a clicking or whining noise during operation, but this doesn't seem a widespread problem. The speakers are loud and clear, and with unlimited photo back-up included in the price, the £629 handset will no doubt prove popular with some.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is slightly cheaper at £540 with the iPhone 8 coming in at £699 which puts the Pixel 2 right in between the two. Does it deserve to be there for the price? If you want a long battery life, a great screen, squeezable side and the latest version of Android, then yes.


But, if you are all about looks and lack of headphone jack, and want to experience wireless charging, then you may want to hang on for Samsung's Axon, the world's first foldable, dual-screen smartphone.



After months of speculations, the two latest smartphones from Google are finally here. As everything became official just a few hours ago, we have a full list of specs and a few pictures for you to enjoy.


Google Pixel 2


5-inch Cinematic full-HD (1080x1920) display with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

2700mAh battery

12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilization

8-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4

$649 for the 64GB variant and $749 for the 128GB variant


Google Pixel 2 XL


6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 18:9 ratio (538ppi); 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

3520mAh battery

12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilization

8-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4

$849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB



Android Oreo 8.0 along with Google lens will be powering the two devices as well. Do you like what you see? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As far as the pictures are concerned, you will find them all throughout the article, but unfortunately, none of this latest batch of leaked Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pictures shows the fronts of the two smartphones. Other than the images, we also have information on the color options (as can be seen in the pictures) and even the price.



It looks like the Pixel 2 will come in three color options, which have been comically named by Google as Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. The color options for the Google Pixel 2 XL on the other hand won't be so vast and the buyers will have to choose in between Black & White and Just Black. Funny as the names may be, they do a pretty good job of describing exactly how the colors look to be honest! You will find the pricing details mentioned below.


Pixel 2 (HTC)

$649 for 64GB/$749 for 128GB


Pixel 2 XL (LG)

$849 for 64GB/$949 for 128GB


The pictures and the information are presented by DroidLife and they do seem to be pretty authentic.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It is very hard to determine which one is the best Android smartphone of them all, but if that contest was purely based on the smoothest and purest Android experience possible, the title would have to go the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, that was back in 2016 and we are now almost on the verge of seeing new iterations of the two smartphones from Google in the form of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. So without further ado, let us introduce you to the two smartphones with the specs that we know about so far. Do keep in mind that these are based on rumors and leaks, so minor changes might be present in the final version.


Pixel 2


4.97-inch OLED panel with FHD resolution, Active Edge

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

Twin front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

IP67/IP68 rating


Pixel 2 XL


5.99-inch, borderless OLED panel with QHD+ resolution at 18:9 aspect ratio, Active Edge

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC

4GB of RAM

128GB internal storage

Twin front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

IP67/IP68 rating



Launch date for both devices is said to be October 5 by Evan Blass on Twitter but we will of course have to wait to find out for sure. The Pixels sported amazing cameras last year, so it would be interesting to see if they can do one better this year.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



I don't know about you but I have always wanted an app that would tell me my blood group and save me the trip to the clinic each time I needed to get some blood tests done. It looks like that is not going to be a problem in the future as Google's acquisition of Senosis Health might allow smartphones to do just that.


The start-up from Seattle has developed a technology which can use a smartphone's camera, flash, accelerometer and microphone to measure hemoglobin in blood. The data collected with the help of this technology can then be used to detect early symptoms of certain types of tumors and cancers, lung diseases, kidney issues and most forms of undetected malnutrition. The application of this technology can change the face of telemedicine forever, especially in remote areas of the world and for patients who can't move about easily.


Although it will probably be a while before the kinks are ironed out and the technology is useable on a large scale, Senosis Health might just have handed Google a very potent tool to make medical science more easily accesible to the US and eventually the world.


Via: Android Authority


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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