Last year's inaugural Pixel was such a slam dunk, I expected this year's Google Pixel 2 -- and larger-- to carry Google's phone even further.
In the most important ways, it has. The Pixel 2 has the best camera quality of any Android phone, and updates like water resistance and a best-in-class processor make it a top pick. The Android Oreo software will get regular updates, and Google's Lens feature taps into Google's vast search database so you can immediately learn more about the world around you.
In other ways, the Pixel 2 bucks big trends, foregoing the dual cameras seen in most of its competitors. Bokeh-effect pictures don't look quite as elegant as those on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus ($980.00 at Amazon.com) and the Pixel 2's battery is so-so compared to its top-tier rivals. The Pixel also doesn't flaunt super-thin bezels, so it looks less sexy than the Samsung Galaxy S8 ($729.11 at Amazon.com) and Note 8. And lastly, I really do miss that headphone jack.
All our Google Pixel 2 coverage is right here.
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