The Good The Pixel 2 XL perks up the already excellent Pixel 2 with more screen space. It has a fantastic camera, waterproofing and the Google Lens feature that helps you learn more about the world around you.
The Bad The camera's Portrait Mode doesn't work as smoothly as its competitors' dual camera. Its battery doesn't last as long as others in its caliber and the phone has no headphone jack or wireless charging. The displays on some handsets have irksome screen problems.
The Bottom Line A bigger, sharper screen and thinner bezels make the Pixel 2 XL the more desirable Google phone, but some early units have been dogged by screen issues.
Promising phone with new caveats
When it comes to the camera, processor and software, theand Pixel 2 XL are both identical and fantastic. The differences between the two come down to price (obviously), size, bezel width and screen technology. We loved our early experience with the Pixel 2 XL, but any potential buyers need to know about some problems with its screen that have come to light since we first reviewed the phone, and the upcoming software fix Google says will address it.
The Pixel 2 XL has a bigger 6-inch display and a higher resolution than the 5-inch Pixel 2. But it also uses a different technology, a plastic-OLED (POLED) display, while the Pixel 2 has a more traditional AMOLED screen.
Within the first week of its availability, there have been reports of the, wherein remnants of earlier images remain on the screen, despite not being actively displayed. In two of the five Pixel 2 XLs we have, we saw evidence of screen burn-in.
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