Google Pixel 2 review

Is Google’s new release really better than Apple and Samsung phones?

Startups rating ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

After the first Google Pixel took the phone market by storm in 2016, Google have upped their standards once again with the Google Pixel 2.

This time, you get one of the fastest phones around with a top camera, now with even more storage and better water resistance.

And all this for even cheaper than most Samsung Galaxy and iPhone models.

Plus we’ve found the best deals available from the UK’s leading mobile providers to help our readers bag a bargain if you think this phone is for you.


pros thumbs up PROS – Slick design, speedy processor, Google Assistant, stunning photos and videos, great battery life, fast charge, unlimited storage, fingerprint sensor

cons thumbs down CONS – No micro-SD card slot, no standard headphone socket


Now, onto what you came here for:


Price

Much cheaper than the latest iPhones, very nearly as good
★★★★★

Typical price: £629

You can read our full review on the mobile phone providers available here.

Or if you’re just after top value for money from a leading mobile network, we’ve tracked down the best Pixel 2 deals for our readers here:

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Specs

OS Android 8.0 (operating system)
Internal memory 64 GB (gigabytes)
Screen size 5″ (inches)
Phone size 146 x 70 x 7.8 mm (millimetres)
Screen resolution 1080 x 1920 MP (megapixels)
Rear camera 12.2 Mp (megapixels)


What’s it like to use?

Fast, slick and intuitive
★★★★

Style with substance

Google’s Pixel 2 feels great to hold – it’s smooth, sleek and light. We really like the intuitive fingerprint sensor where your thumb sits that vibrates to let you know it’s felt you.

Like almost every high-end smartphone we checked with a quality build, this one will pick up some fingerprints, but we never noticed them when actually using it.

Clean display

Overall, the 5-inch HD display is really sharp and easy to read, even when you’re outside.

Decent screen size

We think five inches is the ideal size for a device you’ll be spending lots of time on, but still want the option of slipping in your pocket. But if you need that extra inch, you might like to check out the Pixel 2 XL (6-inches).

Speedy and smooth

With the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of Ram, you’ll be blitzing through your work.

This is also the first smartphone using Google’s latest operating system, Android Oreo. It’s nice and nifty – you can hop to 10 settings just by swiping down from the top, and it doesn’t force too many undeletable apps down your throat like Apple.

Pay with your phone

The Pixel 2 is NFC-capable, so you can make contactless payments using Android Pay.

Extra resilient

If you’re one of the many busy professionals who lost their phone to a coffee accident, you’ll be pleased to know the Pixel 2 is IP67 certified, so it will survive even one metre of water for 30 minutes.

Different headphone socket

If you like your headphone sockets to fit in the standard 3.5mm holes, you can always try to get your hands on the 2016 Pixel. But many high-end phones are now turning away from this model, and we don’t find using the jack adapter a big deal.

Squeeze-or-voice-activated Google Assistant

When you’re running your own business, you need all the help you can get. From bringing us Google searches to Google maps, Google have always been pros at making our lives easier.

Google Assistant is built into the Pixel 2, and is a breeze to use. You just say: ‘Okay, Google’ or squeeze your phone to get it going. We think it’s the easiest way of getting more tedious jobs like searching the web or setting alarms done.


What’s the camera like?

One of the best cameras and videos around
★★★★★

The camera is where the Pixel 2 really comes into its own. The images look bright and defined, whatever the light quality, and with a generous 8 Mp front-facing camera, you can look forward to some stellar selfies.

The videos are also superb, with nice, natural colours. We found the iPhone 8 videos a tad smoother, but there really isn’t much in it.


How’s the battery?

Up and running in 15 minutes
★★★★★

The Pixel 2 battery is great – though pretty similar to its 2016 predecessor. You can web browse for over 10 hours, which is almost the same power as phones costing nearly twice as much.

Plus, if you’re running out the door and need juice quick, it’s a really fast charger – in just 15 minutes you can get an impressive 4.5 hours of calls or 2.5 hours of getting things done online.


Is it for me?

Yes, if you want speed and top photos at a decent price

There once was a time when the choice for business professionals and hard-working freelancers was between Apple and Samsung. Thanks to Google, those days are now well and truly over.

Google’s new Pixel 2 is an excellent choice for small business owners looking for a phone that won’t let them down, and will be able to keep up with however demanding their days get.

True, phones like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S9 will give you a whisker more (another half-hour’s charge or a slightly smoother video), but really we don’t think there’s enough to warrant the big price difference between these models.

But if you’re not convinced, you can compare it with its rivals in our full-fat review of the Top 10 Business Mobile Phones, including the other Androids and leading iPhones.

Why does the Google Pixel 2 make the Startups Top 10 mobiles? For value for money and more specs than you’ll ever need, we think it’s time for even the most loyal iPhone users to give Google a try now.

So all that’s left to choose now is the colour: black, white, black and white or blue…

Want it?

We’ve found the best Pixel 2 deals available today for you to pick:

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£24.50 /mth £49 /mth £49 /mth £53 /mth £0 /mth
£100 upfront £29.99 upfront £29.99 upfront £40 upfront £629 SIM free
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ee.co.uk
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