Review: Google Pixel 2 phone challenges iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy and the results are amazing


The Pixels lack wireless charging, a feature that has been on Samsung phones and other devices for some time now and has finally come as well to the iPhone. Google does promise fast charging and says it can deliver up to seven hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge. For what it’s worth, I reached an 18% battery charge level after 15 minutes.

Fortunately, when fully charged, I got well over a day of mixed use.

Although it is not perfect, the Pixel 2 XL is a strong upgrade over Google’s first foray into producing its own phones. While it lacks some features found on other top phones from Samsung and Apple, photo buffs and Android fans will be very pleased with what Google’s done with the Pixel 2.

The bottom line

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

$649 or $749 for Pixel 2 with 64GB or 128GB; $849 for Pixel 2 XL with 64GB or $949

Pro. Superb cameras, free photo storage, Google Assistant, fast, snappy, strong battery life, `Now Playing’ music feature.

Con. No wireless charging; some promising features not yet fully baked.