8.4/10
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The Google Pixel 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 43 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Fast processor and smooth performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Excellent camera image quality
  • IP67 certification

What's bad

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Display not sharp enough for VR
  • Uninspired design

While it’s bigger brother, the Pixel 2 XL, might be getting more attention, the Pixel 2 still looks great on paper.

But in a year where the bigger models outshine their smaller siblings, do reviewers feel the Pixel 2 is a good value?

Keep reading to find out!

Unlike the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the Pixel 2 isn’t just a smaller version of the Pixel 2 XL. It's from a different manufacturer (HTC), so it provides a slightly different design. Measuring in at 5.7-by-2.7-by-0.3- inches, it’s small enough reviewers have no issue with one-handed use. Some reviewers also thought the large top and bottom bezels gave the phone a retro look and feel.

With that said, it comes with a host of updates from the original Pixel. Some are good--such as the IP67 water- and dust-resistance and a new Active Edge which allows users to squeeze the sides to activate Google Assistant. Some are bad--such as the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Still, others have not changed--like the two-tone glass and metal rear.

The 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display didn’t wow experts. But they were generally happy with the overall results. While not as colorful as competing Samsung devices, it provides more natural colors, good contrast, and deep blacks. Testing the screen in bright sunlight, brightness levels provided decent legibility. And, unlike the Pixel 2 XL, this screen doesn’t suffer from the burn-in issues.

Packed inside the small body are 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm’s 2.46GHz Snapdragon 835 processor. As expected, critics noticed zero hiccups or lag when scrolling through the menu, multitasking or playing games. It was able to keep up with all of their activities no matter how demanding. Still, despite its capabilities, they do not suggest it for VR as the screen itself doesn’t offer a high enough pixel density for a good experience.

The 2,700mAh battery provided critics with decent battery life. Most were able to get around 8 hours during their battery tests. In real-life testing, they were able to get a little over a full day of moderate usage. While it supports fast-charging, there is no wireless charging.

The biggest draw for reviewers is the camera. Despite being a single camera versus the dual camera options found in other smartphones, the 12.2MP lens captured excellent images. Reviewers were very impressed with the sharpness, color accuracy and detail of each of their images. Even their low light shots had little noise and shake thanks to the wide f/1.8 aperture and both optical (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). Tech Radar states, “It’s now the leader among smartphone cameras.”

Despite some small niggles about the design, experts highly recommend the Pixel 2 and consider it one of the best smartphones on the market in 2017. Expert Reviews states, “It might be sticking with the same uninspired design ... but a much-needed processor upgrade and ... camera improvements have seen the Pixel 2 rocket to the top of our smartphone wish list.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.35 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Photography Review

The Google Pixel 2 combines hardware with powerful software to produce incredibly detailed and vibrant still images in both daylight and low light.

- Dan Bracaglia, Rishi Sanyal, Digital Photography Review
The Wirecutter

The Pixel 2 is the fastest Android phone we’ve ever tested, it has the best camera, and it offers the newest version of Android with guaranteed updates for three years.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
Fone Arena

The Google Pixel 2 is packed with some amazing internals in a humdrum design. Comparing to its predecessor, it has a speedy processor, improved camera modules, and offers outstanding Android experience.

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Charged

This phone is extremely my shit. Google has taken the original Pixel, which was interesting but not enough to tempt me into switching, and made it into something that's near perfect.

- Owen Williams, Charged
TrustedReviews

The Pixel 2 is compact, runs the best version of Android and has a stunning, class-leading camera. If only it looked slightly more modern then it would be the perfect small phone.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


HTC released the Google Pixel 2 on October 17, 2017.


Google Pixel 2 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. HTC's suggested retail price is $649.00. You can compare Google Pixel 2 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


HTC backs up the Google Pixel 2 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your Google Pixel 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5"

The Google Pixel 2's screen size is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2700 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 1200 minutes, 717 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Google Pixel 2 Specs

Overview
Release date October 17, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.93 W/kg
Body: 1.14 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2700 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 659 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 717 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 667 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 11.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual Pixel Phase detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.4 aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Pixel 2

Additional Sensor: Barometer, Active Edge, Hall effect
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Critic Reviews


Digital Photography Review

The best smartphone for stills photographers

from Digital Photography Review

The Google Pixel 2 combines hardware with powerful software to produce incredibly detailed and vibrant still images in both daylight and low light.

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The Google Pixel 2 combines hardware with powerful software to produce incredibly detailed and vibrant still images in both daylight and low light.

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The Wirecutter

Best Android smartphone

from The Wirecutter

The Pixel 2 is the fastest Android phone we’ve ever tested, it has the best camera, and it offers the newest version of Android with guaranteed updates for three years.

Read full review

The Pixel 2 is the fastest Android phone we’ve ever tested, it has the best camera, and it offers the newest version of Android with guaranteed updates for three years.

Read full review

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Fone Arena

Smooth Android experience, excellent performance

from Fone Arena

The Google Pixel 2 is packed with some amazing internals in a humdrum design. Comparing to its predecessor, it has a speedy processor, improved camera modules, and offers outstanding Android experience.

Read full review

The Google Pixel 2 is packed with some amazing internals in a humdrum design. Comparing to its predecessor, it has a speedy processor, improved camera modules, and offers outstanding Android experience.

Read full review

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Charged

Absurdly close to being perfect

from Charged

This phone is extremely my shit. Google has taken the original Pixel, which was interesting but not enough to tempt me into switching, and made it into something that's near perfect.

Read full review

This phone is extremely my shit. Google has taken the original Pixel, which was interesting but not enough to tempt me into switching, and made it into something that's near perfect.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

Aims to offer users the cleanest Android experience possible

from TrustedReviews

The Pixel 2 is compact, runs the best version of Android and has a stunning, class-leading camera. If only it looked slightly more modern then it would be the perfect small phone.

Read full review

The Pixel 2 is compact, runs the best version of Android and has a stunning, class-leading camera. If only it looked slightly more modern then it would be the perfect small phone.

Read full review

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Android Central

Still solid, still the best

from Android Central

It's the best Google has made and a fantastic phone I think anyone would be happy using.

Read full review

It's the best Google has made and a fantastic phone I think anyone would be happy using.

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ZDNet

No frills, but a great camera and fast Android updates

from ZDNet

The Google Pixel 2 hides its light under a bushel. The physical design is demure, Android 8 doesn't look much different at first glance, and without a UI overlay or third-party software, bells and whistles are few and far between. That said, I like the 'back to basics' feel of some of Android 8's features.

Read full review

The Google Pixel 2 hides its light under a bushel. The physical design is demure, Android 8 doesn't look much different at first glance, and without a UI overlay or third-party software, bells and whistles are few and far between. That said, I like the 'back to basics' feel of some of Android 8's features.

Read full review

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Know Your Mobile

The iPhone of The Android Space

from Know Your Mobile

I hate the bezels. I really HATE them. But I love everything else about this immensely powerful, super-useful phone. Given the choice, I would always go with the Pixel 2 XL, but if you want something smaller with a brighter display, then the Pixel 2 is about as good as it gets.

Read full review

I hate the bezels. I really HATE them. But I love everything else about this immensely powerful, super-useful phone. Given the choice, I would always go with the Pixel 2 XL, but if you want something smaller with a brighter display, then the Pixel 2 is about as good as it gets.

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NDTV

Comfortable form factor, lightweight, and excellent performance

from NDTV

If you’re already knee-deep in the Google ecosystem and are neurotic about updates, then the Pixel 2 is the smartphone to get.

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If you’re already knee-deep in the Google ecosystem and are neurotic about updates, then the Pixel 2 is the smartphone to get.

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TechSpot

It’s the better buy

from TechSpot

It has all the great camera, performance and software features of the Pixel 2 XL, plus an excellent display and comparable battery life.

Read full review

It has all the great camera, performance and software features of the Pixel 2 XL, plus an excellent display and comparable battery life.

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