Google Pixel 2 XL Review from an iPhone User

I have been using an iPhone since the 3G was release in Canada and during my three-week vacation in the east I had the pleasure of using a Google Pixel 2 XL. After exclusively using the just pixel for that long, this might be the phone that would break me out of Apple.

If you are in to simplicity, you would probably love how the Pixel 2 XL feel in your hands. The phone is rectangular, and both the back and front edges and corners are curved slightly. Its comfortable and easy to hold even without a case. On the back of the phone is the fingerprint scanner, I would say this is one of the things I like about the Pixel. I find it much faster and more natural since I can use my index finger to unlock the phone and have my thumbs ready to do the work ones the phone is unlock.

Another feature that I like about the Pixel 2 is the rear and front camera. I used to be okay with the newest camera quality from an iPhone until I used this phone. The Pixel 2 offers a rear 12.2 megapixels image, image stabilization for anyone with shaky hands, dual LED Flash and it can shoot up to 4K 30fps videos. It also has a stellar front camera with 8 megapixels for that perfect quality selfie and 1080p video. There’s also a portrait mode feature that converts your images into a professional DSLR quality, an effect which blurs the background. Google blew both Apple and Samsung away when it comes to camera quality in my opinion. Now pair the camera with Google Assistant, you will get the best quality picture from a mobile device.

Although I did love using the Pixel 2, I would still not switch from the iPhone just YET. Here are the reasons: 1. Everyone in my life has an iPhone. That means iMessage, you do not want to be the only green while everyone is blue. You will be left out of group messages and I know a lot of people who are less likely to message you back if you show up as green on their iPhones. 2. Is the charging port. Pixel 2 uses USB-C for charging. While it does give you seven hours of battery life in fifteen minutes, the problem is when you accidentally forgot to charge your phone. You will have a hard time finding someone who can lend you a USB-C cable. Those free charging stations at the mall don’t even have them yet. Transferring files to a computer is also a challenge. You will need to get a USB-C adapter to a regular USB.

In conclusion, Google Pixel 2 XL is a solid phone. It’s a pure Google phone which means it offers everything Google offers while producing professional quality images. Now if you are switching from an iPhone, you might want to consider a few things before leaving the comfort of an iPhone.