Google introduced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2XL is a major redesign of the phone, giving us a screen with an elongated format (18: 9), fewer borders and a larger screen. The Pixel 2, on the other hand, maintains a design very similar to the original. But apart from this similar look, how much has the phone changed? Today we will see the Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel.
Design: Pixel 2 vs Pixel
In design is where we will not see significant changes, because it is the older brother, the Pixel 2 XL, which offers a renewed design. However, this does not mean that there are no changes to the Pixel 2. We have the same square look as the original, and also the large bezels or edges, but this phone has stereo speakers on the top and bottom of the phone.
Where we find the most changes is at the rear. We continue with the aluminum and glass division in the back, but this time, the glass part is much smaller, and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the aluminum body. The camera is also larger than the previous model
We still have a USB-C charging port (with Power Delivery for quick charging), but this time, Google has removed the 3.5mm jack (for headphones). Curious, considering that last year, during the presentation of the Pixel, Google itself joked about the other manufacturers that had gotten rid of the port, since the original Pixel had one. Apparently, Google has decided to follow the trend imposed by the other players in the industry.
Another important change: this time the phone is finally waterproof and dustproof with IP67 certification, something that was missing from the original Pixel. Considering that it is something that one already takes for granted in high-end, it is good that Google has finally included it.
As for weight and measurements, we have the same 143 grams of the original. But despite losing the headphone port, this Pixel 2 is slightly thicker than last year's model, as well as being taller and wider. We have 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm, versus 143.84 x 69.54 x 7.31 mm from the original. Pixel 1 cases are therefore not supported.
Finally, we also have a slightly smaller battery than Pixel 1, at 2,700 mAh, versus 2,770 mAh from last year. A pity that Google has not decided to improve the autonomy of the phone.
Pixel 2 vs Pixel: Performance
Where we do see improvement is in processing power. This year we have the Snapdragon 835 at 2.35 Ghz, versus the Snapdragon 821 of the original Pixel. The Snapdragon 821 is still a very good processor and in daily, real use, you may not notice the difference in performance between the two. Where there is a difference, however, is in energy savings, as the 835 is more efficient.
Both phones have 4 GBs of RAM, but the Pixel 2 offers more storage in the base model, with 64 GBs versus the 32 of the original.In addition, we continue to have the option of 128 GBs as an upgrade if we want to pay $ 100 more. It's a good thing, as Google doesn't include a storage expansion slot on their phones, and 32GB is simply too little for this era. Too bad Google doesn't have the 256GB option.
Pixel 2 vs Pixel: Camera
The original Pixel camera was praised mainly for the improvements that Google implemented in software. The HDR mode of the original Pixel achieves spectacular photos, as long as there is not too much movement in the scene.
Google is determined to continue using a single camera despite the fact that all its rivals have already made the leap to a dual camera setup. The advantages of this system have already been proven, so it is a shame that Google finds out about it.
However, the Pixel 2 camera looks quite promising. We have a 12 megapixel sensor with a pixel size 1.4 µm, f / 1.8 with phase detection and laser focus. The interesting thing about the camera is something that Google calls Dual Pixels, where each pixel on the sensor is actually two, allowing you to capture more detail and achieve the popular portrait or portrait effect – with the background out of focus – using a single lens. I'm a little skeptical about it, as attempts to blur this with a lens – like the S8 – don't give the same results. Hopefully Google has perfected the software to get good results.
On the other hand, Google has implemented Motion Photos, which add a short video of 1.5 seconds before each photo. Yes, the same as the Live Photos presented by Apple 3 years ago. But this time, Google is implementing what it has learned with its Motion Stills software and applying it directly to the images, giving us stabilized videos that can be looped.
Pixel 2 vs Pixel: Price
The price of the Pixel 2 remains identical to the original Pixel, despite being available with twice the capacity. Therefore, the Pixel 2 in 64 GBs, available in the same three colors (Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue), will be available for $ 649, while the 128 GB version will cost $ 749.
Something unfortunate that the Pixel 2 inherits from the original, is its limited availability. It is only available in a few countries, through the Google Store, with no plans to expand to South America. And just like last year, the availability of the Pixel 2 is extremely limited. In fact, the Pixel 2 XL is sold out at the moment.
The Pixel 2 is a significant improvement over the original Pixel, where the camera, display, and internal components have had a major upgrade. However, it would have been great if this redesign and implementation of an 18: 9 screen that has the Pixel 2 XL, would also have debuted on the smallest phone. Hopefully that happens with the Pixel 3.