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Is It Your Type?The Pixel 2 from Google is a high-end handset that includes a powerful camera, a mid-sized screen, a metal design, and a pure Google experience that comes with the promise of speedy software updates. It represents what Google thinks Android is all about. If you want the most Google-y Google phone, the Pixel 2 is it.
Google releases a new set of Google-branded smartphones each fall. Through 2015, these devices bore the Nexus nameplate, but Google changed things up in 2016 with the Pixel. Nexus or Pixel, the point remains the same: offer Android enthusiasts good hardware to showcase the best of Google's software. This year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL run the same software, but straddle the currently evolving smartphone form factor. Where the Pixel 2 is slightly smaller and relies on the older 16:9 aspect ratio display, the Pixel 2 XL is larger and moves to the 2:1 (or 18:9 if you prefer) aspect ratio screen that's being adopted by today's most popular flagships. HTC makes the Pixel 2, while LG makes the larger Pixel 2 XL.
Google's handsets have always embodied a minimalist, modern design. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The Pixel 2 is clearly an evolved version of last year's Pixel. It's a compact slab made from metal and glass with an odd glass panel on the rear surface.
To my eyes, this phone's HTC lineage is clear. Put it next to pretty much any Desire series device from HTC and you'll see what I mean. The Pixel 2 is not as curvy as the larger 2 XL. The glass is gently, gently rounded where it fits into the metal frame, which has a nice chamfer to give the phone's face some visual pop. The Pixel 2 has a simple, clean design.
The phone is compact. In fact, thanks to the 5-inch screen, it's one of the smallest phones I've held in recent memory. It's slim and light. Most everyone should be able to hold and use this phone one-handed. It easily fits into pockets and is painless to carry around.
HTC did a fine job manufacturing the phone. The glass and metal pieces are formed perfectly and fit together well. I have no complaints about the materials. I will say this: the metal chassis has a unique paint job that makes it feel less like metal and more like … ceramic.
I can't say I fully understand Google's thinking with respect to the display shape. The Pixel 2 has a 16:9 screen, which means the face is full of bezel. Thick bands frame the top and bottom of the display, and there are also noticeable bezels along the sides. (Possibly to accommodate the squeeze sensors.) The 16:9 display gives the Pixel 2 a dated look compared to the Pixel 2 XL. (Why go with different aspect ratios on these phones? My guess is to appease developers.) Wide slits are carved into the Pixel 2's forehead and chin for the stereo speakers.
The screen lock and volume buttons on the right edge have excellent profiles. Google positioned the screen lock button near the top and put the volume toggle in the middle. I wish this arrangement were reversed. The screen lock button has perfect travel and feedback, but the volume toggle is a bit mushy. The SIM tray is on the left edge of the phone. It's a shame the Pixel 2 doesn't support memory cards.
The USB-C port is on the bottom. There's no headphone jack, a first for a Nexus/Pixel phone. Surely that will bug some people. On the flip slide, the 2 is the first Pixel that's water resistant to 3 feet (for 30 minutes). You win some, you lose some.
The rear panel is about 80% metal and 20% glass. The glass houses the camera module, flash, and sensors, all of which are plainly visible. The camera sticks out a bit from the surface of the glass. It has a chrome rim that calls it out visually. The dual-LED flash also has a chrome rim. The fingerprint reader is located perfectly. It is indented a bit and I had no trouble finding and using it without looking.
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