Is Google’s Pixel 2 ACTUALLY Better Than The Pixel 2 XL?


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I love the Pixel 2 XL. Love it. I had a blast using it, but the phone wasn’t without its problems. Mine crapped out recently, just wouldn’t turn on. I tried charging it, nothing. Mostly likely culprit? The USB Type C port.

I first noticed issues when trying to play music in my car; it just wouldn’t work. I switched the cables out, thinking it was a problem with the converter you get in the box with the phone, but it didn’t work. Next came the random shut-downs. Then, it didn’t charge overnight.

The next day, after about six months of use, the phone wouldn’t turn on, so I decided to dust off my Pixel 2 and use that instead. At first, it felt weird: the phone is smaller, weirdly proportioned with massive top and bottom bezels, and is, for want of a better word, kind of fugly.

I’ve been using it now, for about a month, and so far I am very impressed. Battery life is about the same as the Pixel 2 XL, the camera is the same, at least in my opinion, and the software, bizarrely, seems to run a lot smoother, which is odd – they’re both Pixel devices after all.


Or is it? They were made by different companies for Google (HTC and LG), so I suspect there is definitely some disparity in the phones’ overall construction. Things you wouldn’t notice on the outside, but things that might make a difference. I’m a big Pixel advocate, but the Pixel 2 runs a lot more smoothly than the Pixel 2 XL in my experience.

I used the Pixel XL for 12 months straight without issue. My partner now has that phone and it is still going strong. But my Pixel 2 XL is now out of action for the foreseeable – and I did not expect this. I figured I’d be using that phone for at least another six-to-seven months. But that didn’t happen, and now its little brother is stepping up and delivering the goods.

Why I Now Prefer The Pixel 2 To The Pixel 2 XL

  • The display, though not as highly rated on paper, seems sharper to me; colours look better, more detailed and sharp.
  • The size – I’ve used big phones for ages, so I am loving how portable the Pixel 2 is compared to the Pixel XL and Pixel 2 XL.
  • Battery Life – it’s easily as good as the Pixel 2 XL in my experience, a feat likely achieved via its lower resolution display.
  • The Price – If I were buying a Pixel 2 today, it’d save me money as it is cheaper than the Pixel 2 XL. And, best of all, it delivers much the same performance in all key areas.
  • More Stable – The Pixel 2 XL randomly rebooted ALL THE TIME. The Pixel 2 does not and feels a lot more stable. I have no idea why this would be the case, seeing that they’re both Pixel phones, but it is and that to me is very odd.
  • A Working USB Type C Connector – My Pixel 2 XL USB Type C port is DEAD. And without a 3.5mm jack, this makes the phone unusable. The Pixel 2’s has held up, however, so that scores it additional brownie points (for now).

If you asked me two months ago which Pixel phone to go for, I’d have told you to get the Pixel 2 XL. In a heartbeat. But now, well… now I’d say the Pixel 2. It’s cheaper, more stable, and has far fewer problems than its slightly higher specced big brother.

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