Google Pixel 2 XL Vs. iPhone X: Over Long-Haul One Big Surprise (Mini Long-Term Review)

Pixel 2 XL: Google can simply lay explain to one of a world’s best smartphones.

Which of dual good phones squeaks out a win over a prolonged transport and that delivers an upside surprise? Read on.

I’ve been regulating — with varying rule — a iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel 2 given a tumble of 2017.  In this brief examination I’ll concentration on 3 metrics of a dual flagships, the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL, that impress over a prolonged term. (This is not a extensive examination yet focuses, as a retrospect, really quickly on 3 pivotal features: display, software, and value .)

Display — Let’s pronounce about a Pixel 2 XL (surprise): 

I’ve had 3 builds of a Pixel 2 XL over a final 6 months (the Pixel 2 was announced in October). Why? Because we didn’t like a OLED arrangement (made by LG): colors were pale and there was a supposed “blue shift,” i.e., a blue stain when noticed from an angle on white backgrounds.

My many new build is Jan 25, 2018. That’s some-more than 3 months after it was expelled and 4 months given a early builds. The upshot: we have been agreeably surprised. we don’t consider it’s my imagination when we contend that a arrangement peculiarity has softened given a dual early builds. The colors are no longer pale and a blue tint¹, while still there, isn’t vivid adequate to worry me (though we can’t pronounce for others). But, again, a many critical thing is that a colors are deeper, some-more vibrant, i.e., it now looks like a high-quality OLED arrangement (see records during bottom²).

iPhone X: Apple’s initial iPhone with an OLED arrangement (made by Samsung) is even improved than a glorious LCD on a iPhone 8 (which I’ve also been using). That’s observant a lot. When looking during photos, a X’s OLED arrangement is tuned so it’s not utterly as ornate as a jam-packed colors on Samsung’s Galaxy phones. In short, no complaints.

iPhone X.


Apps: an even match. Granted, there are some exceptions (like video editing, that tends to welfare a iPhone) yet generally there’s relation between a dual platforms. In fact, many apps are uncelebrated between iOS and Android.

AI: This isn’t violation news yet Google Assistant on a Pixel is higher to Apple’s Siri. we don’t use Google Assistant or Siri really most yet if we do, go with a Pixel. Google has invested some-more resources in AI (and for a longer time) than Apple and it shows.

Integration with Mac: Apple is improved during synching iOS features with a MacBook out of a box. That includes call facilities and FaceTime. we also use a Pixelbook (made by Google) with a Pixel 2 XL but, aside from a apparent things like Chrome, Photos, Docs, and Calendar, there isn’t a deeper turn of formation that iOS and a macOS have.


Apple has an extraordinary phone yet loses this one because, starting during $999 with 64GB, it is about $100 too much. (One of a apparent reasons that iPhone X sales have been tepid.) On a other hand, a Pixel 2 XL with 64GB and a extremely incomparable 6-inch OLED arrangement (both taller and wider than a 5.8-inch on a X) starts during $849.

Other upsides: a Pixel is a best pristine Android experience, a XL 2 is impossibly quick (zero lag), has a beautiful arrangement (on a after builds), a camera that’s a iPhone X’s equal, and feels good for a large phone in a hand.

Overall: Platform welfare aside³, a Pixel 2 XL is a improved value and boasts peculiarity equal to a iPhone X.


¹About a blue tint: I’ve updated this with a print (below) that compares a Pixel 2 XL’s arrangement as seen true on and from an angle. Note, however, that this picture (reproduction) tends to elaborate a tangible blue change (tint). More importantly, a altogether peculiarity of a Pixel 2 XL’s OLED arrangement in a latest build is glorious and I’m totally confident now. Also note that my iPhone X exhibits blue change yet reduction so than a Pixel 2 XL. Also: See this YouTube video, that comes flattering tighten to reflecting my experience. 

²The colors seem most reduction pale even with “Saturated” toggled off (this is finished in a “Display” settings underneath “Advanced”). we have selected to keep Saturated incited on, that we did not do on a progressing builds since we suspicion it looked too artificial. That’s not a box now.

³Admittedly, this is a wilful cause for many buyers.

The Pixel 2 XL noticed true on (top) and from an angle (bottom). My iPhone X also exhibits blue change yet reduction so than a Pixel 2 XL.

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