Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL


Google’s been seriously stepping up its smartphone game ever since the launch of the Pixel last year, and for its second generation of handsets, we’re no longer just choosing between a big and a little model, but also between a Pixel with a conventional versus a new ultra-wide display.

But the Pixel 2 XL with its big face-filling screen isn’t the only new smartphone of its kind to just hit the block, and Apple’s grabbing headlines with a super-widescreen phone of its own, the new iPhone X.

How do these two late-2017 flagships stack up against each other? Let’s take a look.

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Google Lens is gradually rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners worldwide

image source: XDA

Back in October, Google announced that its machine-learning powered visual analysis app Lens will hit Pixel and Pixel 2 phones later this year. Lens went live for the first time as a feature in Google Photos, but over the last couple of weeks, a number of reports emerged online, suggesting that Lens is also making its way to Google assistant, albeit incrementally.

In Google Photos, Lens can be activated when viewing any image by tapping the Lens icon. The process of launching Lens from within Google Assistant is similar – …

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: first look

There’s an abundance of gems in the Android sphere right now, making it tough at times to uncover the truly great ones from the myriad of darlings that are vying for supremacy this upcoming holiday season. Already, the Google Pixel 2 XL is making a strong case for itself with its amazing camera performance and wholesome Android experience. Equally so, the OnePlus 5T is conjuring up one compelling story as well with its unbeatable price. These two smartphones certainly have a lot behind them, but it’ll be interesting to see how they compete against each other for …

Google Assistant will troubleshoot your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 developer preview?


According to a Google Pixel 2 XL owner who is running the Android 8.1 developers preview on the device, Google Assistant will help troubleshoot the handset. This person asked Google Assistant why his phone was having problems charging. That started up a troubleshooting program that resulted in Assistant “Starting Troubleshooting,” which was followed by the virtual assistant asking “Is it okay if I check a few things?”

If permission is given, Google Assistant will give the phone a check up, focusing on the part of the handset where the issue is taking place. Returning to the Pixel 2 XL …

OnePlus 5T vs Galaxy S8 vs LG V30 vs Pixel 2 vs HTC U11 price comparison

The new OnePlus 5T will solidify the company’s value-for-money street cred, as the CEO promise for a flagship that won’t break the bank got fulfilled, at least as far as the US pricing is concerned. How about a Snapdragon 835-equipped handset with the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio 6″ display that fits in a body at the size of 2016’s 5.5-inchers, with 8GB RAM/128GB storage model, fast charging, dual f/1.7 aperture cameras on the back, and, thankfully, a fast finger scanner also placed there, for less than $600? 

Not bad at all, but let’s compare …

Verizon now adds BOGO Half Off to its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL 50% trade-in deal

Verizon has turned its 50% off trade-in deal on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL into something even better. In addition to getting 50% off one Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset with a trade, you now have the opportunity to get a second Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL priced at half off. There are 13 handsets that Verizon will accept in trade in exchange for the original 50% discount on either one of the two new Pixel models. The discount is applied to your bill in the form of monthly credits over 24 months. For the Pixel 2, that works out to $13.54 a month over 24 months. For the Pixel 2 XL, the monthly …

Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can't unlock their bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs. 

It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, …

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use OIS and EIS to take "the shake" out of videos

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL can produce videos with images that are so steady, they appear to have been shot using a tripod. But the truth is, you can just hold your Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL in your hand and even if you are jittery, the phone uses what Google calls Fused Video Stabilization. Essentially, this is a combination of optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

Besides a shaking camera that can cause videos to look like you shot them in a hurricane, other things can cause your videos to appear jumpy. Moving the camera too fast can create …

Google says its has fixed the problems with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL trade-in program

As if the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL needed more problems, word came out the other day about a number of issues that consumers were having with the Google Store trade-in program. Under the terms of the plan, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers would receive credit for trading-in older handsets in working condition. The amount of the credit received depended on the model of the phone sent in. The 2016 Google Pixel XL was on the top of the list with the 128GB model valued at $410 in a trade.

Unfortunately, there were several screw ups, with several buyers participating in the program receiving …

Google Pixel 2 XL has another problem with the screen (VIDEO)

The Google Pixel 2 XL continues to have problems with the screen. Besides concerns about burn-in on the OLED panel, the other day we told you that some Pixel 2 XL users are seeing the screen flash when they unlock the phone. This morning, there is talk about the latest bug that is preventing Pixel 2 XL users from enjoying the phone like they should be. It appears that on some units of the Pixel 2 XL, the edges of the screen are unresponsive.

The Pixel User Community website has some threads about the issue, including one from a Pixel 2 XL owner who claims to have spoken to Google …