Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: first look

The new Samsung Galaxy S9+ (see full specs here) has just entered the phone arena and it comes with big ambitions: it is designed to look and feel exquisite, it’s equipped with a better camera than the already great one on the S8 and Samsung has even improved its custom Android interface so that the phone runs smoother.

All of this calls for one thing: a comparison with the phone that Google itself has made, one that is commonly brought up when we speak about great cameras, and one that has a pure form of Android that Google keeps updated regularly. Yes, we are talking about …

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Specs comparison

Sony’s new Xperia phone will have some tough time vying for your attention given the abundance of flagships available right now, but it seems to have the necessary arsenal to do this.

 Snapdragon 845, big 18:9 display, and interesting features like Dynamic Vibration make the XZ2 an interesting choice. While it’s not as well-specc’d as some of its rivals, it will probably float the boat of your average Xperia fan.

But how does it stack up against the Galaxy S9 and the Pixel 2 XL, two of its alternatives? 

The Big Barcelona Camera Comparison: iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Note 8


Mobile World Congress is just about to kick off, but we’ve already been here for a day and we have wasted no time. Walking down the iconic La Rambla main street and sightseeing the Sagrada Familia and the rest of the amazing buildings by Catalonia-born Gaudi, we also took some pictures.
And yes, we had a fancy camera with all the bells and whistles, but we would not be PhoneArena if we just used that. Instead, we had our pockets full of phones.
To help us capture the beauty of Barcelona in photos we had the:
Apple …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL owners complain about overheating and battery issues after February update

Back in January, the Android 8.1 update left several Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners unable to swipe up on the lock screen so that they could enter their PIN code. Now, it appears as though the February security update also was disseminated with unwanted side effects. On Reddit and Google’s Pixel User Community website, there are several complaints from Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users about their handset overheating. Additionally, since installing the update, some Pixel 2/2 XL owners say that they are experiencing lower than usual battery life on their units.

One Pixel 2 owner says …

Google offers some Nexus owners a one-time 20% discount on the Pixel 2 / 2 XL

Google is sending out e-mails containing a one-time 20% discount for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. The offer is available through February 28 and is sent only to some previous Nexus device owners.

The news for the offer first made it on reddit, where a user reported receiving such an e-mail, with others joining as well. The subject of the e-mail is “20% off Pixel 2, just for you” and is called by Google a “thanks for being a loyal Nexus owner”. Here is what the Pixel 2 and 2 XL prices look like after the discount:
Pixel 2 64GB: $519,20Pixel 2 128GB: $599,20Pixel …

Crazy Deal: Save $400 on Verizon's Google Pixel 2 XL (today only)

Best Buy just revealed a pretty crazy deal for customers interested in purchasing a Google Pixel 2 XL on Verizon Wireless. Today only, the giant retailer is taking $400 off the price of the Pixel 2 XL, as long as the phone is activated with eligible monthly wireless service. The deal includes an instant saving of $100, plus savings of $300 reflected in reduced monthly payments.
Thanks to this deal, if you want to get the Verizon Pixel 2 XL 64 GB, you’re going to pay $18.74 (instead of $35.41) per month for 24 months, while the Pixel 2 XL 128 GB will cost you $22.91 …

Google rewards loyal Nexus owners with 20% off the purchase of a new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

If you’re relatively new to the world of smartphones, you might not remember the Nexus line of handsets that were offered by Google starting back in 2010. Built by different manufacturers (HTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei), the Nexus line’s claim to fame was the stock Android OS installed. As a result, these models were always among the first to be updated to the latest Android build.

In 2016, Google didn’t release a new Nexus model, and instead offered the HTC built Pixel and Pixel XL. Last year, the HTC built Pixel 2 and the LG produced Pixel 2 XL were released and are currently …

1-day deal slashes Google Pixel 2 unlocked price to just $530

The Google Pixel 2 might not have the fancy new, no-bezel design, but it is still an amazing phone with smooth performance and a no-compromise camera.

And if you don’t want to spend a $1,000 on a certain phone, or even the $650 official price that Google is asking for the Pixel 2, you now have a new deal active only today that slashes the price on the Pixel 2 to just $530 for the 64GB version ($120 off), and $580 for the 128GB model ($170 off).
There is one catch: it is a certified refurbish phone and not a brand new one, but you do get a 1 year Google …

IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

A couple of tweets from IDC”s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn’t launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, …

Google's Valentine's Day deals include free Pixel 2 Live Cases, savings on Google Home

In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2018, Google this week unveiled a series of deals that folks in the US can take advantage of through Google Store. We’re not talking about breathtaking deals here, but it’s still nice to see that Google is being a bit generous.
If you’re buying a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL before February 14 (at 11:59 PM PT), you can get a free Live Case for your phone. Normally costing at least $40, a protective Live Case can be personalized with your own photos and images, or you can choose one of Google’s preset designs. 
Other …