8 Reasons to Buy the Google Pixel 2 (and 4 Reasons to Skip)

Pixel 2 Pros and Cons

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have one mission: put the smart back in smartphones. With enhanced artificial-intelligence features built into Google Assistant, the camera and even the phones’ accessories, these two flagships are poised to challenge the top offerings from Samsung and Apple. However, Google’s 5- and 6-inch handsets fall short in some ways versus the likes of the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X.

Here are eight reasons to buy the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and three reasons to skip Google’s latest handset.


Google has built upon the success the company had with the original Pixel’s camera by making the 12.2-MP camera even better. You can now take portraits that blur out the background without a second lens, and the combination of Google’s HDR+ feature and a wider f 1/1.8 aperture should deliver excellent results in low light. If you like to shoot video, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have optical image stabilization for steadier footage.

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