Zach Bussey put it well; to paraphrase: “if you’re going to be a serious influencer, you should be using serious tools.” As someone whose phone’s fused to his hands, it’d better be a good one!
I haven’t rocked a flagship model since my Lenovo Moto Z a little while back, and man do you notice a difference! The phones I’ve had since were okay, but there was always something not quite right when I used them. The camera wasn’t sharp enough. They lagged a little when I gamed. Enough of these imperfections and I knew—my next phone needed to be as close to perfect as possible… and that’s when I spied the Google Pixel 2 XL!
The Google Pixel 2 XL — Because Awesome Things Can Come in Small Packages
It’s been a while since I’ve written about them, but the team at TELUS came through when they let me step my smartphone game up with a Google Pixel 2 XL!
You can feel the difference soon as you take it from the box. Weighing in at 175 grams, the Pixel 2 XL houses hardware and software making it worthy of being a modern flagship phone. Android 8 in all its slick glory. Stellar sound through its HD stereo front-firing speakers. Sure, there’ll be things to get used to like the lack of a microSD port and its eschewing of a 3.5″ headphone jack, but it more than makes up for it with free unlimited full-sized uploads to Google Photo and blazing fast Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to all sorts of peripherals.
But it’s not as much about what’s inside the Google Pixel 2 XL as what it can do.
Even if you’re not all that techy, you’ve probably already heard about the 12.2-megapixel camera. Or how well the Pixel performs in low light. I’ve already tried it out at a tree-lighting ceremony after dark and capture 22-storey murals up close—the Pixel 2 XL takes an excellent photo. Every day I get to push its boundaries a little more—and now with features like AR Stickers and HDR+ built in, it lets you reimagine just what you can do with a smartphone!
I’d love to take this Pixel 2 XL out for a serious spin in the new year, but for now feel free to check out some of the images I’ve put taken with it so far!
The Google Pixel 2 XL — Get Yours at TELUS Today!
Ever since people found out I’m packing a Pixel, they’ve asked whether it’s as good as advertised.
At first, I had my doubts—early reviews had hangups about the “natural tone” of the screen—but my initial experience with the Google Pixel 2 XL has been nothing but great. I may sing a different tune months down the road, but I know so many die-hards of the original Pixel that I’m not expecting any woes anytime soon!
Enjoy the holiday season and until the next,
Disclaimer: TELUS kindly provided a Google Pixel 2 XL with a Spigen case for my review. I was asked to focus on one feature in my review, but I was so impressed with it that I felt inspired to try something different. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.