Why My Next Phone HAD to be a Pixel 2 XL — a Casey Palmer x TELUS Joint

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!

Why My Next Phone HAD to be a Pixel 2 XL — a Casey Palmer x TELUS Joint — What's in the Box

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

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Dear World, Welcome to my first selfie on my new Google Pixel 2 XL bequeathed unto me by my fine friends at @TELUS! It's a really TIMELY gift, too—as I readied for a new year, I was priming to get myself a phone that could keep up with my activities, and the Pixel was right atop that list. But #TELUS didn't want me to just TALK about the phone—they wanted to see what I could DO with it! And so, as I continue familiarising myself with this little gem of a device, I hope to explore what EXACTLY is possible with the power of a Pixel! What new ways can I use to tell a story? How can I push my boundaries as a brand? I feel like some interesting times are ahead, and I hope you'll join me to see it all unfold! 'Til then! #ad #me #teampixel @google #selfie

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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.

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GUYS. I blinked last night and suddenly found myself in a future where emoticons have taken on lives of their own and augmented reality is a THING. After @protectinganon shared a shot of a @strangerthingstv's demagorgon sticker with me last night, I knew I HAD to have it. But it's only available on Android 8.1 or higher, and I only had 8.0. Then it happened. Today while sitting at my desk, the update icon showed up. With just under 4 gigs left on my plan for the month and roll-over happening on Sunday, a 600 MB download was a no-brainer. And there were downloads! And PATIENCE! But I eventually got some new digital friends I can position in photos and use to continue keeping things INTERESTING! May you too be blessed with the fun that is AR Stickers! #teampixel #pixel2 #pixel2xl #arstickers #ar #vr #fun #cool #tech #technology #phone #smartphone #pizza #animated #animation #clip @google #google #madebygoogle #arcore #3D #android #androidoreo #android8 #oreo

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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!

The Google Pixel 2 XL—it’s set a new bar for smartphones! Well—at least it has for me. You can grab one today from TELUS!

Enjoy the holiday season and until the next,

–case p.


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.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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