Pixel is Google’s first smartphone, which the company promotes as a completely personal development. The other flagship Google Pixel 2 will debut in October month this year. The main emphasis is on the perfectly smooth and upcoming Android 8.0 and the best among the flagships camera. It sounds interesting, but is it worth it to pursue an expensive gadget, which most likely will not even be officially sold in few countries? We figured out and are ready to give an answer.
Looks like an Apple iPhone
The design is similar to the iPhone: large and powerful smartphones are full, but compact and productive now are rarely done. Google Pixel 2 just from these: a metal phone with a five-inch screen was very convenient.
There is an unusual moment: the body of the gadget gradually narrows from the top to the bottom. Apparently, it was done so that the camera lens did not act. Delights of foreign colleagues about the appearance of the Google Pixel 2, I do not share. The glass insert on the rear panel is ugly, and if you remove it, you get the iPhone 7.
Glass – a piece impractical: instantly covered with fatty stains from the hands. It’s funny that the fingerprint scanner is on the glass panel, so the user often has to poke fingers here. It works quickly and accurately, even recognizes gestures: you can, for example, swipe your finger from the bottom up and lower the curtain of notifications. However, this has long been in Huawei smartphones and gestures there more.
Package content is funny. In addition to the standard adapter + cord for charging, there is a USB-Type-C wire and a “big” USB to Type-C adapter. Dear equipment manufacturers, it seems you forgot that in the yard of 2017, not 1995. Enough to suffer from nonsense and produce connectors with adapters!
Why all this is necessary? To expand the dynamic range of photos: to save as many shades and nuances in the brightest and darkest areas of the frame. And it really works, although here there are pitfalls. The fact is that without HDR + on night shots with Google Pixel 2 there are a lot of noise (you’ll see it below). Here HDR + and struggles with this disadvantage during the merging of two frames into one – the noise really gets smaller, but it happens at the expense of detail. That’s why I personally would like to turn the mode on and off independently.
During the preparation of this article, we had doubts about the camera and the HDR, but after the blind test it became clear that the software algorithm for expanding the range is so cool that it makes the Pixel 2 camera the best camera of the year. Even in the absence of optical stabilization. A rich picture without failures in the shadows and shadows is like.