As more and more phones sport curved displays, it has become much harder to find quality screen protectors for them. I’ve had the Pixel 2 XL for a couple of months now, and initially, I was using IQ Shield’s liquid screen protector. I never got around to writing a review for it, but, in short, all I can say is that it was decent for what it was worth. Obviously, it wasn’t glass, so it didn’t really feel natural. I definitely considered getting a tempered glass protector, but there wasn’t any on Amazon with good reviews or without fake reviews—that is until Whitestone Dome Glass released their’s late last month. Here are my impressions.
Google’s new Pixel 2 phones have an assortment of third-party cases made specifically for them. However, Google has also gone ahead and designed a few of their own. The one I decided to get to go along with my current 2 XL is the fabric case that they offer. I’ve been using it daily now for about two weeks and here are my thoughts.
Everyone is raving about the Google Pixel 2 XL’s screen burn-in issues. People who have never even touched a Pixel smartphone, much less owned one, have been obnoxiously quick to hop on a bandwagon riot against the second-generation Mountain View device. Some of the most ardent haters are, as you may expect, Apple groupies. But is this new evidence that Google phones suck?
The new generation of Google Pixel phones, the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, have recently been subject to extreme controversy from both users and reviewers alike. This is mainly because of the biggest one of the bunch, the Pixel 2 XL (which is manufactured by LG), featuring an LG-made 6″ pOLED QHD+ panel that looks… well, rather underwhelming for the $849 starting price of the 2 XL. Said display, aside from the overall dull look, is also apparently running into several QC issues, one of them being that it’s absurdly prone to image retention and even permanent burn-in.
Android 8.0 Oreo officially landed just two months ago, and today, we’re already getting a glimpse of the latest and greatest version of Google’s Android OS: Android 8.1.
Google’s yearly hardware event launch is now over and Google’s Pixel brand of devices has now expanded. There have been a couple of big announcements. In case you have missed these, here’s a quick recap about all the releases this week.
Google might have added a slew of new hardware products at its launch event Wednesday, but it quietly tucked away its Android Wear smartwatch section on the Google Store. Now, the Google Store doesn’t provide a link to purchase Android Wear products. Instead, you’ll have to head over to Amazon to purchase them.
So now that it is official, if you are buying a Pixel 2, you will have to deal with the fact that there is no headphone jack present on this device. This means that you either
stick to the USB-C earphones provided in the box purchase your own USB-C earbuds, use Bluetooth, or use the dongle that is provided. A Google employee recently took to the Google Forums, trying to explain the situation at hand. However, Google’s response is flimsy at best, and /r/quityourbullshit at worst.
Ever since the iPhone 7, there has been an addition to the list of things smartphones can usually endorse as features – the inclusion of a headphone jack. Not that Apple was the first to exclude what for years has been considered a mandatory part of any personal computing device from their smartphone. But because it’s Apple and the iPhone is the most popular phone in the world. So it sets the standard.
We’re live blogging Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Home Mini, and Pixelbook October 4th announcement. Follow the stream and our thoughts below. Live stream begins at 9 AM PT, 12 PM ET.