Does the new hotness bring enough to upgrade from the old hotness?
Google has shown off what they are bringing to the table for the next year with the Pixel 2 XL. Awkward name aside, it’s a flagship product with a flagship price and while they are courting new converts to the Pixel brand, they’re also dangling it in front of people who loved the original Pixel XL. They think you’ll love this phone. And for a lot of us, they’re right.
But the 2016 Pixel XL didn’t magically stop working when Google took the stage. It’s still a helluva phone and has at least another year of attention when it comes to updates and software. That leaves many owners of the original wondering if they should upgrade, or hold out another year and see what the Pixel 3 XL will bring. And that’s not the craziest idea because a whole lot of people think the Pixel 2 XL and the 2016 Pixel XL are the two best Android phones you can buy.
Let’s break things down so you can decide if you need to part with some cash this year or wait for next year.
There are a couple of big differences between the two phones. For starters, they look very different from each other.
The original Pixel XL used the industry standard “cinematic” 16:9 display aspect ratio. The 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED panel is in a body that measures 6.09 inches tall and 2.98 inches wide, creating a screen to body ratio of 71.2%. Yeah, there are bezels. Big ones. The Pixel 2 XL changes things up a bit and uses the new 18:9 aspect ratio.
The Pixel 2 XL is taller but narrower than the original thanks to the new screen aspect ratio.
That’s the same tall and narrow footprint we see with the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. It packs a 6-inch 1440×2560 AMOLED display in a body that’s 6.22 inches tall and 3.02 inches wide, which figures out to a 76.4% screen to body ratio. Yes, there are still big bezels. But this time they are only on the top and bottom, and those have front-facing speakers in them. But there is no headphone jack, so you’ll be buying expensive new headphones or living that #DongleLife with a USB-C to 3.5mm TRS jack adapter if you don’t do the Bluetooth thing.
This is the kind of change you either instantly hate or instantly love. These Long Tall Sallies feel very different when you’re holding them, and there’s no way to pretend that they don’t. Don’t assume you’ll love it or hate it if you haven’t held a phone built this way — hit a store somewhere and grab the floor demo Galaxy S8+ they’ll have and see for yourself.
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That new Snapdragon smell
An equally significant change is what’s behind the displays. The Pixel XL runs on a Snapdragon 821 and performs beautifully. The Pixel 2 XL runs on a – Source