Is your whole life driven by Google products like Drive and Home? If so, the Google Pixel 2 phone from Verizon is probably for you.
Thanks to Verizon for providing me with a test phone to play with for a few weeks. All opinions are my own.
I reviewed the Original Google Pixel phone when it first came out, and I was thrilled to test drive the next generation from Verizon as well.
Like the original, I can’t help but fall in love with the Pixel 2. This phone easily keeps up with, and in many ways outpaces my iPhone 7 plus on the camera quality, video display and apps.
But the real reason I love it, remains the utility.
The Google Pixel phone boasts a seamless integration with all the Google goodness that powers your life, including all the desktop apps and connected home devices. It’s a little bit like a magic wand that you slip into a before you leave home, endowing you with superpowers.
For me that is the biggest draw for this phone. I live by my Google Drive and am constantly switching back and forth between business and personal Gmail accounts where I receive (on average) 600 emails a day. Yes, 600. It’s insane. This is a load that often staggers other phones. Finding and sorting the docs, emails, etc that I need can feel like a daunting “needle in a haystack” task with my iPhone.
I feel perfectly organized and competent with the Pixel. Google sorts, files, updates my calendar, and keeps me on schedule. For once, with this phone in my pocket, I feel in control. I can field the onslaught and face the day.
But who just wants to work. There are lattes, shoes and tile mosaics that need to be photographed and shared, after all. The Google Pixel 2 isn’t all work and no play.
It’s a fine phone to have on hand poolside.
Google Assistant does things for me like create arty versions of recent photos and turn my images into shareable slides shows. This is very fun and handy when you are traveling and want to hit your family with the highlights, but don’t have time to do a lot of editing.
Of course, all of my photos are backed up to Google Pictures automatically from this phone so I never have to worry about losing them or finding them in the future. As much as I love iCloud, I find Google Pictures is easier to use. I’m so glad I had this phone on me when shooting video at my daughter’s recent graduation.
There’s a couple more fun things that the Google Pixel offers, that I have to mention. Google Lens and AR stickers.
Google Lens lets you gather information augmented reality style, via the camera lens. Think of the possibilities when you are traveling! Google lens can tell you about the buildings and landmarks you are looking at.
Animated AR stickers are just fun to play with. You can download all kinds of stickers, including cute characters and even some local ones that provide extra information and insight into areas you are visiting. The stickers appear to interact with the setting, moving around and hopping on surfaces.
So of course I had to test this food sticker set at home, one afternoon when I heard my husband’s tummy rumbling.
I’m not going to do side by side comparisons of the Google Pixel 2 and assorted other phones on the market because there are a significant number of techies out there that have already done extensive testing of load times, image capture quality comparisons and screen output comparisons. Just do a Google search and you will find endless YouTube videos and blog posts that wax technical in the extreme. Water resistance, incredible battery power, fast charge time – these are just a few of the things people rave about.
Read more about the phone on the Verizon site and watch some reviews if you are making a big decision. In the meanwhile, let me sum up my own research findings…
The Google Pixel 2 from Verizon is top of the line. There’s really no phone that is all around better, and it’s the best choice for many people.
The only hesitation I might have with the Google Pixel 2 is if my phone was my primary video recording device, and I was planning to shoot a lot of video. The latest iPhones have a slight advantage when it comes to video production on the fly.
But for any other use, I would be hard pressed to choose a new phone at the moment. What it would come down to ultimately is what I was planning to use the phone for the most, and how comfortable I was with the Android operating system. The Google Pixel is strong in the arts, and even stronger if you work on the road.