Perhaps this is helped by the fact that Google is for the first time having OIS on its smartphone camera and somehow managed to squeeze Portrait Mode into a single-lens camera, a feature that is common with dual-lens setups.
The users located in the passenger seat, or those who in using this function is not needed, you can always disable it in the settings. This year, LG and Apple are also offering this feature on their phones, but Google, for some reason, still thinks that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers still don't need wireless charging.
Google continues to improve its artificially intelligent software, Assistant, aiming to make it available on TV, laptop, or through one's auto. The 5.5in display on the iPhone 8 Plus isn't bad at all-it's just the Google Pixel 2 XL's display is higher spec'd.
In the end for many people it will come down to software preference as despite boasting improved features on the whole the new Pixel 2 is not significantly better to lure devoted Apple fans.
Google now promises unlimited free original resolution Google Photos uploads for all Pixel 2 owners.
Google also touted an exclusive preview of its Google Lens image recognition app, which combines computer vision and machine learning with Google Search, to allow users to take a picture of a landmark, a flower, or even a restaurant and get more information using the app.
Juston Payne, Google's product manager, explained at the keynote event how the real-time translation of Pixel Bud works. And this will be heard through the Pixel Buds. Still, Google does offer free unlimited storage for your photos and videos via Google Photos, whereas on Apple you have to pay for iCloud storage above the initial 5GB limit. The cameras of the two phones have been ranked the best - well ahead of the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the closest rivals. The Pixel 2 XL is larger, with 6 inches and a bigger resolution: 2880 x 1440 pixels.
How do you feel about the Pixel 2 and 2 XL?
Much like any premium headphone, Google ensures consumers that it sounds good playing music. You can also opt to buy the handset outright and then shop around for the best possible deal for your data and minutes.
In the near future we'll be able to make a more detailed review for both smartphones when the testing in the real world will be available.