TLDR version: The Pixel 2 XL 128GB is a solid phone but does not warrant the premium price tag that Samsung, LG, and Apple charge because of its lack of features and less than premium feel.
-Best mobile camera in the industry (DXoMARK), going to be even better when the Google Image Processing Unit is enabled on Android 8.1
-Fastest Android updates, Android 8.0 is amazing compared to Android 7.1, feels more integrated and seamless. You will be the first to experience Android P in the future and get security updates faster
-Pure Android experience. Zero bloatware that drains battery and resources. Not even Verizon bloatware can be found on this
-Longest battery life compared to Note 8 and LG V30
Cons: Most of these are due to the high price tag
-Lack of headphone jack
-No wireless charging
-No expandable SD card slot
-IP67 compared to IP68 from LG and Samsungs
-Screen is not as sharp compared to Samsung's AMOLED
-Only has a single camera for a premium price tag
Some of the new phones shipped are having reported screen issues. Lucky for me, I don't seem to be experiencing these issues like screen burn-ins or really bad grainy, uneven, colors. Although, I agree that compared to Samsungs Note 8 AMOLED screen (which I bought and returned for the Pixel 2XL), the Pixel 2 XL POLED just can't compare (Pixel 2 uses the AMOLED screen). I noticed the colors come out sharper and look more solid on the Pixel 2 AMOLED. The Pixel 2 XL colors look dull at the moment, but Google will be increasing the color saturation on their next update. The screen does look slightly grainy if I stare really close and hard at my phone. Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed it if wasn't for the hundreds of articles on the web pointing it out.
The body does not feel as premium compared to the iPhone X, Note 8, or V30. It has a textured aluminum that makes the phone feel like its made with plastic. However, the weight and size of the phone feels very comfortable in my hand, unlike the Note 8 thats heavy and has an oddly long screen that my fingers need to "climb" to access the other side of the screen. Pixel 2 XL's screen to body ratio is also the smallest compared to the bezel-less designs of the competition because of the front-facing stereo speakers.
The stereo speakers are great, they sound louder and richer when compared to other phone speakers. I can get lost in the Youtube universe and hear all my videos. But I personally don't think I really need the speakers if it meant that I can have a headphone jack and smaller bezels. When listening to music, it's better to just use Bluetooth speakers. Sadly, the Pixel 2 lacks the Samsung S/Note 8 feature of connecting 2 Bluetooth speakers at the same time.
The phone is fast and snappy with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and with 4GB of RAM to satisfy all of your multitasking needs. The battery is the biggest compared to the LG v30, iPhone X, and Note 8. I get about 6 hours of screen time before my battery gets to 15%, which means it will last me all day when I wake up until I go to sleep. I noticed with the V30 and the Note 8 that my battery would drain to 15% around 5 hours 30 min of screen time.
The best thing about this phone is its camera. Last year the Pixel had one of the best cameras in the mobile market, it got even better with the Pixel 2, and will get even better with Android 8.1 (which you will be the first to get) when they turn on the Google Image Processing Unit. The camera snaps fast with little lag. The photos come out very natural compared to the Note 8 and V30. What you take a picture of comes out pretty close to what you see with your eyes. The front face camera also gives a sharp detailed photo compared to the V30. But for the premium price tag, it lacks a 2nd camera that could have provided a wide angle view or optical zoom.
If you haven't experienced the Android Assistant yet, prepared to be blown away. It is a very convenient feature and allows me to operate a lot of features on my phone without touching it. The voice recognition is surprisingly accurate. The squeezable side of the phone is actually convenient to active assistant silently or silence your phone when you're in a meeting, but there are also ways that you can reprogram it do other things like open a browser, open camera, etc.
The Pixel 2 XL is a good solid phone, but not great because of the price. It lacks the features that the other premium phones provide for the same price point. I would highly recommend buying this phone, but not right now at this price tag and screen issues. Maybe until the price drops down to the $600 range ($700 for the 128GB) or $700 range ($800 for the 128GB) if Google manages to fix the screen quality issue.