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Google - Pixel 2 XL 128GB - Just Black (Verizon)

Introducing the Google Pixel 2 XL
Enjoy a large 5.99-inch touch screen with this black Google Pixel XL 2 smartphone. Its 1440p OLED panel delivers superior color reproduction, and the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM let you run multiple apps smoothly. This 128GB Google Pixel XL 2 smartphone has a dual LED flash on the camera for capturing memories in low-light environments.
$39.58/mo.
for 24 months
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Overview

What's Included


  • Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB
  • Quick switch adapter
  • SIM card removal tool
  • USB-C cable
  • USB-C charger
  • USB-C to 3.5 jack adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (66 out of 76)

Features


A more impressive camera. All-around

Capture stunning photos with an effortless photography experience. Pixel 2 XL changes the way you take, save and share your moments.

Your photos, forever

Save all your photos and videos in original quality with free, unlimited storage in Google Photos.¹

Search what you see

With Google Lens you can use your camera to explore the world like never before. Simply pull up Google Lens on a photo to learn more about landmarks, artwork and more.²

Your own personal Google, built in

Need help or answers? Just ask the Google Assistant, built into every Google Pixel 2 XL. You can request a ride, reserve a table, and buy a ticket – using only your voice.

Charges fast and really lasts

Pixel's long lasting and fast charging battery delivers up to 7 hours of use on 15 minutes of charge.³

Water resistant when it counts.

Pixel 2 XL also features a striking encased glass metal unibody that's water resistant.⁴

Find the perfect fit for you and your Pixel

Accessories designed by Google are precisely engineered to fit, help protect and make the most of your Google Pixel 2 XL.

¹ Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.

² Google Lens is only available for Latin character sets.

³ Based on use of the included charger and a mix of talk, data, and standby use. Actual results may vary, see website for details.

⁴ Pixel 2 XL has a water protection rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Charger and accessories are not water resistant.


Customer rating

Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 76 reviews

87%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    Posted
    fatbuddah
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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. Pros: -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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Switched from iPhone

    Posted
    Dovah
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    What's in the box? Phone, charger, USB-C to USB-C charging cable, data transfer adapter (to transfer your contacts, photos etc from iPhone to Pixel) SIM card tool and a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter. It doesn't come with a headphone and I had to buy a few aftermarket USB-C to USB-A cables to connect phone to my PC and other commonly used USB ports. Design: I think Pixel2 XL has a good design. I like the Panda color scheme. But I think iPhoneX is better design wise. Bezels vs Notch: Personally, I don't mind Bezels on Pixel2 XL as compared to the notch on iPhone X which I find a bit annoying. Although I don't like big phones, I chose Pixel2 XL over Pixel2 because of the large Bezels on Pixel2. Display: Awesome. When it was launched 6 months ago, people complained about the blue tint. I don't notice that on my phone. Speakers: It has front facing speakers which delivers better sound than an iPhone speaker. Headphone jack: There is no separate headphone jack (sigh). It comes with a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter. So when you are charging your phone you can only use a Bluetooth headset. Pixel buds are expensive but it has a cool feature of language translation. Charging: There is no wireless charging option. With the provided fast charger and USB-C cable, you can get about 40% charge in 15 mins. 100% charge takes time (maybe about 2 hours). Performance and UI: I am very happy with the performance. It's pretty fast and responsive. Its UI is clean, easy to use and elegant. It didn't take much time for me to get used to Android after using iOS for about 10 years. Battery: It depends on the type of usage. I mostly browse and sometimes watch Youtube videos (you start from one video to another and next thing you know you just spent an hour or so watching some random videos). 100% charge for me can vary from 8 hours to more than a day. Unlock: Fingerprint sensor is fast and easy to access. Camera: At present, I think it has probably the best smartphone camera which delivers nice portrait and low light pictures, not sure how Galaxy S9 is stacking up against Pixel2 XL. Customization: I think Android offers a lot of customization as compard to iOS. For a user like me it doesn't matter though. Issue(s): I had problem with Bluetooth connectivity. After I did a factory reset, the Bluetooth is working fine. What I like: Google Assistant (hands down this is the best AI assistant), Gboard (let you search and share from the keyboard itself), Google lens (more of a gimmick, but I like it), Active Edge, Camera (as my mom and brother would say what's the point when you don't take/send pictures), Display, UI, Google Search Bar, Google Photos (unlimited upload and storage in original quality until 2020 for Pixel phones), Google Translate (sometimes I just use it for fun, it does a good job for English to Hindi and vice-versa), Android Auto, Widgets, shortcuts on the icon itself and many more. Overall Experience: Based on 3.5 weeks of usage, I am happy with this phone. It's a stock Android Device which means zero bloatware and some of the new features roll out to Pixel first before it becomes available on other Android devices and finally to the iOS eg. Google Lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best Android's today!

    Posted
    nhtechguy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The Google Pixel XL 2 is the best android device I have bought so far. A little background is I was an Apple user for over 5 years. Recently with all the iOS changes, I have become uninterested so in November of 2017 I jumped to a Galaxy Note 8 and fell in love with the way android operates. When the Pixel released I was interested in having a direct google android device to jumpstart my Google ecosystem. I will say that in my opinion, the Google direct Oreo software is very nice and better than the Samsung User interface they put on top of androids on the Galaxy devices. I found better functionality with googles commute alerts for time to leave. Camera I found the camera on the device to be amazing both with close-ups and long-range photos. I was able to take about 40 photos in my first few days and only a few didn’t come out to my liking. The photos were sharp and processed the lighting very well. There were a few photos that had weird lines caused by the type of light but have not run into that much. Something that can be fixed with a software update. *Plus with unlimited photo storage from google this only makes the package sweeter as phone storage will always be free of clutter. User Interface The device has been a wonder in the UI of the device. I have found everything on the phone very easily without fuss. You can search the phone and find anything you need in seconds. All the applications are direct google so constant updates are not a worry. The device did not come with any bloatware (5 Star Plus in my book). Battery This device has had a good battery life so far. With heavy usage, any phone can go down quickly but the Pixel handles this very well. With the Fast-charge technology, the Pixel phone does charge up quickly without issue. The only drawback is there is no wireless charging, not a huge disappointment to me as even with my galaxy device I ended up plugging it in most of the time for a faster charge. Overall this phone is a must buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    So close, yet so far!

    Posted
    Jaymyro
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    So you have heard about the many pros and cons of the phone, so I will not repeat what you probably already know. Overall, I actually really liked the phone. I did not have a screen issue. The phone was quick. The phone looked great. Battery life was phenomenal. Then why the 1 star? The 1-star is because of the Wi-Fi connectivity issue that seems to be plaguing the phone world-wide. In brevity, it seems that the pixel line of phones (due to Android Oreo) is having a problem where it randomly drops Wi-Fi connection. This sucks because (1), it makes a beep every time it disconnects. Yes, you can disable the notification beep, but therein lies problem number 2. If you turn off the notification, there are times where you will be using your phone and unbeknownst to you, the Wi-Fi has dropped and you are now using data. That’s not good for non-unlimited data people like myself, when all of sudden they get a notification that they’ve used or gone over their data limits. There seems to be a few fixes/work-arounds to this problem, especially if you are on Verizon (disabling the Verizon security app, etc.), but this is still unacceptable. When dropping $800 on a phone, you should not have to disable this and tweak that every time you want to use Wi-Fi at your house, office or public use. Once again, great phone, but this, in my opinion is unacceptable, especially in light of the fact that there has been no fix/update from Google, although they are fully aware of the issue. I am coming from a Note 4 and I hate to go back to Samsung, because one of the greatest features of the Pixel was the lack of (Samsung) bloatware. But... my Note 4 was a phenomenal phone I could count on. I actually reactivated it and got a new battery after I returned my Pixel, and the Note 4 is back to normal again (lasts a full day without needing recharging). Final thought: Check your phone!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW Great phone

    Posted
    TysonB
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I wanted this phone for a long time before it was announced but when I heard of the problems so I tried the Note 8 which was a good phone but I like google's assistant too much not to try out the Pixel 2 xl. I'm sure glad that I did because it blows my mind how much less garbage comes on it than the Note. The blue tint, okay so this is real but its only noticeable on a white screen so if you lay in bed and watch a plain white screen with your wife than this is a bad phone but if your watching a movie or just YouTube than there is no difference between this display and the note. YouTube does seam to be the only app so far that allows you to stretch the videos edge to edge kind of like Samsungs because of the round corners, Either way though at night you cannot see the black bars anyway because the blacks are so black. I haven't had a problem with screen burn in though if i did google extended the manufacturer warranty for 2 years so I really don't care if it ever does because I will just get a new one. that brings me to the next thing, They made it so you just plug your old phone into this one on start and it brings over everything! Alarms, background, even music, videos and more. Overall, if you want a great phone without the bloatware of Samsung this is a great phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Feeling

    Posted
    JohnInTorrance
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm a long time Samsung Note user. Last one I used was the Note 4. I have very mixed feeling…. I like the fact that I can only keep the apps I want to use. Setting is a lot simpler than Samsung phones. Front speaker is louder than my old Note 4 and easy to listen in the car w/out Bluetooth. I miss Note's ability to use pen, some Samsung's built in gestures and options, such as say "Smile" to take picture. Biggest one I miss is ability to change vibration intensity. Pixel's vibration intensity is so weak, it's hard to tell when the phone is in my pocket. Assistant is nice without bothering with Bixby, but only way to call "Ok Google" makes it hard to use it right if you have Google Home. Both reacts to “Ok Google” at the same time. I ended up using edge button on the phone instead to avoid both being activated at the same time. I’m not sensitive to all the issues reported on this phone, but I experienced speaker making humming noise at time when I play music/audiobook. It is not persistent though. I got this phone with Best Buy & Verizon's $400 discount. I'd recommend the phone at that price. If I had to pay full price, I will probably go with Samsung.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google's Best - Don't believe Most of the Neg Hype

    Posted
    Synplex
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    After owning the Nexus 6p, Pixel and now the Pixel 2 XL, I can easily say this is a big step forward! The Camera, Water resistances, Front Facing Speakers, and Android Oreo are enough to sway over most Android Fans or Tech enthusiast, but after just 5-10 minutes with my Pixel 2 XL, I had 2 co-worker switch over from their IPhones 6 and 7 (true story). Now some of the internet overly hyped negative issues do exists, but it's not as widely spread as you would think plus the last 2 updates have fixed most issues. My first Pixel 2 XL had a pretty bad "Blue Shift" issue, but after I exchanged it, I now have one with a perfect screen! And the best part about having a Pixel is dealing with Google's Fantastic Support Team. Any issue and they will gladly exchange it without questions asked for 2 Full Years! This phone is worth the wait and the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic phone!

    Posted
    golfer393

    I switched to the Pixel 2 XL from an iPhone 6S Plus. I am loving it! It's been a few years since I've tried Android. Wow, what an improvement. It is on par with iOS and much more customizable. This phone is smooth as silk, fast, has an amazing camera, incredible battery, a perfectly placed finger print sensor, amazing warranty, looks awesome in the black/white "Panda" version, and yes... an incredible screen. I put it side by side with my son's Samsung S8 Plus and the screen is much brighter and clearer. It also was quicker loading the same apps and web pages than the S8 Plus. Pay no attention to the reports of blue screen shift. This is way over reported as a problem. I never see it and when I do, the phone is off axis. I never use my phone off axis anyway. Overall, I think that this is a great phone and I am very happy with my decision to purchase it. You'll love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, design, usability and performance. Editors are less positive about connectivity and price and have mixed opinions about screen. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 92/100 = Excellent quality.
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  • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Chris Hall on September 4, 2018
    Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
    After a rocky start, Google's tweaks and changes have given the Pixel 2 XL the appeal that it needed. It's not the best design to encase this newFull Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Max Parker on July 6, 2018
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  • Alphr (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Alan Martin on April 26, 2018
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  • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on April 12, 2018
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    A flagship smartphone with many flagship features, but it's let down by so-so audio.Full Review
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