Design & Build8.1
First things first, Google Pixel 2 is one of the compact phones I always wanted to have as my daily driver. It’s simple, elegant and fits perfectly in my hand. Sure, its two-colour unibody approach may not suit everyone’s taste, but at the end of the day, it isn’t the only defining factor in my opinion.
For me, the design aspect in particular boils down to several factors, and one of them is portability. It decides how easy it’s going to be for me to carry the handset around in my pocket. Google Pixel 2 is impressive in that case, unlike most of the big display phones out there. I enjoyed every bit of it.
Up front, there are insanely huge bezels above and below the display. Unlike its elder sibling Pixel 2 XL, this one doesn’t try to be more in line with the bezel-less trend. So, the bezels were to be occupied by something sensible. That’s where these two powerful, front-firing stereo speakers come into the picture.
Google Pixel 2 has an aluminium unibody with a partial glass back. Meanwhile at the front, it’s fully occupied by glass. The handset measures 7.8mm in thickness, which seems standard courtesy of its compact unibody that fits into such a form factor.
Furthermore, it weighs only 143g, and for a reason. It houses a 2700mAh battery, and for a handset of this size, it seems ideal. Up top is a secondary microphone whereas on the right, it has a space reserved for a power button and volume rocker. A power button is placed above volume rocker.
Google Pixel 2 lacks a 3.5mm audio jack, something I hated the most. A missing headphone jack often results in an outcry, and Pixel 2 is no different. There’s absolutely no reason for Pixel 2 to drop a headphone jack as of now, but out of sheer audacity, Google decided to do away with the headphone jack anyway.
Since it has a Type-C port, Google offers a Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter out of the box. Moving on the rear, there’s a rear camera with a silver rim around it, LED flash, fingerprint scanner (more on that later) and Google branding.
Overall, Google Pixel 2 is compact and lightweight, ideal for those who prefer portability over anything else. And a missing 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t enough to ditch Pixel 2 altogether, which brings me to its another aspect: Display.