Inside AU, three of us writers spent roughly 15 minutes to find the best title for this article, concluding we love sexual innuendos more than Android itself. Just so you know, “Bigger isn’t always better: Get the Pixel 2, not the Pixel 2 XL” was the second place post title.

Don’t do it!

If you’ve been reading the recent news about Google’s Pixel 2 XL, you’ve probably heard of several issues revolving around the device. I have checked out the device in person on a couple of occasions, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t dare pay for that phone.

I would, however, opt for Google’s smaller option, the Pixel 2.

This much bad press can’t be ignored.

It may seem ironic that I’m writing an article which I know is adding to the already existing bad press. Hear me out though. I wanted to provide a “buyer beware” post for our readers. At this point, it’s gone beyond nitpicking some bad aspects of the Pixel 2 XL. Now I believe people should just not buy this device.

Look at these posts/articles/videos/tweets from other reviewers;

There are many more out there as well, but I feel this is enough to get the point across.

The list keeps growing.

From all of this we’re learned;

  • all Pixel 2 XL’s screen will turn a shade of blue if you don’t look at it straight on. So if you tilt up and down, or sideways, even a little, you get this blue tint happening. I’ve seen it myself in person. It threw me off for a phone that is over $1000 CAD.
  • on many Pixel 2 XL phones, the top speaker is quieter than the bottom one.
  • black pixels on the Pixel 2 XL are lagging while scrolling, causing an odd effect
  • Google is investigating a screen burn-in issue with the Pixel 2 XL.

Get the Pixel 2, not the Pixel 2 XL

For me, and I’m sure many others, if you’re going to pay well over $1000 CAD for a flagship device, there should not be that many issues with it, even if some aspects, like the blue tint, could be overlooked.

The Pixel 2 XL is otherwise an awesome phone. The build is nice. The camera is fan-freaking-tastic (just ask Tony). The battery life is very good too. But you know what? So is the smaller sized Pixel 2. As far as I can tell, no one is complaining about that device.

So if you want an Android phone with arguably the best camera on a smartphone you can find, great battery life, great sounding front-facing speakers, monthly security updates, three (yes, three) years of software updates, and a pure Android experience that is smooth as butter, get the Pixel 2! You’ll save yourself from quality issues, and keep a bit of extra money in your pocket too.


  1. My contract is up in spring – I’m definitely thinking about switching carriers to grab a Pixel 2. Maybe by then some or all of the issues will be resolved. The XL seems nice but I kinda miss a smaller, more pocket friendly size. Or maybe I’ll see what OnePlus does between now and then as far as devices and personal information….

    • I agree. It’s very nice going back to the smaller screen for a change. Especially after lugging around the Note 8.

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