Pixel 2 XL Display First Impressions [VIDEO]


Google has been receiving a ton of flak over the display found on the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 is immune from these criticisms (using a traditional Samsung display with over saturated colors) but the larger model — which sources their p-OLED display panels from LG — has been receiving the most criticism.

Everything from a muted color palette (which is by design), to poor viewing angles (with extremely blue tilt shift), even reports of possible burn-in (but more than likely just image retention) has been the biggest causes of concern inside forums, Reddit, even full on editorials demanding Google stop selling the phone and/or recall the device altogether. Is it overblown? Now that I finally have the phone in my possession and have spent over 24 hours with it, I can say unequivocally… yes.

We actually discussed this topic a bit in our Phancast — video embedded above — and while the display is most certainly a downside, it’s by no means defective or killing my overall enjoyment with the Pixel 2 XL. I will, however, take off some points — it’s by no means a deal breaker. At least not for me. You can hear more of my thoughts in my First Impressions video above.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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