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Is the Pixel 2 XL’s screen burn-in that big of a deal?

A major issue, or just a minor annoyance? Ever since reviews first started coming out, Google’s Pixel 2 XL has been faced with an onslaught of controversy and outrage surrounding its display. Initially, people were complaining about the phone’s muted colors. Blue tints when looking at the display from an angle followed this, and now, there’s the issue of possible screen burn-in. Our own Alex Dobie first reported burn-in on his Pixel 2 XL this past weekend, spotting an outline of the navigation bar that had been burnt into the…

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Does the Google Pixel 2 XL have a screen burn-in problem?

This isn’t a great sign. Consternation surrounding the display in the Google Pixel 2 XL is well known at this point, and to be honest most of it has been pretty overblown. But we have something new to talk about now: screen burn-in. It’s something people with OLED screens worry about (to varying degrees) and something people who prefer LCDs like to poke fun about. But one of our Pixel 2 XL review units, in use for about a week, is already seeing some pretty crazy levels of burn-in. That’s…

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5 times the Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode was almost awesome

Take a second glance at your Portrait Mode photos on the Pixel 2. Of the many things that truly impress me about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the camera stands out as the most incredible step forward from last year. This camera is incredible, and my favorite feature by far is Portrait Mode. This isn’t a new feature in smartphone cameras by any means, but Google is managing to do with a single camera and some clever AI what many other manufacturers need two sensors to pull off….

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Mate 10 Pro scores one point less than Pixel 2 in DxOMark test

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is a worthy contender to the unstoppable Pixel 2. There are a lot of reasons to like the Pixel 2, but for a lot of people, the biggest one is the phone’s fantastic camera. The Pixel 2’s camera is exceptionally good, and Google proudly announced that it received a score of 98 from DxOMark during the unveiling for the phone on October 4. That’s the highest score DxO has ever handed out to a phone, but that’s bound to change at one point or another. DxO…

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How to remap Active Edge on the Pixel 2 using Button Mapper

Well, that was fast. One of the Pixel 2’s most interesting features is Active Edge – the ability to squeeze the sides of the phone to prompt the Google Assistant. I’ve personally been finding Active Edge quite useful, but for those that aren’t heavy Assistant users or simply want the function to do something else, there’s now an app that allows you to remap Active Edge to do whatever you’d like. The app is called Button Mapper, and while it can also be used for changing the functionality of your…

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Best Google Pixel 2 Cases

Enhance the funky look of your Google Pixel 2 with the right case! If you ordered a Pixel 2 you may have already received yours or it’s on its way! Whether you love the design and want to enhance it, or simply looking for drop protection for your new phone, there’s a case that’s perfect for you. Google has partnered with a number of accessory makers for its ‘Made for Google” certification program, which are featured in the Google Store, but there are quality third-party cases to be found (at…

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What do you think about Google’s Pixel 2?

So, how’s that Pixel 2 treating you? Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL started to arrive on people’s doorsteps this past Wednesday, and while it’ll still be a while before everyone who preordered the phones gets their hands on them, plenty of early adopters have already shared their thoughts on Google’s flagships for 2017. Andrew and Alex both came away with very positive feelings for the Pixel 2 in their reviews, praising both the regular and XL model as two of the best Android phones you can buy right…

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Could Google ‘fix’ the Pixel 2 XL’s display with a software update?

Okay, now let’s talk about the realistic parts of the situation. We know people have opinions on the Pixel 2 XL’s display. Some are bad, some are good, and some people want everyone to just move on with their lives and pick the phone that works for them for a variety of reasons. We know that the Pixel 2 XL’s display has a few characteristics that are polarizing: the color representation, off-axis color shifting, grain on light backgrounds and weak shadow detail are all points of contention right now. So…

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Here’s a full breakdown of Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing feature

Now Playing’s arguably the Pixel 2’s coolest feature, and we now know more about how it works. Display controversies aside, Google’s Pixel 2 is one heck of a phone. The camera’s phenomenal, performance is top-notch, and the software experience is the best you’ll find on any Android phone right now. Software has always been the Pixel (and Nexus) line’s strongest aspect, and with the Pixel 2, the highlight is undoubtedly Now Playing. Now Playing is the feature on the Pixel 2 that automatically identifies songs that are playing around you…

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On the Pixel 2 XL, OLED displays, and Samsung

There are a lot of reasons to choose one phone over the other, and the only right choice is the one you make. The internet is like that big platter your grandmother breaks out during the holidays. The one with little compartments for all the different things, from olives to cheese to onion dip. In our compartment, where everything mobile and all the things that connect to all the other things live, everywhere you look you see that the Pixel 2 XL has a horrible display. Like, the worst ever….

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