Last time, we took a look at Samsung for the year 2017.Let’s have a discussion about how LG fared this year when it had to grow from the dark phase that its previous flagship LG G5 put in, or how Google took a step back with its Pixel line-up compared to other flagships.
Announced at Mobile World Congress, the LG G6 started the trend of the bezel-less design (in the premium offing) with its 5.7in 18:9 QHD+ Full-Vision display. Thanks to the screen’s near bezel-less design, LG boasts that the smartphone offers the footprint of a 5.2in-screened device, and claims that unlike other phablet devices, it fits comfortably in one hand.
But it’s far from a perfect phone. LG has used a 2016 chipset in the form of Snapdragon 821 (Since Samsung put in Advance orders for all the Snapdragon 835 earlier), so it’s not the most
efficient smartphone available, and the skin over Android Nougat isn’t the best out there. But still it has done enough from the ashes of the LG G5 which could have most certainly been the least successful flagships of LG and Something, like Samsung, LG would most likely want to forget 2016 for.
The V30 gives you a six-inch Quad HD OLED FullVision Display that wows the eye with 2880 x 1440 resolution. The display also offers
HDR10 support for the ideal level of brightness and crispness on picture and video.
The rear cam is a dual camera setup with 16Mp Primary and Wide-angle lenses with a front-facing cam sensor of 5MP.It also comes packed with 4GB of RAM, so the run speeds won’t disappoint. They’ve even designed a unique “heat pipe” system that traps and moves heat away from the processor to ensure fast, unfailing operation. It’ll shoot in 4K
video with an LG-researched steadying tech that allows super smooth recording in both the slow-mo and hyper-lapse modes. They’ve even added 16 different Cine effects to add a little more punch to what you’re filming. The audio on the phone comes standard with a 32-bit DAC (digital-to-analogue converter), ensuring a full crisp sound from the expertly engineered analogue mics.
Let’s start by letting the Pixel 2 specs speak for themselves: the construction is a unibody metal design that underscores its water-resistance, there’s a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to seven hours of use on just a 15-minute charge, a 12.2 MP camera on the back that employs the “dual-pixel” multi-exposure technology using AI and Machine learning to create “Portrait Shots” using a single lens and a front camera that’s 8MP which also employs the Machine learning for portrait selfies.
The five-inch AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and there are built-in security measures, including a dedicated chip, three years of built-in Android security updates and Google Play Protect. In terms of the design, It has the stereo speakers on the front, Active Edge sensors (for summoning Google Assistant), with the biggest
downside, the design. It looks like a 2014/15 Smartphone owing to those huge bezels on the forehead and chin of the phone. Granted it has the stereo speaker setup, that doesn’t provide an excuse for the giant bezels.
Google offers free, unlimited full-resolution backups to Google Photos of pictures and videos you take on the Pixel for three years. (For anyone who doesn’t own a Pixel, Google Photos’ unlimited free backup option compresses photos and videos; uncompressed files count toward your storage quota.)
The Pixel 2 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo, which is still not available on phones from Samsung (or most Android phone makers, for that matter). Oreo includes features like picture-in-picture video, password autofill for apps, and better battery life thanks to background app limits; that’s in addition to Android 7.0 Nougat features like split-screen apps and Daydream VR, things you may still be missing if your current phone hasn’t been updated.
This will be a deal breaker for some people: The Pixel 2 doesn’t have a headphone jack, which is steadily becoming a
common omission (since Apple did it away via iPhone 7). The phone includes a USB-C–to–3.5 mm adapter or you can get a pair of USB Type-C headphones.
The Pixel 2 XL is very similar to the Pixel 2. It has the same guts, cameras, and other specs, but it’s made by LG instead of HTC and has a different screen, larger battery capacity (3,520 mAh vs. 2,700 mAh), and slightly different physical design. The most obvious difference is the 6-inch 2880×1440 OLED screen. It’s 18:9 aspect ratio is taller than the 16:9 screen on the 5-inch Pixel, and it fills
most of the XL 2’s front, like the screen on the Galaxy S8. Some early reviews of this phone called out several issues with the LG-made OLED panel, which Google has investigated. (The Pixel 2’s OLED display is made by Samsung and isn’t affected). According to reports, there is a noticeable blue colour shift when viewing the screen from an angle, and some buyers have reported an excessive grainy appearance as well as burn-in after just a few days of use.
We’ll be having a look at the Budget rockers in 2017 the next time.Stay tuned!