Pixel 2 XL or Galaxy Note 8: Which is your phablet fantasy?

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The new Pixel 2 XL has still to hit the shelves, but given what we have seen so far, there’s already talk of which will be the latest dream phone for phablet lovers.

After Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, it’s clear this time around, there was a lot more to be impressed by. The unique, spectacular camera technology, the advancements in AI tech like Google Lens, and unlimited high-quality storage in the cloud are just a few highlights. But on the other hand, 2017 will be remembered as the year AI came ‘first’, and among other big changes, the smartphone and tech order is in for a big shake up in the coming years.

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Pixel 2 XL delivers advanced software features that prime it for the AI revolution. / © Google

Although the Pixel 2 XL is an impressive phone, it doesn’t wow in the same way the Galaxy Note 8 does. Maybe it’s because the Note 8 delivers undisputed dominance in a way we’ve come to expect using top-of-the-line specs and design that do all but ensure a future-proof investment. This is a big contrast to Google’s Pixel 2 XL which, although in line with industry trends, is taking a lot more risks in terms of product identity.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8: Future-proof specs and truly high-end design. / © NextPit

The Pixel 2 XL is Google being Google after all, but we nevertheless have two phones sporting clearly different philosophies. So let’s say you had the budget right now. Which phone would you chose?

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Gerald Ortiz

Gerald Ortiz

Ever since switching to Android, Gerald has been hooked. After years specializing in communications for the music tech industry, Gerald now advocates the ever-growing possibilities Google's open source platform is bringing to smartphones and its evolving ecosystem - especially in home audio, video, and smart home devices.

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  • leen Hashem Oct 18, 2017 Link to comment

    I think this phone looks really cool!


  • AayK Oct 18, 2017 Link to comment

    My choice Pixel! there are several reasons behind it. We know that both have Android OS, which is Google property. Some most useful apps are youtube, chrome, g-map, drive, g-mail, they all Google's products. So when we use lots of Google product in other smartphones too, so why we can't use google smartphone?

  • Dean L. Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    For me I'm looking for the pure Android experience which you don't get with the note 8. The LG V30 is closer to that than the note 8 in my opinion. So for me it's a choice between the Pixel 2 XL and the V30.

  • Macro Beam Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    Ridiculous that the Pixel 2 doesn't have wireless charging... and a head phone jack.

  • evelyn fond Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    Note 8 is a Beast! Best Phone so far!

  • Talen Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    LG v30

    • David Martrano Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

      I'll take the note8. It incorporates all the toys one would ever need. The pixels are very good phones but for the money there still lacking a couple of premium features!

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