Apple has often been criticized for its slow intake of smartphone technology compared to Samsung, but it appears that Google’s entry into the hardware market will relieve some pressure off Cupertino’s shoulders.
The search giant unveiled the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a few days ago and the phones will start selling in the coming weeks. With the two phones, there’s no doubt that Google is after the two leaders in the industry – Samsung and Apple. The Mountain View Company wants a share of the high-end smartphone market – a market that Apple dominates despite releasing only two phones – and three this year – each year for the past three years.
In order to satisfy the high-end smartphone market, you need more than just a phone with high-end hardware specs. If the latter were the case, a lot of Chinese companies would be a hit right now, but fortunately, it isn’t. A premium phone needs to have unique features as well – features that justify the steep asking price of the phone in question, but Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL fail to impress on this front.
It’s true there are a good number of nifty features on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to add on the top-notch hardware specs the phones come with. The pair has decent display screens and premium builds, with the larger Pixel 2 XL going after the Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30 and iPhone X as far as the screen is concerned. The specs inside are powerful, including Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options. The cameras of the two phones have been ranked the best – well ahead of the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the closest rivals.
Even though the battery capacity of the smaller Pixel 2 is not the best, the bigger Pixel 2 XL has a decent 3520mAh unit that supports fast charging technology. This battery is bigger than any of those used in the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 (S8+), or even iPhone 8 Plus, among others. However, one little problem is that neither Google Pixel 2 phone supports wireless charging technology.
For years now, Samsung has been offering wireless charging support on its high-end phones. This year, LG and Apple are also offering this feature on their phones, but Google, for some reason, still thinks that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers still don’t need wireless charging. As pointed out earlier, Apple has been criticized for being slow to introduce new smartphone technology, but the tech giant has finally seen the reason to include wireless charging on not just the iPhone X, but also the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Interestingly, the iPhone 8 has the same price tag as the Google Pixel 2, yet there’s no wireless charging support on the latter. It gets even worse to think of the $949-priced Google Pixel 2 XL without a wireless charging feature that seems obvious to have on any flagship smartphone released in 2017.
Maybe Google is taking it slow – introducing the long-awaited OIS on cameras this 2017 and probably going the wireless charging way in 2018, but still, it’s irresponsible for Google to leave out such an essential feature, especially after ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, on a phone that will go for $1000 in some markets across the globe.