Google Pixel 2 - Battery life and verdict

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Google Pixel 2 – Battery life

Smartphone design has taken a big step in the right direction in 2017, but battery life hasn’t seen similar advances. I managed to get just about day of use from the Pixel off a single charge, and the same is true of the Pixel 2

Using the phone to browse the web for a couple of hours, take a series of photos and streaming some Spotify and YouTube left me looking for a charger by about 9pm. For much of the time, I was averaging just less than four hours of screen-on time. This isn’t bad, especially for a phone of this size, but it’s hardly likely to entice you to buy.

Pixel 2 camera

Where the phone does impress is with regards to standby times. Leave it unplugged overnight and you’ll lose only a few percent. The same is true if the device is unused in your pocket.

It does at least charge ridiculously quickly. Expect to go from 0% to full in 1hr 10mins with the supplied USB-C charger and USB-C to USB-C cable. A 15-minute charge will see you regain about 30% of the battery.

Why buy the Google Pixel 2?

The Pixel 2 is compact, runs the best version of Android and has a stunning, class-leading camera. If only it looked slightly more modern then it would be the perfect small phone.

Once you get over the boring looks you’ll have a fantastic device, and importantly one that’ll last. Google said it will get the three next big Android updates, which can’t be said for many other phones.

If you don’t fancy switching to the iPhone 8, then the Pixel 2 is the best similarly sized alternative. But if you’re not fussed about size, then I would suggest going for the Pixel 2 XL.

Buy Now: Google Pixel 2 on O2 (3GB) – £150 upfront, £29/month
Buy Now: Google Pixel 2 on ID (6GB) – £99 upfront, £39.99/month
Buy Now: Google Pixel 2 on Vodafone (16GB) – £125 upfront, £40/month

Verdict

The best small Android phone you can buy. But I’d like a better design next time.

Score in detail

  • Performance 9
  • Camera 10
  • Design 7
  • Value 7
  • Software 9
  • Calls & Sound 7
  • Screen Quality 8
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