Phone Timeline

A walk–thru of the phones I’ve owned over the years. It’s interesting to see how the devices themselves have changed over time.

2017 — Google® Pixel 2 XL

Behold the flagship. As I began to grow weary of my aging Droid Maxx which was by this time 4 versions of the Android OS behind I started looking at phones. Lots of phones. Incessantly. I knew I wanted another Android based phone and of course I wanted to be as current as possible since it had been my experience that I would see one, maybe two, updates before being forgotten about by manufacturers. Battery life was a huge priority of mine as well especially given that I had gotten used to not plugging in for a top off frequently. With every new phone being announced I was pouring over specs, reading reviews and seeking opinions. I also had generally always stuck in the low to mid–range area in terms of cost so was primarily focused on the mid–range offerings. Google enticed me however. Guaranteed OS updates for 3 years and monthly security updates for 3 years. Security updates, every month! The original Google Pixel phone from 2016 was viewed as a great flagship phone with a fantastic camera and as word of the Pixel 2’s impending release began unfolding I was pouring over rumors and speculation. I kept falling over at the thought of paying the price of a flagship device though.

Obviously I decided to take the plunge into the deep end of the pool and can honestly say I have no regrets. The Pixel 2 XL is absolutely the best phone I have had. It’s blazing fast, takes beautiful pictures and because I chose to purchase it directly from Google in it’s unlocked form I have no carrier bloat to concern myself with. It goes without saying that simply upgrading 4 versions of the OS has a big impact also and due to that there was a little learning curve and frequent discovery of new features. I expect to be running this hardware for a while, part of how I justified the cost, and thus far my opinion is that this phone will go the distance. This is no small phone though. For years I always carried my phones in a holster hanging off my belt but that just doesn’t work so well anymore.


Specifications -

Device Type Smartphone
OS Android (8.0)
Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches (157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm)
Weight 6.17 oz (175 g)
Materials Main body: Aluminum; Accents: Glass
Features Fingerprint (touch)
Keys Right: Lock/Unlock/Power, Volume rocker
Rugged Water, Dust resistant
IP Certified IP 67
Colors Black, White
Physical Size 6.0 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Pixel Density 537 ppi
Technology P–OLED
Screen–to–body Ratio 76.66%
Colors 16,777,216
Touchscreen Capacitive, Multi–touch
Features Scratch–resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Camera 12.2 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Aperture Size F1.8
Camera Sensor Size 1/2.6"
Pixel Size 1.4 µm
Hardware Features Optical image stabilization, Autofocus (Laser, Phase detection)
Software Features Touch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self–timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Settings Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control
Shooting Modes Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
Camcorder 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)
Features Optical image stabilization, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Front–Facing Camera 8 megapixels
Video Capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
System Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Processor Octa–core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Graphics Processor Adreno 540
System Memory 4 GB RAM (Dual–channel, 1866 MHz) / LPDDR4
Built–in storage 64 GB
Capacity 3520 mAh
Type Li–Ion
Fast Charge Yes
Screen Mirroring Wireless screen share
Music Player
Filter By Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
Features Album art cover, Background playback
Supported Formats MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, OGG, MIDI
Video Playback
Supported Formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Speakers Earpiece, Stereo speakers
Headphones Connector USB Type–C (reversible)
Additional microphone(s) for Noise cancellation
CDMA 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD) Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66
LTE (TDD) Bands 38, 40, 41
Data LTE–A Cat 15 (800/75 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
Nano SIM Yes
Global Roaming Yes
Phone features
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers), Barometer
Notifications Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Phonebook Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
Organizer Calendar, Alarm, Flashlight, Calculator, World clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Memo
Messaging SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
E–mail IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Instant Messaging Hangouts / Google Talk
Hearing Aid Compatibility M4, T3
Other features Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD
Bluetooth 5.0
Profiles/Protocols Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Generic Access (GAP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Message Access Profile (MAP), Object Push (OPP), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual–band
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Wi–Fi Direct Yes
Connector SB Type–C (reversible)
Features Mass storage device, USB charging
Charging Connector SB Type–C (reversible)
Positioning GPS, A–GPS, Glonass
Navigation Turn–by–turn navigation, Voice navigation
Other NFC, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync