Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Face off

Standing tall and proud and armed with the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 phablet takes on the lean and crafty Google Pixel XL 2 on this battle of the massive boys. I will be repping my favorite phablet on this face-off, whereas AndroidPIT Italy’s Luca Zaninello can be championing his beloved Pixel 2 XL.

Design: Massive and in cost

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

Each smartphone comes sporting this season’s must-have outfits, particularly glass and aluminum. The 2 units may even look fairly related at a superficial look, particularly when in monochrome coloration. Samsung’s Galaxy Be aware eight modern curves and glass again do give it an extra premium and classy really feel. The Pixel 2 XL does, nonetheless, sport a horny black and white ‘Panda’ model that elevates it by way of look.

The Be aware eight’s measurement is a part of its attraction and mainly eliminates the discomfort of squinting at small telephone screens, however, does make it considerably unwieldy. Greater than every other phablet, it typically calls for two-handed use and shuffling it up and down my palm to regulate its place. This takes some getting used to, however that is the worth to pay for its highest quality, the show.

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

The Pixel 2 XL is extra compact than the Be aware eight, however, this doesn’t imply that it’s much less cumbersome. The Google Pixel 2 XL continues to be a phablet with beneficiant dimensions and it’s very troublesome to function it with one hand. The development is nice nevertheless it doesn’t attain Samsung newest flagship’s glory. There’s one factor that I actually like in regards to the Pixel 2 XL: the two.The 5d glass on the entrance is actually curved on the perimeters even and not using a curved show. Within the hand, the smartphone feels good and doesn’t slip away that a lot, the steel physique is strong however the plastic-like paint doesn’t provide the identical premium feeling that the Be aware has.

Show: Measurement isn’t all the pieces

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

Whereas each smartphone function a horny show, it is on this subject that the Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight actually reveals its power. The Be aware eight has a show measuring a record-breaking 6.three inches. The bezels have shrunk away to close non-existence accommodate the massive display screen. The Tremendous AMOLED panel show within the new Galaxy Be aware has a 2,960 x 1,440-pixel decision, and blew me away when it got here to watching motion pictures fullscreen, enjoying video games or scrolling by way of websites. Even the default starry black ‘sky’ on the always-on show is a pleasure to behold. The one drawback is that the curved edges, which make the general form of the telephone extra engaging and classy, are literally not so sensible for the show, which suffers from noticeable coloration distortion alongside the perimeters.

In day by day use, the Be aware eight may nicely flip you right into a display screen addict. I discovered that I at all times most well-liked to observe media on the Be aware eight, generally even not bothering to fireplace up my PC in favor of Samsung’s phablet.

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

Can we simply skip this half? Jokes apart, the Google Pixel 2 XL isn’t well-known for having the very best smartphone display screen on the earth. The issues with the LG-made OLED panel made their means into the headlines of all the most important blogs and there’s nothing you are able to do to repair that. The 6-inch QuadHD+ panel is brilliant sufficient however not the brightest, the colors are nicely calibrated and pure wanting however in comparison with the over-saturated Samsung panels they only look washed out. In case you have used a Samsung smartphone prior to now few years, your eyes have to adapt to the adjustments.

Anyway, the show isn’t that dangerous, and in on a regular basis use, you’ll be glad about the HDR and DCI-P3 colorspace capabilities, it simply doesn’t maintain as much as a direct comparability. Additionally, there are the bezels: across the show, there’s numerous unused area as a result of Google wanted room for his or her “squeezable” frames and entrance dealing with audio system on the highest and backside.

Digital camera: The all-seeing eye of Google

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

The Be aware eight has a severely spectacular twin OIS 12 MP digicam setup on the again that’s quiet, good in low mild and advantages from quick autofocus. This makes it glorious for portraits, zooming, or capturing a transferring topic. The entrance selfie digicam isn’t fairly nearly as good at a decision of eight MP.  The Be aware eight is additionally nice for video, able to recording 30 fps video at 4K decision and 60 fps at full HD. It bears repeating in regards to the display screen, too. As soon as you’ve got acquired the video, the Be aware eight’s attractive show is nice for viewing it.

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One digicam may be higher than two if you know the way to make use of it. / © AndroidPIT

So, a very nice digicam from Samsung’s aspect, positive. Possibly among the best, however I will admit in comparison with Google’s newest, it won’t be the finest. Google’s engineers are the masters of digicam software program optimization, and on the subject of smartphone pictures, good solely takes you up to now.

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

Right here is the place Google does what they do finest. On paper, the one 12 MP digicam of the Pixel 2 XL is nothing distinctive, however, the software program optimization of the Mountain View firm reveals how good software program can do loads. The brand new pixels have a digicam that helps PDAF for fast focus and make use of these dual-pixels to realize among the best bokeh results ever made, all and not using the second digicam. Photographs are nice in virtually any mild situation and the dynamic vary within the photographs due to HDR+ is superb. There may be additionally a hybrid stabilization for movies that make use of OIS and EIS on the identical time. And that is not all: second-generation Pixels are geared up with a devoted chip referred to as Pixel Visible Core designed by Google that ought to additional enhance photographic high quality with the assistance of AI.

The chip isn’t but energetic so we are going to see the world’s finest digicam for smartphones enhance much more within the close to future! It is a pity that there is no such thing as a guide/professional model, however, the level and shoot of Pixel 2 makes the very best out of its sensor in each state of affairs.

Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight (US-version) vs. Google Pixel 2 XL technical specs

Samsung Galaxy Be aware eight (US-version)Google Pixel 2 XL
Dimensions:162.5 x 74.eight x eight.6 mm157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight:195 g175 g
Battery measurement:3300 mAh3520 mAh
Display measurement:6.three in6 in
Show know-how:AMOLEDPOLED
Display:2960 x 1440 pixels (522 ppi)2880 x 1440 pixels (537 ppi)
Entrance digicam:eight megapixelseight megapixels
Rear digicam:12 megapixels12.three megapixels
Flashlight:LEDTwin-LED
Android model:7.1.1 – Nougateight.zero – Oreo
Consumer interface:TouchWizInventory Android
RAM:6 GBfour GB
Inner storage:64 GB64 GB
Detachable storage:microSDSorry, not but obtainable!
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Variety of cores:eighteight
Max. clock velocity:2.45 GHz2.45 GHz
Connectivity:HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.zeroHSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.zero

Options: Stab the Galaxy, squeeze the Pixel

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

The key weapon of the Be aware eight is the S-Pen. The Galaxy Be aware eight’s stylus features are distinctive amongst present flagships and truly actually enjoyable and helpful. You may write and pen notes instantly on a powered-off show, create GIFs, draw, exactly choose and replica textual content even in difficult-to-reach locations. At first, the stylus appeared type of gimmicky, however as soon as I began utilizing it, I spotted it was indispensable for getting essentially the most out of the Be aware eight. The stylus permits an additional stage of precision that is helpful in quite a lot of conditions, and makes two handed use really feel far more pure and handy.

It’s actually extra helpful than the Pixel 2 XL’s celebration trick, the Energetic Edge.

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Cannot miss that trusty S-Pen. / © AndroidPIT

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

Yeah, the Be aware has a stylus and so what? Not everybody would possibly want that in any respect, even when it needs to be stated that its utility is undeniable. Personally, I’ve by no means had the necessity for a stylus and due to this fact, it’s actually not its presence that may make me select one smartphone in comparison with one other. However, on Google Pixel 2 XL we discover the Energetic Edge operate, much like the one discovered on the HTC U11. The squeeze isn’t programmable and is used to name up Google Assistant at any time even when the display screen is off. It is not a revolutionary function, however, you will end up utilizing Google’s AI far more typically than you’ll consider. Firstly, I believed it was an ineffective operate, however in the long term it has it deserves.

Battery: Is wi-fi charging price it?

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

Samsung could have been overly cautious with the battery within the Be aware eight after the tragedy of the exploding Be aware 7 that made them a laughingstock. The three,300 mAh retains it operating all day after which some, relying on your use ranges, however, continues to be a disappointingly common energy provide for a top-of-the-range smartphone. Because of Fast Cost and built-in Qi know-how for wirelessly charging the battery, the Galaxy Be aware eight can rapidly and simply shoot again as much as 100 % whereas charging. The Be aware eight is a tool for energy customers, however, the battery life doesn’t actually mirror that.

Opinion by Nicholas Montegriffo

A scarcity of wi-fi charging leaves Google’s Pixel 2 XL embarrassingly behind the curve.

What do you suppose?

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

The Pixel 2 XL has a three,520 mAh battery. It’s not the biggest in the marketplace, nevertheless, it does its job nicely. Because of Google’s software program optimization and due to Oreo’s new background course of administration the smartphone battery has by no means left me dry throughout my days, not even in essentially the most demanding ones. There’s a fast cost that (based on Google) ensures 7 hours of use with solely 15 minutes of charging time. The steel physique prevents wi-fi charging sadly.

Verdict: The workhorse versus the adventurer?

Galaxy Be aware eight (Nicholas)

Each unit is robust contenders within the competitors for the hearts (and wallets) of the premium smartphone purchaser. Each promotes for over $900. Which one you drop your hard-earned money on could nicely depend upon the type of consumer you’re.

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Pixel 2 XL has the very best digicam and inventory Android, however, lacks a few of the premium options of the Galaxy Be aware eight. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy Be aware eight stands out as essentially the most highly effective and versatile all-rounder. Because of the stylus, it’s excellent for note-taking (wait…I see what they did there!) and extra heavy-duty work. You may even use the DeX to attach it to your PC peripherals and use it as your desktop workstation. Samsung’s flagship is greater than only a large smartphone, its premium specs and adaptableness give it the potential to change into the main target of all of your day by day tech wants.

The Pixel 2 XL, however, won’t be nearly as good all-around however excels in its robust factors. With its improbable digicam and seamless integration with Google’s ecosystem, it lends itself extra to enjoyable, social and informal use.

Pixel 2 XL (Luca)

In case your primary use is working with paperwork, maps, mail and an intensive use of a stylus, Be aware eight is the one alternative. Be aware eight can be the grasp of multimedia content material (speaker apart). In case you are in search of an extra concrete smartphone in on a regular basis life, in using social networks, with an easy however unbeatable digicam and that does not depart you out to dry throughout your days, the Pixel 2 XL may very well be best for you. The Pixel 2 XL merely works. And it really works very nicely. As well as, you’ve gotten a limitless area to your photographs on Google Photographs and three years of updates instantly from Google. It would not shine with its look or the standard of the show, however, the consumer expertise Google has managed to ensure with this smartphone is second solely to what Apple ensures with iPhone and never by a lot.

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