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  Reply # 1886950 20-Oct-2017 13:59
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That said, they do sometimes ping travelers returning with newish used goods. Friend of mine (true!) bought golf clubs o'seas and brought them back undeclared. They queried him and he claimed they left NZ with him, and somehow they were able to know he left with one checked back and came back with two. Clubs seized - he had to basically buy them back.

 

I've heard similar stories with folks bringing back skis. 

 

But those are very different items to a cellphone in your pocket.

 

 


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  Reply # 1886959 20-Oct-2017 14:13
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GoogleGeek88:

 

I haven't seen horrible audio output? the OG Pixel had that and apparently it's been fixed.

 

read the reviews and still want one. sRGB display be dammed...

 

 

 

 

I think he's referring to the poor 3.5mm/adapter headphone output volume, and the flakiness of the adapter itself.

 

For some reason this doesn't seem to apply to the regular Pixel 2 (I'm guessing because it's HTC made... but then again the larger one is LG made - and V-series DAC etc??)

 

Source: https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Google-Pixel-2_id10584/benchmarks  (checkout the section about audio output benchmark)

 

However I don't think this relates to the bluetooth audio, which was awful on the original Pixel - and is allegedly much better on both of the 2nd gen. Pixels.

 

 

 

In regards to the display, I don't think it's as bad as originally thought - more just not quite as good as a Samsung OLED (which sadly are being hogged by Apple and Samsung), and obviously pOLED has poor viewing angle issues. However display seems much nicer than the V30 from all accounts I've read.

 

Check out this informative reddit post which explains in detail how the issue is more software-based and less hardware-based. I suspect the angry nerds of reddit (a good portion of Pixel customers) will leave enough feedback for several customers worth and may have a small amount of sway;

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/77gm3r/android_oreo_color_gamuts_and_pixel_2_explained/


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1887037 20-Oct-2017 15:59
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kryptonjohn:If the phone is unboxed, charged, with SIM and some calls on it you'd be aboveaveragely honest to declare it.

 

The last time we did it we only returned with one phone each and I think you only need to declare stuff over $700

 

If you ask someone else to carry two phones and not declare the one over $700 you may be asking them to risk a large fine.





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  Reply # 1887043 20-Oct-2017 16:11
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It's well over $700

 

 


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  Reply # 1887055 20-Oct-2017 16:44
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Here is a new durability test video on it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVKnt7H4zVc&t=0s . A painted back over metal, that feels sort of like plastic and could chip when dropped,  when they could have used plastic and had wireless charging is quite bizarre. It is a nice phone and runs pure android, but they are comparing it to an iphone 7 generation device. If they are around the same price, I think I would go the iphone route. Otherwise I quite like the LG and samsung offerings.


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  Reply # 1887097 20-Oct-2017 19:16
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mattwnz:

 

Here is a new durability test video on it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVKnt7H4zVc&t=0s . A painted back over metal, that feels sort of like plastic and could chip when dropped,  when they could have used plastic and had wireless charging is quite bizarre. It is a nice phone and runs pure android, but they are comparing it to an iphone 7 generation device. If they are around the same price, I think I would go the iphone route. Otherwise I quite like the LG and samsung offerings.

 

 

 

 

It's pathetic, I will be skipping this one, my Nexus 6P is still working thus far..


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  Reply # 1887213 21-Oct-2017 08:19
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As I see it, compared with LG V30, the Pixel XL2 betters the V30 in following areas:

 

  • the Google software experience
  • free unlimited original quality photo and video storage
  • stereo speakers
  • a slightly larger battery
  • it doesn't have a glass back -ie 50% less glass to shatter on a drop

Whereas, the LG V30:

 

  • is much less expensive (by a significant $500+!!!)
  • shares the same screen, but has smaller physical dimensions and is lighter;
  • looks much better (subjective, I know)
  • has a headphone jack and a high quality DAC
  • has a better waterproof rating
  • has expandable storage
  • has a secondary wide-angle lens
  • Wireless charging

If I were buying today, as much as I would love the pure android experience, I'd opt for the LG over the Pixel.


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  Reply # 1887236 21-Oct-2017 09:23
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The issues just won't stop cropping up! Here's one about the Pixel 2 making a high pitch sound and clicking when the screen is on and unlocked: https://support.google.com/pixelphone/forum/AAAAb4-OgUsXuQgtm5dK8I/?hl=by

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  Reply # 1888095 23-Oct-2017 15:32
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dafman:

 

As I see it, compared with LG V30, the Pixel XL2 betters the V30 in following areas:

 

  • the Google software experience
  • free unlimited original quality photo and video storage
  • stereo speakers
  • a slightly larger battery
  • it doesn't have a glass back -ie 50% less glass to shatter on a drop

Whereas, the LG V30:

 

  • is much less expensive (by a significant $500+!!!)
  • shares the same screen, but has smaller physical dimensions and is lighter;
  • looks much better (subjective, I know)
  • has a headphone jack and a high quality DAC
  • has a better waterproof rating
  • has expandable storage
  • has a secondary wide-angle lens
  • Wireless charging

If I were buying today, as much as I would love the pure android experience, I'd opt for the LG over the Pixel.

 

That being said, LG has a horrible reputation for throwing its customers under the bus as it did recently to people who own phones just at the 12 month mark.





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  Reply # 1888277 23-Oct-2017 21:29
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Pixel's misery continues! Now there are reports of screen burn-in issues.

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  Reply # 1888279 23-Oct-2017 21:44
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has LG fixed their boot loop issues?


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  Reply # 1888974 24-Oct-2017 21:11
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disease:

 

GoogleGeek88:

 

I haven't seen horrible audio output? the OG Pixel had that and apparently it's been fixed.

 

read the reviews and still want one. sRGB display be dammed...

 

 

I think he's referring to the poor 3.5mm/adapter headphone output volume, and the flakiness of the adapter itself.

 

For some reason this doesn't seem to apply to the regular Pixel 2 (I'm guessing because it's HTC made... but then again the larger one is LG made - and V-series DAC etc??)

 

Source: https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Google-Pixel-2_id10584/benchmarks  (checkout the section about audio output benchmark)

 

 

 

 

Pocketnow's Real Audio Review is up now, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pi_SykMCsI

 

The dongles are on par with the iPhone 8 and S8/Note8's

 

The Pixel 2/iPhone 8 have a slightly more powerful amp, but the S8/Note8 has support for 24-bit audio

 

Also the Pixel 2's dongle will work with any USB Type-C port (unlike the HTC and Motorola's analogue ones)

 

Both the Pixel 2s have the same dongle, PhoneArena probably got a dud

 

 


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  Reply # 1889017 24-Oct-2017 22:37
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Interesting, The Verge are withdrawing their review score of the Pixel 2 until the screen issues are sorted out

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/16486108/google-pixel-2-xl-review-android-phone-camera

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/22/16518298/google-investigating-pixel-2-xl-screen-burn-in

 

 


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  Reply # 1889133 25-Oct-2017 09:10
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GoogleGeek88:

 

Interesting, The Verge are withdrawing their review score of the Pixel 2 until the screen issues are sorted out

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/16486108/google-pixel-2-xl-review-android-phone-camera

 

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/22/16518298/google-investigating-pixel-2-xl-screen-burn-in

 

 

 

 

Brilliant software, but Google's hardware isn't up to the flagship prices they are charging. When the first Pixel was released it fell short, so I hoped with Pixel 2 they would deliver a phone I would want to buy. Now, I'm waiting on September 2018 and round number three.


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  Reply # 1889480 25-Oct-2017 18:25
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Although I should mention that none of those issues relate to the smaller Pixel, which has a Samsung OLED

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