Dieter Bohn, reviewing the new Pixel phones for The Verge:
Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has
said virtually the same thing: “It feels like it’s made out of
plastic.” I said it myself when I first held it. Of course,
neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL are made out of plastic.
They’re made out of Gorilla Glass and aluminum, just like every
other high-end phone these days.
But Google coated all that aluminum with a textured finish that
hides most of the antenna lines and also makes the phones easier
to grip. Google took what could have been a visually impressive
design and covered it up in the name of ergonomics. It literally
made a metal phone feel like a plastic one. It chose function
Interesting design decision. Apple has moved from aluminum to glass (and last year a glassy-feeling coating on the jet black iPhones). Samsung has moved to glass. Part of this is that most top-tier phones this year support inductive charging (which doesn’t work through aluminum), but even here with the Pixels, they’ve moved away from feeling like aluminum.
On the display colors:
The screen, especially on the 2 XL, has been polarizing. Google
opted to tune the display to sRGB (the Galaxy S8, by comparison,
offers four gamut options), so it looks a little more like the
iPhone’s screen. But more than that, on the 2 XL the colors look
muted in a way that many Android users I’ve shown it to found
distasteful (even with the “vivid colors” setting turned on). I
think many Android phones, especially from Samsung, are so vivid
as to be phantasmagoric, so Google’s choice was to make this more
My take ever since last year (I bought a Pixel 1) is that the Pixels are targeting people whose taste runs toward the iPhone hardware-wise, but who prefer Android over iOS. Actually, not Android over iOS, but the Google ecosystem over Apple’s. They’re iPhones for Google people. I find Samsung displays to be technically impressive but downright garish in terms of saturation.
★ Tuesday, 17 October 2017