LATEST: As the Google Pixel 2 is unveiled, it seems that purchasers of the device may not get everything that they bargained for. Many consumers had hoped that the unlimited high quality cloud storage for photos and videos provided in Google Photos would last indefinitely. But the terms and conditions of the Google Pixel 2 have now revealed that this in fact runs out in 2021.
This still provides three years of excellent coverage, but is not as permanent as many might have anticipated. This can be considered rather jarring as the original Pixel and Pixel XL didn’t suffer from such limitations.
Google has been keen to emphasize that it will not compress any photographs captured in 4K quality once this date is passed, but it will still be a decision criticized by many consumers.
The specs of the two Pixel devices have now been settled, of course, and the picture painted by them is of two particularly capable devices. Firstly, the camera of the Pixel 2 generation has already been hugely praised, with testing indicating that it essentially outperforms every existing smartphone snapper. This is no mean feat, and particularly impressive considering that Google opted against including a dual-camera in this device.
Elsewhere, the six-inch screen of the Pixel XL is considered particularly impressive, although the five-inch full HD display in the Pixel smartphone is pretty nifty as well. While the elimination of the 3.5mm headphone jack has not met with universal approval, the inclusion of USB-C is certainly a pleasant aspect of the Pixel 2 generation.
With increases in central aspects of smartphone technology such as memory, storage and battery life also included, the Pixel 2 has already impressed consumers and critics alike.
It must be said that the price of the Pixel 2 has raised a few eyebrows, even though the smartphone version of the device remains rather affordable. The original Pixel indeed retailed at $649, and this price tag was frozen for the release of the Pixel 2. However, with the Pixel 2 XL weighing in at $849 for the most affordable version, this smartphone is certainly veering into the Apple and Samsung ballpark.
And it is highly doubtful whether a Google handset can really compete with the iPhone and Galaxy ranges at this price point.
Under these circumstances, it is obvious that deals for the Google Pixel 2 will become even more important than usual, and there are already many savings available in the United States. In fact, Google Pixel 2 deals have been made available two weeks before the smartphone even ships to its first customers, which will be a relief for many fans of the Android device.
Verizon has already made the device available to pre-order, with the carrier enabling users to split up the payments over 24 months. Users will pay the unlikely figure of $27.0 over this period on a monthly basis, although the carrier also charges a $30 activation fee. However, Verizon is willing to waive the $35 restocking fee for those consumers who decided against keeping the smartphone, but this must occur within fourteen days of purchase in order to be claimed.
Verizon also offers an excellent deal which provides a free Google Home Mini speaker when you purchase the new phone and take advantage of Verizon’s phone trade-in offer. This is certainly worth considering for those looking to enter the home speaker market.
There is also money available via trade-in deals, with Verizon offering as much as $300 discounts for old Google Pixel devices. This can be considered extremely valuable, considering that it essentially represents nearly half of the monthly fee for this smartphone. Of course, it is also dependent on the condition of the old handset being traded in.
There are plenty of other deals available from other carriers as well, but the ballpark figure of $27 per month gives a good representation of what consumers can expect to pay for the Pixel 2.
Another valuable aspect of the Google Pixel 2 generation is the trade-in program that Google has made available through Project Fi and the Google Store. This will enable consumers to trade-in a wide variety of devices direct to the manufacturer, with the website niftily handling the process.
Selecting your device, how much memory it currently possesses, and then verifying its condition is made pretty straightforward, and the website will quickly let users know how much value the smartphone in question still possesses. Google is even offering pretty decent levels of credit for Apple products, underlining the fact that the manufacturer is trying to make the Google Pixel 2 as attractive as possible to consumers, and even hoping for Apple fans to switch.
Whether or not this is realistic considering the popularity of the iPhone range, and the brand loyalty that Apple has achieved, is debatable. But it does show that Google has serious ambitions in the smartphone niche.
In the United States, consumers can already make pre-orders for the Google Pixel 2. The Google Store, Best Buy, Project Fi, and Verizon begun accepting pre-orders on Wednesday, October 4, and thus the process is already well underway. Verizon Wireless customers will need to use the My Verizon app in order to pre-order, while the Google website is another rich source of pre-order options.
Best Buy also attempting to incite Google Pixel 2 uses to pre-order the smartphone by offering up to $100 back for pre-orders made through the big box retailer. There are certainly a wealth of options available for those interested in purchasing the Google Pixel 2, and this could turn out to be one of the smartest moves that Google has made in recent years.
Update 03-10-2017: With just one day to go until the Google Pixel 2 is finally revealed, ValueWalk has all of the latest news on this major smartphone.
Firstly, a major new leak has provided an intriguing insight into the smartphone, and an unusually accurate one. While leaked images can be ten-a-penny and rather unreliable at the best of times, this particular leak can be considered credible, as it emanates from the prolific Evan Blass.
The notorious leaker has provided images of the Google Pixel 2 which the Twitter contributor insists are legitimate. And the consensus of opinion is that they can be considered most likely to be accurate.
And the images reveal a Pixel 2 XL device with seriously slimmed down bezels, as has been suggested in the media on several occasions. The design of the premium model in the Pixel 2 series has received something of a makeover, after the original Google Pixel was somewhat criticized in this department.
The Ultra Pixel?
Another interesting rumor that has surprisingly emerged just 24 hours ahead of the October 4 reveal of the Google Pixel 2 is the existence of a completely new smartphone. Understandably, this is being taken with a liberal sprinkling of salt, but it is still interesting to look at the information