Next time, @realDonaldTrump should drink from a glass on TV. Drinking from an IMPORTED bottle of water while talking about trade imbalance is hypocritical and unpresidential. TERRIBLE IMAGE!!!



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November 15, 2017 at 06:43PM
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Update 2: Cancelling my Google Pixel 2 XL Pre-Order

One more thing on this topic… a colleague had his Pixel 2 XL delivered on launch day and I had a chance to play with it live. The blueish tint that bothered the hell out of me was on his as well. It didn’t bother him as much so maybe you’ll react differently to it but that was a deal breaker for me. I had a chance to take some photos and videos with it and he was kind enough to share it with me. I was really interested in how Google’s AI and portrait mode would work with a single lens, compared to a dual lens set up. Bottom line? Not very well, even with a simple portrait. Check out this photo:

Portrait mode was activated.  Pretty simple subject right?  A person in front of a stone wall, with high contrast and very good separation.  No flying hair to worry about, etc.  The wall was about the same distance to the phone across the frame.  But look at that result.  The lower right of the wall by the monitor is in sharp focus.  The back of the monitor is in sharp focus.  And the blurring of the wall across the frame is uneven.  Edge separation is barely OK.  If you just look at it quickly, it’s not bad.  Maybe I was expecting too much, but this isn’t impressive from a $1,000 phone.  Perhaps the results will get better over time or when Google decides to turn on the Pixel’s extra visual cores.

But for now, call me unimpressed.  What do you think?

UPDATE: Cancelling my Google Pixel 2 XL pre-order

I finally had time to go down to the Verizon store today to see with my own eyes the potential display issues. I can say for sure that cancelling my pre-order was absolutely the right thing to do. The deal breaker for me was actually that blue tint. It was immediate as soon as you move the phone from straight on and it was damn annoying. At half brightness, I was bothered by it right away. There’s absolutely no reason why that should be the case on a $1,000 phone. The 5″ Google Pixel 2 with the Samsung AMOLED screen looked way better.

As for the other two issues that was raised, I didn’t see the graininess in regular use. So that wouldn’t have killed it for me. I did notice the duller colors. That wasn’t as bad as I had expected but it’s noticeable. So in all, I’m very glad to have cancelled the order. That blue tint issue would have driven me crazy. I’m now going through with my back-up plan. Get a first generation Pixel with a lot of storage for the free Google Photos storage and wait until next year.

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