I was very excited to read about the new Google Pixel 2 XL and eagerly placed my pre-order for a black, 128 GB Pixel 2 XL. Work gave me a new iPhone 7 Plus to use shortly after buying the new house. But somehow in the move to the new house, I’ve misplaced my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which I LOVED! I was ready after a few months on the iPhone to go back to Android and yearn for a pure experience with Android Oreo. After placing the order though and having had a chance to do more research, I concluded that the changes weren’t enough to merit me spending $1,000+ on a device, even at 0% financing over 24 months.

The important features for me is the camera and the unlimited Google Photos storage. However, while DXOMark gave the camera high marks, their ratings/methodologies are a bit suspect. Seeing real samples, I concluded that Google’s portrait mode just isn’t ready for prime time yet. For all the touting they’ve done about how smart the camera is, even without having some of the Pixel’s visual cores turned on, the end result pales in comparison to the iPhone’s two lens set up in the plus model or any other dual lens set up for that matter. The other benefits of the Pixel 2 camera just wasn’t enough to justify the HUGE capital outlay. As for unlimited Google Photos storage, that’s nice but it’s only good until 2020. In any case, I’ve found a way around that. I’m just going to buy a used 128 GB Pixel 1 phone and use it exclusively to upload photos and videos. No other apps and no upgrades ever that may compromise the phone. It’s just going to get me free photo storage. I don’t even care if the screen is cracked. Given that, I can afford to wait until after the Google Pixel 2 XL’s official release when the Pixel 1’s price will take a nosedive.

But what pushed me over the top? Reports that the LG P-OLED screen on the Pixel 2 XL is not all it’s cracked up to be. There’s a blue shift when you tilt the screen just a little bit away and graininess that’s going to be annoying. Plus, the natural color tuning of the Pixel 2 XL to the sRGB space doesn’t do anything for me. It may be realistic but it’s not pleasing. Combined all that with the over the top pricing, I’m happy to cancel and call it a day. After the hub bub dies down, I may re-order just to play with it live and then returning it in the 14 days or whatever the return policy is with Google just to see for myself. I suspect though that this is a sound decision I’ve made. I’m more than happy with the iPhone 7 Plus that was given to me so I’ll hold out… perhaps for the Samsung S9+. 🙂

Check my out my update to this post here: http://www.phuoc.com/2017/10/19/update-cancelling-my-google-pixel-2-xl-pre-order/