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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?