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  1. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    So I finally had a chance to try a Pixel 2 XL. It's a store unit, so do take my findings with a grain of salt, but it's also been there only for a few days so it's unlikely that it's conditions would have caused anything so soon.

    First of all, I love the satin finish. Yes, it means it doesn't really feel like metal but I really don't mind. This feels good and actually helps with grip. And I actually love the look overall, especially since the front reminds me of the Nexus 6 a fair bit.

    I've only had limited time with the camera so I can't properly judge it minus how it's fast and preliminary images looked great. And it being a store unit with demo firmware means I can't properly test performance but it is snappy.

    But, the screen.
    I really need to say this. This thing is "cool“, and by that, I mean the color temperature when you shift it off axis. I only tilt it a little bit (5-8 degrees) and it has already shifted blue, and gets even more noticeable the further I go. However, looking at it head on, it looks fine.

    To add insult to injury however, a "G" has already left remnants of retention in the middle of the display. It's slight and should clear over time but it was there.

    Let me clarify a few things though. First of all, OLEDs have color shift. My Note8 shifts slightly red in the same conditions (it's not as obvious as the Pixel but it's there) and I tried 3 different LG V30s and they shifted at different angles and different axes. What does this mean? It's probably related by batch.

    Does this sour the 2 XL for me? It's hard to say. This particular one was pretty annoying but there's a chance that another one I'd take has less significant shift. And even then, I really like the overall package, so if I have a unit that doesn't shift as badly, it's probably likely that I'll keep it.
    Attached Thumbnails I tried a Pixel 2 XL, and yes, the screen is as they said it-4977.jpg  
    pankaj981 likes this.
    12-29-2017 08:30 AM
  2. maverick7526's Avatar
    The G in the middle is because it's a demo unit, so the screen brightness will be maxed, and it goes through the same preview.
    12-29-2017 08:45 AM
  3. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    The G in the middle is because it's a demo unit, so the screen brightness will be maxed, and it goes through the same preview.
    It's IR, but I wasn't expecting it to be that noticeable.

    It'll perhaps go away over time.

    Furthermore, I doubt that when I get one, it'll be as bad as this particular one.
    12-29-2017 08:52 AM
  4. klau25's Avatar
    Since it's a demo unit, did they bother to update it to 8.1? That probably would make a difference. Also, at least for me, the first black 2 xl I got the blue tint was more noticeable. The panda 2 xl I have now which I assume is a later batch, I can't see any blue tint. Not sure if that make a difference since I assume the demo unit is of an earlier batch?
    12-29-2017 09:16 AM
  5. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    Since it's a demo unit, did they bother to update it to 8.1? That probably would make a difference. Also, at least for me, the first black 2 xl I got the blue tint was more noticeable. The panda 2 xl I have now which I assume is a later batch, I can't see any blue tint. Not sure if that make a difference since I assume the demo unit is of an earlier batch?
    It came in recently, but I haven't checked.

    The colors did look saturated though.
    12-29-2017 09:25 AM
  6. klau25's Avatar
    I see, I guess every unit can be different, my brightness is set to around 50% and I really can't see the blue tint even if I try. Also my standard is probably lower than others since I didn't care before even though I had a unit with the blue tint very noticeable.
    12-29-2017 09:37 AM
  7. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    I see, I guess every unit can be different, my brightness is set to around 50% and I really can't see the blue tint even if I try. Also my standard is probably lower than others since I didn't care before even though I had a unit with the blue tint very noticeable.
    It's likely batch related.

    I presume that if I buy one, it's not as bad
    12-29-2017 09:49 AM
  8. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I used to think that way, but I think the screen, at least the one on my Pixel 2 XL, is just as good as any other OLED screen I used this year. In fact, the off axis blue shifting is more noticeable on the S8 Active than it is on the 2 XL.
    12-29-2017 10:39 AM
  9. maverick7526's Avatar
    It's IR, but I wasn't expecting it to be that noticeable.

    It'll perhaps go away over time.

    Furthermore, I doubt that when I get one, it'll be as bad as this particular one.
    It's a demo unit. The key being, demo. It shows the same image, sequence all day, at Max brightness. So of course there is going to be IR/Burn in. Trying to compare a demo unit to an actual phone in hand is a lot different. It's more there to get a feel of it, and how it's looks.
    12-29-2017 10:41 AM
  10. Almeuit's Avatar
    Yeah demo units are subject to retention and burn in way more then a phone with normal use.

    That goes for any phone.. Samsung, Google, LG, etc.
    12-29-2017 11:21 AM
  11. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    It's a demo unit. The key being, demo. It shows the same image, sequence all day, at Max brightness. So of course there is going to be IR/Burn in. Trying to compare a demo unit to an actual phone in hand is a lot different. It's more there to get a feel of it, and how it's looks.
    That's why I had to put that disclaimer.

    I reckon it would be fine if I bought one
    12-29-2017 11:26 AM
  12. Wiley_11's Avatar
    So I finally had a chance to try a Pixel 2 XL.
    Where have you been???

    I tried a Pixel 2 XL, and yes, the screen is as they said it-omg.png
    bnice likes this.
    12-29-2017 12:17 PM
  13. pankaj981's Avatar
    All these screen issues are the reason I'm hesitant to switch from my S8+. Some of you mentioned about the color shifting begin apparent on other OLED screens but I'm not seeing anything on my S8+ or the S8 or S7E I had earlier. I may have to see one in person before switching.
    12-29-2017 01:29 PM
  14. wrecklass's Avatar
    Mine has a noticable blue shift when viewed off axis. That said it's mitigated by three things. I always turn my screen brightness down. Almost to the very minimum. I've always done this because bright screens hurt my eyes, and the up battery.

    Second I almost never look at the phone off axis.

    And lastly I prefer dark modes in all of the apps that support it. Again because it's easier on the eyes and it burns less battery on OLED's. This reduces the amount of blue shift to the point that I had practically forgotten about it until this thread.
    12-29-2017 03:11 PM
  15. neil74's Avatar
    All these screen issues are the reason I'm hesitant to switch from my S8+. Some of you mentioned about the color shifting begin apparent on other OLED screens but I'm not seeing anything on my S8+.
    I just got back from bluewater (a mall to our US chums) and played with 5 more 2xls in several shops. Every one was consistent with the previous I have used for blueshift.

    The screen on the S8+ is better, much better imo. The software and overall experience is though better on the pixel.

    If you do decide to switch (based on my observations at least)expect a noticeable blueshift when viewing at any angle other than straight on. They could of course have sent all the defective units to Blighty so yours could be fine, but yes most definitely try before you buy!
    pankaj981 and torbach1 like this.
    12-29-2017 03:22 PM
  16. cgonzalez82's Avatar
    I just got back from bluewater (a mall to our US chums) and played with 5 more 2xls in several shops. Every one was consistent with the previous I have used for blueshift.

    The screen on the S8+ is better, much better imo. The software and overall experience is though better on the pixel.

    If you do decide to switch (based on my observations at least)expect a noticeable blueshift when viewing at any angle other than straight on. They could of course have sent all the defective units to Blighty so yours could be fine, but yes most definitely try before you buy!
    I'm here in the UK too and my screen is fine, with very minimal blue shift so we can't have all got bad units here lol.
    12-30-2017 02:25 PM
  17. torbach1's Avatar
    So I finally had a chance to try a Pixel 2 XL. It's a store unit, so do take my findings with a grain of salt, but it's also been there only for a few days so it's unlikely that it's conditions would have caused anything so soon.

    First of all, I love the satin finish. Yes, it means it doesn't really feel like metal but I really don't mind. This feels good and actually helps with grip. And I actually love the look overall, especially since the front reminds me of the Nexus 6 a fair bit.

    I've only had limited time with the camera so I can't properly judge it minus how it's fast and preliminary images looked great. And it being a store unit with demo firmware means I can't properly test performance but it is snappy.

    But, the screen.
    I really need to say this. This thing is "cool“, and by that, I mean the color temperature when you shift it off axis. I only tilt it a little bit (5-8 degrees) and it has already shifted blue, and gets even more noticeable the further I go. However, looking at it head on, it looks fine.

    To add insult to injury however, a "G" has already left remnants of retention in the middle of the display. It's slight and should clear over time but it was there.

    Let me clarify a few things though. First of all, OLEDs have color shift. My Note8 shifts slightly red in the same conditions (it's not as obvious as the Pixel but it's there) and I tried 3 different LG V30s and they shifted at different angles and different axes. What does this mean? It's probably related by batch.

    Does this sour the 2 XL for me? It's hard to say. This particular one was pretty annoying but there's a chance that another one I'd take has less significant shift. And even then, I really like the overall package, so if I have a unit that doesn't shift as badly, it's probably likely that I'll keep it.
    Well, I went and bought one, hoping the screen wouldn't be so bad for a new retail unit now that Google has had some time. I have a Note 8. I can't stand the screen on the XL 2. I used it for a whole 2 days before switching back to my Note. I loved the rest of the phone, but the screen is a deal breaker for me.
    12-30-2017 05:41 PM

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