1. BrendoTheKing's Avatar
    So I've never owned a Pixel device. In the past I have owned the Nexus 6 and 6P. Loved both of them. Now I want to get back in on the stock experience but I am having a hard time deciding. The Pixel 3 seems great but on Swappa you can a get a Pixel 2 XL for less than half and it seems to have about 90% of the same stuff. Having a tough time making a choice.

    Any thoughts, opinions or advice on the matter?
    Miche612 likes this.
    10-21-2018 10:49 AM
  2. Morty2264's Avatar
    I see you are a new user here - welcome to Android Central and welcome back to the land of stock Android!

    Personally, I would recommend going with the Pixel 2 XL. There is not enough of a "specs gap" between the Pixel 2 and 3 line to warrant opting for the newer, more expensive model. And if you can get the 2 XL at a discount or a great deal - even better!

    The only thing I would caution you about is to look at the Swappa user's success history and ratings; and to ask for pictures of screen quality if you can. Some Pixel 2 XL units have been known to have a deeper blue shift on their screens than other Pixel 2 XL units; so make sure that the phone is in good condition before you buy it.

    Good luck, and please tell us what you decide!
    10-21-2018 11:17 AM
  3. akhil8's Avatar
    Imo Pixel 3..
    10-21-2018 11:42 AM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    my opinion the pix 3xl has the better display,chip, wireless charging, battery life.
    if you don't want spend lot of money then no option pix 2xl
    10-21-2018 12:24 PM
  5. SteelGator's Avatar
    yeah, totally personal preference here. I am not a fan of used electronics, so I shy away from them. I treat my phones inordinately well, so I buy new and keep it for a couple years.

    From a feature perspective, the 2XL will do almost all of the the 3XL stuff eventually. I was on the OG XL since its launch, and I feel like there was not a lot that I missed out on from the 2XL. I appreciate Google taking that approach.

    Performance wise, newer is always better, especially for batteries and new chips. Most likely this will be a marginal gain, and only you can determine if it is worth $500 to you.
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    10-21-2018 05:41 PM
  6. BrendoTheKing's Avatar
    So I was able to find a Mint 2 XL 128 GB black model for about $400 that I went with. At the end of the day I anted to P3 more but couldn't justify $1,000 plus taxe when compared to this 2 XL model.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    10-22-2018 09:01 AM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    So I was able to find a Mint 2 XL 128 GB black model for about $400 that I went with. At the end of the day I anted to P3 more but couldn't justify $1,000 plus taxe when compared to this 2 XL model.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    Nothing wrong with choosing 2 xl it's a very good phone
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    10-22-2018 09:04 AM
  8. billchat's Avatar
    Nothing wrong with choosing 2 xl it's a very good phone
    ^^^This^^^
    10-22-2018 09:06 AM
  9. chezm's Avatar
    If the XL wasn’t so large I probably would went with a similar screen size pixel 2...but I opted in for 3, coming from last android 6p
    10-22-2018 09:12 AM
  10. navamadhan's Avatar
    So owning a pixel device is actually holding a Camera because I probably consider all other components of Pixel phones to be equal to Oneplus devices. It withstands all other phone in the camera department. So I will stick with the pixel 3 which is the greatest camera while I don't like the 3xl because of its big fat notch
    chezm and xzell like this.
    10-22-2018 11:01 AM
  11. BrendoTheKing's Avatar
    agreed.
    10-23-2018 07:43 AM
  12. I Can Be Your Hero's Avatar
    I see you are a new user here - welcome to Android Central and welcome back to the land of stock Android!

    Personally, I would recommend going with the Pixel 2 XL. There is not enough of a "specs gap" between the Pixel 2 and 3 line to warrant opting for the newer, more expensive model. And if you can get the 2 XL at a discount or a great deal - even better!

    The only thing I would caution you about is to look at the Swappa user's success history and ratings; and to ask for pictures of screen quality if you can. Some Pixel 2 XL units have been known to have a deeper blue shift on their screens than other Pixel 2 XL units; so make sure that the phone is in good condition before you buy it.

    Good luck, and please tell us what you decide!
    I'd have to agree with this and OP got the 2XL at what seems like a great deal, so good job on that.

    The Pixel 2 XL will be getting a lot of features, including almost all of the camera features the Pixel 3 gets. Plus from what I've seen, the Pixel 3 XL doesn't take significantly better photos than the Pixel 2 XL does anyway.
    10-23-2018 07:57 AM
  13. EMGSM's Avatar
    As mentioned, Both P2 & P3 are great phones. At the end of the day if you're happy with it, then you made the right choice.
    10-23-2018 03:40 PM
  14. YAYTech's Avatar
    I've debated this same thing as I've been considering getting a Pixel 3 (regular or XL), and I've come down to:
    - would have to be Pixel 2XL, not the regular Pixel 2, due to the huge bezels on the P2.
    - would have to be new for sub-$500, or awesome condition used for more like $300 or less. I don't want to spend too much on a phone where the battery already has a year of degradation.

    But what's "worth it" is always up to the guy opening his/her wallet!
    10-23-2018 06:01 PM
  15. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    IMHO, if cost is a factor and the very few feature differences (e.g., qi charging) aren't critical, go with the 2. While the 3's processor and screen are better, you won't really notice the screen difference much when you're only looking at the one you have, and you definitely won't find the 2 lacking for speed.

    Then put away the money you saved vs buying a 3 and use that as an effective down payment next year to upgrade to the pixel 4, which should have a much broader range of actual functional upgrades that won't simply be accomplished by software.
    10-23-2018 06:32 PM
  16. YAYTech's Avatar
    I don't understand those saying the Pixel 2 XL is "much cheaper". I'm not seeing them discounted anywhere, so it's only $50 cheaper. Sure, you can get them cheaper used or refurbished, but that's apples & oranges... if they're getting heavy discounts somewhere I'm not seeing, please post up a link.
    10-24-2018 02:31 PM
  17. klau25's Avatar
    I don't understand those saying the Pixel 2 XL is "much cheaper". I'm not seeing them discounted anywhere, so it's only $50 cheaper. Sure, you can get them cheaper used or refurbished, but that's apples & oranges... if they're getting heavy discounts somewhere I'm not seeing, please post up a link.
    I think brand new ones are 700, and you can easily find great condition one for around 400. I just sold mine on Monday that is in very good condition with 4 cases (one of them is a google fabric case) and 2 unused screen protector for 430. that's no tax, when you consider a new pixel 3 cost 800 plus tax, that's quite a lot of savings.

    don't forget, pixel 2 xl has 2 years warranty vs the pixel 3 only one.
    10-24-2018 02:36 PM
  18. YAYTech's Avatar
    Ah, last I checked on the Google store they hadn't marked them down at all, but I see they're at $700 now. Thanks
    10-24-2018 02:41 PM
  19. rviyer's Avatar
    I forgot about the warranty extension for the 2xl - that helps me lean more towards that, plus the cost savings.
    10-29-2018 05:54 PM
  20. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I forgot about the warranty extension for the 2xl - that helps me lean more towards that, plus the cost savings.
    Used Pixel 2s on Swappa are a real bargain. I prefer new but then I pay a lot more. Used has it's risks though
    10-30-2018 05:19 AM
  21. Nodnerb's Avatar
    If the 3xl isn't an option, I'd opt for the 2xl over the 3.
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    10-30-2018 07:40 AM
  22. chezm's Avatar
    The last phone i bought used in 2 weeks time starting rebooting on its own and eventually got into a boot loop, out of warranty i managed to sell it "Working as is, best for parts" which needless to say resulted in a big loss. Now if the P2 XL is an ideal size and if the warranty is infact 2 years, then i would understand why so many support going with it than P3XL if you dont care about the updates. For me, im too paranoid now to buy phones used, ill sell mine (which are always in mint condition) but that experience made me scared enough to not take the risk again.
    10-30-2018 08:56 AM
  23. YAYTech's Avatar
    I ended up picking up a Pixel 2 XL from Target. Doing the 24mo payment with zero interest from Verizon. It was about $860, but with a $300 Target gift card, so essentially paid $560 for the P2XL, brand new.
    11-03-2018 07:29 PM
  24. C5Longhorn's Avatar
    Congrats, I may pick up a P2XL and give my P2 to my wife. Then next year, consider the P4XL.
    11-03-2018 08:59 PM
  25. Mr Segundus's Avatar
    Unless money is an option, there is no reason to buy last year's model this year. Get the Pixel 3.
    11-03-2018 09:17 PM

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