The Google Pixel 2 XL is a marvel of modern technology. In line with today's trends in the smartphone world, it rocks an 18:9 screen with thin bezels all around it — fitting more content while remaining narrow enough for a palm to hold.And here, the user faces a dilemma: "I want to put a case on it, but I don't want to lose the benefit of those slim bezels by adding a bulky armor". Thankfully, there are plenty of thin cases out there to alleviate that!They stick close to the phone's original profile, retain the premium clicky feel of its buttons, add better grip, and still guard the phone from your everyday scratches that can occur in the pocket or when sliding it across the table. Of course, it's a good idea to keep an armor case around for those hikes or long trips, but a a slim shell is usually good enough for daily use.That said, let's check out some of the best, slimmest cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL!Consider a vinyl skinBefore we dive into the actual cases, maybe consider … [Read more...] about The best thin cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL
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Close observers of the Android rumor mill will know that Google made an abrupt change to its Pixel phone plans this summer, shelving its original successor to the Pixel XL, which was codenamed “muskie,” in favor of another device bearing the code title of “taimen.” Taimen went on to become the LG-manufactured Google Pixel 2 XL, while muskie seemed to fade into oblivion — however this week the latter name has resurfaced in the latest Android source code drop. More than that, the code associates the device with HTC as the manufacturer, points to it having the same pixel density as the eventual Pixel 2 XL, and indicates that muskie had a pretty huge battery. Here’s the cool part: muskie didn’t die, it just became the HTC U11 Plus. The Verge has confirmed with a source familiar with HTC and Google’s tumultuous recent history that the U11 Plus, the device freshly announced this morning, is indeed the muskie handset that Google rejected in … [Read more...] about The HTC U11 Plus was originally intended to be the Google Pixel 2 XL
Google's quest to build a smartphone as popular as the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy took a massive step forward when the original Google Pixel launched last year. Its successor - the aptly named Google Pixel 2 - is now on the shelves.Prices around the big sales period were nothing short of extraordinary. It almost seemed like retailers got carried away trying to undercut one another. They've been reined in a bit now (the insane tariffs for less than £20 per month and a reasonable upfront spend are long gone) but there are still some bargains to be had, particularly on Vodafone at the moment.But the Pixel 2 is a phone for Android lovers who want the purist interface on the market, and we doubt you'll be dissuaded from buying even when the cheapest prices have disappeared. And that's where TechRadar can help, as you can use our comparison chart below to identify the best Pixel 2 deal for you.It's still substantially more affordable than the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone … [Read more...] about The best Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals in February 2018
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter!Friends, you've got one more day to enter for your chance to win a Google Pixel 2 XL and one year of US Mobile service.In the meantime, here's your chance to score an unusually good deal on the Pixel's smaller sibling: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the certified refurbished Google Pixel 2 (64GB) for $529.99, plus $5 for shipping. Need more storage? Choose the 128GB model for $50 more. (At this writing, only the black and white versions are available with 128GB.)The 5-inch Pixel XL is unlocked for Verizon and GSM carriers. Shouldn't it work with Sprint and its MVNOs as well? I'm seeing some conflicting data on that. At least one online resource I checked indicated yes, but then why does the product listing … [Read more...] about Get an unlocked Google Pixel 2 for $529.99
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter!If there's a phone that created more recent headlines than the iPhone X, it's the Google Pixel 2 XL. In both cases, not all the news was good -- but, let's face it, these are highly desirable models.Also highly expensive. That's why I'm overjoyed by today's giveaway, which comes courtesy of US Mobile. One lucky winner will take home a Google Pixel 2 XL and an entire year of unlimited Super LTE service -- a combined value of $1,400.Two lucky runners-up will each get a Huawei Honor 7X and two months of service (including 5GB of data and 1,000 minutes and texts). In case you're not familiar with US Mobile, this up-and-coming carrier leverages both T-Mobile and Verizon networks, meaning it can accommodate nearly any BYO-phone … [Read more...] about Enter for your chance to win* a Google Pixel 2 XL and 1 year of US Mobile service!