Is buying a Pixel 2xl this Fall a smart choice?

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  1. cmiller4642, Jun 12, 2018
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    cmiller4642 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for an upgrade that can sit in my pocket for 18-24 months. I don't really like the design of the Pixel 3 xl and the Note 9 is a budget buster (my iPhone X bill from Verizon is ridiculous already). I would assume that it will get Android Q?

    The only thing I would be missing is wireless charging (which I don't use that much to begin with)

    I'm just kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place with this decision because I'm tired of upgrading phones one right after another. I can live with a notch and get a Pixel 3XL, get a Note 9, an S9+, or go with the 2XL
     
  2. nviz22 macrumors 601

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    If you are on a budget; the realistic option is to get an Android One phone since Nokia will get you two years of updates. I would go with the Nokia 6.1 or another one of those since no Android is really worth the hassle at a budget range besides something similar to Pure Android or Pure Android. Huawei's EMUI software isn't good. Samsung at low end can be disappointing. LG has a ugly UI. So on and so forth.
     
  3. cmiller4642 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not really on a budget per se I just don't want to pay the iPhone X's price through Verizon. Something in the $35 a month range is okay
     
  4. nviz22 macrumors 601

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    Pixel 2 XL is fine as long as you're okay with the less than state of the art design (considering what Samsung, Apple put out as their top tier designs). It might end up being really cheap on a payment plan.
     
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    If the prices aren't dramatically different, you might be better off going with the Pixel 3 to get the latest features/specs, as long as you don't mind the screen being a little smaller than the XL.

    It's all in what you want. In principle, the Pixel 2 XL should not be a bad purchase in 2018 still, assuming the price is right. The camera will still be amongst some of the best, the software will be updated for another year (2 years of software updates, 3 years of security updates), and Pixel software experience is generally reliable and solid.
     
  6. Michael Goff macrumors G5

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    Actually, Pixel 2XL gets three years of version updates. After that, it gets no updates.

    https://support.google.com/pixelphone/answer/4457705

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    The phone regular cost of installment plan for the iPhone X at US Cellular is $33.32 per month for 30 months. Their is a promotion that drops the price to $10 per month for 30 months or $3 per month for 30 months for the iPhone 8+ or $0 per month for 30 months for the iPhone 8. You will need to pay the $33.32 for the first 3 billing cycles and after that it will drop down to the promotional pricing. You will also need to chose a total wireless plan with unlimited data which cost $70 plus taxes and fees in addition to the phone installment costs. You can save $10 with auto pay and paperless billing knocking the cost down to $60 plus taxes and fees in addition to the phone installment costs.
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    US Cellular total plans have no hidden fees which means no activation fees overage fees on their post paid plans. Verizon Wireless prepaid waives activation fees for online purchase and activation and there is no overages on prepaid. I saw a prepaid iPhone SE only offered in silver for as little $159 from Verizon and for a choice of colors it costs $349 which is the same cost as buying directly from Apple.
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    I should mention that the cheapest prepaid plan costs $30 for 500MB of high speed data from Verizon. Additional lines on the prepaid plan are offered at a discount so the 2nd line could pay $30 for 3GB of high speed data. After using the high speed data allotment you still will have access to data but at 128Kbps speeds.
     
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    Also you are not required to pay service every single month so if you only need intermittent phone service from them you could pay only on the months that you need it such as every 2 months or so. Withing too long like 4 months may result in the account expiring.
     
  10. The_Joker13 macrumors member

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    Why not get the cheaper iphone that will have the LCD screen? If price is your main concern. Unless you prefer android?
     
  11. Michael Goff macrumors G5

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    And by 2020, the Pixel will have such huge updates that it'll make perfect sense to update. 835 to 865 and newer version of the Pixel Visual Core will mean a lot more than 845 and one year newer PVC .Plus, maybe LG will figure out OLED by then.
     
  12. ultravegeta1981 macrumors regular

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    The pixel 2 is so fast,i dont understand why they would stop updating it after 3 years. It could handle many more updates. Guess they just want people to upgrade..
     
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G5

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    We don't know what Android will be in three years, so it'd be a bad idea to promise more if they don't know it can deliver.

    Hell, I kind of wish Apple would cut devices off quicker because of just how bad some older devices can end up being .
     
  14. ultravegeta1981 macrumors regular

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    Its still a bare bone android phone. And a fast one. It should be enough to support for 4-5 years of updates. Cant see android getting too heavy or whatever for the 2 and 2 xl.
     
  15. cmiller4642 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because then you wouldn't get a new phone? They're still in the business of making you buy a new one every 24 months or so.
     
  16. mclld macrumors 68020

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    Of course, dont listen to people who think only the latest is worth having. A Pixel 1 is a great buy right now, I just picked an XL for under 200 off ebay for one of my kids. None of these phones are leaps and bounds above the previous
     
  17. Michael Goff macrumors G5

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    Yep. The only problem with a Pixel XL is that it's not getting security updates after 2019. And safe practices are the best security anyway.
     
  18. Macalicious2011 macrumors 6502a

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    This is similar to asking whether the Samsung S8 is worth buying after the S9 became available. The answer is yes.

    All I would say is get the Pixe 2 XL at a good price. Either wait a price drop or buy refurbished/mint used.
     

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