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Do you think the Pixel 2 is a good purchase in 2020?

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (Image credit: Android Central)

If you're in the market for an Android handset but don't have a lot of cash to spend, picking up an older flagship can be a great way to get quality features and specs while staying on a budget. For example, if you're eyeing the Galaxy S20 but can't stomach its $1000 price tag, you may be better off considering the S10 or S9.

Recently, someone in our AC forums asked if it was still worth picking up the Pixel 2 XL here in 2020. Here's how our other members responded:

I still think the Google Pixel 2 line is a great deal today. What is the price? If you can get the 2 XL at a bargain, go for it! Keep us posted on what happens!

Morty2264

Wouldn't get the 2xl unless it was dirt cheap. It's about to be 3 years old and lose guaranteed updates. That phone had some well known issues like blue tint, black crush and various speaker problems. That's why the warranty was extended to 2 years. I did like the 2xl while it was my main phone but I prefer the 2 and 3 for older Pixel phones.

SactoKingsFan

Personally, I would not get one at that price, especially since you only want it as a stop gap until the P4a comes out. As others said, maybe $100 USD would be a good price point. Perhaps you can find something used and very cheap to get you to August. Maybe even the og Pixel if you're OK with not having the latest security updates.

swebb

I don't think this is a good deal at all. It's not that the 2 XL can't be a great phone even today, but their price is way above its current market value. You can get a good used one for far less than that I believe.

the_boon

What say you? Do you think the Pixel 2 is a good purchase in 2020?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

4 Comments
  • It wasn't a good purchase in 2017, it's an awful one now.
  • Dispite some of the models having hardware issues the phones specs are more than capable in 2020 and the camera can still hold its own very well against today's phones cameras minus not having a periscope zoom or an ultra wide camera. However, the guaranteed 3 year updates will be coming to an end this year. If someone can get the phone for really really cheap to play around with why not otherwise the Pixel 3a or 4a would be the better option.
  • It takes more than fast updates and a good camera to make this a decent phone.
  • The Pixel 2 XL will most likely be a bit slow now in 2020 and in my short time with my own 2 XL, I really enjoyed using it and didn't have any of the well documented issues such as the blue tint and so on it and it had really good battery life on Android 8.0 Oreo as well and loved getting the fast security updates and being first in line for Android 9 Pie which was when battery life started to take a hit. But in 2020, the Pixel 2 XL just isn't worth it anymore as guaranteed support with updates is going to stop in October.