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Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Pixel XL: Should you upgrade?

Google has shown off what they are bringing to the table for the next year with the Pixel 2 XL. Awkward name aside, it's a flagship product with a flagship price and while they are courting new converts to the Pixel brand, they're also dangling it in front of people who loved the original Pixel XL. They think you'll love this phone. And for a lot of us, they're right.

But the 2016 Pixel XL didn't magically stop working when Google took the stage. It's still a helluva phone and has at least another year of attention when it comes to updates and software. That leaves many owners of the original wondering if they should upgrade, or hold out another year and see what the Pixel 3 XL will bring. And that's not the craziest idea because a whole lot of people think the Pixel 2 XL and the 2016 Pixel XL are the two best Android phones you can buy.

Let's break things down so you can decide if you need to part with some cash this year or wait for next year.

What's changed

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Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel XL

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Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel XL

There are a couple of big differences between the two phones. For starters, they look very different from each other.

The original Pixel XL used the industry standard "cinematic" 16:9 display aspect ratio. The 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 AMOLED panel is in a body that measures 6.09 inches tall and 2.98 inches wide, creating a screen to body ratio of 71.2%. Yeah, there are bezels. Big ones. The Pixel 2 XL changes things up a bit and uses the new 18:9 aspect ratio.

The Pixel 2 XL is taller but narrower than the original thanks to the new screen aspect ratio.

That's the same tall and narrow footprint we see with the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. It packs a 6-inch 1440x2560 AMOLED display in a body that's 6.22 inches tall and 3.02 inches wide, which figures out to a 76.4% screen to body ratio. Yes, there are still big bezels. But this time they are only on the top and bottom, and those have front-facing speakers in them. But there is no headphone jack, so you'll be buying expensive new headphones or living that #DongleLife with a USB-C to 3.5mm TRS jack adapter if you don't do the Bluetooth thing.

This is the kind of change you either instantly hate or instantly love. These Long Tall Sallies feel very different when you're holding them, and there's no way to pretend that they don't. Don't assume you'll love it or hate it if you haven't held a phone built this way — hit a store somewhere and grab the floor demo Galaxy S8+ they'll have and see for yourself.

More: Pixel 2 XL Specs

That new Snapdragon smell

An equally significant change is what's behind the displays. The Pixel XL runs on a Snapdragon 821 and performs beautifully. The Pixel 2 XL runs on a Snapdragon 835 and should perform even more beautiful because the 835 is faster at, well, everything.

It's hard to bog down the engine that drives the original Pixel XL. Doing regular "phone things" isn't going to tax the processor, or the GPU, or any other component inside the 2016 XL. That takes some serious 3D gaming or some Daydreaming, which are both things people also like to do when they're not doing regular phone things. Software engineers were able to find the limits of the 821, and while those limits were pretty "up there" we still could use a bit more.

A new chipset means more power, longer battery life, and new ways to destroy both with amazing apps and services.

The 835 brings a bit more. It's no surprise. "New chipset outperforms old chipset" isn't news to any phone fan. We know that newer equals faster and better battery life every single time. But the 835 has another trick up its sleeve when it comes to your LTE connection. It's ready for what's next.

Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 835 chipset "Gigabit-class" when it comes to LTE tech. You have a CAT 16 modem, with 3x20 MHz carrier aggregation and 256-QAM on the download. While it's not technically a gigabit device, it can reach speeds of 800Mbps. Your 2016 Pixel XL will never be able to do this, even when the carrier you use has the network in place.

We've seen LTE networks with some of this new tech in test markets so it won't be long before a carrier starts the nationwide update roadmap. There's a very good chance your network will offer the next-generation of LTE before it's time to switch phones. The Pixel 2 XL will be ready for them and the OG Pixel XL won't.

More: Pixel 2 XL Specs vs. Pixel XL Specs

Camera lovers corner

The Pixel 2 XL also brings a much better camera. That's quite a feat considering the 2016 Pixel XL had one of the best cameras of any phone. Part of this is the hardware — a new sensor, a new lens, a new ISP (Image Signal Processor) on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and the addition of OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) as well as Google's insanely good gyroscope-based electronic stabilization. The send factor is the software. We assume the camera app itself will be the same on both Pixel XLs but that doesn't mean the features will be the same.

AR is going to be a big part of the Pixel 2 XL camera experience.

The Pixel 2 XL will feature AR-style capabilities that we've not seen on Android before. At least not on regular-not-Tango-phone Android. Demos of Stranger Things characters digitally imposed inside your AR world are just the tip of a developer iceberg, and we expect to see some exciting things. The same goes for the new computational photography demos of things like portrait mode. the original Pixel XL will be able to take advantage of some of this code, but the new camera package and image processor on the Pixel 2 XL will outclass it in every way.

Ask yourself if the camera in your Pixel XL is good enough. It's very good. But when you see something better you can't pretend that it's not there.

Some things stay the same

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The Pixel 2 XL runs what Google calls a "special" version of Android Oreo. We're almost certain that means Android 8.1 which is also coming to the 2016 Pixel. Bottom search bar and all.

Even then, the changes will be hardly recognizable. Google has been footloose and fancy-free in the past when it comes to changing the entire design of the user interface with a new Android version. Who can forget the blacks and greens of Gingerbread or the Tron-inspired Holo(YOLO) Honeycomb? Google apparently, because the new Material Design UI language looks nothing like either. But Android 8.1 will look exactly like Android 8.0. Which looks exactly like Android 7.1.1, which ... you get the picture here.

The operating system isn't changing so you'll have to learn to love bright colors and white apps.

We're not saying this is a bad thing. You might not like Google's new bright and cheerful interface, but everyone likes consistency. If Google thinks this is good, it's time to refine not reinvent. the user experience doing those "phone things" we mentioned up the page will be almost identical between the two phones, minus the new screen aspect ratio. Little surprise features that come to the Pixel 2 XL will also come to the original and bigger surprise features should be few and far between; think new camera effects and the like.

So, yeah. Google is copying Apple here with its new Android iPhone. But this time, we're glad to see it. And don't worry — themes will be a thing if you hate the cheery interface.

The most important difference

Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel XL

With the announcement of the Pixel 2 line, Google told us they were extending the guaranteed life of the Pixel 2 phones by a full 12 months.

What that means is that instead of being promised two years of Android platform updates, we're now promised three years. The Pixel 2 family will most likely see Android P (Peanut Butter & Jelly?), Android Q (Quesito?) and Android R (Root Beer?). Both phones will get security updates and bug fixes for three years, but a new version of Android is a much bigger undertaking. Your 2016 Pixels will probably stop at Android PB&J.

Three years of platform updates mean the battery will be a goner before you stop getting them.

This matters. A lot. A whole lot. We're spending close to $1,000 on these phones, and there is absolutely no reason we shouldn't be able to enjoy everything they have to offer for three years or more. Of all the "Google copies the iPhone" arguments we hear, this is the best one. We're ready for one more year even.

And remember, if you plan to wait it out and jump on the Pixel 3 XL your 2016 Pixel XL isn't going to fetch much cash when you sell it because it's an end-of-life device. A lot of wheeling and dealing can happen with phone fans, and this can make a big difference in those 2018 phone-buying-finances.

So should you upgrade or not?

As we said before, go hold and fondle a Galaxy S8+ if you've never used an 18:9 phone. It's a very close feel to what the Pixel 2 XL is going to bring. If you can't deal with it, you know what to do here.

Are the changes worth $850? Maybe.

For those that dig the new shape or just don't care, the question isn't easy but it's simple: Three years of updates, a new camera, and a faster chip come with the Pixel 2 XL. Do you need any of those things? Do you want any of those things enough to spend $850 (or $950 if you go for 128GB of storage)? Both are a good choice and chances are any of us would be happy with the 2016 Pixel for another year.

But wanting things is fun. I would upgrade. I hate the new aspect ratio. I hate not having a headphone jack. But I love computational photography and image signal manipulation (yeah, I'm no fun at parties either) so I say yes. Spend the dough on the new model and probably start saving with the next one while you're at it.

What about you?

Like we said, both choices are great this time. The 2016 Pixel XL will stand shoulder to shoulder with most any phone you can buy in 2017 and if you like the features and software nobody will blame you for keeping your money and enjoying your phone. On the flipside, the Snapdragon 835, a new camera system and three years of updates are pretty amazing.

Are you planning on upgrading or have already ordered? Suss it all out in the comments and help all the undecided people out!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Pixel XL owner here, and I am upgrading to the 2. The Camera and the translate sold me.
  • I will definitely wait for image comparison before shelling out $850+
  • DXOmark seem to think it's better by a fair margin.
  • DXOmark gets paid to test and publish scores. Not saying Pixel 2 is not better, it is just by looking at specs. But if you are mostly taking day light photos, the quality could be identical in reality or better on Pixel 1 due to more color. Thats why have to see the images from both
  • Stop trying to use independent thought.....
  • Either selling or trading in a Pixel XL will likely drop that price much more than it is.
  • Well yes, I figured $850 phone + 55 taxes + 15 case + 40 3.5mm/charge port = $960 minus say $500 for old Pixel XL 32GB = $460. But last year my Pixel XL was almost free (like $150 bucks).....770 Pixel + tax and minus 6P, minus Tmo promo $325, and minus Daydream sale $50
  • went and checked it out at Verizon yesterday. I'm definitely getting the Pixel 2 XL to replace my Pixel XL.
  • Curious what made the decision easy? I've already pre-ordered but want to get excited.
  • i buy the new Nexus/Pixel every year so it was pretty much a given I was gonna get one. Plus I like the design and the front facing speakers. I missed that from when I had the 6P. It's about the same size as a S8+ just not as tall. I've seen some reviewers on their hands on videos saying the aluminum feels like plastic and I don't get that at all. It feels pretty much the same as my Pixel XL. Screen looked good but of course that was in a well lit store but I think it looks quite a bit better than the Pixel XL screen. I don't like losing the headphone jack since I use it every day in my car, so I will just put the headphone adapter on my aux cable in the car and leave it on there. When i work out, I use bluetooth headphones so it's really not that big of a deal but it seems like they could have left the headphone jack considering the size of the device.
  • I am upgrading from OG Pixel to Pixel 2 XL. I have to admit I'm doing it out of vanity or greed though. This Pixel is still running like a champ. I want a bigger high resolution screen. Shrug.
  • Me exactly the same. Love my Pixel XL but the 2 looks like a improved version in every way.
  • Pixel XL owner as well, and I"m also upgrading to the 2 XL as well. The main reason is the front facing speakers, I've missed those since moving off of my N6 to the Pixel XL.
  • I upgraded but only because I could do it for under $200. Sold my Really Blue Pixel for $440, bought a refurbished Pixel for $235, trading that in for $350. New Pixel cost me $680 with tax.
  • jealous of your smarts.
  • Betteridge's law of headphones says no
  • I'll hold off upgrading for now. I will keep using my Pixel XL.
  • I'm holding off too for a couple reasons.
    1. No band 71 - I'm on T-mobile and that makes it not very future proof.
    2. Slim advances in camera doesn't impress me much, my OG Pixel XL takes great pictures.
    3. $$ - I'm kinda strapped for cash at the moment (This is probably the biggest factor) I do wish I could have one but the math, even after trading in my Pixel XL doesn't work out.
    It's just not a big enough upgrade
    Still I kinda want one for these reasons
    1. Dual Front facing speakers
    2. 18:9 aspect ratio,
    3. smaller bezels
    4. The overall look
    5. water resistance. Damn being poor sucks lol
  • I aint poor, but upgrading phones every year is a huge waste of money. Manufacturers sucked everyone in pretty good with cell phones. I paid like $150 for my Pixel XL, but this year its more like $450-500 to upgrade. If you can another Tmo line then deduct $325 and that would be an excellent deal
  • Agreed, I'm not really poor either, just can't throw around $1000 like it's nothing.
    I agree the T-mobile deal plus trade in would be sweet, but I wonder how long you have to keep that extra line.
    also right now I'm only paying $76/month for 2 unlimited plus phone lines and 1 tablet unlimited plus line.
    thanks to last years pixel deal and their add a free line promo. we have two pixels so I'd lose that $27 a month discount for the next year
    Cancels each other out in a way.
  • I am new to Android life. I am looking for a phone with a good camera, but also with great speakers. More often than not i play music or watch videos through my speakers rather than headphones. I know the Iphones have great sound, my wife's 7plus is crazy loud, but i am not into the apple ecosystem. I picked up the LG V30 because of all the reviews on the video camera, but i hear the Pixel 2 XL has great speakers like what i'm looking for plus an awesome camera. the lack of SD expansion deters me though. can someone familiar to Android please help? thank you
  • Speakers sound really important to you otherwise, I would say you are fine with your purchase of the V30. I think both cameras will do the job well based on competition videos I've seen.
  • I think on a ranking scale i would put speaker sound then camera. I keep getting told to go to apple, but there are so many stuck up apple people i know that i would rather not even if it means missing out on the Iphones speakers.
  • The single speaker on the V30 I doubt sounds as good as the stereo speakers on the Pixel (maybe not as good as the iPhones either)... Although everyone raves about the headphone output. Camera wise the V30 has a lot going on with the dual cameras and all them settings. I think the Pixel is great for general point and shoot scenarios so if that's really all you need you won't miss out on much there either. As for expandable storage... Internal storage is faster and more stable IMO... I have the 128GB Pixel XL currently and like never have to worry about space... And given that it has unlimited Google Photo space there's literally no need for external storage for me, lol!
  • the speakers were pretty loud when I played a YouTube video on the Pixel 2 XL at the Verizon store yesterday. I agree the iPhone dual speaker setup is good. I think the Pixel 2 XL is comparable.
  • I need that 64gb of storage or I would keep the XL for maybe another year. Who am I kidding though, I'm excited to uograde to the 2 XL regardless.
  • Trying to upgrade, but the panda has been out of stock for a while now. It's a shame, because it's giving me time to rethink this upgrade.
  • No
  • While I want to try out the new aspect ratio, I just can tolerate the over all size creep...they just keep getting wider. I will probably go with the smaller Pixel 2. Just wished it was 5.2".
  • I'm personally glad for the bigger screen; I sympathize though... hopefully the smaller-sized phone will meet your needs. My understanding of this bigger size is that while the screen became noticeably bigger, the overall size did not, so perhaps it won't bother you as much as you think? If pocket size is the thing, then the original Pixel XL was probably already oversized for that.
  • I was considering the Pixel 2 but the huge bezels make it not much smaller than the Pixel 2 XL. The biggest thing for me was battery. I currently have a Nexus 5X which has a 1080p screen and a 2,700mAh battery. The battery life sucks. The Pixel had a 1080p screen and basically the same size battery (70mAh bigger) and the battery life wasn't much better than the Nexus 5X. When I saw the Pixel 2 also had a 2,700mAh battery that was a deal breaker. I ordered a Pixel 2 XL (hopefully I will be able to adjust to the size) because it has an 820mAh bigger battery than the Pixel 2 but I'm a bit worried that double the pixels of the XL will use up most of the bigger battery and the battery life will only be slightly better than my Nexus 5X which, again, sucks for battery life.
  • They keep getting wider? I thought the idea of the 18:9 screens was to keep the phone narrow.
  • Current XL 128GB owner here... Which cost approx $900 when I bought it... Gonna trade it to Google for the full $410 (hopefully) since it's in pretty good condition which means I'm paying approx $600 for the new one. If price wasn't a factor upgrading from the Gen 1 Pixel to the Gen 2 XL is a no brainer! I hate when blogs make the price a factor in whether a device is worth upgrading. It's like saying this car has all the features you want, is sleeker, better sound system, etc newer tech performs better than your current car but because it cost more it's not worth the upgrade lol!
  • Certainly the recommendation generally takes into account the price (and perhaps hassle of transferring over settings and all -- which are negligible for some people and a multi-hour process for others (I have a lot of finely tuned personal settings that I must apply when new phone is in hand)); the article attempts to answer the question: is it worth the price to upgrade?
  • You answered your own statement. The problem is most of us are NOT rich...and price IS a factor. There is a cost to benefit consideration to most things. Yes the new xl2 does everything better than the first...but is the GAP..the total amount better compared to the original worth the increase in price the new phone will cost (trade in or not). To YOU 600 bucks is apparently not a lot of money, and/or the performance delta is worth that money. To other it may not. The blog did a fair job making this point as it IS a consideration to alot of people. Even if it isnt to U
  • I am Pixel (non XL) owner and will be switching to Pixel XL 2. I REALLLY wish they would have had followed the same rationale as last year and that the Pixel 2 would have been identical to Pixel XL2 ; I would have rather kept the small form factor... But front facing speakers, IP67, better screen to body ratio = I am going for the larger XL 2.
  • I just can't spend the money on something that will have black bars on the sides of most videos. But was slightly on the fence today, but in-hand I thought the Pixel 2 is a great enough upgrade. Especially for $300 after trade in.
    Note: If battery life is horrible I will be trading it in for the larger, but if it is as good as the OG Pixel or a bit better, I will be fine.
  • Not sure where the myth comes from, that a battery on a mobile phone won't last at least 5 years without significant degradation...
    My Lumia 1520 is now 5 and a half year in use, using the battery within 24h and recharging it and still not much of a degradation.
  • @booboolala2000, the black bars thing doesn’t deter me at all. Why? Because you’re gonna have 16x9 video either way* surrounded by null space. Neither phone will escape this. The question is simply “what kind of null space would you prefer?” In the case of the new phone, that null space means black bars during videos, and additional usable screen space all the rest of the time (oh, and also front-firing stereo speakers). In the case of the old phone, that null space means useless bezels 100% of the time. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, so neither one of us can truly call the other one “wrong”. But as for me just speaking subjectively? The answer is so obviously the new phone that I quite literally laughed out loud over the prospect of the alternative. Cheers! *=unless the phone offers a stretch option, but ew. I’d rather have the black bars all day every day!
  • Went to VZW today to see if I would feel remorse for getting the Pixel 2 instead of the Pixel 2 XL. I won't . The XL 2 is nice, but I have grown used to the smaller phone. Feels better in my hand. Ordered through Fi as I left Verizon a while ago.
  • WANTED: Device capable of time travel to October 20th. Or anesthesiologist who can put me under and wake me on Oct 20th. Willing to trade left testicle or first-born son, your pick.
  • As a Nexus 6p owner it is time to upgrade I love the nexus and it hard to let it go but I'm ready for a new phone
  • Yes if you want the best phone with a great experience like iPhone and latest security updates/OS updates along with best camera on the market.
  • I chose the Pixel 2 XL over the Pixel 2 because of the bigger battery. Coming from a Nexus 5X I know how bad the battery life is of a 2,700mAh battery powering a phone with a 1080p screen. I just hope the increase in battery size of the Pixel 2 XL isn't all used up by the increase in resolution. If the battery life of the Pixel 2 XL isn't significantly better than the battery life of my Nexus 5X then it's going back and I'll probably get a OnePlus 5. I'd certainly miss stock Android but I'm sick of ****** battery life.
  • The Pixel 2 XL looks nice, but I noticed in this video [ ] that the screen looks really washed out compared to the Note 8. It looks like an older LCD display. Incredibly bland. This is really giving me pause, especially when it comes to view ability outdoors on sunny days. I'll still go see one at the Verizon store when they get some (I'll check today), but I'm not sure that's something I can deal with on a $900+ phone. I really wish Google had some type of iMessage and SMS/MMS Relay System setup with Desktop Apps for Windows and/or macOS. Lacking this really makes Android feel "unusable" when you've been on iOS for a while. I'm not sure I can go back to keeping a browser tab open at all times, and bloating my phone/PC up with "add-on" software just to get what I consider to be a basic feature working again. I don't have a Microsoft Account, and I'm certainly not willing to create one just for "Continue on PC" B.S. Camera should be decent enough. The translation isn't worth buying unless you actually travel a lot or are learning a foreign language and/or speak to people who speak other languages regularly. I reckon it would be annoying (and hard to follow) to hear two languages in quick succession, as well... The Google earphones don't even have good noise suppression (I would never buy earphones with that kind of earpiece, personally; they'd just fall out of my ears constantly). Otherwise, you're going to play around with it for a bit and then never use it again after a while :-P As far as camera goes, the big improvements come in video, not images. The camera has OIS, so the stabilization is actually good now - not "overhyped" jerky video like the OG Pixels (every reviewer made the terrible stabilization sound like God on Earth, and it wasn't - it wasn't even close, because the lack of OIS was such a terrible and obvious "oversight"). It also does 1080p 120 FPS Slow Motion (so on par with at least an iPhone 7/7 Plus for video resolution support - however, the sports/video analysis apps are still WAY worse on Android compared to iOS). If you take mostly photos, then you will notice improvement, but not as much. HDR+ processing should be faster, as well (I think). I'm always skeptical of devices released this late in the year, because it's basically the tail end of the product cycle - particularly those using QC SoCs. We all know a new one is going to be on the market in a few months... Apple always releases their new chip with the new iPhone, so this is less of an issue here (the iPhone 8 isn't shipping with the A10, while the X is coming with an A11, for example).
  • I'm honestly having a hard time deciding if I want to upgrade. The Pixel (non XL) is the first Android phone I've used since jumping ship from Apple. It's not even a year old yet and runs just like the day I got it, and especially now that the new Pixel launcher and Google camera APKs are out, I've basically got the Pixel 2 experience on my first gen. Pixel. The only thing that's making me want to upgrade to the Pixel 2 XL are the front-facing speakers, larger display and camera. Not sure those are good enough reasons to shell out ~$500 if I trade in my current Pixel via the Google store. Plus, I'm a broke college student. I guess I'll just cross my fingers and see if I can win a giveaway!
  • Only recently got my Really Blue OG XL (this was an informed decision based on the leaks for the 2), and I will be waiting at least for the 3. Headphone jack and aspect ratio matter to me and this phone does everything I need really well. My Nexus 5 lasted over three years before the battery tanked and gave flawless usage throughout. I expect more or less the same from my XL. While I lust over the latest and greatest I'm quite satisfied with what I have. YMMV.
  • I don't like the XL's screen. It looks like it's sunken into the frame or something. It's weird.
  • Yes upgrading from the OG XL to the 2XL. I just want the new Stormtrooper hotness.
  • I'm just going to wait for the Pixel 3, as I can still get software updates for another year with the original Pixel. I may as well use that extra year, and enjoy the headphone jack!
  • I have the Galaxy S8, but I'm thinking about doing the trade promo for the XL. It's a tough decision be my device is great already.
  • I have the note 8, and it's a great phone. I have primarily been a Samsung guy, although I had the V20 and LG G6 for a stint. The G6 was amazing, except the camera took forever to take pictures. With that being said, I played with the 2XL at VZW today, and was blown away. Yea my note 8 looks better to me, (my opinion) but the speed of the 2XL was mind blowing. Also the clarity of the Pixel's camera blew my note away. I took several pictures with it and the same with my phone. The 2XL camera was totally sharper, and showed more detail in the speaker grill I took a picture of compare to the note 8. Like I said I was blown away. I would switch just for the camera. The only draw back is no sd card slot and wireless charging. Other than that, when I get my chips up, I will take that plung and get the 2XL.
  • For me, this has to be kept “theoretical”, since I don’t have a 2016 Pixel XL, but rather a 2014 (bought new in 2015) iPhone 6 Plus. Given the phone I have, and how “end of lifey” it is, I’m definitely going to upgrade to....something, and of the five phones I’ve selected as contenders, the Pixel 2 XL is the front runner - and widening the gap as it goes (the other four are iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30 - so both going back to Android and staying with Apple are still on the table). I can also say that in every single way - except for the headphone jack issue, which is a bummer rather than a crisis for me - I vastly prefer the Pixel 2 XL over the originals Pixel XL. It is in my mind a holistically superior device and way more aspirational. But to the question before us - would I trade a Pixel XL for the new phone? Well, as badly as I would want to, no, I don’t think I would. My wife and i operate on the “new phone every two years” model, and while we get a decent amount of free money each payday plus money in savings, our only opportunity for real big ticket purchases that don’t involve me living with little to know mad money for months on end is tax time. And even in the realm of “toys and games” spending at tax time, I generally have bigger priorities than replacing a phone that’s is less than two years old. This coming tax time, it’s either buy a PS4 Pro, XB1X, and/or a second GTX1070 for SLI on my computer - OR - skip the console upgrades and double down on something massive on the PC like a new mobo with Threadripper - and maybe that second GTX1070 as well. I think whichever way I go there, it’d be a higher priority than replacing that hypothetical Pixel XL with the new phone, desirous as I may be to do so. So to boil all that down to a yes or no? No. The good news is that this is upgrade season for me anyway, and Pixel 2 XL is increasingly becoming the standout product, so returning to reality from theoreticalia, this is a non-issue for me. I will probably end up holding a Pixel 2 XL aloft to my best Legend of Zelda “get item jingle” impersonation. Next fall when the Pixel 3 XL comes out is when I’ll be wrestling with it. However, assuming no major console releases between now and then, and no major “gotta have it” new gaming PC hardware lights my eyes, maybe that tax time may just be freed up enough to where I can go for it! :-) One can hope! :-D Cheers!