Is the Pixel 2 still worth buying in 2019?

The Pixel hype train is in full force right now. Even though the still excellent Pixel 3 and 3 XL are still relatively fresh in our minds, Google's early promotion of the new Pixel 4 has us eager to see what the company has in store for us this year.

However, let's take a second to stop looking forward and instead go back to 2017's Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 may not have been the flashiest phone during its time, but its next-level camera and clean software allowed it to stand out as one of the best Android phones of that time.

In 2019, however, is it still worth it? Here's what some of our AC forum members think.

I bought a new one in April on sale. I have had one since launch. The battery life is excellent, the phone is fast and responsive and the camera is phenomenal. It is a better buy than a 3a for the same price as it has better stats all round.

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Pixel 2xl still a excellent phone , but consider it's age might be smarter to go pixel 3 or 4 , with the 4 you'll have latest of Google


I'd recommend that you pass on the Pixel 2. If it was a 2xl I would've said go. If you're getting the Pixel 2 just to experience the Google brand, and coming from Samsung land, you'll might perceive Google land as being extremely outdated and 'not that special.' Giant giant giant bezels with the mediocre build and screen (compared to Samsung), I'm afraid the first impressions might spoil...


If it's cheap enough (I've seen them selling new for US$150 now), go for it. I still like my 2. (And see no reason to go for the 3.) Maybe the 4, but from what I've heard, it doesn't offer anything exciting. I'm still going to get 2 new versions so, by the end of the year in which R comes out, I'll see if the Pixel 6 has anything to offer. If not, I''ll stay with the 2 for a while longer.


What do you think? Is the Pixel 2 still worth buying in 2019?

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Joe Maring

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

  • No. It is not.
  • Still loving my 2 XL. I'll probably move to the 4 when it comes out.
  • It's still a great phone. 16:9 flat screen, notification LED, no notch or glory hole and it is still as fast as the new Pixel 3a. I wouldn't buy one today as support will be ending sooner than I would be willing to accept when buying a new phone but there are very few phones now days that meet my requirements (flat display, no notch/hole, notification light).
  • "flat display, no notch/hole, notification light"
    All those are on my preferences list as well. Last time I bought a curved screen was the S7 Edge, and that was tossed in the drawer long before it was paid for. I still have a few iPhones (though they are not daily drivers), and it annoys me to have to pick up the phone to see anything, even charge status.
  • Great phone, terrible screen, especially outdoors. Had to get rid of mine.
  • I love mine overall (2XL). Only really bad thing about it is no headphone jack which can make life difficult (will never buy another phone without one). Other than that it's a great phone.
  • 3a is a better choice if you don't need a power house.
  • I used to be a pixel hater. But after my 3aXL, I'm a pixel peep.
  • My Pixel 2 is on the latest Beta. Battery life averages 23 hours, it's faster than it was when it was new and the camera keeps getting better. I have no reason to upgrade and I'll keep saving money for the next thing until I do.