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Google Pixel 2 XL (2017)
Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017)
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Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017)

Analysis:

Android Central, a review site with a history of doing objective hands-on testing, has great things to say about the Google Pixel 2 XL (2017). In fact, it's "Runner Up" in its "Best Android Phone Without a Notch" roundup, which points toward it being a good Smartphone.

Taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017), we found that it impressed reviewers from many sources with a history of conducting objective hands-on testing, such as PCWorld, GadgetMatch, slashgear.com, Android Central, Reviewed, and Gear Patrol. It performed great in their roundups - it was dubbed "Best premium phone" by PCWorld, "Best Productivity" by GadgetMatch, and "Best in productivity" by slashgear.com; quite an achievement.

Out of the sources that tested and rated both of these Smartphones, Digitaltrends and Android Central preferred the Google Pixel 2 XL (2017), whereas reviewers at PCWorld, techadvisor.com, What Hi-Fi?, hardwarezone.com.sg, Notebookcheck.net, CNET, TechSpot, Gadget Review, The Verge, Expert Reviews, and Android Authority liked the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017) better. T3, PhoneArena, PCmag, Techradar, TrustedReviews, and itpro.co.uk gave them identical review scores.

We also took a look at which sources liked these products best - the highest Google Pixel 2 XL (2017) rating came from T3, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017) most impressed reviewers at PCWorld; they earned scores of 10 and 10, respectively.

Lastly, we averaged out all of the reviews scores that we could find on these two products and compared them to other Smartphones on the market. We learned that both of them performed far better than most of their competitors - the overall review average earned by Smartphones being 7.5 out of 10, whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL (2017) and Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017) managed averages of 8.1 and 8.3 points, respectively.

Due to the difference in their prices, however, it's important to keep in mind that a direct Google Pixel 2 XL (2017) vs. Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017) comparison might not be entirely fair - some sources don't take value for money into account when assigning their scores and therefore have a tendency to rate more premium products better.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
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GSMArena
PCmag
CNET
Notebookcheck.net
Tom's Guide
AVForums
Photography Blog
Laptop Mag
Android Central
PhoneArena
Tech. Specs Comparison
Google Pixel 2 XL (2017)
$129
Samsung Galaxy Note8 (2017)
$359
Operating System
Android
Android
Screen size
6 (inches)
6.3 (inches)
Recommended by trusted experts
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Android Phone Without a Notch” 
Last updated: 18 Sep 2018
Recommended by trusted experts
slashgear.com
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “7 best premium smartphones of 2017” 
Last updated: 28 Nov 2017
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Android Smartphones of 2021” 
Last updated: 15 Oct 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for note-takers
in “Best Phone for Business in 2021” 
Last updated: 1 Dec 2020

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