Google Pixel 2 Build Quality Just as Stellar as Predecessors – Survives, Scratch, and Burn Test but Disappoints in Bend Test

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Oct 20, 2017
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The Pixel 2 brings a lot of changes when compared with its predecessor and the removal of the headphone jack might not be a welcome move for most people. Still, this removal has allowed several tech companies to outfit better technologies in the smartphone but from a build quality perspective, will the Pixel 2 disappoint? Let us find out.

Pixel 2 Antenna Placement Is at Its Weakest Spot – Allows It to Bend Prematurely but not a Catastrophic Failure

The Pixel 2 features a Gorilla Glass 5, which is the same protection used by devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30. Using a set of mineral picks, the glass scratches at a level 6, which is not out of the ordinary. The front-camera is protected under this slab of glass, so you will not be scratching it anytime soon.

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The rear side, however, is a different story because while Google claims that it is a metal unibody, the part that you’re touching at the back is not metal, but a hybrid coating. Using a blade to expose the metal bits from the back side, this hybrid coating can easily be scratched so be careful where you carry around this phone.

The buttons are also made of metal, but the power button is made from plastic and scratching the rear-mounted fingerprint reader will render it useless, so keep that in mind before using it.

While it still touts a metal unibody, here is where Google made a mistake in deciding where the cellular antenna for the Pixel 2 should be positioned. Apparently, the company thought that it should be placed at the weakest part of the phone and during the bend test, the phone’s first flex starts to appear.

Bending it from the other side has literally no effect, but you should still be wary about sitting down with the phone situated in your back pocket.

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For a $650 phone, the Pixel 2 does nail a few things, but you still have to be careful with how you carry the flagship. JerryRigEverything carried out the scratch, burn, and bend test so if you want to check out the entire video, it has been given below.

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