The first Google Pixel - the small one - was basically a downsized carbon copy of its larger sibling. Price aside, it was what phone enthusiasts had been demanding from Google for years - a smaller smartphone that wasn't compromised relative to the bigger device that came alongside it. With the Pixel 2, that formula changed, and we got a phone with an older display layout, inferior haptics, and build quality that seemed a little "lesser than" the truly premium 2 XL. While the bigger phone had its issues, it was the little things that made the Pixel 2 just that much less special, less modern.

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