I’ve been reading about the new Pixel 5, and its comparison to the Pixel 2 XL; People are stating that the Google Pixel 2 XL has been re-invented into the new Pixel 5. It’s welcome news to me. I loved my Pixel 2 XL. I had the original Pixel in the home, then moved on to the Pixel 2 XL. I still have it in my house, but I use it as a backup now to my Pixel 3A XL since you can’t get updates on the Pixel 2 XL any longer. I’ve been hoping that Google would create a phone that emulated the joy of using the Pixel 2 XL. Damien Wilde shares his thought of the Pixel 2 XL in 2021!

Enter in Pixel 5. Could it be the Pixel 2 XL, improved?

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The Pixel 2 XL.

The photos on the Pixel 2 XL were great, and it just felt great in your hands when you held it. 9to5Google sent out a poll to see how many people use each Pixel device. And it looks like that just under 10% of respondents still use the Pixel 2 XL, even though Google no longer supports security or Android OS updates. 

Actually, based on the poll (9to5Google) did:

  • A majority of people are using the Pixel 5 (17.04%), then the Pixel 4 XL (11.40%) and the Pixel 4A (11.13%), which you would probably expect based on demand for recent technology and product.
  • However, only 10.8% combined still use Pixel 3a and 3a XL. 52.6% have sought the XL versions and Pixel 5 combined. I think people really like their XL size Pixels. 

So, the Pixel 2 XL is still in the game. Even though Google has taken it out of the game. It’s still showing that people love their Pixel 2XL and want something that can replicate the same experience.

There is a video from Damien Wilde that shows the use of a Pixel 2 XL in 2021. He runs the refurbished Pixel 2 XL and states his pleasure with the performance and feel of the phone. Maybe I should be doing the same. Releasing my Pixel 3a XL into backup mode and continue using the Pixel 2 XL. But, I would not get the security, or Android OS upgrades… bummer. I so want to use a phone like a Pixel 2 XL.

But let’s talk about the things that I love about the Pixel 2 XL and why the Pixel 2 XL was probably one of the first great Pixel phones out there.

The Pixel 2 XL fits in your hand perfectly. 

Now that you think about it, all the other XL phones are pretty much either the same size as the original Pixel 2 XL. It means that Google was on to something. They got the size expansion right compared to the Pixel 2. 

If we look at some of the comparisons of the Pixel 2 XL with this next predecessor, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4 XL, we can see from GSM Arena

Means that there’s still some love for the Pixel 2. XL. When you think about the price range of the Pixel 3a XL right now, you can get 64-gigabyte storage for $315. Considering how you can get the Pixel 4 and the 4XL for about $545. And then the Pixel 5 comes at $680. 

Comparing the Pixel 5 and Pixel 2XL

The first thing that comes to mind is the dimensions. You’ll notice that the Pixel 4 XL is the largest of the three phones. The Pixel 4 XL weighs about 193g compared to the Pixel 5, which is 151g, and the Pixel 2 XL weighs 175g. Pretty much made the same, whereas the Pixel 4 XL and the Pixel 5 are IP68 waterproof standard. That’s an upgrade.


The main difference between the Pixel 5 display vs. the Pixel 2 XL is the 90Hz display with OLED on the Pixel 5. So really, the Pixel 2 XL, when you take a look at the dimensions of the Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 5, they are almost the same. But GSM shows that the Pixel 5 has an 85.9% screen-to-body ratio compared to the Pixel 2 XL’s 76.4%.

You get a little bit more pixels density on the Pixel 2 XL. That’s probably why the images and videos looked so lovely. 

Both the Pixel 5 in the Pixel 2 XL can run on Android 11. However, you know the Pixel 2 XL is no longer supported, so you’re not gonna get any more upgrades. 

The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 2 XL both run on an octa-core CPU. Maybe just a little bit faster with the Adreno 620 GPU in the Pixel 5. Storage-wise, you can go to 128GB with 8 GB RAM, compared to the 128 GB, 4 GB RAM Pixel 2 XL. So, for storage and memory, you’re pretty much getting the same camera. 


The only main difference with the camera hardware and software, you get a 16MP ultra-wide lens and auto-HDR on the Pixel 5. That’s a significant upgrade too.

Charging, Battery Life

The other advantage of the Pixel 5 compared to the Pixel 2 XL is that you can do wireless charging. The Pixel 5 has a 12W charging speed and fast charging at 18W, compared to the Pixel 2 XL’s 10.5 watts, and you get more battery life in the Pixel 5 at 4080 mAh vs. Pixel 2 XL’s 3520 mAh.

Lynn Anderson (DXOMARK) talks about the Pixel 5 Battery Life (6 mins Est. reading time)

Making a Pixel 2 XL into a Pixel 5

So, what did Google do with the Pixel 5 phone? They basically took probably the best out of the Pixel 2 XL and the rest of the Google Pixel phones and put it into the Pixel 5. At least on paper. Remember, the first Pixel phone had many bugs and errors, and then the Pixel 2 XL came out, and it was a breath of fresh air.

When Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL came out, it just ran so smooth (my experience), and you rarely heard of any issues with people who had to fix and repair their Pixel 2 XL (or is it just me?). I really liked the color, the white and the black of the Pixel 2 XL. I’m not really a big fan of the Pixel 5 with stale green and black.

So, Is the Pixel 5 the new Pixel 2 XL. I think so. I think Pixel 5 is probably going to be the phone to beat in the Pixel 5 series. However, if the Pixel 6 will be the next foldable phone and have all the bells and whistles in it, that’s great. 

But for those who really just wanted a really smooth phone with an excellent camera and good software, like Google is well able to supply, then here we go. You’ve got it. Pixel 5 should relieve some stress about phone performance.

It’s really nice to have a good phone in your hand. You can look at some of the other Android phones; the next biggest competitor, of course, is the Samsung S21/S22. But it is nice to have a pure Android phone with h no extra added software or quirks (Samsung layer) to it. It’s just great to have a fully functional phone that, you know, is not gonna lag and slow down and just feels good in your hand and responds the same way. 

Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 5 (1)
Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 5

I just love my Pixel 2 XL. I wish Google would just emulate the technology, feels, and smooth operation of the Pixel 2 XL into the Pixel 5. I’m hoping that the Pixel 5 lives up to the expectation. You can get the Pixel 5 on Amazon. I think you can still get the Pixel 2 XL for order magnitude about $300 to about $500 or $520 Euros.