Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 5T: Full Comparison | Which is Better?

Hi guys, it’s MTG here and today I’m going
to take another look at two of my favorite Android smartphones: the Pixel 2 XL and the
OnePlus 5T. These are two great phones that I find myself
recommending a lot. In this video I’ll be comparing the phones
in six different categories, and in the end I’ll give my recommendations. You could keep a mental scoreboard as to which
one wins each category for you, and hopefully this video helps you out if you happened to
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up for as little as $2 a month. The first category I will look at is design
and specifications. Both phones are very similar in terms of their
size and their feel. The construction of the Pixel 2 XL feels very
solid. It has a mostly aluminum back with a glass
portion at the top for its antennas. The front of the phone is Corning’s Gorilla
Glass 5. It’s not the best designed phone by any means,
but personally, I think the design is very clean, and I also applaud Google for putting
two big, front-firing speakers on the front of its phone. Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon
835 processor. The Pixel 2 XL has 4 GB of RAM and comes in
either 64 or 128 GB storage options. Its screen is a 6 inch P-OLED panel with a
QHD+ resolution of 1440 by 2880 (538 ppi). The OnePlus 5T has an aluminum body that also
feels very solid in the hand. The front is also Corning’s Gorilla Glass
5. The 5T is a phone that no doubt looks and
feels like a premium phone. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835
processor as well, but comes with an impressive 6 or 8 GB of RAM along with its storage options
of 64 GB and 128 GB. The 5T sports a 6 inch AMOLED panel with a
resolution of 1080 by 2160 (401). Next I’ll get into the batteries. I wanted to mention that recent Android phones,
in large part due to the efficiency of these newer chipsets, have had some impressive battery
lives. The OnePlus 5T has a 3300 mAh battery whereas
the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520 mAh battery. Both phones have really great battery lives. With either phone, I very rarely feel as if
I need to charge it before the end of the day. However the OnePlus 5T stands out from other
smartphones, including the Pixel 2 XL, because of how fast it can charge. The included Dash Charging cable and adapter
charge the 5T significantly faster than I’ve seen on any other phones. The Pixel 2 XL does charge really fast with
its fast charging capabilities, but it charges slower than the 5T for sure. It is a downside that both phone manufacturers
didn’t elect to put wireless charging on their new devices, but both phones do slightly make
up for it in terms of their ability to recharge relatively quickly. Camera is a category that I don’t want to
spend too much time on because I do have an in-depth camera comparison up on my channel
that you should check out if you want to see more test shots, videos, and microphone tests. The OnePlus 5T has a dual camera setup. Its main camera is 16 Megapixels whereas the
second, low-light camera is 20 Megapixels. The lowlight camera sounds good in theory,
but in reality, you can’t switch to this camera manually, and it only comes on when it senses
the scene is dark enough, which very rarely happens. The 5T can shoot 4K at up to 30 fps and has
electronic image stabilization. Its front camera is an impressive 16 Megapixels,
has an aperture of f/2.0, can shoot video at up to 1080p, and also has EIS. The Pixel 2 XL has a single 12 Megapixel camera
that has an aperture of f/1.8. It can shoot 4K at up to 30 fps and has both
optical and electronic image stabilization. The 2 XL’s front camera is 8 Megapixels with
aperture of f/2.4 and can shoot 1080p video. Both phones don’t have telephoto cameras so
they both rely heavily on software to process portrait mode pictures. In my testing, the OnePlus 5T actually did
a lot better that I had anticipated. The 5T takes some of the most realistic shots
of any smartphone camera system in terms of keeping colors true to life. In outdoor shots with good lighting, it was
difficult to distinguish between the two phones’ pictures. However in more complex lighting scenarios,
Google’s superior post-processing shows through with better HDR capabilities. In terms of portrait mode or pictures of people
in general, there still isn’t a phone that does a better job than the Pixel 2 XL. In whatever the lighting scenario, the Pixel
2 XL knows how to process its pictures to maintain detail in the subject. That being said, you will not be disappointed
by either camera system. Both Google and OnePlus didn’t pack too many
extra features into their late latest smartphones. The 5T and 2 XL are both designed to be simple
and bloat-free, which many people do like. That being said, both smartphones do have
extra features that will help you out on a day-to-day basis. The OnePlus 5T has facial recognition, albeit
not very secure facial recognition, that instantly puts you into your home screen. The 5T has different gesture controls that
can do different actions on your phone like turn on and off the flashlight or open different
apps. Also, the phone almost miraculously it seems,
maintains a headphone jack. Bluetooth has been improving, but still just
being able to plug in some wired headphones that don’t need to be charged is very convenient. The Pixel 2 XL is IP67 rated water and dust
resistant. It has an always on display that displays
the time, date, and any notifications you may have. When music is playing, the phone can locally
detect what song it is and display that for you as well. On the 2 XL you can squeeze the body of the
phone to activate the Google Assistant. It doesn’t have a headphone jack, but it has
two large front-firing stereo speakers that do get pretty loud. Keep in mind that both phones do not support
expandable storage, but Google includes unlimited Google Photos storage with the Pixel 2 XL,
and OnePlus only charges $50 to upgrade to the 128 GB storage and 8 GB of RAM option
OnePlus 5T if you wanted the extra storage or RAM. All of the features and specs wouldn’t mean
anything if your phone didn’t have a nice interface. So overall usability and software is a category
that is extremely important when choosing a new smartphone. A major pull factor Google has with its smartphones
is the fact that they will always be running the latest and greatest stock Android. The stock experience is very noticeable in
terms of its snappiness, responsiveness and overall clean interface. That being said, the OnePlus 5T has a very
minimal Oxygen OS skin on top of Android, keeping its interface very clean as well. Both phones rarely stutter. Where the OnePlus 5T excels in pure RAM capacity,
the Google Pixel 2 excels in optimization. You’ll be able to navigate both phones very
quickly, and especially with the 8 GB model OnePlus 5T, you’ll be able to keep many apps
open and ready in the background. Both phones are also great for media consumption,
in theory. The OnePlus 5T may have a lower resolution
screen than the Pixel 2 XL, but it looks like the higher quality display between the two. But, even with the Oreo update, the 5T still
cannot watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in HD. The 2 XL does have a noticeable blue shift
when you tilt the screen, but in all honesty I got over the issue very quickly and I don’t
take notice to it on a daily basis. The stereo speakers also prove to be a very
nice feature when watching videos. Naturally, both phones do occasionally stutter,
but in those instances a simple restart gets everything running smoothly again. These phones show how far Android has come
in terms of its ease of use. One thing I wanted to also make note of is
the fact that Pixel 2 XL’s are sold in physical stores like Best Buy and Verizon here in the
U.S.. As a result, you’ll be able to get technical
assistance easily. On the other hand, OnePlus operates in China
with everything done through their website. I haven’t had any issues yet, but I imagine
that it will be harder to obtain technical assistance with the 5T as opposed to the Pixel
2 XL. In this instance, the price of the two phones
are going to really impact your choice between these two phones. The Pixel XL starts at around $850 whereas
the OnePlus 5T starts at only around $500. OnePlus doesn’t just give you a great phone
for the price, they also give you a free case and a free pre-installed screen protector. On the other hand Google includes unlimited
Google Photos storage for your pictures and 4K videos. Pixel users are also guaranteed the newest
updates at all times. A $350 price difference is not something that
you can simply ignore. It comes down to what you value most in a
phone to determine whether a phone is worth it. You have to determine monetarily how much
certain things like camera or stereo speakers or water resistance mean to you. Different people are willing to pay more for
certain features. The Pixel 2 XL and the OnePlus 5T have both
pleasantly surprised a lot of people. The 2 XL has shown just how great a smartphone
could process pictures regardless of lighting scenario. The OnePlus 5T showed how much you can pack
into a phone that costs half the price as some of its competition. If you value a camera above all else, you
should go with the Pixel 2 XL. Even if other camera systems are improving,
the Pixel 2 XL is still on another level in terms of its detail in its camera. If you want a stock Android experience and
always want the latest software updates, then you should also go with the Pixel 2 XL. If you need a headphone jack, then you should
go with the OnePlus 5T. If you don’t mind not having a major name
brand phone, I think you’ll be really happy with the OnePlus 5T. In the end it comes down to what you value
most in a phone. Given this information, pick the phone that
suits your needs better, whether they be feature-wise or monetary-wise. You really can’t go wrong with either one. That’s all I had to talk about today, thanks
for watching, and I will see you in the next video.

42 Replies to “Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 5T: Full Comparison | Which is Better?”

  1. Thanks for watching! Which phone do you prefer? And all things considered, would you still consider one of these phones over the s9?

    UPDATE (as noted in a comment below): you can send in your 5T (for free) to OnePlus and get the Netflix issue fixed. The process will take about a week or so.

  2. From the two, I prefer the Pixel 2 XL, but since you asked about the situation now that the S9 has arrived, I think I will have to say the S9+ wins my heart, soul and everything I possess 😬

  3. Obrigado por colocar legendas em inglês nos seus vídeos. É bom pra mim, que estou aprendendo inglês. Abraços do Brasil!

  4. Great review as always, I got my 5t recently and I must say it's very impressive for it's price, people call it mid range phone but it beats every flagship in market right now in performance

  5. I would have liked to see the comparison of the OnePlus 5T vs the Pixel 2. It just makes more sense to me, since they're both on the same range of price, and the Pixel 2 pretty much has the same features of the Pixel 2 XL. Nice review, tho!

  6. Google offers free unlimited storage to every Android user… just not at the original quality of the pics. Still great quality and great option 🙂

    Edit 1 : it seems they offer the same for iOS users

  7. Another great video! I love the way you put labels. It makes me remember the important details. Keep it up.

  8. Lol before even watching the video, the Pixel 2 is easily a superior device. The only question is whether or not you can afford the better device.

  9. Love how you keep it real. None of that "read off a bunch of features" but actually talk about how they're like to own them.

  10. i think the OnePlus sounds really good, but i want to get updates too. >:I what do you think, everyone?

  11. Tbh the oneplus phones are what the pixel series should have been, cheap yet powerful, beautiful design, with clean software. Unfortunately, google only got the last part down

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