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5 Things To Try On Google Pixel 2

I unboxed the Pixel 2 at work and we fell in love with 5 amazing features that make this phone the coolest technology we've ever seen. Learn what we found about the device's capabilities in virtual reality, photography, immersive 360 experiences, integrated Google Lens and Google Assistant.

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5 Features You'll Fall in Love with on Pixel 2

Who doesn't love new tech? Since the launch of the Google Pixel 2, I've been obsessed with exploring all the features and functionality so many owners have been bragging about. Yesterday, I held an unboxing ceremony at the office and today uncovered 5 features that I know everyone will fall in love with.

#1 - Mind-Blowing Virtual Reality

We spent the morning flying into the stratosphere under a weather balloon and in an extremely comfortable virtual home previewing Netflix movies. It's true, and we did all this from a desk using Google Pixel 2 with Daydream View. Note that Daydream was a separate purchase and did not come with the phone.

Those who thought the experience would make them nauseous, surprisingly enjoyed their first voyage in the world of VR with zero motion sickness.

Learning how to use the controller took an average of 30 seconds, navigating into apps and back to the home screen required a simple click of a button. We're all excited to see what's coming next in VR.

Steve Wiideman

Leo Rockin' the Daydream on Pixel 2

Immersing himself in Google VR with Daydream View, Leo takes an exhilarating ride straight up into the sky under a weather balloon on the Pixel 2.

Immersing himself in Google VR with Daydream View, Leo takes an exhilarating ride straight up into the sky under a weather balloon on the Pixel 2.

#2 - Crazy Awesome Portrait, Slow Motion & Animation Modes

Photographers are about to lose a healthy chunk of business thanks to a Portrait mode feature in Pixel 2 that easily measures up to professional-grade cameras. We simply clicked on Portrait from the top-left menu, pointed at our model Leo (tapping his face on the screen) and then took a picture. Pixel automatically added a blur to the background and brought out Leo's hansom face.

Portrait and Photo Sphere are a Click Away

A tap on the upper-left corner of the camera on the Pixel 2 brings up a quick menu for Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere or Portrait.
Steve Wiideman

A tap on the upper-left corner of the camera on the Pixel 2 brings up a quick menu for Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere or Portrait.

Animation Feature on Pixel 2

Slow Motion on Pixel 2

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Our Model Leo Doing a Pixel 2 Portrait

#3 - 360 Photo Sphere Images

Most modern phones offer panorama features, as does Pixel 2, but none that we know of offer the immersive 360 experience of Photo Sphere. Simply line up the dots in a circle as you turn the camera around for a perfect 360 photo of your surroundings. We took a spherical photo of one of the offices and it came out amazing!

Photo Sphere via Google Pixel 2

Photo of our office, click here to see the 360 experience.

Photo of our office, click here to see the 360 experience.

#4 - Integrated Google Lens

Have you ever been out somewhere and seen something really cool that looks historical or important, but you had no idea what it was? Or had to write or type an address down in a hurry to get directions? Google Lens shaved off minutes of typing time and hours of research with integrated Google Lens technology.

We tried snapping photos of famous landmarks, and Pixel 2 immediately knew where it was and what it was we were looking at.

I took a picture of an address and Google extracted the text to get me directions instantly.

I found a book someone was ready interesting, took a picture, hit the Lens button and immediately got all the info I needed to get the book myself.

Google Pixel 2 quickly picked up what the book was I took a photo of and helped me quickly navigate to get it myself.
Steve Wiideman

Google Pixel 2 quickly picked up what the book was I took a photo of and helped me quickly navigate to get it myself.

#5 - Wicked Awesome Virtual Assistant

After today, Google knows where I left my keys, when to remind me a birthday is coming up, and because I use other Google services, knows all about my calendar, emails, and upcoming trips. I'm hands-free with a Google Virtual Assistant available to me on my phone, through Google Home and a few Google Home Mini's scattered around our house.Thanks to Google Wi-Fi, I can also control appliances at home and turn off the Internet for the kids automatically Sunday-Thursday at 9pm. All of which I manage with a simple "okay Google" to my Pixel 2. These geeky technologies are automating my life so I can focus on what's really important: taking 4k video and 360 Photo Sphere of my family and friends and sharing amazing experiences with the world.

After today, Google knows where I left my keys, when to remind me a birthday is coming up, and because I use other Google services, knows all about my calendar, emails, and upcoming trips.

I'm hands-free with a Google Virtual Assistant available to me on my phone, through Google Home and a few Google Home Mini's scattered around our house.

Thanks to Google Wi-Fi, I can also control appliances at home and turn off the Internet for the kids automatically Sunday-Thursday at 9pm. All of which I manage with a simple "okay Google" to my Pixel 2.

These geeky technologies are automating my life so I can focus on what's really important: taking 4k video and 360 Photo Sphere of my family and friends and sharing amazing experiences with the world.

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