Google launched two new Pixel phones this year, both sequels to last year’s original Pixels, but the formula has definitely changed. Last year’s phones were basically identical, sharing the same manufacturer and differentiated almost solely by their screen size. This year, however, we have two manufacturers and two distinctly different designs. LG made the bigger Pixel 2 XL, while HTC hung around for the smaller Pixel 2. The specs are almost the same, just like last year, but LG has run into some serious trouble with their new pOLED displays. Uneven brightness, a distinct blue tint at even the slightest viewing angles and screen burn-in have plagued the Pixel 2 XL from the start, leaving HTC’s model to quietly step into the spotlight. Let’s take a closer look at this little brother that’s becoming the unexpected king of the mountain.