I was very happy when I received my Pixel 2 XL a few days ago, but I wasn’t thrilled about not having a screen protector for it. Those that are available seem to be mediocre at best, but Google hopes to solve that by finally releasing a glass screen protector of its own.
Power Support was tapped to make the screen protector, which looks to provide “full coverage” with curved sides meant to match those of the Pixel 2 XL. Looks are deceiving, however, with the screen protector only adhering to the sides of the display and not the display itself.
Because of that, it utilizes a dot matrix that, while advertised as making sure touch response remains accurate, is extremely noticeable in certain lighting conditions and looks terrible if you plan to use the Pixel 2 XL for virtual reality. 9to5Google also points out that, because the screen protector covers the whole screen, it might not be compatible with certain cases that wrap around the front of the screen.
Another sticking point is the price – $40 is not an affordable price for a screen protector, and if you mess up, you are on your own. That being said, at least it has all the proper cutouts and might actually fit well, but it’s up to you whether its use of a dot matrix makes or break the offering.
According to Google, the Pixel 2 XL screen protector is “coming soon,” so you have some time to consider whether coughing up the $40 is a good idea. Considering the lack of solid options available, however, some might find it worthwhile to at least give it a chance.