The S8 is also a great value used, the S9 will be announced either this month or next so prices will drop some more. The only drawback to Samsung phones is all the bloatware and duplicate apps that they have but they make great phones, the plus is water proof and sd cards
1. Expandable memory, this is the biggest one for me. I have a 128gb micro SD in my S8, fudge you Apple for charging me $100 more 2. Screen Resolution (Pixel 2 is1920x1080 vs. Galaxy S8 at 2960x1440) 3. Pixel 2 looks like a iPhone 6, S8 has no bezel.
Camera difference is negligible, Pixel 2 has slightly better camera. Only thing Pixel has going for it is Oreo. Which to me is like Ok whatever Google, I'm fine with this lower class candy OS you have on Samsung phones.
I already have an S8 and saw a Pixel 2 commercial and was like hmm, should I hop over?
You also get the Google visual core Wich will enhance pictures. It's a seperate chip that basically processes HDR+ images. Google just unlocked it for 3rd party apps. It's also a fully programmable chip and can be used for whatever really.
I have the LGV30 Wich is the Pixel 2 XL with wireless charging. My gripe about the V30 is battery but I have it in the first level of battery saver and that really helps, about a day and a half of use and I don't notice any performance issues.
The screens are the same on the XL 2 and V30 and it looks great. Not a drawback. The S8 is nice but it's to narrow, and I am a clumsy typer so texting sucks with the dual edge screen. That's why I had to sell it when I got it as a warranty replacement.
I like Samsung also, but there bloat is a deal breaker for me. The dual edge screens are nice but again kind of another dealbreaker because I can't text with them (when screen rotates, to narrow otherwise.
The Pixel 2 has squeezable sides that allow easy Google assistant access, but you can get a app that allows you to map it to another function (I tried it with the flashlight).
I would recommend looking at the V30, my first LG phone and besides the battery I love it! Again putting battery saver on gives it awesome life and does not take away from performance. LG does have bloat but it's not nearly as bad as Samsung.
Never mind, I should have looked first, you have to have a newer phone to trade in within 30 days. Pretty stupid deal now that I read (some) of the fine print. The second you get phone is, by far, not "free."