Best answer: For about $300, there's still value in an original Pixel XL. However, it's been almost three years old now, and it has no software upgrade future — making it very hard to recommend in 2019. For a reasonably priced Pixel XL, your better choice is to get a Pixel 2 XL for around $500 instead.
The original Pixel still feels modern in many respects, but lacking update support really hurts its value.
There's no denying that the
Even if the Pixel's hardware and specs may hold up to phones in similar price ranges today, getting regular software updates is one of the best features of a Pixel. When you miss out on that benefit, it takes away a large portion of the appeal. The phone will continue to work, but it won't receive any features or fixes from the moment you take it out of the box.
The Pixel XL is still a very good phone as a standalone device, and some may still find it a good value at a price of about $300. However, our recommendation for anyone who wants a Pixel for less money than the latest Pixel 3 XL is to split the difference and buy a Pixel 2 XL instead. You can find
Google Pixel 2 XL
Split the difference between age and price
The Pixel 2 XL still feels modern, with great hardware and a wonderful camera. It has a long road of software updates ahead of it, including Android Q, while being a few hundred dollars cheaper than the latest Pixel 3 XL model.
Old but still good
Google Pixel XL
You can do better in 2019
Google still supports the original Pixel XL but its love won't last forever. That being said, it's still a great phone with an awesome camera that can be picked up for under $330.