This review is for the blue "Renewed" Pixel 2. Very attractive - no scratches. (Fyi I created a small scratch myself when opening the sim tray, so caution is advised!) I put the old phone's sim card into the tray, and it worked immediately to make phone calls and send SMS (text). But MMS (text plus photo) wouldn't work, so I called the carrier who provided the correct APN settings. The battery seems to last barely 24 hours by setting Battery Saver to turn on at 75% full, so that it will suppress the background apps that typically drain the battery.
The camera is wonderful! The Night Sight feature is fantastic for low light situations. And after comparing lots of pix, came to the conclusion Night Sight seems to be always best even when there is plenty of light. Btw I am using the photo setting "HDR+ Enhanced" all the time. Sharp, high quality photos. I like bright-colored pictures, so after taking a pic I can select the "little arrows" icon underneath, to adjust the pic using Auto Adjust and the many other modes. For additional edits, google's Snapseed app on Playstore is fantastic. It has many tools including: 1. Crop pictures. 2. Rotate any degree. 3. Use Perspective tool to straighten/realign the pic (including correcting perspective when something square looks trapezoidal because of the angle at which the photographer took the pic). 4. Use Healing tool to erase small objects or small imperfections. (Note there is a Windows app which is more sophisticated called Inpaint, so if the requirements were more complex, I would email the photo to myself and edit it on my Windows laptop, then send it back to myself.)
I added a nice wallpaper to the home screen, then downloaded Nova Launcher to do additional customization, especially removing the search bar. (Set it to None, and use the google Search icon instead.)
For an optional text message app I chose Handcent, aka NextSMS, and upgraded to the Gold $10 per year version to get cloud backups of my SMS and MMS messages, plus the ability to log in to Handcent from other devices including my Windows laptop. This is handy when I want to send someone a photo or document from the laptop. In Windows just click Connect, and It works by silently communicating with the phone, so that it doesn't matter whether you send the text from the phone or a tablet or a laptop - to your recipient it will look the same as usual.
The default keyboard is very poor. But Swiftkey in the Playstore provides a terrific keyboard which can be black on white or white on black, by looking under Themes, then Yours. There are a bunch more choices under Gallery, but you have to provide your phone or email to access these.
This paragraph is only for those interested in Android 10: happily the phone was already on Android 9, and within a few hours it had updated itself to Android 10. Then I went into Playstore which holds a list of the apps already installed on the phone and selected Update All, to be sure Google Camera would be updated to the latest release 6.3. Once all updates are done, if you want to learn more about the phone's features, it is better to google on "pixel 3" instead of pixel 2. This is because the updates have made the phone virtually identical to the pixel 3, with only one exception involving panoramic photo shots. (The pixel 3 has a second front-facing camera dedicated to panoramic shots.)