The Google Pixel 2 enters the smartphone arena this year. With the major choice being a Samsung or an Apple, this model brings a breath of fresh air for those who want to switch to something different. It's evident that the Pixel 2 is a good phone, based on increasing sales.

With this in mind, Google thought it was a good idea to sell Pixel 2 phones on "pop-up" locations in New York City and Los Angeles areas. This might be convenient for some consumers who don't like ordering stuff online.

Differences between 'regular' and 'pop-up' variant

But there is one important difference between the online-order Pixel 2 and the stock in the pop-up stores.

Buyers should be aware that most of the phones sold in the pop-up stores are Verizon variants of the handset. Several distinguishing features might be worth considering before purchasing it.

There's no need to worry about using the phone with other networks. The Verizon variant is unlocked and usable with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or any other carrier. It also receives software updates regularly, like the regular Pixel 2 sold online.

However, according to a report by The Verge, it is yet unconfirmed if a Verizon account is required to use the phone.

There is also the issue of warranty. The phones sold at the pop-up stores are not eligible for Google's two-year Extended Warranty, which also includes coverage for accidental damage.

This warranty is apparently only available for models that are brought directly online, from Google.

According to the same report, the Verizon model sold on pop-up stores also has its bootloader locked. Because of this, it will be very difficult -- if not downright impossible -- to root the said phone models.

There are still a number of regular variants sold on pop-up stores

Other than that, there isn't much difference between the two Pixel 2 variants. Verizon models are pretty much the same with the one bought straight from the said carrier, or from Best Buy.

However, remember that we said "most phones" sold in the pop-up stores are Verizon version handsets.

This is because Google confirmed that there will still be regular Pixel 2 stock lumped in with the Verizon version stock.

The actual ratio of the stock was not disclosed, though. Buyers will have to check out the pop-up stores early if they're aiming to buy the regular version.

For those who want the Verizon variant of the Pixel 2, there is no reason why they should not check out the pop-up stores that Google set-up.