|Posted by Jason on November 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM|
The iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 are here, and they share one goal: domination of the smartphone industry. And while Apple has maintained a worldwide enthusiasm for their iPhones, the Google Pixel is the prime example of Android engineering at it's finest.
So, which phone is superior?
A critical comment about Apple's products is that they are just rehashing the same fundamentals each time. We've noticed that with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but the iPhone X appears to be breaking that annoying pattern. What we have in the iPhone X is a design that minimizes the bezel, or area that holds the screen in place. And while this wasn't pioneered by Apple, it is becoming the industry standard with smartphones. We also see a metal edge on the iPhone X, as well an exterior that contains even more glass than previous versions.
The screen takes up the entirety of the front of the phone, except for a small sliver at the top that contains the speaker, front camera, and sensors. On the back we have some vertical dual lenses. It's worth noting that the iPhone X does not contain a home button, but instead makes use of its facial recognition features for unlocking the device.
The Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 contains more bezel and has a silver aluminum unibody frame, similar to the iPhone 6 devices. The top and bottom of the display house the stereo speakers, and like the iPhone X does not contain a home button. A fingerprint scanner on the back of the Pixel unlocks the device. Single cameras are positioned on the front and back.
Size wise, the Pixel 2 is slightly larger than the iPhone X. But they do share similar safety features, both phones are rated to withstand water for up to half an hour, and the Pixel 2 is designed to be shatter resistant. According to Apple, the iPhone X contains the strongest smartphone glass on the market today.
The iPhone X comes in the tradition Space Grey or Silver colors. We will probably see more colors available in the future, as this is something of an Apple staple. The Pixel 2 comes in Black or Black and White. It is worth noting that both phones do not have a traditional headphone jack (seriously, what gives guys?).
Let's see the Displays
The Pixel has a 6 inch display with 2,880 x 1440 resolution with a pixel density of 538ppi.
The iPhone X has a 5.8 inch display and a resolution of 2,435 x 1,125 with a 458ppi pixel density. So, not quite as sharp or as large as the Pixel 2. However, the iPhone X has 3D Touch capabilities, meaning you can now use features with pressure sensitive actions.
Both devices make use of OLED technology, however the iPhone X runs with a AMOLED display and the Pixel 2 a P-OLED. Both of these are relatively indistinguishable, but the Pixel 2 appears to be tuned a bit better for virtual reality, without a doubt helping to usher in the future of visual immersive entertainment.
Hardware Specs (True Techies Only!)
The iPhone X is of course, running iOS11. The Pixel 2 runs of Android 8.0. The Pixel makes use of an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset and contains 4 GB of RAM.
The iPhone X is running with a hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset and is clearly ahead of the industry when it comes to performance.
The iPhone X comes with Siri and the Pixel runs Google Assistant. Google has surpassed Apple in the Artificial Intelligence development, largely because Google has far more users to help them grow and teach their AI systems.
The Pixel 2 features a 12.2 MP rear camera with optical and electronic image stabilization, as well as a f/1.8 aperture.
A killer flagship phone needs a killer camera. Google and Apple both know this. iPhones always come with an impressive camera that Android cameras try to beat. On the front we have an 8 MP f/2.4 camera with portrait mode.
The iPhone X contains a 12 MP rear camera, and of course there's twice the photo snapping capabilities with two rear lenses. One is wide angle with 1/1.8 aperture, and the other telephoto with f/2.4 aperture. Like the Pixel, the iPhone comes with optical image stability.
Augmented reality is supported on both devices, but the iPhone X has the Animoji features, allowing users to mirror their facial expressions onto an animation.
The Pixel 2 contains a 3,520mAh battery with an estimated 7 hours of battery life for just 15 minutes of charging.
The iPhone X lacks in the battery department. With a 2,716mAh capacity, it isn't great against the Pixel 2, but is still better than previous iPhones. The iPhone X does have wireless charging capabilities, if that makes up for it.
The Pixel 2 costs around $649 for the base model, which is far better than the $999 iPhone X. Given that both phones are the latest and greatest in smartphone technology, these prices are not crazy. However, the philosophy behind technology dictates that prices should only go down as we get more advanced. Food for thought.
If you love all things Apple and have enjoyed the iPhones thus far, the iPhone X is going to be the greatest experience ever. At least, for about a year until the new iPhone gets released.
If you want a phone that looks great, go with the iPhone X. There's something wonderfully futuristic and sleek about the design, something the Pixel 2 just hasn't been able to accomplish.
The Pixel 2 has pretty solid hardware and features, and Android users are recommended to stay with this operating system.
So, the winner is…
Well, there isn't a clear winner here. The iPhone X looks great, but forking over around one grand for a good looking phone isn't exactly everything we've hoped for. The Pixel 2 is arguably the best deal given the prices.
Ultimately, it's your decision which phone will suit you better. If you want to make a fashion statement, get the iPhone X.