Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X, Which smartphone should you go for?
Ever since Apple launched iPhone X, the tech world has been going hyper about it. Especially the Apple fanboys who just can’t keep gloating about iPhone X and its face recognition technology. Amidst all the brouhaha about iPhone X, Google quietly announced its latest Pixel 2 Android smartphone. Now the topic has suddenly shifted from iPhone X to Google Pixel 2. In this article, we take a look at Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone X and help you take an informed decision about buying your next smartphone.
Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X
Apple has the iPhone X, which is its all-display, bezel-less smartphone. It’s got new technology like FaceID and takes some big chances with removing the Home button and integrating wireless charging. On the Google front, we’ve got the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, two fantastic new smartphones that look a bit different from each other. While neither of these devices feels as futuristic as the iPhone X, they have a number of advantages over it.
|iPhone X||Pixel 2|
|Size||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)-||157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches)|
|Weight||174 g (6.14 oz)||175 grams (6.17 ounces)|
|Screen||5.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M color||6-inch P-OLED display|
|Resolution||1125 x 2436 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)||80 x 1440 pixels (538 ppi)|
|OS||iOS 11.0.2||Android 8.0|
|Storage||64GB and 256GB||64GB, 128GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No|
|NFC support||Yes (Apple Pay only)||Yes|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic||Snapdragon 835, with Adreno 540|
|Connectivity||LTE, GSM, HSPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi||GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash||12.2 MP rear, 8 MP HD front|
|Video||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps||Up to 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 120 fps, 720p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 5.0||Yes, version 5.0|
|Other sensors||Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer||Gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, barometer|
|Water resistant||No||Yes, IP67 rated|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh batteryTalk time Up to 21 h (3G)Music play Up to 60 h||3,520mAh|
|Charging port||3.0, reversible connector||USB-C|
|Marketplace||Apple iTunes||Google Play Store|
|Colors||Space Gray, Silver||Just Black, Black & White|
|Availability||Expected in November 2017||Google Store, Verizon, Best Buy|
This table is copyrighted material of Android Rookies
Real advantages of buying a Google Pixel 2 over Apple iPhone X
Would you prefer a $1000+ smartphone just for the heck of it? With relatively better specifications, Google Pixel 2 will be available for $850 that is some $500 cheaper. The basic model of Google Pixel 2 starts at $649, which is near to the iPhone 8 but way cheaper than iPhone X. BTW, iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2 both neither have the smaller bezels, fancy new features, or outrageous price tags. iPhone X is a different story altogether. Apple’s USP for iPhone X is its dazzling front design and Face Recognition tech. Would be willing to pay $999 (locked) $1350 (unlocked) for an iPhone X just for these two features. In all other departments Google Pixel 2 scores heavily.
2. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) support
While Google has been at the forefront of adapting AR and VR tech for its Android 7 Nougat and Android 8 Oreo, Apple has been lagging behind in this arena. Touted as the next big thing after IoT, AR and VR are built into the Android operating system whereas iOS 11 has no signs of either AR nor VR. Google updated its Daydream View VR headset this year with a refreshed design that’s made for the new Pixel. While serious VR content available both on Google Play and a special YouTube VR channel App, Google is eons ahead of Apple in this regard.
3. Fingerprint scanner
While Fingerprint scanner has become the most accepted and adopted authentication method, Face ID being introduced in Apple iPhone X is an uncharted territory. However, if we consider the facts, Samsung Galaxy 8 has retina scan but you will find a very few Galaxy S8 owners actually use it. From the usage point of view, the fingerprint scanner has the ease while Face ID or Retina scanner need the users to carry the smartphone all the way to their faces which is time-consuming. This is the prime reason you see most Samsung Galaxy S8 users prefer fingerprint scanner for authentication over retina scanner. Also, Google has made it easier for users by putting its fingerprint scanner on the back of Google Pixel 2 which is very convenient for users.
4. Front-facing speakers
Front-facing speakers are always better than rear speakers. You will have noticed the difference in the quality of sound in the smartphones which have rear speakers. The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have front-facing stereo speakers which are loud and booming. No more cupping your hand around the bottom of your phone or sticking it in a cup to make it louder like you do for rear speaker smartphones.
5. Android operating system
Google Pixel will feature Android’s latest version – Android 8 Oreo. One distinct advantage Android smartphones, especially from Google, has over other operating systems is the fast OTA updates and patches. Apple generally releases updates only if they are absolutely necessary. Most bugs are carried over to the next iOS release.
Other point Android scores over iOS is the Google Assistant. Even a die-hard Apple fanboy will agree that the Android Assistant is way better than Apple’s Siri. It is better and it is convenient. You’ve got easy access to it with a squeeze of the side of the device, as well as the ever-helpful Google Now cards found to the left of the Home screen. In addition, Android features split-screen multitasking, a new Picture-in-Picture mode, and the hands-down best notification system ever designed.
If you look at the above five advantages and the specs, you will find buying Google Pixel 2 value for money. Buying an iPhone X seems justified for vain people who are worried about status and Page 3 appearances. Phone Arena ran a poll on Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone 8 and here are the results.
- Pixel 2 XL or iPhone X?
- Pixel 2 XL squad here!
64.72% (3443 votes)
- iPhone X force reporting!
35.28% (1877 votes)
Total 5320 votes
Wanna buy iPhone X for $1000+? Decide for yourselves!!!