With the launch of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, many people have already started predicting a strong contender to Apple’s premier league. While, the technocrats are watching the space with abated breath, we would like to do a comprehensive analysis to help make up your mind, on which one deserves your money the best?
Undoubtedly, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL; run the very latest version of Android, look splendid, have some exclusive features to assure smartphone fans sit up and take notice, the way they did during Apple’s iPhone launches.
Performance wise, Google Pixel is state-of-the-art in terms of its processor-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, a small but significant update to the Snapdragon 820, found in most major flagship phones unveiled in 2016. The 64-bit Snapdragon 821 has four cores and gets a 10 percent performance bonus over the already speedy Snapdragon 820.
Apple doesn’t use a Snapdragon chip, and instead uses the A10 Fusion chip of its own design.
The Pixel comes with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, and doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot, whereas, the iPhone 7 adds a 256GB option to the list, so if multitudes of storage is important to you, the Apple phone has an advantage here.
According to Design, iPhone has always been a stunner; be it iPhone 7’s jet black color, one of the limited elusive edition for exhibitionists or the matte black for the regulars. Similarly, Google gives you couple of vibrant colors to choose from: a white, black, and limited edition blue Pixel, but it’s the blue that is a real catch for the eyes.
The iPhone 7’s body is made from aluminum, with a thickness of 7.1mm and a little sunnier than the Pixel at 138 grams. Pixel is made of glass, metal and plastic and weighs 143 grams, not much of a difference from its arch rival.
The decisive Software, Apple is known for its pro-activeness and regularity in terms of software updates, we are yet to see how Google is going to match pace with its rival on the same. The iPhone has iOS 10 and Pixel comes with Android 7.1, the very latest version of the operating system. We understand that the two are very different, yet often compared, there are icons to tap and virtual assistants to help on both (Assistant on Pixel and Siri on iPhone). iPhone has FaceTime and iMessage with Pixel giving a tough competition with Duo for video calls and Allo for chats. We will have to wait to see if there is any fall out as far as the software is concerned.
The Battery, Google has carefully chosen a 2,770mAh battery for its star, Pixel, with swift charging provided by the Snapdragon 821 and couple with Qualcomm’s quick charge 3.0 feature. Pixel will have a 70 percent charging capacity, if you are plugging it in using the USB type-c cable. However, you need to use the phone long enough to evaluate the overall usage time on a daily basis.
iPhone 7 relies on a 1,960mAh battery and in our daily usage, we have appreciated its 12 hours of continuous use and more than 40 percent was left at the end of the day in general. There’s no fast charging though, and recharging the iPhone 7 takes longer than the Pixel. Also, neither of the phone supports wireless charging as a standard.
Coming to the Audio part, iPhone 7 has stereo speakers and its audio performance is hugely improved over the iPhone 6S, while the Pixel has a single downward firing speaker. However, the Pixel maintains a 3.5mm headphone socket, while Apple forces you to use a headphone with either a Lightning connector or a Bluetooth.
And the quintessential Camera, The Pixel and the iPhone 7 both have 12-megapixel rear cameras, the Pixel boasts an f/2.0 aperture contrary to the iPhone 7’s f/1.8 aperture but the iPhone has a plus point in having a quad-LED flash rather than the Pixel’s dual-LED. However, while both have phase detection autofocuses, laser autofocus comes only with the Pixel. The Pixel also has free, unlimited full resolution photo storage in the cloud through Google Photos but you’ll have to pay for extra iCloud space, if you own an iPhone. We should also let you know that the much renowned camera testers, DxOMark has given a rating of 89 to Google’s Pixel- a highest of any smartphone as yet. But, the iPhone 7 doesn’t lag behind much by securing a rating of 86. Overall, it’s going to be a tight contest between Pixel and iPhone 7 here w.r.t Camera and the winner has to undergo a few tests further.
Coming to Durability, if you have the jet black iPhone 7 or looking forward to buy one then expect it to get scratches if not enclosed in a case but Apple has made the iPhone meet IP67 standards of water, splash and dust resistance. Pixel lags behind with its basic IP53 protection and won’t be able to survive a splash.
All things considered, the iPhone emerges as the winner on most of the measurable defined criteria and it looks grim to shake the faith of a die-hard Apple fan against this newly launched flagship by Google.
We will leave the rest for you to judge and look forward to your comments, feedback and opinion.Till then hail iPhone! We would like to leave this page with 2 famous quotes from none other than Steve Jobs.
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A comprehensive dashboard for your ready reference:
|Parameters||Google Pixel||iPhone 7|
|Weight||5.04 ounces (143 grams)||4.87 ounces (138 grams)|
|Screen||5 inches AMOLED||4.7 inches Retina HD LED Backlit screen|
|Operating System||Android 7.1||iOS 10|
|Storage||32,128 GB||32,128,256 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821||A10 Fusion with 64 bit architecture|
|RAM||4 GB||2 GB|
|Camera||12.3 MP rear, 8 MP front||12 MP rear, 7 MP front|
|Bluetooth||Version 4.2||Version 4.2|
|Water Resistant||Yes, IP53 rated||Yes, IP67 rated|
|Size||143.8 × 69.5 × 7.3 mm||138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi||4G LTE, GSM, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
|Color Offering||Blue, Silver, Black||Black, Dark Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver|
|Availability||Google Fi, Verizon||Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T|
|Marketplace||Google Store||Apple Store|
|Price||USD 950||USD 950|