Back in October, when Apple launched its iPhone X and Google followed quickly with its Pixel 2 XL, it was clear that Big G was not in mood of giving a long runway to Apple.
However, after the launch it was immediately clear that Pixel 2 XL was far behind iPhone X in terms of specs. But specs alone don’t tell the full story, so it makes sense to compare both these devices now when they’ve been made available in the market. So here we go with our detailed comparison of Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X:
iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL both use OLED displays, but there’s a lot of difference between both these displays. The 5.8-inch panel of Apple iPhone X comes with 1,125 x 2,436 px resolution, while Pixel 2 XL comes with a 6-inch display having 1,440 x 2,880 px resolution. The differences don’t end there – Pixel 2’s display is made by LG, which is a newcomer in OLED display tech, while iPhone comes with a display made by Samsung, which is an experienced player in making OLED panels.
Now, when we look at pixel density and display size, Pixel 2 XL sounds to be the winner. But unfortunately, it fails in striking the right balance between realism and saturation. It goes too far in showing the colors as realistically as possible, which means that if something doesn’t look good in real life, it won’t look good in Pixel 2’s display as well. iPhone X, on the other hand, keeps things realistic while making them better at the same time. The net result is that colors look more vivid and better on iPhone X than Google Pixel 2 XL.
And there’s also this bezel thing. iPhone X has gone bezel-less like nothing else, so it looks super cool in hands. Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, also comes with narrow bezels, but it still has far more bezels on top and bottom than iPhone X.
This is a one sided match. Snapdragon 835, which drives Pixel 2 XL, is no match to Apple’s A11 Bionic chip packed inside Apple iPhone X. Benchmark tests have already declared it. So the result is that even with 4GB of RAM Pixel 2 XL fails to counter the performance which iPhone X achieves with 3GB RAM, all thanks to A11 Bionic. So in this round Apple wins hands down.
This has always been a strong area of expertise for Apple, and iPhone X is no different. The only thing is that Google is playing catch up very fast. Both companies have loaded nearly identical cameras in these phones – iPhone X comes with a 12mp shooter, while Pixel 2 XL comes with a 12.2mp one. On the front, iPhone X comes with a 7mp secondary camera, and Pixel 2 XL comes with 8mp secondary camera. The quality of shots taken from both these devices also turns out to be comparable in most of the shots taken under ample lighting.
However, the similarities end right there. iPhone X comes with a dual-lens primary camera, while Google, for some reason, decided to stick with single lens. And while Google has still provided the Portrait Mode feature with a single lens (for which they deserve some serious credit), the thing is that you can’t achieve the results of two lenses with one lens. While Pixel 2 XL has got a great camera, it clearly lacks the kind of capabilities which are found in iPhone X because of dual-lenses. But trust me – you won’t realize the difference until you use both these smartphones.
As far as storage is concerned, iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL both have plenty of it. Both come with 64GB of internal storage, and for users who want more storage, there’re also additional versions with more storage capacity. Besides 64GB iPhone X also comes in a 256GB variant, and Google Pixel 2 XL has also got a 128GB variant.
And both of them have non-expandable storage. So in this department both these devices are nearly same.
Pixel 2 XL comes with a 3,520 mAh battery, which offers battery life of a day on normal use. iPhone X, on the other hand, comes with a 2,716 mAh battery, which is not necessarily a bad thing because even with less mAh it manages to deliver the all day battery life to counter Pixel 2 XL. The thing is that Pixel’s processor and display eat up more battery life, while Apple’s choices in these areas (specially A11 Bionic chip) are much less resource hungry. So as far as battery backup is concerned, you won’t see much of a difference between both these devices.
However, there’s one big difference between iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL in this department. While iPhone X comes with wireless charging support, Google has still kept its Pixel smartphones away from offering this feature, which is a sad thing!
As I said above, while specs sheets of both these smartphones were telling the story at a quick glance, some things are not explained with specs alone (like display and camera quality). But now after our experience with these devices we’re convinced that iPhone X is indeed a much better smartphone than Google Pixel 2 XL.
But at the same time it also doesn’t mean that Pixel 2 XL is not good – it’s a very awesome smartphone, especially when you consider the price that you pay for it. The better capabilities of iPhone X come at a significantly higher price tag, so we can say that none of these devices is a bad deal when compared with the price factor in mind.
However, if price is not a concern to you, then unarguably iPhone X is the best smartphone that you can buy right now. It’s best in almost every department, as you can see in our comparison given above.
So choose either of them depending on your own individual preferences. If you want value for money, go for Pixel 2 XL. If money is not much of a concern, choose iPhone X. And if you’ve already used either/both of them, share your thoughts in the comments.