iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 are two of the most discussed things in the world this month. Just as Apple took over the entire press coverage with its new iPhones, Google got annoyed and decided to come out with its own Pixels.
Now when all these devices have been launched, it’s turning out that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are up against iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – not against iPhone X, which is priced in an entirely different price bracket.
So now the question is: will both these Pixels be able to compete against their respective iPhone competitors? We try to find out the answer in our detailed comparison given below:
While iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7-inch display having 1,334 x 750 ppi resolution, Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch display having Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 px) resolution. The pixel density for both these devices, therefore, comes out at 326ppi for iPhone 8 and 441 ppi for Pixel 2. Needless to say that Pixel 2 wins hands down.
And there’s a similar story around Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus as well. iPhone 8 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, which means a pixel density of 401 ppi. Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, comes with a QHD+ display (2,880 x 1,440 pixels), which translates into a significantly higher 537 ppi. Plus, Pixel 2 XL also has edge-to-edge display, which is missing from iPhone 2 Plus. Therefore, both Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL win over iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus hands down in the display department.
Both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl come with Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, on the other hand, come with their own six-core A11 Bionic Chips and 3GB of RAM. Does that mean a win for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL over the iPhones? Not so easily.
The Pixels may have more cores and more amount of RAM, but the real world scenario is that in benchmark tests Apple’s latest iPhones have been totally destroying hardware configurations much more powerful than this 4GB RAM and SD835.
Note 8, for example, comes with SD835 and 6GB RAM, but it still falls short of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in benchmarks as A11 Bionic Chip is a very powerful chip with its neural engine. So Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have no chance to match the performance level of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple’s camera has always been legendary, but this time Google has tried to come a bit close. Specs-wise iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come with 12mp cameras while Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with 12.2 mp cameras.
However, the difference between Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus is that later comes with a dual-lens camera, while Google still decided to walk on the path of single lens. But regardless of that, what matters by the end of day is picture quality. Which ones provide better picture quality? iPhones or Pixels? The answer to this, unfortunately, isn’t as straightforward as expected.
While Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL generate photos that are very life like and well detailed, they still fall short of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. For example, both Pixels struggle while capturing pictures under low lighting conditions. The iPhones capture more vibrant shots under ambient lighting condition as well.
In terms of storage both Pixels and both iPhones come with 64GB internal storage, so there’s a tie in this department. And while iPhones also have 256GB versions as well, Pixels counter them with a respectable 128GB. So from the perspective of buyers iPhones win here only if you need more than 128GB of storage.
Finally, there’s the battery thing. Pixel 2 comes with 2,700 mAh battery, iPhone 8 comes with 1,821 mAh battery. Pixel 2 XL comes with a 3,520 mAh battery, while iPhone 8 Plus comes with 2,675 mAh of it.
However, more mAh don’t necessarily count into a longer battery life. That is because both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also power their more resolution rich and bigger displays, which consume more power. So the net result is that you won’t see a dramatically longer battery life on either of these Pixels in comparison to iPhones.
And then there’s the problem of charging. While Apple launched its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with wireless charging, Google still didn’t do that with Pixels. God knows why!
In a nutshell, both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have just one major advantage over iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – Display. Another major advantage is that of Google’s more powerful AI capabilities, which were demonstrated at the launch event in great detail. Google’s AI development is significantly ahead of Apple, and that becomes visible every time when we compare Google Assistant against Siri.
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Apart from these two things, however, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are ahead of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in every major department. So while there’s a chance that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can compete against iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the results are quite predictable actually, with Apple having the upper hand once again.