The new Google Pixel and iPhone 7 have created an exciting buzz around. Both have amazing features and claim to be better than the other. However, which one really is better?
Google truly snatched the opportunity sensing the rumors of iPhone 7 not performing that well in the market by presenting a great alternative to it. Google has finally ditched the name Nexus in favor of the Google Pixel moniker, launching “the first phone built by Google inside and out” as the company itself states. The features and design of both the new releases clash with each other in a tough neck-to-neck competition. The result of which, of course, lies in the justifying hands of the customers globally.
Removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack is proving to be a huge favor to the new Google pixel phones. There have been countless complaints about Apple’s effort to reduce physical imperfections on the new iPhone’s external design, which eventually reduced users’ convenience. While pixel offers same, if not better features with a headphone jack. Who would prefer buying expensive Airpods when they have a better option at the same price? I do not think anyone would except for true Apple fanatics who consider them worth it.
Of course, phones with big screens are in vogue and look much more modern than the phones with screen size relatively smaller do. But when it comes to convenience and ease of handling, smaller phones top the list. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both rock their design with 5.5 cm screens. However, the Google Pixel XL provides ease of handling, which no matter how much people deny, is an important factor.
iPhones, when looked upon, seem really beautiful with their carefully structured external design. Google pixel phones, on the other hand, with their bland, simple design look almost exactly like last year’s Nexus 5X or 2014’s Nexus 5. Nexus is dead, but Google sure stuck to its regular design.
Google specifically designed the two phones completely internally. At first, rumors suggested that HTC is going to be the OEM behind the phones, as usual. However, its branding will not appear on the handset. The Pixel Phones are going to launch with purely Google’s tag on them. Google says something that makes us more curious about it trying to cut through Apple in this ‘competition’ by copying it. The company says these are google’s phones inside out, similar to what Apple’s setup has been for years now.
Google Pixel Specifications
- Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm
- Weight: 143 g
- Display: 5.0 inch AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
- CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
- Colors: Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue
- Storage: 32GB/128GB
- GPU: Adreno 530
- RAM: 4GB
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- Rear Camera: 12MP ƒ/2.0, 1.55-micron pixels, PDAF, Laser Autofocus
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Charging Speed: Fast
- Price: $769
iPhone 7 Specifications
- Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
- Weight: 138 g
- Display: 4.7 inch LED-backlit IPS, 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
- CPU: Apple A10 Fusion Quad-core
- Colors: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
- Storage: 32GB/128GB/256GB
- GPU: Six core
- RAM: 2GB
- Processor: Apple A10 Fusion
- Rear Camera: 12MP ƒ/2.0 1.55-micron pixels PDAF, Laser Autofocus
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh)
- Front Camera: 7MP
- Charging Speed: Standard
- Price: $769
While everything we need to know might be summed up in specs, we need more factors to conpare thr smartphones effectively. Google has gone out of its line this time and no one is completely sure what the new Phone will be like, considering long-term efficiency. A number of customers are therefore reluctant to go for Google’s phone. Specs clash with each other creating a not so striking contrast of almost similar features in both the new devices. While the Pixel’s AMOLED display is great, Apple’s 1080p display is still one of the nicest LCD panels we have ever known.
Apple has always been pricey, and as we already know, it always will be. But the product the company provides to its customers is worth the money it demands (most of the time). The waterproofing feature was boasted about a whole lot before and after the launch of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus out in the market. Although the feature has been introduced to customers in Android back in 2012, its arrival in iOS was just something else. Samsung stepped up with the feature in its new launches as well. This makes the lack of this feature in Google’s phones even more noticeable. However, discussing Android vs iOS, for now, would be quite pointless.
Google’s Snapdragon 821 processor is one of the best now available in an Android phone. It is 10% faster than the previous Snapdragon 820. But when we rise from that category focusing on the comparison of Apple’s A10 Fusion chip with it, Google’s processor does not stand a chance at all.
Comparing The Cameras
We are especially looking forward to Google Pixel XL’s camera and whether or not it would be able to reach the ‘iPhone level’ of picture quality. Even though it has a narrower f/2.0 aperture, DXOMark claims this is the best smartphone camera to exist to this day. Google has strived its best to catch up with Apple’s camera quality and has done a really good job. We know how tough it is to capture a perfect moment at just the right time. That problem has now been solved, owing to Google Pixel’s ability to open camera immediately after the power button is pressed twice anywhere on its surface. Also, it has the feature of zero shutter lag and HDR+ enabled by default. That will probably be enough to outshine iPhone’s camera features. Or, will it really?
The telephoto lens, which was driving iPhone users crazy with the excitement of the new iPhone 7 Plus’ release, outshines Google in terms of quality and popularity both. The second lens allows for the equivalent of 2x optical zoom. Also, it features an amazing portrait mode that is in beta for now. Will Google, with its artificially-generated Lens Blur feature, be able to compete with Apple’s ridiculously popular dual lens? Phandroid.com compares the cameras with a bunch of pictures containing the same object captured with two different cameras.
It seems Google planned its grand launch in the market very carefully. The company knows its toughest competitors and was definitely ready to outdo them in every way plausible. Both iPhone 7 and Google Pixel Phones offer great hardware packages at the same price. Google made the choice even harder for smartphone users to choose between the two phones by tagging its phone with the same price as Apple’s.
Apple’s artificial intelligence, Siri, was a brilliant strategy the company adopted to give itself a separate, different identity than the identical crowd of smartphone brands out there. Google Assistant seems to be an effort towards the same thing. However, many sceptics consider it Google’s attempt to follow Apple in a way. The new software product uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create its own version of Siri. Collecting necessary data according to the user’s need. It works alike Siri and therefore adds up to the sceptic’s opinions. However, the Assistant is more than just a voice search interface. It is backed up by AI smarts, and it contextualises the information it digs up through your earlier interactions.It integrates with third-party applications providing an extensive range of services as well.
Apple has emerged as the biggest company offering tech products which enter the market like they own it, leading the market shares all over the world (some exceptions) Someone had to step up as its alternative and now Google finally has. Samsung is catching up too but it does not seem to have as much control over the smartphone market as now Google is being predicted to have in future. Few of its products have been a huge sensation. It is far below Apple in terms of total net worth even though its products range from washing machines to ACs and several entities Apple does not offer.
Which One Is Better?
While Apple concentrates on securing its users’ data by the idea of performing most AI-based calculations on its device itself. Google is working towards improving its users’ overall experience with the company’s devices with amazing features including 24/7 chat support with built-in screen sharing, and daydream headset support which straps the Google Pixel in front of your eyes. You can then use it as a VR headset with a controller. Google is also offering unlimited free full resolution backups for all your photos and video. Unlimited storage can benefir users in all ways.
Apple’s customers do not seem quite happy with the customer service it offers. There are many cases seen where the company is not at all reliable and refuses to deem itself responsible for a defect. Google apparently noticed the problem users face. It is offering 24/7 customer support via both voice and text and it also has a screen sharing solution so that the tech-support can directly see what’s on your screen to diagnose problems.
So which one is better? That highly depends on each person’s choice. But the specs, evidence and features combinedly highlight Google Pixel phones to be something new, different and better. iPhone, on the other hand, has a better design, much better processor, and waterproofing. This is certainly not a bad effort by Google, not bad at all. Apple symbol sure means good quality but it seems Google has the same future. Your preference, however, counts as the most important factor deciding which one is better for you.