Google Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone X: Which phone is better?
Ten years ago, the world got much bigger and much smaller, all in one fell swoop.
Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, the first internet-connected smartphone that put user experience above all, finally executing on the idea of a full touchscreen handset. This ushered in the rise of constant social networking, an application economy and complete dependence on our smartphones for just about everything.
3 November 2017, 10 years later, Apple is introducing the iPhone X. And, by the way, it’s pronounced “Ten.”
Then in October, rival tech giant Google debuted the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. These handsets are the flagship carriers for Android 8.0 Oreo, and will certainly be hugely popular amongest fans of Google’s mobile operating system.
But which phone is better? While we’re yet to review the new Google phones, we can still take a preliminary look at how the handsets compare on paper.
Design: Which is better?
Apple’s iPhone X, like the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, comes with a brand new design, ditching bezels and opting for a glass front and back. Apple says there is a deeper strengthening layer in the glass that makes it the “most durable in a smartphone.”
Thanks to this new design, the iPhone X is sealed for water and dust resistance.
It’s made from surgical-grade, stainless steel and comes in two finishes: space gray and silver.
Google, by comparison, has offered up quite the mixed bag in terms of the design.
But the Google Pixel 2 For instance, the Google Pixel 2 is largely similar to last year’s Google Pixel, retaining the dual-tone rear and thick bezels of year. XL is where things have really progressed. Like Apple, Google has opted for an all-screen front design. That’s no surprise, mind; such designs are increasingly en vogue, with rival handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30 touting similarly screen-heavy aesthetics.
Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X Specs: What’s new?
The iPhone X is a seriously powerful phone, which makes sense given its ludicrous £1,000 starting price.For starters, you get a large, pixel-dense 5.8-inch screen with a display resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels – that works out at 458ppi.
It’s powered by the supremely nippy A11 Bionic chip, too. That’s a custom-built processor designed by Apple, offering six cores and rapid performance. It’s one of the fastest mobile chips we’ve ever seen, so you certainly won’t be disappointed in how the iPhone X runs.
Other perks include 3GB of RAM, and fairly generous storage options of either 64GB or 256GB.
The other key feature is a dual-camera module on the back, which makes use of a f/1.8 aperture and a f/2.8 aperture for impressive depth-of-field and swanky portrait shots.
Finally, there’s a new facial recognition system called Face ID that supplants the old fingerprint-scanning Touch ID as the main method of user authentication. We’ve yet to test this out though, so we can’t speak to how well it works in the real world – stay tuned.
By comparison, the Google Pixel 2 features a far smaller 4.97-inch display with a lowly Full HD resolution. The phone is cheaper, in fairness, but it still feels a little dinky by 2017’s standards.
Many users may find the 6-inch AMOLED Google Pixel 2 XL more comfortable, and find visual enjoyment from the very dense QHD-resolution display.
Powering both Google Pixel 2 phones is the Snapdragon 835, a high-performance processor built by US chipmaker Qualcomm. This chipset has already been seen working wonders in the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and OnePlus 5, so there’s no questioning its capabilities. It’s fast as hell, basically.
Backing up the processor is 4GB of RAM and storage options of either 64GB or 128GB. Apple may have the edge with its top storage variant, but it’s beaten on RAM – although iOS optimisations mean Apple phones don’t need as much RAM as their Android counterparts.
The final fun perk of the Google Pixel 2 phones is ‘Edge Sense’, a feature carried over from the HTC U11. It basically lets you control certain aspects of the phone by squeezing the sides, and it works surprisingly well.
Which is better value for money?
The iPhone X is priced ludicrously highly, with models ranging from £999 right up to £1,149.
The Google Pixel 2, meanwhile, prices in at a far more modest £599, while the Google Pixel 2 XL is on sale for a slightly loftier £799.
But if you are willing to have the best iPhone, you may have to send out upwards of £1000. But for most users, the Google Pixel 2 will be a much more sensible purchase.
Difference between both devices :
Design: The iPhone X features a swanky all-screen front that’s mimicked by the Google Pixel 2 XL, but the Google Pixel 2 proper is far more prosaic.
Specs: Both Google and Apple have loaded their phones with class-leading specs, so it really comes down to which operating system you prefer.
Price: The Google Pixel 2 starts at £599 while the iPhone X pricing begins at £999. The latter is really only a sensible purchase for Apple die-hards, while most users will get better value for money from the new Google Pixel 2 phones.