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Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone 8: Know their worth

24 October 2017 5

Last year the original Pixel smartphone was clearly the Google's try to compete with the iPhone lineup of Apple. For the first time, made by Google smartphone was announced, the Pixel software and hardware both were controlled by Google. This year Google announced the successor's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on Oct 4th event. The Pixel 2 XL adopted the latest bezel-less trend whereas the standard Pixel 2 remains somewhat similar to the original Pixel. On first look the device looks off-branded Apple device, this year Google didn't bring a major revamp in design as far Pixel 2 is a concern, the company's main focus of the design was Pixel 2 XL.

The standard Pixel 2 is announced with slightly tweaked designed but overall aesthetics remain similar. Last year standard Pixel emerged as a strong competitor to the Apple iPhone 7 due to the awesome user experience. This year Apple also didn't put much effort in designing of iPhone 8, its aesthetics are also similar to its predecessor. The Pixel 2 once again have a chance to compete against iPhone 8 and give the Cupertino's giant standard flagship tough time.

Who is more eligible amongst the two, today we will compare both the devices to know which device is better in what aspects. Like always, we already compared the Pixel 2 against the Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 to have a good idea about how well device competes against its competitors. In terms of look both iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 looks pretty much similar to their predecessors, the visual improvements are pretty small, however, the devices are bringing major hardware upgrades under the hood. Without any further ado, let's have a look at how latest smartphones from Google and Apple confront each other.

69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
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Design

The design is usually the first aspect buyers consider while grabbing a new smartphone. From the front-facing side, the Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 aren't changed from their predecessors. Apple sticks with the same front from last three years. The front is comprised of the rectangular display with significant bezels around the corner. The iPhone 8 has physical home button whereas the Pixel 2 has three on-screen buttons. The Pixel 2 has stereo speakers on both top and bottom bezel to provide top-notch audio experience. They are good but not as good as HTC's Boomsound speakers.

The rear side of both the devices is different from predecessors. The Pixel 2 also has two-tone glass/metal rear. A small portion of upper rear including camera sensor and the LED flashlight is made up of glass whereas the bottom including the fingerprint scanner is in metal portion. The rear is now more sleek and elegant. The device gives premium looks while holding.

From last few years, Apple using unibody metal bodies but this year Apple opted a full rear glass body to support wireless charging feature. It is the only major improvement in the design of latest iPhone 8. The Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 are IP67 certified devices which means they can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

Unfortunately, the Pixel 2 also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack like Apple iPhone 8. Both the devices come with a USB Dongle. The fingerprint scanner Aka TouchID on the iPhone 8 is embedded under the home button whereas the Pixel 2 has the circular fingerprint scanner on the rear side. In terms of design, none of the devices is eye-catchy. It depends on customer's choice which device they prefer, a full glass rear or a glass/metal sandwich design.

Display

Surprisingly in the display department both the companies didn't adopt the latest trend but instead stick with the predecessors display with same screen resolution. The Pixel 2 is featuring an AMOLED display panel of 5.0-inches with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 and pixels density is 441 pixels per inch. In case of iPhone 8, the LCD display is 4.7-inches with a screen resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels with a pixels density of 326 pixels per inch.

The screen resolution of Pixel 2 is pretty much average even Chinese mid-rangers have similar resolution. AMOLED tech makes it slightly better than a competitor. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 resolution is even lower than most of the entry-level smartphones in the market. The True Tone feature of iPhone 8 display automatically adjusts color according to the environment. Still, it can't cover the low-resolution problem.

Google Pixel 2 is also behind the most of the premium flagships which has at least Full HD+ or Quad HD screen resolution. The visibility, contrast level, deep blacks of Pixel 2 display is much better than iPhone 8's display.

Camera

Last year the original Pixel was featuring the world's best camera in the market, Google has done a commendable job once again with the Pixel 2 camera. Instead of opting the dual camera sensors, the Pixel 2 is featuring a single camera module of 12MP with f/1.8 aperture. The sensor comes with optical and electronic image stabilization. The device has laser and phase detection autofocus. On just single tap the device can snap multiple photos and then merge them to produce the final awesome result.

Google used AI algorithm to bring portrait mode feature for both rear and front-facing snapper which allows the user to capture subject blurring the background. The front-facing snapper on Pixel 2 is 8MP. The device daylight and low-light photos are pretty awesome. The Pixel 2 camera is capable to wow anyone with its single camera sensor performance.

The iPhone 8 camera sensor remains similar to its predecessor, the device has the 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture but after a long wait, Apple finally brings optical image stabilization. A new ISP is introduced which works efficiently pretty fast. Most perks of the camera are for the iPhone 8 Plus but the results of iPhone 8 are also impressive. The Google Pixel 2 takes lead in camera department but that doesn't mean the iPhone 8 doesn't possess the good camera. The well-known DxOMark awarded 98 scores to the Pixel 2 camera whereas the iPhone 8 camera manages to score 94 points. At the moment Pixel 2 camera is again placed on top as the best camera in the market.

Hardware

The Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering almost all Android flagships this year including the latest Pixel 2 whereas the Apple's A11 Bionic chipset is introduced with the new iPhone 8 lineup. The Pixel 2 yet to be benchmarked but the Samsung's Galaxy S8 variant with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 passed Geekbench 4. It will give us a good idea the difference between the sheer power of the chipset. As per benchmark listing the device scores 1781 on single-core test whereas on multi-core the device scores are 5983 points.

The newly announced Apple iPhone 8 single-core results are 4202 whereas on multi-core it receives 9990 points. The higher results clearly indicate the sheer performance of latest A11 Bionic chipset over the Qualcomm's chipset. The Snapdragon 835 is an Octa-core chipset whereas the A11 Bionic is a Hexa-core SoC. The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM whereas the Hexa-core SoC accompanied with 2GB RAM. Despite having half RAM, the performance of Apple iPhone 8 is pretty awesome.

In real-world, both the devices are capable to fluently handle multi-tasking tasks and hi-fi graphics games without any lag. Both the devices have stock OS on board which is also pretty responsive.

Specs Pixel 2 iPhone 8
Display 5.0-inches 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic
RAM 4GB 2GB
Rear camera 12MP 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 2,700mAh 1,821mAh
OS Android Oreo iOS11
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP67 Yes Yes
Fingerprint Rear Front
Software

We don't want to start the heated debate of Android vs iOS or which is better in what aspects. In our view, if you already using any one of the operating systems you better know which one is better. The Pixel 2 is running on the vanilla version of Android Oreo. The new OS has a number of new essential features to further smooth the user experience.

Apple introduced iPhone 8 with the iOS 11 straight out of the box. The new iOS version brings quick access to a number of features, a new control center is introduced. A couple of new photo editing features are introduced to help out those who snap photos for social media sites. Both the OS have different strengths, the customer is the better judge which OS to prefer. It depends on the user which OS they feel comfortable to use.

The good thing is having the stock OS both the devices will be receiving new updates frequently and also the latest major updates for next three years.

Price and Release

The iPhone 8 is up for sale in most of the regions. The base variant has 64GB storage and it cost $699 in the US whereas the top of the line variant has 256GB memory and it can be grabbed for $749. All major retailers and carriers are offering the latest iPhone in the United States.

Google took pre-orders till October 19th, now the company is releasing the pre-ordered devices. The base variant of Pixel 2 also has 64GB memory and it can be grabbed for $649. The top of the line variant with 128GB memory cost $749 in the US. Google also offering free Google Home Mini for those who pre-order Pixel 2 but this offer is for the limited time only.

The storage isn't expandable on both the devices but the companies are offering free cloud storage. The Pixel 2 has unlimited cloud storage whereas iPhone 8 owners will have restricted cloud storage. With the free Google Home Mini, the Pixel 2 is better value for money.

Battery

As far as battery capacity is a concern the Pixel 2 bringing a significantly larger battery than iPhone 8. The Pixel 2 is light up by a 2,700mAh battery cell whereas the battery cell on iPhone is 1,821mAh. The Pixel 2 easily last one day on normal to heavy usage with enough juice by the end of the day whereas the iPhone 8's smaller battery isn't perfect for video streaming and hi-fi games. Despite good hardware and software optimization of iPhone 8, the Pixel 2 will have an advantage here.

Both the devices support fast charging but the iPhone 8 owners will have to pay extra $70 to grab fast charger and USB whereas for the Pixel 2 owners its part of the package. The iPhone 8 supports wireless charging that's not the case with Pixel 2.

Extra Perks

The Pixel 2 chassis/frame is pressure sensitive, you can access Google Assistant by simply squeezing your device. The display on iPhone supports 3D Touch. Google Pixel 2 is Daydream ready device despite having a Full HD display. It's a positive addition which isn't available for the iPhone 8 owners. We can say both the devices are even in terms of few extra perks.

Conclusion

Last year both the devices were sold at the same price tag, which gives the iPhone 8 slight edge over the Pixel 2 in terms of pricing because the Pixel seems a bit overpriced in front of Cupertino's premium device. This year Google refined the design as well as bring few luxuries which are essential in current-gen flagships like water and dust resistance.

In display section, the Pixel 2 has upper hand whereas in design department both the devices are even. The camera and battery section is lead by Pixel 2 whereas the Apple iPhone 8 takes lead in hardware performance. The difference in the operating system is customer's preference. It's pretty hard to call anyone better because both are even in most of the cases. Both iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 seems lackluster in front of the premium iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL respectively but still, it will attract those who are looking for a solid flagship with traditional thick bezels design.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8. Feel free to share your views in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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