Is Google Pixel iPhone Killer?
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Hot off of a recent event in San Francisco, Google is now offering a phone that has many calling it the iPhone killer. Known as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, this phone runs Android Nougat. This is the latest OS that Google has to offer. The iPhone has had a stranglehold on the mobile industry for quite some time, but it looks like that is to end very shortly.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the features of the Google Pixel, we’re going to see how it stacks up against the iPhone, and we’re going to determine a winner. Let’s get started, shall we?

Google Pixel: The Specs

Although there is alternative funding online, it was Google that was responsible for the funding and creation of the Google Pixel as well as the Google Pixel XL. Let’s take a look at some of the specs of these phones.

According to IBTimes, both Pixel phones are powered by the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. They both have 4 gigs of ram and have between 32GB and 128GB of storage inside of the phone.

It should be noted that they do not have a microSD slow for expansion. Both of these phones have a 12.3 megapixel f/2.0 aperture camera on the back of them and a front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

According to Google, the Pixel cameras scored an 89. If true, this is the highest rating for any smartphone camera. The Pixel has a 5-inch display and the XL has a 5.5-inch display. The battery capacity is different, but otherwise the phones are nearly identical.

According to Know Your Mobile, the iPhone 7 will be adding some new things like a better processor setup and camera setup, and it will be the first iPhone to be waterproof. With all of these features, will the Google Pixel be able to compete or even win?

Google Assistant: Goodbye, Siri

iPhone’s defining feature, Siri, is now being imported into the new Pixel in the form of Google Assistant. By pressing the home button or saying, “Okay, Google,” you can have access to a virtual assistant who will do just about anything you ask it to, same as the competing Siri that iPhone has featured for several years.

When used, the Google Assistant feature was shown to bring up old photos, play music right when asked to play it, and choose the default app that you play music on. It has also been shown to bring up Google Now on Tap. This lets users swipe up with information. You can see things like a restaurant’s name, reviews, and an address. Google Assistant can even take a reservation based on a voice request.

Compare and Contrast

Of course, when it comes to these two competing phones, they aren’t identical in their features. It grows increasingly important to compare and contrast the features of both in order to figure out which one wins out in the end. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the comparable features between the two.

Both of these phones do claim that they have the best camera available in their class. Both of them also claim to be the smartest smartphones currently available. Both have pretty standard designs that won’t set them apart aesthetically from the rest of the options in their class. Both will have software updates the moment that they’re available, and both are extremely expensive.

While those are all of the similarities, there are also a fair amount of differences as well. Notable among them is the camera. While both phones sport impressive cameras, the iPhone 7 does have a slight edge in the rear-facing camera, while the Pixel has the edge on the front-facing camera.

In terms of memory, the Google Pixel has the new iPhone beat. The Pixel features a whopping 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone only has 2GB of RAM. While both phones have 32GB and 128GB of internal storage, only the new iPhone also features 256GB of internal storage.

The battery on the Pixel is far better than the one in the iPhone, and it also sports a quick-charging feature. The Pixel is a bit heavier, but this hardly decides the purchase of a new smartphone. The processor does have a very slight advantage on the processor, but it’s a negligible advantage.

While these are the comparisons to be made in the physical realm, where Google really shines is on the inside. The software that ships with the Google Pixel phones is said to be far superior to what Apple has been offering and is now putting into its latest iPhone. And really, that’s what’s most important. You can have top of the line specs, but if you don’t have intuitive software that takes advantage of these specs to deliver a great experience, there’s really no point.

For the diehard fans of each type of phone, it’s unlikely that any new offering is suddenly going to sway any of them to jump ship and join the other camp. But the all-important consumers who don’t have a stake either way will be the true deciders of who wins this smartphone war. Only time will tell what will happen, but the comparison of specs between these two phone titans is important when it comes to exploring which of the two types of phones is the better option.