First, let’s stick some numbers on these.
If you’re buying unlocked, the iPhone and Pixelare priced identically.
You’ll pay $649 for the entry level smaller size, 769 for entry level in a larger format, and if you max out everything, you’re looking at 869 for the Google phone and 969 for the Apple one.
The Benjamin difference reflects the iPhone’s higher capacity option.
Now, the top of the line offerings from Google and Apple have really never been more similar, but on the whole, I think the iPhone makesa slightly better case for its price tag.
Despite their visual similarity, Apple has an edge inbuild this generation.
There’s a more refined fit and finish here than on the Google phone, a more symmetrical, cohesive design, and significantly better speakers to boot.
Most importantly, the iPhone has a better water and dust resistance rating, not that you’re necessarilygonna swim with your phone.
It’s really more about being able to use it out in a downpour, or knowing you can accidentally drop it into a pool or, yes, a toilet without destroying it, and it’s fun too.
Underwater video is a great way to spice up your Snaps, and on that topic, Snapchat continues to work better on iOS than on Android for some reason.
The iPhone doesn’t completelyrun away on hardware.
While the subtle clicks and buzzes of its new tactic engine are really nice, that comes at the costof the headphone jack, which the Pixel preserves.
The Pixel also incorporatesa bigger battery, with faster charging through a USB-C port, which is quickly becoming the standard, and it’s screen is ahigher resolution panel, with more saturation andcontrast than the iPhones in both available sizes.
At first I thought that display difference was entirely to thank for what looked like more colorful photosfrom the Pixel, but no.
While the cameras aresimilar on the specs sheet, the pictures they kick out often differ.
Google tends to go heavy on saturation, sometimes even injecting colors that, while pretty, frankly just aren’t there in the real world.
Meanwhile, the iPhonesticks closer to reality even at the expense of some excitement.
The differences really comeout more often in low light.
Daytime pictures can be damnnear identical at points, and if you shoot in automatic mode, the phones have similar thresholds for when they’ll kick in HDR.
Now if we toss in the iPhone 7 Plus, there’s a whole othercamera to account for, a separate sensor witha faux telephoto lens that allows for zoom anddepth of field tricks.
The Pixel can’t match that in either size, so if the camera’s your primary focus here and you don’t mind the bigger size, go with the 7 Plus.
That only goes for stills, though.
Probably the biggest difference here comes down to the camcorder.
The iPhone and Pixel takecompletely different approaches to the problem of camera shake.
While Apple’s OIS is quite good, the Pixel’s picture is more steady than I’ve ever seen from a phone.
If you’re doing walk and talk vlogging or shooting video from a moving platform, the Pixel makes it seem at times like you’re using a steady cam, and if your camera handis getting blown around by an especially violent wind, the Pixel does a better job of bringing the buffeting down there, too.
Now, it doesn’t take too sharp an eye to notice the colordifference in this footage.
In video, the iPhonedoes a much better job rendering true to life color, and it’s tough to make the case that the Pixel’s superior stabilization completely overcomes that.
Where the Pixel gets a chance to shine is in the Cloud.
I love that a fullbackup of my camera roll is just a tap away.
Now, Apple does this too, but after five gigs, you’ve gotta start paying up, while Pixel owners getfree, full res backup of all photos and video.
(gentle electronic music) That leads us to software, the biggest consideration when choosing between Apple and Google.
Little differences go tit for tat, the iPhone’s almostmagical noise cancellation on phone calls versus the Pixel’s moreconventional approach, Android’s wide open customization versus Apple’s dull, static lock down, et cetera, et cetera.
The bigger differences seesaw too.
Google’s AI edge is evident.
Even in its nascent form, Google Assistant isalready much more useful than Siri is.
Where the iPhone pulls ahead is in the day to day details.
While the Pixel hasfinally managed to match it in terms of battery life, it seems to have achieved that through aggressive memory management that’s led to more app crashes on my Pixel than on my iPhone, and Apple’s nationwide retail presence means if your iPhone hasa problem you can’t fix, you can probably find a store in a nearby city to take it to.
Not so for Google, but the Pixel gets points for its virtual approach.
It has 24/7 customerservice baked right in.
That back and forth iskind of exhausting, right? Well, if you can take anything useful from it, it’s that no matter whicho f these you go for, you’re gonna get a great phone.
Okay, that’s not too useful.
In fact, it sounds like a cop out, but it’s true.
As always, the biggestquestion is which ecosystem you wanna belong to.
Once you answer that, you’re golden.
Now, I think the iPhone will hold its resale value better, and on the whole, I think it’s just barelythe better device, but Apple’s lead here isalmost entirely in hardware.
To me, Google’s softwareseems better positioned for the future of mobile, albeit thanks to a trove of user data that, I know, gives some people pause, and the Pixel is the best yet showcase of Android’s vast capabilities.
So if your shopping has narrowed it down for you to these two, pick your platform first.
After that, you basically can’t miss, and since many of youoften ask what I would do, personally, I need a little more boldness in my smart phone design, or a little less expenditure, and you can find phonesto fit each life style in the MrMobile library.