why Google’s flagship trumps Apple’s best? iPhone X Vs Pixel 2 XL
We’ve spoken about the iPhone X and we’ve given you five reasons why it should be considered over the Pixel 2 XL. The X is in no way a perfect device. Apart from the exorbitant price, the iPhone X does miss out on a lot of key features. Meanwhile, Google has improved the Pixel 2 series significantly over the original Pixel handsets. The Pixel 2 XL, in particular, is a unique device from the company thanks to its slim bezel design. Google has also loaded it with a number of software and AI enhancements that are worth nothing. In this piece, we will look at five aspects about the Pixel 2 XL that simply outdoes the iPhone X.
The Pixel 2 XL is a smart smartphone
In recent years, Google has vastly improved artificial intelligence and machine learning. Google Assistant today is one of the most intelligent AI assistance, outdoing the likes of Apple’s Siri in a short span of time. Beyond Assistant, Google has applied AI in a number of its services. In fact, the Pixel 2 series have tons of AI baked right in, which make them truly smart.
We’ve spent a brief amount of time with the Pixel 2 XL and there’s still a lot of AI functionalities to discover. However, features like Google Lens, always listening, and Active Edge to bring up Assistant, among other things have been some pretty smart additions. Google Lens is an image recognition feature that allows you to point your camera at objects in your surrounding and the AI will recognize them and provide information
The Pixel 2 smartphones borrow HTC’s with squeezable frame feature that was first seen in the U11. Essentially, Active Edge allows you to squeeze the frame to perform certain actions. Here, however, the action is limited to opening Google Assistant. This is still a lot more convenient and simpler than saying “Ok Google” or long pressing the home key. The Always Listening feature listens to music playing around you and will display the name of the song on the lock screen. We won’t go into the obvious privacy-related concerns right now! The AI is also hugely present in the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras, which we’ve saved for the next pointer.
Best cameras ever in a smartphone
Hands down the Pixel 2 XL blows the competition away in photography. Really, Google has given next to nothing to complain about here. When Google announced at the unveiling that the Pixel 2 series scored a 98 in DxOMark – the highest ever for a smartphone – we couldn’t wait to try it out for ourselves. You’ve seen a lot of flagships this year sporting dual rear cameras for improved quality and depth of field. Google manages all of that in a single camera sensor. We’d call that pretty smart indeed.
It is pretty amazing the things the Pixel 2 XL manages to do with a single lens compared to other dual lens smartphones. The 12-megapixel sensor is capable of taking some mighty fine pictures and a little backing from AI never hurts anyone. The HDR+ combined with AI and machine learning help create some of the best photos we’ve seen. Low-light images were good, portrait shots were even better. In fact, we tried the Portrait Mode on both the Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X and the former was a clear winner in our books.
It’s expensive but still cheaper than the iPhone X
Both the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X fall under the upper end of the premium segment. But where the iPhone X is priced at $999, the Pixel 2 XL comes in at $849. In India, the iPhone X is comparatively a lot more, with the starting price at Rs 89,000 for the 64GB model and going up to 1,02,000 for the 256GB variant.
The Pixel 2 XL’s price in India, on the other hand, falls a little under the iPhone X, at Rs 73,000 and Rs 82,000 for the 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively. This makes the Pixel 2 XL just a little more affordable than the iPhone X.
Stock Android with fluid experience
Google’s Pixel lineup come deliver stock Android experience. The Pixel 2 XL will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo that is pure, clean and unadulterated. This ensures that you get the best Android experience Google has to offer. It also means that you’re going to get a snappy user interface that is backed by a Snapdragon 835 processor.
The Pixel 2 XL has all the high-end hardware to back the software. Apart from the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the device packs 4GB of RAM and pretty large 3520mAh battery. It doesn’t have Apple’s Face ID, but it does come with a pretty snappy fingerprint sensor for those who still love unlocking it that way.
Dual front-facing speakers? Yes, please
Companies coming out with full-screen phones have had to make a few tough decisions like dropping the home button or removing the 3.5mm headphone jack. After making fun of Apple last year for dropping the jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Google went ahead and did the same with the Pixel 2 XL. That might disappoint a lot of people. But the company tries to make up for it by adding dual front-facing speakers.
Yes, stereo speakers are present on the iPhone X as well. But Google has done a better job of implementing them in the Pixel 2XL. In the iPhone X, the earpiece acts as one speaker and the second speaker is located on the bottom edge – which is not an ideal placement. The bottom mounted speaker gets muffled and covered up whilst playing games or watching videos in landscape. Because of the fact that the Pixel 2XL’s speakers fire forward, the sound is slightly more immersive.
The stereo speakers on the Pixel 2 XL compliments the large display and will likely provide a pretty immersive viewing experience. The phone, despite its minimal bezels, isn’t the biggest as far screen-to-body ratio is concerned. But the stereo speakers guarantee a good experience nevertheless.
Google Pixel 2XL vs iPhone X
The iPhone X is out now and Google’s Pixel 2 XL is yet to start shipping. Apple’s newest bezel-less flagship has seen a lot of hype and excitement. Google’s flagship has garnered a lot of attention too, for better or worse. Both the smartphones compete in the premium segment, and both have a few notable things to offer.