Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Google Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

Google launched it’s much awaited Pixel device this week. Even Apple has launched it’s next generation iPhone last week. So, it’s correct time to watch how these devices compete against each other.

Google-Pixel-XL-vs-iPhone-7-PlusGoogle Pixel XL which is fully Google Assitant powered device is compatible with some next gen products like, Wifi, Google Home and others. On, the other hand, iPhone 7 Plus is perfect with the new iOS version.

Let’s have a look on them in detail:

Design: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

Google’s inspiration can be seen in Pixel devices and Apple’s design algo’s can be seen in iPhone 7 Plus. Google Pixel XL has metal unibody as like of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. There’s are some similarities in the design: the same camera placement (absent the hump), two bottom-firing speakers like the 7 Plus, and a sizable bezel on the top and bottom lip of the phone.

Google Pixel is light in weight (168 gm) in comparison with iPhone 7 Plus (188 gm).

Further, both have charging port on the bottom and that too USB-C for the Pixel XL and Lightning for the 7 Plus. The XL retains the 3.5mm headphone jack that Apple dropped from its iPhone 7 lineup.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and Pixel XL is 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 in) in l*b*h.

Here if Pixel XL have dedicated 3.5 mm audio jack then iPhone 7 Plus is water and dust resistant and can survive for 30 minutes under six feet of water.

Here both the devices are are similar and user can buy it as per their use.

Display: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

The displays on both devices are 5.5 inches, but their panels are fairly different. The Pixel XL has a 2,560-by-1,440 Quad HD AMOLED display, giving it a rich pixel density of 534ppi. That’s much sharper than the 1,920-by-1,080 Retina display on the iPhone 7 Plus, which only has 401ppi.

So, Pixel is clear winner here.

Hardware and Performance: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

First talking note of the Pixel XL’s Snapdragon 321, which is the top notch processor we have seen on Android Devices. On the other hand, Apple uses Apple A10 Fusion which have total of four cores, two cores are clocked at 2.3 Ghz and remaining two are low power cores basically for controlling Bluetooth and other low level functions.

From further tests and benchmark results we got to know that Snapdragon 821 has outperformed Apple’s A10 Fusion. Even iPhone 7 Plus is available with 3GB of RAM while Pixel XL has 4 GB of RAM.

Taking look into the performance and hardware, Pixel XL is ahead of the Apple iphone 7 Plus.

Battery: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

The Pixel XL has a larger 3,450mAh battery and Apple packs 2900 mAh. We came to know that Pixel XL consumes less power from initial tests. The reason behind iPhone lagging in battery tests is due to it’s power consuming display at high brightness levels.

Software: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

The Google Pixel XL launches on Android Nougat 7.1 and it offers a pure Androidexperience with no bloatware. There is a new launcher, round app icons and it is the first phone to offer Google’s Assistant built-in.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10 and it will offer a streamlined experience for Mac users, like the Pixel XL does for Google users. There is no Google Assistant obviously, but Apple has Siri instead.

Price: Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus

The Google Pixel XL has a starting price of £719 for the 32GB model. It creeps up to £819 for the 128GB model.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus also has a starting price of £719, again for the 32GB model. The 128GB model also costs £819 like the Pixel XL, while the 256GB model will set you back £919.

Below are the specs of Pixel XL and  iPhone 7 Plus



Design

  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
    Bar Bar
  • Dimensions
    154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 in) 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
  • Weight
    168 g (5.93 oz) 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • Colors
    white, Blue, Silver, Black Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Waterproof
    -

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    AMOLED capacitive touchscreen LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    5.5 inches 5.5 inches
  • Resolution
    1440 x 2560 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors 16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    534 ppi pixel density 401 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating - Wide color gamut display - 3D Touch display & home button - Display Zoom
  • Features
    SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
    Browser HTML5
    Java No
    - Fast battery charging
    - MP4/H.264 player
    - MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    - Photo/video editor
    - Document editor
    iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
    Browser HTML5 (Safari)
    Java No
    - Siri natural language commands and dictation
    - iCloud cloud service
    - MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
    - MP4/H.264 player
    - Audio/video/photo editor
    - Document editor

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) Quad-core 2.23 GHz
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 530 (six-core graphics)
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    4 GB RAM 3 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    32/128 GB 32/128/256 GB
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    up to 256 GB
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat) iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2
  • User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.
    - -

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    12 MP Dual 12 MP
  • Image
    - 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
  • Camera Features
    1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 1/3" sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6" sensor size @ 56mm, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    dual-LED (dual tone) flash quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Secondary
    8 MP 7 MP

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    3450 mAh battery 2900 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)
  • Placement
    Non-removable Non-removable
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 456 h (3G) Up to 384 h (3G)
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 26 h (3G) Up to 21 h (3G)
  • Music Play
    - Up to 60 h

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE
  • Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    Type-C 1.0 reversible connector v2.0, reversible connector
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • Microphone Jack
  • Headphone Jack

By: Simran Singh

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