Apple's iPhone X vs. Google's Pixel 2 XL

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Now that the new 2017 flagship smartphones from both Google and Apple are available and in the hands of consumers, we thought we'd compare Apple's iPhone X with the Google Pixel 2 XL to see how these two devices measure up.

    In the video below, we took a look at specific features of both phones, including design, hardware, camera and display, along with each device's unique features like Face ID and Active Edge. We also compared what it's like using each phone on a day to day basis to give an overall picture of the similarities and differences between each of the devices.

    Both the Google Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X have high price points ($849 for the former and $999 for the latter), and similar display sizes at 5.8 inches for the iPhone X and 6 inches for the Pixel 2 XL.

    Inside, the iPhone X has a custom Apple-designed A11 processor, while the Pixel 2 XL features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. In raw benchmarks, the iPhone X outperforms the Pixel 2 XL, but the differences in processor and GPU speed aren't as noticeable in real world usage. When it comes to intensive tasks, though, the iPhone X will handily outperform the Pixel 2 XL.

    Both devices feature OLED displays, but the iPhone X's display is leagues better than the OLED display of the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL is plagued by serious display issues that have been making headlines for the last couple of weeks, including burn-in and bizarre color variations.

    iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL both have impressive cameras and produce some amazing photos, but the Pixel 2 XL does a lot of what the iPhone X can do with just a single camera. Apple's iPhone X is equipped with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, one with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens and the second with an f/2.4 telephoto lens, while the Pixel 2 XL is sporting just a single f/1.8 12-megapixel camera.

    As for front-facing cameras, the Pixel 2 XL has an f/2.4 8-megapixel camera while the iPhone X is sporting an f/2.2 7-megapixel camera that also happens to be equipped with an additional infrared camera, sensor, and dot projector to enable Face ID, one of the flagship iPhone X features that gives the iPhone X an edge over the Pixel 2 XL.

    Face ID has proven to be largely fast and accurate, making it an improvement over fingerprint sensing technology. Pixel 2 XL continues to offer a fingerprint sensor, albeit a fast and accurate one. Active Edge, the Pixel 2 XL's distinguishing feature, lets users squeeze the sides of the device to quickly activate Google Assistant. Speaking of Google Assistant, that's another feature where the Pixel 2 XL has an edge over the iPhone X -- many believe Google Assistant is more useful than Siri.

    Pixel 2 XL has a larger battery than the iPhone X (though the iPhone X wins out in some battery life tests), but it doesn't offer the same Qi wireless charging functionality that's available in the iPhone X. It charges over USB-C, though, while the iPhone X continues to use a proprietary Lightning port for non-wireless charging purposes. Neither device has a headphone jack, as Google followed in Apple's footsteps and opted to rely solely on wireless technology.

    So which of these devices is better? It's impossible to say. Both the iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2 XL are entirely different platforms, and each one is the best in its respective category. There are some things the Google Pixel 2 XL does better than the iPhone X, and some things the iPhone X does better than the Google Pixel 2 XL. Choosing one really comes down to the ecosystem you prefer -- iOS or Android.

    Article Link: Apple's iPhone X vs. Google's Pixel 2 XL
  2. dmx, Nov 10, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017

    dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    > So which of these devices is better? It's impossible to say.

    No it's not.

    (to the author, don't take this personally - we just really like our iPhones :) )
  3. NufSaid macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2015
    ÜT: 41.065573,-83.668801
    I will say that what I am impressed with on the X is the face sensor. I am almost forgetting that it is secure. The swipe gestures at the bottom are also very intuitive.

    For me iPhone wins on the ecosystem (and display.) Google has documents and that world but not an entire ecosystem of messaging and task lists.
  4. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
  5. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    - similar price points
    - $150 difference

    pick one
  6. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    You know, similar. Like the price of Starbucks vs. 7-11. ;)
  7. Baymowe335, Nov 10, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017

    Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    These phones aren't even on the same planet, for me personally.

    The Pixel has an excellent camera but:
    • Mostly Plastic
    • Has Huge Bezels
    • An inferior OLED from LG. Color shift. Burn in.
    • Less premium build quality
    • Generally Ugly
    • No wireless charging.
    • Removed headphone jack after making fun of Apple...loses all credibility
  8. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    iPhone X is cheaper when you consider it has 5 years of guaranteed updates vs. 2 years for the Pixel :)
  9. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    To me the main difference is that with Google, YOU are the product.
  10. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Agreed, yet I don't see any benefit of Google Docs over Apple's Suite.
    Apple at least allows auto sync from iPhone, iPad, Mac or Web. 3 of these have intuitive power of on device dedicated applications. Google only has web and with their data mining model of selling you ads ... I just don't feel comfortable. Information in my works, ideas, etc I believe I should be paid for not the company that's offering the service for free from products I've paid for which leads to those services.
  11. neutralguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2015
    Who wrote this article?
    When it comes to intensive tasks, though, the iPhone X will handily outperform the Pixel 2 XL.
    What type of observation is that? Either you compare and provide examples to prove it. Don't write a comparison article and put such statements.

    Is this a "pick me up" article after all the issues showing up for iPhone X?:rolleyes:
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think the real winner for me, is the iPhone X. Gesture control and Face ID are two huge capabilities that make the new iPhone X an entirely different experience.
  13. neutralguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2015
    The main difference is that with Apple, YOU are the tester!
  14. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    My god, that background triangle wall thing is tacky AF. The YouTube pillow gave me a heart attack. Did you vinyl wrap the fridge to make it look like Pikachu?
  15. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    I was surprised to hear the iPhone X has a UHD display resolution, or did he mean HDR screen? hmm...
  16. MagMan1979 macrumors member


    May 4, 2015
    I'm sorry, but let's recap Pixel 2/XL issues:

    • Grainy LED panel provided by LG, check
    • Burn-in on 2-week old LED green, check
    • Ships with missing accessories in the box, check
    • Ships with NO OPERATING SYSTEM, check
    Who's the tester???
  17. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    Should check out that PhoneBuff speed test between X vs Note8. For years, Samsung was the whipping boy for Apple and other Android OEMs when it comes to RAM management. Not anymore.
  18. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    You guys are right. I changed the wording here. Thanks for calling me out on it :)
  19. Costino1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2012
    The design reminds me of the very first iPhone 2G with the two tone back had sex and made a child with the iPhone 4.
  20. Pezboy macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2015
    Wait, am I on an Apple fan site or not? How is there not a clear winner???
  21. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I'm still blown away by how accurate and fast Face ID works.
  22. MagMan1979 macrumors member


    May 4, 2015
    That's because this place allows a lot of Android trolls on to get extra page clicks, and stir things up, nothing new...
  23. KmanOz macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2007
    The reviewer just said "FaceID is here, but who knows for how long". Does he live on another planet?
  24. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    It's the Nanoleaf Aurora. It's not tacky in most instances, I just don't think his couch/towers are a good design choice, with the Aurora right in the middle. It's too symmetrical. Looks better in color too.

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  25. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Pixel2XL would be an excellent phone if it was $499. So do Apple. iPhoneX could have been $749 if Tim wasn't greedy.

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