Pixel vs iPhone 7: Google takes on Apple

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Until now, Google was best known for their online services and software. Google then decided to enter into the world of “hardware” and bring their own smartphones to the market. Even though the device was manufactured by HTC, you won’t find any trace of the Taiwanese manufacturer on the phone, which is part of Google's war for independence. It’s clear that through the Pixel, Google is challenging the Apple iPhone 7, especially if you consider the similarity in price. So, can the first Google Pixel phone compete with the Cupertino-based company? Find the answer in our preliminary comparison.

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Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: design and finish

Neither smartphone will let you down here. For both devices, the premium quality is unquestionable. The design is also similar since both devices have a metal casing that makes them pleasant to handle. Of course, the iPhone 7 design isn’t the most original - it has had the same design for 3 generations - however the phone maintains an elegant style. I wouldn’t recommend the jet black version, which has a more plastic than metal feel and shows every fingerprint. This can be compensated for by the water resistance that the Pixel lacks.

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The iPhone 7 jet black version shows every fingerprint. © NextPit

If you're after more originality, you'll have to turn to the Pixel. This smartphone is certainly one of the most beautiful smartphones ever created by Google. It’s a feast for the eyes.

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The Pixel’s AMOLED display is extremely bright. © NextPit

As for the differences, you’ll notice an actual Home button on the iPhone and a Gorilla Glass 4 back panel on the Pixel. Note that the iPhone 7 is more fine and compact than the Pixel but the Pixel has the added value of including a mini-jack.

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: display

To begin with size, this boils down to a question of taste and color since the Google Pixel offers a 5-inch screen, contrary to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 screen. The main differences lie in screen definition. The Pixel is a good candidate in this area as it offers Full-HD definition (1080 x 1920 pixels). Oddly, the iPhone 7 doesn’t offer as much with a lower definition (750 x 1334 pixels). Using this type of definition for a screen is sufficient but the device lacks any sort of virtual reality.

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The AMOLED screen on the Pixel is very vivid. © NextPit

In terms of image responsiveness and accuracy, it is definitely a high-end product. Both screens are good but, thanks to the Pixel’s AMOLED screen, it stands out thanks to its more vibrant colors. The iPhone 7’s unique advantage is its compatibility with Force Touch technology that Apple renamed 3D Touch and which allows access to new features with extra support.

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Only the iPhone 7 has Force Touch technology (Apple has 3D Touch) © NextPit
If you want more originality, consider the Pixel

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: user interface

The software interface is always a delicate subject as it is hard to compare two OS devices that have two different visions. Google Pixel uses the latest 7.1 version of Android Nougat and offers the best Android experience around. Google Assistant, Android’s artificial intelligence, is at the heart of the Google smartphone.

The Pixel offers the best Android experience around

Unfortunately, for now, it only reaches its full potential in English. But Assistant learns quickly and the device is, without a doubt, quickly becoming bilingual in the French language.

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On the other hand, the iPhone 7 works with the most recent Apple mobile operating system: iOS 10. In both cases, you are guaranteed the latest software versions. Google guarantees two years of operating system updates and three years of security updates. A special mention goes to the Pixel that runs updates in the background within a second partition system.

Another interesting element of the Pixel is that the users benefit from 24/7 client support. It’s even possible to authorize an operator to use the smartphone.

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: performance

It’s always difficult to evaluate the performance of two smartphones that use different operating systems. Know that neither device struggles with multitasking or with the most bandwidth-hungry games.

Neither device struggles with multitasking or with the most bandwidth-hungry games

As I still haven’t had the opportunity to assess the Pixel against benchmarks, I cannot comment on all its capacities but the test that I did carry out allows me to be relatively confident in this area. It uses the most powerful Snapdragon processor (821) and 4GB of RAM. The iPhone 7, equipped with a new A10 processor and 3GB of RAM, is also a benchmark for power and performance.

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: camera

Falling behind other Android smartphones for many years, Apple has finally reacted with the iPhone 7. The company has at last caught up with the market and offers a great photo experience with a 12 MP camera (f/1.8). However, the iPhone 7 finds itself below the Galaxy S7, which remained the market’s front-runner until the introduction of the Pixel. I say “remained” because, according to DXOMark, one of the main benchmarking institutes for photography, it’s the Pixel that holds the top spot for the best camera phones with a score of 89.

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The iPhone offers a 12 megapixel camera. © NextPit

The test that I carried out didn’t allow me to form a clear opinion of the 12.3 MP camera but I am confident in the Pixel because Google was able to optimize the hardware and software more than usual.

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The Google Pixel is the best camera phone according to DXOMark. © NextPit

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: battery

For the moment, seeing as we don’t have the Pixel device in-house, we were not able to test the Pixel battery efficiency from the Google event display stand. Under the hood, the Pixel carries a 2770 mAh battery, which should allow your battery to last the day. The iPhone 7 has barely improved. Its endurance isn’t bad but it’s not great either.

In this area, the main advantage of the Pixel is its ability to gain 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

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7 hours of autonomy in just 15 minutes' charging. © NextPit/Google

Technical specifications

Google Pixel vs. Apple iPhone 7 technical specifications

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Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
Weight: 143 g 138 g
Battery size: 2770 mAh 1960 mAh
Screen size: 5 in 4.7 in
Display technology: AMOLED LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi) 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 7 megapixels
Rear camera: 12.3 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 7.1 - Nougat Not available
User interface: Stock Android Not available
RAM: 4 GB 2 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
128 GB
32 GB
128 GB
256 GB
Removable storage: Sorry, not yet available! Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Sorry, not yet available!
Number of cores: 4 4
Max. clock speed: 2.15 GHz Sorry, not yet available!
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: verdict

For now, it’s still too early to determine which smartphone is the best as the Pixel needs more investigating in order to reach a clear conclusion. Whatever the result, one thing is for sure: you will not regret your choice. We have two clear top quality smartphones. We are faced with two philosophies: Android vs iOS.

Over the years, the Android community has hoped that Google would produce its own smartphone and they have finally heard us

Of course, my preference lies with the Pixel. I simply decided that, from a first trial, I found the Google Pixel to be particularly accomplished. Over the years, the Android community has hoped that Google would produce its own smartphone and they have finally heard us. Of course, the Pixel is still not everything that we want in a Google smartphone but it’s the first step that will lead to other features. It’s all about the device offering the most well-rounded Android experience available today.

Which of the two devices do you think wins the duel?

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  • Attila Ferenczi Oct 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Stop compairing iOS based phones with Android based phones. They are two different worlds. iPhone is good in "x" things and android phones are good in "y" things. Yes i know they have things in common but work with different technologies, and ideas to reach their customers. So let them be different and unique couse that is what makes them so great. And if you want to compare their performance than first use it daily before saying anything becouse you cant define which one is better based on a 30 seconds speed test becouse they show differences according to those tests and of course you want them as your daily driver not as a test subject. Personally I am always excited to hear the latest news about googles or appels new products. Sometimes they disappoint me but sometimes they make some really clever and awesome things and I always look forward to hear what new. For example apples 3D touch, good idea, i would like to see it in other phones, and the moto z series modularity is just fantastic. And the two phones above are great in their ways. Its your personal preference which one you are gonna choose.

  • Ivan C. Oct 8, 2016 Link to comment

    two different machines with two different os structures, how do you compare them?

  • ljhaye Oct 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Pixel is really going after Samsung and the high end Android Market, all the Apple talk is a smoke screen for their OEM partners

  • Dean L. Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Hmmmm......... Interesting that you really can't compare the two side by side that you were able to select a winner. But when you compare the specs only the Pixel falls a little short to the specs of the iPhone 7. Me, I'm going to wait on making a decision until after reviewers have an actual Pixel in hand and can do a real world comparison. Just saying.....

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  • Wakfu Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    It's the pixel who win because a android.

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    Deactivated Account Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    trying to ignore the cost...but,
    very impressive for a 1st attempt at bringing it to Apple,
    I think Google's gonna do very well out of this.

  • The Experiience Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing this article, I really bookmarked the article

  • Willy Yappy Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

    HTC is a Taiwanese company, NOT Korean.

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    • Bastian Siewers Oct 7, 2016 Link to comment

      Hi! Sorry for the mistake and thanks for the headsup, we fixed it ;)

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