Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Which should you choose?
Apple has been fighting Google in the mobile operating system space for years now.
Google’s Android OS has proven more and more popular over time, but even today it’s seen mostly just as a cheaper alternative to Apple’s iOS. This is because it’s available on much cheaper (and ultimately inferior) hardware than the iPhone.
If you’re a fan of Android’s felxibility, though, finding a phone that can match the high hardware standards of the iPhone is a challenge.
Samsung have arguably offered the best platform for the Android OS in years gone by. In recent times, however, they’ve been subject to intense criticism following the exploding handset scandal.
So with other high-end manufacturers unpopular in the current climate, Google has had to do something to keep their own platform alive.
The Google Pixel is Born
It’s a timely rebrand, after their mid-range Nexus line-up was declared dead in the water.
More than this, it’s a brave move. Its price tag puts it in Galaxy and iPhone territory.
The question is, with Samsung left to lick their wounds for a while, how does the Google Pixel square up to Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 7?
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Design
- Similar look with fingerprint sensors
- iPhone 7 is slightly smaller, slimmer & lighter
- Pixel has headphone jack and USB Type-C
The Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7 look different. Sort of.
The Pixel features a combination of aluminium and glass, with its fingerprint sensor on the rear, whilst the iPhone 7 is all aluminium its fingerprint sensor is a part of the Home button on the front.
A big talking point of the iPhone, was, of course, the removal of the traditional headphone jack.
The Pixel retains a headphone jack, but shoehorns it in at the top. As with the iPhone 7 (which removed the phyiscal element of the home button) there are no physical buttons on the front of Pixel.
The iPhone 7 is a tad smaller, lighter and slimmer than the Pixel. It’s also more waterproof.
The colours available for Pixel owners are named in a slighltly mickey-taking fashion; Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue (Really Blue is not coming to the UK).
This is a mockery of the naming conventions of Apple’s phone colours; Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black and Jet Black.
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Display
- Pixel has larger, crisper display
- iPhone 7 has 3D Touch for more functionality
- Pixel uses AMOLED, iPhone 7 uses LCD
Based on the numbers, the Pixel does offer a sharper and crisper display. But the iPhone 7’s is still very clear.
The iPhone 7 also has 3D Touch, which is Apple’s name for a pressure sensitive display.
Pixel users get a sort of faux version – with access to different features and functions based on the length of time they press on something.
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Camera
- Both have 12MP rear sensors, but the iPhone has wider aperture
- Pixel has higher resolution front camera, but the iPhone again has wider aperture
- iPhone 7 has optical image stabilisation
Despite fierce competition from other smartphone manufacturers, it seems that the iPhone cameras, year on year, provide the best and most consistent results.
Numbers wise, the Pixel and iPhone 7 are pretty equal, and both are believed to deliver excellent images. So you shouldn’t be disappointed with either. Here’s an example:
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Hardware
- Both quad-core processors, but Pixel has more RAM
- Both available in 32GB and 128GB models, but iPhone also comes in 256GB
- Pixel has a larger battery capacity
As we mentioned earlier, for Android’s OS to run anywhere nearly as smoothly as iOS does, the hardware performance needs to compete with that of the iPhone.
The Google Pixel and the Apple iPhone 7 both run off quad-core processors. The Pixel is slightly different though – whereas the iPhone 7 runs its own proprietary A10 chip (which includes 3GB of RAM) – the Pixel uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with 4GB of RAM.
Both the iPhone and the Pixel come in 32GB and 12GB models. The iPhone is also available in 256GB. The Pixel doesn’t include the normal android luxury of expandable storage via SD card.
The Pixel has a superior 2770mAh battery capacity, while the iPhone 7 is quite a bit smaller at 1960mAh.
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Software
- Pixel runs a ‘pure’ Android with no bloatware
- iPhone 7 runs iOS
- Both have personal assistants
The Android OS has had a bit of a facelift with 7.1 (Nougat). It features Google Assistant built-in, accessed via a long press of the home button in the new launcher.
As the Pixel runs a ‘pure’ Android experience, it doesn’t feel messy, and there’s no bloatware like you might find on a Samsung or Sony.
The iPhone 7 ships with iOS 10, and so brings with it all of the latest features Apple has to offer. In terms of a personal assistant, you get Siri, who, like with Google’s equivalent, is accessed via a long press of the Home button on the front of the device.
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Price
- Both start at £599
- Both the Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7 start at £599 for the 32GB model. Add another £100 and you’ll be able to get your hands on a 128GB model of either.
- The iPhone 7 is also then offered in a 256GB model, as we mentioned, which costs a further £100 for a price of £799.
Google have been brave and matched the price of the iPhone. Perhaps a clever move in the wake of Samsung’s (quite literal) self-destruct.
Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Conclusion
From first glance, The Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7 are fundamentally different handsets.
Upon closer inspection there are striking similarities and they are very closely matched in terms of both specs and price.
What are the differences? Well, the Pixel has a nicer display and larger memory & battery capacity. It’s also got a clearer front-facing camera.
The iPhone is still of a slightly nicer build, with a slimmer and lighter design. It’s also more waterproof.
Ultimately, it’s a hard call to make between the two phones. Both are solid in their builds, seamless in their performance and they both have brilliant cameras.
It’s hard to see if there’s anything the everyday users needs that the Pixel offers and the iPhone doesn’t, though.
In conclusion, the Pixel is just another attempt at building an iPhone equivalent. That’s a difficult thing to sell to the common consumer, considering it offers minimal improvements at best.
Google needs to improves on the concept of the iPhone, if they are to be successful in the high-end mobile market.