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Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Best Comparison

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and Google Pixel- two premier brands fight it out with their flagship phones. Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Which one of these flagships is best? Which one is worth your money? Let's take a look. 

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Comparison

Google Pixel is the first ever phone made by Google entirely on its own. Ofcourse HTC assembled its parts but starting from designing to each and every aspect of this smartphone was an exclusive Google's decision. On the other hand comes Apple's latest flagship - the iPhone 7, a phone series that with half the specs of its competitors put most to shame. 

There have been several notable changes in the iPhone 7, some of them receiving mixed reviews like the exclusion of headphone jack in the iPhone; while the fact that the iPhone 7 is the first water and dust resistant iPhone, has been a really welcoming news for most iPhone lovers.

But how does the "original Android" phone Google Pixel face off against the IOS giant, the iPhone 7- this Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 comparison is going to shed light on just that!

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Specs

In this specs section, the infographic shown below, created by MediaKix is quite useful. However do know that, as with Apple and its iPhone flagships, specifications related to performance are almost thrown out of the window with its unique software-hardware integration and compatibility. I did say "almost" because this gap is lessening as Google is producing newer Android versions that help give a better performance. So getting to know about the specs are somewhat important nowadays too!

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Design

  • Google Pixel: 143.4 x 70 x 8.6 mm dimensions; 143 g weight; IP53 dust and water-resistant
  • iPhone 7: 138 x 67 x 7.1 mm dimensions; 138 g weight; IP67 certified dust and water resistant

The design of the iPhone 7 hasn't changed much from its predecessor the Iphone 6S. But that doesn't change the fact that the iPhone 7 is still one of the most gorgeous smartphones released in 2016. The iPhone 7 comes with the same metal casing, its flat back and curved side making it easy to grip. The iPhone 7, however did offer some change in its design though, to be honest. 

Iphone 7 and Iphone 7 Plus
Iphone 7 and Iphone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7's camera continues to protrude from the back of the device, but now looks slightly larger which is ever more noticeable in the iPhone 7 Plus, which has dual cameras. Its home button now responds by vibrating instead of depressing when pressed. The button is sensitive to pressure and you can use Apple Pay, call Siri. Also it acts as the fingerprint scanner.

Apart from the antenna lines, which curve around the up and rear end of the device, another really notable change, which is also extremely controversial is the exclusion of the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. The space has been replaced by two speaker holes. The iPhone 7 is the first ever iPhone to be water resistant and is IP67 certified 

(RELATED: Best Waterproof Protective Cases for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6S/ 6 Plus / 6S Plus) . 

One of the holes house the real speaker. The other grille is just for design and doesn't contain any speaker; it has been kept as to balance the other speaker grille.

Google Pixel Smartphones made exclusively by google. Flagship smartphone of 2016
Pixel Smartphones

Google Pixel Smartphones
The Back of the Pixel smartphones now feature just the Google Logo

As for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, its design is surprisingly quite similar to the iPhone. Body, made with aerospace grade aluminium combined with Gorilla Glass, the phone is rectangular with smooth surface and curved edges(easy to grip) which all in all make the phone really gorgeous. Antenna lines of the phone lie on the rear bottom of the device and the finger-print scanner rests on the phone's backside. 

Google Pixel doesn't have a home button on its body. Its fingerprint scanner is located on the phone rear and it can be used for Android Pay too.

However for a flagship priced phone with a high price, in the iPhone range, it disappoints by providing a meagre IP53 rating, thus the smartphone is not at all water resistant. Consider yourself lucky if it survives a water dunk too!

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Display

  • Google Pixel: 1080 × 1920 pixels (Full HD); AMOLED display; 441 ppi pixel density; 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4; 71.2% screen to body ratio
  • iPhone 7: 1334 × 750 pixels; LCD display; 326 ppi pixel density; Ion strengthened glass; 65.6% screen to body ratio
The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LCD screen packing a 1334 x 750 resolution display, which provides a 326 ppi Pixel density. 
Due to its cinema standard colour gamut and, the iPhone 7's display looks much richer than its predecessor and offers more vivid saturated colours than its predecessor. Also the display of the iPhone 7 is 25% brighter than that of the iPhone 6S, so it will appear much clearer outdoors.

Though the iPhone 7 comes packed with an unimpressive resolution and 1:1400 contrast ratio, Apple has packed quite advanced technology like the double colour gamut and DCI-P3, a tech that is only available in very expensive televisions, so as to make the iPhone 7 render an amazing display.

Google Pixel comes with a 5 inch screen with a full HD Amoled display and a 424 ppi Pixel density. Due to its greater resolution, Google Pixel is much better suited for VR than the iPhone 7. Also Pixel is Daydream (Google's new VR platform) ready. The display is protected from damages by the Gorilla Glass 4.

Google Pixel design

At a time when phone manufacturers are keen on adding wide colour gamuts for their respective phones, Google has made sure the Pixel's AMOLED display supports and uses the NTSC gamut by default. 

As for brightness, Google Pixel performs tops out at 403 nits, which is a moderate performance. iPhone on the other hand, can provide about 603 nits brightness. The use of AMOLED display theoretically provides an infinite contrast, although practically, it isn't possible due to reflection from nearby light source. 

As for Google Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus, Google wins by providing a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution on the Pixel XL, which gives 534 ppi pixel-density. The iPhone 7 Plus only comes with a full HD display same as the Pixel. 

But when it comes to brightness, iPhone wins the round easily. A worth mentioning point is that, the Google Pixel uses a lot less power compared to the iPhone 7 on its display.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Performance

Google Pixel offers Qualcomm's latest processor - the Snapdragon 821, which according to Google is 10% faster than the Snapdragon 820. Accompanied by 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, the Google Pixel boasts some serious power and speed. 

The iPhone on the other hand with 2GB RAM and its new A10 fusion core(40% faster than the A9) is the fastest smartphone out yet. Also its new GPU is 40% faster than its predecessor.

According to solid benchmarks and the video above, the iPhone 7 easily outperforms the Google Pixel, both in single and multiple core tests.

In the above video, both the phones are put to a speed test. Power consuming or heavy tasks are slightly faster in the iPhone 7. But when it comes to small apps like calculator and the Browser, both the phones are equal in speed.

However, when it comes to opening the camera, Google Pixel tends to open it, a little faster, an important thing for those who don't want to miss taking pictures because of slight phone lag. 

We bring to your notice that both the phones are extremely fast and no task or games, no matter how demanding it may be can slow them down. So the performance difference in benchmarks is quite unnoticable in real life scenarios.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Storage

The iPhone 7 comes in 32, 128 and 256 GB varieties with no micro-SD slot (NO MICRO-SD! AS EXPECTED FROM APPLE). Google Pixel comes in 32GB and 128 GB models, the 128 GB having a huge price bump compared to its 32GB model though. Google offers unlimited online storage for your photos and videos - a really good offer for those who have unlimited internet pack. 

We suggest you buy the Google Pixel 32 GB model and accompany it with an unlimited net pack of your choice. It will be more cheaper than buying the 128GB model. However if you like the warm comfort of having your images, videos etc by your side and not on a storage cloud, then, you would find the iPhone 7 more comfortable.

Still, Google's idea of providing unlimited storage for Pixel users will not be welcome by normal phone users as several services like Dropbox and Google Drive do provide a substantial amount of cloud storage for free.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Software

(For the OS analysis, I recommend you check out my Android Nougat vs iOS 10 OS Analysis and Comparison, which is the most detailed comparison between the two OS that you will find nowhere else! )

Google Pixel runs on Android 7.1 Nougat(7.1.2 in some Pixel devices though), which will remain a Pixel exclusive for quite some time. It offers split screen mode, file based encryption, better notification settings, and Vulcan API support to deliver improved 3D graphics along with better battery power management. 

It contains a Night Light Mode for reducing eye strain in the dark and a app long press shortcut options that we see in iOS 10. Pixel comes with Google Assistant, made into the software however Apple has provided the AI-powered Allo (for messaging) and Duo (video calling) services.

The iOS 10 lets SIRI, support third party apps thus increasing Iphone Assistant's functionality by leaps and bounds. Google's quickcuts which act as launcher shortcuts give "Apple's 3D touch" stiff competition. Also, now you can talk to Google Assistant in a much conversational tone. It is more intelligent than Siri and is able to understand you better than Siri. Also Google Assistant has better voice understanding capability than Siri.

When you use Google Assistant for the first time, it will not astound you. Rather you may get disappointed as it will return Google searches for most of your queries. However it is actually a temporary phase. Google Assistant has the deepest A.I. present in any digital assistant till date, including Google Now. With its machine learning capability, it will get smarter and provide you better and better answers, the more you use it.

Google has replaced its Google Launcher with the Pixel launcher placed at the top of the Android 7.1 OS. Google's apps look circular in shape which may look a little odd, placed side by side with third party apps. 

There is a support tab in the settings menu with which you can ask Google for support in case you face any problems with your handset.
Also, iOS 10 are going to miss out on the Daydream VR platform as Apple just doesn't seem to bother with VR much.

Though both the iOS and the Android has gone through several improvements over several years and iOS 10 and Android 7.1 being the best they could offer yet, I guess Android 7.1 is a clear winner here.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Camera

  • Google Pixel: Primary Camera- 12.3 MP, f/2.0, 1.55 micrometre pixel size, EIS (HDR+ mode); Secondary Camera- 8 MP, f/2.4, 1.4 micrometre pixel size
  • Apple iPhone 7: Primary Camera- 12 MP, f/1.8, 5X zoom; Secondary Camera- 7 MP, f/2.2, Retina Flash
Google Pixel vs Iphone 7 camera comparison

The iPhone 7 camera, fantastic, to say the least, outperforms its predecessor with much ease. It features a new six-optic lens, Optical Image Stabilisation and f/1.8 aperture which is much wider than the previous iPhone model thus enabling wider shots and more light to enter to take better low light pics. The iPhone 7 camera also can capture 4K video at high frame rates.

Google Pixel vs Iphone 7 camera comparison

In terms of camera, well, Google Pixel truly is a beast. Armed with 12.3 MP back and 8 MP front camera and by default Google's auto HDR+ mode turned on, the phone captures pretty amazing pictures. However much of Pixel's camera performance depends on the software than the hardware. In low light conditions, Google Pixel's camera captured much brighter and sharper pictures compared to the iPhone 7. 

Camera Shootout Comparison

Also it seems as if Pixel captures much detailed pictures at a distance than its counterpart. Point to be noted is that Google Pixel more than makes up for not having OIS by its HDR+ mode. It also enables quite smooth video capture by the Google Pixel. 
However in bright conditions (outdoors), there is hardly any noticable difference between the two cameras. Though Google suffers from a greater lens flare, Google has assured of an upcoming software update to fix that. 

iPhone 7 Plus also attempt to give a portrait mode which blurs the background putting the subject to the forefront, sonething which camera buffs call "bokeh", which is actually still in beta but has been pushed out with the IOS 10. Google also offers a similar experience but it has to be activated from the settings menu. 

Summing it up, what Google has done with Pixel's camera is just what Apple does with its iPhone's performance. Both use software to turn the tables on smartphones with better hardware. Just like, the iPhone 7 claiming a decisive victory over the Pixel in performance, Google Pixel wins a slight victory when it comes to their camera comparison.
Check out this post of a detailed camera comparison by Verge.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Battery

Well, this comparison segment has always been much of a no-brainer. Apple has always kept and KEEPS on packing its iPhone with minuscule batteries. The iPhone 7 comes packed with a non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery, which proves to be highly insufficient for a moderate day's work and may has a high chance of dying out in the middle of the day. With constant use, the iPhone lasts just over six hours. The Pixel comes with a much larger 2770 mAh battery which definitely not the best battery, flagship phones of 2016 are coming out with, but is okay for a day's moderate use. Also the AMOLED display of the Pixel strains battery life lesser than its iPhone counterpart. 

The iPhone Plus comes with a larger 2990 mAh battery but is again beaten by the Pixel XL's 3450 mAh battery power pack.

In terms of charging capacity, Google Pixel charges itself much faster than the iPhone 7 (7 hours of charge in 15 mins).

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 charge speed test

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Price is already labelled out in the Info-graphics above.

However a lot depends upon the retailer as to whether or not he will sell the product at/below the MRP and if below the MRP, by how much. Do research at different online sellers to see where the phone that you wish to buy is sold cheapest.

The following links go to Online retailers which sell the respective phones at the cheapest price.

Google Pixel vs iPhone 7 Verdict

This comparison is really quite a close call. Both the smartphones have their respective pros and cons. While iPhone bests the Pixel in terms of performance, the Google Pixel edges a slight victory in its camera. When iPhone gets a win in water and dust resistance, the Pixel claims victory in its Software. 

Also while the iPhone is sturdier than the Pixel, Pixel has a slightly better display, which becomes more notable when watching VR. However the iPhone comes at a slightly lower price than the Pixel in India (Check above Links).  Then there is the camera. Google Pixel outperforms the iPhone 7 there.

Do read the entire comparison and decide BASED ON YOUR NEEDS, which phone will suit you more! Still, if I had to go with one of these flagships, for me, iPhone 7 would have been a better choice.

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