Around 2 weeks ago, Apple released the highly anticipated(and probably most memed) iPhone X. The company’s latest flagship stirred up a lot of controversy with its 1000$ price tag and new features such as Face ID. And of course, as soon as it was released it was instantly being compared to the new and improved version of the phone that is almost being intentionally made to out-do the iPhone in every way, the Google Pixel 2. While all the hypebeasts are debating which camera is better on social media(because who cares about what else the phone can do right?), I figured why not review each phone and give my take on which one could potentially be the better phone.
First, let’s look at the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 has a 5 in. screen with a FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display and an aluminum body with the glass shade near the rear facing camera like the first Pixel. The phone is IP67 certified for water resistance, meaning it can handle a splash but it’s not really all that water resistant and this phone, unlike other flagships, is keeping the dual forward facing stereo speakers. However, due to the fact that they decided to keep the forward facing speakers, the bezels on the side of the phone do not allow it to have a truly edged screen. The Pixel 2 also features a fingerprint scanner on the very back of the phone where you would normally place your fingers in order to pick it up(A major plus 1 for most people). The Pixel 2 also features what is known as the Google Assistant. Pixel 2 users can squeeze the frame of the phone to trigger the assistant which will then pick up on voice commands to, well, assist you. While the assistant is still quite buggy, the features are pretty okay. It can pick up on a song playing near you and will send the name of the song to your notifications(even on airplane mode), and can also trigger device level modifications such as turning on a wifi hotspot. All that stuff’s cool, but let’s be honest, you’re only interested in camera specs. The front facing camera is a f/2.4, 8MP camera with fixed focus and can record up to 1080p at 30fps. However, the rear facing camera is a f/1.8, 12.2MP camera with autofocus/dual pixel phase detection. Don’t worry i had no clue what that meant when i first read it too. Basically, the camera is able to detect movement a few frames before a picture is taken and is able to record that and even smooth the animations out to make the motions look better when looped. Additionally, the rear facing camera features both optical and electronic image stabilization, and can record up to 4K at 30fps. Overall, the Pixel 2 is a phone based around practicality and convenience. The phone has a lot of great features and arguably the best camera out at the moment. The only thing I genuinely dislike about the Pixel 2, is the fact that it got rid of the headphone jack. Now, I know what you’re thinking “Just get wireless headphones, duh.”, and yes while that is a very obvious solution to the issue, my problem is with the fact that Google(sort of) criticized Apple for getting rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Just to go and do the same thing a year later. If Google’s intentions with the Pixel is to make hardware than can compete with the iPhone, I don’t get why they would implement a design change that not only made iPhones way less practical, but also resulted in several people switching.
Speaking of iPhones, it’s time to go over the iPhone X’s specs. Now, In all honesty, I don’t really care for Apple products in general, but I’m not biased at all when it comes to tech. If the product is good, it’s just good, doesn’t matter what name is attached to it for me. With that said, I have to admit, I had reservations about the iPhone X after not only the controversy over the new features but, also because of the specs. For example, the iPhone X is basically completely software based, so i found it kind of odd that they put iOS 11 on it knowing it’s not fully optimized. Along with that, the face recognition feature, while it is cutting edge, it seems sort of half baked. In the worst cases i’ve heard of the scanner working around 60% of the time, which isn’t terrible for a first rendition of every geek’s tech fantasy since childhood but, it’s still not great. On top of that, there’s no fingerprint scanner, so there’s no alternative other than disabling face id and setting up a passcode. Anyways, let me stop ranting and get into the specs. The iPhone X has a 5.8 in. super retina, HDR (2436 x 1125) display. The body has an all glass finish so, while it may look great, 1 drop and it could shatter everywhere. The phone also features something called True Tone display that automatically adjusts your brightness to the lighting around you. The Camera is essentially the same as the iPhone 8 plus with its, 12MP f/1.8 wide angle and f/2.4 telephoto, optical zoom, digital zoom 10x, quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync cameras. The rear view camera can also record video up to 4k at 60fps, while the front facing True Depth camera is a 7MP, f/2.2 camera that can record up to 1080p. The cameras also have dual optical image stabilization, optical image stabilization for video, cinematic video stabilization(1080p-720p only), continuous autofocus video, body and face detection(obvious), and last but not least, Portrait mode. Other than that most of the change that was made from the iPhone 8 plus to the iPhone X were mostly to its aesthetic. With that in mind, I don’t think it’s a lackluster flagship(okay maybe I do but for the sake of this being unbiased I’m gonna say I don’t) but, it definitely could’ve been alot better. In the end whether you want a phone that is more focussed on function, or you just want something that gives you the right to trash talk android users(cough), it’s still hard to say which is better all around. However, in my honest opinion, the Pixel 2 is a slightly better flagship due to the fact that it’s practical, cutting edge, and isn’t too outrageous when it comes to pricing.