iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel : Most major smartphone manufacturers stick fairly doggedly to regular launch schedules, making it fairly easy to predict when new updated models will arrive Every year and also helping clock on when successor models are going to be in competition with key rivals.
Apple sticks to September pretty much every year, and did in 2016 too with the launch of the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus. however, Google is a bit of a loose cannon; it has become very difficult to judge when new Nexus hardware will be released.
The Apple iPhone 7 launched in September 2016 and, true to the rumours, hasn’t changed massively from its predecessors, with Apple apparently keeping all the good stuff locked up until 2017. The iPhone 7 does, however, add some new interesting things including an improved processor and camera setup, and, most notably – waterproofing!
But 2017 will reportedly see the first OLED display iPhone ever, with what may be an edge-to-edge or even wraparound display fitted to a completely new body style. This is allegedly the phone Jony Ive always wanted to build, with an iPhone 4S style shell made from either curved glass or clear Zirconia ceramic. The Touch ID Home key will also reportedly be hidden under the display glass.
Like Apple, Google has come to the fray with two handsets: the Google Pixel (5in) and the Google Pixel Plus (5.5in). This approach is more or less the same as Apple’s; the iPhone 7 at 4.7in is slightly smaller. Both phones share a lot of similarities in how they’re being marketed as well.
- Ist – Both to have the best cameras in their class.
- 2nd – Both claim to be the smartest smartphones on the planet.
- 3rd – Both have conservative designs that can hardly be considered innovative.
- 4th – Both will receive software updates as soon as they’re ready.
- And, finally, iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel both are pretty darn expensive.
In the same context, the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera is outstanding. Easily the best ever plopped inside a mobile phone, and this fact alone gives the handset a lot of gravity with consumers on both sides of the fence that hold photography close to their hearts.
First, let’s take a look at the specs for the iPhone 7 & Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL:
iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel : Specifications
Apple iPhone 7
- Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
- Weight: 138g
- Display: 4.7in IPS LCD “Retina” (LED-backlit) capacitive touchscreen 1334x 750 pixels (326ppi), Wide Colour Gamut, 3D Touch
- Processor: Apple A10 “Fusion” CPU quad-core 2.34GHz
- GPU: Proprietary Six-Core GPU
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB,128GB, or 256GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS (optical stabilisation), two-tone quad-LED flash, 1/3″ sensor size, HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus, face & smile detection, panoramic capture (with HDR), video at 2160p; 1080p; 720p
- Front Camera: 7MP, f/2.2 aperture, video at 1080p, HDR, face detection, panoramic capture
- Software: iOS 10.0.1 (Upgrades to iOS 10.0.2)
- Battery: 1960mAh
- Colours: silver, gold, rose gold, black, “Jet Black” (Gloss)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Lightning Port (USB 2.0 & 3.5mm audio jack adaptors), NFC (Apple Pay only)
- Other Harware: Touch ID fingerprint scanner, 3D Touch Capacitive Home Key & Haptic Engine, IP67 water and dust resistant
- Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 143g
- Display: 5in AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)
- Processor: MSM8996 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core CPU “Kryo” 2.1GHz
- GPU: Adreno 530 GPU
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32GB or 128GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection & laser autofocus, two-tone dual-LED flash, 1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panoramic capture, video at 2160p; 1080p; 720p
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, video at 1080p
- Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Battery: 2770mAh Quick Charge
- Colours: Silver, Black, Blue (select regions; NOT UK)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.0
- Other Harware: Fingerprint scanner, IP53 splash resistant
The specs for the both iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel are decent enough for today’s market. The imaging is very impressive, again, par for the course these days, but where Google is attempting to make a lot of friends is the software that ships inside the phones.
A lot of the core USPs aboard the Pixel phones WILL NOT be available on other Android phones. Google stayed pretty tight-lipped about this at launch but reports suggest the following features will ONLY be available on Pixel phones:
- Pixel Launcher
- Google Assistant
- Unlimited storage for original quality photo / video
- Smart Storage
- Pixel Camera app
- Phone support (24-hour hotline)
- Screen-share (part of the support service)
iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel: Design
Apple’s iPhone 7 is thinner and more lightweight (by only a little bit, mind you), but one of the biggest differences is invisible. While Google’s Pixel only offers IP53 splash proofing certification to keep your phone safe when the weather turns bad, Apple (for the first time on an iPhone) offers full IP67 water and dust resistance, meaning the phone will survive being dunked into a sink or bath with no worries.
Google’s look is a little less glamorous, shunning the brushed metallic premium vibe in favour a more industrial appearance; it’s still metal, but incorporates a two-tone partial glass back panel design on the rear. Additionally, while Apple still incorporates its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the front-mounted Home key, Google’s fingerprint scanner is on the back of the device.
iPhone 7 Vs Google Pixel: Battery Life
The iPhone 7’s battery life is adequate, but no way near as good as its larger Plus model sibling. The Pixel and Pixel XL is a similar story; the larger handset has a massively improved battery life performance. This is down to it packing in a larger cell and the upshot of this is basically a day and half of usage with moderate to heavy usage.
How does the Pixel compare to the iPhone 7? Similar. But I think the Pixel has slightly more longevity in the battery department. It’s no way near the level of the Pixel XL, but it does give, on average, around 15% more uptime than Apple’s iPhone 7, especially with heavy use.
To be honest, if battery is you main thing you will want to go for the larger models of the iPhone or Pixel. These handsets’ are far better in the battery department with the only downside being they’re not quite as portable as their smaller counterparts.