5 reasons to pick the Apple iPhone 7 Plus over the Google Pixel XL

So, the titans can now truly clash — mano a mano... or is it tech gianto a tech gianto? Let's not get dragged away, we are talking about Apple and Google here. Since the latter came out with its Pixel flagship phones, you can now truly say that Android has “its iPhone” — a smartphone that is conceived and designed by the same company that develops its software. Of course, the two will be pitted against each other and, of course, you might be more than a little hesitant on which smartphone is right for you.

Both the iPhone and the Pixel have a bigger variant and in both cases, the phablets are considered as more of a power user's device. This means bigger batteries, higher screen resolutions, and some more goodies, like a telephoto lens, in the case of the iPhone 7 Plus. So, that said, we thought we'd take a look at the things you should consider if you happen to be choosing between a Google Pixel XL and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. In this article, we'll be looking at what the iPhone has over the Pixel, but do check here for a list of the Pixel's advantages!

1 Stereo speakers

The Pixel XL sounds good, but the iPhone 7 Plus' speakers are just better. Thanks to a stereo system, reminiscent of the BoomSound Hi-Fi that was on the HTC 10, we've got a “bass” speaker on the bottom, and an earpiece that doubles as a “tweeter” just above the display. This is generally speaking, of course, but in any case, the iPhone 7 Plus sounds full, loud, and crisp. It's great for music, video, even games.

2 Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
9h 5 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7
7h 46 min (Good)
Google Pixel
7h 45 min (Good)
Google Pixel XL
7h 19 min (Good)

The iPhone 7 Plus lasted almost 2 hours more than the Pixel XL on our battery life test. Not only that, but iOS is amazing at keeping battery percentages from slipping away when the phone is in standby. Both of these combined make the iPhone 7 Plus a truly “two-day battery” phone.

3 Telephoto lens

So, the telephoto lens gives us true optical 2x zoom and the new Portrait Mode. It could be argued that the Google Camera Lens Blur mode can be used to achieve similar results as Portrait Mode, but the iPhone's telephoto lens still has the advantage of not being a wide-angle camera. This means it is much more “honest” when it comes to taking photos of faces, without distorting the subjects' heads, making their noses bigger, et cetera.

4 Waterproofing

Users online are reporting the Pixel to be truly resilient when it comes to ingress protection — and we've read some pretty graphic stories. Still, Google did not pen it as water-resistant, so we have to give a point to Apple here — the iPhone 7 is officially certified IP 67 for water- and dust-resistance.

5 Guaranteed updates and support for longer

The Pixel XL is guaranteed to receive major Android updates for 2 years post release, and security updates for 3 years after the phone's launch. The iPhone, on the other hands, gets 4 years of software updates. This means that your iPhone 7 Plus will get updates all the way up to iOS 14 in 2020! Considering the price of both these phones, we'd say that a longer “latest software” guarantee is a definite plus here.

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Related phones

Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Universally unlocked and FFS. FFS is easily one reason to get the iPhone over the Pixel besides being the iphone obviously.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Love this article, gonna hurt some Android trigglypuff feelings and they will say phonearena biased.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Now go read the other article on reasons the pixel is better over the iphone and be butt hurt.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhones don't offer a number of things. iPhones don't have quick charging. iPhones don't have higher resolution AMOLED displays. iPhones don't offer high performance VR. iPhones don't offer split screen multitasking.

17. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

iPhones have never been sold as spec-heavy devices. They had half the capabilities just a few years ago and they still sold like crack cocaine.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhones prove something about sales. A sucker is born every second.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

True, Mxyzptlk mentioned FFS is a reason reason to get the iPhone over the Pixel. However FFS get muffled in a VR headset. I guess that is why Apple doesn't do anything with VR.

28. blingblingthing

Posts: 953; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Everything you stated is a Gimmick .............................until about 2020 when the iphone gets the tech in their fans' hands.

16. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Nobody should be getting butthurt over a phone, especially because smartphones are antiquated after only a year. They're nothing to get upset over.

35. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

I would not be butthurt. I read that article and I don't agree with it because the Pixel is not better than the iPhone. The iPhone is better because it's an iPhone. It has front facing speakers and is universally unlocked. Nothing is better than the combination of universally unlocked and front facing speakers.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

lol why would it?. There is nothing wrong with having a preference. I used to favor Android long ago because of the overpriced Iphone, but now top Android phones and Iphones are priced the same and the differences are marginal. I have a N6p and i am planning to buy the 10th anniversary Iphone when it comes out why not enjoy both platforms instead of favoring one over the other.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow MINDoSOUL you just proved to the world how ignorant you really are. Especially when you said that the differences are marginal. They are not marginal. Not by a long shot. Just look at the latest iPhone 7 with its low resolution display. Yet Apple charges $650 USD for it. I can buy a $200 smartphone with a higher resolution full HD display. The things that Android offer, there is no same or marginal differences. They offer things you just don't find on iPhones, period. How is VR on the iPhone 7? Oh, that's right, it's crap, even Apple themselves don't officially support VR. Why? Because they know that their displays give a poor VR experience.

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Android users like you are why normal people think the platform is for neckbeards and closet trek fans.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You always have to come up with crap, because you can never fight the truth.

33. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Things a neckbeard would say...."

34. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Yup. I agree.

3. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I wouldn't pick the Bezel or Bezel XL over any sized iPhone lol

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

iPhone has bigger Bezel.

8. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Except the pixel has smaller bezels than the iPhone. Mind you both are great phones.

10. bucky

Posts: 3781; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This. If I went android I'd go pixel.

5. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I watch a lot of video content on my phone. Looking to upgrade my phone to either the Huawei mate 9, vivo xplay 6 or iPhone 7 plus. Which one will satisfy my usage the best? I have a pair of $500 ear phones that I would like to continue to use. Is there a case for the iPhone 7 plus that I can attach that cable so I will always have it on me?

9. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

If you can wait, I'd go galaxy s8+, but if you can't, I'd go Huawei

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I would wait for S8 or LG G6 if i where you.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

iphoneArena just changed its named to GphoneArena.

12. surethom

Posts: 1684; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Absolutely NON of the points matter the Number 1 reason is the OS some people love the ease & restriction of Apple iOS & some users love the unrestricted customizable Android.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Agree; after one picks an OS the choice is obvious.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Battery life? I don't think so, and neither do credible reviewers who aren't afraid to describe WTF their test covers; iPhone 7+ ( https://goo.gl/58UCGR ), Pixel XL ( https://goo.gl/iDlvMw ).

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So if you do a lots of webbrowsing the iphone 7+ is better. If you do a lots of video then pixel is better. for talking on the phone iphone also get smashed. Phonearena think we only check website lol

15. monoke

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Reason 6: U pick neither cuz these phones have huge bezels, will look ancient in a year's time, flat out overpriced, doesn't do anything any other cheaper phones on the market can do. verdict - Pass on the ugly twin sisters, cinderellas will be coming in a few months.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2903; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Except that everyone with an iPhone 5S even looks like a money w***e to other people. No recent iPhone owner looks ancient......get over with it.

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