5 reasons to pick the Apple iPhone 7 Plus over the Google Pixel XL
by Preslav Kateliev / Jan 19, 2017, 8:58 AM
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.
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.
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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- 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)
Universally unlocked and FFS. FFS is easily one reason to get the iPhone over the Pixel besides being the iphone obviously.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 8:59 AM 3
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Love this article, gonna hurt some Android trigglypuff feelings and they will say phonearena biased.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 9:15 AM 11
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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.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 11:05 AM 14
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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.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 2:22 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 4:00 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 5:19 PM 1
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I wouldn't pick the Bezel or Bezel XL over any sized iPhone lol
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 9:29 AM 5
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Except the pixel has smaller bezels than the iPhone. Mind you both are great phones.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 10:19 AM 3
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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?
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 9:44 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 11:54 AM 2
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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 ).
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 1:46 PM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 19, 2017, 2:09 PM 0
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