Can the Google Pixel rival Apple's iPhone?


Google unveiled two new phones yesterday: the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and these are the first two devices that carry the explicit Google branding.

Make no mistake: these are Google phones all throughout, meant to showcase what Google can do when it controls both the hardware and software aspects of a device, much like Apple does with its iPhones.

And Google itself made constant references and jabs at the Apple iPhone, rather than comparing the Pixel with other Android phones. All of this shows that - despite its limited retail presence - Google is serious about positioning its new Pixel phones as direct iPhone rivals. Do the Pixel and Pixel XL have what it takes to compete against the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

You've probably already read about the two new Google phones, how they compare against the rest in terms of specs, so now we want to hear your thoughts on whether they can really be a worthy rival to Apple's iPhones. Vote below and let us know why you think so in the comments section.

Can the Google Pixel compete against Apple's iPhones?

Yes, the new Pixel phones have what it takes
55.77%
No, the iPhone is a superior device
44.23%

Related phones

Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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83 Comments

1. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

price to the features its offer? I don't think so :D

13. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

Yes compared to the most overpriced phone ever.

60. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Well maybe if pixel was lower priced. Performance wise, there is nothing out there that can out perform the a10 fusion. Not sure Qualcomm will ever reach that point. It will be like Intel/AMD in the PC world. Intel is always ahead. Apps are usually better optimized too. So if you're doing something like gaming iphone is a no brainer. Support is also better when you have physical stores everywhere. Heck even with my lumia 950XL i just went to a store and got it replaced because of a battery issue. It was done in a few minutes, no arguing, no getting transferred from department to department and no shipping to weird places.

75. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I am a hardcore android supporter and may be the biggest Apple hater ever, I never thought that I'll actually vote for an iPhone someday. Well! TODAY it is!!

82. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't know why Phonearena thinks that a crappy iPhone 7 with a low resolution HD display couldn't compete. Especially when much lower priced Android device can can easily compete with that overpriced Apple crap. The Pixels are superior to it in every way. Not to mention ways that the iPhone's could never compete. Like VR. Also these new Pixel devices use the new open graphics API standards (Vulkan), which has seen speeds of up to 3 time when compared to OpenGL 3.1. Also these devices are using new fast sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer), which are not found on other smartphones. You are going to see more of these sensors on newer smartphones, especially if they want to be Daydream VR compatible. There is also an added benefit to these super fast and accurate sensors. They can greatly improve image stabilization (EIS). Use a camera sensor with low light and can focus fast. Not to mention a fast Processor as well, then you have a recipe for great pictures and video.

85. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Your comment tells you know very less about the iphone 7. For example, you don't know iPhone uses Metal API, introduced and used much before Vulkan. Plus everything you say about the sensor stabilization is theoretical; the actual test results may show otherwise. The OIS on iphone is a great rival to pixel's ois (if it exists), so donot judge too early. You only talk about the VR experience also, and the improved sensors. But are they better than the iPhone 7's? We don't know. Then comes the potential of the A10 fusion chipset. The 'fast processor' (seemingly underclocked SD 821) is a no-match for the former, so forget about any argument here......

86. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

Same here... I hate Apple for their overpriced stuff. I have no complaints about the iPhone 7 except the price. I like the looks of the iOS but I can't stand the fact that I cannot change it. There are a few other Android features that iPhone don't have. But Pixel is more overpriced than the iPhone.

16. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I wanted to vote no but PA added "iPhone is superior device" I changed my mind and vote yes pixel is awesome. Feel like picking two lesser evil I think

23. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

^^^ This!

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^^^ Yes. However, I genuinly think the Google Pixels do indeed have what it takes to rival the iPhone in both hardware and software prowess. Now, all what's left to rival the iPhone is it's fanbase loyalty.

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually the problems are not with the Pixels phone itself but with its sales team and its customer base, us. Google bases are people that are used to the Nexus pricing. We trade our "anonymous" data to feed their Ads and AI engine, for them to be the top of the Ads food chain and they give us a cheaper reference phone. Next compare the Google keynote vs the Apple keynote, Apple has a team of season sales person that could press the hot spots of its consumer, even I was tempted to buy an iPhone when I listen to their presentation. Google keynote aka sale pitch are done by a bunch of geeks. They don't really know how to sell. And at these price bracket, its all about the selling!!!

39. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I didn't vote at first because of the same reason of the stupid phrase "iPhone is superior device", but after reading your comment, I voted Yes because of what you said.

41. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

PA should just rename this poll to "Are you a Android or iOS fan?" Which is what this poll really cones down to.

87. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

I love Android and I voted against Pixel

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Yes, Pixel can compete with the iPhone whereas both phones/platforms have their respective strengths and weaknesses.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Comparable? Sure. But the Pixel is a first gen device by a company with a spotty hardware record. It will take a few iterations to reach the same level of pure consumer centric focus and execution.

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Agreed, this is just a start.

31. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

This is the main reason I will hold on to my Droid Turbo one more year. I'll wait to see the second generation Pixel phones.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Spotty hardware record? really? HTC is building the device based on all design and specifications from google. HTC make quality device and has MUCH better quality check than Foxcon crap shop. since a few year the quality and durability of iPhone is getting worst and worst. So sure we need to see the execution on software side. but hardware side thats phone beat the iPhone 7 easy : better Camera , better battery life , probably better screen ( need to wait for test to be done first) , unlimited online storage for picture and more stable software ( been proven thats ios is now more unstable than android ) We only need to see how well they integrated everything. If its near or as good as apple well apple will loose even more sales than they loose now. I already have low cost android device to switch lower end iPhone user and to be truthfull easily 25% of those user switch to android to get more out of there money and less issues with hardware and crappy update thats break phone. This will just give me a tool for higher end iPhone user to switch them to something better all around.

58. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yes. Google has a spotty record with the hardware they release. I'm not saying terrible, I'm not saying that everything they put out is a turd, but it's not all rainbows and puppies. The Nexus Player, the Pixcel C, the Chromebook Pixel, Google Glass... They tend to release devices too early, or have production problems along the way. And yes, HTC is their manufacturing partner, but Google has been pretty clear that the Pixel is their design inside and out. They are entering the game and it isn't a bad thing. But this is their Gen 1 product and it's being compared to a Gen 10 product. It's a nice first step, but they still have a ways to go to prove that they understand user centric design and execution the way Apple does.

66. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Nothing wrong with the Pixel C. Remove the keyboard, high price, and marketing and it's basically a new Nexus 10, which was easily the best Android tablet for a good 3 years or more. In fact, I would still use the Nexus 10 today if the battery wasn't shot,

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Yes it can but it's overpriced to start with. So yes and no.

5. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Any android phone from 2015 is more productive than any future Iphone until 2020

6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I think Apple is more superior. I just think so, they're pricing it as if it's an iPhone.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well sorry but they are not. ios is less stable than android ( just look at study on the web ) iPhone battery life are inferior so similar product. everything in apple ecosystem is more pricy from apps to cloud storage ect. Only thing they are superior is brand name and thats fading thanks to crappy hardware..

55. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"ios is less stable than android ( just look at study on the web )" Hahahaha XD. Where did you get that BS false information. If you're talking about app crash rates, then your false. The reason iOS apps crash more often is because they are ported to MUCH older hardware. Essentially..... it's because Apple ACTUALLY UPDATES THEIR PHONES. If you're talking about system UI performance, there isn't an Android phone in this world that can maintain 60 fps in their own UI. That's pathetic. Lastly, if your talking about framework stability, Android crashes twice as often as iOS. This is a measure of sheer system UI crash logs.....meaning when your Android phone inevitably crashes, which they all experience. Stop posting bulls**t rhetoric, and Apple's hardware is STILL superior based off the A10 alone.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's a bit tricky to answer, depends on what your priorities are. Hardware-wise I would give props to the iPhone. I think the screen is a bit better on the Pixel, cameras are both equally good, but the SoC/ IP-67/ Force-Touch make the iPhone the better one solely based on hardware. Software & features are so close and really come to personal taste. If I had to buy one, I would choose the Pixel solely based on OS. But on paper it is not the better one.

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

camera equally good? Go look at the sample at dxomark the iPhone is crap compared sorry. the soc? SD821 is a tad less powerfull on cpu side ( nothing you gonna notice ) but its as good if not better on gpu side. for the rest of the hardware we still dont know what type of memory used ect.

52. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The iPhone 7+ hasn't been tested yet. And in the end... any phone in the top 10 on DX0 will be good enough for people to use. Those minor point differences are hardly noticeable. According to benchmarks, the A10 has a better CPU and GPU when comparing to the SD821. And less power-hungry too. Noticeable in real life? Probably not but still the A10 beats the SD821. True we don't know what memory the Pixel has, probably UFS 2 which is slower than Apple's NVMe.

9. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Definately no. Google can never ever rival apple. The only company that can rival apple is Samsung. Pixels being the first phone of the company are not influential or revolutionary. They are just simple high tech android phone. Samsung will definately beat apple in near future if apple doesn't do any new inovation next year other than oled and glass back that did samsung in 2015.

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