So, which phone do you like more: iPhone XS Max or Pixel 3 XL?

So, which phone do you like more: iPhone XS Max or Pixel 3 XL?
So, two huge companies have already announced their major phones. We are talking about Apple and Google, of course, and their iPhone XS Max and Pixel 3 XL — the biggest and baddest devices both of these tech behemoths have to offer in 2018. And both of these were controversy generators at the time of launch — Apple's iPhone XS Max starts at $1,100 and tops out at $1,450, which by itself was enough to draw criticism (altho it doesn't look like it's repelling buyers way too much.

Google, on the other hand, was berated for going the "notch" way and did so with a big, bold, and brutally unapologetic cutout at the top of its display. That, too, drew criticism.

Well... the dust has settled, the reviews have been made. The heat from the controversies has dissipated a bit, so it's a good time to ask... Who pulled it off better? If it comes down to these two phones, which one would you buy? Google Pixel 3 XL or Apple iPhone XS Max?

Google Pixel 3 XL or Apple iPhone XS Max?

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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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48 Comments

1. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

obviuosly iphone xs max

42. Venom

Posts: 2843; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Google has dropped the ball with the Pixel 3, but I'll chance it with them before I even consider the XS series.

2. TechGirl90 unregistered

I would go with the XS Max, because of their stable software, Apple seems to know what they're doing with their software, I wish the same can be said with Android, because I like the versatility of it's ecosystem compared to IOS, but, it's just been buggy lately, actual scenario: my Google Pixel 2 XL keeps getting this Keychain error every freaking time I turn my device on, it's so annoying, and after that stupid error pops up, certain elements of the software doesn't function (selecting settings from drop down menu, wifi doesn't turn on from that menu), I also don't get notification icons on the notification tray, nor do I get them through my always on display, or lockscreen, yet I hear the notification sound, but see no icons concerning it! it freaking sucks, because I really like my Pixel, but Google as of lately been ruining the experience for me. :( Long Story short, XS Max, because of stable software.

3. miketer

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

With all the issues reported on Pixel 3 XL, it shouldn't be on any poll. The other phone in the contest (can be any) will be the winner, hands down. A showdown between Pixel 3 and XS can be coined as 'a good one', but not this poll. XS Max will walk away with the championship belt doing nothing.

4. miketer

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

By the way, I don't think anyone can vote yet.

5. TechGirl90 unregistered

Same, I'm getting nothing.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yep, I thought I was the only one getting the bug.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3778; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Neither of these are worth my money...

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1091; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

My thoughts exactly!

35. sissy246

Posts: 6907; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree Neither one offer what i want.

36. chenski

Posts: 731; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I prefer them both to note series

10. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

This one should be easy for the XS Max, the pixel 3 is such a mess omg

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1091; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

So what's your opinion on Apple planning to ditch FaceID in favor of the same underscreen ultrasonic fps that Samsung plans to use for the S10 models?

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I would love an ultrasonic FPS. But Apple won't ditch FaceID anytime soon.

29. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1091; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apparently they've had a change of heart. The argument being that the current design isn't well-liked (notch), they're reportedly already in talks with the same suppliers that Samsung is using for theirs. With several major Android OEMs already moving beyond the notch to screen cut-outs or other designs, Apple is apparently considering abandoning FaceID in favor of the more reliable and better liked in-screen ultrasonic FPS so they can ditch the notch too.

40. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Source please? And please give a reputable one. If you don't reply to it then I would consider you a liar.

48. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Exactly, I haven’t heard anything about what he’s saying

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I was against Face ID and I have expressed my discontent for the removal of Touch ID, but Apple has done a tremendous job. It's slower than tid at unlocking, but now I can lock down my apps (it's so much faster to access locked down notes, the Cloud, authorize access etc) and let anyone use my phone knowing they will not be able to access sensitive and personal data. I would have liked a wider angle (so that I can look at the content while the phone lays on the desk) and a higher unlock speed, but overall I can say it's better than tid.

31. CandyBar

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 08, 2017

I don't mind face ID - it works pretty well - I could complain that you have to be looking at the phone but with the fingerprint scanner, if my thumb was wet or I had gloves on it would be a hassle. If they had both - even better - noticing the notch goes away once you've had the phone a while - doesn't bother me anymore.

37. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m glad if apple adopts new technology, that’s always welcome, and specially good for users and the industry in general, they always show the others how it should be done (Touch ID, Face ID), but honestly I don’t think apple is ditching Face ID, the technology involved is years ahead of the competition, and the functionality is really good for users, unlocking apps and making transactions is a bliss with Face ID, I like it, I think they will embrace under screen ultrasonic FPS when the technology is more advanced to provide a more secure feature on iPhones and iPads

11. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Huawei Mate 20 X - BEST

13. Taphius

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

This ^^^

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Fingerprint scanner is a hit or miss (a classic fps is way better) and so is the face scanner (OP 6 and 6T are way better; maybe not as secure but clearly faster).

12. Xavier1415

Posts: 140; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Note 9

14. alanrock

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

can't vote for some reason...i'll sit here and wait for SKIDROW patch...

17. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wouldn't give you half the MSRP for either.

18. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

IPhone XS Max always

19. perry1234

Posts: 619; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

One one hand we have an overpriced phone which cheaps out on even the basics,in-the-box stuff, on the other hand we have a "not-that-cheap-either" phone plagued by QC issues from the beginning... Wow, I can barely control my excitement . /S

20. miketer

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hahahaha, good one, +1

21. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Android fan in here, but I would definitely take the XS Max over the Pixel 3 XL.

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