Pixel vs. iPhone: which tech giant built the better phone?


Bethany Berg, Photo Editor

After Google’s reveal of Pixel, the debut to their new line of smartphones, users that aren’t too excited about the iPhone 7 may be considering switching over. Here’s a breakdown of some major differences between the two to keep in mind when considering.


Though Google’s previous line of phones are being discontinued, the Pixel continues many of Android’s old trends. It is much more customizable than the iPhone, running Android’s 7.1 operating system, Nougat. You can choose which apps you want on your home screen, and create specific widgets, compared to the iPhone’s block icons and folders. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back, which becomes a little more of a hassle when it’s laying down on a flat surface, compared to the iPhone’s front location.

The Pixel comes in a duo just like the iPhone’s 7 and the 7 Plus: the Pixel, and the Pixel XL. Both the Pixel XL and the iPhone 7 stand at a 5.5”, while the Pixel is 5”, and the iPhone is 4.7”.
Available colors for the Pixel are Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. For the iPhone 7, colors range Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, and Jet Black.



Pixel’s debut named its camera the “highest rated smartphone camera ever” due to its 12.3MP back camera and 8MP front, compared the iPhone 7’s double 12MP back and 7MP front. For professional or recreational use, the Pixel’s back camera’s detailed specs are 12.3MP (ƒ/2.0 aperture) 1.55-micron pixels PDAF, with Laser Autofocus. Both capture video in 4k.

The iPhone has a 12MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.8 aperture) lens and telephoto (ƒ/2.8 aperture) Optical zoom at 2x, digital zoom, up to 10x image stabilization, with Quad-LED True Tone flash.


The iPhone has the option of going up to 256GB of storage, while the Pixel only has 32/128GB available.



Pixel charges up to seven hours of battery life in fifteen minutes with fast charging. The iPhone has standard charging. Neither have wireless charging. The iPhone uses Apple’s specific lightning cable to charge, while the Pixel uses the more compatible USB-C to connect and charge.



The iPhone 7 has included stereo speakers since ditching the headphone jack, which increased quality since the 6s. Google’s Pixel only has one speaker on the bottom. Additionally, Pixel’s design includes a headphone jack.



$769, competing at the same tier as the iPhone 7.



The Pixel has a built-in Google Assistant, which works more automatically with your specific settings. It will tell you when you have a package coming, offer restaurant choices based on text conversations, and works more interconnected with your calendar and email.

The Pixel also includes unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos, and is made with virtual reality (VR) in mind, and pre-ordering the Pixel includes their inclusion of a Daydream View virtual reality headset at no additional price, which will become $79 after the offer is over.

The iPhone 7, on the other hand, is built waterproof, and Siri has just been released to developers for more integration with apps.