When it comes due for your upgrade or your contract is up and you want to shop around, there’s always the temptation to go for the latest model of the big names, such as the iPhone 8. This year, companies such as Vodafone have got some good deals on the latest offering from Apple but there is also a new contender for top smartphone to consider – the Google Pixel 2 XL. So how do the two compare?
One of the criticisms of the first Pixel model is that it was virtually an iPhone clone – the main difference was the fingerprint sensor was on the back instead of the front. With the 2 XL, they have opted for a more Android style of design that looks very different from the iPhone. The iPhone design hasn’t really altered from the 6 to 7 to the 8 but the Pixel 2 does look different from its predecessor.
The Pixel has a big, bold screen that does have more bezel than the Android phones but still less than the iPhone. It has a two-tone approach to the back as well with a glass cut out at the top versus the all-aluminium back on the iPhone.
Apple still has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD panel which gives a great contrast and bright, clear visuals. It does also include True Tone tech this time around that changes colours based on ambient lighting to give a realistic, natural result.
The Pixel 2 XL goes one step further and has a Quad HD screen – that means 2880 x 1440. It also has OLED with intense black levels and a stunning contrast. Sometimes sharp angles aren’t its friend and some people have reported slightly dullness on the home page but otherwise, it is an impressive screen.
Because we use the camera on our smartphone so much, it is often an integral part of the decision making process. The iPhone has a pair of 12MP sensors with the main camera having image stabilization and a faster sensor than other models for those moving shots. There are various modes such as Portrait Lighting and background blurring Portrait mode.
The Pixel also has an impressive camera with a 12MP single camera with wider aperture and phase-detection autofocus. It can stitch together photos for a panoramic effect and does well in mid lighting. It also has a Portrait mode.
How quickly a smartphone does anything is a crucial part of its use and here the iPhone shows its experience. The Pixel comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. The iPhone uses their Apple A11 Bionic chip with 3GB RAM. And in tests, the iPhone beats the Pixel hands down in speed tests, in both single core and multi-core testing. So if you do more than check Facebook or your emails, then that speed will come in handy.
There are a lot of similarities between these phones and the choice might come down to whether you want to stick with what you know with the iPhone or try the new pretender with the Pixel. Either way, these phones are at the cutting edge of current smartphone design. You can get all the Vodafone customer service contact numbers, in one place, from Phone Them.