The Google Pixel Vs iPhone 7 Vs Galaxy S7 – Designs, Features And Specifications Decomposed

Ramish Zafar
Posted Oct 6, 2016
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The launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL was predicted comprehensively by the rumor mill. Not only did we see complete specifications surface more than a month before the pair was launched, but renders and images continued to leak hours before the actual event. Now that the devices are here, it’s time to take a look at how well they stack up against 2016’s other flagship launches. So lets take a brief look at Apple’s iPhone 7, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Google’s Pixel Xl.

Design:

Design wise, the trio couldn’t really be more different. Since the Pixel is the latest of the pack, we’ll start by analyzing it first. Google’s offering, manufactured by HTC features a solid aluminum design which pulls off the flagship look and feel efficiently. To shake things up, Google’s also chosen an unorthodox approach with the device’s rear. The first half of the Pixel’s back is encased in glass. This features the device’s camera, flash and fingerprint sensor, and is intended to aid the antenna. The three color options available for the device are blue, silver and black. Of the trio, it’s still the iPhone that’s the thinnest. Thickness for the Pixel, Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 stands at 8.6, 7.9 and 7.1mm respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 follow the same design approach with only a few differences. Both devices aim to eliminate as many visual elements as possible. For the iPhone, Apple’s even managed to blend the antenna bands with the device’s frame this year. For the S7, its curved screen accentuates a form factor that’s already razor thin. The Pixel on the other hand doesn’t care much about minimalism. You’ll find that its antenna bands, glass rear, logo and other elements contrast a lot with the overall body. So if you’re very conscious about the way your device appears, we’d suggest the iPhone or the Galaxy. If a more retro or different look is your forte, go with the Pixel.

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Performance:

It’s performance where the real difference between the three devices will be evident. The Pixel XL and Galaxy S7 feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 and 820 respectively. The iPhone 7 on the other hand features Apple’s A10 Fusion, which is the company’s first quad core mobile processor. All three chipsets feature four cores and custom designs. The Snapdragon 820 features two sets of Kryo cores clocked at 1.6 and 2.2GHz. This is backed by the Adreno 530, which is top of the line when it comes to mobile graphics.

For the Snapdragon 821, we get similar Kryo sets clocked at 2.3 and 2.2GHz. The Adreno is also clocked slightly higher at 653Mhz. The A10 Fusion isn’t far behind and can rightly be said to be Apple’s highest clocked mobile CPU. Its high power core set clocks at around 2.35GHz. We’ve also got some benchmarks from folks over at ArsTechnica showing how well the processor stands up against its predecessors. For reference, the Snapdragon 820 achieves single core and multi core scores of aggregate 2300 and 5500.

Display & Camera:

Taking a look at display and camera specifications, we see the true strengths of each manufacturer/company come play. Starting from screens, the iPhone 7 features a resolution of 1334×750, which is unchanged from its predecessor. The Galaxy S7 has the highest resolution of the three, with 2560×1440 pixels. The Pixel stands in the middle, with 1920×1080 pixels. Both the Pixel and S7 feature nearly identical screen sizes at 5 and 5.1 inches respectively. The iPhone is the smallest of the three with a screen size of 4.7 inches. These result in pixel densities of 576, 441 and 326ppi for the S7, Pixel and iPhone 7. Samsung’s in-house Super AMOLED display wins in terms of pixels displayed.

Talking cameras, all three devices feature 12MP rear shooters. It’s software and customization which differentiates them here. Starting from the iPhone 7, Apple’s flagship features a custom ISP and a six element lens. The ISP uses machine learning and performs 100 billion operations in 25ms. The iPhone 7 also uses a wide angle camera, which is great for large shots. For the Pixel, Google’s got a lot of promises. The device scores 89 on DxOmark. The Apple iPhone 7 scores 86. A strong suit of the Pixel’s camera is improvement of Google’s HDR+, which allows for faster combination of multiple images. This in turn vastly improves the device’s overall dynamic range.

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Miscellaneous & Conclusion:

Now, let’s move towards storage, battery capacities and pricing details. It’s the iPhone 7 with the smallest battery of the three, with a capacity of 1916mAh. Reduced thickness comes with a cost after all. The Pixel and Galaxy S7 feature packs of 2,770 and 3000mAh respectively. Naturally, this lends the Galaxy S7 a huge advantage in terms of talk time. Samsung’s flagship is able to last up to a day for non-3G talk time. Still, all the software and services on the Galaxy S7 result in shorter lives than we’d expect. The iPhone 7 on the other hand manages 10 days on standby with 14 hours of 3G talk time.

In storage, the Pixel is available in variants of 128 and 32GB for $749 and $649. The iPhone 7 comes with three variants of storage which stand at 32, 128 and 256GB. These are priced at $649, $749 and $849. The Galaxy S7 can expand its storage up to 200GB. The device has different pricing options that depend on your carrier. These start at $650 for Sprint and end at $695 for AT&T. To conclude, the Pixel lineup features unorthodox designs and software based improvements. Google’s addition of Assistant will be a strong feature for the device. It’s camera also promises high quality. The iPhone 7 still features the best build (our view) and the S7 features the best display. Rest, we leave on to you. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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