Google Pixel Vs Pixel XL Vs iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus: How Well do the Four Crown Jewels Fare Against One Another

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 5, 2016
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Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have officially been announced, bringing you the best of both worlds when it comes to devices running stock Android and Apple’s revered mobile platform, iOS. We have compiled a detailed hardware specifications comparison all four smartphones, so we want you to take a look at the table right there.

Pixel Vs Pixel XL Vs iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus: Would Your Next Flagship Be One of These Devices?

We also managed to compare the hardware specifications of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, so if you want to take a look at the detailed specifications of those devices, then take a look at the list below. For the Pixel and iPhone 7 lineup, there is one huge difference separating these handsets, the headphone jack. While the days of the 3.5mm headphone jack look numbered, you still have to agree that you’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

However, there are more than a few similarities between the Pixel and iPhone 7 lineup. Google has intended its latest smartphone lineup to be sold at a premium price point, which is why for the exact same storage model, both smartphone families are sold at the same price, which is rather disappointing. If you take a look at the pricing comparison between the Pixel phones and the previous generation Nexus lineup, the latter actually provides a better price/performance ratio since phones running Android have been marketed this way.

Let us hope that Google’s strategy works in its favor and not against it. To provide a comparison from a hardware standpoint, we have listed all the hardware specification differences of all four devices at the bottom, along with a poll to see which handset you’d be interested in purchasing.

ComparisonsPixelPixel XLiPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus
Screen size 5 inches 5.5 inches 4.7 inches5.5 inches
Display technology AMOLEDAMOLEDLED-backlit IPS LCDLED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution1080p with 441 PPI 1440p with 534 PPI 750p with 326 PPI1080p with 401 PPI
Screen-to-body-ratio 69 percent 71.2 percent 65.6 percent 67.7 percent
ChipsetSnapdragon 821Snapdragon 821Apple A10 FusionApple A10 Fusion
Processor2 x Kryo running at 2.4GHz

2 x Kryo running at 2.0GHz

Adreno 530 running at 650+MHz
2 x Kryo running at 2.4GHz

2 x Kryo running at 2.0GHz

Adreno 530 running at 650+MHz
Quad-core CPU with six-core GPUQuad-core CPU with six-core GPU
RAM4GB4GB2GB3GB
Internal storage 32 or 128GB 32 or 128GB 32, 128GB or 256GB 32, 128GB or 256GB
Operating system Android Nougat 7.1 Android Nougat 7.1 iOS 10.01iOS 10.01
Primary camera 12.3MP

F/2.0 aperture with phase detection, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash

1/2.3-inch sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size with features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video recording: 2160p at 30FPS, 1080p at 30, 60 and 120FPS, 720p at 240FPS (slow-mo video recording supported)
12.3MP

F/2.0 aperture with phase detection, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash

1/2.3-inch sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size with features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video recording: 2160p at 30FPS, 1080p at 30, 60 and 120FPS, 720p at 240FPS (slow-mo video recording supported)
12MP

F/1.8 aperture with phase detection, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, OIS and 28mm focal length

1/3-inch sensor size, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, and HDR

Video recording: 2160p at 30FPS, 1080p at 30, 60 and 120FPS, 720p at 240FPS (slow-mo video recording supported)
Dual 12MP

F/1.8 aperture with phase detection, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, OIS (28mm focal length for first camera and 56mm focal length for second camera with an F/2.8 aperture), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash

1/3-inch sensor size at 28mm focal length, 1/3.6-inch sensor at 56mm focal length, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, and HDR

Video recording: 2160p at 30FPS, 1080p at 30, 60 and 120FPS, 720p at 240FPS (slow-mo video recording supported)
Secondary camera 8MP

F/2.4 aperture, with 1/3.2-inch sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size, and video recording support up to 1080p at 30FPS
8MP

F/2.4 aperture, with 1/3.2-inch sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size, and video recording support up to 1080p at 30FPS
7MP

F/2.2 aperture, 32mm focal length, with video recording features ranging from 1080p at 30FPS, 720p at 240FPS, face detection, HDR, and panorama
7MP

F/2.2 aperture, 32mm focal length, with video recording features ranging from 1080p at 30FPS, 720p at 240FPS, face detection, HDR, and panorama
Wireless connectivity features 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth LE

GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
802.11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth LE

GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
802.11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth LE

GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS

NFC but with Apple Pay only
802.11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.2

Bluetooth LE

GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS

NFC but with Apple Pay only
Battery capacity with talk time details 2,770mAh

Stand-by time: Up to 456 hours while on 3G

Actual talk-time: Up to 26 hours while on 3G

Music play time: Up to 110 hours
3,450mAh

Stand-by time: Up to 552 hours while on 3G

Actual talk-time: Up to 32 hours while on 3G

Music play time: Up to 130 hours
1,960mAh

Actual talk-time: Up to 14 hours on 3G

Music playback: Up to 40 hours
2,900mAh

Stand-by time: Up to 384 hours on 3G

Actual talk-time: Up to 21 hours on 3G

Music playback: Up to 60 hours
Weight143 grams 168 grams 138 grams188 grams
Dimensions5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches 6.09 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
Available colors Very Black

Quite Silver

Really Blue
Very Black

Quite Silver

Really Blue
Jet Black

Black

Silver

Gold

Rose Gold
Jet Black

Black

Silver

Gold

Rose Gold
Pricing$649 for 32GB model

$749 for 128GB model
$769 for 32GB model

$869 for 128GB model
$649 for 32GB model

$749 for 128GB model

$849 for 256GB model
$769 for 32GB model

$869 for 128GB model

$969 for 256GB model
Would you choose a Pixel, Pixel XL, iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus?

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