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Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8: Google takes a shot at Apple

by Brandon Russell | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 4:30 pm PST

When you think about it, the approach of the Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 aren’t that different. They both offer solid hardware, excellent cameras, and clean software. And, crucially, neither offers a 3.5mm headphone jack. So, what makes one stand out from the other?

The iPhone 8 excels thanks to its elegant design, powerful guts, fantastic camera, and beautiful screen. It’s the best smartphone Apple has ever created, and one you should consider despite the iPhone X’s imminent arrival. There’s very little to dislike about the handset, even without the fancy technology of Face ID.

The Pixel 2, meanwhile, offers a squeezable frame, the best version of Android ever created, an astounding camera, and a polished design. It also offers some neat Google perks, like unlimited cloud storage, which is great for backing up photos, videos, and files.

It really comes down to which operating system you prefer, because the devices are fairly similar from a hardware standpoint. Either way, consumers are getting an excellent device no matter what they choose. You can get a more thorough understanding of how they compare in the table down below.

Google - Pixel 2 Apple - iPhone 8
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 750
Resolution Y 1920 1334
Display Type FHD AMOLED Retina HD Display
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) iOS 11 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 4GB 2GB (unofficial)
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.2MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 7MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 LE Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 2700mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB-C
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
  • Three-axis gyro
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
Height 5.7 inches (14.48 cm) 5.45 inches (13.84 cm)
Width 2.7 inches (68.6 mm) 2.65 inches (67.3 mm)
Depth 0.3 inches (7.6 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 5.01 oz (142 g) 5.22 oz (148 g)
Colors Black, Blue, White Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Supported Audio Formats N/A AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
Supported Video Formats N/A HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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