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iPhone XS Max vs. Pixel 2 XL: Apple Outclasses Google

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2018September 12, 2018 3:15 pm PST

Today Apple unveiled the iPhone XS Max, its new plus-size flagship replacing the antiquated iPhone 8 Plus. It comes with all the perks of the iPhone X, most importantly the reduced bezels, making way for a huge 6.5-inch display. Google’s Pixel 2 XL went in a very different direction, but given its still one of the most important big phones around, we’re comparing the two.

Unlike the iPhone XS Max’s edge to edge display, Google went with a 6-inch display that still has big bezels but stuck in dual front-facing speakers in the extra space. Is that worth the polarizing look? I’ll let you answer that question.

Really, the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 2 XL could not be more different phones. One offers an unparalleled level of luxury while the other settles for an ultra industrial aesthetic. Check out the spec comparison down below and see which is the better phone.

Apple - iPhone XS Max Google - Pixel 2 XL
Display Size 6.5-inch, 1242 x 2688 pixel display (456 ppi) 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)
Resolution X 1242 1440
Resolution Y 2688 2880
Display Type Super Retina HD display QHD+ pOLED
Operating System iOS 12 (at launch) Android 8.0 (at launch)
Processor A12 Bionic chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM N/A 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12.2MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
  • Gigabit-class LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery N/A 3520mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning Port
  • USB-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three‑axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 3 inches (76.2 mm)
Depth 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) 0.3 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 13.24 oz (375 g) 6.2 oz (176 g)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Black, Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats 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+) N/A
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG N/A

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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