Google unveiled its Pixel, a brand new phone, on Tuesday. Throughout the presentation and accompanying video unveiling the snazzy new device, Google managed to throw lots of shade at its big rival, Apple’s iPhone (the video boasted that the Pixel is “so new it doesn’t have a version number”).
So, comparisons between the Pixel and the iPhone 7 aren’t just inevitable, they’re encouraged. The Pixel is the first Android phone that Google is claiming solely as its own. Though the Pixel and its XL variety were built by HTC, they were designed by Google. The tech giant is pretty proud of its new phone, and early reactions have been that of pleasant surprise with the device.
Here are five ways that the Pixel sounds like it will be better than the iPhone.
5. It has a headphone jack
Look, chances are Apple’s probably right in the long term, and the standard headphone jack is an outdated piece of technology that needs to die off eventually, so might as well pull off the band-aid now. But, on the other hand, not having a headphone jack is really gonna suck! Google’s Pixel has one, thankfully.
4. It has a better camera, really
One of the biggest takeaways from the iPhone 7 reveal was the smartphone’s impressive camera. However, Google claims that the Pixel’s “the highest-rated smartphone camera ever,” having earned an 89 DXO Mark Mobile rating. The iPhone has a 12-megapixel rear camera, while Pixel’s is 12.3 megapixels. The front-facing camera is eight megapixels, a full megapixel more than the iPhone.
Pixel’s camera probably won’t be better across the board when compared to the iPhone’s despite the high specs. It f/2.0 lens while the iPhone has an f/1.8, so it will probably perform worse in the dark, but might have more potential in better lighting.
3. It’s higher resolution
You’ll be able to see crisper pictures on a Pixel, according to Apple’s specs. The standard Pixel’s resolution is 1920 x 1080, while the Pixel XL boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1440.
For comparison, the fancier iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 plus, is only as good as the basic Pixel. Standard iPhone 7s only have a resolution of 1334 x 750, though the display screen is smaller, at just 4.7 inches rather than 5 inches.
2. It charges super-fast
The Pixel uses a USB-C port to charge, and it claims that the phone can store up enough juice to run for seven hours in just 15 minutes of charging. That, frankly, is bonkers.
This one isn’t quite as cut-and-dried as the others, but Google’s new A.I. technologies, especially Assistant. With its slick interface and quick ability to draw information from other apps, not to mention the full weight of Google behind it, Assistant could best Siri. Keep an eye out.
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