In-Depth Specs Comparison Between the iPhone X Vs Google Pixel 2 XL and Conclusion

iPhone X  Vs  Google Pixel 2 XL


Introduction: –

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to do a full specifications comparison between the iPhone X Vs Google Pixel 2 XL. Both of these phones were released in close proximity the Pixel 2 XL in October 2017 and the iPhone 10 in November 2017. This is a great comparison because Google is doing what Apple does. It is running the purest version of Android and is fully optimized for the Pixel 2 XL means they want to achieve a perfect match of hardware and software. Apple does the same with their iPhones so of course, users are wondering which smartphone is better and in this discussion, I’ll tell you exactly that. So, let’s start-


Design & Build: –

Build wise, I can’t complain either way Google Pixel 2 XL is built on a glass on the front panel. On the back, you have a unique mix of aluminium and glass components. Basically, the area on the top where you see the camera and Flash are located in a rectangular glass overlay.

With the iPhone 10, you get a full glass build front panel and rear panel with a metal band around the edges of the phone. Therefore, both smartphones offer high-end builds.

Design wise, both smartphones are somewhat marvellous in their own respects. With the iPhone 10, you have a large screen on the front with tiny bezels on all sides and a notch on the top.

With the Pixel 2 XL, you also have a large screen but it is obviously not as pronounced as the iPhone X. In my opinion, the 10 looks better from the front although I do prefer the back of the Pixel to the iPhone’s rear. However, as a total package, Apple iPhone 10 certainly looks like a unique product.

Both smartphones lack 3.5mm headphone jacks, offer Bluetooth 5.0 and have dual stereo speakers that produce great sound. Although I have to say the iPhone 10 speakers seem to produce a slightly louder and richer sound.

Additionally, both phones have the same IP67 water and dust resistance rating which will protect you from rainy days and accidental drops into a water puddle. So, overall in this category, you have two flagship phones with nearly identical features although iPhone takes a sight lead with a better design and better stereo speakers.

Dimensions: –

The Pixel 2 XL measures 157.9mm in height, 76.7mm wide, 7.9mm thick and it weighs 175 grams. The iPhone 10 measures 143.6mm in height, 70.9mm wide, 7.7mm thick and it weighs 174 grams. So the 10 is a smaller phone but also makes better use of its total surface area means you get a smaller footprint but a similarly sized display.


Display: –

The Apple iPhone 10 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436p and 458 PPI.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880p and 538 PPI.

iPhone X display is HDR capable while the Pixel 2 XL is not. Now, although the resolution of the Pixel is slightly higher than the iPhone without any question the display of the iPhone is the better one. Its colour accuracy is on point. It is more vibrant and it simply feels better to look at than the Pixel 2 XL even though this phone does not have a bad display compared to the 10. It does feel second-rate. So, in this category, iPhone 10 has a better display than the Pixel.


Camera: –

The iPhone 10 has a dual camera setup, the Rear camera is a wide-angle 12-megapixel F/1.8 camera and the secondary is a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with an aperture of F/2.4.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a single camera. It is 12-megapixels with an aperture of F/1.8.

All cameras are optically stabilized. Now, the iPhone X has two cameras one might think that it is the better camera however, that’s not the case. Both cameras on both phones are excellent cameras. For an average consumer, they will do a great job and to be honest even detail-oriented consumers will not see a major difference. The only extra feature you’ll get on the 10’s camera will be the 2x optical zoom. But the Pixel will offer a slightly better low-light performance.

Both phones are capable of producing Portrait shots with the bokeh effect. So, although there is a slight difference as a total package both cameras over-deliver.

In the Video department, all else being equal. iPhone 10 slightly ahead by offering 4K recording at 60fps or 30fps. While the Pixel 2 XL only offers 4K at 30fps.

On the front, you have Selfie shooter that does what they’re supposed to do 8-megapixel on the Pixel, 7-megapixel on the iPhone. Again, like I said both of these cameras will produce excellent pictures for the average consumer and even for the detail-oriented consumers. It’s hard to criticize either camera.


Performance & Memory: –

The iPhone 10 supports a powerful A11 Bionic processor with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for the base model. You can also acquire this iPhone in 256GB if you desire more storage.

The Pixel 2 XL has a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage for the base model upgradable to 128GB if desired.

Now, if we move on to the benchmarks, it is immediately clear that the iPhone X has quite a bit of raw horsepower that blows expectations. The Google Pixel 2 XL is not a slow phone by any means but iPhone’s A11 Bionic chip has accomplished some incredible power output which will possibly translate into great-looking, buttery smooth games and top-level augmented reality experience. So, in this category according to the benchmark scores iPhone is a winner in terms of processing power.


Software: –

The Google Pixel 2 XL runs on the latest version of pure Android while the iPhone 10 runs on the latest version of iOS. When comparing iOS and Android it is hard not to overlook two big differences-

  • Customization-

Android system is a much more open-ended environment and allows for extensive customization via visits, 3rd party home screen launchers, themes and other home screen tweaking options. You can tweak an Android smartphone to fit your personal sense of style. So, basically, if you had 100 Android smartphones you can literally make them all look different using software customization.

iOS on the other hand, when it comes to home screen is just a static grid of app icons with very basic customization capabilities such as being able to change your wallpaper. All iPhones will basically look the same within their software environment. On the other hand, iOS does offer some more polished apps and a greater gaming experience. Just about every game on the iPhone 8 including graphically demanding games will run at maximum performance with smooth and lag-free gameplay effete Galaxy S8 won’t be able to match.

Additionally, the Apple App Store does yield a larger number of quality apps as opposed to the Google Play Store. So, if you care about apps and games and how well they perform this is certainly something to pay very close attention to.

As for overall software responsiveness without a question, both the iPhone 10 and Pixel 2 XL offer top-notch, lag free and consistent experience.

Pixel does have built-in split-screen multitasking which is a very useful feature to have. It allows you to have two windows running side by side at the same time and also supports Picture-in-picture which allows you to have a little window in which you can continue to watch a movie or a YouTube video while doing other things.

iPhone does not support either one of these features. So with the software, on the one hand, you have the Google Pixel 2 XL with its open-ended system that allows for customization and productivity Vs the iPhone 10 with its closed-ended system that offers a wonderful app ecosystem with high-quality games and well-polished apps. In this category, I can’t judge which is better because this is a personal choice.


Biometrics & Security: –

The iPhone 10 has a new Face ID scanner and that is all it has, the fingerprint scanner is gone. The Pixel 2 XL has a fingerprint scanner but that is all that one has, it doesn’t have Face ID and an Iris Scanner. So, both the fingerprint sensor and face ID secure your smartphone from unauthorized access.

It would be up for debate on which one is more preferable, Face ID works seamlessly however it requires you to face the phone, face the actual iPhone to unlock it. And the fingerprint sensor, because it is placed on the rear, requires you to pick up the phone to unlock it. So, in either case, it’s not as good as having a good old fingerprint sensor on the front of your smartphone.

But the bottom line is both smartphones have one form of biometric security built into them and that means I will call this a draw.


Battery: –

The iPhone X has a longer battery life after a full charge. It will give you one-hour extra life in comparison to the Pixel 2 XL. But both smartphones are able to last a full day with a full charge with medium to heavy use. Pixel has fast wired charging out of the box with the included charging adapter.

However, the iPhone will require you to purchase the fast charging compatible wall adapter if you wish to utilize that fast charging option. But both smartphones do have fast wired charging option. iPhone 10 has wireless charging while the Pixel 2 XL does not. So, iPhone has slightly higher battery life and also has the wireless charging built into it, I have to give it lead in this category.


Price: –

The iPhone 10 is $1000 for the 64GB model or you can pay $1150 for the 256GB model in the USA. Pixel 2 XL is $850 for the 64GB model or you can pay $950 for the 128GB model. Those are the prices, the iPhone is definitely more expensive but understand that the Pixel is not a cheap smartphone either.


Conclusion: –

Overall, the iPhone X has a more futuristic design although I will say that is my subjective choice. It has a newer full-screen display and it’s not truly full screen. It has a higher quality display with HDR playback capabilities, better stereo speakers and wireless charging. So, the iPhone 10 is a more technologically advanced product.

Beyond those differences, both phones have great cameras and super smooth software operation with no lag day to day use. They do have different ecosystems but both excel in their respective ecosystem. Android is an open-ended and customizable while iOS is closed-ended non-customizable but with the superior app ecosystem. The decision to choose the proper operating system is entirely up to you. It is concluded that the iPhone is certainly the more technologically attractive smartphone.