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Google Pixel 2 vs Apple iPhone 8: the most expensive and delicious pocket rocket duel

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Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone 8 come up against each other in this clash for the small screen devices.

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Google decided to partner up with HTC to manufacture the Pixel 2, and here are its specs:

  • 5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~441 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 and 4GB RAM
  • 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • $649 USD price tag

Pixel 2 has the advantage of a bigger size and higher Full HD resolution with its 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen that is also well protected with Gorilla Glass 5 and the IP67 certification.

Moving on to the performance side of things, Pixel 2 is in the top-end category with the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast Kryo octa-core processor, great Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s nothing that will stand in the way of this flagship, as it blazes through all the apps and games that are out there.

The same can’t be said of the camera though, as Pixel 2 is sporting a 12.3MP-8MP camera setup.

Although it will still be able to provide great quality photos, perhaps a dual camera setup is not that far away?

Storage-wise, there’s 64GB of internal storage found on the Pixel 2. With no expansion slot available, you would then have to turn to cloud storage and USB on-the-go.

Knowing that Google emphasises a lot on the software aspect, expect that the Pixel 2 is powered by the latest Android Oreo 8.0 is one of the fastest and snappiest operating system ever built for Android devices. With no unnecessary bloatware, expect it to be very responsive.

Lastly, the 2700 mAh is not that big – but it does the job very well. There won’t be any problem to power up the smartphone for a full day of charge.

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Now let’s turn our attention to iPhone 8 instead. Here’s the lowdown for the latest Apple smartphone as per below:

  • 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 750 x 1334 pixels or ~326 ppi pixel density
  • True-tone display
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant for up to 1 meter and for 30 minutes
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
  • 3D Touch display & home button
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple A11 Bionic chipset, Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) processor, Apple GPU (three-core graphics) graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS and quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 7MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, HDR and panorama
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • iOS 11
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • $699 USD price tag

To be frank, this year’s iPhone 8 hasn’t changed much compared to last year’s iPhone 7. But still, with the upgraded hardware and latest iOS 11 to boot, it remains powerful as ever.

Staying true to its 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS screen, there’s still no Full HD resolution on a screen that is this small. But now, it comes with True-Tone display technology that automatically adjusts white balance to match the light around you. This will give a better viewing experience in all kinds of environments. With a wide colour gamut and the best colour accuracy in the industry, everything on the screen looks more brilliant and vibrant.

Regarding performance, iPhone 8 now features the latest A11 Bionic chipset. There will be four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion, and two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. With augmented reality or AR is seen as the future, that’s why you will need the A11 Bionic chipset to power up the extraordinary augmented reality apps and games that will change the way you see and interact with the world around you.

Battery-wise, you might see a reduction in its battery capacity – but don’t let that fool you though. A second‑generation performance controller provides more power when you need it, while delivering the same great battery life. With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 is truly designed for the future of wireless.

Not to mention that iOS 11 is also Apple’s most advanced operating system yet. New features and capabilities fundamentally improve the way you do things. The Files app brings all your files together. iOS 11 takes advantage of the security of Face ID and Touch ID to bring Apple Pay to Messages.

Having said that, getting acquainted with your most trusted virtual assistant, Siri is even easier. With sophisticated features like proactive suggestions, predictive typing, and everybody’s favourite intelligent assistant, iOS makes everything you do easier, quicker, and more fun. And iOS makes Siri even more helpful. Thanks to advanced machine learning, you can simply speak naturally. And Siri does too, with a new, more expressive voice.

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Conclusion:

Google Pixel 2 is as awesome as it can be, with a great 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, great protection, high-end hardware, great camera and the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system combining well to give you this awesome smartphone. It is also cheaper by $50 USD in this case.

Google Pixel 2 had just been released for $649 USD. There are three colours available, namely Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White.

Apple iPhone 8 is a new generation of iPhone. Designed with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone and a stronger aerospace grade aluminium band. It also charges wirelessly while resists water and dust. 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone. 12MP camera with a new sensor and advanced image signal processor. Powered by A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Supports augmented reality experiences in games and apps. With iPhone 8, intelligence has never looked better.

Apple iPhone 8 is currently available for $699 and comes in Silver, Gold and Space Gray colours.

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