Google’s Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8: Which Of These Smartphones Is Better For You?
The iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8 both offer edge-to-edge display meaning that there are no annoying bezels taking up screen space on your smartphone, but both of those phones are also rather high priced with the S8 starting at $725 and the iPhone X costing $1,000. Understandably, there are plenty of people who don’t want to spend a month’s rent on a smartphone. Fortunately, both Apple and Google are offering flagship smartphones that lack the edge-to-edge display but are also a bit cheaper. We’re talking, of course, about the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2. Both are great phones, but which is better for you? Let’s find out.
Price, Storage, and Availability
While neither of these smartphones are as expensive as the S8 or iPhone X, they aren’t cheap either. The iPhone 8 ranges in price from $699 for the 64GB model to $849 for the 256GB model. The Pixel 2 will cost you $649 for the 64GB model and $100 more for the 128GB model. That being said, Google will offer Pixel owners unlimited Google Drive storage for photos.
Neither of these smartphones features expandable storage so if you think that you’ll need more than 128GB then you might be better off going with the iPhone 8 though it will cost you a bit more.
The Pixel 2 is a Verizon exclusive so users on another network will need to pay for an unlocked phone then have it transferred to their network. This means that you won’t be able to work out a payment plan with your carrier which might make the iPhone more palatable on that front as it is available for all four major U.S. carriers.
In terms of screen size, the two phones are fairly similar. The iPhone 8 still features a physical home button, but the Pixel 2 two has rather large bezels along the bottom of the device so neither really save room on that front. In terms of actual screen size, the iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch LCD screen whereas the Pixel 2 features a 5-inch AMOLED screen. The Pixel 2 offers slightly more pixel density and brighter colors.
That isn’t to say that the iPhone 8 looks bad. The iPhone 8’s display looks even better than its predecessor and features Apple’s True Tone technology which allows it to automatically adjust the color and brightness to the surrounding light.
In terms of hardware, both phones offer top of the line specs. The Pixel 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 and the iPhone 8 by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Considering that both Google and Apple design the OSes that power these two phones, the devices should be able to squeeze as much juice as possible out of their respective processors.
As anyone who has had their phone die while on the subway can tell you, battery life is an important, often overlooked feature, on smartphones. Unfortunately, modern smartphones tend to have problems in this area thanks, in large part, to how much we use them.
In terms of battery size, the Pixel outpaces the iPhone 8 with its 2,700 mAh battery compared to the iPhone’s 1,821 mAH battery. However, those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Apple has said that the iPhone 8 will get about 12-14 hours of use before needing a recharge. Google is using the same battery size as in the previous Pixel which could go all day without a charge so it is reasonable to assume this one will last as long as well.
One thing that is worth noting is that only the iPhone 8 will offer wireless charging.
Both of these smartphones offer impressive cameras with the Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 receiving DxO scores of 98 and 94 respectively. Both offer auto-focus and optical image stabilization though only the Pixel 2 will come with portrait mode.
In terms of video support, however, the iPhone 8 fares a bit better offering 60 FPS 4-K support while the Pixel 2 only films at 30FPS.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.