Determining ahead of time which smartphones are going to be the biggest successes can be tough, but Google’s brand-new Pixel phone should be a big hit. It has advanced hardware built by HTC, its camera beats those of every other phone tested by DxOMark, and it runs the latest and greatest version of Android. The Pixel should offer some pretty strong competition to the year’s best phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid, and the iPhone 7. The fact that this great phone is from Google may have iPhone users reconsidering their stance on the iOS vs. Android debate. Users may even contemplate how bad the switch between iOS and Android would really be.
But if you’re a longtime iPhone user, you should know that there are a few things Apple’s latest iPhone can do that Google’s new Pixel phone can’t. (Aside from the obvious differences between two phones that run competing operating systems, since nobody needs to be reminded that they won’t be talking to Siri on a Google phone.) Sure, comparing any two phones reveals some areas where the first phone comes out on top, and other areas where the second one is the clear winner. There are some areas where the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beat the Pixel and Pixel XL, but in other areas, Google reigns supreme.
The Verge’s Vlad Savov points out that “The Pixel isn’t everything we wanted, but it is definitely the device and strategy we’ve been demanding from Google for so long.” In other words, it’s an exciting new contender in the world of Android phones. The new Pixel is not without its shortcomings, however; there are a few areas where it doesn’t come out on top in the perennial competition between Google and Apple. Read on to learn more about how the two phones compare. Check out which features you’ll be foregoing if you opt for Google’s latest phone instead of Apple’s.