This fall, both Apple and Google dropped a new version of their flagship phones, the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2. You’ll find that most people sit on one side of the fence when it comes to their phones, the ol’ Apple vs. Droid battle. Naturally, we have two very different opinions coming from our office.
Apple iPhone X by Brian Stretch
The iPhone X (pronounced “ten,” not “ex”) was announced alongside the iPhone 8 on September 12th. This brand new iPhone is a complete redesign from the previous iPhone models. This new iPhone strays from the previous models and replaces the metal back with a glass back which allows for wireless charging.
It features a screen that goes edge to edge. In order to accomplish this feat Apple has removed the physical home button in favor or a virtual home button gesture. Instead of pressing where the home button was, users will now just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Eliminating the home button also took with it the finger print sensor used to unlock the iPhone. Apple has announced that the iPhone X will instead use facial recognition to unlock the phone. The phone features an array of front facing cameras that can correctly identify individuals even in complete darkness.
Along with these new features, the new iPhone X also includes, a larger OLED screen, dual optical image stabilization cameras, and a front camera array that makes animated emojis possible.
The iPhone X is available for preorder starting at $999 on October 27th and ships on November 3rd. If you plan on getting your hands on one of these on launch day just be aware that supplies are estimated to be extremely limited.
Google Pixel 2 by Brian Meloche
During Google’s recent hardware launch event, the specs and availability of Google’s newest smartphone, Pixel 2, were finally debuted. After the success of Google’s original Pixel, there were some big shoes to fill this year and Google didn’t disappoint.
With hardware advancements and performance improvements in smartphones becoming less and less ground breaking, companies are forced innovate special features that set their product apart from the pack. The Pixel 2’s camera received a benchmark score of 98 on the DxOMark Mobile chart ranking it the best smartphone camera on the market, beating out both Apple and Samsung. Along with the best camera comes another feature users are sure to love – unlimited photo storage in Google Drive. This means all your fancy, crystal clear pictures are stored in the cloud in their original quality for you to access, share, view, and edit from almost any internet connected device.
In recent months, Google has made a name for itself in the “smart assistant” for everyday use. The Pixel 2 will come included with the most up-to-date Google assistant for its users to use. This handy tool can do things ranging from getting directions to your local coffee shop, set reminders, check traffic, and even turn on/off devices in your home! Accessing the assistant is easier than ever with the Pixel’s squeezable sides to instantly launch the app.
As an Android fan, I’m excited for Google’s latest release and look forward to getting my hands on this new piece of tech! Between the camera, the assistant, and the overall look of the phone I think Google hit a homerun on its 2nd generation smartphone.