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 Pixel fared against iPhone.
Apple tool the proverbial plunge and make the iPhone 7 water-resistant. It has an IP67 rating, meaning the device is technically capable of working one meter under water for up to 30 minutes. But as Chris Welch reports for The Verge, Google’s Pixel isn't water-resistant. That's what many will consider an "inexcusable" choice on Google’s part.
Apple’s latest iPhone will likely survive a drop in the pool or usage in an unexpected rainstorm. Many other smartphones are water-resistant. And still others, even without full water-resistance, use a nano-coating to protect their circuitry against liquid. But Google’s Pixel isn’t water-resistant at all.
As Welch writes, "In previous years, the omission was perhaps understandable since Nexus phones (RIP) usually didn't cost as much. But today Google made zero mention of any water safeguards on stage, and there are no surprises contained in the Pixel’s tech specs."
Accidents involving water happen routinely, even to conscientious users who are extremely careful with their expensive devices. It's ideal to choose a phone that can withstand a few encounters with water, even if it doesn't officially have water resistance or an IP rating. Welch notes, "In a best case scenario, the Pixels might unofficially offer some level of water protection like the iPhone 6s did, but I'm not too hopeful on that."
The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual-camera system. The two cameras, as Engadget’s Steve Dent reports, enable users "to do optical-like zooming, shallower depth of field to blur out backgrounds, and even Lytro-like selective focus." The camera system also offers up to 2X optical zoom. Dent notes that 2X "may not seem like much, but is a lot better than the 'nothing' that most smartphones have." The Pixel is one of those phones that doesn't have optical zoom. That's because it lacks the dual cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also lacks a larger aperture lens or optical image stabilization. Additionally, it uses a two-element flash instead of the four LED flash on the iPhone 7.
This may not sound like a terrible omission, especially in the case of optical zoom. Plenty of phones don't have the feature, right? But photos captured with digital zoom, instead of optical zoom, have lower resolutions and higher levels of pixellation. The type of zoom isn't a smartphone camera's most important characteristic, but for an avid mobile photographer who want the flexibility of optical zoom, the iPhone 7 Plus is going to be a better choice than Google’s new Pixel.
Wide Color Display
Daniel Eran Dilger reports for Apple Insider that one of the iPhone 7 features that the Pixel lacks is a Wide Color display. Android itself lacks software support for DCI-P3 Wide Color gamut, "a primary feature Apple added to iOS and is supporting on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models." A Wide Color display reproduces more of the colors that are visible to the human eye.
The iPhone 7's cameras capture Wide Color images, and the iPhone 7's display accurately reproduces it. Dilger notes that support for Wide Color is "also required throughout the operating system, and developers need APIs to take advantage of this. Despite aspiring to control the whole widget like Apple, Google didn’t do any of the hardware or software work to bring DCI-compliant wide color support to its Pixel phones."
DisplayMate reports that the iPhone 7 "excels due to its record absolute color accuracy, which is visually indistinguishable from perfect, and is very likely considerably better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV that you have." DisplayMate reports that the iPhone 7's DCI-P3 Wide Color support makes the screen the "most color accurate display that we have ever measured."