Google Pixel 7 vs. Apple iPhone 14 | digital trends

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Smartphone users are spoiled for choice when it comes to great devices this year. As soon as Apple announced the iPhone 14 in September, Google followed it up with the Pixel 7, which, like its iOS rival, takes the features that had made its predecessors such popular devices and adds a few more for good measure. In addition to the excellent camera and long battery life of previous generations, it offers compatibility with the recently revealed Pixel Watch, while also offering an attractively redesigned rear camera module.

The question is, how does it compare to the iPhone 14? We answer this question by looking at the different characteristics of each and weighing them against each other. That way you should be able to decide which smartphone is for you.

specs

pixel 7 iPhone 14
Size 155.6 by 73.2 by 8.7 mm (6.13 by 2.88 by 0.34 inches) 146.7 by 71.5 by 7.8 mm (5.78 by 2.81 by 0.31 inches)
Weight 197 grams (6.9 ounces) 172 grams (6.07 ounces)
Screen size 6.3-inch OLED with 10-90 Hz 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED
screen resolution 2400 x 1080 pixels (416 pixels per inch) 2532 x 1170 pixels (460 pixels per inch)
Operating system android 13 iOS 16
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
MicroSD card slot Nope Nope
tap to pay services google pay apple payment
Processor Google tensioner 2 Apple A15 Bionic
RAM 8GB 4GB
Camera Dual 50MP Wide Lens, 12MP Ultra Wide Rear, 10.8MP Front Dual lens 12 MP wide and 12 MP ultrawide rear, 12 MP TrueDepth front
Video 4K at up to 60 frames per second, 1080p at 60fps 4K at up to 60fps, 1080p at 240fps
bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.3
ports USB-C lightning connector
fingerprint sensor yes, on screen No, FaceID instead
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Drums 4,355mAh

30W wired charging

21W wireless charging

Reverse wireless charging

3279mAh

Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)

MagSafe wireless charging (15W)

Qi wireless charging (7.5W)

app market google play store Apple App Store
network support All major carriers All major carriers
Colors obsidian, snow, lemongrass Midnight, Violet, Starlight, Blue, Red
Prices $599 + $799 +
Review Score 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Design, visualization and durability.

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While neither phone is aiming for reinvention, the Pixel 7 is at least trying something noticeably different with its design. While the Pixel 6 featured a horizontal camera visor made of glass, the 7th generation uses aluminum this time. This means it ditches the dark, black look of the Pixel 6 and introduces something arguably a bit sharper and more eye-catching. On top of this, the Pixel 7 also ditches the Pixel 6’s two-tone back coloring, instead opting for a single tone across its entire surface, which you can have in Obsidian (basically black), Snow, or Lemongrass (of course). green).

The iPhone 14, however, changes nothing from the iPhone 13. To be fair, the latter was not an ugly duckling, but the lack of audacity on the part of Apple could mark the iOS device a bit.

Moving on to displays, the Pixel 7 sports a 6.3-inch AMOLED panel, which is capable of supporting a good 90Hz refresh rate. It also packs 2400 x 1080 pixels, making 416 pixels per inch (ppi). As for the iPhone, its 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display tops the Pixel in terms of resolution at 2532 x 1170 pixels (that’s 460 ppi). Unfortunately, it has a refresh rate of only 60Hz, something that deprives it of the kind of smoothness and fluidity (in scrolling and animations) that Google’s device enjoys.

As such, the Pixel wins this round by a slim but not insignificant margin. Both phones are IP68 rated, so neither has the advantage in terms of durability.

Winner: Google Pixel 7

Performance, battery life and charging

The charging port of the Google Pixel 7.
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The Pixel 7 is powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip, which is the successor to last year’s version. It’s built using a 5nm manufacturing process, so it’ll be powerful enough to handle most tasks and applications, especially when paired with 8GB of RAM. However, our review of the Pixel 7 found that it can struggle with the most demanding video games, something that cannot be said for the iPhone 14. The latter uses the same A15 Bionic chip as its predecessor, and while this may seem like a stingy act on Apple’s part, it still handles the intensive computational work without any difficulty.

Both devices come with the same amount of internal memory as standard: 128 GB. This can be increased up to 256GB on both models, while the iPhone also adds the option to go up to 512GB for an additional $300. Neither has a microSD card slot, so you may need to be careful with downloads and photos if you opt for the base storage.

As for the battery, the iPhone 14 houses a 3,279 mAh cell, while the Pixel 7 offers a bulkier 4,355 mAh counterpart. In theory, this should mean that Google’s device handily outperforms its Apple rival, but our reviews of each device found both to be more or less reliable. In other words, you’ll get just over a day’s use out of each if you’re a moderate or heavy user, while lighter users can get closer to a second day before needing to recharge. With charging, the Pixel 7 supports fast charging at 30W, while the iPhone 14 charges at 20W. Regardless, the two phones will recharge at about the same speed, with both manufacturers claiming 50% on about average. hour.

Winner: Apple iPhone 14

cameras

The camera module of the iPhone 14 Plus.
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As we’ve seen with the designs of the two phones, neither the Pixel 7 nor the iPhone 14 departs greatly from their respective predecessors when it comes to their cameras. The Pixel’s rear camera setup includes a 50MP wide lens (the same one found on the Pixel 6) and a 12MP wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field of view. As for the iPhone 14, it has the same basic dual-lens rear camera setup as the iPhone 13, with a 12-megapixel main (wide-angle) lens and a 12MP wide-angle camera. That said, the main lens features a larger sensor and slightly more pixels, while there’s also a new 12MP front-facing camera with autofocus and improvements to low-light photography.

Of course, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and for several years now, both the Google Pixel and the iPhone have easily offered the best camera phones around. This is also the case for its latest generations, with the Pixel 7’s main lens producing excellent, punchy shots. Similarly, its ultra-wide lens also delivers well-balanced photos with plenty of color, detail, and dynamism, something that can also be said for the iPhone 14’s ultra-wide camera.

The same goes for the main lens on the iPhone, which means the two devices are pretty evenly matched when it comes to photography. With both capable of recording 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps), this means we have another tie.

Winner: Tie

Software and updates

The screen of the Google Pixel 7, supported by the hand of a man.
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The iPhone 14 runs on iOS 16, while the Pixel 7 uses Android 13. Both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses, with Android 13 updating its overall design to incorporate larger icons and more user-friendly menus. On the other hand, our review of the Pixel 7 Pro found that it can be a bit buggy at times, with formatting issues, problems opening and exiting games, and unwanted shadows, sometimes forcing the user to restart the phone for complete. This is not to say that most or even a significant number of users will experience such issues, but they do raise a question mark that may need some time (ie software updates) to answer.

This is not something that can be said about the iPhone 14, which above all else offers a very easy and uncomplicated user experience. It’s also likely to provide the user with more major software updates, since while Google has committed to three major updates (and five years of security updates), Apple is likely to outperform it in two to three years.

Winner: Apple iPhone 14

Special features

Google Pixel Watch worn on a man's wrist showing the Pacific watch face.
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The main special feature of the Pixel is that it is compatible with Google’s new smartwatch, the aptly named Pixel Watch. The latter gives users the ability to monitor their health and fitness (through a partnership with Fitbit) while offering a much-welcomed SOS emergency feature that will call 911 in certain circumstances.

Interestingly, the iPhone 14 also comes equipped with its new Emergency SOS Over Satellite feature, which allows you to send emergency messages even without a phone signal. Additionally, it also has a crash detection feature that detects sudden increases in G-force (and sounds associated with car accidents). This has caused people to inadvertently call emergency services while riding roller coasters, but it could save lives.

In addition to these new additions, both phones have special features seen in previous generations. This includes support for 5G, Face ID on the iPhone, AI-powered features on the Pixel (such as spam call detection), and contactless payment methods on each respective device.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The Google Pixel 7 is available directly from Google and costs $599 for the 128GB model or $699 for the 256GB version. It is supported by all major carriers and is widely sold by retailers.

The Apple iPhone 14 starts at $799, with the 256GB and 512GB models costing $899 and $1,099, respectively. It can be purchased directly from Apple or purchased through any number of third-party retailers. It is also compatible with all major networks.

Overall Winner: Apple iPhone 14

The two phones are evenly matched, but the iPhone 14 wins in a couple of important areas, allowing it to take home an overall victory. Its performance surpasses that of the Pixel 7, while also offering more sophisticated and reliable software. Otherwise, the two smartphones excel in similar areas, with both boasting attractive designs, sharp displays, long-lasting batteries, and outstanding cameras. Of course, if you prefer Android, then the Pixel may still be the way to go, but if you don’t have a preference, there’s no denying that the iPhone 14 is a bit more capable on the whole.

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