The Google Pixel 2XL can be considered as a worthy contender to the Apple iPhone X. But, the latter is finally equipped with OLED display and fast charging feature. The release of the Apple iPhone X should teach Google more than a few lessons on how to design a better smartphone in the future.
1.Create a better design: It is clear that the iPhone X looks generally better. The Pixel 2 has a somewhat dated design. Although Pixel 2XL appears sleek and narrow, the bezels look uneven, especially because the bottom bezel is smaller than the top one. On the other hand, the iPhone X looks positively superior with its real edge-to-edge screen.
- Create a better feel: The iPhone X manages to provide better feel than the Pixel 2 and 2XL, with its glass back and stainless-steel frame. The Pixel 2XL comes with metal chassis, but the coating produces a somewhat plastic feel. It feels great, but obviously can’t match the luxury provided by the iPhone X.
- Use a better display: The Pixel 2XL comes with 6-inch, P-OLED display at 538ppi of pixel density. However, the iPhone X still offers a better screen. Some people have reported that the OLED display of Google Pixel 2 XL looks somewhat dull and it is not as vibrant as other devices that have OLED displays. Google has released a software update that helps to improve the vibrancy of the display, but the glorious screen of the iPhone X is still unbeatable. Another reported problem is that burn-in occasionally appears on the Pixel 2XL display. Also, the navigation bar still appears on the display when it’s not meant to be displayed.
- Make wireless charging a standard feature: It is somewhat surprising that Google released the Pixel 2 and 2 XL without the wireless charging capabilities, considering that many other Android devices offer the same thing. It’s not clear why Google didn’t offer wireless charging, but it is something that users of iPhone can currently enjoy.
- Use good dual cameras: The iPhone X is equipped with dual cameras arrangements, which is excellent for zooming performance. Pixel 2 devices are currently equipped with only a single camera and it means that they could rely only on digital zoom to make things look bigger. However, with dual-cameras, iPhone X can retain great level of quality.
- Create a better ecosystem: Google already has a good Android ecosystem and it is accessible easily for any Android users. There are usually identical apps for both iOS and Android, however, iOS users will notice that their own version of apps are better optimized for improved user experience. iPhone, iPad, Mac, Air Pods and Apple Watch work flawlessly in a similar ecosystem. As an example, users will find that the use of AirDrop between Mac and iPhone is genuinely useful and can improve their overall productivity. With AirDrop, users are able to transfer files seamlessly between their devices. iMessage also works well on iPhone and Mac. These features will definitely hold people back from switching to Android. However, Chromebooks and Pixel smartphones don’t provide comprehensive integration. Also, unlike Mac, Chromebooks are not fully functional laptops and they are based on the rather limited Chrome OS, which supports a limited number of apps. People who own both iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL will attest that they get much better support from Apple. Apple’s official stores are available around the world, while Google has far fewer official stores in a few countries. Google stores only become showcase shops, instead of providing comprehensive services.