Google’s Pixel 2 XL costs more than Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus but is only half the speed, lacks many key features

“Google’s latest effort to show off its vision for ‘Pure Android’ hardware costs more than Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks a telephoto lens, offers no support for Qi wireless charging, isn’t capable of recording smooth 60fps 4K video and–like Windows 10 Mobile–offers no potential of an installed base for building new, compelling AR apps,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider.

“Perhaps even more remarkably, the latest ‘Phone by Google’ lacks support for SD Cards and removable batteries and lacks the extra RAM and processing power needed to run Android, as well lacking the legacy headphone jack that Google itself promoted as valuable and necessary just last year,” Dilger writes. “It also features proprietary dongles that cost significantly more than Apple’s, and doesn’t even bundle in a pair of headphones.”

Alphabet Inc.'s HTC-built  Google Pixel 2 (left) and LG-built Google Pixel 2 XL
Alphabet Inc.’s HTC-built Google Pixel 2 (left) and LG-built Google Pixel 2 XL

Google’s “LG-built Pixel 2 XL demands a premium price, starting at $849 for the 64-gigabyte version. iPhone 8 Plus with the same storage is $799. Pixel 2 XL offers a 128GB option for $100 more, but for that price you can buy an iPhone 8 Plus with 256GB (twice the storage), an option that’s not even available on Pixel phones,” Dilger writes. “Google’s Pixel 2 XL (along with the standard Pixel 2) are forced to use a significantly weaker Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Apple’s A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 Plus (as well as iPhone 8 and iPhone X) is a remarkable 118 percent faster at typical single core tasks, and ramps up to reach multiple core scores more than 64 percent faster than Qualcomm’s 835.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Inside and out, Google’s slow Pixel phones are a joke, designed by… hello, anybody? A committee of sightless amateurs, by the looks of it.

Get a Google product and kiss your privacy goodbye.

With each passing year, and especially with iPhone X, it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. The Android to iPhone upgrade train just turned onto a long straightaway, engines stoked, primed to barrel away! — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017

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  1. If the legacy headphone jack was valuable and necessary last year, then why not this year as well? What changed during that time?

    I’m not an Android fan but apparently, benchmarks show that the Pixel 2’s camera quality puts the iPhone 8’s camera to shame. That’s pretty amazing considering Apple’s two-lens design to the Pixel’s single-lens design.

    I’m also certain the Pixel 2/2 XL have received far more praise than the iPhone 8/8 Plus by all the critics. A lot of people seem quite pleased that the Pixel 2 is available despite all the enormous multitudes of flagship Android smartphones out there. Except for the camera, there doesn’t seem to be all that much unique compared to any other flagship Android smartphone.

    Oh, well. Since there are gazillions more Android smartphone users than iPhone users, I suppose it’s only natural the Pixel 2/2 XL would get more praise than the iPhone. The Pixel 2/2 XL is probably just icing on the cake for Google which is set to outperform Apple in value over the next five years.

      1. Obviously, “macnificentseven48” has been anti Apple for years. He didn’t have anything nice to say about Apple. His IQ is down the drains or going to vacation in the North Pole, it is all frozen up.

      2. As it is difficult to tell who is leading/falling by only looking at quarters of profit share due to devices being released at different times over the year, I tried searching for anything that would show share over each year period. Only found 2 articles that were clear enough. The first for Y2015 and the second for Y2016 shows Apple’s global smartphone profit share to be 91% and 72% respectively. Looking at the larger scale, it seems Android OEMs are getting better at generating a profit from their devices.

    1. Reviews are based on expectations. What expectations do you think people have for Android phones? This phone is nearly as expensive as the X and hovers in and out of 8 territory..yet doesn’t even come close in the once beloved anti-Apple spec sheet comparison.

      It just makes people look silly. Just take it for what it is. No need to pretend in light of how huge the gap is.

      1. As Google is pushing more cloud-based AI for the Assistant, real-time translation and unlimited cloud storage for max definition photos/videos with the Pixel line to differentiate the devices from the rest, I would expect the users that value one or more of those three features to seriously consider purchase.

    2. Yep, Google has pulled a Microsoft, to be sure, they stole Apple’s tech, skirted Apple’s ethics to make it good, and weaved a false narrative that people are all too happy to believe. I personally can’t overlook the fact that it’s still Google we’re talking about, and I’m not going to grab the shiniest diamond when it’s sitting in the middle of a pile of diseased doggie poo. :/

    3. …for Google which is set to outperform Apple in value over the next five years…

      For selling their users as their product and foisting the single most dangerous operating system currently available, Android, on the world.

      Thanks Google. What a great business plan. 😈

  2. For many years, The Guardian was somewhat supportive of Apple, but in the last few years has been somewhat hostile towards Apple. They ( and in particular Samuel Gibbs ) always find something to hate about iPhones when they review them and use that as the headline along with a low star rating.

    For instance the iPhone SE, who’s unique selling point was that it was compact, got the headline “Too small for most people” and was awarded four stars. The iPhone 7 headline was “How good can a phone be if the battery doesn’t even last a day?” and was awarded three stars. Today, to the surprise of absolutely nobody at all, Google Pixel 2 XL was given a gushing review and awarded five stars.

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