iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants


Google released two new phones to compete with Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus very recently: the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL. While the Google Pixel is the smaller one in the Pixel range, so, is the iPhone 7 for the iPhones. Can Google’s fist-timer phones compete with Apple’s premium phones? We are sure that they can but which one will win? Which one is worth spending your hard-earned money upon? Here, we are going to compare the bigger siblings and see who stands where in iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants 

iPhone-7-Plus-vs-Google-Pixel-XL-Battle-of-the-GiantsJust like the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel, these two elder siblings cost the same price as well. I have also compared the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel, if you’re interested. You can read it here >> (link for Google Pixel vs iPhone 7: Which One should you get)

The Google Pixel XL starts with $749 for the baseline 32 GB model, and so does the iPhone 7 Plus. The price is same but what you get for the price is totally different. None of these stand clearly out from the other even with so much contrast between these two. So, read on iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants to find out who wins. We shall compare these phones on the basis of the following:

  • Design
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Storage

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Design

Both the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL have well-built and premium designs. Now, that is to be expected from the top flagships. These are a treat for your eyes as well and feel really good in your hands too. The iPhone 7 Plus features much of the same designs as it’s predecessors: the same full-aluminum unibody minus the antenna lines at the back. The Google Pixel XL has a glass & aluminum dual-tone look at the back which makes it slightly thicker at the top. Both have fingerprint sensors: the iPhone 7 Plus in the front, and the Google Pixel XL at the back. The Google Pixel XL has no buttons in the front but has a big chin which will not appeal to many.

iPhone-7-Plus-vs-Google-Pixel-XL-Battle-of-the-GiantsThe iPhone 7 Plus is larger of the two but slimmer measuring (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3) mm. The Google Pixel XL is slightly smaller measuring (154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5) mm. Google Pixel XL weighs around 168 grams which is lighter compared to that of the iPhone 7 Plus which weighs around 188 grams. Now, both are big phones, but the Google Pixel XL fits in your hands slightly better. The Google Pixel’s glass panel on top means it is slightly thicker at the top but it doesn’t have any camera bumps. In case of the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-lens camera juts out quite a noticeable bump. As for the sounds, the iPhone 7 Plus has Stereo Speakers on either side of the USB-Lightning port which definitely makes for better audio but cannot quite make up for the missing headphone jack which Google Pixel XL has.

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While the iPhone borrows most of it’s designs from it’s previous phones, the Google Pixel has a somewhat familiar design as well. It looks like a combo of an iPhone with something else. The iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified, which means that it is Dust and Water Resistant upto 1 meter for upto 30 minutes, whereas the Google Pixel XL is only IP53, which makes it only Splash and Dust resistant. Google Pixel XL is available in 3 colors: Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue. The iPhone 7 Plus offers more color choices: Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and the new Jet Black.

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So, in terms of design, both the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL stand at a draw.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Display

Now, on iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants, we compare these two phones by their displays. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5″ Full-HD LCD display with (1920 x 1080) p resolution. It features 401 PPI pixel density on a Retina screen with Ion-strengthened glass protection. The Google Pixel Plus clearly stands out with it’s 5.5″ Q-HD AMOLED display with (2560 x 1440)p resolution. It has a pixel density of 534 PPI making for some great quality display and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

iPhone-7-Plus-vs-Google-Pixel-XL-Battle-of-the-GiantsNow, the iPhone 7 Plus has only Full-HD compared to the Google Pixel XL’s Quad-HD but it has been rated as the most color-accurate displays ever. However, that is not good enough to beat the Quad-HD display on an AMOLED screen at all! Moreover, the Google Pixel XL’s display is the best ever for the Daydream VR while the iPhone 7 Plus is not very well suited for VR. Therefore, this round goes to the Google Pixel XL.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Camera

iPhones have always had one of the best cameras in the smartphone world. It always takes great high-quality pictures and the shutter-speed is very good too. Google Pixel XL, too, has brought around one of the best cameras one can find. It has the highest smartphone camera rating yet. The  Google Pixel XL packs a 12.3 MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0. It has dual-LED flash, laser-detection autofocus and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), which is essentially video stabilization. The front camera is 8 MP with a f/2.4 aperture. It is capable of taking very high quality photos with sharp and warm colors. It outperforms the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of pictures in low light and color quality.


The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera setup at the rear, giving it the ability to switch between two cameras easily to take just the right kind of pictures. It comprises of two 12 MP sensors, a wide-angle and a telephoto sensor. The wide-angle sensor has a f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto has f/2.8 aperture. It features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), phase-detection autofocus and quad-LED flash as well. With the iPhone 7 Plus, you can get twice the regular zoom and not lose any picture quality. It’s front snapper is 7 MP with f/2.2 aperture.

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So, in review, the Google Pixel XL takes better pictures than the iPhone 7 Plus in both normal and low light. However, the iPhone 7 provides both image & video stabilization, offers more zoom and wider angles. Both phones can take upto 4K videos @ 30 fps. So, this round goes to a tie as well.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battery

Next up on iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants, let’s compare them in terms of their battery. The Google Pixel XL has a huge 3450 mAh battery that will last you for quite a while. It has USB-C charging port. And with the latest software, there’s more battery optimization. In addition, it features Fast Charge, which is capable of giving a 7 hrs worth battery life in 15 minutes, which is just icing on the cake!

The iPhone 7 Plus has a smaller battery, of 2900 mAh. But make no mistake, it can last you through the day. Due to Apple’s software and user eco-system, batteries on the iPhones tend to last longer. Also, when compared with some gaming and multi-tasking, the iPhone 7 Plus showed a very slightly less battery consumption than the Google Pixel XL. So, even if Google Pixel has a larger battery, the iPhone 7 Plus has better optimized battery consumption. They both seem to be equals, but Google Pixel XL’s Fast Charge takes over. Therefore, this round belongs to the Google Pixel XL as well.

iPhone 7 Plus Google Pixel XL: Hardware

The iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL feature very different hardware than each other too. So, it is very difficult to compare. Let us see what aspects of these two can be compared in iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants.

First up, the Google Pixel XL runs on a Quad-Core 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC supported by 4 GB RAM. It also features Adreno 530 as GPU. The hardware certainly looks impressive in numbers. The latest Snapdragon combined with 4 GB RAM makes it very powerful and fast, no doubt. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 2.23 GHz Quad-Core Apple A10 Fusion as the CPU supported by 3 GB RAM. It uses PowerVR 7XT GT7600 as GPU. Both the phones rely on different kinds of hardware, so comparison is quite difficult.


However, if we rely on the Benchmark tests, the iPhone 7 Plus knocks the Google Pixel XL out cold. According to the latest Geekbench tests, the iPhone 7 Plus scores twice that of the Google Pixel XL in single-core performance. Even in multi-core scores, the iPhone 7 Plus beats the other considerably. Therefore, in raw power in terms of hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus takes this round.

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iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Software

Now on iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants, let’s move on to software. Now, in the software department, these two phones are worlds apart. It’s Android vs iOS: a never-ending battle. Android is better when it comes to customization while iOS has better eco-system and user experience. This is going to be even more difficult. Since many prefer Android over iOS while other are the exact opposite, let’s just compare these two, and not set a score based on the software.

iPhone-7-Plus-vs-Google-Pixel-XL-Battle-of-the-GiantsThe Google Pixel XL runs on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat with the Pixel Launcher skin on top. This is the closest stock Android experience you’ll get so far. It has many new interesting and useful features like Split-Screen and other customizing options. It’s just very fun to use. Plus, there’s the Google Assistant, the new AI available only on the Android 7.1. It is ferociously accurate, very contextual and conversational. It even allows you to be used inside Apps, and it makes use of the Google Database, which makes it better than Apple’s Siri.

The iPhone 7 Plus comes with the latest iOS – iOS 10.0.2. It has many improvements over battery optimization, 3D Touch and a few tweaks in the control center. The 3D Touch experience in here is just gold and there’s no argument that the ecosystem on Apple is so smooth and user-friendly than Android. Siri, Apple’s AI has also seen improvements. It is accurate, but not very contextual and with Apple’s database and inability to be used inside apps, it is slightly inferior to the Google Assistant. This one just depends on your preference of whether you find iOS or Android more appealing.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Storage

Now on iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants, let’s compete these two in terms of Storage. The storage options for these two phones start at 32 GB for both as baseline models, and at the same price as well. None of these two giants feature expandable storage options, so, if you want more, you have to buy bigger storage models.

The Google Pixel XL has 32 GB and 128 GB model options. You pay $100 additional for the larger storage option. The iPhone 7 Plus is available in 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB models. Here, too, the price increases by $100 as the storage moves upwards. The storage choice on iPhone 7 Plus could make it better, but the Google Pixel XL offers free cloud storage and it is unlimited! Yes, Google Pixel XL users get free and unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos in maximum quality. So, you don’t have to worry about storage on this one at all.

While you can also get iCloud storage on the iPhone 7 Plus, you have to pay for them. Of course, nothing can beat the free and unlimited, the iPhone 7 Plus cannot simply compete in this basis. So, this round, too goes to the Google Pixel XL.

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Conclusion

Finally, in iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants, it’s time to arrive at the conclusion. Since both are equals in terms of price, we have compared these two phones in terms of Design, Display, Camera, Battery, Hardware, Software and Storage. And if you were keeping score, it is clear that the Google Pixel XL is the winner of the Battle of the Giants.

But I must say that the Google Pixel XL wins barely. It is not a clear winner in those aspects in anyway. The Google Pixel XL stands out in terms of Display, Screen Resolution, RAM size, battery size and Storage. However, the iPhone 7 Plus outshines in terms of Water-Proof design, Color options, Storage model options, User ecosystem and Raw Performance power. Therefore, there’s only a slight difference between these two phones. In the end, it just boils down to your preference of some aspects over the others.

If you are a user that just uses basic apps, web-browsing, takes a lot of pictures, you should choose the Google Pixel XL. However, if you are into raw performance in gaming, user-friendly interface and intense multi-tasking, pick the iPhone 7 Plus. Both of them are just great phones and none of them will disappoint you. For me personally, I don’t take a lot of pictures but I’m into gaming, so, I’d go for the iPhone 7 Plus. But that’s me. Which one would you pick?


So, this was  iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Battle of the Giants. Thank you for reading and hope you found it fun. Some of you might not be satisfied by the results, but hey, it’s just what I think it is. It might just vary depending on what you look for in a phone. Also, stick with us for more such information and news.







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