Reality Check: Don’t Compare Google Pixel 2 To Apple iPhone X

Apple vs Google. iOS vs Android. These are buttress discuss topics within a tech universe and for good reason. Apple and Google are after all, twin of a biggest tech entities on a planet. iOS and Android are after all, a twin biggest mobile handling systems on a planet. In many ways, a only mobile handling systems. So it stands to reason that comparisons will be drawn, debates between them, had. However, now we are starting to see debates and comparisons being done between a likes of a just-announced Apple iPhone X and a arriving Google Pixel 2. To be frank, this a non-starter debate.


To pull parallels between a twin is not usually nonsensical, though officious naive. While we can review and contrariety Apple and Google, or iOS and Android, we can't and should not do a same with a iPhone X and a Pixel 2.

Don’t Ignore History

While Google and Apple are determined companies and do work within a same industry, and on identical products, that is mostly a border to their similarities when it comes to creation smartphones. In fact, Google does not even make smartphones yet. Yes, a organisation has recently embarked on a ‘made by Google’ debate – though that is all it is…a offered campaign. The law of it is that Google does not make smartphones during all. Even a Pixel line is a sum of tools and components sourced from elsewhere. While we have discussed a significance of Google bringing to marketplace a reward device, that is distant opposite from a organisation indeed creation that reward product itself. Which in spin is a distant cry from Apple and a propinquity to a phones. To put this offer into perspective…

Don’t Ignore Experience

So iPhone X has these features, this arrange of display, this form of camera. While Pixel 2 will have these features, this arrange of display, this form of camera. While it is healthy to make these comparisons, as we all do with any phone that hits a market. The iPhone and Pixel lines are not usually vastly opposite products, though they are also during vastly opposite stages of their product line maturity. The iPhone X is a sum of years of smartphone-building knowledge while a Pixel 2 is literally a sum of a new proceed and during times, some-more of a offered practice than anything else.

The initial iPhone came by in 2007, a initial Pixel phone came by in 2016. Since a initial iPhone (including a first) there has been no reduction that 15 renditions over a march of 6 generations. Note a series 6, as we are not even including a usually announced models. If we do afterwards that figure rises to 18 phones over 7 generations. By contrast, a Pixel line so distant consists of twin models – that in existence are a same phone. So arguably, there has usually been one indication of a Pixel and if we wish to pierce a iPhone down to a core versions (excluding all a “S” ‘C” “Plus” “SE” models), we have as many as 8 – iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X. Therefore, if we unequivocally contingency make a comparison between a phone products of both companies, make a comparison between Google’s initial phone and Apple’s first. At slightest a basement of that comparison will have a common denominator.

Don’t Ignore Product Purpose

To review a iPhone X to a Pixel 2 is to advise that they are designed to be identical products. That they are designed to support to a same customers. When they are not. To transparent this adult once and for all – Apple sells phones, Google sells software. That is it. iOS mostly exists to sell phones for Apple, while a Pixel line exists to sell a Android handling system. Although Google would positively like to sell some-more of it’s ‘made by Google’ phones, that is not a finish idea here. A lot of critique has been intended during Google for a Pixel line – and in particular, a antiquated demeanour and being behind a times in terms of features/specs. Criticisms that are already starting to be intended during a Pixel 2 by all sections of a media, including us. But a existence is that a Pixel Line (as good as a Nexus line) is initial and inaugural designed to prominence Android. So while other Android-related phone manufacturers demeanour to deliver a best in category hardware, a many adult to date specs, a beginning beta features, a Pixel line does not. It looks to categorically prominence a Android chronicle associated to a recover of a device.

So there is no difficulty on this, here is a discernible example. The OnePlus 5 offers 8GB RAM. If we asked OnePlus, this would expected be to safeguard a liquid and well-spoken user knowledge regardless of a bucket placed on a smartphone. Therefore, a RAM count is one of a vital offered points. The same offered indicate OnePlus has used with a prior phones as well. The Pixel line on a other palm will arrive using on Android 8.0 (Oreo). It has been widely documented that Android Oreo is an under a hood upgrade – that is really true. Another approach of observation Oreo is that this ascent includes a series of facilities (for instance ‘Background Execution Limits’) that are purpose-designed to extent a impact of a handling complement on a phone’s hardware. In other words, with Android Oreo we don’t need as many RAM anymore – as a RAM is underneath a obtuse bucket by default. Arguably, make-up a Pixel 2 with 8, 10, or 100GB RAM would totally annul this sole offered indicate with Oreo. In fact, Google roughly could embody 2GB RAM in a Pixel 2 and this would be some-more than sufficient, and would even offer prominence a system-level advantages of Oreo. On a side note, because do we consider iPhone versions have always came with significantly reduction RAM than their Android counterparts?

Although, from an Android offered viewpoint including 2GB RAM in a reward device would be a no-go as no one would compensate a seeking price. Therefore, make-up a Pixel 2 with 4GB RAM (which, either we like it or not is a stream attention standard) is accurately what a Pixel 2 should (and expected will) come with. The best approach to sum adult a Pixel line is that ‘you get what we need.’ A perspective that can be extrapolated out to a cameras (single vs dual), a arrangement (bezels vs bezel-less), and usually about any other critique we could spin during a Pixel line. It is a sum of a needed parts, not a offered list of tools that a organisation can afterwards exaggerate about.

And this is usually when we are articulate about Oreo as a product. As we have nonetheless to even hold on a additional program aspects that Google is also offered – Google Assistant, Google Lens, Google Photos, Daydream, ARCore, and a rest. All of that will not usually be benefaction on a Pixel 2, though will be deeply tied-in with a Pixel experience. To reiterate, Apple sells phones, Google sells software…and services.

Don’t Ignore Forward Direction

In reality, Product Purpose and Forward Direction are mostly interchangeable. However, it is value addressing them rather differently. As Product Purpose mostly focuses on because we should (or should not) buy a Pixel 2 or a iPhone X, while Forward Direction (in this context) looks to use a stream products as indicators for where a organisation sees itself going in a future. Although, a finish outcome stays a same – Apple sells phones, Google sells software. And a iPhone X is a primary instance of Apple’s Forward Direction. As this is in existence being positioned as an costly proof-of-concept device. Not usually will it cost we north of $1,100 though it was announced along with a iPhone 8 – that is some-more of a stream ‘now’ smartphone. So if we wish to know where Apple is going in a destiny – demeanour to a iPhone X. While if we wish to know where Google is going in a destiny – do not demeanour during a Pixel 2.

For example, a pivotal offered points remarkable during Apple’s proclamation including a bezel-less display, Face ID, a twin 12-megapixel back cameras, a A11 Bionic processor, and a inclusion of wireless charging. All aspects that are deeply tied to a hardware. While some facilities (Face ID, wireless charging, a camera experience) also rest on program tweaking, make no mistake, it is a hardware being sole here. Apple is offered a sex interest of a iPhone X. Just watch a launch video to see how a whole offered indicate is how stylish a pattern is.

In contrast, a strange Pixel (and a arriving models) will concentration many some-more heavily on a program experience. While Google will be discerning to tell we that a Pixel 2 comes installed with a Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, a incomparable aperture, a water-resistant body, Google will be many quicker to tell we about how a Pixel 2 can be used to not usually take good images, though store those good images during full fortitude by Google Photos. How Google Lens will not usually constraint images, though indeed change a approach we rivet with those images. As they will no longer be images that we usually view, though images we correlate with. How Google ARCore will concede Pixel owners to rivet with a universe around them like never before. How a Google Assistant is smarter than ever before and how it is many some-more closer entwined with a Pixel user experience, as good as other non-Pixel devices.

Which really clearly demonstrates a core importance (and by organisation a brazen direction) of any company. Apple uses program improvements to prominence hardware offered points. While Google uses hardware improvements to prominence program offered points. While a twin have many program practice that are rather comparison – Apple Pay and Android Pay, Siri and Google Assistant, ARKit and ARCore – they are not equal alternatives. Google has invested many some-more in a growth of a alternatives as a means to pierce those facilities to a masses, while Apple has invested in these technologies to pierce them to iPhone users. Apple’s aspiration and brazen instruction will continue to be to sell iPhones, Google’s will continue to be to sell a services. Which orderly brings us to a subsequent don’t.

Don’t Ignore Market Share

Market share it what matters and is a biggest indicator of where a organisation is going (forward direction). Which in spin is a biggest indicator of what inclination are entrance from that organisation (product purpose). When it come to marketplace share, Android is king. This is undisputed. While a numbers do vacillate and this does lead to at-the-time furious title assumptions, a disproportion between iOS and Android have remained sincerely immobile over time. The next striking provided by IDC in May of 2017 highlights a cove in disproportion and shows how IDC has seen a fluctuations change over a year (Q1 2016 to Q1 2017).

While iOS worldwide marketplace share has dipped as low as 11.7-percent and as high as 18.2-percent, Android’s worldwide marketplace share has never dipped next 81-percent during a same time-frame. Which as a low-ball figure, represents four-fifths of a whole market. Again, over a march of a final year – that is a lowest marketplace share remarkable by IDC for Android. That can't be ignored. Google’s Android is roughly some-more critical to Google than any hardware products it competence or competence not release. By contrast, those 11 to 18-percent total remarkable for Apple are an accurate estimation of a series of hardware products (not usually phones) that a organisation has directly sold. Apple sells phones, Google sells software.

On a subject of marketplace share, there is a other emanate that Google faces – a ‘partners’. After all, Android is not a Pixel thing and if Android was contingent on a Pixel (or a Nexus line when it was current), afterwards Android would not have survived. The reason it is what it is, is due to usually about any phone builder other than Apple. That is where a sales come from and is a substructure of Android. To again pull on information from IDC (helps with a coherence and in propinquity to a prior IDC mention), as of May 2017 and during a same duration as a final information set (Q1 2016 to Q1 2017) Apple saw a worldwide smartphone marketplace share that dipped to 11.7-percent and strike a high of 18.2-percent. Those numbers sound familiar? Same as those remarkable for a OS marketplace share. By contrast, Samsung over a same duration saw a low of 18-percent (almost a same as Apple’s top point) and a high of 23.8-percent. Huawei a low of 8.4-percent and a high of 10.5-percent. OPPO a low of 5.9-percent and a high of 7.5-percent. VIVO a low of 4.4-percent and a high of 5.9-percent. The always-ominous ‘Others” saw a low of 39-percent and a high of 45-percent. The common denominator between all those non-Apple figures, Android of course. Arguably, some of a “Others” competence not be Android, though any volume that is not Android, is negligible.

The indicate here is where does anyone practically design Pixel to lodge. To advise that a Pixel is Google’s answer to a iPhone and that Google needs to ‘up a game’ and sell some-more to be like Apple, is ridiculous. Samsung, Huawei, OPPO and VIVO (who here are credited with a biggest non-Apple impact on a worldwide smartphone market) are companies who mostly concentration on smartphone manufacturing, deposit hugely in promotion those mobile products, and many importantly to this review – have a resources of experience. To design Pixel to not usually start offered in a tens of millions, as good as to replace these already-established companies is not a picturesque expectation. Not to mention, this is though holding into care a fallout between Google and a partners that would perceptible in a issue of any large Pixel uptake. For example, besides a glacial relations, such a pierce would usually offer to enthuse those third-party companies to rethink their possess OS ambitions. So Android, and by organisation Google’s program and services, are deeply reliant on these third-party companies. Which arguably could be one of a reasons as to because Google prefers to spin to third-party companies to furnish a ‘made by Google’ phones. After all, Google has a income and a manpower to pierce out a possess smartphone. But to echo a point, that is not a finish idea with a Pixel line.

Wrap Up

So here it is. While it is distinct that some will make comparisons between a likes of a Pixel 2 and a iPhone X, it is not helpful, or even realistic. These are both phones from vital tech companies and arguably, users do have a choice to select one over a other. But they are essentially opposite devices, designed to support to opposite users. So a shopping preference should not be one formed off that phone is better, though some-more so, that phone resonates some-more with what we wish from a smartphone – hardware or software.


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