We put Apple's iPhone X up against Google's Pixel 2 — and Apple’s phone is still king

We put Apple's iPhone X up against Google's Pixel 2 — and Apple’s phone is still king

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  • The iPhone X and Pixel 2 are the newest high-end smartphones from Apple and Google, so we compared their screens, cameras, battery life, smart assistants, app ecosystems, and charging features to help you decide which smartphone to get.
  • We ultimately decided that the iPhone X was better thanks to its all-screen design, access to the App Store, and wireless charging support, but the Pixel 2 does have the better camera and smart assistant.
  • There's no "wrong" answer here, and your decision may very well come down to personal preference or a specific, smaller feature not mentioned here.

Screen: Both the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 have high-resolution OLED screens, which will make photos, videos, and text look incredibly sharp and accurate. But the iPhone X's all-screen design is the winner.

You'll be looking at your phone's screen several times a day for years, and thankfully both the iPhone X and Pixel 2 have cutting-edge displays.

The iPhone X's 5.8-inch OLED (organic light emitting diod) screen has a resolution of 2,436 × 1,125 pixels for a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. The Pixel 2's 5-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 1,920×1,080 for a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch.

Because they have high-resolution OLED screens, both phones will reproduce color accurately when looking at photos or videos, and text will look incredibly smooth, too. Another benefit to OLED screens is that each pixel can be turned on and off, depending on what you're looking at. That means if you're looking at an image with a lot of black pixels, that part of the screen will effectively be turned off, which can actually net you some extra battery life.

Unfortunately, the flaw of an OLED screen is its viewing angle, if you look at the iPhone X or Pixel 2's screen while tilting it sharply, you'll see a slightly off-color tint to everything. Thankfully, nobody really looks at their phone like that, so it shouldn't be an issue.

What gives the iPhone X the edge here is that the entire front of the phone is dominated by its screen. There isn't a bezel on the top or bottom, and once you get an "all-screen" phone, it's hard to go back.

Camera: The Pixel 2's camera can capture more detail and better colors than the iPhone X's.

Smartphone cameras overtook standalone point-and-shoot models years ago, and again, Google and Apple both brought their A-game.

The iPhone X has a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back that are capable of capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second. Its front-facing camera is 7 megapixels, and it can record video in 1080p. The pair of cameras on the back allow the iPhone X to capture different layers of depth to create "portrait" images, where a subject is clear and the background is blurred.

The Pixel 2 has a single 12.2-megapixel backside camera that can capture 4K video at 30 frames per second. The Pixel 2's front-facing camera is 8 megapixels and can take video in 1080p. Although it only has a single back-facing camera, the Pixel 2 uses a technology Google calls "dual-pixel autofocus" to capture depth in an image using software to create a portrait mode-style photo.

On paper, the cameras from both phones seem evenly matched, but Business Insider recently put the iPhone X, Pixel 2, and Samsung Galaxy S9's cameras to the test and Google's phone edged out the competition. This falls in line with another Business Insider reporter's findings, which were that the Pixel 2's images were more detailed and had better color reproduction.

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