November 27, 2018

In quest of the 2018's best smartphone? In case it's a smaller device we want something with a screen and we'd be hard-pressed to spot anything that competes with Apple’s iPhone XS and Google’s Pixel 3.

The Pixel 3 claims top-tier specs, all the artificial intelligence and an amazing camera that we would expect from a Google smartphone.

Of course, it’s not without its biggest competition. Apple’s latest iPhone XS that is appealing to all the iOS lover out there. However, how the two new flagships will be compared? We put the  Apple iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3 head to head to find out. Eventually, only one can win out in this iPhone XS/Pixel 3 comparison yet it's going to be a close call.

Design and Display

Although comparable in size, the iPhone XS and the Pixel 3 have substantially different understandings of what labels a premium phone. The Pixel 3 devices have never matched the sleek beauty of the newer iPhones. The two-tone gloss and matte finish all-glass back look great, however, we don’t pay much attention at the back of our phone. Like the iPhone Xs, and the earlier Pixel device, it comes with IP68 resistance, and offers 3 colors  ‘Clearly White’, ‘Just Black’ and ‘Not Pink’.

With 5.5 inches and a 2,160 x 1,080 Full HD+ flexible OLED display, the Pixel 3 is imperceptibly smaller than the iPhone Xs. On top of that, the device yet doesn’t have edge-to-edge technology. However, its bigger sibling, the Pixel 3 XL, has it, additionally, it doesn’t have a notch that can be an important factor for many people.

Winner: iPhone Xs


While the iPhone XS has a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back - one a standard lens and the other a telephoto, the Pixel 3  has only one. However, Pixel 3 can still pull off a majority of same tricks of iPhone XS, which includes shallow depth-of-field portraits via both its rear and front cameras, thanks to AI-powered computational photography.

The camera of iPhone XS has several features that make it fabulous for the accomplished or budding photographer. The phone’s improved camera sensors increase the color accuracy, “Smart HDR” decreases shutter lag to zero, and Depth Control features let us change the depth of field after the photo has been clicked. Additionally, “advanced bokeh” lets us add artistic blur to our photos.

Google’s Top Shot that takes multiple photos even before we’ve clicked the shutter button and recommends the best ones; Night Sight helps low-light photographs appear crisper, brighter, and sharper than any other low-light cameras, and Motion Auto Focus allows the camera to remain focused on a person or object even when it’s moving. Pixels 3 has an impressive HDR+ technology to make super-vibrant photographs with zero lag.

Winner: Pixel 3


Apple's iPhone XS comes preloaded with iOS 12, which is fully packed with new useful features. These include Group FaceTime for up to 32 people, Screen Time monitors to track which apps we are using and for how long, and various different Augmented Reality apps.

AR is also a significant part of the device, with Apple dubbing it the “best AR platform in the business”. The Neural Engine, phone’s camera sensor, gyroscope and more all work hand-in-hand to create its AR apps incredible experiences.

The Pixel 3 also offers an equivalent operating system, Android 9 Pie. Machine learning is a big part of this - Adaptive Battery recognizes our most-used apps to allot battery power respectively, specific gestures help us navigate the device faster, and a wellbeing dashboard shows us how long we’ve spent on certain activities.

It’s difficult to judge on which of these devices has better features as it completely depends on what we’re particularly looking for in our phone. The  Pixel 3 makes for a quicker, more smooth personal experience with the daily stresses of using a phone, thanks to its machine learning, while, iPhone XS creates a more social experience, with joint AR fun and Group Facetime.

Winner: Draw


Google may have engineered the Pixel 3 with the same internals as the best Android phones of this year, however, it still can't fight with the raw speed of Apple's hardware.

The Pixel 3 packs 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. We'll get the same memory in the iPhone XS, though iPhone is powered by Apple's own A12 Bionic chipset. The A12 Bionic documents significantly quicker, with a multicore score of approx 11,400 to the Pixel 3's approx 7,300. The iPhone XS also ended our video conversion test in noticeably less time than the Pixel 3.

When it compared for graphics performance, the numbers hint, the Pixel 3 is a bit more proficient. Google's flagship achieved a score of 4,400 in 3DMark's Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1 test, edging the iPhone XS' 4,244. Still, even with Qualcomm's best hardware, Google can't succeed Apple's margin here.

Winner: iPhone XS

Battery life

The iPhone Xs gives “all-day-long battery life” which, as per  Apple, suggests that as long as we charge it every night, we should have no difficulty using its features all day.  After our test, we found out that iPhone XS lasted almost 1.5 hours more than the Pixel 3 while streaming sites endlessly over T-Mobile's LTE network. The average for smartphones battery life lasts 9 hours and 50 minutes, and the iPhone dropped shy at 9 hours 40 minutes. The Pixel 3 gave up after 8 hours 30 minutes.

Although the iPhone XS finally wins for its longer-lasting battery, however, Google provides us the ability to charge instantly with the included adapter. Apple still makes us shell out some more cash for a USB Type-C compatible charger that allows the highest speeds.

Winner: iPhone XS


The Pixel 3 has a considerably better camera and reasonable price, it is a bit smaller and doesn't have as enough battery life. Saying that the iPhone XS comes at a price that is simply out of reach for many people and, compared to Google’s offering. With all the exceptional features both phones offers, there’s never been a better time see if the grass really is greener on the other side.

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