It’s been six months since Apple first announced the iPhone 10. And around five months since Google first announced the Pixel two and the Pixel two XL. These are both great phones, which is what you might expect because they’re both flagship phones. But, after actually using them after a while, it’s clear, to me at least, which one of these is the better phone. You mean the one that doesn’t costa thousand dollars and is still a fantastic phone.
Now, the iPhone 10 was a pretty radicalredesign for Apple. It’s the first iPhone without a home button. It has an OLED display, its size is somewhere in between a regular-sized iPhone and a plus iPhone.And, you can unlock it with your face.
Okay, the smaller Pixel two doesn’t look all that different from the first Pixel. But the Pixel two XL looks different. It has a nearly all-screen front design. And already they are up there competing with the top smartphone makers.
Okay, well, the iPhone 10 is fast. Like ridiculously fast. Its processor is faster than processors in a lot of laptops. In the time that I’ve been using it, I’ve been kind of blown away by it.- Well, Pixel two is no slouch either. It’s running on a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is powering all of the top Android phones right now. It might not be a bionic processor, but it’s still pretty fast.- One of the biggest changes with the iPhone 10 though is that Apple has also redesigned the way you interact with the phone. So the way you switch between apps or swipe to see notifications.
Now that I’ve used this for a while, I really like it. Okay, I’ll admit, it took me way longer to get used to these interactions than I thought it would. And I wouldn’t be surprised if other people got the new phone and hated it. But, now when I pick up other phones,I just think the iPhone 10s UI is probably the way to do it. The Pixel two has some UI changes too. Although that’s because of Android, and not specific to Pixels. Like the search bar is now at the bottom of the home screen.
And the display is always on, which seems like a small thing, but after a few months you kind of find that you can’t live without it. One of the things that really annoys me about that phone, is that if you just want to see the time, you have to pick the phone up. No, I don’t. Okay, what time is it? Now if you’ve been seriously considering these phones for the past few months, then you’ve probably read all of the camera comparisons.
In fact, the Verge did one that you should go check out. On the Pixel two XL, a lot of the camera improvements are happening on the software side. But this one doesn’t have two cameras.
Like this. That looks awful. Well, it’s pretty great, when it works.- Okay, also, we think that the Pixel two XLshoots a little bit better in low light. Just saying.- Yeah, but not that much better. Also, the iPhone 10 and the iPhone eight both support wireless charging, which your phone doesnt.- Yeah, but, you can charge the Pixel two and the Pixel two XL with USBC which is how I charge my MacBook, which means I’m just carrying around fewer cables.
Okay, well, your phone doesn’t have a headphone jack.- Neither does yours.- I’m just pointing out that you finally catching up with the times.- Your point makes zero sense.- Another thing you’re only going to get with the iPhone is Siri.
I have face ID. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that face ID is the best feature, of the new iPhone 10. But I think its the most significant, the one that feels like its propelling us forward into the future.
Now when I need to unlock my phone, or log in to apps, or even just pay a friend with a peer to peer app, I just use my face.- We literally wrote an article about how to face ID was unusable if the phones not directly in front of you. Like, when you’re in the car and said that you missed having the home button.
Yeah, but it’s grown on me. I still think that the in-app experience is a little bit more useful than using it to unlock the phone. But, hows your fingerprint sensor?- It’s fine. It’s totally fine, it works. And it’s in the right place, where it should be. On the back of the phone.- Yeah, so what happens when you have your phone down, on the table face up.- Well, I guess that’s bad if your the kind of person who puts the phone down, ever.- Also, I have animoji.
What this really comes down to, after using both of these phones for a while is an ecosystem. Which ecosystem do you want to live in?- Or be locked into. But really, this is a point that we agree on. It’s all about the apps and services that you use the most.- Like iMessage.If you love iMessage, then no matter how fantastic the Pixel two or the Pixel two XL are, you’re not gonna really want that phone because you can’t get iMessage. And, if you don’t care about iMessage, and you don’t care about using airplay or airdrop or having an Apple watch, and you want the most highly-optimized version of Android that you can get, then you’re going to want this phone.
I mean, I still use the same Google apps and services that you use on that phone. And I didn’t pay a thousand dollars for this.- What she’s really trying to say is, that they’re both great phones, and you probably can’t go wrong with either of them. But there is one that is slightly better which is why it costs slightly more.- You would say that.
So these are my long term impressions of what it’s like to use the iPhone 10- Hey, you’re back. I’m back.- Wherever you have been?- I was off shooting my Verge video series Next Level.- Oh, is that your Verge video series about innovation?- Yes, you should watch it. You would learn something.