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The New Google Pixel 2 Cant Compete With iPhone X

October 01, 2017 00:00 AM UTC
- Updated September 02, 2020 11:39 AM UTC

But its camera can.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] ROBERT HACKETT: Welcome to Fortune Tech Debate, where we debate the issues of the day in two minutes. Today, we're discussing Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. And how do these stack up against Apple's new iPhones? ANNE VANDERMEY: They stack up pretty well. These are beautiful phones. They are the second iteration of pure Android from Google, hardware, software, everything made by Google in its perfect form. That's what its proponents say. But they're still going to have a hard time competing with Apple. Apple has been in this game for a really long time. It has a huge part of the market, whereas Google at this point is still a niche player. ROBERT HACKETT: That's true, but Google has showed that it's really moving fast and hard in the hardware space. They just bought a filmmaking making unit from HTC. And some of these phones are really, really excellent. I mean, they're well-designed. They've got fantastic cameras. The displays are gorgeous. In fact, they are two orders of magnitude better than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models. ANNE VANDERMEY: But the iPhone 10 is still going to be incredible. And all you have to do is look at it, and it will read your face and turn on. That is amazing. ROBERT HACKETT: You're right. IPhone 10 has Face ID, which is a fantastic feature. I'm really bullish about that. I think it's a great add-on to the phone. But that being said, the iPhone 10 is very expensive. It's almost $1,000. I mean, the Google Pixel models, they are much cheaper than that. So if you're looking for something that's serviceable and has a fantastic camera and display, that might be your bet. ANNE VANDERMEY: That is a compelling point, but the Pixel 2 XL is going to retail for about $850. The iPhone 10 starts at $999 and goes up from there. But at that price range, you're already spending about $1,000 for a phone. $150 more for all these new features-- I think a lot of people are going to be able to spend that. ROBERT HACKETT: That's true. But I'm actually in the market right now. I'm looking for a phone upgrade. And I've been an Apple user for a long time, but this recent release from Google is making me reconsider. I'm really strongly looking at the Pixel phones, especially because right now I use my phone mostly as a camera. And this is a perfect sort of match for that. ANNE VANDERMEY: That's a really good point. The Pixels do have an amazing camera. The iPhone 10 had the best camera until the Pixel came along. I still think overall, the 10 has it. ROBERT HACKETT: All right, so you're sticking with the 10. Anyway, time is up. Come to fortune.com for more Tech Debate.