Looking to upgrade your smartphone? Here’s what users like and dislike about each phone.
With the marketplace flushed with new phone options, you might be planning on finally turning in your old smartphone for a new, sleeker model. Decade-long iOS users might even be feeling wooed by Google’s new Pixel 2 after it’s fast-talking, featured loaded commercials. And Android users might finally be swayed by the new iPhone 8 to join in on the industry standard for developing new apps (done waiting for HQ, anyone?) If you’re having trouble deciding between the Pixel 2 or the iPhone 8, here’s some help. We asked our staffers who own and use the phone the pros and cons of each. Here’s what they said.
- Great battery life. Though Apple has been in the news for slowing down older iPhones to help with battery life, the iPhone 8 does, indeed, have one of the best batteries to hit an iPhone. After using her iPhone 8 throughout the day and forgetting to charge it at, one of our staff members woke up to a battery still charged with 23 percent.
- Better speaker. Not only can you hear more clearly while holding the phone up to your ear, it’s loud and clear on speakerphone, too—perfect for showing your friends that hilarious YouTube video you came across, or when you need to take an impromptu conference call.
- Wireless charge. One of the best reasons to upgrade to a new iPhone 8? Built-in wireless charging capabilities. The downside? You’ll have to still buy a third-party charging base from a brand like Mophie or Belkin, which at $60 is more expensive than your average cable and block duo.
- Universality. If you’re an iOS user, you’re guaranteed to be able to use updates, get the latest apps, and pick from the cutest cases for at least the next couple of years.
- Hard to handle: If you’re looking to get an iPhone 8 Plus, know that although having a bigger screen is definitely a pro, it can be hard to type with one hand. Though the new iOS has a feature that moves the keyboard to one side of the screen for easier typing, handling a bigger phone is overall harder. (Still uncomfortable to hold? Many staff members recommend attaching a Popsocket!)
- No headphone jack: This is becoming industry standard and a problem with the Google Pixel as well. Apple provides a headphone adapter, but it’s so small that one of our staffers lost it in the first few days of purchasing.
Google Pixel 2
- Camera: The Pixel 2’s best selling point? Its camera, which many consider the best on the market. Highlights include a portrait mode the works on both the front and rear cameras, and if you’re one to take pictures of friends and family in low-light environments like bars and restaurants, its high-dynamic range image capture is exquisite thanks to its in-camera processing chip.
- Google Assistant: Capture all the power of a Google Home with just the simple squeeze of your phone.
- It’s Google-friendly: You probably use your Gmail account to sign-in to almost everything, and since this is a phone made by Google, integrating it into your life is seamless.
- It runs on Android: That means not being able to enter group iMessages with friends and family (and appearing as the dreaded green bubble to your iPhone-using friends), not being able to FaceTime, having to wait for the hottest apps, and receiving constant hardware updates.
- No wireless charging: You’ll still need to use a cable and plug to charge your phone. Also, the charging cord for the Pixel 2 is the less ubiquitous USB C, so unlike other older Android phones, if you lose your cable, you won’t be able to use one of the other cords you have lying around your house.