The difference between Google’s new Assistant and Apple’s Siri is like the one between Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons and Uncle Fester from the Adams family. Apple has squandered a 5 year lead in conversational assistants. The Google Assistant already without being feature complete is miles ahead of Siri in terms of the way it understands the Indian accent and the context. A good example is if I tell Siri India is my favourite sports team, it will not understand while the Google Assistant will understand and give me match schedules and score cards. It is also better at daisy chaining multiple questions from a thread of conversations. While Apple has opened up Siri for third party developers, Google has also done the same and already a bunch of popular apps like Ola and Uber integrate with it.
The Pixel wins this one easily. It not only uses nicer AMOLED technology which also ensures that the phone remains more efficient in terms of battery life, but it also showcases more vibrant colours and has a sharper full HD resolution for the 5-inch model and a quad HD resolution for the 5.5-inch model. Apple’s screens are colour accurate to an insane level which will definitely catch the fancy of professionals, but for normal consumers Google has the better solution and seemingly it offers more.
The selfie camera
While the conversation of about the resolution on the cameras isn’t much to talk about, the fact that Google offers a wide angle camera as opposed to Apple’s pretty standard front camera is a big deal. Selfies are important, but group selfies are even more crucial and this is where Google’s phone has the iPhone beat hands down. Google is also offering a slightly higher resolution which should help with detail and while it doesn’t have a front flash, a software update can surely add that or perhaps even a third party app which could enable the screen to light up like the iPhone 7. I doubt that a wider lens can be added with a software update.
While the battery life may be a very subjective thing based on how an individual uses his or her phone, the one area where Google’s phone decimates the iPhone is the speed at which it is able to charge phone. Apple provides a 1A charger while Google offers a 2A charger which is inherently faster. The Pixel’s lead escalates dramatically because there’s also fast charging technology which ensures the Pixel XL gets charged at greatly faster pace than the iPhone 7 Plus. This is kind of strange because the iPhone 7 Plus has a much smaller battery than the Pixel XL.
This is perhaps the most obvious reason why the Pixel is better than an iPhone 7. You don’t need to own a wireless headphone, you don’t need to buy expensive lightning headphones and you for sure don’t need to depend on Apple’s average lightning earpods. For me, more importantly, I use the phone blast music the most while I am driving. I usually use the aux cable, but on the iPhone 7 I was forced to park the car first pair the phone with the wonky Bluetooth system on the car stereo and then move along. Most car stereos don’t allow people to pair while the car is being driven. This was worse for me because I am almost always chauffer driven.