When it comes to phones, the price of a device is often an important factor. However, there are also other aspects that go into choosing the right smartphone. In this article, I will compare two very popular and competitive models: iPhone 14 Pro Max and Google Pixel 7 Pro.
Pixel 7 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max in One Graph:
Both the Pixel and iPhone have a 6.7-inch screen size, but Google’s phone comes with a fingerprint sensor while Apple’s device has Face ID technology. The Pixel 3 also boasts of having a Tensor G2 chip vs Apple A16 Bionic. Google Pixel 7 Pro has 12GB RAM vs 6GB RAM for 14 Pro Max.
Both phones offer 128GB of base storage, but no microSD card support. The Pixel has a 5X Tele lens on its main camera, while the iPhone only has 3x magnification. The bigger battery on Pixel; is expected to last longer.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is much more expensive than Google Pixel 7 Pro.
Pixel 7 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max: Design
One thing to keep in mind about these phones is their size and weight. They are definitely not something you would carry around on your wrist, but for some people, this will be just the right fit.
The iPhone is made of shiny stainless steel, while the Google Pixel’s frame is aluminum.
Both the Pixel and iPhone are dust-proof, water-resistant (up to 1 meter of submersion for 30 minutes),
The Pixel 7 Pro comes in three color options: Obsidian (a black shade); Snow (white), and Hazel, a dark gray with copper metal accents.
The iPhone comes in four colors: Space Black (a deeper color than previous Graphite colorways), Silver, Gold, and a new Deep Purple hue.
Interestingly, while the Pixel has a glossy back finish, the iPhone comes with a Matte finish on the back.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Display Quality
The two screens have a 6.7-inch size and can support up to 120Hz refresh rates.
The iPhone’s new Always-On display runs at just 1Hz, while the Pixel can only drop to a 10Hz refresh rate at its lowest. The Pixel also features a simpler, all-black background for this feature.
The new Dynamic Island feature, however—which Apple calls the pill cutout and bubbles and expands as a kind of active status bar for your current iPhone events—is the big display innovation on this version. Such an elegant solution!
The Pixel has a traditional punch-hole design, while the Home uses glue.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max: Performance and Software
Google says it began working on its first Tensor chip nearly 3 years before the release of the Pixel 6, and that this latest version—the Pixel 7 Pro’s Tensor G2—brings improvements across the board. This focus has led to significant advances in machine learning (ML).
Apple’s A16 Bionic chip offers slight improvements in CPU performance, faster graphics memory bandwidth, and most importantly, better power efficiency.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Pixel 7 Pro: Camera
It’s easy to recognize these phones in a crowd: the iPhone with its camera-domed look, and the Pixel, which sports an elongated lens like no other.
Although the styling of the cameras is different, their hardware is quite similar: a 1X wide camera, a 0.5X ultra-wide camera, and then 3X zoom on iPhone versus 5x zoom on Pixel.
The Pixel’s impressive zoom capabilities are a definite advantage. It can go up to 30X and has better quality than the iPhone, which is not quite on par.
Both phones’ high-resolution main camera sensors let them achieve optical-grade 2X zoom—our favorite new feature for portraits.
The Pixel’s low-light performance is much improved over previous models, and now it takes great photographs in the dark. Night shots from a Pixel are cleaner than those taken with an iPhone—and more often than not look better too.
With its 4K support and ability to record at 24fps and 30fps, the iPhone’s Cinematic Mode is far more advanced than Pixel’s comparable feature.
For an even smoother video-recording experience, Apple has included a new Action Mode toggle that emulates the stabilizing effect of gimbals.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro Max: Battery Life and Charging
The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 4,323mAh battery compared to the Pixel 7 Pro’s 5,000mAh battery size.
But despite having a larger battery, the Pixel does not have longer battery life.
Independent battery tests confirm that the iPhone lasts longer than the Pixel.
The iPhone lasted for 11 hours streaming YouTube videos over Wi-Fi, compared to 9 hours and 39 minutes on the Pixel; while on our web browsing test—where we cycle through websites with a screen brightness of 60% until the battery runs out—the iPhone scored 19:46, versus 14:19.
In our tests, the Pixel heated up significantly when used for 3D gaming and its battery drained faster than most other phones—in just 4 hours.
The charging rates on these two phones remain the same this year. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a maximum charge rate of 27W, while the Pixel 7 Pro charges at 23 watts.
In our real-world charging test, the Pixel charges to 100% within 1 hour and 37 minutes—10 minutes faster than on an iPhone.
Both the Pixel and iPhone support wireless charging, but the iPhone’s MagSafe-inspired magnetic charging is superior.
The iPhone can wirelessly charge at a maximum of 15 watts, while Google’s Pixel supports 23-watt wireless charging—but only with the company’s second-generation wireless charger.
While the Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are both revolutionary devices, they are evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
While Apple improved upon its iPhone lineup with the new Dynamic Island and faster processors, Google’s Pixel boasts better machine-learning capabilities and a camera that excels at shooting distant objects.
In addition to being the better phone overall, a Pixel is also cheaper—it costs only $900. Meanwhile, an iPhone starts at $1,100 and can cost way more than that in other countries outside of the US.
Of these two options, which would you choose and why?