The Google Pixel 2 Against the OnePlus 5
Many have praised the Google Pixel 2 this year. Partly due to its incredible camera and well, maybe because it’s coming from the Tech Giant Google. Both phones are great devices. Google is more focused on software this year as compared to the One Plus 5. Let’s see how the two compare. You be the judge of this one.
The OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED Full HD display and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It comes with either 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space. Unfortunately, there’s no microSD card slot available on the 5.
Just like the LG G6, Huawei P10, and many other recent flagships, it’s equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back. It features a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. According to OnePlus, this is the highest resolution dual-camera system on any smartphone. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor.
As previously mentioned, the OnePlus 5 is really thin. Although this is considered as a good thing by many, it does have a drawback as the device packs a smaller battery than its predecessor — 3,300 mAh. We found that the OnePlus 5’s battery is comparable to that of the 3T, though we would certainly opt for a bigger battery over a slimmer chassis if given the chance.
The phone also supports Dash Charge, which means you can fully charge the device in around 90 minutes.
Google Pixel 2
The Pixel XL also has a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen but offers a higher QHD resolution. You’ll find the slightly older but still powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset under the hood, which also powers devices like the LG G6 and last year’s OnePlus 3T. It offers 4 GB of RAM and either 32 or 128 GB of storage that can’t be expanded.
Although it doesn’t have a dual-camera setup, it does feature one of the best cameras available on a smartphone. It has a 12.3 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.55 µm pixel size, electronic image stabilization, and dual-LED flash. When reviewed, it received the highest DxOMark rating with a score of 89 It is however worth mentioning that it was recently bumped down to second place, with the HTC U11 taking the number one spot with a score of 90.
The Pixel XL also sports an 8 MP selfie snapper and has a 3,450 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than that of its rival. It’s not totally waterproof but it is splash and dust resistant thanks to the IP53 rating.
To sum, the OnePlus 5 offers more RAM, a newer and faster chipset, and a dual-camera setup that’s capable of capturing those fancy bokeh photos. The Pixel XL, on the other hand, has a higher-resolution screen, a slightly bigger battery, and a camera with a DxOMark score of 89.
Those of you who are familiar with OnePlus probably already know that the company’s products have always had somewhat of a minimalist or simple design. Things aren’t any different with the OnePlus 5, despite the fact that it looks quite different than its predecessor.
The smartphone features an aluminum unibody that has more rounded corners and edges as compared to the 3T. You’ll find the dual-camera setup on the back along with the flash module and the OnePlus logo. The back is also slightly curved, which makes the device sit better in the palm. The fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button and positioned below the screen, the volume rocker and the textured alert slider are on the left side, while the power button and SIM card slot are on the right.
The OnePlus 5 is the slimmest flagship smartphone the company has ever made — 7.25 mm — and it comes in two color options: Midnight Black and Slate Gray. Although it’s quite easy on the eyes, it’s worth pointing out that it looks very similar to one of its rivals.
Based on these, which would you go for? I would leave this one to you.