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 Both phones look oddly familiar, don’t they? That’s because their design languages are heavily based on their respective predecessors. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. The Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 both looked great and had outstanding build quality. In fact, the Pixel 6 series marked an important change in Google’s smartphone designs, finally bringing its phones up to par with premium designs like those of Apple devices.

The Pixel 7 meets premium smartphone standards with an aluminum frame, as well as Gorilla Glass Victus in the back and front. The phone offers IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. And if it helps, the phone is finally looking as good as Samsung and Apple devices.

Apple definitely won’t fall behind in terms of design. iPhones are known for looking and feeling great, and the iPhone 14 is no exception. The device comes with Corning glass in the back and front, as well as an aluminum frame. This means the Pixel 7 and iPhone 14 are made with nearly identical materials. Apple’s device is also IP68-certified.

google pixel 7 vs apple iphone 14 home screens
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Things start getting a bit different when we compare displays, though. These screens are pretty different. The iPhone 14 features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED screen with a 1,170 x 2,532 resolution. The Pixel 7 has a slightly larger 6.3-inch AMOLED panel, but the resolution is less condensed at 1,080 x 2,400. But while Apple beats Google in terms of screen resolution, the Pixel 7 screen is better in every other regard. For starters, the Pixel 7 display offers a 120Hz refresh rate, twice as much as the iPhone 14’s 60Hz panel. It also has a higher peak brightness of 1,400 nits, as opposed to 1,200 nits.


Hardware and cameras

google pixel 7 vs apple iphone 14 in hand
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Chances are you won’t notice much difference in terms of performance when picking between the Pixel 7 vs iPhone 14. Both phones will be plenty fast, and both will handle anything you throw at them efficiently. That said, there are some slight differences in specs.

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Most importantly, the iPhone 14 sticks to the previous generation Apple A15 Bionic chipset, instead of the A16, which was reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro versions. The Pixel 7 gets the latest chipset from Google, the Tensor G2. Additionally, the Google Pixel 7 gets 8GB of RAM, which is more than the iPhone 14’s 6GB of RAM.

The battery in the Pixel 7 is also larger at 4,355mAh, compared to the 3,279mAh unit in the iPhone 14. Even if you don’t notice the differences in performance (which might be slight), you’ll definitely notice the extra battery life you get from more than 1,000mAh extra.

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Not only can the Pixel 7 hold a charge longer, but it can also charge faster in most cases. The Pixel 7 supports 30W wired charging, while the iPhone 14 can juice up at 20W rates. Both can get to 50% in half an hour, but the difference is that Google’s battery is larger. Additionally, the Pixel 7 can charge wirelessly at 20W. That’s more than the iPhone 14’s 15W MagSafe speeds or the 7.5W Qi rates. We have a guide for finding the best Pixel 7 chargers, so check it out to make the most out of these fast charging speeds.

There are some significant changes in terms of camera tech, as well. The iPhone 14 camera system is excellent, offering a couple of 12MP shooters with wide and ultrawide lenses. The Pixel 7 seems to have slightly better hardware, offering a 50MP primary shooter and a secondary 12MP camera. The hardware usually doesn’t say much in the world of photography, though. Pixel devices are known for being some of the best camera phones, even when using simple one-camera setups. This is because Google has taken its computational photography to unprecedented levels. And it’s only being improved as both the software and camera hardware improve.

iPhone cameras are also famous for being great shooters, but we still hold Pixels as the kings of photography. The Pixel 7 is likely to be a better shooter than the iPhone 14, even if by a bit.

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