Author: Chris Barraclough

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Camera Review

We test drive the 23-megapixel camera on Sony’s mighty Xperia XA1 Plus, a mid-range mobile that can capture detail-packed photos and Full HD video without breaking the bank.
One of our favourite affordable phones of 2017 is Sony’s Xperia XA1[1], a well…

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How to add more storage to the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones are serious media machines, yet the lack of expandable storage means you could run out of space if you shoot a lot of 4K video, or download a big selection of movies. Thankfully there are solutions to that lack of microSD memory card support.

The mighty new Pixel 2 XL[1] might be a bit of a beast, packing a 6-inch OLED screen, powerful 12-megapixel camera[2] and premium specs. Yet there’s one simple little thing that you won’t find hidden away anywhere on Google’s big blower: a microSD memory card slot.

No expandable storage on the XL, or indeed the standard Pixel 2, means you’ll need to be careful with that internal storage. Thankfully Google has been kind enough to stuff a minimum of 64GB of space inside these mobiles, although that’ll soon fill up if you shoot a lot of 4K home movies or try downloading lots of media and apps.

Read next: How to free up storage space on your phone[3]

So what happens when that storage begins to run out? You can always clear the cache using Android Oreo’s handy one-tap feature, inside of the storage options. That’s simply a quick fix however; a band aid to stop a gushing wound.

Luckily there are ways of dealing with the limited storage of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Here’s our guide to adding more space to your Google handset, using external drives, WiFi storage, adapters and more.

Check out our Google Pixel 2 hub[4] for all of our how to guides and features on the new handsets, including our in-depth Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL tips and tricks[5].

How to expand the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL’s storage space: USB Type-C drives

External Type-C USB drives which support Android phones can be plugged directly into your Pixel 2’s charging port, to immediately expand the space on offer. This can then be used to transfer files to and from your handset on the fly, simply by connecting them.

Sandisk[6] offers portable USB Type-C flash drives that work with phones, along with other manufacturers of course. We like the Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C, which may lack an exciting name and yet delivers solid performance. These drives come in flavours of up to 128GB, which can be read at speeds of 150MB/s thanks to that Type-C technology.

How to expand the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL’s storage space: WiFi drives

Wireless streaming from a WiFi-ready hard drive is another possible solution, and more convenient than using a cabled drive. This works particularly well if you want to carry a massive collection of movies and music, to share between two or more users at once.

Manufacturers like Seagate and Sandisk offer WiFi drives that can broadcast their own private wireless network and stream video and audio content direct to mobile devices.

One example is Seagate’s Wireless Plus drive (1TB or 2TB of storage for £120 or £160). This slender device can be used to transfer files back and forth from your Pixel 2 phone, or stream three different HD films to three different portable devices, to keep everyone in your clan happy.

Buffalo’s MiniStation Air 2 is another solid choice, offering up to 1TB of extra storage for carrying around a massive media collection.

How to expand the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL’s storage space: microSD memory card adapters

While the Pixel 2 phones shun microSD memory cards in their standard form, you can add a slot by purchasing third-party memory card adapters. These handy adapters plug into the Google phones’ Type-C USB port, and then all you need to do is slip a microSD card inside and it should be recognised by your Pixel.

One example is the HyperDrive USB Type-C Adapter[7]. This supports full-sized SD cards as well as microSD, plus it adds on a full-sized USB port for attaching a flash drive at the same time. Storage coming out of the wazoo.

How to expand the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL’s storage space: Look to the cloud

If you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, the good news is you get unlimited space on Google Drive for the photos and movies you shoot on the phone. That includes uploads at full, lossless quality.

Of course, this generous limitless storage doesn’t extend to your other files, including music and films. Google Drive does deliver limited space for these things, while you can pay to get more storage.

Thankfully you can also create your own cloud storage at home, using a NAS drive. Check Amazon for affordable NAS solutions, which connect to your home WiFi and can be accessed from anywhere in the world – providing you have an internet connection.

References

  1. ^ Pixel 2 XL (recombu.com)
  2. ^ 12-megapixel camera (recombu.com)
  3. ^ How to free up storage space on your phone (recombu.com)
  4. ^ Google Pixel 2 hub (recombu.com)
  5. ^ Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL tips and tricks (recombu.com)
  6. ^ Sandisk (www.sandisk.co.uk)
  7. ^ HyperDrive USB Type-C Adapter (www.hypershop.com)
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Samsung Galaxy A5 2018 in a nutshell: Rumours, leaks and what to expect

If you can’t afford the super-premium Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, you might want to hang on for the new Samsung Galaxy A5 2018. This slick-looking mid-range mobile costs a lot less than Samsung’s top-end smartphones, yet offers solid specs, strong camera tech and a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen; if the leaks and rumours are to be believed.

As much as we love Sammy’s flagship devices, it’s hard to justify those steep asking prices on an honest working wage. Especially when all you really want is respectable performance, a dependable camera and – maybe – a phone that won’t make you blush when you yank it out in public.

Which is why Samsung’s Galaxy A-series smartphones are so great. These mid-range handsets cost about half as much as the premium stuff, yet some of that slick design work trickles down, along with many of the great software features.

The Galaxy A5 2017[1] was launched just before the S8, back at the beginning of the year. The A5 is the piggy-in-the-middle of the A-series phones, sat between the Galaxy A3[2] and Galaxy A7[3] in terms of size as well as specs.

This year we were treated to a gorgeous 5.2-inch AMOLED display, slick performance and a solid 16-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a good-looking glass and metal frame. On the flip side, the A5 2017 was outdone in the specs department by some rivals, while a lack of Android Nougat and 4K video recording also jarred.

Good news though, Galaxy fans. Samsung appears to be going all out for the Galaxy A5 2018, which retains that low asking price while serving up that drool-worthy edge-to-edge design of the S8.

Leaks so far definitely have us looking forward to the A5 2018’s launch, shortly after the new year. Here’s what we know so far, and check out our Galaxy A-series coverage from 2017 below.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 vs A5 2017 vs A7 2017[4]

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 tips and tricks guide[5]

Samsung Galaxy A5 vs Galaxy S7, what’s the difference?[6]

Samsung Galaxy A5 2018 release date and price

Samsung seems to stick quite strictly to its launch schedule, as long as extraneous circumstances don’t mess things up. In other words, it’s pretty easy to predict when the Korean giant is likely to launch its next set of phones.

We’re already excited about the official unveiling of the Galaxy S9[7], which is expected to drop in March of 2018. The Galaxy A-Series normally launches even earlier in the year, around the start of February. So you can expect to hear the full skinny on the Galaxy A5 2018 just a month or two into the new year.

What about the UK asking price? Well, there’s no word on that so far, although the current handset was £399 SIM-free when it first hit stores. We’re fully expecting the 2018 model to sport a similar price tag, to undercut the likes of the OnePlus 5.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2018 Specs and features

Despite sporting a relatively low asking price, the Galaxy A5 always sports some slick features and decent specs. Here’s what we think we know so far, from various leaks and web rumours.

What processor will the Galaxy A5 2018 use?

Early reports suggest that Samsung’s new mid-range mobile will rock the manufacturer’s own Exynos 7885 chipset. For our more tech-inclined readers, this 10nm chip is a hexa-core platform, which should offers slick everyday performance and smooth multi-tasking when running two apps side-by-side.

We’re also fully expecting 4GB of RAM to be on board, which is backed up by recent leaks. That should assist nicely in keeping the A5 2018’s performance smooth.

Will the Galaxy A5 2018 use a dual lens camera?

Samsung finally jumped on board the dual lens camera bandwagon with the Galaxy Note 8, launched towards the end of 2017. However, this premium handset will remain the sole double-vision Samsung snapper, for the foreseeable future.

Leaked renders of the Galaxy A5 2018 show just a single, centrally-positioned camera lens housed on the back of the phone. We’re not sure what the megapixel count will be, or which sensor will be on-board. However, you can certainly expect a camera that performs admirably across a range of conditions, even in quite low light, if the A5 2017’s camera[8] is anything to go by. We’re also hoping for 4K resolution video recording, something that so far has been missing.

Some rumours suggested we’d get a dual lens selfie camera on the A5 2017, yet leaked renders suggest that’s unlikely. The next time we’ll see a dual lens Samsung smartphone camera could be the A7 2018, although we’re expecting to wait until the Galaxy S9.

Will the Galaxy A5 2018 use Android Oreo?

The strange thing about Samsung’s A-series phones is the way they seem to be one behind as far as Android versions are concerned. Last year’s Galaxy A5 shipped with Android Marshmallow, even though Nougat had been around for a few months at the time of release. Likewise, we’re expecting Nougat to come packed onto the A5 2018. An Oreo update is more than likely, although you might have to wait a while.

Edge-to-edge display

One of the biggest changes in the new Galaxy A5 2018 will be that Infinity Display design, which has migrated from Samsung’s flagship devices to the mid-range.

The new A5 will therefore boast a bigger 5.5-inch panel, squeezed into a chassis that’s the same size as the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 2017. That’s made possible thanks to the seriously slender bezels surrounding the screen.

You can also expect the fingerprint sensor to shift to the back, to free up space around the front. Renders show this scanner housed just beneath the camera lens, which means it should be easier to locate than the Galaxy S8’s awkward sensor.

Any other leaked specs?

Recent leaks have also pointed to 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD. It also looks like the Galaxy A5 2018 will sport a dedicated Bixby button on the side, just like the flagship phone. Good news if you actually like Bixby (which to be fair is at least available in the UK now).

Read next: Best Samsung phones right now[9]

Best Honor phones you can buy right now, for all budgets

We’ve reviewed pretty much every Honor smartphone ever to hit the UK and here’s our pick of the best you can buy right now, from affordable handsets to Honor’s flagship device.

Honor is a sister brand to the mighty Huawei, offering a wide range of smartphones with one key common feature: affordability.

The most expensive Honor handset you can buy right now is the flagship Honor 9, which boasts premium specs, a strong dual lens camera and sleek design work for under £400. That’s a serious chunk of change less than most manufacturers charge for their top-end mobile tech.

However, you can dip as low as £150 with the Honor range, while still bagging yourself a respectable smartphone snapper and the fantastic Emotion UI[1] software experience.

Here’s our favourite Honor phones right now, from the top of the range to the most affordable devices you can bag in the UK.

Read next: Best Huawei phones you can buy right now[2]

Best Huawei phones: Honor 9

The Honor brand by Huawei continues to offer solid tech at a great-value price, with the release of the shiny Honor 9. In fact, take a look at this handset’s specs and you’d be forgiven for confusing it with the Huawei P10. Which makes this mobile’s asking price even more surprising. For while the P10 will still set you back over £550 SIM-free in mid-2017, the Honor 9 is priced at just £380.

In fact, the Honor 9 is considerably cheaper than its biggest rival right now, the OnePlus 5- which again offers premium specs for less cash than other flagship handsets.

The Honor 9 is undeniably a great-value handset and a strong all-round experience. Sure, you don’t get any jazzy HDR visuals or a ridiculously sharp Quad HD screen – and most users won’t even notice. They’ll be too content with the slick software, lovable design, smooth performance and dependable battery life. With the exception of a couple of camera flaws and that fragile backing, we really can’t find much to criticise here.

Best Huawei phones: Honor 8

Back in 2014, Huawei launched its new Honor brand which was designed to offer decently-specced smartphones for a refreshingly budget price tag. One of the biggest launches since inception is the wonderful Honor 8, which offers up an attractive design, solid performance and plenty of sweet features like a fingerprint sensor for under £300.

The glossy frame is attractive and surprisingly hardy, putting up with a fair bit of bumping and scratching. We really love the 5.2-inch Full HD display, which pumps out punchy colours and sharp visuals, with a strong maximum brightness. And like Huawei’s P9 flagship, the Honor 8 comes packing a solid dual-lens camera on rear end.

Considering the low price, the Honor 8 is a serious rival to the likes of the OnePlus 3[3] and other mid-range marvels.

Best Huawei phones: Honor 8 Pro

The flagship Honor phone right now is the Honor 8 Pro. This is the most expensive handset under the Honor brand, but the 8 Pro still offers strong value for money. After all, with the exception of the design and the camera tech, this is pretty much a cheaper version of the Huawei P10 Plus – a beefy handset boasting a Quad HD screen, premium performance and even better battery life for around £150 less.

Unlike the relatively compact Honor 8, the Pro model is a meaty 5.7-inch smartphone. It’s certainly one for media lovers, while Honor also caters to anyone interested in VR. The Honor 8 Pro’s box actually converts into a Google Cardboard-style set of virtual reality glasses, to enjoy VR movies and games with.

Best Huawei phones: Honor 6X

If you’re on a tighter budget and can’t stretch to the other phones in this best of Honor round-up, no worries. The Honor 6X costs around £150 these days, yet is still a decent, dependable mobile rocking a dual lens camera and Full HD display.

We like the slick design work, complete with a rugged metal backing and 2.5D glass frontage. You’ll also enjoy over a day of battery life per charge, even with quite heavy use, along with the same great Emotion UI interface and software features of the more expensive Honor handsets. There’s even a rear mounted fingerprint sensor, for swift and convenient security.

That dual lens camera isn’t as good as we’d hoped, sadly, with mixed results particularly in low light. All the same, it’s a good way of snapping your existence if money is too tight for those more capable models.

Honor is set to launch its new Honor 7X smartphone in the imminent future (i.e. December 2017), which offers a specs upgrade, improved camera tech and sexy edge-to-edge screen design. Stay tuned for more on that fresh new device and head to our Honor 7X vs Honor 6X comparison[4] to see what the difference is.

References

  1. ^ Emotion UI (recombu.com)
  2. ^ Best Huawei phones you can buy right now (recombu.com)
  3. ^ OnePlus 3 (recombu.com)
  4. ^ Honor 7X vs Honor 6X comparison (recombu.com)
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Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Which mid-range Honor mobile is best for me?

Honor has sneaked in a final phone launch for 2017, revealing the Honor 7X with its edge-to-edge widescreen display, dual-lens camera and snazzy design. In some ways this fresh phone is a decent update of the Honor 6X, launched at the other end of the year. In other areas, things haven’t changed much.

The Honor 7X sits beneath the flagship Honor 9[1], which also came out earlier in 2017, packing premium specs for a refreshingly affordable £380. Specs-wise it’s also more basic than the Honor 8 Pro[2], although the new 7X offers a bigger display and arguably the better design.

As for the pricing, this new Honor smartphone is similarly placed to the Honor 6X, starting at under £200. That’s not too surprising given the similar internals and camera tech.

Here’s how the Honor 7X and Honor 6X compare, so you know which mid-range handset to pick up.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Specs

Phone Honor 6X Honor 7X
Screen size 5.5-inches 5.93-inches
Screen resolution 1920×1080 2160×1080
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes
Water resistant? No No
Weight 162g 165g
OS Android 7 + EMUI 5.1 (post-update) Android 7 + EMUI 5.1
Processor Kirin 655 Kirin 659
Memory 3GB 4GB
Storage 32GB 32/64/128GB
microSD? Yes (256GB) Yes (256GB)
Battery 3340mAh 3340mAh
Rear cameras 12MP + 2MP 16MP + 2MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Design

Like last year’s Honor 6X, the new handset offers up a 2.5D glass front panel, latched onto a metal rear plate. However, the bezels surrounding the Honor 7X’s display have significantly slimmed down, meaning you get more screen space packed into roughly the same-sized chassis. The panel now stretches almost fully to the right and left edges, with less wasted space above and below as well.

Around the back, you still get a rounded fingerprint sensor stuck in the centre of the surface, right where your fingertips naturally lie. The jutting dual lens camera has been redesigned for the 7X however, with lenses that are flush with the surface and housed in the top left corner. That’s the same setup as other, more premium Honor phones like the Honor 9.

Once again there’s no water resistance, as you might expect at this price point.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Screen and media

The Honor 7X sports a bigger screen, complete with different proportions to the old Honor 6X. On the new handset, the display is just as wide as before, and now longer also. The result is a fashionable 18:9 aspect ratio, which is more ‘widescreen’ as a result. Good news if you like watching movies on your travels, as you’ll get reduced letterboxing.

To keep your visuals crisp, the resolution has been boosted to 2160×1080 for the 7X (compared with 1920×1080 on the 6X). The panels are just as sharp as one another, offering respectable detail levels despite their size.

The screen tech hasn’t changed at all, so you once again have an IPS LCD panel. You can expect strong brightness levels, although neither display offers particularly punchy colours.

Want to carry a massive media collection or loads of apps? The Honor 7X is going to be a better pick. While the 6X maxes out at a modest 32GB, the new Honor offers a choice of up to 128GB of storage. That said, both blowers can have that space expanded using a microSD memory card.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Features and OS

Both of these Honor handsets rock Android Nougat, with Oreo just around the corner hopefully. You also get Huawei’s Emotion UI 5.1 on top, which changes the look and feel of the software while adding quite a lot of bonus functionality.

Check out our EMUI 5.1 review[3] for all you need to know.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Performance and battery

As it’s emerging almost a full year after the Honor 6X hit UK stores, the Honor 7X naturally boasts upgraded specs. Although not by much.

As well as an extra gig of RAM, the 7X updates the chipset to a Kirin 659. That’s not exactly a huge step up compared with the Kirin 655 found stuffed inside the Honor 6X, however. You only get a jump in clock speed on some of the cores, with not much to talk about in terms of improved energy efficiency or connectivity updates.

Likewise, both phones offer the same size of battery. You should be able to get a similar full day of heavy use from the Honor 7X, complete with some basic fast charging support. Sadly the charging port of choice for both of these blowers is micro USB. No Type-C USB in sight, which is fully reversible and offers faster data transfer when hooked up to a computer.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: Cameras

When it comes to the camera tech, the Honor 7X once again sports a dual lens snapper on the rear, just like the 6X. However, the main lens has been boosted from a 12-megapixel effort to 16-megapixels, to capture even more detail than before.

Besides that, it seems to be business as usual. A secondary 2-megapixel lens helps to give these cameras proper depth perception, to add bokeh-style effects to your backgrounds. You get Phase Detection Autofocus to keep the shutter speed nippy and up to Full HD video recording. The camera app is stuffed with bonus modes, while an 8-megapixel selfie camera rounds things off.

Check out our in-depth Honor 6X camera review[4] for an idea of what to expect.

Honor 7X vs Honor 6X: UK price and availability

The Honor 6X is available right now in the UK, with an asking price of around £150.

The Honor 7X is yet to officially launch, although we’re expecting Honor to unveil the handset in London on December 5. It’s likely to come packing a price tag of around £190, if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by (import taxes and everything considered).

References

  1. ^ Honor 9 (recombu.com)
  2. ^ Honor 8 Pro (recombu.com)
  3. ^ EMUI 5.1 review (recombu.com)
  4. ^ Honor 6X camera review (recombu.com)
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iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Mega-mobile face-off

How does Google’s new Pixel 2 XL phone compare with Apple’s iPhone X, and which of these mighty mobiles could be best for you? Here’s all you need to know.

In November 2017, two of the biggest smartphones of the year will hit the UK. Biggest not just in terms of size (although they do sport displays around the 6-inch mark), but also desirability and sheer interest.

The first to launch was the iPhone X[1], a special ten-year anniversary edition handset revealed at Apple’s huge September event. This is the largest mobile that the Cupertino company has unveiled thus far, packing a revamped (and gorgeous) design as well as an HDR-ready screen.

Google has taken a similar approach for its own Pixel 2 XL[2] smartphone, the bigger of its two new flagship devices which was revealed just three weeks later. The Pixel sports a similar shrunken bezel design as well as a gorgeous HDR display and premium specs to rival Apple’s own.

So which of these mega mobiles is going to be best for you when they hit stores at the table end of the year? Should you go Google or Apple, Android or iOS? Here’s our full comparison to help you decide.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Specs

Phone Apple iPhone X Google Pixel 2 XL
Screen size 5.8-inches 6-inches
Screen resolution 2436×1125 (458ppi) 2880×1440 (538ppi)
Water resistant? Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor? No Yes
OS iOS 11 Android 8.0
Processor A11 Bionic Snapdragon 835
Memory 3GB 4GB
Storage 64/256GB 64/128GB
MicroSD? No No
Battery 2700mAh 3520mAh
Rear camera 12MP + 12MP telephoto 12MP
Front camera 7MP 8MP

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Design

After a compact mobile that’ll slip into any pocket and be a cinch to use one-handed? Oops, this probably isn’t the comparison for you, then.

These handsets sport very similar dimensions and top the scales at roughly 175g. Those bulky frames are rather difficult to grip and operate with just one mitt, although both Apple and Google have done a solid job in keeping the chassis as slender as possible by trimming the bezels surrounding the displays.

While the iPhone X boasts a fresh new glass finish (an aid to the wireless charging), Google has gone for a part-metal, part-glass design. So far they both seem rugged enough, although we’d recommend slapping a case on just in case – after all, these blowers aren’t cheap. Both devices are thankfully water resistant, so you can give them a good dunking with no ill effects.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Screen and media

The iPhone and Pixel both offer an HDR-ready[3] OLED display as well, which will certainly satisfy media lovers. You can expect the same deep blacks and realistic contrast from either of these smartphone screens, as well as a pleasingly wide colour gamut to really nail those tricky hues.

You will notice some differences between these panels, however. For instance, the Pixel 2 XL sports a screenthat’s ever so slightly bigger, at 6-inches versus 5.8. There’s a small difference when it comes to aspect ratio too, with Google’s phone using a now-standard 18:9 ratio, while Apple’s handset offers a rather bizarre 812:375 ratio.

The Pixel phone also boasts stronger detail levels, with 538 pixels packed into every inch of screen space. In comparison, the iPhone X delivers 458 pixels-per-inch. Although the Pixel 2 XL wins in the resolution stakes, the naked eye won’t notice much difference at all – either of these mighty mobiles will do the job when it comes to HD movie streaming.

The base model of these handsets serve up 64GB of storage space, although the iPhone X maxes out at 256GB while the Pixel only goes up to 128GB. Still, that’s plenty of room for a massive media collection, as well as plenty of apps. And neither device can be expanded using a microSD memory card.

Likewise, neither the Pixel nor the iPhone have a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll need to use a USB converter for your wired ‘phones, or upgrade to a fresh new Bluetooth set[4]. Luckily Bluetooth 5[5] support is offered by both handsets.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Features and OS

Of course, one of the biggest differences between these two smartphones is the operating system that they run. Apple’s iOS 11[6] is stuffed inside the iPhone X, while Google’s own Android 8.0[7] can be found on the Pixel 2 XL.

If you’re already invested in one or the other, in terms of app purchases and so on, then we’d recommend sticking. You’ll simply end up rebuying your content, which is costly and a serious pain. Otherwise, have a squint at our in-depth iOS 11 guide[8] and Android Oreo guide[9] to see which might be best for you. Either way, you’re getting a feature-packed slab of smart software, complete with thoughtful resource management, cloud storage, media stores and pretty much everything else you could need.

Both mobiles offer their own on-board smart assistant too. Both Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant can be called into action using your voice alone, which is handy if your hands are otherwise occupied. They offer similar services too, including step-by-step navigation, web searches and so on.

The Pixel 2 XL boasts Google’s new Active Edge sensor, which can call up the Assistant with just a squeeze when needed. Apple’s iPhone X doesn’t have a pressure sensor although you do get the 3D Touch display tech, which can be used to perform alternative actions with a firm push.

Interested in virtual reality? Google’s Pixel 2 XL supports the excellent Daydream VR[10] platform, which offers some solid games and 360-degree experiences, using just your phone. Apple’s iPhone X doesn’t have a similar VR platform although does now support AR apps, and can also turn you into a cartoon animal thing. Just because.

While the Pixel 2 XL still sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear, for quickly and securely unlocking your mobile, Apple has ditched the TouchID scanner for the iPhone X. In its place, the front-facing camera can scan your mug for verification. This is supposed to be a more secure method and just as responsive, even working when you’re wearing glasses or growing a bit of bumfluff on your chin.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Performance and battery

When it comes to performance, these are two of the most beastly blowers of 2017.

Apple has packed its self-designed A11 Bionic chipset inside the iPhone X, which can cope with the most demanding of tasks and fast-paced games with no signs of slowdown. Likewise, the Pixel 2 XL features Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 835[11] platform, which also delivers premium performance no matter what you’re up to.

Whatever your pick, you shouldn’t need to upgrade because of stuttering and lag for quite some time.

We’re yet to test out the battery life of these devices, although you can expect at least a day of life from either. Although the Pixel 2 XL boasts a bigger cell, the iPhone X should be hot competition thanks to the impressive efficiency of iOS and Apple’s A11 chipset.

Choosing Apple’s phone also brings the benefit of wireless charging, which is particularly good news if you also rock the Apple Watch and AirPods; these three devices can all be charged together on a single pad, once Apple finally launches its AirPower mat. You can also power back up at any restaurant or cafe that offers Qi charging pads.

Both the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL support fast charging too, so you can get enough power to last the day with just half an hour or so at the plug.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL: Cameras

As for the camera tech, there’s quite a bit of difference between these two phones.

Apple has packed its very best camera to date into the iPhone X, which like the iPhone 8 Plus offers two lenses – a 12-megapixel wide-angle snapper and 12-megapixel telephoto lens. These are swapped between automatically, to capture the best possible quality photo. You get Optical Image Stabilisation on both lenses, to keep your memories blur-free, while you can shoot up to 4K resolution video at 60 frames-per-second, for impressively realistic results.

The Pixel 2 XL uses just a single 12-megapixel snapper, so you don’t get the same telephoto ability of the iPhone X. However, the excellent HDR+ mode means you’ll get glorious results in pretty much any conditions. You once again get OIS for sharp photo capture and video looks smoother when captured by the Pixel, although 4K resolution recording tops out at 30 frames-per-second.

The Pixel 2 XL also sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, while the iPhone X’s 7-megapixel snapper is just as strong at capturing selfie shots.

Check out our other Pixel phone comparisons:

Pixel vs Pixel 2[12]

Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL[13]

Pixel 2 vs Galaxy S8[14]

Pixel 2 vs OnePlus 5[15]

Pixel XL 2 vs iPhone 8 Plus[16]

And take a look at our iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL hands-on reviews below:

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References

  1. ^ iPhone X (recombu.com)
  2. ^ Pixel 2 XL (recombu.com)
  3. ^ HDR-ready (recombu.com)
  4. ^ fresh new Bluetooth set (recombu.com)
  5. ^ Bluetooth 5 (recombu.com)
  6. ^ iOS 11 (recombu.com)
  7. ^ Android 8.0 (recombu.com)
  8. ^ iOS 11 guide (recombu.com)
  9. ^ Android Oreo guide (recombu.com)
  10. ^ Daydream VR (recombu.com)
  11. ^ Snapdragon 835 (recombu.com)
  12. ^ Pixel vs Pixel 2 (recombu.com)
  13. ^ Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL (recombu.com)
  14. ^ Pixel 2 vs Galaxy S8 (recombu.com)
  15. ^ Pixel 2 vs OnePlus 5 (recombu.com)
  16. ^ Pixel XL 2 vs iPhone 8 Plus (recombu.com)