With the advent of big screen phones, it seems that increasing users pursue bigger phablets, thus those phones with bigger displays are becoming more prevalent. Nevertheless, some people still prefer to use small screen phones, as they look more exquisite and dainty.
The most notable are Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8, the best small-screen flagship phones either in design or functions. These two phones are the new-style and high-end phones that have been announced recently. Let's pour attention into the features of two phones from following aspects.
iPhone 8： 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
Google Pixel 2： 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm
The Google Pixel is marginally bigger than iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 has a size of 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, and the Google Pixel 2 is 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm.
The Pixel 2 has pretty large bezels, which is bigger than iPhone 8. If Apple insists to retain the home button on the bottom of screen, it normally won't be smaller, such as iPhone 8. At the same time, the reason why Pixel 2 has such big top and bottom bezels is that it has front-facing stereo speakers above and below the screen.
iPhone 8: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 LCD, 326 ppi
Google Pixel 2: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 441ppi
Google Pixel 2 has a display of an appropriate size, at 5 inches, conforming to flagship standard. The iPhone 8 uses a 4.7-inch display, little smaller than Pixel 2. From their appearance, the displays of Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 are similar, but actually they have quite differences in the display panel. The Pixel 2 has an AMOLED display, like iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8. Also, it is an always-on display that can see time and notifications at any moment. The iPhone 8 has a LCD display that also looks pretty great, as a retina HD display makes it more beautiful than ever.
As the screen of Google Pixel 2 is little bigger than iPhone 8, it has higher pixel density and resolution ratio. Furthermore, its AMOLED screen technology can bring vivid colors and deep blacks. On the other side, though iPhone 8 uses high-end LCD display, its lightness, color, visibility ranks first-class, as it is added with True Tone technology that can adjust the color and brightness of the phone to fit surrounding lighting.
It's also worth mentioning that two phones are supported class-leading processors. The iPhone 8 supports a hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset, while Google Pixel 2 has an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, the same as Samsung s8, HTC U11, etc. Both chips provide fantastic performance and power efficiency.
There is one of the biggest obvious differences of two phones – the software. Google Pixel 2 runs Android 8.0，which is the newest version of Android. A new feature of Pixel 2 – 'Active Edge' allows users to launch Google Assistant to seek help. However, iPhone 8 runs iOS 11 with all sorts of new features. Additionally, Apple users can activate Siri to easily dial, send messages, search files and information that they need easily via voice.
iPhone 8: 12MP, f/1.8, autofocus with focus Pixels, optical image stabilization
Google Pixel 2: 12MP, f/1.8, laser autofocus, dual pixel phase detection, optical image stabilization
When it turns to the camera, they all have excellent cameras, with DxO scores of 94 for iPhone 8 and 98 (the highest score of any phone) for Google Pixel 2. They have similar setups, with a 12MP rear f/1.8 camera. The Google Pixel 2 has an 8 MP front camera, and iPhone 8 has a 7 MP front-facing one. However, only the Pixel 2 offers a portrait mode.
As to the video, the iPhone 8 films 4K in 60fps, and Pixel 2 shoots at 30fps. What's more, both phones have slo-mo video support for 1080p at 240fps.
iPhone 8: 1,821mAh
Pixel 2: 2,700mAh
The shape of Google Pixel 2 is bigger than iPhone 8. As Apple says, the battery of iPhone 8 can talk for 14 hours on phone, and use the Internet for 12 hours. The battery of Google Pixel 2 can offer all-day coverage, like the last year's Pixel.
Furthermore, both two phones can support fast charging. When Google Pixel 2 charges fifteen minutes, it can use seven hours. And after charging half an hours, iPhone 8 can reach 50% battery. However, iPhone 8 can be supported to Qi wireless charging.
To be honest, these two phones are all not cheap in flagship smartphones. The Google Pixel 2 sells $649 for a 64 GB version, and the 128 GB version is $749. While iPhone 8 costs $699 for a 64 GB version, and the 256 GB one rises to $849.
At last, there are rarely small and exquisite phones on market now, thus iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2 actually are ideal choices. Though two phones are different in design appearance, they're just combinations of glass and metal in different styles. As a matter of fact, the biggest difference is likely to be their operating systems. Therefore, if you want to decide which is the best smaller phone. They're all powerful, but you can select one of them in terms of your preference to the system.