Which Phone is Better: Google Pixel 3XL or iPhone XS Max?

Google’s new phones — Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL— start to preorder on its official website. As the larger flagship smartphone, Pixel 3XL costs $899 with 64G storage. Google has been the big rival of Apple for these years. With Apple jumping into the “large smartphone stage”, consumers who love large screens make even tougher decisions when upgrading their device. Both Pixel 3XL and iPhone XS Max come with an excellent design which features a bigger screen, standard notch and glass-made wireless charging enabled back. However, a simple glance on their appearance can’t answer the question which phone is better: Google Pixel 3XL or iPhone XS Max, therefore, let’s have a more detailed comparison!

Know Their Specs

Electronic Device comparison cannot be called comparison without compared specs. And specs in a table is the most direct and practical way.

The table above lists the key points that people would like to compare when they are considering updating their phone. And the following parts let’s focus on some of the important points.

Battery Life

It’s common for Android smartphones to have a larger battery than Apple iPhone. But from the capacity data listed above on the table, we can see only little difference. According to a battery test from Tom’s Guide, a review website, the iPhone XS Max’s battery can last for 10:38hr, and the Pixel 2 XL (3520mAh) can last for 12:09hr. Since the Pixel 3 XL has a battery slightly lower than Pixel 2 XL, Tom’s Guide expects that it will last longer than iPhone XS Max while shorter than Pixel 2 XL. So in terms of battery life, the Pixel 3 XL could win.

Camera: whats your taste?

The iPhone XS Max has followed the trend featuring dual camera on the rear with one a 12MP (f/1.8) wide-angle lens and the other 12MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens, while the Pixel 3 XL persists in a single 12.2MP camera with f/1.8 aperture. But it comes with dual front cameras which enables a wide background when capturing group snap. For detailed picture effect, you can click Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max: which camera reigns supreme from MacRumors to know more. To conclude, I think the iPhone XS Max performs better when comes to environment with different exposure and sharp bright and dark contrast thanks to its Smart HDR technology. However, Pixel 3 XL may perform better when comes to selfie as it has a wide-angle camera on the front. Both of them perform well overall, so the choice will be made down to personal preference.

Storage and Price: Usually decide which to buy

High-end phones like Google and Apple are usually designed with similar excellent figurations with perfect specs, especially in their flagship phones. Therefore, when deciding which brand to update, we usually make the decision with the storage and price as the key factors. The iPhone XS Max starts with a jaw-dropping price at $1099(64G), while the Pixel 3 XL also has a not cheap price tag which starts at $899(64G). While, if you are looking for a good smartphone with a large storage, the 128G Pixel 3 XL is recommended as it costs $999, still cheaper than the minimal 64G iPhone XS Max.


As both flagship phones are proved to be good, then making decision comes to depend on your preference. I recommend the Pixel 3 XL to some degree though, but the case usually goes to that you prefer iOS. Based on this fuzzy conclusion, you are welcome to express your own idea below.


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