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Clash of Androids: Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

By Monica U Santos , Oct 19, 2016 04:39 AM EDT
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Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 are two of the most top rated smartphones nowadays. Which do you think will give a more outstanding design, good camera, and video capture as well as performance?

Clash of Androids: The Design

According to Pocket-lint, both smartphones have beautiful, solid and premium designs, but it differently. The Pixel XL opts for a mostly aluminum body, with a glass panel at the top of its rear, while the Galaxy S7 edge has an aluminum frame with curved edges and an all-glass rear panel.

The Pixel is the slightly larger and heavier of the two devices, measuring 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5mm and weighing 168g, compared to the S7 edge's 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm build and 157g weight. Samsung manages to be more compact.

Both have a fingerprint sensor, but Google's is mounted on the rear, with no physical buttons on the front, while Samsung chooses to place it within the main button on the front of the Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung's device is also IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, while Google's is only IP53.

Clash of Androids: The Display

The Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge both feature 5.5-inch AMOLED displays with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolutions, putting the pixel density at 534ppi. They are both protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The S7 edge does offer a curved display, however, as we mentioned, meaning it looks more interesting from a design point of view. The curved display also offers a couple of extras when it comes to software features, though none of them is a make or break feature.

Samsung's display is a little more impactful. Both are bright and vibrant, the Pixel XL is perhaps more natural, but Samsung's is a little more vigorous.

Clash of Androids: The Camera

Galaxy S7 applies more contrast to the images it takes. The Pixel tends to follow those settings, too.

The Pixel XL tends to add a slight green tint to its images after capture, while the Galaxy S7 pumps up the deeper blues and blacks of a given scene.

The Pixel and the Galaxy S7 have a tendency to oversaturate some images when there are extremely vivid colors in the frame, but there’s no clear winner here — it varies scene by scene, but both handle color well.

The Verge said that Samsung’s front-facing camera nails the colors better than of the Google's. It also offers a suite of selfie tools that let you hide blemishes, remove distortion around your face from the wide angle, or enlarge the size of your eyes — all in the native camera app.

Clash of Androids: The Operating System

On the report of Britta O'Boyle and Chris Hall, they said that Pixel XL launches with Android 7.1 Nougat, with exclusive software features that won't be appearing on other Android handsets. Pure Nougat, enhanced with the Pixel Launcher and Google Assistant, brings a level of sophistication to this Google phone that surpasses Pixels. It has the bloat-free attitude of a pure Android handset but supercharged. It's slick, fast and powerful.

Samsung takes Android 6.0 Marshmallow, adds TouchWiz and makes the experience completely unique to Samsung. There's the addition of more options, settings, and choices galore. That brings some bloat and plenty of duplication, but there's so much on offer from Samsung and on the S7 edge it's very well executed.

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