Google has just revealed the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which the search giant believes is superior to Apple's iPhone XS. And Google has a point: not only is the Pixel 3 cheaper than Apple's latest handset, but its camera is smarter, which should make for better photos. Also, Google's got some new AR tricks up its sleeve that may make Animoji look dated and stale. Here are the 9 top ways that the Pixel 3 beats the iPhone XS.
With a starting price of $799, the Google Pixel 3 doesn't pack quite the same sticker-shock as the $999 iPhone XS. Both phones give you the same 64GB of storage at their respective prices, so you can spend that extra $200 on things you need -- or pick up Google's $79 Pixel Stand and still have cash to spare. The Pixel 3 XL starts at $899, which is $200 less than the $1,099 iPhone XS Max.
Using a smartphone — or any phone these days — has become a daily battle against robocallers. Finally, Google is giving us a weapon in this fight, using its Duplex technology for a new feature dubbed Call Screen, that will attempt to interview anyone who calls your phone. Call Screen then transcribes the call in real time, so you can see if your caller is worth your attention or not. The best that iPhones can do is suggest that a caller is suggest that the person on the other end may be a robocaller.
Apple loves to brag about the iPhone's camera, but the Pixel 3's got a ton of camera tricks for even-better photos. Night Sight makes uses machine learning to take better shots at night, without a flash, which will often create uneven lighting and add red eye annoyances. Super Res Zoom on the Pixel 3 makes Google's photos more detailed, using computational photography intelligence to make images look sharper when you zoom in. Also, Google's Top Shot technology helps you by suggesting the best frame for your subject — so faces and subjects are in focus. The Pixel 3 can even read the expression on your face, with its AI technology, so the phone will snap selfies on its own when you make a funny face or smile.
Google's Lens technology has helped people learn about the world around them, and the Pixel 3 makes using it easier than ever. Now, Lens is built right into the Pixel 3 camera, and it's activated with a simple long-press, so you can translate that sign in front of you, comparison shop for in-store products and learn about landmarks, animals and plants. The iPhone XS only offers automatic QR-code opening, which Google Lens also includes.
Google also touted the wide-angle, front-facing camera on the Pixel 3, something missing from the iPhone XS's single selfie cam. This lens gives you up to 184 percent more room in your selfies, making it easier to fit more friends and other subjects into your image. Mere days ago, I was straining to fit myself and a group of 10 friends into a selfie on my iPhone XS Max, so I'm already green with envy.
While the iPhone XS's built-in AR tricks gives you Animoji and Memoji (animated heads that overlay over your own), Google's Playground looks a lot more exciting. Thanks to a series of partnerships with prominent partners — including Marvel Studios — you'll be able to add animated versions of Iron Man and others into your selfies and videos, for amazing cameos. It's not just for comic book geeks, as an AR version of musician/actor Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) will be dancing onto the Pixel in no time.
Apple device owners may be used to charging the iPhone XS over its Lightning port, but the Pixel 3's USB Type-C port makes it a better fit with other gadgets. As laptops — even Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro — begin to support the modern, reversible Type-C port, the ease of charging all your devices with a single cable is too compelling to deny. The Pixel 2, shown here, also features a Type-C port. And while the iPhone XS Max supports fast wired charging, you need to buy your own cable and power brick, which cost $68 total from Apple. Google packs all that fast-charging goodness in for free, with an 18-watt Type-C fast charger and cable.