Phone Showdown: iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone X

Which is the best for you?

Google and Apple released great new phones just this past month! Are you going Android or iOS? Touch ID or Face ID? We’re here to help you out with a rundown of the pros and cons of each!

Display (Battle of the bezels...or slowly the lack of them)

The iPhone 8 Plus has minor screen improvements compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. The screen is a 5.5 inch, 1080p LCD panel, but now includes the iPad’s True Tone technology that changes colors based on the lighting in surrounding. Oh, and this model still has thick bezels around all sides.

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Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL uses a Quad HD 2880x1440 panel, which has the OLED benefit of intense black levels. It’s mostly fantastic for this reviewer. Most progress is found on this phone with the smaller bezels like the iPhone X. The screen size is 6 inches compared with the 5.8 inches of the iPhone X…. and they are almost at identical weight.

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Apple stepped up its game by using an OLED display with the iPhone X. Though not necessarily a larger display from previous iPhones, just an elongated 18.5:9  aspect ratio.


Where it does stand out is the contrast ratio, power savings combined with the True Tone Technology and it also strikes the best balance between realism and saturated colors. The display can be cropped out because of the cutout “notch” on the top sensor bar which may be a con for some.



In terms of DxOMark scores, the Pixel 2 XL gets above the rest by setting the new record. It may just have one camera at the back a 12.2MP f/1.8, but has both optical and electronic image stabilization (the front-facing camera is 8MP f/2.4).


This reviewer prefers the Pixel 2 XL as the device knows when to saturate colors and when not to.


The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back: 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera and 12MP f/2.8 telephoto camera ( no optical image stabilization for either cameras). The front camera is just 7MP f/2.2.


The iPhone X has the same 12MP wide angle camera as the iPhone 8 Plus but the second 12MP telephoto camera is faster and includes optical image stabilization. However, the highlight is on the front camera: the 7MP TrueDepth camera. This technology enables the new Face ID technology and the popular Animoji feature.

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Both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are capable of augmented reality, which is still in its infancy, but promises more to come in 2018.


Hardware/Repair Concerns


The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are made of glass front and back. And the latter is right now considered as the priciest to repair. It’ll cost you $279 for screen repair and $549 for other damages (like the glass back). The iPhone 8 Plus is not far behind with screen repair at $169 and $399 for other damages. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL’s screen repair is at $220 and for the small glass panel at the back, it’ll cost you around $160.


Drop Tests


The iPhone 8 Plus glass back shattered in just 1 drop. Yikes! While the Pixel 2 XL gets just a few scratches.

And in a face drop, the Pixel 2 XL gets the most damage, shattering the top portion and even missing some glass parts.

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While in our previous blog, we got to check out how iPhone X will have practically the same result as the iPhone 8.


Expensive but great phones! Though that’s A LOT of cracks in a beautiful screen.

Not to worry as Tech Armor is here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Arm your Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus with us so you won’t worry about any part of the screen go missing!

And for your iPhone X, we’ve got the best screen protectors and cases to keep all your glass intact, while showcasing that new and awesome phone. ;)


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