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iPhone 8 vs Pixel 2: Battle of the smaller flagship phones

Five-inch and smaller phones are a dying breed. From the iPhone X to the Note 8, it seems like everyone wants bigger and bigger phablets nowadays, and 6-inch displays are vastly becoming the new norm.

But for at least one more year, two of the best best you can buy have 4.7- and 5-inch screens: the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2. But how do they stack up against each other? Let’s take a look:

iPhone 8 vs Pixel 2: Size

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The Pixel 2 has pretty big bezels—bigger than the iPhone 8’s in fact.

As long as Apple keeps the home button below the screen, the iPhone 8 isn’t about to get much smaller. But the Pixel 2’s bezels are just as big, in fact they’re a little bigger:

  • iPhone 8: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
  • Pixel 2: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm

It’s hard to say why the Pixel has such large top and bottom bezels, but it does have front-facing stereo speakers above and below the screen. Neither phone is going to win any design awards in 2017, but they’re both small enough to comfortably fit in a back pocket or a clutch bag.

iPhone 8 vs. Pixel 2: Screen

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The iPhone 8 doesn’t have an AMOLED screen like the iPhone X, but it’s still pretty great.

The iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 look similar, but their screens are actually quite different:

  • iPhone 8: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 LCD, 326 ppi
  • Pixel 2: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 441ppi

The Pixel 2’s display is a little bigger than the iPhone 8’s with a slightly higher pixel density. Plus, it uses AMOLED screen technology to bring vivid colors and deep blacks. But the iPhone 8 is no slouch. The iPhone 7 display was given stellar marks, and the 8’s is even better, with Apple’s True Tone technology that adjusts the color and brightness to match the lighting around you.

iPhone 8 vs. Pixel 2: Performance

Both phones feature best-in-class processors for their respective ecosystem: the Snapdragon 835 in the Pixel 2 and Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in the iPhone 8. Both chips offer impressive performance and power efficiency, and with fully optimized OSes, both phones will be impressively fast. Benchmarks might favor the iPhone 8, but make no mistake: the Pixel 2 is a screamer.

iPhone 8 vs. Pixel 3: Battery

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The Pixel 2 has a much larger battery than the iPhone 8.

On paper, the Pixel 2 clearly outpaces the iPhone 8 when it comes to battery capacity:

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