What is the quintessential Android smartphone now? With Apple and iOS, it is easy, and while there will be a holdout or two shouting about the virtues of the iPhone SE until no ones left to listen, it is not at all controversial to award the iOS version of that honor to the iPhone 7. But with Android? There was a time we d point to the uber-popular Samsung flagships as probably the most obvious example of how to successfully make an Android phone, but with the huge PR hit the Galaxy brand has taken as a result of the Note 7 meltdown, we are accepting new nominations.
Google may not have caught up with Apple design refinement just yet, but it is close
The Google Pixel is also a very well built handset, and one whose design brings with it its own controversies: the half-glass back is an unusual choice (though one we quickly found ourselves coming around to), and in a world where every handset manufacturer seems to be wholeheartedly embracing waterproofing (including long-time hold-out Apple), Google elected to do without for the Pixel. It is a larger phone than the iPhone, understandably, a situation only compounded by Google edge design. And with a combination of curves, flat surfaces, and angled bevels, the Pixel may offer a comfortable grip, but it is also a model that never feels quite as sleek and effortless as the iPhone.
Apple could be going the way of AMOLED panels soon, but with this generation of iPhone, it returned to familiar LCD screens. The 4.7-inch screen sticks with its familiar (for Apple, and only Apple) 750 x 1334 resolution, for a pixel density of 326 ppi.
Google 5.0-inch AMOLED screen on the Pixel may not be much larger than Apple, but its 1080 x 1920 resolution is significantly higher, offering a density that hits 441 ppi. Honestly, though, both screens look super-sharp, and you are never going to be spotting individual pixels under general usage conditions.
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