The Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro are some of the best smartphones on the market right now, especially if you live in the US. With the success of the Pixel 6 series, Google plans to continue its path with the Pixel 7 series and ship significantly more units. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro has a lot that makes it really compelling.
So which one should you actually buy? Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899 and iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999. Let’s compare both phones and see which one is better for you.
Dimensions and build quality
- Pixel 7 Pro: 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm; 212g IP68 Dust and Water Resistant
- iPhone 14 Pro: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.9 mm; 206g IP68 Dust and Water Resistant
The Pixel 7 Pro is taller, wider and slightly heavier than the iPhone 14 Pro. For people with smaller hands, the latter will be more comfortable to hold in the hand; However, a lot of people like bigger phones, so you might want to consider the iPhone 14 Pro Max as well.
The Pixel 7 Pro uses an aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back; The slightly curved windshield looks excellent but makes it more prone to cracking. iPhone 14 Pro uses a stronger stainless steel frame and has a ceramic coating on the front glass. The curved edges on the iPhone may feel more comfortable in the hand.
The iPhone 14 series is an eSIM in the US only, which can be a problem if you’re a frequent traveler or your carrier requires physical SIM cards. The much bigger annoyance with the iPhone 14 series is that it still uses very old Lightning ports versus USB-C ports which are the standard for all modern electronic gadgets.
Both devices have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, don’t have a headphone jack, don’t have a microSD card slot, and don’t come with a charger inside the box. The Pixel 7 Pro is available in three colors: Obsidian, Snow, and Hazelnut. iPhone 14 Pro is available in four colors: black, silver, gold, and dark purple.
- Pixel 7 Pro: 6.7 inch LTPO AMOLED; Refresh rate 120 Hz Resolution 1440 x 3120; 512 pixels per inch; Peak brightness 1500 nits; HDR10 +; Gorilla Glass Victus; permanent display; 88.7% screen-to-body ratio; 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- iPhone 14 Pro: 6.1-inch LTPO 2.0 Super Retina XDR OLED display; 120 Hz ProMotion; Resolution 1179 x 2556; 460 pixels per inch; 2000 lumens peak brightness; HDR 10; Ceramic shield protection. permanent display; 87.0% screen-to-body ratio; 19.5:9 aspect ratio
The Pixel 7 Pro has a larger 6.7-inch LTPO 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED display and can squeeze the refresh rate down to 10Hz when you’re looking at something steady to save battery life. The iPhone 14 Pro has a smaller 6.1-inch LTPO 2.0 120Hz 120Hz ProMotion FHD+ OLED display and can trim the refresh rate all the way down to 1Hz.
Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup is the new face of the iPhone, which grabbed all the headlines. The pill-shaped class uses software to intuitively switch into different forms to display all kinds of perusalable information and ongoing background activities. It improves multitasking and serves as a great alternative to the notification panel.
- Pixel 7 Pro: 50 MP f / 1.9 primary, OIS, PDAF, laser autofocus, 4K video at 60 fps; 12 MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide (126 ° FoV), autofocus, macro shooting; 48MP f/3.5 telephoto, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom; Front: 10.8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (92.8° FoV), 4K video at 60 fps
- iPhone 14 Pro: 48 MP f / 1.8 primary, OIS sensor, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4K video at 60 fps; 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (120° FoV), dual pixel PDAF, macro photography; 12MP f/2.8 telephoto, OIS, 3x digital zoom; Front: 12 MP f/1.9, PDAF, 4K video at 60 fps
Pixel phones have always been praised for their cameras and were the ones that pioneered and incorporated computational photography into the tech industry. On the other hand, iPhone cameras are known for their consistency, reliability, and excellent video quality.
However, we think Pixel has a much more useful camera system thanks to all the Pixel camera features like Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Real Tone, Guided Frame, Motion Mode and more; It now also has Cinematic Blur just like the Cinematic Mode on the iPhone.
Thanks to pixel binning technology, you can get 12.5MP shots by default on the Pixel 7 Pro and 12MP shots on the iPhone 14 Pro. Both phones can use the ultra-wide lens as a macro lens, but the telephoto lens on the Pixel allows for up to 5x optical zoom while the lens on the iPhone only allows for 3x optical zoom. You also get up to 30x hybrid zoom on the Pixel.
Images from Pixel phones often have hotter, more dynamic range and contrast, and more accurately represent different skin tones. But iPhones have a faster shutter speed, better video, and are more consistent in shooting low-light shots while the Pixel sometimes overprocesses things.
- Pixel 7 Pro: Google Tensor G2; Manufacture 4nm Mali-G710 MC10 GPU
- iPhone 14 Pro: A16 Bionic; Manufacture 4nm five-core GPU
In terms of raw performance, there is no competition between the A16 Bionic processor on the iPhone 14 Pro and the Tensor G2 processor on the Pixel 7 Pro; Obviously, the former is stronger than the latter.
However, benchmark scores don’t really matter much, and Google appears to be more interested in using the Tensor G2 chip to improve features like Live Translate, Call Assist, speech detection, and more. In real life, you are unlikely to notice any significant difference when interacting with the user interface.
RAM and Storage
- Pixel 7 Pro: 12 GB RAM 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB Storage
- iPhone 14 Pro: 6 GB RAM 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB Storage
We know that iPhones are better at managing RAM and therefore require less of it compared to Android phones, but the software excellence can only make up for the hardware flaw up to a point. You’ll likely get slightly better multitasking on the Pixel 7 Pro with 12GB of RAM than on the iPhone 14 Pro with 6GB of RAM.
Both phones have 128GB of storage on the base model, but the iPhone 14 Pro can only go up to 1TB while the Pixel 7 Pro comes in at 512GB. Neither phone supports expandable storage, so it’s a good idea to check out our guide on how much storage you need before making your purchase.
- Pixel 7 Pro: 5000mAh battery 30W fast wired charging; 23W fast wireless charging; Reverse wireless charging
- iPhone 14 Pro: 3200 mAh battery; 15W MagSafe wireless charging support; 7.5 watts with Qi wireless charging; 50% charge in 30 minutes
Similar to the last point, iPhones are more energy efficient and therefore use less than Android phones. But again, good software is not a substitute for better hardware.
You might still see slightly better battery life on the iPhone 14 Pro (especially if you turn off the Always-On Display), but that difference isn’t big enough to call the iPhone the winner. If you want the longest battery life possible on any smartphone, consider the iPhone 14 Pro Max or iPhone 14 Plus.
The Pixel 7 Pro has faster wired charging at 30W and wireless charging at 23W while the iPhone 14 Pro has slower 20W wired charging and 15W wireless charging via MagSafe. Both phones support reverse wireless charging for charging earbuds and smartwatch.
You don’t get a charger in the box for either, but you already know that.
The best of Google vs. the best of Apple
If you’re already tied to the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 14 Pro is a no-brainer. But even if you’re an Android user, the new features on the iPhone like Dynamic Island, satellite connectivity, fault detection, and a dedicated screen always get a lot of attention. However, the Lightning port on the iPhone 14 series still excites us.
The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, is a bit cheaper, has more useful features in the camera software, and has a more updated design on the back. Also, don’t forget that Pixel phones get operating system updates before any other Android phone, and they also get new features every few months.