Apple and Google have both launched their latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro. These two phones are very good, and they have a lot of features that are different from each other. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro in terms of how they look, how they work, how they take pictures, how long they last, and how much they cost.
How they look
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro look similar, but they also have some differences. Both phones have a metal frame with glass on the back and front. Both phones also have a fingerprint scanner under the screen, speakers on the top and bottom, wireless charging, water resistance, and 5G support. However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a flat-screen with a notch on the top for the Face ID system, while the Pixel 8 Pro has a curved screen with a hole on the top left for the selfie camera. The iPhone 15 Pro Max also has a titanium frame, which is stronger than the aluminum frame of the Pixel 8 Pro. The iPhone 15 Pro Max comes in four colors: Graphite, Silver, Gold, and Pacific Blue. The Pixel 8 Pro comes in three colors: Stormy Black, Sorta Sage, and Clearly White.
How they work
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro both have powerful processors that can do any task or app very fast. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has Apple’s own A17 Bionic chip, which has six cores: two fast cores and four slow cores. The A17 Bionic chip also has a neural engine that can do AI and ML tasks very fast. The Pixel 8 Pro has Google’s own Tensor G3 chip, which has eight cores: four fast cores and four slow cores. The Tensor G3 chip also has a TPU that can do AI and ML tasks very fast. Both phones also have a lot of RAM and storage options. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has 8GB of RAM and comes in three storage options: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The Pixel 8 Pro has 12GB of RAM and comes in three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
How they take pictures
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro both have amazing cameras that can take beautiful pictures and videos in different situations, modes, and formats. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has three cameras on the back: a 48-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. The iPhone 15 Pro Max also has a LiDAR scanner that can measure depth and help with autofocus, night mode portraits, and AR apps. The Pixel 8 Pro has four cameras on the back: a 50-megapixel main camera, a 64-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto camera, and a new body temperature sensor that can measure the temperature of people and objects. The Pixel 8 Pro also has a new computational photography engine that can make the pictures look better.
Some of the new camera features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max include Cinematic Mode, which can make videos look like movies with depth-of-field effects and focus transitions; ProRes, which can record videos in a high-quality format for professional editing; Macro Mode, which can take close-up pictures of small things; and Photographic Styles, which can apply personalized filters to pictures. Some of the new camera features of the Pixel 8 Pro include Magic Eraser, which can remove unwanted things from pictures; Motion Mode, which can make videos look like movies with moving subjects; Long Exposure, which can take pictures of light trails and starry skies; and HDRnet+, which can make the pictures look better with more colors and details.
How long they last
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro both have big batteries that can last for a long time on one charge. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a battery size of 4,852 mAh, while the Pixel 8 Pro has a battery size of 4,950 mAh. Both phones also support fast wired and wireless charging. The iPhone 15 Pro Max supports 27W wired charging and 15W wireless charging with MagSafe accessories. The Pixel 8 Pro supports 27W wired charging and 12W wireless charging with Qi-compatible accessories. Both phones also have reverse wireless charging that can charge other devices such as earbuds or smartwatches.
How much they cost
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro both have high prices that reflect their flagship status. The iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at $1,299 for the base model with 256GB of storage. The Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999 for the base model with 128GB of storage. Both phones are available for pre-order starting today and will ship on October 28th. You can also compare them with other phones or read some reviews .
Here are the key features compared in the table below:
|Feature||iPhone 15 Pro Max||Google Pixel 8 Pro|
|Design||Metal frame, flat screen with notch, four color options (Graphite, Silver, Gold, Pacific Blue)||Metal frame, curved screen with hole for selfie camera, three color options (Stormy Black, Sorta Sage, Clearly White)|
|Processor||Apple A17 Bionic chip, 6 cores, neural engine||Google Tensor G3 chip, 8 cores, TPU|
|RAM & Storage||8GB RAM, 256GB/512GB/1TB storage options||12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB storage options|
|Camera System||Main (48MP), Ultra-Wide (12MP), Telephoto (12MP), LiDAR scanner||Main (50MP), Ultra-Wide (64MP), Telephoto (48MP), Body Temperature Sensor, Computational Photography Engine|
|Camera Features||Cinematic Mode, ProRes, Macro Mode, Photographic Styles||Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, Long Exposure, HDRnet+|
|Battery Size||4,852 mAh||4,950 mAh|
|Charging||27W wired, 15W wireless with MagSafe, Reverse wireless charging||27W wired, 12W wireless with Qi-compatible accessories, Reverse wireless charging|
|Operating System||iOS 15||Android 13|
|Biometric Security||Face ID (facial recognition)||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Display||6.7-inch OLED, 3120 x 1440 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate||Curved OLED, 6.7-inch, 3120 x 1440 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support||Stereo speakers|
|Software Updates||Apple guarantees updates for several years||Guaranteed updates for 7 years by Google|
|Additional Features||Face ID, Magsafe, Ceramic Shield front cover||Computational Photography Engine, Body Temperature Sensor|
|Price Range||Starts at $1,299 (256GB)||Starts at $999 (128GB)|
|Availability||Pre-order, ships on October 28th||Pre-order, ships on October 28th|