Although largely various in design, the Google Pixel, iPhone 7, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge each show technological prowess through amazing new features. Backed with twenty-first century technology, the only problem with these devices is simply deciding which one to get. (Picture by: Mobikart)


The newly-released Google Pixel makes a worthy contender in the digital race against all-time favorites Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7

Karen Supandi

Staff Writer

    The technological world has been quite productive this year.

    Six months following the release of Samsung Galaxy S7 in March, the iPhone 7 opened for consumer purchase. Although met with mixed responses, the device generated plenty of talk in the mediauntil Google released the Pixel, the cutting-edge replacement for its previous Nexus line. The three remain the most popular devices thus far.

    Apple’s iPhone 7 introduces both new and upgraded features, being built with the fastest-ever A10 Fusion processor chip and a more powerful 12MP camera than its 6s counterpart. However, it has the same 4.7-inch display size as its predecessor–and a missing headphone jack. Despite criticism about this particular feature, or rather, the lack thereof, people who own this phone seem to find minimal problems with it.

    “I switched from an iPhone 6 and can say it’s a lot faster,” Samast Varma (12) said. “At first the removal of the aux cord felt a little inconvenient, but after a week I didn’t even notice it anymore. I kept my adapter plugged into my car and used the lightning headphones it comes with.”

   On the other hand, while Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge has been on the market for about four months, it still remains a favorite. Some of its highlights include a sleek design, a curved 5.5-inch display, and microSD support with up to 200-gigabytes of extra memory, all features that people, such as senior Ethan Towner, think are definitely worth switching from an iPhone to.

    “It was nice to not worry about how much space I needed to clear, since Apple updates didn’t take up as much as Android updates,” Towner said. “There was no need to ever get rid of my photos, videos, or apps.”

    The newest out of all three, the Google Pixel, is released with two different models: the Pixel and Pixel XL. Its design falls rather flat compared to the iPhone and Galaxy, but it features Google Imprint, a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, and uses a standard USB-C charger for convenience. The best part, however, shows in its camera: both Pixels are equipped with a 12.3MP one, which renders the highest DxOMark Mobile rating of 89 and works magnificently in low lighting. Unfortunately, it does not have microSD support like the S7 edge, but it does come with free unlimited cloud storage for all photos and videos.

    All three phones boast ingenious features, which means superiority relatively boils down to price. The most expensive goes to the Galaxy, which Samsung sells for a retail price of $780. In addition, although Apple sells the iPhone 7 for $649, it appears relatively the same as its 6s predecessor and shows little development.

    Both of these phones do not contain nearly as many features as the Pixel or Pixel XL, anyway, whose 32-gigabyte models are attainable at $649 and $769, respectively. Therefore, giving Google’s new phone a try may potentially be the best decision.

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