Why is the Pixel 2XL better than OnePlus 6/6T in 2019 ?

Until the OnePlus 7 comes out..

Yeah, before all the OnePlus fans out there get crazy and attack in the comment section, just hear me out.

According to MKBHD’s, the five pillars of a great smartphone are:

  1. Build Quality
  2. Camera
  3. Great Software/Performance
  4. Display
  5. Good battery

Let’s take them on one by one,

Build Quality

Both the smartphones (Pixel & OnePlus) have amazing build. Where the OnePlus takes on a clean approach, Pixel goes out to build a very plane but bold design. The white/black finish with coloured power buttons is just awesome. However, OnePlus has a power slider which is like extremely helpful, don’t know why other manufacturers have not copied it yet.

Verdict: Tie

Camera

Pixel 2 might not be the best camera in the world right now, but it is for sure the second best, next to the Pixel 3. Despite of all the improvements that OnePlus has done recently it still cannot come nowhere near to the Pixel. Let’s leave the discussion to this. If you say OnePlus is better here, you know you are lying.

Verdict: Pixel 2

Software/Performance

It’s Oxygen OS vs Pure stock Android & Snapdragon 845 vs 835. 845 in the OnePlus for sure is great but the 835 is Pixel 2 is not a slouch. It’s still the flagship processor from last year and it’s’ not gonna disappoint you.

But what according to me counts more is the software updates. According to Google you will receive guaranteed day 1 updates till October 2020 ie Android 11. We can’t really say that for OnePlus. I agree that OnePlus is good with updates but that is usually for the new series of devices. What I mean by that is once a new phone launches in 6 months the old one will start seeing delays in the updates department..

Adding to all of that you get free unlimited high quality storage for your photos/

Coming to community support, well there is healthy community support for both Pixel & OnePlus.

Verdict: Pixel 2

Display

Well, Pixel 2 had a lot of issues with the initial lot, which is by then solved for good. There have been many reports that the issues are fixed. However, the colour reproduction is still bad, so we can give this one to OnePlus here.

Verdict: OnePlus

Good Battery

Both the phones have a pretty good sized battery & both support fast charging.

OnePlus will last you more juice by the end of the day, but anyhow you will be charging the phones at night so that’s not an issue.

Verdict: Tie

You can see the trend here, OnePlus has the better specs, but that doesn’t mean that the Pixel’s specs are bad, it’s just a slight advantage with OnePlus here. However, the advantages that Pixel has over the OnePlus are pretty significant.

Some miscellaneous things to point:

OnePlus has been going nuts recently. OnePlus 6t was an unnecessary & very disappointing release:

  1. No notification LED light? Why OnePlus?
  2. No headphone jack (Pixel too disappoints here)
  3. A completely shitty fingerprint sensor. We do have face unlock but there are people who want to use a more secure method & face unlock sucks in that department.

Final Winner: Pixel 2 XL

This is completely my opinion and yours might differ completely. Please feel free to add your points in the comments & we can have a healthy discussion there.

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