The cost of the iPhone is $350 dollars more than the standard sized Pixel 2. With that money, you can buy one Moto G5, which I might say, can unlock faster than the iPhone. The Pixel 2's price is exactly the same as what a base level-iPhone used to cost until the iPhone 8.
Google does make a larger version of the Pixel 2. It has the same processor and battery, but a larger screen, and less of the front of the phone wasted on bezel. This only costs $850, which leaves the $150 to spend, and $350 if you buy the 128gb iPhone X. Which I might add, can buy another Moto G5.
The screen on both of the phones are the same on paper. The screen on the Pixel 2 xl, is a POled, which is an oled panel with a polymer on it. This might have some blue shift issues when you’re looking at it off axis. This rarely ever happens unless you’re trying to find issues, or just being an idiot.
The iPhone 10’s screen is made from Samsung. They apparently tweaked it to make it a “Super-Retina Display” which is really just saying, “we can’t make anything new, so just give a name that hasn't appeared on the market yet.”
The notch on the iPhone X is horrendous. At least on other android devices like the Oneplus 6, LG G7, Huawei P20, Essential P-1, and the ASUS ZenFone 5 (just to name a few), have small enough notches to fit all of the essentials on the top (all notifications, wifi, bluetooth, do not disturb, battery saver, data, airplane mode, and the night mode).
You may argue the fact that the reason the why the iPhone’s notch is so big is because, there has to be room for the sensors for Face ID. There really isn’t a reason to include Face ID, except to keep the Apple logo (and courage (headphone jack)). Touch ID was more accurate and faster in the first place. They could’ve fit the fingerprint scanner there and no one would mind (Samsung S8 and S9, Oneplus 5 and 6, LG G6 and G7, etc.).
Having the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone is actually very advantageous. When you grab your phone, your index finger naturally lands there. You can swipe down from the top of the fingerprint scanner, and see your notifications.
From the start, my phone has Trusted Face (face unlock), which unlocks faster than Face ID. It isn’t even the main feature.
The speakers on the Pixel 2 is just simply better. It is front firing and far more clear. There's a little bit of bass. If its front firing, you can’t block the speaker holes.
Charging with USB-C is simply faster than charging with lightning. See any battery charge test on youtube and you’ll see the iPhone comes in last everytime. It's usually 30min to one hour slower than the Pixel 2, and definitely 1hr than the OnePlus phones. The same thing with the battery drain tests. The iPhone always uses up its battery the fastest.
Inside the box on the Pixel 2, it comes with a 18 watt wall adapter. While on the iPhone, it only comes with a 5 watt power changer, even though Apple could’ve put in a fast charger. WIth pockets so deep, it wouldn’t make a dent in their pocket to include a better wall adapter.
Even though the Pixel 2 has one single camera compared to the iPhone X’s dual cameras, it out shoots the iPhone X in almost every way. The Pixel 2’s camera has a wider aperture, allowing more light to go into the sensor, and more sharpness and detail doe to the amazing processing it does.
According to DXO Mark, the Pixel 2 scores one point higher than the iPhone X. It has gained this edge over the iPhone X with the excellent abilities to adapt in bright light and adapt in low light. The bokeh or “portrait mode” on the Pixel 2 is objectively better than the iPhone’s.
When taking a photo with portrait mode on the iPhone X it usually doesn't define some of the distinct features well like hair or grass. While on the Pixel 2, you have two options to choose from when you take a portrait shot to practically eliminate the margin of error.
Google assistant is definitely better than Siri. When you search for something, Google Assistant brings up more direct information. Siri on the other hand, will bring up 5 articles for you to read.
Google Assistant also does a much more detailed job at everything. Just to list one example, when you ask Google Assistant to take a selfie, not only does it bring you to the front facing camera, it counts from 3-1 to take a photo hands free.
Speaking in foreign languages is also better on Google Assistant than on Siri. It brings up direct translations instead of a chart that brings up the different translations.
The Little Things:
Gestures are a very important part of the Pixel Experience. Starting with the most basic one: launching the camera. You can launch the camera in half a second by double pressing the power button. Just in case you need to take a picture of something while in the car.
Swiping down on the fingerprint scanner to bring up notifications. This gesture is very handy on a phone this large. You don’t have to slide your phone down just to see your notifications, in risk of having to drop your phone.
Squeezing the phone for google assistant is also very helpful, you no longer have to hold down the power button or the home button for your helpful (if Google Assistant) or “helpful” (if Siri) assistant. This is the fastest way to launch the assistant on any phone.
Twisting twice to switch the camera around is also very helpful. You no longer have to slide your hand down again, in risk of dropping your phone, you just simply double twist and you switch cameras.
The Ambient Display is a handy tool for a quick glance at your notifications or just to check the time. It barely wastes any battery at all. Maybe 1% per day