Speed Test: iPhone 8 Plus Vs Pixel 2 XL

By now, most phone users are firmly entrenched in one of two camps – Android and iOS. You either want the new Apple or the new Google and nothing is going to change your mind.

But for OS agnostics, the decision comes down to measurable factors, like speed and reliability. With that in mind, PhoneBuff pitched the iPhone 8 Plus against the Pixel 2 XL to find out which flagship phone was faster.

David Rahimi is the owner of the YouTube channel PhoneBuff which routinely tests and compares the operational speed of competing smartphones. In his latest video, which you can watch above, Rahimi threw the iPhone 8 Plus against the Pixel 2 XL to find out which device is faster.

This was achieved by giving them a set of identical tasks – both light and heavy – and timing how long it took each phone to complete them. Each task is designed to measure CPU and GPU speed as well as the phones’ RAM management.

You can watch the full showdown in the video above, but for those pressed for time, the iPhone was crowned winner with an overall score that was five seconds faster than the Pixel 2 XL. In reality, this speed boost is too small to make any noticeable difference during day-to-day operations. But if you’re an iPhone owner it does give you something to crow about. Apple beats Google!


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