The Possible End of the Apple Era

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For almost a decade, the iPhone has conquered the cell phone market. Most kids do not remember a time before touch-screen apps ruled the planet. For years, opponents have tried to compete with the iPhone, from waterproof technology to higher quality cameras, but yet the Apple products trump the competition, at least, until now.
On Oct. 4, Google announced the release of Pixel, their newest technologic, innovative Android. With a sleek commercial, even I, a devoted iPhone user, was memorized by what the Pixel has to offer.

At first glance, Pixel highly resembles an iPhone: large touch screen, similar build, and almost the exact same measurements.

So how does it compare to the latest iPhone model?

Pixel starts at a higher cost than the iPhone 7, $769 for 32 GB versus Apple’s $649. But its features makes up for the more expensive price. Pixel has a higher screen resolution, allowing all of your YouTube videos and Netflix movies to be crystal clear. The Android also has a 4 GB access memory, compared to the iPhone’s 3 GB, and more Cloud storage.

Although the phones are in competing markets, they share some of the same features. Both the iPhone 7 and Pixel have fingerprint scanners to act as passwords and a way to make purchases, but Pixel places its on the back. Pixel uses Google Now, the equivalent of Siri, and Google Duo, similar to Apple’s Facetime.
The iPhone 7 does have a leg up in the camera department, with its newest smartphone using a dual lens camera, allowing for higher quality pictures.

Although the iPhone 7 so far seems to have upgraded for the better, there is one change in particular that seems to have controversial reviews: the removal of the headphone jack. Customers all over the world share mixed reviews on having to use wireless headphones that do not connect physically to the phone. Luckily for Pixel buyers, the Android did not replace the headphone jack, allowing you to hold on to old technology for a little longer.
Preorders for the Pixel began on October 4 in the United States. It will officially be available in stores on October 20.

If you are in the market for change, the Pixel is definitely a conversion to consider. Although Apple will most likely remain at the top of the market for a while longer, Pixel has a strong chance to come up out of the underdog position.

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