Galaxy S7 edge vs Pixel XL: Touchwiz or pure Android?


Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: design and finish


A way, writing Gizmodo wrote: “the Google Pixel is too stupid and ugly to replace your iPhone.” Also removed analyses, it is not every day, isn’t it? Personally, Pixel XL design does not shock me that much, even if the aesthetics of the S7 Galaxy seems less attractive.


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same size screen, but of different device sizes. © AndroidPIT

the Galaxy S7 edge looks more sophisticated and elegant; In addition, it is well in hand with her 5.5-inch screen. And what other smartphone has a screen size says 5.5 inch? The Pixel XL, by golly! Nevertheless, the difference in the dimensions of both devices is obvious, and one is smaller. Let’s look at this more closely:








device Dimensions
Galaxy S7 edge 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Pixel XL 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm

the two screens are almost of equal quality, with AMOLED technology and their resolution QHD. Look for the difference in the borders. According to the “Edge” name, the borders of the Galaxy S7 edge are curved, and the brightness of the screen is better than that of the Pixel XL, where a more striking color rendering.


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curved or flat screen? © AndroidPIT

regarding the fingerprint readers, the inclusion of a sensor of fingerprint to the front on the Galaxy S7 edge is well regarded for the ergonomics of the device, it is in hand or placed on a table. The fingerprints of the XL Pixel sensor has unfortunately two flaws: it is located at the rear, and placed too high, which makes its use difficult.


based only on the design and the screen, I would opt for the Galaxy S7 edge.


However, the advantage of the smartphone is the use of what the Google teams have included on their latest. You can quickly access notifications without using the hands, with a simple swipe of the finger on the sensor for fingerprints, as when you want to activate the bar of notifications on other smartphones.


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no of USB Type-C for the S7 edge. © AndroidPIT

another difference in size between the two models, is that the Pixel XL has a USB Type-C entry, while the Galaxy S7 edge is compatible with USB 2.0. In addition to the compatability with the connectivity of the future standard, data transfer is much slower on the flagship model of Samsung. Note7 Galaxy was the first big smartphone of the brand to have this feature; but of course, that was before its explosive withdrawal from the market…


In short, despite my great appreciation of the rendering of colors and the brightness of the display of the Pixel XL, design of the Galaxy S7 actually a better smartphone, which won, in the end, my support. If, at the end of this comparative test, I had to choose a device based only on the design and the screen, I would opt for the Galaxy S7 edge.


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the curved side edges give a modern touch to the S7 edge design. © AndroidPIT

Galaxy S7 Edge vs Google Pixel XL: interface software and performance


the XL Pixel is based on a pure Android system, directly designed by Google and which includes an exclusive launcher – the famous Pixel Launcher – in the same way that TouchWiz interface offers exclusive features to Samsung smartphones. Here, the difference lies in the number of exclusive services which Samsung provides to its customers, and they are many – but not always useful.





It’s a fact: pure Android, it’s not my thing

what do you think?





One thing I like in the user interface of Google, it’s the fact that the search engine giant is so ‘egocentric’ he has not even concluded partnerships with Facebook, or Microsoft, so that the Pixel XL offers the user the ability to choose to download Facebook, Instagram, OneDrive, OneNote and other applications. Yet, the Google camera software is extremely limited.


During my test of the Pixel XL, I came to the conclusion that the “Pure” Android, it’s totally not my thing. I mean, is that if the resources offered by the XL Pixel Android OS were the same as those of the Galaxy S7 edge, this is not going to happen, they could satisfy a large part of the users. If you party, Pixel XL, like any model of the Nexus or Moto range, will quickly become part of your Smartphone of choice. However, if you are looking for the substance instead of the style, I recommend you to go and see on the side of Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, etc.


the respective performance of the Galaxy S7 edge and Pixel XL are not so different that I have a penchant for one or the other. And if you don’t believe me, just check the benchmarks tests between the two devices. The difference would be notable if we measure them to a device like the iPhone 7 more, who can boast spectacular performance compared to the Pixel XL as in the Galaxy S7 (#lefanboyandroidquejesuisplere).


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the experience with Google Assistant should be a decisive criterion to decide between the two smartphones, but this isn’t the case. © AndroidPIT

Google promised us an assistant vocal revolutionary with Google Wizard: yet the only adjective that comes to mind to describe this feature is the same which was used by the team of Gizmodo in their article: dumb, which is silly. This service can (at least in its beta version) be replaced without any problems with Google Now we Tap and Google App. There are few jobs that can control and quickly run the wizard. Unfortunately, Google has responded with what they do best: other beta versions.


And that counts when it comes to comparing performance and the system of the two devices. While they are on equal terms at the level of the power of their processors (Exynos 8890 vs Snapdragon 821), the number of preinstalled applications can tip the balance. That said, everything will depend on the number of applications you use regularly.


In terms of autonomy, Samsung smartphone such as Google are almost as powerful one than the other. However, the Samsung S7 edge takes the lead, with energy saving more advanced functions, such as for example the Wireless charging.


As previously indicated, I am not a user interested in pure Android. I’m more exclusive services – and practices. That is why, in the light of this comparison, I would lean more to the Galaxy S7 edge, especially because of my ability to install a custom ROM when TouchWiz does suit me more. If you see things differently, you can always turn to one of the models of the motorcycle series, or to any device to receive the latest versions of Android.


Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: camera


of the camera is excellent on both devices. While the Samsung can count on an optical image stabilizer and a compatibility with the RAW format – as well as excellent points on the white balance and dynamic range – and features such as the selective focus; for its part, the Pixel has a focus laser and impressive quality on contrasts.


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you can choose one or the other, their cameras are clearly above average. © AndroidPIT

the main Galaxy S7 edge camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels and features a 1/2.5 inch sensor. The pixel size is 1.4 micron, and they are very sensitive to the Sun. Both devices rely on the Dual Pixel technology and a focal opening of f/1.7.


The main camera of the Pixel XL is 12.3 megapixels, with pixels 1.65 microns and a focal opening of f/2.0. The auto focus includes the facial recognition (PDAF) and laser (LDAF). The laser autofocus is located in the two holes on the side of the photo, as for the Nexus 5 X sensor; However, here the two are separated.


You can compare with our galleries below, photo renderings as well as an analysis of each device cameras.


In addition, you can see in detail the shots taken by each device. Result while the Galaxy S7 edge is excellent to capture the light, the contrast offered by the lens to the Pixel XL is probably the best ever seen on a smartphone to date.


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these images were taken with the front camera. © AndroidPIT

Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: technical data


































































Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Google Pixel XL
model: G935F not available
manufacturer: Samsung Google
Dimensions : 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
weight: 157 g 168 g
battery capacity: 3600 mAh 3450 mAh
screen size: 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
screen technology : AMOLED AMOLED
screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppp) 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppp)
front camera: 5 megapixel 8 megapixel
rear cameras: 12 megapixel 12.3 megapixel
Flash : LED Dual-LED
Version Android: 6.0 – Marshmallow 7.1 – Nougat
User Interface: TouchWiz Android pure
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
internal memory: 32 GB 64 GB
32 GB 128 GB
removable memory : microSD not available
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8890 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
number of cores: 8 4
maximum clock frequency: 2.3 GHz 2.15 GHz
connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA , LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: price


the Galaxy S7 edge is available on the official store of Samsung for a MSRP of 799 euros. Prices for most dealers, on average around 650 euros for the 32 GB version.


Google XL is not yet available on the majority of the markets, even if it is visible on the official store of Google. The price varies according to the capacity of the internal memory.


Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: conclusion


the fact that the Pixel XL is unavailable in most countries is clearly a handicap, especially if we add the MSRP for the German market. The Galaxy S7 edge was launched end of February, and he was supposed to let the Galaxy Note7 in direct competition with the Pixel XL but the rest is history.


The Galaxy S7 is available anywhere in the world, and has a set of unique features compared to the Pixel XL: it can take photos in RAW format and includes a few advanced photo modes. It also boasts a curved screen, which will make the happiness of the photographers and videographers enthusiasts and gamers.


As for the Pixel XL, is an excellent example of smartphone running entirely under a full Android system, in any case, as most users like to remind, «closer to the essential» Android experience The catch: it is much more expensive and, for the moment, is available in import.


If you still have doubts on your choice of device, weigh the pros and cons of each device. That’s what I did, and for the moment, the Galaxy S7 edge stands out as my final choice.





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