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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prefer a more premium phone and are willing to invest in higher camera and screen quality, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is the better choice, especially for photography enthusiasts given its overall camera quality. However, if you're looking for a more affordable option, the Google Pixel 8 Pro still offers good camera and screen quality and comes with Google's Android operating system, which some users prefer for its customizability. Battery life is slightly longer on the iPhone. Both have large screens, wireless charging, and are 5G capable, but the Pixel 8 Pro offers more value if cost is a major concern. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Best in class for taking photos
  • Best in class for recording videos
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Google Pixel 8 Pro
  • The Google Pixel 8 Pro has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

10.0
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Pixel 8 Pro
9.1
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has best in class overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 8 Pro has excellent overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

10.0
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Pixel 8 Pro
9.3
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max takes best in class photos, while the Google Pixel 8 Pro takes excellent photos.

Video Quality

10.0
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Pixel 8 Pro
8.0
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max takes best in class videos, while the Google Pixel 8 Pro takes very good videos.

Battery

9.8 Hours
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Pixel 8 Pro
7.8 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has 9.8 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 8 Pro has 7.8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$1,199
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Pixel 8 Pro
$749
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The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has a price of $1,199 and the Google Pixel 8 Pro costs $749.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Google Pixel 8 Pro is 6.7 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 8 Pro compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro

GENERAL

Price
$1,199
$749
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 22, 2023October 12, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.7"
Resolution
2796 x 12902992 x 1344
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
460489
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A17TensorG3
Internal Storage
256 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
10/109.1/10
Photos Score
10/109.3/10
Videos Score
10/108/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Super TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.8 Hours7.8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4441 mAh5050 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W23 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.3" x 3.02"6.4" x 3.01"
Weight
7.80 oz7.51 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e7
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Blue Titanium, Natural Titanium, White Titanium, Black TitaniumBay, Porcelain, Obsidian
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | September 2023
"The iPhone 15 Pro Max is a powerful flagship phone that delivers upgrade-worthy features, including a lighter and more compact titanium design, a bigger 5x zoom and a useful Action button. The A17 Pro chip is the fastest around and enables console-quality gameplay, while the battery lasts an epic 14 hours."

Google Pixel 8 Pro

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The Guardian

Samuel Gibbs | October 2023
"The screen, body, performance and battery life are all good. The Pixel has a distinctive look that elevates it from the many of the competition, too. It has a really great camera system, with an array of advanced AI-infused editing tools that blur the line between what’s real and what’s fake. But the biggest upgrade is in the full seven years of software support, bringing the Pixel up to par with Apple and outlasting all but the Fairphone 5 on the Android side."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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