What truly sets the iPhone X apart from Pixel 2 is Apple's new Face ID technology, which harnesses the power of the aforementioned True Depth front camera system to automatically scan your face and unlock your phone, confirm purchases, and generally verify your identity now that there's no Home Button and no Touch ID. Beyond its security purposes, this unique face-scanning feature will also allow users to create custom Animojis (3D animated versions of popular emojis that evoke your own unique facial expressions), and developers will undoubtedly find creative ways to begin integrating it into apps.
If ditching charging cables is on your list of priorities, you'll be happy to know the iPhone X supports wireless charging. That means you'll be able to simply place it on a Qi Wireless-compatible mat and let it juice up rather than fumble for an outlet to tether it to. And while wireless charging pads are becoming more commonplace in public places like airports and cafes, you'll have to buy one of your own from a third party manufacturer at the moment, since Apple's own AirPower mat doesn't come out until sometime next year.
Although Apple's Siri is a rockstar virtual personal assistant in many regards, Google Assistant is arguably far more powerful. The AI assistant's broad integration into other Google devices like the Home, as well as third-party hardware from the likes of Sonos and Sony means it's getting smarter all the time. In fact, it's so much a part of the Pixel 2 experience that Google's made launching Google Assistant as simple as squeezing the Pixel 2's edges -- a feature its calling Active Edge, which can also be customized to perform other functions.
Yet another example of Google's impressive artificial intelligence tech, Google Lens is a new "smart" camera feature built around object identification. Essentially, when GL launches later this year, you'll be able to point the Pixel 2's camera at something and it will be able to automatically identify it and pull up relevant info on the screen (think landmarks, signs, text, food, movie posters, art, etc.).
Unfortunately for traditional headphone lovers, Google followed a cue from Apple and ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in the Pixel 2. The good news is that its brand new wireless earbuds perform some incredible functions. Most notably, the aptly named Google Pixel Buds (which cost an extra $159), are able to do real-time translation in 40 different languages. For instance, if you command "Help me speak Italian," everything you say subsequently in English will be automatically translated via the phone's speakers. Then, when the other person replies in Italian, their response will be translated into English in your ear.