iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8 – Who’s Winning Design?

I just read a piece on BGR that effectively called the Google Pixel 2 XL a dog. I thought that article was a bit harsh, as attractiveness is kind of subjective and not something people are all likely to agree on.

Plus, I don’t think the iPhone X is all that interesting from a design perspective anyway. I mean, it looks basically like a cross between the Essential Phone and the LG G6, and they’ve been out in the wild for ages.

I get that the iPhone X is exciting for Apple users; it’s the first new design for an iPhone since 2014. But rather than reinvent the wheel, Apple has simply borrowed design elements from existing Android phones.

And, for me, I don’t think either phone – the iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 XL – can even REMOTELY hold a candle to the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is easily one of the best-looking phones on the planet right now.

I mean, just look at it:

I do agree that, perhaps, overall the iPhone X is slightly more exciting to look at than the Pixel 2 XL. I mean, it just looks a bit more futuristic, but there really is no getting around where Apple borrowed this style from.

It is equal parts Essential Phone, LG G6, and Samsung Galaxy S8. There is nothing really new about it; Apple has simply incorporated popular design elements, or elements it deems useful, into the iPhone X’s shape and form.

And then decided it can charge A LOT more because it’s an iPhone.

But the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 still looks like the better phone out of all three, tells you a lot about just how good Samsung’s design department have really become over the past few years.

And that’s before you even start looking at the company’s plans for foldable devices inside 2018.

The bottom line is, if you want innovation, the last place you should be looking is Apple’s iPhone. All of the iPhone X’s new party pieces are already up and running on Android phones right now, and have been for a good long while.

Also, on a side note, I actually don’t mind the look of the Google Pixel 2 XL. It’s better than the old model and that handset, despite being a tad dull to look at, was a fantastic phone overall.

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