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Google's wish to compete with the iPhone directly could not be more obvious either.

Unlike the iPhone 7, Pixel keeps its headphone jack intact at the top. Apple infamously nixed it on the iPhone 7 and appears invested in the Lightning audio port going forward.

Google Pixel opts for a combination of aluminum and glass equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back of its phone, while the iPhone 7 is fully aluminum made and places its fingerprint sensor in its home button.

Other than that, the Google Pixel looks fairly similar to the iPhone.

Of course, pure speed isn't everything, and the Pixel's smart AI integration, Daydream VR viewer and strong cameras could make it a contender for the iPhone 7's throne. A minor difference can be found in the standard models - Google's is five inches; Apple's is 4.7. According to DxOMark, that is not just marketing hype - the Pixel's camera scored 89 out of 100 when tested by the analysts, higher not only than the iPhone 7, which came in at 86, but all the others the site has trialled. The iPhone 7 has recorded some of the highest benchmarking scores for a smartphone and BGR thinks it's unlikely the Pixel will dethrone it when it comes to speed and performance. Still, the iPhone 7 isn't a push over with its wide color gamut, and reviews of the device's display are highly favorable. Don't think that means the Pixel's Full HD screen doesn't cut it, however: the difference will be nearly imperceivable at this size. It also features a 12-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel selfie camera, and connectivity options like 4G LTE support, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11. It may not be a game changer, but it's certainly a welcome addition.

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It's pitched as a direct rival to the iPhone 7 and shares the same price tag as Apple's recently released top-end smartphone. The Pixel draws upon a 2,770mAh cell, while the Pixel XL has a beefy 3,450mAh power pack.

The other most interesting announcement from the event was Google Home, which we already knew about but which looks like it could offer some big perks over Amazon Echo, including the ability to quickly send audio/video content to Chromecast devices plugged into your speakers and TVs. Daydream VR will be compatible with the Pixel when it arrives in November. Just do not forget to add the $100 for each option if you want the expensive color. The front camera is 7 megapixels with face detection, HDR and panorama capabilities. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the software is earning comparisons to iOS. The company earlier designed, engineered and sold Motorola phones at a time when Motorola was owned by Google. Now, Google believes that their new Pixel phone is the best smartphone in the market today.

However, each smartphone has one distinct advantage.

Pixel XL's bigger battery is largely down to the phone's increased physical size allowing for a bigger pack to be used, but also to help power that Quad HD screen.

However, Google intend to woo them by including unlimited storage space through Google Images for full-resolution photos and even 4K videos - rendering their Pixel very much a cloud device. Even if its camera is slightly less powerful, the promise of infinite storage gives Google a major advantage.