Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max Speed Test

Speed test between Google Pixel 3 XL and Apple iPhone XS Max to see which phone is faster. Our tests are conducted in a temperature controlled environment, and we run multiple trials on each phone for more accurate and consistent results.


Pixel 3 XL – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4 GB RAM, UFS 2.1, Android 9.0
iPhone XS Max – Apple A12 Bionic, 4 GB RAM, NVMe, iOS 12.0.1

Version 2.5 of the speed test includes major improvements to the robot arm’s performance.



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Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max Speed Test


24 Replies to “Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max Speed Test”

  1. Omar Noble

    Pretty annoyed I immediately wanted to go back to my OP5 after a day of use. Got it really cheap, so I might go with a dual phone setup.

    Google definitely played themselves. How is it even reloading the non gaming apps?

  2. Just Cade

    iOS is faster because they only have to make iOS for a handful of devices at a time. All iPhones are pretty much the same, while there are thousands of different Android phones. Android is still very well optimized on most flagship devices, it comes down to preference. Plus iOS doesn't do as much as Android does, it's much more simple and limited in what it has to do.

  3. Ram G

    Its fine that the iPhone finished faster, its also cost more than the pixel 3xl significantly. While the pixel starts at 799.99 for the cheapest model, the XS on the apple website starts at 1249.00 Thats a good 450.00 difference so yes, I am fine with the iPhone being faster considering your paying for that.

  4. alicia whitcher

    I was hesitant to go with the new iPhone because of the awesome unlocking system and going away from the home button and fingerprint verification. I have to say I am SO amazingly pleased and wish I had switched along time ago. I LOVE it!!>>> It literally is all of the best things from the iPhone and best features from the android together. I have become the newest spokesperson for the new iPhone, taking to all my friends and family about how great it is and how easy it is to use. I wouldn't go back for anything.

  5. YTFanboys2

    i would just pick the regular google pixel cuz that notch and chin looks ugly af. Or just get a samsung s9 but i’m using an iPhone XS. No hate!

  6. Tim Adkins

    When would a test like this come in handy in the real world tho? That's an honest question, are there people who just leave every app open?

    I still have my Original Pixel XL, I don't care about app load times. I care about user experience, an open ecosystem, a larger library of apps, and a variety of phones available. Plus if Google isn't the top Android phone, someone else is.

    With Apple you get the one phone, from Apple. Whether you like it or not. For instance I hate the notch on the Pixel 3 XL, and would never buy it. So if I was in the market for a new phone right now I can look at other manufacturers and find what I want. If I had iOS.. tough shit I get a notch.

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