This is a very down and dirty comparison of low-end audio performance on the Apple iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel XL as recorded on a Sony Xperia XZ phone! There's no specialist audio equipment here. But the output is a fair reflection of reality. We've used the opening of Bjork's Play Dead as it's a cacophony of treble plus the opening of Army of Me as it's a celebration of bass. We're in a small, empty, corporate meeting room and volume is turned up to full on both phones.
The difference between the iPhone 7's speakers and the Pixel XL's in a nutshell
Our two test clips quickly show up the differences between the speakers: There's very little between the two phones in terms of volume and audio quality at the top, treble end. When it comes to bass performance, the Pixel XL is a little louder, punchier and more rounded. But neither phone is great.