Disclaimer: This isn’t scientific, this is just something my friend and I tried. However, we both have DLSRs and have taken more than 60,000 photos together. Nathan has even taken professional photos.
A month ago, my friend Nathan and I were celebrating with some friends, and I had my brand new Pixel XL and he had his brand new iPhone 7 Plus. After reading all the blogs about how great the Pixel XL, we just ran this quick test. Default settings, but the flash turned off.
As small thumbnails, these two photos with the flash off aren’t too dissimilar. However, when you zoom in, you can see which phone you’d certainly rather have.
There you have it. With these two phones, we can reproduce this anywhere, anytime, just give us some low light. My phone is bad enough in low light that I really do wonder if I got a dud. My other theory is that the cool HDR software cannot make up for what appears to be a better sensor on the iPhone 7 Plus.