Google Pixel 6a vs Apple iPhone 13
We’re here to compare phones from Google and Apple, and it should be an interesting comparison. We’ll be comparing the Google Pixel 6a to the Apple iPhone 13. Admittedly, these two phones aren’t exactly the same price point, but they’re similar in terms of size. The Pixel 6a is also not available at the time of this comparison, but it will be at the end of July. However, Google fully announced it and we have a lot of information about it.
Those of you looking to get a new, somewhat compact device might be considering both of these phones, assuming you don’t have a major preference when it comes to a smartphone operating system. They both include a 6.1-inch screen and are an interesting choice if you don’t like giant smartphones. The Pixel 6a will cost less at $449, while the iPhone 13 starts at $799. So that’s quite a difference. Let’s see if the iPhone 13 is worth so much more, let’s compare the Google Pixel 6a to Apple’s iPhone 13, shall we?
|Google Pixel 6a||iPhone 13|
|Screen size||6.1-inch FullHD+ OLED HDR display (60Hz)||6.1-inch FullHD+ Super Retina XDR OLED display (60Hz)|
|SoCs||Google Tensor||Apple A15 Bionic|
|RAM||6 GB (LPDDR5)||4GB|
|Storage||128 GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable||128GB/256GB/512GB, not expandable|
|Rear cameras||12.2 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, 114 degree FoV, 1.25um pixel size)
|12MP (f/1.6 aperture, 26mm lens, 1.7um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS)
12 MP (f/2.4 aperture, FoV 120 degrees, 13mm lens)
|Front cameras||8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)||12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 23mm wide-angle lens)|
|Battery||4,410mAh, non-removable, 18W wired charging||3,240mAh, non-removable, 23W wired charging, 15W MagSafe wireless charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging|
|Dimensions||152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm|
|lester||178 grams||174 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, USB Type-C|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)||Advanced facial scanning|
|SE||Android 12||iOS 15|
Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13: Design
When it comes to design, these two phones are completely different. Their only common point is their size. The Google Pixel 6a is made of metal and plastic, while the iPhone 13 combines metal and glass. The Pixel 6a has sharper corners and includes a center-display camera hole. The iPhone 13 has this unseemly notch at the top, which isn’t narrower, but taller too.
The bezels are slim on both devices, although we can’t say either has uniform bezels. The iPhone 13 would have them if it weren’t for the notch, though. The iPhone 13 has flat sides and back, unlike the Pixel 6a. Its back is curved towards the sides, while the sides are not flat at all. Both phones include dual cameras on the back, although the camera modules are completely different.
The Pixel 6a features a camera visor on the back, which runs from side to side of the phone. The iPhone 13 has a more regular camera setup in the upper left corner. The Pixel 6a is a bit taller and a bit thicker, while they’re nearly identical in width and even weight. Both phones feel really premium in the hand, although the feel in the hand is completely different in comparison. The Pixel 6a isn’t out yet, so we haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but it’s basically a smaller Pixel 6, so we know what to expect.
It should also be noted that both of these smartphones offer water and dust resistance. The Pixel 6a offers an IP67 rating, while the iPhone 13 is rated IP68.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13: Display
These two smartphones include 6.1-inch screens, but they are not identical. The Pixel 6a has a FullHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display with HDR support. This screen is flat and it is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. This is not the best solution because Gorilla Glass 3 is prone to micro-scratches, so you can install a screen protector. By the way, the Pixel 6a has an 83% screen-to-body ratio.
The iPhone 13 has a Super Retina XDR FullHD+ (2532 x 1170) OLED display of the same size. This screen is also flat and supports HDR10 content. It also supports Dolby Vision and gets quite bright, at 1,200 nits of peak brightness. Apple has included scratch-resistant ceramic glass on this panel, but it’s not as scratch-resistant as you might think. Various reports online have shown that it is rather prone to scratches, just like the iPhone 12. This handset has a screen-to-body ratio of around 86%.
Another thing to note is that both of these screens are 60Hz panels. So you’re not getting a high refresh rate here. The iPhone 13 screen looks better on paper, and we expect it to look better. It’s brighter and supports HDR10. The Pixel 6a should also have a very good screen. We’re expecting vibrant colors, great viewing angles, and overall a solid display. Plus, both screens are more than sharp enough for this screen size.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13: Performance
Performance is one area where you shouldn’t see any issues on either phone. We haven’t had a chance to use the Pixel 6a yet, but the performance should be really similar to the Pixel 6. The Pixel 6a features the Google Tensor SoC, 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of flash storage UFS 3.1. The iPhone 13 comes with Apple’s powerful A15 Bionic chip, 4GB of RAM, and several different storage options.
Both phones should work anyway. You can expect fast performance whether you’re browsing, enjoying multimedia, or doing something completely different. Gaming is also included in the equation, both of these phones will be able to run anything you throw at them from the respective app stores. The iPhone 13 has a more powerful chip, though, technically.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13: Battery
The Google Pixel 6a comes with a 4,400 mAh battery, while the iPhone 13 includes a 3,240 mAh battery. iOS handles battery life differently, so the capacity difference here isn’t significant. That said, the iPhone 13 has exceptional battery life. It has a bigger battery than the iPhone 13 Pro, while having a lower refresh rate display. The iPhone 13 Pro actually has good battery life, so you can imagine what the iPhone 13 can deliver.
The Pixel 6a should also offer great battery life. That 4,400 mAh might not sound huge by today’s standards, but keep in mind this phone has a 6.1-inch 60Hz display. That, in addition to the Google Tensor SoC, and we expect to excellent battery life. It might not match the battery life of the Pixel 5a 5G, but chances are it’s not far off. In other words, both of these phones should be great choices even for power users.
What about charging? Well, the Pixel 6a only supports 18W wired charging. The iPhone 13 supports 23W MagSafe Wireless, 15W Wireless MagSafe, and 7.5W Qi Wireless charging. 13 should charge faster, but note that neither phone includes a charger. You’ll get a charging cable with both, but not a charging brick, so that’s something you’ll have to buy separately.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13: Cameras
The Google Pixel 6a has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera, combined with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. The iPhone 13 has a 12-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide unit. How do they compare? Well, as we mentioned before, the Pixel 6a hasn’t been released yet, but we have a good idea of what to expect, due to some familiar hardware. The iPhone 13 has been out for a while, though.
The iPhone 13 produces really well-balanced shots in virtually all conditions. Its images are sharp, vivid, and it even does a good job in low light. It’s not perfect at all, and the images aren’t quite as good as the iPhone 13 Pro series, but it’s still a really capable camera smartphone. The Pixel 6a should also be quite convincing in the camera department. That 12.2-megapixel camera on the back might be old, but with Google’s camera software it should shine.
It should offer similar shots to the Pixel 5a 5G and 5. The results may not be as good as those offered by the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but we still expect detailed images, with great dynamic range. . Google’s phones are also renowned for their excellent low-light performance, so this handset is likely to be no exception. The iPhone 13 doesn’t offer breakthrough camera performance, and neither does the Pixel 6a, but both are really capable in the camera department.
What about audio? Well, first and foremost, neither of these two phones includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. So you’ll need to use the Type-C and Lightning Port connections, respectively, if you want to connect your headphones to these two phones. The good news though is that both phones include stereo speakers. The iPhone 13 speakers are good. They don’t set any records, but they’re just plain good and well balanced. We actually expect something similar from the Pixel 6a. Good speakers are expected.