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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a better overall camera quality and are okay with a higher price, the Apple iPhone 12 could be a suitable choice. However, if you're looking for a more budget-friendly option with good camera performance and longer battery life, the Google Pixel 6a might be the way to go. Both phones have a similar screen size and neither has a headphone jack, but the Pixel offers a newer version of Wi-Fi and more storage at its base level. The iPhone 12 features wireless charging and a stronger build with a glass back, as opposed to the Pixel 6a's plastic back. Keep in mind the operating systems are different, with the iPhone running iOS and the Pixel using Android. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12
  • Very good display quality
Advantages of the Google Pixel 6a
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
Pixel 6a
7.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life.

Cost

$600
iPhone 12
Pixel 6a
$400
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Google Pixel 6a costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
Pixel 6a
7.6
The Google Pixel 6a and Apple iPhone 12 both have good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
Pixel 6a
7.4
The Google Pixel 6a and Apple iPhone 12 both have good photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
Pixel 6a
7.2
The Apple iPhone 12 and Google Pixel 6a both have good videos.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Google Pixel 6a is 6.1 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 6a compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Google Pixel 6a
Apple iPhone 12Google Pixel 6a

GENERAL

Price
$600
$400
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
October 23, 2020July 21, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.1"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
460429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14Tensor
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/107.6/10
Photos Score
7.1/107.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12.2 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours7.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh4410 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"5.99" x 2.83"
Weight
5.78 oz6.28 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedChalk, Sage, Charcoal
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

Shopping

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Apple iPhone 12

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

Google Pixel 6a

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Ars Technica

Ron Amadeo | July 2022
"it's very hard to find fault with the Pixel 6a. It has a processor that, in the US at least, blows away other Android phones in this price range. The design is great, the camera is fine, and the price is right. What's not to like?"

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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