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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is important to you, consider the Google Pixel 8, which generally offers better camera performance for both still photos and videos than the Apple iPhone 12. However, if you prefer a larger ecosystem of accessories and seamless integration with other Apple devices, the iPhone 12 may be more suitable. The Pixel 8 has a longer battery life and a higher refresh rate screen, making it better for gaming and media consumption, but it runs on Android which differs from the iPhone's iOS. The Pixel also provides more storage at the base level and features an always-on display, which the iPhone does not have. On the other hand, if you value brand recognition and resale value, the iPhone 12 typically holds its value better. Both are similar in price, so your decision may hinge on camera capabilities and operating system preference. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12
  • Very good display quality
Advantages of the Google Pixel 8
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
Pixel 8
8.4
The Google Pixel 8 has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 12 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
Pixel 8
8.5
The Google Pixel 8 takes very good photos, while the Apple iPhone 12 takes good photos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
Pixel 8
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 8 has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$600
iPhone 12
Pixel 8
$698
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Google Pixel 8 costs $698.
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Key similarities

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Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
Pixel 8
7.6
The Google Pixel 8 and Apple iPhone 12 both have good videos.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Google Pixel 8 is 6.2 inches.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 8 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Google Pixel 8
Apple iPhone 12Google Pixel 8

GENERAL

Price
$600
$698
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
October 23, 2020October 12, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.2"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
460428
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14TensorG3
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/108.4/10
Photos Score
7.1/108.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/107.7/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh4575 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W18 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"5.93" x 2.79"
Weight
5.78 oz6.60 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
67
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 unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedRose, Hazel, Obsidian
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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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 8

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The Guardian

Samuel Gibbs | October 2023
"The fit, finish and feel is top notch. The phone is responsive and smooth. The battery life is decent. The main camera is excellent but the lack of an extended optical zoom is slightly disappointing, even if it has been a similar formula for Google for several years. The 6.2in screen moves the Pixel 8 closer to the underserved market of smaller but top-end phones, of which there are only a handful to choose from. Google’s generative AI features are certainly novel, but it is the extended seven-year software support that truly sets it apart."

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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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