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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prefer a more compact phone and are okay with a smaller screen, the iPhone 12 mini with its 5.4-inch display might be the one for you, plus it tends to be less expensive than the Pixel 6. However, if battery life is a priority, the Google Pixel 6, with a substantially larger battery, will last longer. For those who need more storage at the base level, the Pixel 6 also starts with twice the storage capacity. Camera enthusiasts might lean towards the Pixel for its higher resolution cameras and specialized features like Magic Eraser. The iPhone runs on iOS and the Pixel on Android, which can be a determining factor based on the ecosystem you're invested in or prefer. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
Pixel 6
7.7
The Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 12 mini both have good photos, though the Google Pixel 6 takes somewhat better photos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
Pixel 6
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Google Pixel 6 is 6.4 inches.

Cost

$275
iPhone 12 mini
Pixel 6
$339
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $275 and the Google Pixel 6 costs $339.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
Pixel 6
7.7
The Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 12 mini both have good overall cameras quality.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
Pixel 6
7.0
The Apple iPhone 12 mini and Google Pixel 6 both have good videos.

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

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 6
Apple iPhone 12 miniGoogle Pixel 6

GENERAL

Price
$275
$339
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
November 13, 2020October 28, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.4"
Resolution
2340 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
476411
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14Tensor
Internal Storage
64 gb128 gb
RAM
4 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/107.8/10
Photos Score
7.1/107.8/10
Videos Score
7.3/107/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 hours6.9 hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mah4614 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 w21 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.24" x 2.94"
Weight
4.76 oz7.30 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
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, RedStormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Camera Roughly equal
Better BatteryGoogle Pixel 6
Better ScreenApple iPhone 12 mini
Better performanceApple iPhone 12 mini

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TechRadar

James Peckham | September 2022
"If you’re going to opt for an iPhone and you want a smaller device without buying up the latest iPhone 13 mini, this is the perfect option for you – and it’s one of the smallest 5G phones on the market too. The camera is versatile, the screen is fantastic, it comes with reams of power and the added benefits of 5G and MagSafe mean this is a phone that will last you for years to come."

Google Pixel 6

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Android Police

Taylor Kerns | April 2022
"It punches above its weight in nearly every way: performance is great, build quality is very good, and the cameras positively rip. this is a big phone, which is a bit of a shock after the compact Pixel 4 and Pixel 5. But it’s a very good big phone at a very good price."

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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