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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a better camera is important to you, the Google Pixel 8 has a slight edge in camera quality, especially for still photos, which tends to make it favorable for photography enthusiasts. However, the Apple iPhone 13, while a bit less impressive in camera capability, offers a well-rounded experience and may appeal to those already invested in the Apple ecosystem. The Pixel 8 also boasts a higher refresh rate screen, which can provide smoother scrolling and better performance in fast-moving content. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 has its perks such as iOS features and typically greater resale value. If battery life is a concern, both phones offer similar longevity, but the Pixel 8 edges out slightly. As for the price, you've noted that the iPhone 13 can be more costly, so if budget is a key factor, the Pixel 8 provides strong features at a somewhat lower price point. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13
  • Very good display quality
  • Very good performance
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

7.7
iPhone 13
Pixel 8
8.4
The Google Pixel 8 has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 13 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.5
iPhone 13
Pixel 8
8.5
The Google Pixel 8 takes very good photos, while the Apple iPhone 13 takes good photos.

Cost

$629
iPhone 13
Pixel 8
$699
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The Apple iPhone 13 has a price of $629 and the Google Pixel 8 costs $699.
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Key similarities

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Video Quality

8.0
iPhone 13
Pixel 8
7.6
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple iPhone 13 to have very good videos, while the Google Pixel 8 takes good videos.

Battery

7.1 Hours
iPhone 13
Pixel 8
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 has 7.1 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 8 has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 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 13 and the Google Pixel 8 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13Google Pixel 8
Apple iPhone 13Google Pixel 8

GENERAL

Price
$629
$699
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021October 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
A15TensorG3
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.7/108.4/10
Photos Score
7.5/108.5/10
Videos Score
8.1/107.7/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.1 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
3240 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
6.14 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, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 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, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, RedRose, Hazel, Obsidian
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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TechRadar

James Peckham | September 2022
"The iPhone 13 isn’t a game changer for Apple’s series of smartphones, but it’s an important iteration that offers better battery life, a better processor and an upgraded camera setup than iPhones that have gone before it. If you’re looking for a fast and capable smartphone, and don’t need the extra features of the pricier Pro model, this is a top choice."

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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