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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a larger screen, higher peak brightness, more camera features with better photo and video quality, but it also comes with a higher price. It is suitable if you place a strong emphasis on photography and viewing experience. The Google Pixel 7a, with its plastic body, may not feel as premium, but it is more affordable, and it provides good camera capabilities, especially for its price range. Both phones offer 5G support, but the Pixel 7a also offers a newer Wi-Fi version. The iPhone has a longer battery life, while the Pixel 7a runs on the Android operating system, which could be a consideration based on your preferred ecosystem. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Pixel 7a
7.3
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Google Pixel 7a takes good videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Pixel 7a
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 7a has 6.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Google Pixel 7a is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$610
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Pixel 7a
$374
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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a price of $610 and the Google Pixel 7a costs $374.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Pixel 7a
8.0
The Google Pixel 7a and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max both have very good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Pixel 7a
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Google Pixel 7a to have very good photos, while the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes good photos.

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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 7a compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7a
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7a

GENERAL

Price
$610
$374
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021May 10, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.1"
Resolution
2778 x 12842400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesYes
Pixels Per Inch
458429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15TensorG2
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
6 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/108/10
Photos Score
7.9/108.1/10
Videos Score
8.6/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS64 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 hours6.9 hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mah4385 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w7.5 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"5.98" x 2.87"
Weight
8.47 oz6.84 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
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, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 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
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverSea, Snow, Coral, Charcoal
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Camera Roughly equal
Better BatteryApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better ScreenApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better performanceApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | March 2023
"The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship. Some may simply prefer the iPhone 13 Pro because it’s smaller and lighter, as there are no other functional differences between the two handsets. But if you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the closest thing to perfect you can get in a phone."

Google Pixel 7a

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | May 2023
"The Pixel 7a is the best midrange Android phone — period. The camera doesn’t always nail it, but it’s impressively capable for this class. And even though it’s pricier than last year’s model, it comes with some serious upgrades not often seen in this class, like wireless charging."

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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