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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you are looking for a budget-friendly option with solid performance, the Google Pixel 6a is a good choice, especially since it offers competitive camera features and solid battery life at a lower cost. However, if you prioritize premier camera performance, longer battery life, and a higher-quality display, the Apple iPhone 15 may be worth the extra expense. The Pixel 6a has a plastic back, which may not feel as premium as the iPhone 15's glass, but its screen size matches the iPhone while costing significantly less. Both phones have a 6.1-inch screen size and were released fairly recently. Keep in mind that the iPhone 15 runs iOS and the Pixel 6a runs Android, which could influence your decision based on the ecosystem you prefer. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Excellent for recording videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Very good display quality
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Google Pixel 6a
  • The Google Pixel 6a has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 15.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.6
iPhone 15
Pixel 6a
7.6
The Apple iPhone 15 has very good overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 6a has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.5
iPhone 15
Pixel 6a
7.4
The Apple iPhone 15 takes very good photos, while the Google Pixel 6a takes good photos.

Video Quality

9.1
iPhone 15
Pixel 6a
7.2
The Apple iPhone 15 takes excellent videos, while the Google Pixel 6a takes good videos.

Cost

$829
iPhone 15
Pixel 6a
$400
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The Apple iPhone 15 has a price of $829 and the Google Pixel 6a costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Battery

8.0 Hours
iPhone 15
Pixel 6a
7.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 has 8 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 15 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 15 and the Google Pixel 6a compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15Google Pixel 6a
Apple iPhone 15Google Pixel 6a

GENERAL

Price
$829
$400
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 22, 2023July 21, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.1"
Resolution
2556 x 11792400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
461429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A16Tensor
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8.7/107.6/10
Photos Score
8.5/107.5/10
Videos Score
9.2/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS12.2 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours7.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
3349 mAh4410 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.81" x 2.82"5.99" x 2.83"
Weight
6.03 oz6.28 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 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
Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green, BlackChalk, Sage, Charcoal
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone 15

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TechRadar

Lance Ulanoff | September 2023
"Apple finally waves goodbye to the notch in favor of the Dynamic Island on all phones in its new lineup, and on the iPhone 15 that versatile screen technology is paired with new materials, lovely contoured edges, a powerful A16 Bionic CPU, and, yes, the new USB-C port. Even the photography has been leveled up, with a 48MP camera and new portrait processing capabilities."

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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