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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value camera performance and are willing to pay a premium, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro should be your choice as it boasts a higher quality camera system with better photo and video capabilities. However, if cost is a significant consideration and you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Google Pixel 6a also offers good camera quality, although not on par with the iPhone. Both phones have similar screen sizes and battery life. The iPhone comes with iOS while the Pixel runs on Android, which might also influence your choice depending on the ecosystem you prefer. Keep in mind the Pixel 6a has a plastic back compared to the iPhone's glass, which might affect durability and aesthetics. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro
  • Best in class for taking photos
  • Best in class for recording videos
  • Best in class 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 Pro.

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

9.5
iPhone 15 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.6
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro has best in class overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 6a has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

9.5
iPhone 15 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.4
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro takes best in class photos, while the Google Pixel 6a takes good photos.

Video Quality

10.0
iPhone 15 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.2
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro takes best in class videos, while the Google Pixel 6a takes good videos.

Cost

$999
iPhone 15 Pro
Pixel 6a
$400
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The Apple iPhone 15 Pro has a price of $999 and the Google Pixel 6a costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Battery

7.3 Hours
iPhone 15 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro has 7.3 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

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

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15 ProGoogle Pixel 6a
Apple iPhone 15 ProGoogle Pixel 6a

GENERAL

Price
$999
$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
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
461429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A17Tensor
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
9.5/107.6/10
Photos Score
9.5/107.5/10
Videos Score
10/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS12.2 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.3 Hours7.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
3274 mAh4410 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.77" x 2.78"5.99" x 2.83"
Weight
6.60 oz6.28 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
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
Blue Titanium, Natural Titanium, White Titanium, Black TitaniumChalk, Sage, Charcoal
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | September 2023
"The iPhone 15 Pro is the one to get if you want a powerful flagship you can easily use it with one hand. Not only is the titanium design stronger and lighter, Apple made the design smaller with slimmer bezels. You also get very strong cameras with night mode and portrait improvements, blazing performance from the A17 Pro chip and a smart Action button."

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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