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iPhone SE (2022)
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Updated January 12, 2024·

The iPhone SE (2022) is more compact with a smaller screen and retains the home button, suitable for one-handed use, but the Pixel 6 has a larger, more vibrant OLED display which is preferable for media consumption. If photography is important, the Pixel 6's camera system is more advanced with additional features like Magic Eraser and a higher resolution sensor. Those preferring iOS and a more traditional iPhone design would lean towards the iPhone SE (2022), while the Pixel 6 offers more modern Android functionality and a contemporary design for potentially less cost. Battery life is generally longer on the Pixel 6 due to a larger battery. The iPhone SE (2022) may feel faster due to Apple's powerful A15 chip. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone SE (2022)
  • Very good performance
Advantages of the Google Pixel 6
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Good display quality

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

5.7
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 6
7.7
The Google Pixel 6 has good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.5
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 6
7.7
The Google Pixel 6 takes good photos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes poor photos.

Battery

4.9 Hours
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 6
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has 4.9 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has a screen size of 4.7 inches and the Google Pixel 6 is 6.4 inches.

Cost

$429
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 6
$320
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The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has a price of $429 and the Google Pixel 6 costs $320.
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Key similarities

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Video Quality

6.6
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 6
7.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Google Pixel 6 to have good videos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes only fair videos.

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How the Apple iPhone SE (2022) and the Google Pixel 6 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone SE (2022)Google Pixel 6
Apple iPhone SE (2022)Google Pixel 6

GENERAL

Price
$429
$320
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
March 18, 2022October 28, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
4.7"6.4"
Resolution
1334 x 7502400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
326411
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15Tensor
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.8/107.8/10
Photos Score
5.6/107.8/10
Videos Score
6.6/107/10
Rear Cameras
MainMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
4.9 Hours6.9 Hours
Battery Capacity
2018 mAh4614 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
7.5 W21 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.45" x 2.65"6.24" x 2.94"
Weight
5.08 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)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
Fingerprint sensor: FrontFingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Midnight, Starlight, RedStormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoNo

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Apple iPhone SE (2022)

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Ars Technica

Samuel Axon | March 2022
"Thanks to the inclusion of the A15 chip, the SE is likely to be supported for years to come. That makes it the best deal in smartphones today for folks who just want something simple and don't care about the frills. The iPhone SE is a great deal if you're more interested in the basics than the latest flashy features.. It's also a great option for people who prefer to use their phones one-handed—a dying breed, we know."

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."

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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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