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Updated January 12, 2024·

The Apple iPhone SE (2022) with its A15 processor has exceptional performance, yet it sports a traditional design with a smaller 4.7-inch LCD screen. If you prefer compact phones and are invested in the iOS ecosystem, it may be suitable for you. However, if a modern design, larger OLED screen, and lower price are more enticing, the Google Pixel 7a with its 6.1-inch display and additional features like call screening and Magic Eraser for the camera might be more appealing. The Pixel 7a also offers more storage at its base level. Note that the iPhone has a glass build, while the Pixel 7a uses plastic, which could impact durability. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone SE (2022)
  • Very good performance
Advantages of the Google Pixel 7a
  • Very 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 7a
8.0
The Google Pixel 7a has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.5
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 7a
8.0
The Google Pixel 7a takes very good photos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

6.6
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 7a
7.3
The Google Pixel 7a takes good videos, while the Apple iPhone SE (2022) takes only fair videos.

Battery

4.9 Hours
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 7a
6.9 Hours
The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has 4.9 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 7a 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 7a is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$429
iPhone SE (2022)
Pixel 7a
$499
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The Apple iPhone SE (2022) has a price of $429 and the Google Pixel 7a costs $499.
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How the Apple iPhone SE (2022) and the Google Pixel 7a compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone SE (2022)Google Pixel 7a
Apple iPhone SE (2022)Google Pixel 7a

GENERAL

Price
$429
$499
Brand
AppleGoogle
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
March 18, 2022May 10, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
4.7"6.1"
Resolution
1334 x 7502400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
326429
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15TensorG2
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.8/108/10
Photos Score
5.6/108.1/10
Videos Score
6.6/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
MainMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS64 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
4.9 Hours6.9 Hours
Battery Capacity
2018 mAh4385 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
7.5 W7.5 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.45" x 2.65"5.98" x 2.87"
Weight
5.08 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)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: FrontFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoYes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Midnight, Starlight, RedSea, Snow, Coral, Charcoal
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 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."

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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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