Google Pixel 4 Vs iPhone 11: Which One to Buy?

In this article, i am comparing these 2 beast smartphones, and this article will help you to find which one you should buy?

Pixel 4iPhone 11
BUY NOWBUY NOW
PROSPROS
Class-leading cameras. Smooth 90Hz display. Effective Face Unlock. Clever AI software features.Compelling ultra-wide camera. New Night mode is excellent. Long battery life. Superfast A13 Bionic processor.
CONSCONS
Disappointing battery life. Relatively dim display. Motion Sense gestures need work. No unlimited photo storage and original quality.Fast charger not included. Just 64GB of storage. LTE slightly slower than iPhone 11 Pro.

SPECIFICATIONS

NETWORKPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTEGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/150 MbpsHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
LAUNCHPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
Announced2019, October2019, September
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, OctoberAvailable. Released 2019, September
BODYPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
Dimensions147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2 mm (5.79 x 2.71 x 0.32 in)150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm (5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight162 g (5.71 oz)194 g (6.84 oz)
SIMNano-SIM card & eSIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
TypeP-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsLiquid Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.7 inches, 80.7 cm2 (~79.8% screen-to-body ratio)6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~444 ppi density)828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)
PLATFORMPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
OSAndroid 10.0iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 13.3
ChipsetQualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder)
GPUAdreno 640Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
MEMORYPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
Card slotNoNo
Internal64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM
MAIN CAMERAPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
Modules12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

16 MP, f/2.4, 50mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
FeaturesDual-LED flash, Auto-HDR, panoramaQuad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
SELFIE CAMERAPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
Modules8 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), 1.22µm, no AF

TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide)

SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
FeaturesAuto-HDRHDR
Video1080p@30fps2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
SOUNDPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNoNo
COMMUNICATIONPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCYesYes
Infrared portNo
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector2.0, proprietary reversible connector
FEATURESPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
BATTERYPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 2800 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3110 mAh battery (11.91 Wh)
MISCPIXEL 4IPHONE 11
ColorsClearly White, Just Black, Oh So OrangeBlack, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White

DESIGN

These phones are pretty similar. In fact, the pixel 4 more closely resembles an iPhone than any other Android device does. They both have glass front and rear panels with aluminium frames and also a rounded square camera bump. The back panel of each phone have glossy glass. The pixel also has a matching glossy camera module while the iPhone uses a contrasting frosted glass instead.

These glossy back panels don’t feel nearly as nice in the hand as the matte models. And remain huge fingerprint magnets.

The metal frames are also color matching with the iPhone 11 whereas these are black for all three of the pixel 4’s. The power buttons are located on the right hand side where Google also include the volume rockers and the iPhone includes the SIM card tray. The pixel instead has this on the left side but the iPhone places the volume buttons below the handy mute switch. The SIM card trays are both single slot so there’s no expandable storage on either phone but they both offer dual sim support with an e-sim.

The phones both have microphone and speaker at the bottom of the phone and these are flanking the Lightning port on the iPhone but the more useful USB-C on the pixel.

The phones both have a water resistance rating of IP68 but the iPhone offers slightly better performance with protection up to two meters for 30 minutes versus 1.5 meters with the pixel.

CAMERA

The defining feature of the pixel which is the camera. The pixel 4 build on the fantastic camera from last year. Adding some minor improvements and new 2x telephoto lens but Apple’s iPhone has seen a major overhaul with the camera which has allowed it not only to catch up with the pixel but potentially reclaim the top spot from it.

PIXEL 4iPHONE 11
Main – 12.2 MP (f/1.7, OIS)Main – 12 MP (f/1.8, OIS)
Telephoto – 16 MP (f/2.4, OIS)UltraWide – 12 MP (f/2.4, 120° FOV)
Front Camera – 8 MP (f/2.0)Front Camera – 12 MP (f/2.2)

The phone’s main lenses are quite similar. They each take a different approach with the secondary lens. The pixel 4 opts for a telephoto lens while the iPhone 11 has an ultra wide lens.

DISPLAY

The major part of the phone’s appearance is in the display design and these two friends represent perhaps the least modern looking devices in 2019.

The iPhone 11 is sporting the iconic large knotch while the pixel offers a rather thick forehead. They have roughly the same size chins but the pixel has slightly thinner side bezels. Although, the iPhone offers a larger screen real estate overall. So this would be my preferred design of the two.

The reason that these phones don’t have the all screen design of their competitors is that they both offer 3D scanning face unlock systems.

The displays themselves though are different in more ways than just the outside appearance and here the pixel is much more technically advanced. It’s OLED versus LCD, it has a much higher resolution especially in the XL model and also supports a 90Hz refresh rate.

AUDIO

If you do watch a lot of videos and movies through the phone speakers, I can tell you that both sound pretty loud and clear. I think the pixel is ever so slightly louder but the iphone’s audio is a bit richer and less distroted at maximum volume.

SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE

As you probably expected the iPhone is the more powerful of the two phones and it has A13 chip which is the fastest processor in a smartphone. Coupling this with how well optimized iOS is, the hardware and software combined for a superfast and fluid user experience.

The pixel is no slouch though and the snapdragon 855 chip coupled with a really clean and refined version of Android 10 delivers similarly seamless and snappy performance. For a flagship Android device, the RAM is on the lower end.

The iPhones 4 GB of RAM is just enough to maintain high performance but when it comes to multitasking the pixel easily takes the win purely for the fact that Android lets you use multiple apps at once. The pixel might not be packing the same power but from a Productivity standpoint it’s the more capable device at the two.

If you are looking to do any kind of power intensive tasks like editing photo or video or bounce gaming then the iPhone 11 is easily your best choice.

The classic battle of iOS versus Android is still likely to be a huge factor in which device you’d rather purchase.

What I love about iOS is simplicity and fluidity of the user interface as the integration with other Apple devices remains unrivaled. Features like airdrop, iMessage, and FaceTime are class leading. The Apple ecosystem still offers the most comprehensive, consistent, and convenient experience for multi device users.

However, I still need the freedom and flexibility that you can only find in an Android device. Customization remains a huge selling point over iOS from simple small adjustments to radically changing the themes and layouts of your device. I should also mention the new version of the Google assistant which is hands down the best voice assistant on a smartphone. You can squeeze the phone to activate google assistant which is more capable than Siri.

SECURITY

 

The iPhones face ID was the only 3D faceunlock on the market and therefore the only one to match the security offered by fingerprint scanners. Google have joined the party there with their faceunlock which is actually even faster than iPhone face ID.

Combining faceunlock with the new radar sensor, the phone prime’s itself for unlocking as you approach it so that it’s ready to scan your face before you even pick the phone up and the subsequent unlock is then extremely fast. It can take you straight to the home screen without the need to tap or swipe and it works in multiple angles which Face ID doesn’t.

With the iPhone you still need to swipe up once the phone is unlocked which although only a minor inconvenience is still something that will affect you multiple times per day. From a convenience point of view, the pixels faceunlock is the better choice.

SPEED TEST

BATTERY

 

The pixel 4 battery life is perhaps the most talked about aspect of the phone and for good reason too. The pixel 4 has one of the poorest battery performances from any smartphone this year. And I struggled to reach even 6 hours of screen on time with daily use.

The iPhone 11 gave me around 10 hours of screen on time and is one of the better performers for battery life for 2019 smartphones.

Using the phone to its full potential, the pixel 4 would struggle to make it through the day and it’s a shame that some of its best features are undermined by poor battery life. The decision to include such a small battery in the phone is a confusing one because having to disable features just to extend the phone’s battery life to a practical level ultimately spoils the enjoyment of using the phone.

When it comes to charging, the phones are much more similar with each offering Wireless and fast charging support. Although as we’ve seen, the pixel does use the more versatile USB-C. Its biggest advantage though is that the fast charger is included with the phone whereas Apple are still packing the 5 watt charger in the iPhone 11. So you’ll need to buy a separate charger to get access to fast charging.

WHICH ONE YOU SHOULD BUY?

To put it simply, the iPhone 11 is the best value iOS device whereas I can’t say the same for the pixel 4 on Android. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to love about the Google pixel 4 and plenty of benefits over the iPhone 11. But when you really consider what’s important in your smartphone, the iPhone comes out on top.

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