Both iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6 are solid entries of the last fall in terms of bringing a whole new concept for the mobile camera, exciting user-focused features, and above all newer and better CPUs that are able to take the game for these both flagship phones to a new level. Surely whatever new features or camera settings that these two smartphones represent the loyal clientele would be buying their respective smartphone nonetheless.
This review however is intended for the new clientele that is looking for a new smartphone and wants to choose between the two in an unbiased exploration. So, without further ado let’s get right into it;
iPhone 13 vs Google Pixel 6: Design comparison
Google has been extremely focused on giving the customers what they have been wanting with the Pixel series all along rather than stomping its own creative ideas and design features down their throats. That is why Pixel 6 here gets a fully redesigned look on the front and back too. You would find a horizontal camera line that spans across the entirety of the phone giving it a whole and bold look, it doesn’t wobble to the back giving an indecent feel to the user while holding their flagship smartphone.
It is now being made available in multiple colors rather than being monotonous in that regard as Google has been earlier. As a result of an evenly distributed camera bar placed horizontally, Pixel 6 comes a lot thinner than its previous additions. As for the iPhone 13, taking the first look you would be able to find tons of design similarities with iPhone 12 and 11 with little to nothing new going on. The notch however is about 20% smaller this time around or so is claimed by Apple.
The camera placement is on the upper left corner and it gives a slight wobble that is only noticeable once the user runs their hand on it. The lens placement is diagonally opposed whereas in previous models these were stacked either up and down or right and left to each other. Even if the notch is smaller on iPhone 13 it is fairly noticeable thanks to the front camera cut out around the notch.
Google Pixel 6 features an under the screen optical fingerprint reader that has been somewhat problematic for Pixel users in the past as it takes some time to identify the fingerprint and unlock the phone. As for the iPhone 13, Apple is still going through that minimization phase where less is more as it doesn’t ship its smartphones with fingerprint capabilities anymore. iPhone 13 solely relies on Apple’s Face ID technology which comes out as lazy and opposite to innovation.
iPhone 13 vs Google Pixel 6: Price and availability
Pixel 6 seems to give iPhone 13 a hard competition in terms of price and value as it can be obtained for as low as $599 from carriers like T-Mobile. But there is a catch to it the price of the Google flagship phones might be different depending on the region where you are buying them from. iPhone 13 on the other hand roughly costs about $799 for those wanting to use Apple-specific technology but Google Pixel 6 is also not deficient in its own offerings as you would come to learn as the review progresses.
Apple has also provided a catch when it comes to paying for a brand new iPhone 13, see if you get your iPhone 13 directly from the Apple store then you can cross up to $700 off by giving away your older iPhone with it, the price that can be reduced and adjusted would depend on the model and condition of the iPhone provided by the user. As for Google, it doesn’t offer any similar discounts or deals as Apple does.
iPhone 13 vs Google Pixel 6: Display and dimensions
From a simple glance at both devices, you would come to know that Google offers more screen space as compared to iPhone 13 as Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display as compared to the 6.1-inch display featured in iPhone 13. But when it comes to resolution iPhone 13 takes the lead as the resolution is much more elegant and crisp as compared to Google Pixel 6.
Pixel 6 tends to top things at offering a more adaptive screen refresh rate of 90Hz while it might not be as tempting as some of the smartphones offering a 120Hz refresh rate but it surely takes the lead from iPhone 13 that is still stuck at 60Hz. iPhone 13 Pro however offers an adaptive refresh rate and is the only iPhone series to offer this feature. Pixel 6 offers a more smoother and convenient scrolling as compared to the quite lagging and tethered scrolling experience with iPhone 13. Another advantage that Pixel 6 holds over iPhone 13 is that it is brighter than the iPhone 13 with its 843 nit rating as compared to the 795 nits.
The OLED display panel on the other hand that you can find on the iPhone 13 only is a delight to look at being able to capture about 110.2% of the available RGB as compared to the only 100.9% capturing done by Pixel 6. One thing that is clear from all this is that iPhone 13 has spent all the budget into making this iPhone brighter and aesthetically more appealing when it comes to the display. But Google on the other hand has done a homogenous job with targeting both the aesthetical aspects of the display along with its functionality.
iPhone 13 vs Google Pixel 6: Cameras and capturing experience
When it comes to cameras and photo and video capturing both seem to have done a pretty great job at updating and improving their recent hardware. iPhone 13 features a wider and bigger main camera that allows more light to pass through it thus resulting in brighter and crisp photographs as compared to the previous versions. The ultra-wide camera has also seen tons of improvement as it is now able to capture great photos even in low light and stretch its reach to a wider frame as compared to the previous iPhone models.
Google has also revised its camera technology greatly and now offers a 50MP main camera that comes equipped with a 12MP ultra-wide camera. When it comes to zooming in on objects or focusing using a software-enabled mechanism and Google’s new Super Res zoom technology does a great job at filling in all the details present in a scene or a photograph while minimizing the photographic noise to the bare minimum.
The night shots captured by both camera phones can be evenly matched with little to no difference going about. But Pixel 6 represents a clear and more accurate version of the night shots as compared to iPhone 13 which uses smart technology for the sake of changing the very aesthetics of night photography and making it brighter as it goes.
But when it comes to color accuracy and getting details right Pixel 6 is just too far ahead of the iPhone 13 in this regard. It will keep every detail about your picture sharper and up to the point as compared to iPhone 13 which imparts its own personal take to the whole concept. You might be able to see the sharpness in an iPhone 13 shot picture but when it comes to cleaning the pictures shot with Pixel 6 are cleaner than iPhone 13. But when it comes to making one’s decision of buying a smartphone for the most camera might not be of primary importance but if it needs to be brought into the equation iPhone 13 might come out to be a more appropriate choice for most users.
iPhone 13 vs Google Pixel 6: Performance
Google has a fresh take on performance by switching the usual go-to CPU for many smartphone manufacturers out there that are Snapdragon with its own Tensor CPU. Google wanted its new phone line-up to be able to adapt better to machine learning and get smarter with every passing day and that is why Tensor CPU is employed in Pixel 6. This specific CPU has its own Tensor cores that are able to handle multiple applications, services, and processes that are designed to first go through the main CPU.
This new Tensor CPU does really well when it comes to handling the operations of Pixel 6 but it is not a match for Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip that has been employed in iPhone 13. In every possible CPU benchmarking test out there, Apple’s new chip simply blows away the Pixel’s new Tensor CPU and that is why is able to handle many complicated tasks with extreme efficiency and power-packed performance. Apple also takes the lead in battery performance as it lasts longer than Pixel 6 which holds a 4614mAh battery whereas for Apple the battery capacity is not confirmed but it was said by Apple that it is far better than iPhone 12.
Both smartphones have something interesting going on when it comes to the availability of features and perspective of their use in the future mobile-based endeavors where performance is going to be of the utmost importance. But at the end of the day, the most elementary premise anyone can look out for between these two competitors before making a buying decision is user satisfaction, value for money, and promise for the future in terms of upgradability.