iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Pixel 4 – The Flagships Face Off!

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 10/25/19 •  5 min read

Apple has unveiled its newest flagship phones for 2019. This year the flagship will be known as the iPhone 11 Pro. There are two models of the Pro series–the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Google’s newest phone is the Pixel 4. As with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the Pixel 4 comes in a “Max” variant called the Pixel 4 XL, which has a larger display. So now that Apple and Google both have their 2019 flagships out, how do the two compare? Let’s take a look at the iPhone 11 Pro Max versus the Pixel 4.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Pixel 4 Quick Comparison

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Design

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro Max blows the Pixel 4 out of the water with its modern textured matte glass and stainless steel design. A rubber back, Pixel 4? Really?

Displays

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – Both phones feature an OLED display, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s is bigger and has better resolution.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Pixel 4 – The Flagships Face Off!
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CPU/Processor

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – The A13 is almost twice as fast as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.

Camera

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro – Its triple-lens system is much better than the dual-lens found on the Pixel 4. With the iPhone 11 Pro, you get an ultra-wide angle lens in addition to the wide and telephoto round on the Pixel 4.

Storage Options

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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – You get an extra seven hours of battery life.

Price

Verdict?

Like it’s junior, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is clearly all about the camera–and screen size. Give that, it’s obvious the winner here is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It features that sweet triple-lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, triple optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. There’s just no way the dual-lens system on the Pixel 4 can compete.

The Pixel 4 does feature a cool bit of tech called Motion Sense that lets you navigate common phone tasks, like scrolling web pages, just by waving your hand in front of the phone. A good example of when you might do this is when you’re reading a website while eating lunch.

However, the Pixel 4’s design and face authentication system pales in comparison to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s. So overall, the iPhone 11 Pro Max seems like the winner–at least if you prefer iOS to Android 10. If not, the Pixel 4 is the best Android phone Google has ever made and a good choice for Android fans who want the “pure” Android experience.

Another option worth considering, however, is picking up a newer refurbished iPhone – something like the iPhone X or iPhone XS, which you can get for 40% less than retail via Gazelle, our #1 pick for refurbished iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Pixel 4: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

And here are the specs for the Pixel 4:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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