Apple’s newest iPhone is the iPhone 11. Apple introduced the iPhone along with a “Pro” variant, which has better cameras and OLED screens. However, the regular iPhone 11 is sure to appeal to people too, who want a low price point and a dual-lens camera. Google’s newest phone is the Pixel 4. As with the iPhone 11, the Pixel 4 comes in a “pro” variant called the Pixel 4 XL, which has a larger display. However, the entry-level Pixel 4 is sure to appeal to most people.
So now that Apple and Google both have their 2019 flagships out, how do the two compare? Let’s take a look.
iPhone 11 vs Pixel 4 Quick Comparison
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 has a 6.1in display and features Apple’s biometric authentication system called Face ID. Its industrial design features a glass and aluminium body and comes in a wide range of six color options, including a new green model.
- Pixel 4 – The Pixel 4 has a 5.7in display and features the company’s “Face Unlock” biometric authentication system. Its industrial design features a metal frame and back rubber body and comes in a wide range of three color options: black, white, or orange.
Winner? iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 blows the Pixel 4 out of the water with its modern design. A rubber back, Pixel 4? Really?
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 features an edge-to-edge LCD display that is 6.1in and has a 1792 x 828-pixel resolution at 326ppi.
- Pixel 4 – The Pixel 4 features an OLED display that is 5.7 and has a 2280 x 1080-pixel resolution at 444ppi.
Winner? Pixel 4 – An OLED display is always going to look better than an LCD.
- iPhone 11 – the iPhone 11 features the A13 chipset. This A13 is a 7nm chip with 6 cores, which is absolutely INSANE.
- Pixel 4 – the Pixel 4 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which is about 50% slower than the A13.
Winner? iPhone 11 – The A13 is almost twice as fast as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 features a 12MP front-facing camera. But on the rear camera you get a dual-lens 12MP rear camera complete with a wide-angle and telephoto lens and dual optical zoom. It also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography.
- Pixel 4 – The Pixel 4 features a 8MP front-facing camera. On the rear camera you get a dual-lens 12.2MP (wide) and 16MP (telephoto) camera.
Winner? Draw – It’s hard to say which rear camera system is the best. They both offer wide-angle lenses, but the iPhone 11 has an additional ultra-wide and the Pixel 4 has an additional telephoto. Are you looking to take zoomed shots or very wide ones?
- iPhone 11 – 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
- Pixel 4 – 64GB or 128GB
- iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 battery will get you about 18 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
- Pixel 4 – The Pixel 4’s battery will get you about 13 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
Winner? iPhone 11 – You get an extra five hours of battery life.
- iPhone 11 – The 6.1in iPhone 11 costs £729 (64GB) and £779 (128GB) and £879 (256GB).
- Pixel 4 – The Pixel 4 costs cost £669 (64GB) and £769 (128GB).
The iPhone 11 is better in a lot of verticals, including design, processing power, battery, front-facing camera and Face ID (the Pixel 4’s Face Unlock can be unlocked even when your eyes are closed–a major security risk).
However, the Pixel 4 bests the iPhone 11 when it comes to its display. It also features 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.
But overall, the iPhone 11 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
iPhone 11 vs Pixel 4: Specs
Here are the specs for the iPhone 11:
- Display: 6.1in LCD Liquid Retina display with a 1792 x 828-pixel resolution at 326ppi
- Dimensions: 150.9mm x 75.7mm x 8.3mm
- Weight: 194 grams
- Storage: 64, 128, or 256GB
- Processors: A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
- Front camera: 12 MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps
- Rear camera: Dual 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras with Night mode; 4K video
- Battery: Up to 18 hours (video playback)
- Other: Face ID, NFC, wireless charging, IP68 waterproof (2m)
And here are the specs for the Pixel 4:
- Display: 5.7in OLED display with a 2280 x 1080-pixel resolution at 444ppi
- Dimensions: 147.1mm x 68.8mm x 8.2mm
- Weight: 162 grams
- Storage: 64 or 128GB
- Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- Front camera: 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
- Rear camera: Dual 16MP (telephoto) and 12.2MP (wide) camera; 4K video
- Battery: Up to 13 hours (video playback)
- Other: Face Unlock, Motion Sense, NFC, wireless charging, IP68 waterproof (2m)
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.