iPhone 11 vs Pixel 4 XL – How Do They Compare?

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

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 XL comes in a “pro” variant called the Pixel 4 XL, which has a larger display. We’ll be taking a look at the Pixel 4 XL in this post

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 XL Quick Comparison

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Design

Winner? iPhone 11 – The iPhone 11 blows the Pixel 4 XL out of the water with its modern design. A rubber back, Pixel 4 XL? Really?

Displays

Winner? Pixel 4 XL – An OLED display is always going to look better than an LCD.

CPU/Processor

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

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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 XL has an additional telephoto. Are you looking to take zoomed shots or very wide ones?

Storage Options

iPhone 11 vs Pixel 4 XL – How Do They Compare?
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Battery Life

Winner? iPhone 11 – You get an extra four hours of battery life.

Price

Verdict?

The iPhone 11 is better in a lot of verticals, including design, processing power, battery, front-facing camera and Face ID (the Pixel 4 XL’s Face Unlock can be unlocked even when you eyes are closed–a major security risk).

However, the Pixel 4 XL bests the iPhone 11 when it comes to display thanks to its OLED panel. 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 XL 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 vs Pixel 4 XL: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11:

And here are the specs for the Pixel 4 XL:

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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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