Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020: If given the choice between a more affordable premium mid-range smartphone and the fastest premium mid-range smartphone which would you buy?
If you are here it means you likely want to make decision buying either of these phones. Or maybe you just want to know which is better out of curiosity. Whatever the reason you are reading this post, you should get your answer at the end of this article.
On another thought, you can just buy and use both phones. Which means you can skip reading this post but then again, why buy two phones that will be upgraded soon.
Well, the Google Pixel 4a is one the most affordable premium mid-range smartphone of 2020 thus far. Google made some few compromise in it’s features in other for it be affordable. And the fact that it’s affordable is it’s strong selling point.
iPhone SE 2020 on the other hand is the fastest premium mid-range smartphone of 2020 thus far. We’ll talk about the whole SOC and performance below. Just continue reading.
Now that these two phones are in the market, if given the choice which one should you buy and why? This article will help your decide depending on the features you like most in a smartphone.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020
Just to clear the air, both phones are very different. We talking about Game of Thrones and Money Heist series kind of different. Okay, we believe you get the picture now.
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Now its time for us to start the comparison proper. And we are starting from the network connectivity of both phones.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Network Connectivity
Both phones uses 2G, 3G and 4G network. There is no 5G network for both phones and it’s okay. The 5G network technology is yet to be available in most countries and below is why.
You see, 5G is still an emerging technology and the 5G infrastructure is not available in most countries just yet. Which means 4G will be more utilized at the least for some time.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Build, Design and Display
Google Pixel 4a was built with a glass front, plastic back and plastic frame. This is quite different from the glass front, glass back and aluminum frame build of the iPhone SE 2. And Yes the Apple iPhone has a bigger bezel which looks old fashioned.
The Pixel 4a comes with a slightly bigger display size of 5.81 inch while the iPhone SE 2 comes with a 4.7 inch. iPhone SE 2 uses the IPS LCD display type while Google Pixel 4a uses OLED display type.
In this sector, the iPhone SE 2 comes with better build materials while the Pixel 4a comes with better display. If you prefer durability then you will go with the iPhone. But for a more colorful display, the Pixel 4a is your choice here.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Operating System and Chipset
iPhone SE 2020 runs on Apple iOS 13 while the Google Pixel 4a runs on Android 10 and both Operating system are smooth and secure. OS is not really our problem here, Android or iOS both are great OS. But, the SOC is will be what interests you the most.
When it comes to the chipset that runs the operations of both phones, it gets really interesting considering the price of both phones. Here is what we mean.
iPhone SE 2020 uses the Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+) while the Pixel 4a uses Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm). The chipset used in the iPhone SE 2 is about 90% faster than the one used in the Google Pixel 4a. That is a huge gap in speed anf overall performance.
Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+) is same SOC used for the Apple iPhone 11 series and even the almighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 struggled to compete with it. So you can understand why the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is no match in speed and overall performance.
Only Apple will be bold enough to use a flagship chip to power a premium mid-range smartphone.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Internal Storage and RAM
The Pixel 4A comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage which is good. iPhone SE 2 comes with 3GB RAM and 64/128/256GB Internal Storage. Both phones have no options for external storage and guess you might not actually need it.
Sometimes there is power in numbers and when it comes to RAM, the bigger the better. While the iPhone SE 2 might have a software that help makes it run smooth, you’ll still prefer having a larger RAM.
It is important that Apple cuts some features to make the phone affordable. But adding a little RAM would have been good. Take a look at the OnePlus Nord and it’s RAM sizes.
It’s time we talk about camera quality of these phones.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Camera
The Pixel 4a comes with a 12.2 MP main camera while the iPhone SE 2020 comes with a 12 MP main camera. When it comes to camera sensors, higher numbers does not always mean better photo quality.
Apple and Google phones have always been known to have good cameras. For the past years, phones from both companies have always been among best camera phones.
So, talk about camera and both phones offer same value. The photo qualities of the iPhone SE 2 is not that different from those of the Pixel 4a. Let’s just call this a tie.
Both the single cameras of the iPhone SE 2 and Pixel 4a can perform all tasks you need it for. It can serve as your telephoto, macro and ultrawide (limited to some areas).
Upfront, the Pixel 4a comes with a 8MP selfie camera while the iPhone SE 2 comes with a single 7MP camera. Both phones can record 4K videos, have gyro-EIS and OIS features enabled.
When it comes to camera, the quality of photos from Pixel 4a is same as that of the iPhone SE 2.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Battery
Google Pixel 4a has a 3140 mAh battery which is better than the 1821 mAh battery found in the iPhone SE 2. The battery of the Pixel 4a lasts longer than that of the iPhone SE 2.
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 Price
The starting price of the iPhone SE 2020 is about $400, 144,000 Naira while the price of the Google Pixel 4a is $349, 132,500 Naira.
As you can see, the Pixel 4a is a more affordable phone between these two. Well, its decision time and its time for you to make a pick between these two phones. But below is our conclusion about these phones.
Given the value it brings and that the Apple phone is more compact, the iPhone SE 2020 is the better phone to buy from this comparison. It is a better phone in some key areas.
You get a good camera, more durable build materials and faster processing with it’s chipset.
In our honest opinion, spending the extra $50 to purchase the iPhone SE 2020 is worth it. For the value it brings, it’s better you buy the iPhone.
This is not to say in anyway that the Pixel 4a is a bad phone. It’s recent design, good camera and colorful display are also good features.
But, the iPhone is in a class of it’s own and the Pixel 4a does not even come close when it comes to chipset and build materials. For the price, it’s better to buy the iPhone SE 2.
So, this is the comparison between the Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020 and the iPhone is better than the Pixel 4a. Tell us what you think about these phones and which would you prefer to buy and why. Use the comment section below.
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