This week, Google unveiled a $349 Pixel 4a phone designed to compete with other devices such as Apple’s iPhone SE. So what are the advantages of the Pixel 4a and what are the weaknesses of the iPhone SE? Themedia MacRumors brings detailed reviews of two mid-range models.
First, the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE are both “budget” phones, lacking some of the features of the flagship model, and the main task is to attract more users to buy. The Pixel 4a features a 5.81-inch OLED panel, significantly larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. The front of the machine has a punchfront camera, so the screen ratio is higher, the visual area is larger.
The Pixel 4a’s OLED panel is better in terms of display, but the gap is not particularly large, depending on the screen comparison between the two in the video.
The bottom border of the iPhone SE has a Touch ID Home key, and the Pixel 4a uses a fingerprint sensor, but it’s at the back of the device. Touch ID beats most other fingerprint sensors in terms of accuracy and phone unlock time, and here’s no exception. Google’s fingerprint sensor is good, but Touch ID is more accurate and less prone to failure.
To reduce costs, the Pixel 4a is made of plastic, while the iPhone SE is made of glass and aluminum frame. The iPhone SE, by comparison, feels more high-end, but glass has a downside to being fragile.
The iPhone SE comes with Apple’s latest A13 chip and is very fast. That puts the iPhone SE on par with Apple’s flagship iPhone in terms of performance, a factor that makes the iPhone SE’s $399 price is a good deal for more performance-focused users.
The Pixel 4a has an octa-core Qualcomm SnapDragon 730 processor, but its performance is not as good as the A13. You may not notice significant differences in everyday use, but in some tasks, the iPhone SE is better than the 4a.
In terms of battery life, the Pixel 4a has a battery capacity of 3140mAh, while the iPhone SE has a battery capacity of 1821mAh, and MacRumors cameraman Dan found the Pixel 4a’s battery life significantly better in tests.
The Pixel 4a also has 6GB of memory and 128GB of base storage, while the iPhone SE has 3GB of memory and 64GB of base storage, so you’ll get more storage for the Pixel at a lower price.
The iPhone SE offers a Lightning interface and wireless charging capabilities, while the Pixel 4a has no wireless charging and only a USB-C interface, which is a consideration for users who prefer wireless charging or USB-C interface access.