Google launched the Pixel 6a final week, a $449 finances smartphone designed to compete with extra reasonably priced smartphones like Apple’s iPhone SE. We took the Pixel 6a to see the way it measures as much as the iPhone SE by way of design, efficiency and digital camera know-how.
The Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED show, which suggests it is barely bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. The Pixel 6a’s show is high-quality because the ‘iPhone SE’ nonetheless makes use of years-old LCD know-how.
In comparison with the Pixel 6a, the iPhone SE seems to be dated. It has thicker bezels on the highest and backside, whereas the Pixel 6a makes use of a extra fashionable gap punch design with minimal bezels for the digital camera. The iPhone SE has a Contact ID house button that is superior to the 6a’s under-display fingerprint sensor, which was gradual and inaccurate in our testing.
With its glass again panel, the iPhone SE helps Qi-based wi-fi charging, however lacks the MagSafe know-how discovered in additional fashionable iPhones. The Pixel 6a has a plastic again that is not as premium-feeling and does not work with wi-fi charging, however the smartphone packs a hefty 4500mAh battery capability.
Apple put its newest A15 chip within the iPhone SE, whereas the Pixel 6a makes use of a Google-designed Tensor chip. A one-to-one comparability is tough as a result of software program variations between the 2 units, however each felt quick with no efficiency points or lags.
As for the digital camera setup, the ‘iPhone SE’ has a single huge lens, whereas the Pixel 6a has each a normal wide-angle lens and an extremely wide-angle lens. We did photograph periods with each the smartphones and as we discover in fashionable units, each the cameras carried out admirably with some variations between them.
In low-light indoor conditions, the Pixel 6a produces photos which are extra in step with the precise look, whereas the iPhone SE will brighten issues up a bit. Whereas the Pixel 6a’s photographs come in additional impartial tones, the iPhone SE’s pattern is hotter.
With shiny shade photos, the ‘iPhone SE’ has extra vibrancy and sharpness, however when it comes right down to it, each are prime quality and selecting one is a matter of desire.
As for portrait mode, the Pixel 6a does a greater job. It has sharp edges, nice shade accuracy and powerful bokeh that does not blur the components of the photograph that do not should be blurred. Each smartphones even have selfie cameras that provide comparable efficiency.
For those who’re not locked into Apple’s ecosystem and are on the lookout for an reasonably priced smartphone with a contemporary function set, the Pixel 6a wins over the iPhone SE, maybe except the processor. The Pixel 6a runs on Android, so it isn’t ideally suited for Apple gadget homeowners, and it is also not the only option for individuals who want a smaller smartphone on account of its 6.1-inch measurement.
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