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Google Pixel 6a vs. Apple iPhone 13 Mini

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Unlike older Pixel A-series phones, the Pixel 6a comes with Google’s top-of-the-line Tensor chip. This puts it in the same category as top-of-the-line smartphones like the iPhone 13 series. Price-wise, the iPhone SE (2022) is a strong competitor to the Pixel 6a. But outside its price range, the Pixel 6a’s flagship chipset and unbeatable cameras help it compete with more expensive phones like the iPhone 13 Mini.

Google has always been proud of how well the Pixel series cameras take photographs. Even though the company is excited, its flagship Pixel series sales haven’t gone up because of it. However, the Pixel A-series has helped fill in the gap. At Google I/O 2022, the Pixel 6a was announced. It will be available later this summer in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and possibly in other places later in the year. On the other hand, Apple released the iPhone 13 Mini in September 2021, but it might be the last compact iPhone. Even though the iPhone 13 Mini is old, it has the powerful A15 chip, the most powerful chip ever made for a cell phone.

Even though these two devices are quite different in price, they are still competitors in some ways. If you can’t decide between the Pixel 6a and the iPhone 13 Mini, we compare the two phones to help you decide which one is better for your needs.

Specifications

Google Pixel 6a Apple iPhone 13 Mini
Size 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm (5.99 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches) 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7mm (5.18 x 2.53 x 0.30 inches)
Weight 178 grams (6.3 ounces) 141 grams (4.97 ounces)
Screen size 6.1-inch OLED display 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Screen resolution 2400 x 1080 pixels (429 PPI) 2340 x 1080 pixels (476 ppi)
Operating system Android 12 iOS 15
Storage 128GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Processor Google Tensor with Titan M2 Apple A15 bionic
RAM 6GB 6GB
Camera 12.2-megapixel wide and 12MP ultrawide cameras on the back
8MP on the front
12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide rear cameras
7MP front
Video 4K and 1080p at up to 60fps
Slow-mo at up to 240fps
4K Cinematic Pan video stabilization
4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at up to 240 fps
Dolby Vision HDR at 60 fps
Bluetooth version 5.2 5.0
Ports USB Type-C Lightning
Security Under display fingerprint Face ID
Battery 4,410mAh
18W charging
2,438mAh
18W charging
Qi and MagSafe wireless charging
Colors Sage, Chalk, Charcoal Starlight, Midnight, blue, pink, red, green
Prices 399 pounds/459 euros/$449 $699, $799, $999

Design And Display

Google Pixel 6a

Even though the iPhone 13 Mini is small and sleek, Apple doesn’t compromise on its build quality. It has the same glass back and aluminum frame as the larger iPhones, and its IP68 rating protect it from damage caused by dust and water.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6a has the same design as its more expensive sibling, the Pixel 6. But instead of the same glass back panel, the Pixel 6a has what Google calls a “3D thermoformed composite,” which is a fancy way of saying plastic. With an IP67 rating, the Pixel 6a has a design that isn’t as high-end as some of its competitors. Both IP67 and IP68 protection against dust, but IP68 means the device can be submerged for more than a meter in fresh water.

Regarding durability, the front of the iPhone 13 Mini is protected by Corning’s Ceramic Shield, which is made by the same company that makes Gorilla Glass, and the back is made of some kind of Gorilla Glass. Apple says this is stronger than the most recent versions of Gorilla Glass. On the other hand, the front of the Pixel 6a is made of Gorilla Glass 3, which is much older and not as strong.

If you have butter fingers and drop your phone a lot, the Pixel 6a might be a better choice, even though it’s not as durable. You don’t have to worry about carrying the Pixel 6a around without a case.

Regarding the screen, the Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch OLED screen that supports HDR. The iPhone 13 Mini, on the other hand, has a smaller 5.4-inch OLED XDR screen. The Pixel 6a has a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1, which is the ratio of the brightness of the brightest pixel to the brightness of the darkest pixel. The iPhone 13 Mini has a contrast ratio of 2 million to 1. That means the iPhone 13 Mini can show HDR content twice as well. Also, iPhones usually have the best color calibration, so we have to give them to the iPhone 13 Mini. Last, the screens on both phones move at 60Hz. Due to its small size, the iPhone 13 Mini also has more pixels per inch. But unless you look at something under a microscope, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference with the naked eye.

In this case, the iPhone 13 Mini is the better choice. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, is the better option if you prefer a larger screen.

Performance, Battery life, and Charging

The Pixel 6a and the iPhone 13 Mini have top-of-the-line processors the companies made. Google chose the Tensor SoC for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, while Apple chose the A15 Bionic chip for the iPhone 13 Mini. Both chipsets are made to work well for a long time, but the one from Apple is a little bit more advanced. This will matter if you want to play many games on your phone, but if you don’t, you can choose either one without worrying about how well it will work.

But the iPhone 13 Mini has a big disadvantage regarding the battery. Because the iPhone 13 Mini is so small, it can only hold a small 2,438mAh battery. Due to its small size, the Mini’s battery life is likely to be limited, and it may run out of juice well before 24 hours. On the other hand, the Pixel 6a’s 4,410 mAh battery is much more significant. Still, even though Google changed the Tensor SoC to make it more efficient, you can only expect a slightly better battery life.

Both phones charge slowly by today’s standards when it comes to charging. You get 18W Charging on the devices and can expect them to take two or more hours to get to 100%. The iPhone 13 Mini also supports wireless charging, but the Pixel 6a does not.

Camera

The name of the Google Pixel series comes from how great its cameras are. At the same time, people are crazy about the camera on the iPhone. For the first time since the Pixel A-Series started, the phone has a different set of cameras than its more expensive sibling. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a brand-new primary camera with 50 megapixels, but the Pixel 6a still has the same 12.2-megapixel camera that has been used since the first Pixel phone. The 12MP ultrawide cameras on both phones, though, are the same.

On the other hand, the iPhone 13 Mini has the same two cameras as the regular iPhone 13. The setup has a 12MP primary camera and a 12MP camera with an ultrawide angle lens.

But if you also want to use your phone to make footage, the iPhone 13 Mini is the clear winner. Even though both phones can record 4K videos at up to 60fps, the iPhone can also record HDR videos with a color space that works with Dolby Vision. This way, the Pixel 6a will feel like it doesn’t matter. Google also backs something called HDNet, an algorithm for machine learning that helps the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro make the most color-accurate HDR videos. Even though the Pixel 6a has the same chipset, Google hasn’t said whether or not it works with HDNet.

Last but not least, the iPhone has a 12MP front camera for selfies, and the 3D depth sensor in Face ID makes portrait shots more accurate. On the other hand, The Pixel 6a has an 8MP front-facing camera. Again, you can expect about the same when taking pictures. But if you want to take videos with the front camera, the iPhone 13 Mini again pulls ahead thanks to its ability to record in 4K at 60fps and support Cinematic mode. Since the Pixel 6a hasn’t come out yet, our thoughts on the camera may change once we’ve had a chance to test it. It’s a draw.

Software

iOS 15

The software experience is always different from person to person, and the competition between iOS and Android makes it even more so. Both mobile operating systems have pros and cons, but we won’t discuss those details to keep this comparison fair.

But if you only care about how long the company will support a phone, you should get an iPhone. Up to six-year-old iPhones can still get the latest iOS updates. For example, the iPhone 7, which came out in 2016, will get iOS 16. Since this is the case, the iPhone 13 Mini will likely get iOS updates for at least the next five generations. The Pixel 6a comes with Android 12, and Google says it will get four minor updates (to Android 16 or something similar) and one more year of security updates and bug fixes.

Even though the choice between Android and iOS is pretty personal, the iPhone is much more likely to get more updates, so we gave it a narrow win.

Special Features

In addition to the features we’ve already discussed, the iPhone is better because it can connect to 5G networks. Both phones can handle Sub-6GHz signals, but only the iPhone 13 Mini can handle mmWave 5G signals. Also, support for MagSafe means support for many accessories that attach with magnets.

The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, has a chip called Titan M2 that is meant to protect against online scams and phishing better. Also, it can process the Google Assistant on the device itself. This means that all of your conversations with the Assistant are safely stored on your phone.

Google puts security first, but the iPhone 13 Mini gives users real value, so it wins this round.

Pricing and Availability

The starting price for the iPhone 13 Mini is $699, and you can buy it at Best Buy, Walmart, or Apple’s website. It comes in three sizes: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

The only option for the Google Pixel 6a is 128GB. It will only cost $449 when it comes out on July 28, 2022. The Pixel 5a was only available in the U.S. and Japan, but the Pixel 6a will be sold in many more countries.

Conclusion

The Google Pixel 6a and the Apple iPhone 13 Mini are popular with different groups of people who sometimes overlap. The Pixel 6a is a simple camera phone with intelligent features that make the user’s job easier. The iPhone 13 Mini is better for people who don’t want their phone to get in the way of their time but still want flagship-level performance when needed.

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