Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro

If you’re using the iPhone 13 Pro, and thinking of upgrading to Android, the Pixel 7 is probably one of the phones you’re considering. That’s why we’ll compare the Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro in this article. Despite the fact the Pixel 7 is a brand new smartphone, and a flagship at that, it’s still more affordable than last year’s flagship from Apple. Do note that both of these phones are smaller flagship variants, there are larger models available.

In addition to that, it’s worth saying that Apple no longer officially sells the Pixel 13 Pro series, as it has been replaced with the iPhone 14 Pro series. Interestingly enough, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series devices are still on sale, but not the ‘Pro’ models of each of those smartphones. In any case, we’ll list the specifications of the two devices in question down below, and compare them across a number of categories.

specs

Google Pixel 7 Apple iPhone 13 Pro
screen size 6.3-inch fullHD+ flat OLED display (90Hz refresh rate) 6.1-inch fullHD+ Super Retina XDR OLED display (120Hz refresh rate, LTPO)
screen resolution 2400×1080 2532×1170
SoC Google Tensor G2 Apple A15 Bionic
RAM 8GB (LPDDR5) 6GB
storage 128GB, 256GB, non-expandable (UFS 3.1) 128GB/256GB/512GB, non-expandable
rear cameras 50MP (Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor, 1.2um pixel size, f/1.85 aperture, 82-degree FoV, Super Res Zoom up to 8x)
12MP (ultrawide, 1.25um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 114-degree FoV, lens correction)
12MP (f/1.5 aperture, 26mm wide-angle lens, 1.9um pixel size, sensor-shit OIS, dual pixel PDAF)
12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 120-degree FoV, 13mm lens, PDAF)
12 MP (f/2.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 77mm lens, 3x optical zoom)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner
front cameras 10.8MP (1.22um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 92.8-degree FoV, Fixed Focus) 12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 23mm wide-angle lens)
Battery 4,355mAh, non-removable, 21W wired charging, 23W wireless charging, reverse wireless charger
Charger not included
3,095mAh, non-removable, 20W wired charging, 15W MagSafe wireless charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging
Charger not included
Dimensions 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm
Weight 197 grams 204 grams
Connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi, USB Type-C 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, USB Type-C
Security face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
Advanced facial scanning
YOU android 13 iOS 15 (upgradable)
Price $599/$699 $999 (no longer available from Apple)
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Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Design

The Google Pixel 7 and Apple 13 Pro are considerably different devices in many ways, including how they look and feel in the hand. Both phones are made out of metal and glass, but Google used aluminum for the Pixel 7 frame, while Apple used stainless steel for the iPhone 13 Pro frame. Both phones have flat displays, but completely different shapes. The Pixel 7 corners are more squarish in comparison, but the device has more curves in general. The iPhone 13 Pro has flat sides, actually it’s flat all around. That’s why it cuts more into your hand, because of that and its weight.

The Pixel 7 weighs 197 grams, compared to 204 grams of the iPhone 14 Pro. The Pixel 7 does have a larger display, though, and it’s larger overall. It’s taller, wider, and thicker. The Pixel 7 has a centered display camera hole, while the iPhone 13 Pro has a notch that is considerably larger. The Google’s device includes two cameras on the back, which are protected by aluminum. The Pixel 7 has a camera strip on the back, which goes from one side of the frame to the other. The iPhone 13 Pro has three cameras on the back, which sit inside a more regular-looking camera island.

Both phones have really thin bezels, and both do feel immensely premium in the hand. They do also feel completely different to hold and use, due to completely different design approaches. One thing is for sure, though, they’re both very slippery. You’ll likely want to use a case, regardless of which you plan on using. Both phones are also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Display

The Pixel 7 features a larger display than the iPhone 13 Pro, though not by much. It includes a 6.3-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display. This panel offers a 90Hz refresh rate, and supports HDR10+ content. It also gets up to 1,400 nits of brightness, at its peak, while we’re looking at a 20:9 display aspect ratio here. The Gorilla Glass Victus protection from Corning is applied on top of the display itself.

The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, includes a 6.1-inch fullHD+ (2532 x 1170) Super Retina XDR OLED display. This display offers a 120Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10 content, and Dolby Vision. It gets up to 1,200 nits of peak brightness, and has a display aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The iPhone 13 Pro’s display is protected by Ceramic Shield glass, by the way.

Do note that both of these displays are really great. They look great, with vivid colors, and deep blacks. The viewing angles are also great, and so is the touch response. The iPhone 13 Pro does offer a higher refresh rate, though, which you may or may not notice, it all depends on your perception, really. The Pixel 7’s panel technically gets slightly brighter outdoors, but that’s not really a difference you’ll notice, as both are plenty bright. You can’t really go wrong with either of these displays, to be quite honest.

Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Performance

The Google Pixel 7 comes with Google’s very own Tensor G2 SoC. That is coupled with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 flash storage. The iPhone 13 Pro, on the flip side, includes Apple’s A15 Bionic SoC, along with 6GB of RAM and NVMe storage. The Apple A15 Bionic chip is technically more powerful, but both of these are flagship SoC. The RAM and storage specs are on Google’s side, however, in terms of power/speed.

Having said that, how do they perform? Well, great, actually. When it comes to regular, everyday performance, they both shine. You’ll get extremely smooth performance from both of these smartphones. They open and close apps really fast, and they’re great for multitasking, media consumption, and so on. You will, however, notice a difference when it comes to gaming, but only when it comes to high-intensity games.

The iPhone 13 Pro handles really demanding games better than the Pixel 7. That SoC inside the Pixel 7 is not really made for gaming, so with the most demanding titles, it tends to struggle a bit, and will push you to lower the details a bit. That goes for only a couple of the most demanding games, such as Genshin Impact. Other than that, it handles games just fine. Both phones do get warm when gaming, but nothing that would make them uncomfortable to use or anything like that.

Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Battery

Google handset includes a 4,355mAh battery. The iPhone 13 Pro has a 3,095mAh battery on the inside. Do note that iOS devices handle battery life differently, and generally need smaller battery packs. That being said, both of these smartphones offer really good battery life. Chances are that you won’t have to charge either during the day, unless you’re constantly on your phone, or heavily gaming.

Both of these phones are capable of providing over 7 hours of screen-on-time, and even over 8, depending on your use, of course. Each of us have different usage habits, different mobile signal, use different apps, and so on. So we can’t really say exactly what your battery life will be like, but one thing is for sure, both of these smartphones offer really good, above average battery life.

When it comes to charging, they do offer both wired and wireless charging. The Pixel 7 supports 21W wired, and 21W wireless charging, in addition to reverse wireless charging. The iPhone 13 Pro supports 20W wired, 15W MagSafe wireless, and 7.5W Qi wireless charging. One thing to note is that neither phone comes with a charger in the box. So, if you don’t have a suitable one, you’ll have to get it separately.

Google Pixel 7 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Cameras

The Pixel 7 includes a 50-megapixel main camera, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide unit. The iPhone 13 Pro has three 12-megapixel units on the back, wide, ultrawide, and telephoto cameras. The iPhone 13 Pro’s ultrawide camera does have a wider FoV than the Pixel 7’s, not by much, but still. The results these two phones provide are different, but both devices do an amazing job.

The Pixel 7 provides more contrasty images, with cooler hues. The iPhone 13 Pro prefers warmer tones. During the day, both phones can provide detailed images, with plenty of sharpness. The iPhone 13 Pro can overexpose in HDR conditions, which is where the Pixel 7 shines, though. It also tends to oversharpen foliage and similar scenes with a lot of smaller details. Other than that, they’re trading blows from one scene to the next, as both really do shine in good lighting.

In low light, the images from the iPhone 13 Pro do end up looking closer to real life, but also darker than the ones the Pixel 7 provides. The Pixel 7 can pull out more detail from the shadows. It’s all a matter of preference, really. Both ultrawide cameras are excellent and consistent with the main cameras when it comes to colors. The video recording is better on the iPhone 13 Pro. Not by much, but it is.

Audio

You will find a set of stereo speakers on both devices. The output is not the best we’ve heard, but still, it’s more than good enough. The sound is really clear, and both sets of speakers do get loud enough. There’s also no notable distortion at higher volumes.

What neither of these two phones includes is a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you want to connect your headphones via a wire, you’ll need to use a Type-C port on the Pixel 7, and a Lightning port on the iPhone 13 Pro. The Pixel 7 does offer Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless connection, while the iPhone 13 Pro is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0.

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