On paper, it looks like an odd clash. A battle between the recently launched flagship and the one year ago flagship. Further, the fact is that you can spend Rs. If you go in the market for a premium phone with a budget near 60,000, you will most likely face two options. Google Pixel 7 And yet iPhone 13. In terms of design and culture, they couldn’t be more different – one from the home of Google, the other from Apple. One is packed with camera muscle and smart features, while the other is all about good old-fashioned consistent performance. Some may turn their noses up at the iPhone 13 device being a bit old, but the fact is, it still has excellent performance and has a similar processor to the one found in it. The latest iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. So which of the two would you consider investing in – the latest phone from Search Supermo or the slightly older but still goldie one from the giant from Cupertino? Let’s try to work it out for you.
Appearance and design
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In terms of design, it is a clash between the traditional and the unconventional. The iPhone 13 follows the iPhone trend of straight sides and a flat back, while the Pixel 7 comes with a jutting camera bar on the back, giving it a very unique touch. Both phones have glass fronts and backs and an aluminum frame in the middle, but the iPhone 13 is a more compact device at 146.7mm tall compared to the Pixel 7’s 155.6mm. The iPhone 13 is also thinner and lighter (174 grams to 197 grams) at 7.7mm compared to the Pixel 7’s 8.7mm. The back of the Pixel 7 also picks up more smudges than the iPhone 13, but we think Google’s device’s vastly different display wins this round. Those who prefer compact devices may prefer the iPhone 13, but those who want a unique device will go for the Pixel 7.
Winner: Pixel 7
Does that refresh rate make a difference?
The iPhone 13 comes with a 6.1-inch full HD OLED display, while the Pixel 7 comes with a 6.3-inch full HD AMOLED display. They’re both vibrant and bright, but we think the iPhone 13’s display handles colors a little better (the Pixel 7’s display feels a little dull at times). This could also be due to the fact that the iPhone 13 actually has a higher pixel density than the Pixel 7 – 460 ppi to 416 ppi. However, the Pixel 7 has a 90Hz refresh rate as opposed to the iPhone 13’s ‘normal’ 60Hz refresh rate, and while the difference isn’t as noticeable when viewing content, it’s definitely noticeable when you’re scrolling through your social media. Networks and photo albums. We’re going to hand it to the iPhone 13 for better color handling, but we can see those who prefer larger displays and higher refresh rates favoring the Pixel 7. It’s a close round.
Winner: iPhone 13
Go Bionic or Tensor?
You’d think there wouldn’t be any competition between a new flagship processor and one from last year, but that’s not the case here. The Pixel 7 runs on Google’s new Tensor G2 chip, while the iPhone 13 runs on the A15 Bionic. While Google’s Tensor chips have been praised for their AI capability and added features for photography, they aren’t the most powerful and appear to be somewhere close to the Snapdragon 888. While the Tensor gets marks for smartness, the A15 Bionic scores in terms of sheer power – in fact Apple thinks it’s good enough to power the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.
Winner: iPhone 13
Gaming and Multimedia
Tense time for Tensor!
The difference between the Tensor and A15 Bionic chips comes to the fore in gaming, where we saw the iPhone 13 handle high-end games like Call of Duty and Genshin Impact much more smoothly than the Pixel 7. It’s not like the Pixel 7. Bad, but the difference in loading times and operation is significant. Even the Pixel 7’s larger display with higher refresh rate doesn’t really nullify the iPhone 13’s advantage in this regard. Both phones pack in stereo speakers, but the iPhone 13’s speakers seem better in terms of overall audio quality, although the Pixel 7’s are impressively loud. If you plan to play a lot of games or watch a lot of shows and videos, the iPhone 13 is a better choice in our opinion. A bit of a concern for the Pixel 7 in this regard is also its overheating – a problem the iPhone 13 doesn’t have at all!
Winner: iPhone 13
Team Pixel to the Four
With both the iPhone and Pixel having excellent reputations for photography, this is one of the most interesting rounds of this interview. The iPhone 13 packs two excellent 12-megapixel sensors on its back (one main and one ultrawide) and a very good 12-megapixel selfie camera, while the Pixel 7 sports a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 10.8-megapixel selfie snapper. While both phones deliver great images, those who like richer colors and details will love snaps from the Pixel 7. The iPhone 13’s shots are realistic, but look a lot less dull in comparison. The Pixel 7 also handles portrait snaps better, but the iPhone 13 is a bit hit-and-miss in that department. In low-light conditions, the Pixel 7 seemed to capture more detail, but it looked a little artificial at times, with even dark areas well lit, while the iPhone doesn’t over-light dark areas. The iPhone, however, rules with better sound and clarity when it comes to videos. On the selfie camera front, we felt that the Pixel 7 once again gave us more detail and was significantly better than the iPhone. The iPhone 13’s camera seemed to work faster than the one on the Pixel 7, but all said and done, we think those who prefer good-looking snaps (and most of us) will go for the Pixel 7 unless it’s video. The picture is bigger.
Winner: Pixel 7
The Great Android vs iOS Battle
For many, this is the round of deciding whether you should go for the Pixel or the iPhone. The Google Pixel 7 comes with Android 13 out of the box, while the iPhone 13 was recently updated to iOS 16. Both phones run clean versions of their software and come without any bloatware. Which one you prefer depends on your taste. The iPhone 13 offers a classic, stable iOS experience with zero lags and comes with some high-quality app support. The Pixel 7, on the other hand, comes with not only Android 13 but also a number of unique and smart touches like transcription, live captions and special call-handling functions. While the iPhone 13 has solid performance, the Pixel 7 actually tries to make things as seamless as replacing your keyboard, from effortlessly removing objects from your pictures to sharpening blurry snaps to ‘speak to type’. No, it doesn’t always work smoothly (apps crash and the results are occasionally odd) but if you’re looking for a phone that’s really trying to be smart, the Pixel 7 gets points for boosting general smartphone IQ. If you’re the impatient type who just wants a phone that works, we think the iPhone 13 might just be your cup of tea. In terms of updates, both phones are guaranteed to receive major and minor software updates over the next few years. We’re calling it a tie between an OS that just works and another OS that dares to do more.
Lasts longer and charges faster
Both the Pixel 7 and iPhone 13 come with batteries that should easily see you through a day of normal use. The Pixel 7 has a 4,355mAh battery, while the iPhone 13’s battery hasn’t been officially measured, but in general we’ve found the iPhone 13’s battery to last a bit longer than the Pixel 7’s. We suspect the phone’s extra smarts could be to blame. These are often active and use a processor, as well as a large display with a high refresh rate. As for charging, neither phone comes with a charger in the package. Both phones have a 20W charging speed with a wired connection, but the iPhone charges in a little over an hour and a half, the Pixel 7 takes around two hours, and both phones also support wireless charging – the iPhone at 15W, the Pixel 7 at 20W. However, longer In terms of plus and faster charging, the iPhone 13 takes this round.
Winner: iPhone 13
Everyday ‘smart’ phone stuff
The two phones are very closely matched when it comes to handling ‘normal’ tasks like web surfing, messaging, mails and social networks with ease. The Pixel 7 comes with several smart features like live captions and call transcription, while the iPhone 13 scores in ease of handling thanks to its compact size. We found the iPhone 13’s Face ID to work more smoothly than the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 7, which can be a bit hit-and-miss (which we also encountered with the Pixel 6a). Both the phones will come with 5G support, which is likely to be activated in the coming days via software updates. Yes, we know the iPhone is more stable here, but we’re giving this round to the Pixel 7 because it offers a more distinct, and often smarter, everyday phone experience.
Winner: Google Pixel 7
Who will save you the most bucks?
In terms of price, the Google Pixel 7 comes in a single variant (8GB / 128GB), priced at Rs. 59,999, while the iPhone 13 is officially priced at Rs. 69,900, which marks a significant gulf between the two devices. However, with the festive season, many retailers are offering the iPhone 13 at Rs. 60,000 at prices close to Rs. The official price of the Pixel 7 is definitely much lower than the iPhone 13, which is likely to be priced closer to the official figure after the festive season is over. If you want to save money, Pixel 7 is definitely a good choice for you.
Winner: Google Pixel 7
What to go for?
So which of these two phones should you go for? If we ignore the platforms (iOS and Android), it’s really a battle between a phone with very smart (somewhat buggy) functionality and a perfectly power-packed compatibility with great cameras. Those who want a different looking phone with a great camera and lots of software smarts will love the Pixel 7 as the phone has a lot of innovative features. However, those looking for a rock-steady phone that consistently delivers should go for the iPhone 13. Apple’s device prefers the Pixel 7 on the camera and may not have as many smart features, but its consistency sometimes makes the Pixel 7 seem almost buggy in comparison (though we reasonably expect Google to fix things with some updates). It’s a battle between innovative and sustainable, and whichever you choose, you’ll end up with a device that’s going to deliver a lot.