L’iPhone 12 and the pixel 5 are among the main smartphone models launched for this purpose 2020. A comparison between the two mobile devices Apple and Google is inevitably tempting, even if they don't really play on the same field. Here's what we think.
Apple and Google both launched their next generation of smartphones this fall. 2020, with the iPhone series 12 on one side and the Pixel 5 the other. The opportunity to compare the two products and understand who is doing well this year in terms of hardware in the mobile market, beyond the eternal competition between Android and iOS. This comparison will help you make your choice between iPhone 12 and the pixel 5, devices with very different proposals.
Let's start with the technical specifications of the two smartphones, which are distinguished by a smaller-than-average screen and the presence of only two rear photo sensors.
IPhones and Pixels are historically phones with an original design that stand out compared to the mass of Android smartphones that end up all looking the same.. In the front, l’iPhone 12 keep the famous notch. If it has been reduced by a few millimeters compared to that of the iPhone 11, it remains extremely disturbing and eats up a large area of the top of the screen. This clearly reduces the comfort of use, the price to pay to enjoy the performance of Face ID and its large 3D scanners. On his side, Google has opted for discretion with an in-screen punch to conceal the front camera. We are witnessing a change of mind with this Pixel 5 since one of the flagship features of the Pixel 4 was the Soli radar, which was to compete with Apple's Face ID. With the Pixel 5, we come back to something more classic for an Android smartphone, which also makes it possible to get rid of the large border at the top.
In the back, we find in both cases the photo block at the top left. The Google Pixel logo 5 is positioned at the bottom while the apple is located in the center of the device. On the Pixel 5, we also have a fingerprint reader, which is strangely not integrated under the screen. On the iPhone 12, still no return of Touch ID for identification, the only biometric solution remains facial recognition via Face ID.
Regarding dimensions, it's quite equivalent. L’iPhone 12 is slightly taller and wider than the Pixel 5 (146.7 x 71.5 against 144.7 x 70.4) but less thick (7.4mm versus 8mm). The Pixels 5 weighs 151 grams, while the iPhone 12 emarges at 164 grams. The slices of the iPhone 12 are flat, while the Pixel 5 opt for a more traditional rounded shape. For the materials used, l’iPhone 12 is equipped with an aluminum frame and a glass back, while the Pixel 5 includes aluminum for both the chassis and its back. Both devices are IP68 water and dust resistant. For audio enthusiasts, note that the 3.5mm jack port is absent from both models.
L’iPhone 12 and the pixel 5 share a common point : the “small” diagonal of their screen. With 6,1 inches for the first city and the 6 inches for the second, we are in the low range of what comes out 2020. Ideal for those who prefer a more compact format. Both references use OLED technology and thus benefit from better contrast and deeper blacks. The same ratio 19.5:9 is available on Apple and Google devices.
The from the Super Retina XDR of the iPhone 12 displays a definition of 1170 x 2532 pixels, is 460 pixels per inch. The Pixels 5 and his 1080 x 2340 pixels offers a slightly lower resolution of 432 pixels per inch. But he makes up for it on the refresh rate, which reaches up to 90 Hz, while the iPhone 12 is still limited to 60 Hz, Apple believing that it is not able to offer a decent battery life on its product with both 5G and a screen over 60 Hz.
Give it to the iPhone 12 is HDR and Dolby Vision compatible, while that of the Pixel 5 provides support for HDR10 +. The latter is also entitled to the Always-on display feature which allows basic information such as the time to be displayed continuously on the screen., battery level or incoming notifications. A mode that the iPhone once again lacks.
Thanks to its super-powerful chips and careful software optimizations, Apple consistently manages to make its iPhones more powerful than the best Android smartphones. Here, there is absolutely no match since to reduce costs, Google has made the decision not to even equip its Pixel 5 of the best SoC available. No Snapdragon 865 and even less Snapdragon 865 More for the flagship, but a simple Snapdragon 765G rather mid-range oriented. This remains an interesting alternative to improve the quality-price ratio of the product and largely sufficient for many users., but the reality is there : l’iPhone 12 is much faster.
The latter embeds the latest generation of home chip, le A14 Bionic, manufactured using a brand new 5nm engraving process, a first in the mainstream mobile market while waiting for the Snapdragon 875 from Qualcomm, the Exynos 2100 from Samsung and the Kirin 9000 de Huawei. Speed, power, a gap separates the iPhone 12 you pixel 5.
But despite its repositioning, the Pixel 5 is still 5G compatible, just like the iPhone 12. With one as with the other, it will therefore be possible to benefit from the latest mobile network standard, whose deployment in France will accelerate in the coming months.
In terms of memory, l’iPhone 12 get stuck at 4 RAM Go, while the Pixel 5 propose 8 GB of RAM. Note that iPhones have always tended to have less RAM than their Android competitors., but that the optimizations carried out by Apple at the software level make it possible to effectively compensate for this lack.
Pixel storage space 5 reached the 128 Go to UFS 2.1, where we would have liked to see UFS 3.0. On the iPhone, three possible configurations : 64, 128 and 256 Go, each time in NVMe. There is no microSD card slot to expand the storage on either side.
Let’s come to autonomy. Here again, iPhones and Pixels have for a long time had one thing in common that differentiated them from all other smartphones : the presence of a battery with a low capacity. With more or less success. IPhone battery life has often been criticized and Apple has managed to raise the bar with the iPhone series 11. On their side, the Pixels have never been endurance champions, but the pixel 4 was particularly disappointing in this area. Google has just revised its copy and has been much more generous than usual with an accumulator of 4080 mAh. L’iPhone 12 is set back with the 2815 mAh battery capacity, but Apple promises battery life similar to that of the iPhone 11.
There are few differences with regard to wired charging : 20W for iPhone 12 and 18W for the Pixel 5. With an element to underline all the same, the charger is not included with the iPhone 12, which can generate additional costs if the user is not already equipped. Both devices have wireless induction charging, but Apple did strong this year with its MagSafe charging mat. A magnet system places the iPhone in the best possible place for efficient charging, which can reach 15W. On the other hand, only the pixel 5 offers the reverse charge function to charge accessories with the smartphone battery.
Then comes the thorny question of the photo. On both sides, Google and Apple have never succumbed to the megapixel race and the proliferation of sensors for their Pixels and iPhones, which did not prevent them from making great photophones, in particular thanks to the excellent software processing of each other. Let's see what they offer us on this generation.
The main iPhone sensor 12 (12 MP, f/1.6, OIS) is associated with an ultra wide-angle 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚. We have a pretty similar proposition on the Pixel 5 since the module 12.2 MP, f/1.7, OIS is also associated with an ultra wide-angle lens, 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚. For the video, it is possible to shoot in 4K 30 or 60 frames per second on both models, with a slow-motion mode 240 fps at 1080p also present on both iPhone 12 and the pixel 5. If Apple has shown weaknesses in photos in recent years, it is not on the video where he reigns. New demonstration with iPhone 12, that differs from the Pixel 5 with HDR and Dolby Vision HDR recording.
The selfie camera 12 MP, iPhone f / 2.2 12 seems better armed than the front sensor 8 MP, f / 2.0 you pixel 5. The latter only films in 1080p at 30 fps, while the iPhone 12 gives the choice between 30, 60 and 120 frames per second at 1080p and even supports 4K. Moreover, l’iPhone 12 relies on particularly powerful 3D scanners for depth of field, augmented reality, and facial recognition.
This is of course one of the most differentiating factors between the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 12. The first runs on Android 11 while the other is powered by iOS 14. And if the two operating systems have ceased to copy each other over the years and look more and more alike (with the latest example of the widgets integrated into the iOS home page), there are still differences. There is no question of doing a full comparison of the two OS here, this subject alone would be worth a dossier devoted to it, but let's remember the basics. Android, even though it has closed lately, remains a much more open system than iOS and which leaves room for customization. iOS meanwhile is all about security, even if it means withdrawing freedom from users. It is part of an Apple ecosystem that gives pride of place to interactions between devices and the firm's services. But are third-party platforms often abused, This is evidenced by the ban of xCloud on iPhone for violating the rules of the App Store, while there is no problem with Android.
As for software tracking, Google announced three years of feature updates for its Pixels. No exact deadline on Apple's side, but his iPhones are generally updated for five years. Apple managing iOS and Google being in charge of Android, the speed of updates and deployments of security patches is of course at work.
The official price of the iPhone 12 is of 909 euros, while the Pixel 5 is available in France at a price of 629 euros. An important difference from 280 euros which can tip the scales towards the Pixel 5 when the budget is limited. Especially for 909 euros, l’iPhone 12 only entitled to 64 GB of storage space. You have to pay 959 euros to switch to 128 Go, like the pixel 5. A variant to 256 Go is also marketed, at 1079 euros.
The two compact photophones are great proposals. Unless you are a strong supporter of Android, l’iPhone 12 overall is a better product than the Pixel 5, but this is easily explained by the price difference between the two devices : the Pixel 5, with more storage, almost is 300 cheaper euros, the price of a good mid-range.
We still appreciate the efforts made by Google in terms of autonomy. L’iPhone 12 his, impresses with its powerful A14 Bionic chip engraved in 5nm and its video capabilities. If you are looking above all for a photophone or a device to consume multimedia, the Pixel 5 does very well for its price thanks to its powerful software and its OLED screen 90 Hz without notch. L’iPhone 12 will suit those who seek speed above all else or who refuse to part with iOS.
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