Google and Apple are the 2 newest phone-makers to launch a 5G cellphone: the long-awaited iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max (available for purchase now) and the Pixel 5, which Google unveiled alongside the Pixel 4A 5G, each of that are on sale now as properly. The two greatest variations between the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are the value and the working system.

Pricewise, this is not a very reasonable combat. While the $699 Pixel 5 (£599, AU$999) is Google’s present flagship, it lacks most of the premium options we have come to count on from manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. (Here’s how the Pixel 5 compares to a equally priced iPhone 11 as an alternative.) The iPhone 12 value construction is a little more sophisticated, as a result of Apple launched 4 fashions and costs differ between unlocked and provider fashions. The base iPhone 12 mannequin begins at $799 (£799 and AU$1,349) with provider reductions, and that $100 value distinction to the Pixel 5 is nothing to smell at, particularly as belts tighten through the coronavirus pandemic.

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As far because the working system goes, those that are plugged in to Apple’s iOS ecosystem are unlikely to even look twice at a Google cellphone. And the identical goes for Android customers. But in case you’re seeking to make a change from iPhone to Android or from Android to iOS, or in case you similar to to rubber-neck at cellphone showdowns, learn on as we examine the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5’s design, digital camera, battery and efficiency.  

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With 5G assist, a smooth new look, main digital camera upgrades, a ceramic defend display screen and an general zippy efficiency, Apple’s latest flagship is a pressure to be reckoned with. ’s Patrick Holland referred to as the cellphone “an entire unit” and praised its “slabular magnificence” — paying homage to the iPhone 5 design. Not solely did the 12 rating greater on efficiency benchmark assessments than every other cellphone we have ever examined, nevertheless it’s additionally certainly one of our highest rated telephones of all time. Too unhealthy it does not include headphones and an influence adapter.

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Read our Apple iPhone 12 evaluation.

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We referred to as the Pixel 3 “the most effective Android cellphone of 2018,” however our impression of the next yr’s Pixel 4 and now the Pixel 5 had been very related: cool digital camera, however not for that value. Still, Google devotees will recognize the bevy of goodies included within the newest Pixel, like a 90Hz show, a bigger battery and a few neat computational pictures methods. And in order for you 5G for $100 much less, the Pixel 5 has you lined.

Read our Google Pixel 5 evaluation.


The iPhone 12 made a splash with its throwback design. Apple introduced again the flat, squared-off edges, which differentiate the iPhone 12 from rivals that favor curved sides. The new flagship additionally is available in new blue hues, darkish blue for the iPhone 12 and Pacific blue for the 12 Pro. The Pixel 5 has a extra minimalist design, with a hole-punch digital camera, skinny bezels and a flush rear digital camera setup.

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One space the place the Pixel 5 beats the iPhone 12, at the very least on paper, is its 90Hz display screen refresh price. Apple’s flagship has a 60Hz show. Having a 90Hz show means the display screen refreshes 90 frames a second, making scrolling smoother. Keep in thoughts that the Pixel 5’s refresh price is dynamic, very similar to many different 90 or 120Hz telephones. The cellphone will revert to 60Hz when the upper refresh price is just not wanted, resembling when the display screen is static, to assist save battery. 

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The iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are almost equivalent in measurement. The iPhone 12 is barely bigger, with a 6.1-inch display screen in comparison with the Pixel 5’s 6-inch show. The iPhone 12 can be heavier at 5.78 ounces to the Pixel 5’s 5.33 ounces. But as a result of the iPhone 12 is available in 4 variants and three sizes, small- or big-handed folks will certainly discover an iPhone that matches. The iPhone 12 Mini incorporates a 5.4-inch show, and the Pro Max is a whopping 6.7 inches. You can examine all the size and different specs between Apple’s 4 iPhone 12 fashions right here.

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As a trailblazer in computational pictures, Google’s cellphone cameras actually shine of their software program. But as opponents like Apple have improved their software program choices, Google’s {hardware} has didn’t sustain. The Pixel 5’s digital camera setup continues to be fairly terrific although and it has some thrilling new methods up its sleeve, like the wedding of Night Sight and Portrait Mode for blurred-background photographs in low lighting. Other upgrades to the Pixel 5’s digital camera embody a brand new enhancing mode for gentle and portrait photographs, and an ultrawide digital camera for panorama and group photographs. 

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But the iPhone 12 caters to the higher-end wants of even professional photographers. Apple already added an ultrawide lens on final yr’s iPhone 11, and the 12 Pro consists of each the ultrawide angle and a telephoto digital camera (plus lidar!). Meanwhile, Apple tackled the low-light downside with {hardware} upgrades — a brand new lens with an aperture of f1.6 and a brand new bigger sensor, which Apple says provides 27% enchancment in low-light conditions. Apple additionally added Night Mode to each its ultrawide and selfie cameras.

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Processor, battery and efficiency

The iPhone 12 is provided with Apple’s Bionic 14 processor, whereas the Pixel 5 has the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm. The Pixel 5’s processor is definitely slower than the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855, however Google stated it went with this chipset as an effort to maintain prices down. We did not discover any decelerate, however our Pixel 5 benchmark assessments did yield decrease scores than final yr’s iPhone 11.

The Pixel 5 boasts a 4,000-mAh battery, the best capability of any of the Pixel telephones. While Apple does not launch battery specs, a latest teardown video confirmed a 2,815-mAh battery capability. In ’s testing of steady video playback on airplane mode, the Pixel 5 lasted 21 hours, 43 minutes, whereas the iPhone 12 clocked in at solely 17 hours, 14 minutes. 

Because 5G connectivity is usually a main battery drain, each Google and Apple have launched some distinctive options to the battery life downside. In addition to throttling between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh charges, the Pixel 5 options an excessive battery saver mode that may severely restrict app utilization to increase battery life. The iPhone 12 introduces a characteristic referred to as Smart Data mode, which can equally throttle 5G (all the way down to 4G, or between totally different bands of 5G) with a view to stability efficiency with battery. 

Both telephones supply wi-fi charging (although solely the iPhone 12 lineup has a cool new MagSafe charger choice), however solely the Pixel 5 consists of reverse charging, that means it may possibly cost different telephones and equipment.

iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5

iPhone 12  Pixel 5
Display measurement, decision 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 460 ppi 432 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78oz; 164g 5.33 oz; 151g
Mobile software program iOS 14 Android 11
Camera (megapixels) 12 MP (large), 12 MP (ultrawide) 12.2 MP (customary), 16 MP (ultrawide)
Front-facing digital camera 12 MP 8 MP
Video seize 4K 4K
Processor Apple Bionic 14 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB
RAM Undisclosed 8GB
Expandable storage No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) Rear
Connector Lightning USB-C
Headphone jack No No
Special options 5G enabled; 60Hz refresh price; MagSafe; water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; water-proof (IP68); 90Hz refresh price; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging
Price (USD) $799 (64GB), $849 (128GB), $949 (256GB) Unlocked: $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $699
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £599
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$999