Google and Apple are the 2 newest phone-makers to launch a 5G telephone: the long-awaited iPhone 12 (available for purchase now) and the Pixel 5, which Google unveiled alongside the Pixel 4A 5G, and are on sale now as effectively. The 2 largest variations between the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are the value and the working system.

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

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So far as the working system goes, those that are plugged in to Apple’s iOS ecosystem are unlikely to even look twice at a Google telephone. And the identical goes for Android customers. However in the event you’re trying to make a swap from iPhone to Android or from Android to iOS, or in the event you similar to to rubber-neck at telephone showdowns, learn on as we evaluate the iPhone 12 and Pixel 5’s design, digital camera, battery and efficiency.  

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With 5G assist, a glossy new look, main digital camera upgrades, a ceramic protect display screen and an general zippy efficiency, Apple’s latest flagship is a pressure to be reckoned with. CNET’s Patrick Holland referred to as the telephone “an entire unit” and praised its “slabular magnificence” — paying homage to the iPhone 5 design. Not solely did the 12 rating increased on efficiency benchmark exams than some other telephone we’ve ever examined, nevertheless it’s additionally one among our highest rated telephones of all time. Too unhealthy it doesn’t include headphones and an influence adapter.

Learn our Apple iPhone 12 evaluation.

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We referred to as the Pixel 3 “one of the best Android telephone of 2018,” however our impression of the next 12 months’s Pixel Four and now the Pixel 5 had been very comparable: cool digital camera, however not for that worth. Nonetheless, Google devotees will respect the bevy of goodies included within the newest Pixel, like a 90Hz show, a bigger battery and a few neat computational images tips. And if you would like 5G for $100 much less, the Pixel 5 has you lined.

Learn 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 brand new flagship additionally is available in new blue hues, darkish blue for the iPhone 12 and Pacific blue for the 12 Professional. 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. Needless to say the Pixel 5’s refresh price is dynamic, very like many different 90 or 120Hz telephones. The telephone will revert to 60Hz when the upper refresh price just isn’t wanted, similar to when the display screen is static, to assist save battery. 

The iPhone 12 and Pixel 5 are practically an identical in dimension. 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. However 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 includes a 5.4-inch show, and the Professional Max is a whopping 6.7 inches. You’ll be able to evaluate all the size and different specs between Apple’s 4 iPhone 12 fashions right here.


As a trailblazer in computational images, Google’s telephone cameras actually shine of their software program. However as rivals 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 tips up its sleeve, like the wedding of Evening Sight and Portrait Mode for blurred-background pictures in low lighting. Different upgrades to the Pixel 5’s digital camera embrace a brand new modifying mode for mild and portrait pictures, and an ultrawide digital camera for panorama and group pictures. 

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However the iPhone 12 caters to the higher-end wants of even professional photographers. Apple already added an ultrawide lens on final 12 months’s iPhone 11, and the 12 Professional consists of each the ultrawide angle and a telephoto digital camera (plus lidar!). In the meantime, 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 presents 27% enchancment in low-light conditions. Apple additionally added Evening Mode to each its ultrawide and selfie cameras.

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 didn’t discover any decelerate, however our Pixel 5 benchmark exams did yield decrease scores than final 12 months’s iPhone 11.

The Pixel 5 boasts a 4,000-mAh battery, the best capability of any of the Pixel telephones. Whereas Apple doesn’t launch battery specs, a latest teardown video confirmed a 2,815-mAh battery capability. In CNET’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. 

As a result of 5G connectivity generally is a main battery drain, each Google and Apple have launched some distinctive options to the battery life downside. Along with 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 function referred to as Sensible Knowledge mode, which can equally throttle 5G (all the way down to 4G, or between totally different bands of 5G) so as to steadiness efficiency with battery. 

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

iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5

iPhone 12  Pixel 5
Show dimension, 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.eight x 0.Three in
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.Four mm 144.7 x 70.Four x eight mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78oz; 164g 5.33 oz; 151g
Cellular software program iOS 14 Android 11
Digicam (megapixels) 12 MP (vast), 12 MP (ultrawide) 12.2 MP (normal), 16 MP (ultrawide)
Entrance-facing digital camera 12 MP eight 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
Particular options 5G enabled; 60Hz refresh price; MagSafe; waterproof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; waterproof (IP68); 90Hz refresh price; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging
Worth (USD) $799 (64GB), $849 (128GB), $949 (256GB) Unlocked: $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $699
Worth (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £599
Worth (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$999

Apple iPhone 12

One in every of our highest rated telephones… ever

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Google Pixel 5

The economical 5G flagship

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