The Pixel 4a is still larger than the iPhone SE (2022), but not by much, despite the fact it has a lot larger display. It is not in the same segment of smartphones, though, as it has a considerably weaker SoC, first and foremost. This should be an interesting comparison, though, as the Pixel 4a is much closer to the iPhone SE (2022) size-wise than the Pixel 5a. It is, however, over 1.5 years old at this point, so take that into consideration.
The iPhone SE (2022), Apple’s latest affordable, small phone, was just introduced. That phone has a powerful SoC, but the majority of its internals, as well as its design, have been left unchanged. There aren’t many powerful tiny smartphones in the Android industry, therefore that handset doesn’t have many competition. We recently compared the Pixel 5a to this device, although the Pixel 5a is significantly larger. The Pixel 4a could be a better match. As a result, we’ll compare the Google Pixel 4a to the Apple iPhone SE in this post (2022).
The iPhone SE (2022) has considerably thicker bezels than the Pixel 4a, but it doesn’t have a display camera hole. Apple’s compact phone has a physical capacitive fingerprint scanner below the display, while the Pixel 4a’s is located on the back. Both phones include a flat display, and both have a single camera on the back, in addition to a single selfie camera. The iPhone SE (2022) does have IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, while the same cannot be said for the Pixel 4a.
Google Pixel 4a vs Apple iPhone SE (2022): Design
The Google Pixel 4a and iPhone SE (2022) don’t really have much in common when it comes to design. The Pixel 4a is made out of plastic, and it looks a lot different than the iPhone SE (2022). It actually looks more modern, despite the build materials. The iPhone SE (2022) is made out of metal and glass, but it has the same design as the iPhone 8 from 2017. Even back then, that design was dated, and that says a lot.
Google Pixel 4a vs Apple iPhone SE (2022): Display. The Pixel 4a features a 5.81-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display. That is a 60Hz display, and it’s flat. It does support HDR content, and it has a display aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass 3, which is not exactly the most modern solution. The Gorilla Glass 3 is quite prone to scratching over time, especially when it comes to micro scratches, so you may want to get a screen protector.
Apple’s handset does feel more premium in the hand, without a doubt. The Pixel 4a is made out of plastic, and you can feel that, plus that plastic does get greasy over time, if you don’t use a case. Physical buttons on both phones are quite tactile, while the Pixel 4a is a bit taller, wider, and thicker. They weigh about the same, though. The size difference is not that big, especially when you consider that the Pixel 4a’s display is much larger. The iPhone SE (2022) is more slippery, even though the Pixel 4a is not exactly grippy.
The iPhone SE (2022), on the flip side, has a 4.7-inch HD+ (1334 x 750) Retina IPS LCD display. This is also a 60Hz panel, and it’s quite dated, to be quite honest. It offers a 16:9 display aspect ratio, and it gets up to 625 nits of brightness at its maximum brightness point. It features Ion-strengthened glass. This panel is definitely less sharp than the one on the Pixel 4a, but that likely won’t bother you due to its size.
Both of these displays look fine. They’re definitely not the best you can find around, not even close to it. The blacks look far better on the Pixel 4a, as it’s visible the iPhone SE (2022) has an LCD display. The colors overall look really good on the iPhone SE (2022), considering that’s an OLED display. The Pixel 4a display also doesn’t look that great next to more premium OLED panels. Both displays are responsive enough, though, and offer good viewing angles, the Pixel 4a does do a bit better in that regard, though.
The performance is one area in which these two smartphones differ a lot. The Google Pixel 4a is fueled by the Snapdragon 730G SoC. Back when the Pixel 4a launched, 1.5 years ago, that chip was already mid-range, and not even one of Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-range processors. It is paired with 6GB of RAM inside the device, and the software is upgradable to Android 12, Google’s stock build. The Apple iPhone SE (2022), on the other hand, features the Apple A15 Bionic SoC. That is Apple’s most powerful processor to date. That chip is actually included inside the iPhone 13 series, and it’s quite possibly the most powerful mobile chip (intended for smartphones) on the market at the moment. Apple paired it with 4GB of RAM inside the iPhone SE (2022). There is a difference in performance, that’s for sure.