iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4a: the match – CNET France

This year is full of affordable smartphones and features
impressive. Apple and Google, for example, have launched versions
first prize of their respective flagships

iPhone 11

Pixel 4
with the iPhone SE (489 €) and the

Pixel 4a
(€ 349, available from 1er October in France). Their
12-megapixel camera takes great photos and, with the arrival of iOS 14 and Android 11, they will benefit from the latest versions of operating systems
Apple and Google mobile.

In order to find out which of these two phones would suit you best,
we carried out a comparison on several key criteria: device
photo, design, OS, performance and autonomy. In short, the iPhone SE
is the fastest and most successful phone. But the Pixel 4a is
cheaper, longer battery life and more versatile camera.
Let's see all of this in detail.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

The "mini" high-end experience

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Despite being the cheapest iPhone in the lineup, the iPhone SE
borrows a lot from premium iPhones: latest A13 Bionic processor
generation, water resistant design, wireless charging and

Wi-Fi 6

. Its great camera also takes excellent videos. To 489
euros, it is more expensive than the Pixel 4a, but it remains relatively
affordable, especially for an iPhone.

Google Pixel 4a

The friend of your wallet

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It compromises more than the iPhone SE and has less
features than its big brother, the Pixel 4. No wireless charging nor
of water resistance, for example, and it has the Snapdragon processor
730G less powerful. But its autonomy is better than that of the iPhone
SE and it benefits from the excellent Pixel 4 camera.
offers 128 GB of storage which will make you spend 190 euros more at
Apple to have the same capacity.

The iPhone SE's camera offers superior video quality, but the
Pixel 4a looks fantastic in low light

Which PV device you prefer often depends on the type of
photos and situations in which you find yourself. If you like
immortalize moments with your friends at any time of the day, the
Pixel 4a and its superb night mode is perhaps the best choice. If you
take tons of videos and selfies, go for iPhone SE.

Here is the comment from our colleague at CNET.com Lexy Savvides: “The
Pixel 4a is significantly better for low light photography and,
therefore, it performs better overall for still images.
It also has more options than the iPhone SE in its application.
default camera. The iPhone SE has the advantage for video and
self-portraits ”.

The elegance of the iPhone SE surpasses the design of the Pixel 4a and its display

The design quality of the iPhone SE is similar to that of the iPhone
current. Although it has a thicker border than the newer ones
iPhone for the front camera and physical home button, the
SE retains a glass case and water resistant design. It is
also available in three colors: black, white and red.

The Pixel 4a, on the other hand, doesn't look so stylish. It only exists
a single color (black), and in addition to its blue power button, its
matte plastic frame is dull. Its general finish does not release the
same quality feel as iPhone SE. It is not waterproof and the module
rear photo is much larger than that of the iPhone.

There's one thing we really like about the Pixel 4a, though:
its Oled screen. Although both phones have a
comfortable quality for videos and games, that of the Pixel 4a is a
slightly sharper because it has a resolution of 1080p (against 750p for the iPhone
SE) and higher pixel density. Its thinner frame and its camera
punched front end give it a more modern style.

Comparison of Android and iOS user interface

Only you can decide which operating system works best
for you and with which ecosystem you are already comfortable. Both
phones have a built-in voice assistant (Google Assistant and
Siri), contactless payment services (Google Pay and Apple Pay) and
little extras like dark mode and digital wellness tools
to reduce screen time. Recently, Android has added its own
version of Apple's AirDrop, which means that both phones
can transfer files to other phones (which are on
their respective OS) at close range.

The iPhone SE has a physical home button that avoids the gestures of
swipe to navigate the interface. He will benefit from the next
iOS 14 update which will introduce some familiar features to
Android users, such as a built-in translation application,
widgets and a picture-in-picture mode.

IPhone SE performs better, but Pixel 4a has better battery life

The Pixel 4a and its Snapdragon 730G chipset are overall fast and
reliable. But on a few occasions we have encountered
small snags. After downloading Call of Duty and PUBG, for example,
we had to restart the phone because the two games had
blocked during loading. And from time to time it happened that a
application terminates unexpectedly or we have to restart the device
photo because it wasn't triggering.

No such problem with the iPhone SE. Its A13 Bionic processor has
greatly outclassed that of 4a on our benchmark test benches, including
3DMark and Geekbench 5.0.

In contrast, the Google smartphone claims victory in terms of
autonomy. Even with Android's adaptive battery function
disabled, the Pixel 4a outlasted the iPhone SE and reached a
average of 18 hours and 45 minutes, which is excellent. IPhone SE has
as for him held approximately 15 hours and 45 minutes. It's a delay
respectable, but it is still three hours less than that of the
Pixel 4a.

Other points to consider

Both phones have dual SIM. In addition to the usual nano-SIM,
they use e-SIM technology which supports multiple numbers
phone. This function is useful if you travel often or if you
want to combine two numbers (for example, your personal number and
your pro number) on the same mobile.

IPhone SE is Wi-Fi 6 compatible. Although Wi-Fi 6 has not been certified
that in September 2019 and that the compatible routers are still expensive,
this feature is advantageous for the future. Compared to Wi-Fi 5, the
Wi-Fi 6 is faster and more efficient in terms of battery life.

Neither phone has expandable memory. The Pixel 4a
offers 128 GB with 6 GB of RAM. The iPhone SE offers three capacities of
storage: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. If we strictly compare the models
128 GB of the two phones, the price difference of the iPhone SE is
higher of 190 euros.

IPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Google Pixel 4A

Screen size, definition

4.7-inch LCD; 1,334×750 pixels

5.81-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels

Display density




138.4×67.3×7.3 mm

144×69.4×8.2 mm

Weight 148g



iOS 13

Android 10




Front camera







Apple A13 Bionic

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G


64GB, 128GB, 256GB




Expandable storage




Apple an autonomy equivalent to that of the iPhone 8

3,140 mAh

Fingerprint sensor
Home button




Headphone socket


Special functions
Waterproof (IP67); dual SIM (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

dual SIM (nano-SIM and e-SIM)

€ 489 (64GB), € 539 (128GB), € 659 (256GB)
349 €

Article from CNET.com adapted by CNETFrance
/ Image: Angela Lang, Lexy Savvides / CNET

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