Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 11 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Google Pixel 4a is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Apple iPhone 11 128GB

Apple iPhone 11 128GB  Google Pixel 4a 
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Excellence Score
80.8
68.7
Value for Money Score
57.1
70.1
Price ₹ 59,900 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 5.81 inches
Screen Resolution 828x1792 pixels (~ 324 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features LCD, Liquid Retina HD Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously OLED, Always-on display, HDR
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 618
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12.2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Ultrawide): F/2.4 Aperture; 120° Field-of-view; 5P Lens, 12MP (Wide): F/1.8 Aperture; 2x Optical Zoom Out; 5x Digital Zoom; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 6P Lens, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Panorama, 100% Focus Pixels, Night mode, Auto Adjustments, HDR, Live Photos, Red-eye Correction, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom F/1.7 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length (Wide), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4um Pixel Size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, Auto-HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 12MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 194 gmHeavy 143 gmLight
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3110 mAh 3140 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Video playback: Upto 17 hrs, Video playback (streamed): Upto 10 hrs, Audio playback: Upto 65 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Wifi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure UFS 2.1 Storage; DLNA; NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium Apple design, that's similar to the iPhone XR from last year, with a glossy back, except for the new colors, and the new camera module (a frosted glass camera square) at the rear
  • Ergonomically, it's generally a great size and it offers a lovely slim and solid design
  • IP68 water resistance, and more durable glass, compared to last year's iPhones
  • Face ID is now slightly faster, and supports more face angles too - which means you can lean over your iPhone resting on your coffee table, and it will unlock
  • Still packs one of the best IPS displays out there
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - plus of course, you get regular, and timely updates
  • Break-neck speeds with the new A13 processor - it's a bit faster in single tasking, and a bigger leap in multitasking, compared to the A12, which already was the fastest mobile chipset around - in simple terms this is the fastest smartphone out there now (along with the iPhone 11 Pro models), and of course runs butter smooth
  • iPhones have always been among the top camera phones each year (along with the Pixels, Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S, and Huawei flagships in recent times), and the iPhone 11 continues that traditions bringing in some serious camera improvements to bring at par with the best of the pack
  • The 2 key camera upgrades are a new ultrawide-angle camera and a Night Mode for low-light photography - and both work quite well
  • The ultrawide-angle camera can make for dramatic shots - you get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what's outside the shot, which can help you know when to use the ultrawide lens
  • Apple's version of Night mode too is excellent - it works automatically, taking an extra 1 to 3 seconds to capture more light and assemble a picture that ends up almost surreal and richly colored (you will be wowed) - it's as good as the excellent Night modes on the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro - the 2 phones that have so far been champions of night photography
  • Later this year, the iPhone 11 will also offer a new Deep Fusion feature to perform pixel-by-pixel photo processing to deliver even more detail and better textures along with less noise - again, you won't need to activate a separate mode
  • it will just kick in when you're indoors and there's a decent amount of light
  • iPhone video cameras have always been fantastic, arguably the best on any smartphone - in the iPhone 11 they have even better stabilization for smoother video, and look better in darker spaces (though the video camera doesn't use Night mode)
  • Front camera is very good too, and is wider-angled this time - it can digitally zoom in or out to accommodate a wider view that includes more people and background
  • The front camera also get a new "slow motion selfie video" feature ("Slofies") - it's a fun feature, to add some drama to selfies
  • Overall, the excellent cameras on the iPhone 11 bring it in the top bracket, on par with the other 2 top camera phones - the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro
  • Excellent audio capabilities - Apple has introduced a feature called spatial audio to the iPhone 11 models, which creates a virtual sound stage to make you believe that the sound is coming out of the screen rather than just at the end of the phone and it's actually quite impressive in action - plus, you also get Dolby Atmos support - again, this is one of the best audio setups on any smartphone
  • The new U1 positioning chip inside all of Apple's new iPhones will allow iPhone 11/Pro/Max owners to more easily AirDrop files to each other by pointing their phones at specific people - and many other interesting location based applications could follow soon
  • Very good battery life - improved significantly over the iPhone XR which itself had good battery life - with moderate usage, you should get about 1.5 days of use
  • This year's iPhone 11 is a very well executed refinement over the iPhone XR - it's more durable, faster, has better cameras, better battery life, and on top of it, cheaper than what the iPhone XR cost when it launched - there might not be any stand-out wow upgrade here but it's a very meaningful upgrade in all key areas
  • It's also much better value for money, for most users, compared to the Pro models - it's as good in all key areas - and the things that are skimped on - the telephoto lens, the OLED screen - you won't miss much
  • Cute, minimalist design - the matte textured polycarbonate back makes it feel much nicer and less slippery
  • One of the more compact Android smartphones - the result is a handset which is extremely easy to handle, and one-handed use is almost effortless
  • Extremely light-weight, tipping the scales at just 143g
  • The signature coloured lock button is still present and adds a little flair to the overall esthetics
  • The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, and recognition is fast
  • The screen is a 5.81-inch, Full HD+ OLED panel, and it looks fantastic - the screen provides bright, clear and colourful visuals, watching the HDR content is a pleasing experience, with excellent detail and colour reproduction
  • The Google Pixel 4a also features an always-on display, which will permanently display some useful things like the time, date, battery level, weather and notifications
  • Of course, one of the key selling points of the Pixel series, is the clean, stock version of Android directly from Google, along with three years of promised updates (which are generally delivered almost as soon as they are launched)
  • Then there are some interesting Pixel-only features like the search giant's Recorder app, which can live-transcribe meetings and conversations, help you make notes and some other useful stuff
  • Good performance from the reliable Snapdragon 730G - it can handle any app or game that you run with ease - the heavy games like COD: Mobile also runs well with medium graphics
  • Excellent 12.2MP camera at the back - the camera shines in bright daylight photography: details are well resolved without oversharpening and there's barely any noise - images have great colour and dynamic range, and maintained more contrast than other devices currently on the market
  • Low-light photos are quite good, dynamic range and details are great - adding the Google's Night Sight to the mix and the photos are generally more exposed in the shadows and offer a white balance that's more true to life - it improves the detail and reduces the noise
  • The Pixel 4a supports Astrophotography - it is meant for capturing the starry night skies or moonlit landscapes, depending on the scene, the camera can take anywhere from 1 to more than 3 minutes to capture a shot
  • Portrait mode is impressive with good subject separation and natural background blur
  • The front-facing 8MP camera on the Google Pixel 4a is a solid snapper and produces selfies with good colour and detail
  • There's the obligatory selfie portrait mode, which can apply background blur for artsy self-portraits, and Night Sight is also available on the front camera - this worked well when you try to snap a selfie in lighting that is less than ideal
  • Overall, the images are nearly indistinguishable from the much pricier Pixel 4, that never launched in India - which makes the Pixel 4a arguably the best camera at this price
  • Decent battery life from the 3140 mAh battery - it can last a full day of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 18W fast charger in the box, it can fill the phone up in about 90 mins (though, at this price there are better fast charging options available from competition)
  • The Pixel 4a is a simple, no-nonsense phone, it isn't trying to do anything flashy, and if you’re tired of big, expensive phones and just want something compact that works, and works well, it is a good choice to consider
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large display notch is still there
  • It's not OLED though, and it's not as high resolution, as the iPhone 11 Pro models (but you will be hard pressed to find much of a difference in everyday use)
  • Siri has generally fallen behind Google Assistant now, in terms of usefulness and intelligence, so iPhones are not the best 'smart assistant' experiences now
  • Only Pro models get the 2x telephoto lens, so there is no optical zoom to be had on the iPhone 11
  • The ultrawide-angle camera doesn’t have Night Mode or OIS
  • While the phone supports fast charging, the included charger is just 5W - you will need to buy a compatible fast charger separately if you want the fast charging goodness
  • Of course, if you are not wedded to the iOS ecosystem, there are a number of Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi - that are worthy competitors
  • The materials used don't look or feel particularly premium
  • The performance isn't the best for the price - there are plenty of similarly priced handsets offering newer chipsets, more RAM, and a variety of storage options, like the OnePlus Nord
  • However, if you want more from your phone, there are better options available that offer better design, performance, battery and fast charging, like the OnePlus Nord
Expert Reviews
  1. The iPhone 11 is a very thoughtful upgrade over the XR....It has everything new from Apple, but it costs less, and the tradeoffs seem to be just right
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, the iPhone 11 is a perfectly good phone – and an excellent entry-level point into the Apple ecosystem
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Apple may have skipped flashy extras on this year's phones, but the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model the company's ever made
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best new iPhone for most people
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A very good phone, even if it’s not a futuristic one
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The iPhone 11 is going to sell really well, and it should, because it’s great - and for people who want the best video and photo options, a better dark mode experience, a brighter screen - the iPhone 11 Pro is there
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The iPhone most people should buy
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is the one to go for if you want a good value new iPhone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. There's a lot to like about the iPhone 11
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Slick, capable and drop-dead glorious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great phone...An excellent camera and strong battery life make this is an easy choice
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This iPhone could be a winner in India
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A no-brainer for anyone who is looking to upgrade from an older iPhone
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You cannot go wrong with this one
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Balances price and experience, perfectly
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Absolutely superb
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. An outstanding value and undoubtedly one of the best phones you can buy
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the iPhone I recommend to everyone right now
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The iPhone 11 remains powerful, with great battery life and a great camera that will maintain your love for the brand and its offerings
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. The iPhone 11 takes some of the best technologies of recent phones and combines them into one compelling handset
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The only iPhone worth buying
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. The iPhone 11 is easily the best choice for most people, but if you care about display or design, skip it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Gives people what they want: Cameras, battery life and a good price
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The iPhone 11 finally redeems itself in terms of the camera and is now standing amongst the best performers out there
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. A near-perfect balance of price and features
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. The most attractive choice in Apple’s best lineup in years
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. The new "affordable" model in Apple's iPhone lineup is a worthy successor to the iPhone XR, featuring a new dual camera setup, faster speed, and a lower introductory price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  28. A superb device...offers the biggest appeal in terms of technology and price point from the 2019 iPhones
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Google Pixel 4a offers a fully rounded Pixel experience in a compact size and at a budget-friendly price point
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Google's impressive single-camera smartphone photography arrives in an affordable, one-hand-friendly design
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A compact phone that's easy to use, a beautiful screen, and one of the best cameras in this price range, the Pixel 4a is hard to beat
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’ve always wanted the better camera system but prefer a smaller and compact sized Android smartphone, the Pixel 4a is your best option
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Equal Parts Impressive & Discouraging, Depending On What You Need From It
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The perfect phone for 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Pixel 4a is the photography relief the budget segment needed
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  8. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  23. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  28. 9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
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