The Google Pixel 4a is one of the great budget Pixel phones available, with a high-end camera, upgraded software and powerful overall performance. Similar to that is the Apple iPhone XR, which is a beautiful, user-friendly phone with a robust camera. The Apple iPhone XR is undoubtedly the best budget Apple device available today.

Design and Display

The Google Pixel mobile 4a is one step ahead in comparison to its predecessor- the Pixel 3a. It has a sleek and tiny edge display with a punch-hole selfie camera in place of the large bezels in the Pixel 3A. The only turn off is the cheap black plastic that covers the rear. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has a pretty look with sleep edge display and a characteristic notch. The stand-out point for the iPhone XR is the glass rear that gives it an edge over the Pixel 4a in terms of looks and sophistication. In terms of the touchscreen, the XR however, loses points as its resolution is 1792 x 828 pixels in comparison to the Pixel 4a’s 2340 x 1080 pixels.

Performance and Battery Life

The Pixel 4a is powered by the Snapdragon 730, while the iPhone XR has an Apple A12 Bionic chip. The 4a offers 6GB of RAM and the XR iPhone only 3GB.  In terms of performance, both the phones stood out comparatively well and similar.

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The Pixel 4a has 128GB of internal storage, and the XR offers 64GB, with the option to upgrade 128GB at an additional cost of $50. The Pixel 4a also has a larger, 3,140mAh battery, when the 2,942mAh powers the iPhone XR. Due to this difference in battery size, the Pixel 4a can last for two days at moderate to heavy phone usage, while the XR lasts for only over a day.


The Pixel 4a has a robust camera with 12.2MP rear lens. This is super-enhanced with Google’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based software which means users can click superb photos in any condition. The iPhone XR’s camera is comparatively good, though not as excellent as the Pixel’s. The iPhone has a similar 12MP, without any additional telephone lens. Both smartphones have comparatively similar video capabilities. They let users shoot 4K film, although the XR will do that at 60fps, while the 4a gives only to 30fps. However, the 4a enables capturing 1080p film at 120fps, while the XR does the same at a maximum of 60fps.


In terms of software and updates, both the phones are equally good. However, though the real context of Android versus iOS will depend solely on the priorities of the user.

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Distinctive Features

The unique feature of the Google Pixel 4a is its flagship-level camera. It also has several other upgraded features like Google Maps’ augmented reality directions and the A.I.-based feature named Call Screen. In the case of the iPhone XR, its unique feature is the TrueDepth selfie camera system, which enables user Face ID. This makes the phone more secure and protected. The TrueDepth camera also offers Memojis, which are funfilled lifelike avatars with which the user can copy their facial expressions and use them on FaceTime calls.


The Google Pixel 4a is priced at $349, and the Apple iPhone XR is available at $599. However, users will have to pay $649 for the 128GB version of the Apple iPhone XR.

In terms of an overall choice, the Google Pixel 4a is a better and more affordable budget smartphone than the Apple iPhone XR. It has a better touchscreen, camera and a bigger battery. Also, the performance capability of the Google Pixel phone is better than the Apple iPhone.