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Google Pixel 3a (2019)
Apple iPhone XS
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Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL (2019) vs Apple iPhone XS/XS Max (2018)

Analysis:

The Google Pixel 3a (2019) is an example of a great Smartphone at its $380 budget.

In the case of the Apple iPhone XS, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

The Google Pixel 3a (2019) has done great in quite a few roundups from some of the most highly trusted sources available, such as PCmag, Wirecutter (NYTimes), CNET, and Digital Camera World, which perform high-quality in-depth testing. It got awarded the "Best for Affordability" title by PCmag, "The best Android phones" by Wirecutter (NYTimes), and "Cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great camera" by CNET in their respective roundups. Earning that much praise from such respected sources is undoubtedly an impressive accomplishment.

Moving on to the Apple iPhone XS: it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like CNET, camerajabber.com, What Hi-Fi?, PhoneArena, Digital Camera World, Techradar, Tech Advisor, Photography Blog, AVForums, TechSpot, GSMArena, The Verge, hardwarezone.com.sg, PCmag, Expert Reviews, slashgear.com, and nextpit.com, enough for them to include them on those lists.

Out of the sources that tested and rated both of these Smartphones, Expert Reviews, PCmag, and WIRED preferred the Google Pixel 3a (2019), whereas reviewers at What Hi-Fi?, Pocket-lint, Lifewire, PhoneArena, Digital Camera World, Techradar, TechSpot, CNET, and The Verge liked the Apple iPhone XS better. camerajabber.com, Tech Advisor, and slashgear.com gave them identical review scores.

We also took a look at which sources liked these products best - the highest Google Pixel 3a (2019) rating came from Expert Reviews, whereas the Apple iPhone XS most impressed reviewers at camerajabber.com; they earned scores of 10 and 10, respectively.

Lastly, we averaged out all of the reviews scores that we could find on these two products and compared them to other Smartphones on the market. We learned that both of them performed far better than most of their competitors - the overall review average earned by Smartphones being 7.5 out of 10, whereas the Google Pixel 3a (2019) and Apple iPhone XS managed averages of 8.6 and 8.9 points, respectively.

Due to the difference in their prices, however, it's important to keep in mind that a direct Google Pixel 3a (2019) vs. Apple iPhone XS comparison might not be entirely fair - some sources don't take value for money into account when assigning their scores and therefore have a tendency to rate more premium products better.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
CNET
PCmag
Digital Camera World
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Tom's Guide
DXOMARK
Photography Blog
GSMArena
AVForums
Android Central
Tech. Specs Comparison
Google Pixel 3a (2019)
$318
Apple iPhone XS
Operating System
Android
iOS
Screen size
5.6 (inches)
5.8 (inches)
Highly recommended by trusted experts
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best Camera Phones” 
Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best Android phones
in “The Best Smartphones” 
Last updated: 2 days ago
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Cheaper Pixel 3 with same great camera
in “Best prepaid phones of 2020” 
Last updated: 21 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Refurbished Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 11 Aug 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 6
in “Best phones for music 2020: top choices for audio on your smartphone” 
Last updated: 27 Aug 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Android Phone in 2020 (October Reviews)” 
consumersearch
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Budget
in “10 Best Smartphones and Their Features” 
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best Camera Phones” 
Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great camera
in “Best T-Mobile phones of 2020” 
Last updated: 13 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Small Android Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 21 Jul 2020
Windows Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Budget Android
in “Best Minecraft Earth Phones of 2019” 
Last updated: 14 Oct 2019
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 6
in “Best Pixel phones: we've ranked all the Google Pixel handsets worth buying” 
Last updated: 23 days ago
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Unlocked Phone” 
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Cheaper Pixel 3 with same great camera
in “Best Verizon phone for 2020” 
Last updated: 31 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Android Phones for Students in 2020” 
Last updated: 6 Jul 2020
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Unlocked Smartphone 2019” 
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great camera
in “Best US Cellular phones of 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Phones for Visible in 2020” 
Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Unlocked Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 23 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Budget Camera Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 10 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Smart Lock is Android's best-kept secret for working from home” 
Last updated: 19 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Pixel 3a gets even cheaper in the UK this April” 
Last updated: 30 Mar 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Prepaid Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 14 Feb 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Google photos will automatically mail your best photos to you for $8/month” 
Last updated: 2 Feb 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Note 10 is the best Android phone but this is why I use a Pixel” 
Last updated: 13 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Phones for TracFone in 2020” 
Last updated: 5 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Google Fi's Wi-Fi calling and spam protection expand to more phones” 
Last updated: 9 Dec 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “From the Editor's Desk: Google's best phone of 2019” 
Last updated: 8 Dec 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Android Central's Best of 2019 Awards — The Tech We Loved This Year” 
Last updated: 22 Nov 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Pixel 3a is the best selling unlocked phone on Amazon in the U.S.” 
Last updated: 17 Jun 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Phones for Google Fi in 2020” 
Last updated: 6 Jul 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Value
in “Most Secure Android Phone in 2020” 
Last updated: 5 Jul 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Camera
in “Best Android Phones for Kids in 2020” 
Last updated: 26 Jun 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Value
in “Best Android Phones in the U.S. for 2020” 
Last updated: 21 May 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Camera
in “Best Sustainable and Repairable Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Mar 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Android Phones” 
Last updated: 26 Aug 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Budget Android Phones” 
Last updated: 2 Jul 2020
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “20 best phones that still have a headphone jack” 
Last updated: 9 Aug 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Android Camera in 2020” 
Last updated: 23 Jul 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best T-Mobile Phones in 2020” 
Last updated: 10 Apr 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Smartphones at Walmart in 2020: Straight Talk, Prepaid and Unlocked Walmart Cell Phones” 
Last updated: 25 Mar 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Selfie Camera Phone in 2020” 
Last updated: 15 Mar 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best all-around iPhone camera
in “Best phones for Christmas gifts 2018: iPhone XR, Pixel 3, Note 9, Moto G6 for $200 and more” 
Last updated: 13 Dec 2018
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best phones for battery life: which smartphone is the longest-lasting?” 
Last updated: 5 Apr 2019
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best upcoming phones 2018: UK release dates for the best new smartphones yet to appear” 
Last updated: 13 Sep 2018

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