Google Pixel 3a: An Affordable Phone by Google

Here is pixel 3a, The price starts at 399 bucks. This phone has a better camera than the others. Is it a good buy or a deal Breaker

Overview

It does have an excellent camera one that’s better than the iPhone which by itself is kind of amazing at this price point but of course, there’s more to this phone. There’s been a ton of focus on this camera naturally.

There are a bunch of other things about this phone to consider the best way to analyze it, is to compare it to its bigger brother which is the $800 pixel 3.

Build and Design

The pixel 3a is all plastic instead of glass but they’ve done a great job of making it feel similar to the touch and the plastic 3a feels lighter when holding it next to pixel 3 but the scale confirms they’re pretty much the same weight.

The only place you’re losing out on build quality of this cheaper phone is the lack of wireless charging and no water resistance.

Headphone Jack

You gained a headphone jack. These budget phones just keep the headphone jack around but other than that it still really feels like a pixel.

Fingerprint Sensor

I’ve also noticed the fingerprint reader on the back of the 3a is a little bit more recessed than the pixel 3. That’s because the pixel 3is all glass so you have the glass fingerprint reader at the same level but this is a plastic phone you still need glass and the fingerprint reader so they sort of indented.

Display

The only other main aesthetic difference is the display which is what you’re looking at most of the time. So you’re getting a slightly thicker bezel on both the top and bottom and the sides.

The pixel 3a has a little bigger than the pixel 3. It’s a five-point six-inch 1080p OLED. It doesn’t get very bright to the point where it actually can be kind of tough to see it outdoors. Then even when you’re in normal indoor environments. It looks fine when you’re staring straight at it but the off-axis color shift is noticeable it starts to go cool and a little green.

So the display quality itself to me was a downgrade which is a big deal to me since I’m someone who pixel peeps and does a lot of photo editing and things like that on my phone so if you do that too you’ll notice

The Speaker

It has a bit cut off too so the pixel 3 as we know had dual front-facing stereo speakers. The pixel 3a still has that top speaker so it still has front-facing audio.

You have a single downward-firing speaker at the bottom. What’s funny is if you take some magnet paper to the back. You can see the speaker is all the way over on one side.

It turns out the sound doesn’t come out both sides it’s just for show on the pixel 3a. You can still easily block the one side that audio comes out the bottom. But again at least it’s still just half of the speaker pair. You still get audio coming out the top so you’re not blocking it. The speaker’s get pretty loud and they sound fine.

Performance

So the main concern many people have had and rightfully so with the pixel 3a is just it’s slow. It has a snapdragon 670, the Adreno 615, 4 gigs of ram.

So if pixel 3 was already having performance issues what’s this phone gonna be like. You will notice it’s not as smooth as the higher-end phones. It struggles with ram management still apps are closing in the background.

Opening and closing apps and multitasking and opening files and editing photos all that stuff it doesn’t lag at all.

Battery

One part of the performance of this phone that it does much better than its older brother in battery life. You’re only pushing a 1080p display and lower power internals and this phone has got over 5 hours of screen-on time.

This one has physically larger batteries than the flagship brothers so the battery life good on the 3a.

Camera

That just leaves the last part, the cameras. The pixel 3a has the same hardware for the single rear camera, same sensor, same glass same everything.

Front Camera

On the front, there is a single selfie camera. That’s sort of in-between so it’s a little wider than normal but it’s not quite the full ultra-wide.

Rear Camera

The rear camera is the reason to get hyped over this phone. Photos from 3a are very detailed and have tons of dynamic range and have good color pictures with it.

No other budget phone takes photos anywhere near this good. Especially in the more challenging lighting scenarios. Night sight is still on another level.

No Image Processing Chip

Now something else to note, the pixel 3a does not have the dedicated image processing chip or pixel visual core that the flagship has.

So what does that mean basically that now it’s processing images on the snapdragon 670. This has almost zero effect on the actual final image quality. The only thing you’ll notice is photos take a little longer to process after you snap the photo.

That’s about it so overall if pixel 3 is the image is an A+ then this is an A and that’s still miles ahead of any other camera of any phone in this price range.

Specification

  • Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm (5.96 x 2.76 x 0.32 in)
  • Weight: 147 g (5.19 oz)
  • Display: OLED,1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~441 PPI density)
  • OS: Android 9.0
  • CPU: Snapdragon 670 (10 nm), Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Rear Camera: Single 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1.12µm

Should You Buy a Pixel 3a?

Of course, this is gonna be a really good phone at the price for a lot of people. There are a lot of other competitive phones out around at this price now.

The pixel 3a chops down a couple of places where some other mid-range phones don’t. So it doesn’t have the super high-end specs. It has a good haptic motor that is underrated for stuff like typing and notifications.

The same super-smart software experience will be updated first in line and an even better battery life. Of course, the best camera quality than any phone.

So if you want the best possible photo quality, and the absolute best software experience for 400 bucks. You’re looking at it right here Pixel 3a simple as that