Google Pixel 3A review: a $399 phone with a great camera
There are new Google phones!
It’s the Pixel 3a, and then there’s a slightly larger Pixel 3a XL. This is also what you should know directly at the head of this audit.
It’s a powerful phone that costs $ 400 and it has an amazing camera.
This mixture of these three things never happens.
For starters, I just want to explain why I think this phone is so surprising and why a lot of people are going to be really happy in case they go out and get it considering that there really is nothing else.
like that. available at the moment. In the event that you have to go out and buy a cell phone with an amazing camera, you have several alternatives.
You can get something in the top tier of what’s good and what you can trust, but to do that you have to spend at least six or seven hundred dollars, and sometimes you end up spending well over a thousand dollars.
Your other option is to find a deal or search for a slightly older phone. If the camera is less important to you, you can get a lot of surprisingly decent Android phones for under $ 500, and these days they don’t even have the tradeoffs you might expect.
Many of them are fast and beautiful and even have recent software. But none of these cheap Android phones have great cameras.
The Pixel 3a, however, has a great camera. For the most part, I can’t tell the difference between photos taken with this phone and photos taken with a regular Pixel 3, which costs around $ 300 more.
I’m not even going to tell you which of these photos is which because they are so close to each other that it doesn’t matter. They might as well be the same.
And you get the same The camera features like a classic Pixel 3, including Night Sight for low light shots and a new time lapse feature coming to all Pixel phones.
On top of all that, it has a good design, a nice OLED display, reasonably loaded speakers, and a guarantee to get the most up-to-date versions of Android first. And, hey, what, look at this! It’s an old god-honest headphone jack, right on top.
The small one costs 399, and the one with the big screen, and also without a notch, costs$ 479. They are available on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Google Fi, and U.S. Cellular.
And it will also work on almost any other carrier you have. This carrier support is actually important because it means you can go to your local store instead of emailing Google if you have a problem with the phone.
So what’s the catch?
There’s always a catch, there must be a catch. Well, yes there are a few.
There are two big things, and then a dozen small things that you are going to give up by not buying a phone that costs $ 750 or more.
First, and probably most important, it’s not super fast, it’s rather slow. Here look at this, I just reset these two phones so they are cool and were going to launch apps on both at the same time so you can see there is a lag.
Most of the time, when you open apps, you’ll find that they take a second or two longer to open than you’d like.
You see it,This slowdown is because the chip inside the Pixel 3a is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon670, which isn’t as fast because the 845 and 855 you get on costlier phones, just like the Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10.
. And it’s definitely not as fast because the processor on an iPhone XR. The odd thing is that when I just used the phone it didn’t feel slow to me and it didn’t stop me from doing anything, even playing games.
intense, like PUBG with high graphics settings.
The camera doesn’t process photos as fast because it could either because it doesn’t have a separate image processing chip, but, again, that did not change the standard of the photos that it did.
I took. is that the faster speed you get on a premium phone well worth the extra $ 300? Maybe not. But one thing to think about is that overtime, we all know all phones tend to hamper, which has been a specific issue with the Pixel 3 and this phone isn’t even a year old yet.
So if you’re in no rush to shop for, it’d be well worth the wait and see with the Pixel 3a. The second thing you lose by not buying a costlier phone is simply the general quality stuff.
the items that make a phone just look and feel specialized, that cause you to desire you’ve got a gorgeous thing in your hands. Now aren’t getting me wrong,
i do not think the Pixel 3a looks cheap, but it’s definitely not a top-notch product whatever meaning. In fact, we all know what the premium means and why this phone doesn’t fit into that category.
First of all, it’s a plastic body, sorry, polycarbonate. He has these big glasses, especially the highest and therefore the bottom. It doesn’t have two cameras on the front. It doesn’t have wireless charging.
It doesn’t have an in-screen fingerprint sensor or face recognition. Losing all of those things isn’t too painful, as long because the exaggerated experience is neat and pretty good, and therefore the Pixel 3a is those things.
you’ll catch on in white or black or during this color right here, which Google calls purple. Looks good. the sole quality thing I even have to complain about is that it’s not waterproof which it quite hurts. the opposite thing that as against an upscale premium phone may be a screen killer.
Something that not only goes from edge to edge, but is additionally very clear and precise with color and may have some technological features like fast refresh rates or anything.
Pixel 3a isn’t valid for all this, but it’s a gorgeous OLED screen. it’s going to not be the very best resolution, and therefore the color temperature on the low one may be a little yellow, for my taste, but again it’s better than the Pixel 2XL from a couple of years ago.
it is also a glass screen, not plastic, but it isn’t technically Corning Gorilla Glass, it’s something called Dragontrail, but whatever. i feel the screen is totally fine.
When a phone costs $ 750 or $ 1200, you ought to knit the shell off the screen. This doesn’t mean that it’s good for a less expensive phone to possess a screen mess, but fortunately it’s not a screen mess.
i feel it’s okay. So, these are the 2 major belongings you miss compared to a flagship phone: overall speed and premium body and screen feel. But there are tons of other little things that the majority people probably don’t lose sleep about, so let’s examine.
it’s no stereo-facing speakers, because the bottom burns down. It doesn’t have the fastest network, so you will not get ultrabroadband speeds over WiFi or LTE.
It doesn’t support Daydream VR and you cannot take wide angle selfies that I’m honestly quite sad about, but I’m also quite overit, but i do not know.
Oh, an annoying thing I should mention, Google Photos will offer you free top quality regular backups here.To get full resolution, original quality for free, you need to access a full Pixel 3, which in my opinion isn’t expensive, but whatever.
Either way, the most important thing Google has done here is lay the groundwork. For example, the battery life is excellent. If you’re an Android, you’ll want to know that I spend around four to four and a half hours of screen time on the small and even better on the large.
For everyone else, know that it will take a whole day, unless you do something that really kills the battery, like sitting in a video conference for a few hours or playing a game with graphic intensity.
And again, the room is great. It is equal to or better than iPhone XR, XS, and Galaxy S10. The quality of the videos could be better, and phones like the Huawei P30 Pro have beaten it with low-light photos, but it still costs $ 400. I’m not sure if I said earlier that a $ 400 phone has a great camera before.
I’m also in a hurry here, headphone jack. (upbeat music) Do I recommend this phone? Yes, if you want a phone for under $ 500. You will get the Google version of Android which is clean, easy to use and always up to date.
You get this coin and you will not have anything to be bored every day. Like I said, even the speed issue didn’t bother me that much.
Do I think this thing will sell like cakes? Honestly, I do not know. People don’t update their phones that often now, it just might mean that when they want to they’ll want more expensive, more expensive models that they hang on for longer.
But I know. I’ve been waiting for Google to make exactly this phone for about five years. Google was making ridiculously good phones for the price, screaming at the Nexus 5, and I’m glad it’s coming back.
It’s the kind of phone that Google should be making, something really good and really affordable. Let me know what you think of the Pixel 3a,
Is this the phone for you? And also, obviously, keep it locked on The Verge. We have a ton of additional GoogleI / O content coming for you.