“Premium for less”.  This is how Google advertises its brand new Google pixel 3a phone. Is it true? Should you buy the Google pixel 3a? Will suit your needs?. Here we take a detailed look at the pros and cons of the new Google Pixel 3a. How does it compare with its counterparts and also how does it hold up against its older brother, the more expensive and advanced Google pixel 3?


Pros

1. The best reason to buy a google pixel 3a is its outstanding rear camera

  • The camera quality for this budget phone is truly comparable to the higher end ones like the Google Pixel.
  • This phone comes with a 12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera. It has a 1.4 mm pixel width and autofocus with dual-pixel phase detection. It has optical plus electronic image stabilization.
  • The photos are very detailed. They have plenty of dynamic range and great color.
  • No other phones of this price range take photos of this high quality, especially in dreaded lighting conditions like if you are shooting directly at the sun or taking a photo in dark environments.
  • You will never have to use your flash again because the Night sight can capture heavy detailed photographs even in the dark.
  • It supports Super resolution zooming. It will capture everything when you zoom without losing any small details in your photos.
  • Since pixel 3a does not have the dedicated image processing chip or pixel visual core, it will take some time to process the photo taken but it does not affect the end product.
  • You can take photos that focus on the subject while making the background fade into a blur.
  • Unlimited Online Storage of your photos with Google Photos is available in pixel 3a.
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2.The best battery life among phones of similar price ranges

It comes with a 3000 mAh Adaptive Battery battery. It gives a good  5 hours of onscreen time with moderate to heavy usage.

3. It has an 18W fast charger.

4. It has the quick switch adapter feature of the Google pixel series for fast transfer of data between phones.

5. It does have a headphone jack which most companies are trying to get rid of these days.

6. The software features like the fingerprint reader from Google pixel 3 is retained.


Cons

1. Has no wireless charging.

2. It is not water resistant.

3. The 3a has only front-facing speakers at the top.

Another downgrade from the pixel 3 is the stereo speakers. The pixel 3 has dual front-facing stereo speakers at the top and bottom. It, however, has speakers blasting from the bottom side. The speaker is loud overall and sounds fine.

4. A tad bit slower compared to its counterparts.

Normally the budget phones these days come with high-end specs by sacrificing certain hardware features. However, google pixels do not come with these high-end specs. It is by no means slow but since it uses a Snapdragon 670 Arduino 615 and only 4 GB of RAM, it will struggle when it comes to multitasking for apps that use a lot of RAM.

5. The display quality is not great in that the off-axis color shift is noticeable especially when used in broad daylight.

6. The plastic polycarbonate finishing on the back feels cheap.

7. The storage option is limited to 64GB with no SD card to expand it. The only storage option is 64GB, and there’s no SD card support to expand it.

8. It doesn’t support Daydream Virtual Reality.

9. It can’t do wide angle selfies like the Pixel 3 can.


VERDICT

The new Google Pixel 3a is a budget phone made for those users who love taking a lot of photographs. The outstanding camera quality combined with the terrific battery life will definitely satisfy you. If you cannot afford the high-end phones like the pixel3 or the iPhone 10, then the next big thing when it comes to camera quality is definitely the Google pixel 3A.

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IMPORTANT SPECIFICATIONS OF THE PIXEL3A

SIM Size Single Nano SIM
Hybrid Sim Slot No
Display Size 14.22 cm (5.6 inch)
Resolution 2220 x 1080 pixels
Resolution Type FHD+
GPU Adreno 615
Audio Jack 3.5mm
Display Type OLED
Graphics PPI 441 PPI
Processor Core Octa Core
Processor Type Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Operating System Android Pie 9.0
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Primary Camera 12.2MP
Primary Camera Features 12.2MP Dual-pixel, 1.4 micrometer pixel Width, Auto Focus with Dual-pixel Phase Detection, Optical + Electronic Image Stabilization, f/1.8 Aperture, 76Degree Field of View, Night Sight, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.12 micrometer pixel Size, f/2.0 Aperture, Fixed Focus, 84Degree Field of View, Night Sight, Portrait Mode
HD Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
Video Recording Resolution 2160p, 1080p, 720p, 480p
Frame Rate Rear Camera: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 1080p at 120 fps, 720p at 30 fps, 720p at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps, 4K at 30 fps, Front Camera: 1080p at 30 fps, 720p at 30 fps, 480p at 30 fps
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh

Google Pixel 3a

RS. 39999
8.4

Design & Build

9.0/10

Camera

9.0/10

Display

8.0/10

Performance

7.5/10

Price

8.5/10

Pros

  • Camera
  • Battery Life
  • Fast Charging
  • Quick switch adaptive data transfer
  • Headphone jack

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • No water resistance
  • SD 670 is inferior at this price
  • No support for wide angle selfies
  • No support for daydream VR
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