But it’s got fierce competition…
Google’s Pixel 3A was arguably our favorite phone of last year, matching price, performance and pragmatism in a way that pretty much no other device did last year. By combining the best part’s of it’s Pixel range, namely the camera and software features, Google created a great smartphone that made the kind of dent that all of its competitors noticed. And now with the Pixel 4A, Google’s done it again, except this time this budget king might be facing some pretty compelling competition.
Now you’ll notice in The Verge review above, reviewer Dieter Bohn talks about how this phone is the perfect balance of getting the basics right, and despite my title, I’m not copying him, it’s just that true! The Pixel 4A is as pragmatic as the 3A while benefiting from the progress of tech in the Android space (in the form of a hole punch camera and thinner display)and still brings a best in class camera that can challenge the bigger pixel 4, iPhone 11 and even the recently praised Sony Xperia 1 II. Simply put, for USD $350 you can’t get a better deal. This is by far the best camera for it’s price range (with the only competition coming from the iPhone SE) and it come in a phone that will satisfy most budget buyers at everything else too. The phone’s not the fastest ever, but it will serve you well, it’s not the flashiest or has the best screen, but it’s 1080p OLED panel will still impress many, its storage is regrettably not expandable, but it comes with 128GB out of the box. Throw in some great software features including Google’s offline voice transcription and song recognition, combined with three years of Android updates and support and you have one of the best Android phones you can buy this year.
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
No microSD slot
No wireless charging
|IP rating||No IP rating|
|Dimensions and weight||144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm|