The announcement of Pixel 2 took the internet by storm with its latest camera system. iPhones are no longer the norm of mobile photography. People who need a good camera are switching to Pixel phones. The added benefit of having a completely stock operating system by Google themselves makes this device more appealing for consumers.
One issue however is the price. Being a flagship device, Google charges the same price as Apple charges for their iPhones. But luckily, Google thought about the consumers wanting pixel devices at a budget-friendly price. Therefore, they have started releasing slightly lower range phones with great software and no compromise is made with the camera.
In this review, we’ll be reviewing the Pixel 4a, which is one of the best stock android devices you can purchase for just under $400. As of making this review, this product has almost 4000 ratings, with 81% 5-stars on Amazon. Read the review to see if the newly updated Pixel 4a is worth your money. If you need accessories to go along with it, look at our review on the Moment Blue Flare Anamorphic Lens.
Phones nowadays have very similar design patterns. Around 6” display, curved, bezel-less approach, multiple cameras on the back, and so on. Without looking at the logo, sometimes it gets difficult to distinguish between brands.
However, Google made certain changes that help Pixels stand out from the crowd. Its accented power button and the somewhat unique back design is a bit different. Nevertheless, comparing to its predecessors, the design hasn’t changed much.
Unlike the regular flagship Pixel 4, which has its back made out of glass, this model’s body is built entirely out of plastic. It has a slightly slimmer bezel than the previous version. The most noticeable difference in terms of the design is the hole punch cutout for the camera. In-display cutouts have been gaining good traction in recent years and Google has finally implemented it on this iteration. It looks really clean and premium.
The device itself is fairly compact despite being a 5.8” display. This phone’s thickness measures 8.2mm, which is decently slim, but some other brands have managed to make their devices much slimmer. Still, it isn’t a big issue. The weight is just 134g, making it extremely easy to carry and won’t cause any pain while holding it hand-held for longer periods of time.
Regarding the features, this device comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is rare these days. You will get a fingerprint sensor at the back. The sensor is appropriately positioned for easy reachability. We didn’t have any issues with it and the speed is really great. It will unlock almost immediately. There is a single camera with a sensor at the rear and a small punch hole selfie camera at the front left of the display.back to menu ↑
The camera of Pixel is its main selling point. When buying a Pixel device, people prioritize two things. The camera and the stock OS, both are amazing. If you’ve used any Pixel device before, then you won’t be disappointed with this one either. Although, having a single camera might disappoint some. But the single-camera does everything that other mid-range phones with multiple cameras can’t achieve.
This device comes with a 12.2MP sensor at the rear with an f/1.7 aperture and is capable of shooting 4K at 30fps. The front is an 8MP sensor capable of taking really high-quality selfies. The cameras are equipped with Google’s famous image processing software and are also capable of producing really amazing low-light shots.back to menu ↑
Although the 4a is a budget device, Google didn’t cheap out on the display. They have shipped a 5.81-inch OLED display with full HDR support. The viewing angle is great and should be as it is an OLED panel.back to menu ↑
Google claims to have up to 24 hours of battery life, which, in real use, isn’t true. In fact, it is the nature of tech companies to make claims of having a certain level of battery life that almost always never becomes true in real use.
The Pixel 4 comes with a 3,140mAh non-removable battery. It does last a full day under medium use. But if you are a gamer or a hard-core power user, then the battery life will obviously be lower. Nevertheless, this phone supports fast charging and offers an 18W charger in the box, which is really appreciated. One issue, however, is that this product doesn’t support wireless charging.back to menu ↑
We are reviewing the black version of this smartphone. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 730G, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB storage. The display supports FullHD+ (1080×2340) in a 5.81inch display.back to menu ↑
No third-party apps, no advertised apps, and no unnecessary custom apps; this is what you get from a complete stock Android experience. Also, the added benefit of software and security updates makes this an amazing bargain.
Google promises at least three years of security updates with stock android devices. As it is built by Google themselves, the app and OS integration is very smooth. Everything runs flawlessly and we haven’t had any performance issues.
- Excellent camera optimization
- Headphone jack
- Fast operating experience
- Guaranteed software and security updates
- Comes with an 18W fast charger
- Not great battery life
- No 5G
- No Wireless charging
The Google Pixel 4a is for those who want easy access to a great camera at an affordable range. Content creators often need these types of devices that can deliver a DSLR quality image. This product not only serves the purpose of having a camera but also is a great phone with stock Android built-in. Comparing to other devices at its range, we think the Pixel 4a is definitely worth it.