Google Pixel 4a Review: Our Favorite Features
At the beginning of August, Google unveiled the newest addition to its lineup of Pixel phones. Unlike the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, this version of the Pixel was available for purchase immediately. So how does this budget-friendly option stack up to the competition? We discuss everything you need to know about the device in this Google Pixel 4a review.
The Latest Budget Smartphone: Pixel 4a Review
Affordable smartphones are hot this year. Between Apple’s latest iteration of the iPhone SE, Samsung’s Galaxy A51, and last year’s Pixel 3a, it’s no surprise that Google is releasing another Pixel without the steep price tag. If you’re on the hunt for a new phone and don’t want to shell out a thousand dollars, then this photography-oriented phone may be right for you. Check out some of the features of this smartphone below.
Unlike its flagship siblings, the Pixel 4a only comes in one color, a plain, black polycarbonate. While it’s lower refresh rate feels slightly less elegant than glossier models, it’s 5.81-inch OLED display is still modernized with thin bezels. A small, baby blue accent highlights the power button. Plus, unlike the XL models, it comfortably fits in your hand or pocket.
Here’s where the Pixel 4a really becomes something to write home about. The main camera on the 4a is the same 12.2-megapixel rear camera as on the Pixel 4. Plus, the 8-megapixel front camera will keep your selfie game on point.
If your phone regularly doubles as a camera, then this easy-to-use option is excellent in outdoor light. While it doesn’t come with the multiple rear cameras of other phones in the Pixel Line, the device does well in many situations. The phone produces high-quality portrait mode images and even telephoto pictures using Google’s Super Res Zoom feature. Those interested in astrophotography should also take a second look, as the phone’s Night Sight feature comes with a special mode to support those late-night shots. The device can struggle with HDR effects but, for the price, it’s a small thing to give up.
With the Pixel 5 on the horizon at the 4a’s launch time, it’s not a massive shock that it isn’t launching with Android 11. Instead, it comes with a slightly souped-up version of Android 10. Updates include more live-captioning and transcribing functionality with an improved Google Assistant. Plus, it’s preloaded with Google’s Personal Safety app and loops you into their unlimited, high-quality photo storage plan.
The adaptive battery on the Pixel 4a blows away it’s competition. Unlike the Pixel 4’s debatable battery life, the latest budget model comes packed with tools to reduce power on the apps you rarely use. While it’s not compatible with wireless charging, the 3140mAh battery is likely to last you all day, anyways.
Other Features to Note
If that’s not enough to help you determine if this is the right new phone for you, take a look at these Pixel 4a specs:
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730* processor
- Fingerprint sensor instead of facial scanning
- 128GB of storage
- 6GB of RAM
- 3.5mm audio / headphone jack
- USB-C® audio
There are a variety of wonderful Android phones to choose from, and only you can determine if the Pixel 4a is right for you. If you decide you need flagship features, but would rather avoid the hefty price tag, shop for certified pre-owned devices from CPR Cell Phone Repair instead! If you do, however, choose a new phone, then keep your local CPR store in mind for drops, dings, and other Pixel phone repairs. Our professional technicians will keep your device looking and running like new.