THIS is How You Make A Budget Phone: Google Pixel 4a Review

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

Over the last several years google has consistently released interesting smartphones and their pixel lineup has consistently provided fantastic camera quality even if they might have been lacking in other areas but what if you take all those fantastic camera technologies the pixel line is known for and shove it into a budget phone well you get this this is the google pixel 4a it's a light little phone that's filled with fantastic photo capabilities

And it's only 350 350. with that low price it's got to be skipping out on something right or is this it is this the best budget android phone well let's find out with a little review first i do want to point out that i was actually sent this device from google themselves or else else did i get my hands on one before its actual release that being said i do get to keep the device that means if i like it i still have it if i dislike it i still have it

Beyond that they don't get to view this video before it goes up so this review is nothing but my honest opinions okay we all know if you're really considering this device you've probably watched around 10 videos about this device already and did some complex calculus to justify or deny the purchase and if not you know how to read a spec sheet so i'll quickly show some notable specs right here wow very cool now the box itself comes with nothing but the phone itself

Some documentation a usbc to usbc charging cable a usbc wall charger a sim card removal tool and a usb a to usbc adapter when comparing this to the original pixel 4 you'll notice quite a few differences the 4a doesn't have a massive forehead but retains the top speaker for stereo sound with the bottom speaker it now has a hole punch camera on the top left corner and the pixel 4a only comes in one color a matte black that makes marquez brownlee blush and a mint home button i call this

Colorway mint oreo also the pixel 4a has this radical but super cool feature that most phones these days don't have the courage of implementing that's right a headphone jack yeah the body of the phone itself is made out of this soft textured plastic and the slight circular indent houses the fingerprint sensor okay this is a bit nitpicky but i don't like how the plastic body of the phone feels in my hand but most people place their phones inside of cases

So really this is a non-issue but over talking about the phone without its case if it's really nicely in the hand and it's really light feeling i do really miss phones this size because it fits in your pockets and hands so well compared to some of those absolutely massive monsters of devices the bottom of the device has the usb type-c port in the middle and two grilles on the side the right grille is a speaker and the left one houses the microphone the camera bump on

The back side of the phone is square shaped this is most likely to retain the design language of the pixel 4 and well most smartphone cameras in 2019 and 2020 but the camera bump on the pixel 4a contains only one 12 megapixel camera and a flash overall i think the design is very streamlined minimal and very modern and in the age where one thousand dollar smartphones can have plastic backs i think this 350 dollar phone looks perfectly fine

And i have no complaints there battery life wise after a day of usage the pixel 4a had about 30 battery life left with some light gaming spending some time on social media and watching youtube videos but of course your mileage may vary there based on your own usage you know when you first get a new phone and have to download a bunch of patches for your games and stuff or you play a game for a while that's the only time this device gets warm but even then if you had a case you probably wouldn't feel it

I will admit though with the pixel 4a in my back pocket and sitting down outside in 95 degree fahrenheit weather did manage to make it hot but you know every phone gets that hot if a massive dude was sitting on top of them in 95 degree weather the oled screen is good nothing to complain about and really nothing outstanding that makes you awestruck using it i expected the speakers to sound tiny but the pixel 4a speakers sound pretty decent considering its size and i had no trouble making out voices

On youtube videos okay okay okay it's gone on long enough let's talk about what you really came here to talk about camera it's good it's way better than what you'd expect from a 350 smartphone in broad daylight it looks comparable to any modern more premium smartphone the smartphone camera i'm comparing it to is the iphone 10s max because that's the phone i own and because i don't have a smartphone more recent than that the colors on the pixel 4a camera are pretty close to real life

Although a tad bit cool toned and its 12 megapixel camera gets decently sharp where this camera shines though is most definitely in high dynamic range situations that's a word that gets thrown around a lot but basically for cameras dynamic range is how well a camera handles situation with varying degrees of light the darkest parts of an image and the brightest so take this picture taken with both the google pixel 4a and my iphone tennis max in this situation the google pixel 4a does very well in this regard and you lose

All the detail under my desk in this photo on the 10s max the same thing happened when i compared the front-facing cameras the pixel 4a selfie camera was wider more color accurate and had better dynamic range if you want a more in-depth review of the google pixel 4 ace camera the tech chat made a great video going into length about that the one thing i love about the pixel camera is that there's a tracking autofocus this means if you click on a spot on the camera and start moving the camera

Or the object moves the autofocus will track the object you originally pressed this is definitely one of my favorite features by far and so far the only downside of the camera that i could find which may be bogged down by the processor in this phone is that if you snap a picture then enter the gallery instantly to view the image it's not done processing and takes a second or two to fully enhance the image this is only slightly annoying but i thought i'd point it out speaking of processing power i found

No real problems with the pixel 4a's performance scrolling through ui elements is smooth but when opening apps that aren't in the background it does take like half a second but most likely not noticeable in the normal day-to-day unless you're actively looking for it like some sort of weirdo okay so now that we've gone through most of the device's features and real-life usage how does this device compare to some devices you may be looking at namely the samsung a71 iphone se and oneplus nord if you're within the us

Definitely you can't get the oneplus north good luck getting that it's not available but we'll talk about it i feel like the oneplus nord is not aimed at the same demographic this pixel 4a is aimed at the nord is a device built for techies it really is it tries to shove as much specs as it can into the lowest price they can to make a device that would satisfy 90 to 95 percent of smartphone users of course with a roughly 500

Usd price tag while the pixel 4a is taking the less is more approach that would satisfy probably 80 of all smartphone users so that's my take on the oneplus nord and the samsung a71 definitely beats it in some areas such as the larger battery and 5g support but from my own experience owning a samsung galaxy product and at one point recommending samsung devices to people they tend to have a lot of manufacture and carrier bloatware and a not so great history at providing

You timely software updates but it does look like a viable alternative to consider on spec sheets the samsung a71 camera looks absolutely ridiculous sounding i don't have one that compares to the pixel 4a and well megapixels aren't really everything so you might want to take a look at that camera before even considering that phone so keep those in mind the iphone sc on the other hand it depends which platform you prefer

As well but if we were to ignore that the iphone sc has a significantly faster chip that i think will make the device last longer in the coming years and get way more software updates too but the camera display and battery life on the iphone se wouldn't compare to the pixel 4a at all i feel as a techie your perception of what the average person wants in a phone is skewed so in a sense i'm biased so i did some internet research to find out what phone specs people want the most in

Their devices and came to some not so shocking conclusions here's the things i consistently saw battery life build and durability ease of use the camera quality performance and storage and to be honest with you i think for the 350 price tag the pixel is selling for it hits all of these boxes with the google pixel 4a you also get a bunch of pixel exclusive features such as call screening and now playing the battery lasted me

More than a day the pixel series has stock android for easier usage a fantastic camera for its price the phone feels nice and premium looking in the hand and it has 128 gigabytes of storage which is large enough for most people and lastly the performance is pretty good but how do they cram so much good stuff in a device that cost as much as 269 spicing the chicken sandwiches from mcdonald's well they streamlined their product offering it comes in only one color

And one storage capacity and honestly i think that decision is going to pay off because the average person is going to love how much value they're getting out of this device and honestly i don't think people care about the color of their phone that much if it's matte black because you can just slap it in a case and then the case is what changes the color of the phone and yes i am wearing a black shirt to match the google pixel 4a however you know this isn't this isn't mint but this is this is

White whatever overall what do i think about the google pixel 4a honestly it's a fantastic option there are few rivals in this price range that is as well rounded as the pixel 4a they're all lacking in some category and even the 4a is technically lacking in a way it's missing 5g support but the pixel full range seems to take all of the other boxes for the average consumer it's not the best smartphone around and it doesn't have to be it just

Works like how a smartphone should if you're someone who isn't a huge techie doesn't need the smartphone with the most cutting edge tech or maybe you're on a budget the first place i'd look is right here the google pixel 4a is looking like a fantastic option to start your search with and would be my current android recommendation for a smartphone buyer who doesn't want to spend the big bucks on a good smartphone experience anyway guys what do you think of the google pixel 4a are there any devices that rivals it in

This price range is the pixel 4a the budget phone to beat or do you just prefer to buy a nice premium phone and use that for a long long time before replacing it leave all that down in the comment section below if you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up and well don't forget to subscribe i'll see you guys next time

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