Over the past few years, Google has developed a reputation for making great premium phones with its Pixel series. The Google Pixel 3a is Google’s first mid-range phone, in this Google Pixel 3a review, I will tell you exactly why I believe this is a great phone.
The premium Pixel phones are great but not everyone can afford them, thus the reason for this mid-range phone.
The Google Pixel 3a was launched with its sibling the Pixel 3a XL at Google IO 2019. The Pixel 3a XL is a more economical version of the Pixel 3 XL.
The release of the Google Pixel 3a shows that Google is trying to appeal to a different demographic.
Many smartphone users who were unable to afford one of the latest premium Google phones can afford the Google Pixel 3a because it’s more affordable.
This phone inherited the Active Edge squeeze feature from the Pixel 3. This feature launches the Google Assistant when you squeeze the edges of the phone.
The specs on the Google Pixel 3a are not the same as that of the Pixel 3, but the difference in the prices between the two phones are more significant than the difference between the specs of the two phones.
So this means that the Google Pixel 3a is a rival to its more expensive sibling. Will this negatively affect the sales of the Pixel 3? Who knows, only time will tell.
The Google Pixel 3a comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded.
So if you need more than 64GB of internal storage you should consider getting a different phone.
Google Pixel 3a User Interface:
The Google Pixel 3a runs on the Stock Android 9 Pie operating system this is great because it’s free from all the bloatware that you will find on other phones that do not have Stock Android.
This is something that many smartphone users appreciate, there are some nice features such as gesture navigation, adaptive brightness, and adaptive battery.
The apps are hidden in the app drawer, you can access them by swiping up from the bottom of the display screen.
You can access notifications and quick settings by swiping down from the top of the display screen.
You can see all the app you recently opened by swiping up and holding.
The phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, this is older, slower, and less powerful in comparison to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which is present in the Pixel 3.
This is very obvious, when you open an app it takes a little longer to load and the user interface is a little slower when you’re navigating.
Likewise, when you use the fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone, it’s not instantaneous, you have to wait a little longer.
When you have multiple apps open at the same time and you’re navigating between them this tends to slow the phone down a little.
These things are only an issue if you’re comparing this phone to a premium phone.
Nevertheless, the interface should be fast enough for most users who are interested in a mid-range phone.
One of the great things about owning a Google Pixel phone is that fact that the operating system will be updated faster when a new update is rolled out.
This means, that the Google Pixel 3a will receive the Android Q operating system before many of the other phones on the market.
Google Pixel 3a Design:
The Google Pixel 3a looks very similar to that of its sibling the Pixel 3 but if you hold both phones in your hands you will notice that the Google Pixel 3a is lighter.
That’s because it’s made from plastic, the corners of the display screen and the edges of the phone are rounded and both phones have the same two-tone design on the back panel.
The top of the phone is glossy while the rest of the back panel is matted. However, on this phone, the material used for the glass on the back panel is plastic, while on the Pixel 3 it’s glass.
It’s the little things like this that made it possible for Google to sell the Google Pixel 3a at a more affordable price.
The power button and the volume rocker are located on the right edge of the phone, the primary camera is on the back of the phone, and the USB-C port is at the bottom edge of the phone.
The placement of these things is exactly the same on both phones. The Google Pixel 3a also features a headphone jack, this is something that is not present on too many of the mid-range phones on the market today.
There is only one front-facing speaker, in comparison to the dual front-facing speakers on the Pixel 3. So this phone does not get as loud as it’s more expensive sibling.
There is a fingerprint scanner which is located at the back of the phone. It’s very easy to reach the fingerprint scanner when holding the phone in a natural position and it’s very easy to handle this phone with one hand.
Smartphones have been getting bigger over the past few years because there’s a big demand for this.
However, the Google Pixel 3a is not a big phone, it’s dimensions are 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm (5.96 x 2.76 x 0.32 in) and it weighs 147 g (5.19 oz).
If you’re someone who prefers to have a smaller phone, then you should consider this phone.
Due to the size of this phone, it will be easy for most smartphone users to handle it with one hand.
The phone has a 5.6-inch Full HD+ OLED display screen with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 with 441 pixels per inch.
This is a beautiful display screen if you’re someone who likes to stream media or take photos you will notice that you can see them in a bit more detail due to the high resolution.
The specs on the display screen on this phone are great considering that this is a mid-range phone. However, these specs are not as impressive as that of the Pixel 3.
The display screen on the Google Pixel 3a has weaker color reproduction and the max brightness is a bit limited.
Most of the time this will not be an issue, however, if you are viewing the display screen in direct sunlight, or if you take photos in which the color accuracy is an important factor.
Then you will notice the difference between this display screen and that of a premium phone such as the Pixel 3.