Google Pixel 3a Review – Google’s First Budget Phone


Google Pixel 3a Camera:


Google Pixel 3a Camera

As I stated earlier, Google has developed a reputation for making phones with great cameras. At the moment the Pixel 3 is one of the phones with the best cameras on the market.


How does the camera on the Google Pixel 3a differ from that of its more expensive sibling?


Well, the primary camera on the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3 are exactly the same it’s a 12.2MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture.


However, the main difference between the cameras on the two phones is that the Pixel 3 has a Pixel Visual Core imaging chip which powers the phone’s image processing.


But the Google Pixel 3a does not have this chip so the photos are not optimized in the way that they are with the Pixel 3.


Even though the Google Pixel 3a does not have this chip, the lack of this chip is not that obvious in regards to the photo quality.


However, sometimes the camera boosts the colors too much which results in the photos looking a bit unnatural.


Nevertheless, when you take a photo and you try to view it in the photo gallery immediately after taking it.


You will have to wait a few seconds for the image to be processed before you can view it.


When taking photos with this phone, it’s a little slow to focus and there’s a little bit of a lag when you press the shutter button, this annoyed me a little bit. However, this is not a dealbreaker by any means.


These little things may not be a problem for most smartphone users but it’s always good to know about them before buying a new phone.


The primary camera on this phone is good because it takes great photos that show lots of detail.


The Google Pixel 3a inherited two great features in the camera app from the Pixel 3, these features are Top Shot and Night Sight.


Top Shot


Top Shot is a feature which takes some photos before and after the shutter button is pressed and it gives you the ability to choose the best photo.


This mode is only available on the standard Photo mode in the camera app. But I think it would have been nice if this feature could have been used on all the camera modes.


Night Sight


The Night Sight mode was implemented to help you take better photos in a darker setting.


The quality of the photos taken in the Night Sight mode is good. For best results when taking photos in this mode you must remain stationary and you must hold the camera steady before taking photos.


So it may be a bit difficult to use this camera mode in certain situations. However, photos taken while this mode is enabled have much more detail in comparison to those taken without this mode.


The selfie camera at the front of the phone is an 8MP camera which takes great photos, the photos are bright and extremely colorful.


When taking photos in portrait mode the Bokeh effect (blurred background) is added digitally after the photo has been shot.


So you can take a photo with the selfie camera and the phone will save one variant with the Bokeh effect and one without, so you can choose which one you prefer.


The cameras on this phone do a good job when taking photos in different conditions. If you don’t mind the fact that it’s a bit slower than that of the Pixel 3 then you will appreciate these cameras.


Google Pixel 3a Battery Life:


The Google Pixel 3a is powered by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery this is a small battery. However, it’s slightly bigger than that of the Pixel 3.


I’m not sure why Google opted to put such a small battery in the Pixel 3. However, in regards to battery life, this is one area in which the Google Pixel 3a beats the Pixel 3.


The battery on this phone will last for one full day of moderate use, the Pixel 3 cannot do this.


The longer battery life on this phone can be attributed to the slightly bigger battery and an older processor which is less demanding. These were great choices on Google’s part.


This phone has fast charging, when you charge it with the 18W charger it takes roughly an hour and a half to charge the battery from 0 to 100%.


However, the Google Pixel 3a does not have wireless charging this was probably done to keep the cost of the phone down because this is a mid-range phone for people who are on a budge.


There aren’t too many mid-range phones on the market today that offer this feature.




When it comes to performance, there are a few issues that I noticed. The phone is a little slow when navigating the user-interface.


Also when shooting photos, there’s a little bit of a lag from the time the shutter button is pushed to the time to photo is taken.


After the photo has been taken you may have to wait a second or two before you can view it.


So the Google Pixel 3a is not the fastest or the most responsive phone on the market, and it’s not water-resistant and it doesn’t have wireless charging.


However, these issues are only noticeable when comparing this phone to the Pixel 3 or another premium phone.


My Final Thought:


The Google Pixel 3a is a solid mid-range phone, I mentioned a number of things that Google had to compromise in order to be able to sell this phone at a more affordable price.


But nevertheless, these are things that all smartphone manufacturers do with their mid-range phones.


This phone has a nice display screen, the cameras take good photos, and it has a decent battery life.


What more could you possibly want from a mid-range phone? If you’re looking for a good mid-range phone that will not break the bank you should strongly consider getting the Google Pixel 3a. You can take a look at the Google Pixel 3a on eBay.


If you have any comments or questions about this phone, or if you would like to share your experiences with this phone. Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.


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