Crooked Pixel 3a port alignment is next on the teething problems list

Crooked Pixel 3a port alignment is next on the teething problems list
A new phone from a company that is still fledgling in hardware like Google is bound to have some teething problems, and the Pixel 3a or 3a XL aren't immune from those. Many units are already in their owners' hands, and the first issues started getting out. 

There were random shutdowns reported a few days, and hot on the heels of those some owners are now noticing some shoddy assembly practices that have the bottom openings for the speaker and/or charging port misaligned.



Needless to say, this is not on the level of the phones shutting down but if you are the pedantic type, the slight tilt upwards may bother you once you know about it. Google received one of the top scores for repairability of the Pixel 3a/XL in recent memory, though, and not only because of the polycarbonate housing.

The modular nature of the internal component's placement makes extremely easy taking out each particular part and replacing it with a new one, so apart from being a durable phone you don't have to always baby like the glass sandwich designs, the Pixel 3a/XL phones allow for fast and inexpensive repairs. Swapping the display of the smaller one will run you just $119, for instance.

That's not to say that this modular construction shouldn't be sturdy and the cutouts aligned well, but give Google and the HTC engineering team that is behind those new Pixels some benefit of the QA doubt. 

At least until it is confirmed by more owners that the misalignment is actually widespread and/or it interferes with the ease of plugging the charge cable. Everything on our particular unit is fine in that respect, for instance. Have you experienced the shutdowns or do you have misaligned ports on your own Pixel 3a?



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Pixel 3a
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Pixel 3a XL
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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49 Comments

1. Ichimoku

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

OCD mode on

2. alanrock

Posts: 258; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

all engines running :)

17. Brewski

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I'm not seeing it. Maybe it's worse in person?

21. Polaris1983

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2019

Overclock Display?

3. obedchuni

Posts: 315; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Pixel always with problems

22. Polaris1983

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2019

I know this is not good for a new brand of smartphone devices. Usually the general rule is to have a quality item even at a low asking price to build a solid sellers reputation like on eBay. Google is in some trouble here as the last gen phone also had issues too. I was shopping for a replacement to my iphone 7 plus and took a look at this phone. Glad I held out for T Mobile to make a choice on making that leap of faith to see in they will sell the Sony Xepria 1 again soon deciding to hold off until July as in the UK they bundle it with a PS4 or a new wireless premium headset which to me is needed for 5g speeds as they can shield those better than a smartphone in the future. If I were inspecting these devices off the assembly line I would send in my complaints to the head of the factory and to my supervisor and then leave after making out a resignation letter as I have very high standards for durability and for long term support of anything I would build to sell here as I am just that old school still in tech.

4. applesnapple93

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

came here to see the list to find out this is only the 2nd issue

5. iloveapps

Posts: 521; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I thought would be the iphone killer!

7. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Pixel? iPhone killer? LOL

46. Polaris1983

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2019

Once fixed it will be until apple releases a cheap iphone Rs design.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

At this point, “issues” and “problems” have become synonymous with the Pixel line.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Wonder if this is intentional or not... a teardown could help tell us. if it's oversight/QA... come on Google.. seriously? >:(

11. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This I want to see. Hopefully someone does a teardown.

9. oldskool50

Posts: 711; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The Pixel is garbage. I don't care how good the camera is. This is why Samsung is number one with Android. Even when they made plastic/poly-carbonate products, they were still of higher quality than ANYONE else. The Pixels is how one posters is says..."junks and garbage".

14. maherk

Posts: 6702; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Techie, go see a doctor for your own sake. This obsession with Samsung is really worrying.

47. Polaris1983

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2019

Im always drunk on my obsession with tech improvements as its my passion debating it. Everyone has a thing to talk about or watch as some of us talk cars or women or men or sports. Ours is tech. I saw the recent red magic phone and saw no 5g abilities for it for a cheaper version vs the switch mini that may come out soon for console quality AAA gaming for handhelds as google to me probably wont release a gaming handheld phone of the strata until they see if their home console sells well enough to try to build a upper end gaming pixel 4k tall phone to compete with Sony at 1200 dollars for this sort of thing to compete with Sony's PS5 and service 5g package.

12. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Erica Griffin is a pretty credible user. If she found something, then it warrants a looking into. She knows what she's talking about unlike some people who synonymously associates problems and issues with the Pixel phones. It's better to get an opinion from someone who actually has some credibility instead of a geek talking out of their backside. Just my thoughts on the matter.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again with the referencing my comment to take cheap potshots at me. And don’t say that that you’re not talking about my comment. You’ll just prove once again that you’re the biggest backside talker here. Stop getting so offended by my comments about the Pixel line always having issues that you have to take potshots at me. They have have been having issues since the first iteration. Documented facts prove it.

26. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Again with you being paranoid. I never name dropped anyone in my comment, so either you are just being scared because it spoke the truth or you're just mad because you lack any sort of credibility that I mentioned in my previous comment. Documented statements from users who have used the Pixel phones have said otherwise about the mountain of issues that you continue to exaggerate.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, you’re lying. I never said you name dropped, but did quote a part of my comment. So you’re either too afraid to address me head on, or my comments simply offend you so much that you take them personally and can’t help but resort to cheap potshots. There are more documented issues from actual users than not. Articles are popping out of the woodwork about issues with Pixel smartphones, but here you are turning a blind eye and deflecting from them.

32. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol I merely made a point that obviously got you so triggered to the knees. I'm not afraid to address you at all and your pointless comments don't scare me into taking cheap potshots. Multiple users have stated that they have never experienced any problems with their pixels but you aggressively got defensive and cried anecdotal evidence whenever you couldn't come up with a proper response. Feel free to continue to deflect and deny the issues that plague Nokia phones.

34. Polaris1983

Posts: 6; Member since: May 22, 2019

Man these type of cheap shots in debates online over things like this phone having problems needing fixes is why I given up debating improvements to a specific item or even fixing them now. If you think fixing bad products is below your type of thinking saying all sjws bad and dumb for even mentioning these problems or new ideas is bad then we might as well shutdown all online forums on anything not just the Pixel 3a having manufacturing defects for 3 years now since it first launched.

40. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Who are you referring to?

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao it’s clear that me pointing out the obvious, continued issues that the Pixel line has been having has triggered you so much that you have to take potshots at me. And then when I address you about it, you go “cowardly victim mode” instead of owning up to what you are actually doing, lol. More users have stated that they have been having issues with the Pixel line, but you got aggressive and defensive about it and posted your copout anecdotal evidence thinking it’s gospel since you can’t come up with a proper response. Feel free to deflect and continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that the Pixel line has more issues than any other line of Android smartphones, for 4 generations now.

41. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You have been repeating the same rhetoric about the Pixel phones for some time now, and you haven't really gotten a bite. The only reason you are even talking about the Pixel is because I said I was a Pixel user. Lol can drop the keyboard warrior act because you didn't confront me about anything. You got defensive, again, and automatically assumed that I was referring to you even though I never said any names in my comment. You are the only one who turns a blind eye to anything much like you do with the Nokia phones.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’ve been repeating facts about Pixel smartphones. Every issue I’ve said that they have is documented. You say I haven’t gotten a “bite”, but more people here agree with me than not, so there goes another line of BS from you that I’ve shot down with the facts. You’ve been a keyboard warrior ever since your first account here, and I confronted you when I responded to your cheap potshot comment first. You got defensive over the facts that I’ve said again, and automatically went into cowardly victim mode when I pointed it out, as usual. You are the one that turns a blind eye to anything that you favor, especially Pixel smartphones.

16. Dadler22

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Mine looks like its straight on my black unit, either that or its harder to see on the black unit lol. Needless to say i didn't notice an issue with mine since ive had it lol

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

More quality issues from Google devices. Launch first perfect later. What a joke.

23. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

More quality comments from users who are riding the bandwagon. Jokes on you.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. Google just can't seem to get it right with it's Pixel QC.

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