Does the plastic housing of the Pixel 3a bother you?
by Daniel Petrov / May 17, 2019, 9:29 AM
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were Google's first phones to sport wireless charging, a feature sorely missed on their predecessors, but now we are back to square one with the midrange Pixel 3a and 3a XL that are unapologetically plastic and need plugging in to charge.
There were times in smartphone history when metal was becoming the new plastic, but its material kingdom reigned quite briefly, taken over by glass sandwich designs. It's not just premium design that phone companies are after with their glass-y casings, though. Wireless charging would heat metal bodies to ungodly heights, so Apple had to also bite the bullet and move to glass iPhones, just when it introduced wireless charging to the lineup.
Glass looks premium and lets you top up your phone sans cables but it has just as many negatives - it is prone to cracking very easily when dropped, and is a fingerprint magnet. Thus, replacing a shattered rear now costs a pretty penny and is, in the case of iPhones, more expensive to repair than the screen itself.
Looking around, there are barely any metal or plastic phones left, so Google's new midrangers feel like a refreshing change of pace for some, with their durable bodies that you can just dust off when they hit the pavement.
This, however, may take away from their look and feel for some, given that plastic is usually associated with cheaper electronics, even the polycarbonate housing of the Pixel 3a/XL. This is why we wanted to ask you if, a couple of years after plastic phones went into a coma, you are now bothered by the housing of Google's new midrangers.
Does the plastic housing of the Pixel 3a bother you?
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We don't want phones made out of glass that breaks and scratch easily, moreover we want a bit thicker phones to accommodate larger batteries and avoid the RETARDED CAMERA BUMPS!
posted on May 17, 2019, 9:50 AM 14
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None of which is applicable here. Neither pixel 3a has bigger battery nor plastic should be necessarily replaced by glass. Ever heard about METAL? ALUMINIUM? STEEL?
posted on May 17, 2019, 11:53 AM 0
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And? The 3a has a plastic back and doesn't have Qi, so your point is? Also plastic is no tougher than metal when it comes to scratching and glass backs are just way too delicate when it comes to drops and knocks. Give me metal anytime over the other options. I use a Honor Play as a work phone and i bought it specificly for it's metal back.
posted on May 18, 2019, 2:24 AM 0
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No, simply put you get what you pay for.
posted on May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM 3
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Whatever the material , it's covered by a case anyway for 99% of people.. so how does it matter ?
posted on May 17, 2019, 10:03 AM 14
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My phone goes in a case, so it always feels like plastic. There is something satisfying when you feel it for the first time, but after that ALL PLASTIC ALL THE TIME.
posted on May 17, 2019, 10:27 AM 8
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I don't care about the plastic, I do however care that it doesn't have more than 64GB storage, no expandable storage and no dual SIM support. That makes it a no-go for me in 2019. It's a shame Google keeps making devices that come up short in areas.
posted on May 17, 2019, 10:59 AM 7
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Yeah but to an average user 64gb is more than enough. Not "short" imo at 400$
posted on May 17, 2019, 12:45 PM 1
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I'm personally relieved it has plastic/polycarbonate body. I'd much rather have a cheaper and more durable phone. Glass looks cool but it makes things heavier and more fragile, and since my phone is in a case 99% of the time give me plastic!
posted on May 17, 2019, 11:48 AM 8
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Phone pricing has been going up year after year. Though I have bought $700+ phones for years, I would love to buy premium phones without premium outfit but premium specs only, if they could be in the $500 range.
posted on May 17, 2019, 12:00 PM 2
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I have no issues with the polycarbonate backing. I actually like the pixel 3a a lot. I don't miss the "premium" feeling of a glass and metal phone. Top notch camera in a mid-range is what I have been wanting for a long time.
posted on May 17, 2019, 12:16 PM 2
Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012
I prefer plastic to glass because it won't shatter (and I never use a case) and to metal because it's radio transparent. The fact that it's cheaper is a bonus. The only back I would pay extra for is real wood or leather like my old Moto.
posted on May 17, 2019, 12:42 PM 2
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not everyone needs the wireless charging
posted on May 17, 2019, 2:43 PM 1
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Plastic bodies don't stop wireless charging. It being a "glass only" feature is an industry lying to you. Metal is the only material that had problems with it, and even that is solved. Doing wireless charging through metal is possible, but prohibitively expensive.
posted on May 18, 2019, 12:42 PM 0
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