The best-selling unlocked phone at Amazon might surprise you

The best-selling unlocked phone at Amazon might surprise you
Google hit a home run with its mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Priced at $399 and $479 respectively, the phones offer the same outstanding photographic experience that the Pixel line has been known for, but at half the price. In fact, if you are a big fan of the Google ecosystem, a case can be made for picking up the mid-ranger instead of the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. Yes, the Pixel 3a range employs the Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform instead of the Snapdragon 845 SoC, and it has a plastic build without protection from water. But battery life is good and the phones come with unlimited cloud storage for your photos (in high quality) and three years of Android updates.

For a phone that was ridiculed when originally leaked, the Pixel 3a is getting the last laugh. The handset is now the top-selling unlocked smartphone at Amazon (via 9to5 Google), topping Samsung's Galaxy A10 which is a third of the Pixel 3a's price. The top unlocked handsets at Amazon include:

  1. Google Pixel 3a (64GB-$399)
  2. Samsung Galaxy A10 (32GB-$130.01)
  3. BLU Studio Mega (16GB-$69.99)
  4. Apple iPhone 6 (64GB-$137.99 Refurbished)
  5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (64GB-$188)
  6. BLU Advance A4 (8GB-$39.99)
  7. BLU VIVO XL4 (32GB-$139.99)
  8. Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB-$259)
  9. Apple iPhone 6 (16GB-$120.02 Refurbished)
  10. Samsung Galaxy A20 (32GB-$153.93)
  11. Moto G7 Power (64GB-$196.99)

Thus far the Pixel 3a has received 50 reviews from Amazon customers. Three-quarters of those reviews gave the phone five stars while the handset has an overall rating of 4.3. Our review of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL resulted in a score of 9 out of 10. You can read it right here.

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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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19 Comments

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not surprised at all Camera quality is a major selling point for the average consumer No mid range phone is even competitive with the Pixel 3A's camera in low light The Pixel 3A is very well priced in the US, especially as there's a lack Chinese OEMs in the US

3. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Deserve it all. Best phone released by Google yet. No doubt.

5. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Easily the best phone ever.

4. tonyv13

Posts: 117; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

I took advantage of tmobile trade in offer bought a used pixel 1 for $80 and tmobile gave me $400 which are gonna be apply in monthly credits. I ended paying $160 for a $480 phone 3a xl. Now it wasn't for me I actually got it got my mom as a mothers day gift so it was a win for me.

6. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is further proof that the Pixel 3A is still the best phone ever. It's even better than the Nokia 7.1 that I was using before.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Finally decided to give the Pixels a try, despite the issues they’ve been facing which have been the cause of my reservations. I’m a Stock Android fan, so I purchased a Pixel 3A XL a few days ago to see if the experience on the Pixels is better than the one provided by HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones (which have been my go-to smartphones of choice). My Nokia’s definitely have the Pixels beat when it comes to build quality. We will see how the rest goes, but so far, I still prefer my Nokia’s. A Nokia-Pixel would be sweet.

8. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Still kicking with the Pixel 3A XL, which has a very good build quality despite being a midrange device. My experience so far has been issue free from someone who actually has "experience" with the Pixel phones. I still like the build quality of Nokia phones especially the 6.1, but it's specs just don't cut it when it leads to lag and stuttering.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still kicking it with my Nokia 9 Pureview, which is my go to smartphone. Nokia branded smartphones do have much better build quality than Pixel smartphones, and my experience with the Nokia smartphones have been less problematic than some others, and this is coming from someone who actually has "experience" with them. Pixels are starting to grow one because of stock Android, and because they have good cameras, but they have been beaten in the camera department and the plethora of documented issues has kept me from using them as a daily driver. But my 3A XL will make a decent back up phone.

10. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

My Pixel 3A XL is going strong with no need for multiple updates to fix a half baked experience from a device that has been delayed multiple times but still can't get it right. Even the camera, which is the same as the award winning camera of the Pixel 3, is working like a champ taking some of the best photos of any device. No plethora of issues that some people continue to exaggerate haven't plague my experience. My 7.1 has been put on the back burner as my media device.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

My Nokia 9 Pureview Pureview is going on strong, which is one of the reasons why my Pixel 3A XL could never be my daily driver. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent enough smartphone, but it is having too many issues out of the gate for my taste. Unfortunately, it seems issues and bugs are par the course for Pixel smartphones, despite what some people in denial say. And you with the Pixel line having been beaten by multiple smartphones in the camera department, and multiple videos out from reviewers pitting the Nokia 9 Pureview against what is widely regarded as having the best camera on a smartphone in the Huawei P30 Pro (with results favoring the Nokia 9 Pureview in many aspects), I just don't think any smartphone bearing the name Pixel could replace it as my daily driver. Those looking to think that their anecdotal evidence of "no issues" on their Pixel devices Trump the plethora of documented issues that the Pixel line on a whole has been facing are in extreme denial. It's the main reason why my Pixel 3A XL will stay on the back burner as a decent back up phone for me.

12. tonyv13

Posts: 117; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Nokia 9 isnt a $700 phone!? Pixel 3a XL is $480

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does that have to do with me saying why I choose it as my daily driver when you have someone here bashing it and saying that the Pixel 3A is the best phone ever? Doesn’t “best phone ever” include all price points?!

18. tonyv13

Posts: 117; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Lol the dude said his pixel was better than Nokia 7.1 which is probably closer to the pixel 3a then you came in defending Nokia with a higher price model I don't doubt Nokia 9 is a great phone just out of my price range. Enjoy the phones guys

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao so I take it you didn’t read his entire post, as in the beginning he’s literally referring to his Pixel 3A XL being better than the Nokia 9 Pureview. He’s mentioned the same thing in the past, he’s just too afraid to mention it by name.

14. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol I don't know what his problem is. No one said anything about the Pureview except him, which isn't even in the same group as the phones in this article are.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao why are you always so afraid to mention that you are referring to the Pureview in your potshots?

15. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not going to type a long winded post trying to justify my phone of choice but I have no regrets buying the 3A XL. It has been a snappy experience and a reliable phone with the best camera of any phone. That is a proven fact when pixels are rated highly for their cameras. That's a sentiment shared by many "credible" sources compared to biased people that like to hide behind words to justify their own bias. No issues on my Pixel 3A XL and many users have shared that same sentiment.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m not going to say that I’m not going to type out a long winded response like others have, only to witness them type out long winded responses, lol. These same people have also been trying to justify their purchase of the Pixel 3A XL, ever since they claimed to get one. It's also a fact that Pixels no longer have the best cameras on a smartphone, as proven by the ratings of other OEM’s cameras on their smartphones. That sentiment is shared by many “credible” sources, compared to the biased people that like to hide behind their words to justify their own bias. There are issues with the Pixel 3A/3A XL, and no anecdotal evidence can change this fact.

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