What could be Apple and Samsung’s answer to the Pixel 3a?

Google released a new type of mid-range phone in the form of the Pixel 3a which offers a flagship camera on the cheap. Will Apple and Samsung answer the challenge or pretend there's nothing to worry about? We try to find out!
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84 Comments

24. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

XR has a ppi of 326 (Apple.com) 3a has 441 ppi & 3a XL has 402 ppi (store.google.com) Where'd your numbers come from?

38. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

He made them up, because he is a categorically and clinically incapable of a reason thought process.

50. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Learn your tech before asking those questions. AMOLED only has 100% green pixels, the rest are 70%.

40. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Dude, everyday you post, you are made to look like the crazy person we all know you are. Here let me help you with FACTS, that Apple fans NEVER have. Just like these PA writers, you purposely try to make Android phones seem inferior to the iPhone when in fact Android phones have been superior since the Galaxy S2. This one link contains the comparison for ALL 3 phones. Please show me where the Pixels have a less than 400PPI resolution and I will buy you ANY phone that you want. if I am wrong, then you buy me the phone I want. Either put up, or shut up!!! because with the internet being equally available to us all, there is no reason why you can't fact check the slime that rolls from your mouth. See how easy it is to make you guys forever look stupid, even without calling you any names. https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=9690&idPhone2=9408&idPhone3=9320

51. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as you know s**t about technology but you cough up biases opinion after biased opinion there's nothing I can say to you.

65. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

3a has 441ppi and 3a XL has 402. Both are 1080p. Even a 6" 16:9 1080p has way over 300 ppi. Xr has low because screen area is similar to 5.7" 16:9 but 720p.

70. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's just what an tech illiterate person would say.

74. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your a liar leo_mc, plain and simple. That or you have some screws loose upstairs.

78. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Thank you; coming from someone like you - a person that talks stupid things - that's a compliment.

36. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The XR is not a budget phone. It is an "entry-level" flagship. Just like the Galaxy S10e.

3. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Apple does not have an answer and never will, the XR by definition it's expensive and crap, however, sammy has the new M series which are even better then the new pixel 3a's.

8. OneLove123

Posts: 971; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

But, will the camera beat the pixel 3a?

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4105; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No chance.

43. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The camera is the ONLY good feature on the Pixel, while the M series from Samsung has everythign else. One great feature doesn't make a phone the top dog. That is why the Pixel will never be top dog. cameras are so good on all smart phone on some level that the Pixel having such a great camera, in all honesty is not a top selling point. Even Samsung top flagships cameras are slightly not as good as the pixel, but they are more than good enough for the majority which is why Samsung gets the majority of all the sales with android and everyone else doesn't. You need more than juts a good camera. You need other features too. Samsung has those other features. They have a Excellent camera, they have more storage, better and bigger displays, bigger and better batteries, and you can get a galaxy A and M with all that for less price vs the Pixel. You also get fast charger, headphone jack, IP67/68 certification, expandible storage and a wider range of availability. The Google Pixel is Google attempt to create an iPhone knock-off, that is at the price that the iPhone actually should be at. At $400, this shows that the iPhone 5C was even more of an overpriced piece of crap, much like the XR is right now.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Samsung's A series (A50 & A70) are solid performers, they're good enough to compete with the Pixel 3a's. The cameras aren't as good, but they have advantages that the Pixels are lacking, like dual SIM, larger base storage, expandable storage, bigger batteries and they're cheaper.

44. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Same for the Galaxy M series.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 971; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

You can't have an answer for a $400 phone with the best camera in the business. It's already better than your $1k phone in that category. How are they going to beat that?

9. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Apple will never make a flagship so cheap.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4105; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They make cheap phones all the time. They just charge a premium for them.

11. pimpin83z

Posts: 476; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

According to your rating system, the XR is a 9.0 & the S10e is a 9.2. So since you didn't rate the 3a a 9.3 or higher the point of this article was nothing more than click bait, meaning Samsung answered the 3a before it even came it & Apple will answer it in 4 months.

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

S10 is better than s10e in every single aspect; phonearena's rating is just a obvious bias, meant to please some dumb fans.

46. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That's dumb. The S10e is just like its more costlier siblings, with a lesser camera. I think you are just mad that at the same exact price as the XR, which is spec'd very similar to the galaxy S7 Edge which is now 3 years old and was $750 when it was released, shows you how Apple is screwing you all over again and you're just mad that Samsung again is kicking Apple butt. I find it so amazing, how you can look at a phone that is significant;y lacking vs the competition and you rather attack the competition vs attacking the company that made the POS you love so much. What kind of a loser would do that. That would be equal to me and you workign at the same job, having started on the same day, and you attack me because I make more money than you, instead of attacking your boss for paying you less than me. That's how ignorant what you just said is. Here, have some free Pond's Butthurt Creme.

54. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, I have compared s10e with s10 and there is absolutely no competition: s10 disfigures s10e in every aspect: better screen, better camera, better battery, more storage options, better stb ratio etc. It has absolutely nothing to do with XR.

77. oldskool50

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You're so hooked on the fact PA gave the S10e a better rating over the S10. Their rating are stupid anyways. I have no idea why anyone takes any rating or test here so seriously. We dont, why do you?

79. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have my opinions in s10 articles.

72. pimpin83z

Posts: 476; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I know. I've been around since 2012 (banned twice). The S10/+ are definitely better than the S10e, just like the Note 10 Pro will be better than all of them but they'll only rate it an 8.9.

14. LawnBoy

Posts: 174; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Apple can't compete. Overpriced junk. Sammy needs to juice the cam a bit on the 10e and its game on.

15. MrMalignance

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I'm not saying the following to start a fight. Honest question following my opinion. My opinion: I admit Apple has a certain level of quality they maintain, but I've never viewed them (even remotely) as a luxury brand. I've held the phones and never felt like they are way better or above most other brands. The looks definitely don't have me feeling luxury. Ok, with that opinion out of the way, the question: Has anyone, not a current apple user, felt that apple is a luxury brand? I ask in this way, because some current Apple fans are a bit biased or perhaps fanboyish. I would love to get the opinion of open minded people who perhaps have used a variety of phones, or has experience with multiple brands

16. Vancetastic

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 17, 2017

I use Apple stuff. I think of their products as generally high-quality, but certainly not luxury. I don’t feel that they are better or worse than anything else out there. I do feel, however, that they are becoming rather overpriced for what I am getting for the investment now. Perhaps it’s time for a change, eh?

21. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Good question. I'll agree with your opinion and answer your question with a personal theory that I may or may not completely agree with a week from now... Theory: Apple products have always been "niche". They had a vibe for being for the artists, the creatives, while the competition (Windows) had more of a focus on productivity and being in the workplace. iPhone took off like wildfire and became mainstream, bumping Apple into a interesting position: the niche products turned mainstream, but were still niche. Kinda conflicting, right? On a subliminal level, customers became confused about it and through smart marketing, Apple moved the niche to "premium". Consumers "grew up" (for lack of a better word) knowing the iPhone was mainstream, but also believed it to be in the premium niche. Nowadays, there isn't much difference between flagships in term of build quality and software quality to argue one is better than the other. It really comes down to preference as you can argue any OEM's flagship is better than the other, but because of the historical belief that Apple is a premium brand, it keeps that reputation.
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