What would you buy: LG G8 or Google Pixel 3a XL?

What would you buy: LG G8 or Google Pixel 3a XL?
Over the last few years, LG's phones haven't done... amazing. A few months after their release, some deals start rolling in and the prices rarely bounce back up to flagship levels. The most recent LG G8 ThinQ discount makes us think it's that time of the year — you can grab the latest LG top-tier phone for a total of $490 on Verizon.

That's a price very close to the $480 tag of the recently released Google Pixel 3a XL. The latter, we expect, will be a midrange market hit, as it comes with the same design of the flagship Pixel line, the same Google epxerience, and — most importantly — the same top-notch camera!

So, here's a conundrum — do you go with LG's decked out flagship phone or do you go with Google's "we cut some corners here and there" plastic midranger? The G8 definitely has the more powerful processor, a metal and glass build with wireless charging, an ultra-wide-angle secondary camera on the back, more storage and a microSD card slot. Yeah, it also has that air gesture control feature, but let's not ever mention it. But hey, it doesn't have that Pixel pizzazz, a.k.a. the promise for quick software updates and a clean and fast Android interface.

So, if it were to come down to making a choice with the $490 in your pocket — which one of these would you buy?

LG G8 or Pixel 3a XL?

LG G8 - give me that flagship!
57.71%
Pft! Pixel 3a XL all day every day!
42.29%

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14 Comments

1. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Oneplus 7

2. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

LG has smaller & better phone dimensions even though slightly bigger screen, also dual camera setup. So LG wins.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The LG G8 also has a time of flight camera. Plus it has a much better SoC, and more ram and storage, which is expandable. It's water resistance is better as well.

3. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

LG G8 still not released in UK though??

4. Droid1

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

LG is terrible at updates.

5. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

battery life of the Pixel makes all the difference for me. For my uses, I really can't tell the difference between the SoCs

6. Acdc1a

Posts: 470; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Pure Android or some cartoonish version of it? Makes the decision easy.

8. soy77

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2019

LG. As a longtime fan of google's phones, i see crap that they haven't address even after 8 nexus phones and 3 generations of pixels. Such as bootloops, countless bugs, many self-inflicted hardware failures, and just lack of quality controls; pixel's bad mic solder joints, pixel 2's botched screens, pixel 3a's misaligned speakers, etc. LG phones have their own rich history of errors and bootloops. But at least they're fixing it, cuz hardwares are their main business. Google on the other hand, never learned and never fix anything. After generations and generations of phones, now i have the utmost believes that they never interested in doing so.

9. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

I'd go with the G8. I have the regular Pixel 3 and I'm bored as heck with it. There's nothing enticing about

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

it's hard to pick one of these .. but after 1 minute of thinking i chose P3a just because of the camera and pure UI also the faster software updates

11. CEDEOTB

Posts: 365; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

You know your phone sucks when it isn't a landslide decision against a $400 phone.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1377; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I have a v35 and I love LG. Obvious choice.

13. gdawilson

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Terrible comparison of phones I chose the Pixel because of it's camera, UI, first to receive updates, and such. I can't stand LG's devices anymore. Unless LG switches to stock Android, and can drastically improve their update schedule, I won't get another LG device

14. Vulpecula

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 12, 2019

I'm not saying 3a XL is a bad phone, but 855 VS 670? I'll choose LG.

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