Would you rather buy a Pixel 3a or a refurbished Pixel 3?
by Preslav Kateliev / May 08, 2019, 9:16 AM
And yes, that's awesome for fans on a budget, but one can't help but ask the question — why are the "lite" editions of the Pixel 3 seven months late to the party? Right now, you can go on Amazon or any other reseller site and pick up a second hand and / or refurbished Pixel 3 phone for about $460 and a Pixel 3 XL for around $530. You can pick up a brand new Pixel 3a for $400 and a Pixel 3a XL for $480.
What are the differences between the two series of phones? The Pixel 3 devices are powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, while the 3a has the brand-new midrange Snapdragon 670 silicon. The original Pixel 3 has a glass back, ingress protection, and wireless charging. The Pixel 3a phones are made of plastic and have no water-resistance but at least they have a headphone jack, which the flagships lack! The Pixel 3's stereo speakers are front-firing, while the 3a series uses a bottom-firing and an amped earpiece to get a kind-of-stereo-effect. The original phones have a secondary selfie camera for wide-angle shots, the 3a series sticks to just one camera.
Aside from that, we have handsets with very similar designs and looks, we have that pure Android experience that Google will keep up to date for the next 3 major builds, and we have the same awesome camera on both phones.
The question is — would you rather get a second-hand / refurbished Pixel 3 with its powerful processor and glass back, or do you prefer to buy a brand-new Pixel 3a that has a headphone jack and live with its plastic build and slightly under-powered processor?
New Pixel 3a or refurbished Pixel 3?
Brand new Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL
I prefer a used Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL
- 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
Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014
The few games I play aren't performance intensive, so headphone jack > processor. The only high end feature I'd miss is wireless charging, and maybe water resistance.
posted on May 08, 2019, 9:48 AM 5
Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2013
How long will software support last? Considering Android Q will be released in 3 months, will these phone basically have 2 years 3 months of software support?
posted on May 08, 2019, 1:49 PM 1
Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 04, 2015
If refurbished products would be on the same level as something Microsoft manages to s**t out (had lovely experience with Surface Book, which had to be replaced 4 times due to hardware defects, and each time had to be sent to Germany for 1-2weeks due to no local stores in U-K) then absolutely NOT. I have not had a great luck with refurbs in general whatsoever :/
posted on May 08, 2019, 2:07 PM 0
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