Would you rather buy a Pixel 3a or a refurbished Pixel 3?

Would you rather buy a Pixel 3a or a refurbished Pixel 3?
Google announced its new pair of phones yesterday — the long rumored Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Slightly downgraded versions of the main Pixel 3 line, they come with the same awesome cameras at a starting price, which will absolutely disrupt the midrange market.

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

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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



1. middlehead

Posts: 456; 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.

5. gsengillo

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

id only miss wireless charging.

10. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. Headphone jack please...

2. User123456789

Posts: 913; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Pixel 2 .. It has virtual buttons

3. wesley.

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would say that comparing the Pixel 3a to a new Pixel 2 would be a much better comparison. Refurbished = scratches and more.

4. gsengillo

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

i want the 3aXL, way better design the the 3XL

6. inFla

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Bought a new Pixel 2 for the same price as the 3a.

7. trollz

Posts: 62; 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?

11. TBomb

Posts: 1482; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I imagine it will get support through android 12 at the least. 13 if possible.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

None because video capture sucks on Pixels. The garbage audio quality is even worse than iPhone 8 or X has and boy that is saing something.

9. skips

Posts: 480; 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 :/

12. bill718

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

I would not buy either one of them, because on outdated hardwares at overprice, plus silly design, google not innovation in hardware design

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