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Overall user rating

9.0

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UI speed
8.5
Camera
8.5
Multimedia
8.5
Internet
9.0
Call quality
8.5
Battery
9.0
Reception
7.5
Display
8.5
Build quality
8.0
Text input
9.5
Everyday usage
9.0
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rmauchmar posted on Sep 03, 2020, 2:20 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Sep 03, 2020

10.0

Big Bang for Small Bucks

rmauchmar has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This would be the first Google phone I've owned. As a long time Android user, I've owned many devices ranging from Motorola to Samsung to LG, but honestly this is an exceptional phone for the money. Boasting an 8-core processor supplemented with 6GB of RAM, complimented with a 5.8" OLED screen and a 3100+ mAh battery, my expectations are being exceedingly met. I can go on about the differences between the Pixel 4 and the 4a, but you can look at the reviews and the specs on this sight for those. I get two solid days of moderate use with the battery before needing to recharge. The call quality and image quality are exceptional. The camera is on par if not slightly better than my last LG phone and running the "vanilla" Android OS 10, I finally see what I've been missing sticking with the other manufacturers for so long. I'm really happy I switched.

Build quality
10.0
Solidly built phone. Doesn't feel flimsy and it fits nicely in the hand.
Reception
8.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
8.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Cheap, Fast, Feature-Rich, Functional, Responsive.

Cons

  • Lacks 5G & no Wireless 802.1ax support. Processor isn't as fast as Pixel 4 or iPhone 11, but the cost MORE than makes up for a very small difference.

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SamsungApple21 posted on Jan 09, 2021, 11:21 AM

8.0

Pixel 4a: Better than it should be for $350

SamsungApple21 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The Pixel 4a is Google's non-5G mid ranger, and while I would recommend paying the extra $100 for the 5G model, this is still an exceptional phone. It features a 5.8" OLED display at 1080p, and looks great. The size is a perfect sweetspot for phones, allowing for a larger display while also being manageable with one hand. It's a plastic build, but features a matte coating while feels great on the hands. It also features the Snapdragon 730G, a midrange processor which is great for the basics, and some editing and moderate gaming. The battery will last you all day, even when it's capacity is smaller than other phones. Overall, a great phone that I'd recommend going for if you don't care about 5G and like smaller phones.

And ohhh boy have we not gotten into the cameras yet. It features one 12.2 megapixel rear camera, which when combined with Google's amazing software magic, can create flagship level shots in good conditions. It's struggles sometimes, for example before post processing you can notice flaws such as noise in indoor conditions, but the software and post processing can fix it right back up. Overall, the best $350 camera out there.

Build quality
6.0
Overall the worst part of this phone, and it's still great. The matte plastic feels nice, it's way better than the glossy type plastic.
Reception
7.0
I use mine unlocked on wifi only with no sim card so I can't be sure, but as a phone it'll definitely do well.
Call quality
7.0
Same with reception, haven't tried just yet but I'm sure it's good.
Internet
8.0
Great connectivity.
Multimedia
7.0
The display is perfect for multimedia, and the processor is efficient, meaning great battery life while watching and browsing, as well as great performance too.
Camera
9.0
Exceptional, just exceptional. Even when it's an old sensor that struggles, Google's post processing is magic.
UI speed
9.0
Pixel Launcher and Android combine into a fast fluid experience, no hiccups whatsoever.
Everyday usage
8.0
A perfect phone for daily usage. In indoor conditions its flawless, while in outdoor conditions it's good (more in Display)
Text input
9.0
Display
7.0
The 5.8 inch OLED is great for a phone at this price, but it's pretty dim. Outdoor viewing might be a small struggle, but overall it's great.
Battery
8.0
Efficiency combined with a good sized battery make great battery life possible, and it does just that.

Pros

  • $350!
  • The cameras feature Google's magic
  • The size is perfect
  • Plastic build is brought up with a matte finish for a good feel
  • Modern design.
  • Great for the Google go getter who uses all of their services.

Cons

  • Display can be dim outdoors
  • Might get slower as years go by
  • The 4a 5G is a better deal.

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