Google - Pixel 3a with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Purple-ish
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- Capture stunning photos with features like night sight, portrait mode, and HDR+
- Save every photo with free, unlimited storage at high quality through Google photos
- The Google assistant is the easiest way to get things done including screening calls.Bluetooth 5.0
- Fast Charging battery delivers up to 7 hours of use with just a 15 minute charge
- Comes with 3 years of OS and security updates and the custom built Titan M chip
- Switch seamlessly and keep all your stuff Plus your favorite Google apps are built in
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Pixel 3a & Pixel 3aXL
Get more done with an extraordinary camera, fast-charging battery, and the helpful Google Assistant built in.
More to love with Pixel 3a
3 years of security and OS updates. Keep your phone protected against the latest threats and performing at its best.*
Keep your data protected. The custom-made Titan M security chip helps secure the operating system and your most sensitive data, like passwords.**
Keep more of what you love. Use the Quick Switch Adapter to transfer your messages, contacts, and photos to your new device.***
*Android version updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store. See g.co/pixel/updates for details.**See g.co/pixel/security for additional security information.***Some third-party apps and data may not be transferred automatically. Visit g.co/pixel/help for information.
You’ll never want to use your flash again. Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color, even in the dark.
Charges fast. Lasts all day.
Get more done with an Adaptive Battery that delivers 7 hours of use on just a 15-minute charge. It’s designed to learn your favorite apps and reduce power to the ones you rarely use.*
*Charging rates are based upon the use of the included charger. Actual results may vary.
Know who’s calling and why.
Let the Google Assistant help screen your calls, so you know who’s calling and why before you pick up.*
*US and Canada only. English only
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Get more done with Pixel 3A. It has an extraordinary camera with features like night sight, portrait mode, and HDR+. a battery that charges fast and lasts all day . All the helpfulness of the Google assistant built in. And 3 years of security and os updates included . it’s everything you love about Google – in a phone. Works with all major carriers. 1 Google photos offers free unlimited online storage for all photos and videos uploaded in high-quality. Photos and videos uploaded in high-quality may be compressed or resized. Requires Google account. Data rates may apply. 2 us and Canada only. English only. 3 approximate battery life based on a mix of talk, data, standby, mobile Hot-Spot and use of other features, with always on display off. An Active display or data usage will decrease battery life. Charging rates are based upon use of the included charger. Charging time performance Statistics are approximate. Actual results may vary. 4 Android version updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google store. 5 some third-party apps and data may not be transferred automatically. 6 approximate battery life based on a mix of talk, data, standby, mobile Hot-Spot and use of other features, with always on display off. An Active display or data usage will decrease battery life. Charging rates are based upon use of the included charger. Charging time performance Statistics are approximate. Actual results may vary 7 Android version updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google store.
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Pros: low cost, incredible camera, Google ecosystem, battery life, headphone jack.
Cons: slightly buggy phone app, cheaper materials, not quite waterproof, lack of wireless charging, no earbuds included.
I was a bit hesitant to risk upgrading, but I'm so glad that I did. I bought the 3A XL in Purple-ish, and the color is gorgeous. The battery life has been great, surprisingly better than my Pixel 2XL. Please note that I did disable some digital wellbeing features within an hour of initial setup, which has increased the speed and saved some battery. The display is nice, and bringing back the headphone jack was a pleasant surprise (I don't know about you but I was CONSTANTLY losing my 'dongle' when I actually needed it).
However, there are a few major features lacking on this model vs the 3XL, primarily lack of wireless charging and waterproofing. Another major difference is the materials are definitely cheaper. It doesn't look or feel as cheaply made as say, the iPhone 5C did. The back simply doesn't have quite the same glow as the 2XL or 3XL. I would definitely recommend getting a screen protector on the device immediately before use, as the glass on the front isn't as durable. That said, it doesn't really look or feel cheap, just not built as premium as other Pixel devices.
I could probably write an entire page about how incredible the camera is, but it's something you really just need to experience for yourself. Night Sight blew my mind. I took pictures of my living room in nearly pitch black darkness and a) I was able to see more in the photo than I could with my naked eye in the dark and b) it honestly looked like the time of day the photo was taken was about 4pm with the amount of light in the image. Portrait mode on any Pixel is fantastic. I have been asked if many pictures that I have taken on Pixel phones are professional photographs, and I am really not the best photographer.
I do feel the need to mention that the phone app still has some kinks to work out, but I'm confident from my past experience with Google that it won't be long before its fixed. I have noticed that sometimes on calls, the phone has issues with displaying contact names on screen when I switch from one call to another. Luckily, there is an option built into the device's settings to immediately talk with Google support live agents via chat. I did this with ZERO wait time. Super helpful!
Considering upgrading from an iPhone? I would recommend ignoring other online reviews that advise you against it and just go for it. (Just remember if you have a newer iPhone, make sure to compare features on your current device such as wireless charging first). My inital experience going from Apple to Google (iPhone to the Pixel 2XL) was seamless. Everything transferred via the cord and adapter given in the box. (Minus my collection of Apple music of course, but that's what Spotify is for!)
New to Google? The Google ecosystem works incredibly well as a whole. I have Google smart home products in my home, and use Google photos and Gmail/google calendar/g suite etc. I'm amazed every day by new ways that everything works together.
Lastly, THE PRICE! A new release, good quality phone at this low of a cost? It's a GAME CHANGER. This was the deciding factor for me choosing to upgrade, and it's absolutely worth the cost. In fact, a phone with this good of a camera at this cost is basically a steal.
Photos look excellent in my opinion (see my attached photo), navigating around the phone and apps works very quickly, and cell service (T-Mobile) has worked perfectly so far. The phone doesn't have much grip to it, so I recommend buying a case for it.
Overall, great phone!
No matter how much I tried to convince myself, I just couldn't buy a new XR, even after I sold my DSLR (b/c I just never bring it with me no matter how good the pictures/lens is/was). However, when Google launched this phone, my last international family trip convinced me that I need to jump at the chance - pictures you have forever, you want the best camera/phone to capture your experiences. Plus, they are offering an insane $250 trade-in for my iPhone and $100 from the Google store credit, plus my company is giving me $100 for BYOD, so the phone is essentially free to me.
Ordering was flawless, plus they (I ordered from the Google Store) provided a trade-in kit at the same time. I got it in 2 days after Google announced it. Box was your typical white box, looks almost exactly like a Apple box with color, design, packaging, etc. Phone powered right up. Slight hiccup to get it activated on Sprint in that you can't just move the nano SIM card over, you have to go to a Sprint store and activate a completely new SIM. Also make sure it's a corporate store b/c affiliates don't seem to have these SIMs. I went to Best Buy and they had me running in 20 minutes.
Phone is awesome. I got the XL and it's large but for a person who wears glasses it just makes it easier to do things. I know people say it's not fast but I don't game or edit videos so it's plenty fast/responsive. Most importantly, the camera is awesome. Photos are not blurry so far and super clear. I haven't even used any of the special portrait and night options. I'm telling you if a camera can take low light photos that is golden and why I jumped at it. Even with a DSLR it's a challenge trying to take low light photos (do you have the right lens with a large aperture but then you can't have zoom, etc.)
It seems pretty fragile so I'm going to get some sort of case, especially since it's plastic and the case is not removable. However, make sure you get a full case and not a case that just clips on the edges. I made the mistake of buying one for my iPhone and sand/dirt got wedged in and ended up scratching the phone itself. The Android OS is quite a bit different than iOS but I'm coping. Can't say it's worst, just different. The best part is the it being a Google phone will get updated for at least 3 years. I have no big input on the exterior design of the outside, really all phones look the same - we have Apple to blame for that. The fingerprint unlock is a huge plus and love it for all my iPads, computers.
Very pleased so far (will update if that changes). Since this phone is free to me, I plan to use my $100 Google store credit to buy another Pixel 3a for my wife. She has a 2 year old Huawei Honor 8 that has held up pretty well, aside from every government in the world banning them.
Update after 1 month
Best phone I've ever had. Best camera I've ever had bar none, better than any Canon/Nikon DSLR I've had, etc. I've take pictures from moving buses, etc. and each pictures looks like a million bucks...the first time. I've used the camera for some professional portrait quality pictures. Battery life is great. I have had some data disconnection problems but not sure if it's a Sprint problem or otherwise but only happened a few times. I'll monitor to see if it is a real issue. I did end up buying a second 3a XL for spouse and she loves it too, still waiting for my google credit though...
6 months update
Here is my update on both my wife and my experience after almost 1/2 a year. So we both have Pixel 3a XL's. Overall, they have been awesome. Camera is awesome, no change. For anyone who just wants to point and click, there is no equal for the price (same as all the media articles). Battery life is great, no complaints. Size is great, especially for reading for those of us who need bigger fonts. So some issues. I had an issue that took a long time to resolve where I was not getting notifications of new voicemails left (using Sprint). Long story short after going to Sprint, working online with Google support, etc. the only way to fix it was to add an app called visual voicemail and sprint hub. This is counter intuitive but it took a huge amount of effort and troubleshooting to resolve. My wife, who had Best Buy setup the phone did not have any issue. She does however have data connection lost issues that is resolved by restarting and I have had it also but not as often. Essentially, the phone stops talking to the Internet. I'm going to try to reset the phone to resolve and then will escalate to Google if it doesn't resolve. Overall, still very pleased with the phones.
Almost 1 year update
Oh well, I had hoped the Pixel 3a would be rock solid. Over the course of a year it’s developed 2 major issues that require mention. One is it keeps losing data access. The fix is to turn network/airplane mode on/off so there is a quick fix but it’s annoying nonetheless. It happens about 30% of time, usually indoors or in a place that should have access but is maybe a bit difficult. I usually don’t notice it until I bring up a browser or e-mail and it says network unavailable. The other issue is worst. The call volume has become so low that people are unintelligible on calls with bad connections or on speaker phones with low volume. If you search Pixel 3a and can’t hear people you’ll find plenty of threads on their support site. I went through the whole support hurdles to get a replacement but what they do is send you to get it fixed at a contracted store. So the local shop spent over two hours replacing the speaker and I can say that it seems better but time will tell. I’ve never had a problem like this where the volume is so low that you can’t hear people. Some theories are it’s bad hardware others believe it was a bad software update. The repair shop said they’ve had many replace and for some the replacement works and for others it doesn’t. I’m knocking off a ton of stars because a phone shouldn’t die in the first year for any reason, certainly not a near flagship from a top tier manufacturer. I’ll watch it for the next month and if I still have issues I’ll insist on a replacement. My wife whom I also bought a 3a XL also has issues and she uses a headset to make it usable. The speaker phone doesn’t have this issue. Maybe Apple does know how to make phones that are good quality...but at 2x or 3x the cost?
Top international reviews
I scoured the internet in search of a device that is excellent and budget after losing my iPhone XR, and all of it points me to the Google Pixel 3a, so naturally, I bought it without hesitation and had high hopes with all the excellent reviews I saw.
Problem #1 - Battery
When I received the phone, I was really shocked at how quick the battery drained when I was setting it up ( I just downloaded a few apps and was using those few apps ) I received the phone in the afternoon with a charge of around 45% and the phone died at night, which really surprised me. I did some research and apparently I'm not the only one facing this issue. I don't know if its because I am comparing it to my previous experience on the iPhone XR ( lasts me 2 days with minimal usage) but the Pixel has a bigger battery capacity than the XR which would've meant it should last longer but that's not the case. I tried using the Pixel the same way I would with my XR but the results were disappointing. It feels like such a downgrade when I switched from the XR to the pixel (but it wouldn't be fair to compare a cad $800 phone to a cad $460 phone). I would say give it a whirl if you are a minimal user and don't mind bringing around a power bank. (This phone recharges quickly tho but who’s gonna bring around the charger all day)
Problem #2- Performance
The phone is a little sluggish, the camera was a little slow. THERE IS NO PHOTO GALLERY, it takes you to Google Photos every time, which is uncomfortable and unorganized as my account is in sync with my other devices, and it requires wifi. you can download a photo gallery app separately tho. The default keyboard is Google Keyboard, which is fine if u like it but I personally didn't like it so I downloaded a different keyboard. I didn't really like the UI (User Interface) of the Google Andriod, as I find it a little odd, but that's personal, many people like it.
Like most reviews stating the weird tint of the camera. This is a phone that is highly praised on for having a good camera, but that's not the case with my experience, sure the camera works excellent in low light photos, and has a wide range, but.. The camera seems to have a filter over it, the colors in the pictures taken are brighter and darker than they are and made the pictures discolored
(light green somehow turns to blue, light brown turns to dark brown, light blue turns to dark blue) it is nice when you are taking nature photos and want to emphasize on the colors, but it's frustrating when the pictures you took don't represent the actual color of the actual thing.
You get the pure Google stock Android experience, you will enjoy it if you love andriod's customize ability and google as it has essentially all the google features such as google assistant (and google lens built in the camera) but google is offering the features on the app store too so those features isn’t exclusive to the Pixel.
This phone did not meet up with my expectation so I returned it as I would rather pay $250 more for a phone that performs well.
*also a side note if you are concerned about storage, the phone comes preloaded with 10+GB of system setting which can't be removed so you are essentially buying a 54GB phone.
-La cámara: sin duda es la mejor que he visto en un Smartphone, la fotos en modo nocturno son superiores a cualquier otra marca y no tiene rival incluso con teléfonos con muchos más píxeles.
-El rendimiento: realmente no utilizo juegos ni apps que consuman mucha RAM pero ya era usuario de android one desde tiempo atrás y estoy acostumbrado a ver pequeñas fallas con dispositivos de prestaciones similares, haya ahora no he visto nada que me moleste en este apartado.
-Los altavoces sin ser malos no son equiparables a lo que se espera con una marca de este tipo.
-El hecho que sea de plástico, que en realidad tiene el lado positivo de que es muy ligero (de me ha caído ya 2 veces, una de ellas desde 2 metros y no le quedó un solo rasguño) pero si se siente frágil, mejor le compré una buena funda.
Es un excelente teléfono, tiene una cámara increíble (solo apuntas, capturas y tendrás una foto impresionante) y las características no son las más potentes pero su rendimiento es muy bueno.
Las aplicaciones corren súper bien, el sistema operativo es android puro y el plástico del teléfono es de primera calidad, comparado con un iPhone no es para nada resbaladizo en las manos, lo he usado sin proctector por que se ve increíble y no se me ha caido. La parte trasera superior que es de un color negro mas brillante es muy fácil que se ralle y le quedan las marcas de los dedos comparado con el resto de la cubierta trasera que es negro mate.
Fotografia excelente; todos mis amigos encantados con el modo nocturno,
Actualizaciones al momento en que son liberadas por mismo google.
El rendimiento para mi tipo de uso es excelente no se ocupa mas.
La Bateria rinde muy bien un dia con uso decente, llego a final del dia con 15% pero podria ser mejor.
Lo que mas me gustó:
-La cámara, sus funciones y tecnología me dejaron sorprendido, sobre todo el modo nocturno.
-La batería (una de las mas eficientes que he tenido).
Lo que no me gustó:
-El almacenamiento no puede expandirse.
-Me gustaría que pudiera tener mas gestos, como agitar para encender la luz.
Las dudas comunes es la pantalla, o la parte de atrás que no es de vidrio, no creo que alguien tenga problemas, es una buena pantalla oled que cubre significativamente parte del dispositivo, tiene buena resolucion y calidad, y en si el cuerpo del teléfono se siente "premium".
Lo que no me ha gustado de las bocinas (suenan fuerte y claras con un poco distorsión cuando las pones al maximo) es que tiene la segunda bocina en la parte de abajo por lo que usualmente cuando veo un video la suelo tapar con mi mano.
En resumen, las primeras actualizaciones al sistema Android, excelente camara, buena batería (mr who's the boss compara cuánto dura la batería en 5 celulares gama alta y el pixel gano durando 8 hrs, pixel 3a xl 3700mah -8 hrs vs Asus Zenofone 6 5000 mah- 7 hrs 32 min ) , y un buen acabado, lo considero un excelente celular para ser gama media y lo más sorprendente es que compite con los gama alta.
Por ahora le doy de calificación: 4.2
ya que no lo he utilizado lo suficiente y no le he demandado tanto al procesador con juegos pesados.
Es comodisimo y muy versátil para el estilo de cada persona.
De todo tiene un poco y además de destacar por su Sistema operativo limpio su cámara e inteligencia artificial no pueden tener descripción sin la palabra magia.
Google sabe lo que hace y entrega en este dispositivo lo mejor que la tecnología ofrece actualmente.
RECOMENDADO SI O SI.