Google – Pixel 3 with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) – Not Pink

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30 reviews for Google – Pixel 3 with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) – Not Pink

  1. Periey

    I much prefer this to iPhone X. It’s much more customizable and Google assistant is light years ahead of Siri. It’s a highly functional and practical phone. However, nobody could beat Apple’s fit and finish, quality control, and aesthetics.I purchased this device directly from Google Store, and I suggest everyone do the same, because if there’s any problem with the device, they will send you a new one. Their customer service is excellent. It’s just a phone call or email away. Yes, the Apple phones are decidedly prettier, but in terms of usability and functionality, Google Pixel wins hands down.

  2. If you’re reading this, please read my bio!

    This phone does as well as my Pixel 2XL did, for half the price.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.

  3. Ian Lucas

    Want the best camera? Want a great looking screen? Want amazing battery life? Want great simple software? Yes exactly, that’s why this phone is great for 99% of people. Now if all you care about is specs, just walk away, it’s not a flagship, but you won’t notice unless you’re reading a specs sheet. If your just a regular phone user, takes some photos, watches some videos, strolls through social media pages, and does some emails and web browsing, this is the phone for you, save your money. Some more pros, Google photos back up is unlimited, 3 times the amount of cloud storage for free as apple, and they keep pictures completely separate. If you use any type of voice assistant, you’ll love having a Google phone for the best assistant experience. Lots of Pixel only features, screen calling in the US is an amazing benifit. Also, if you want to switch from Apple, this is the phone to try it with.

  4. Nate N.

    I work in IT and know how to use phones fairly extensively. You should know one thing going into buying the Pixel 3a: it comes with Google’s Pixel launcher, meaning that the interface that you’re probably use to with other phones (Samsung, Xperia, iPhone, whatever else) is different here. It’s a lot simpler to use, and keep in mind if you don’t like it, you can download something different from the Play Store.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!

  5. Max Moreira

    The notch is ugly but you know this before you buy it. The phone feels very nice and premium. The software is weirdly unstable, I thought being stock Android would be great but no, I think it’s because of the 4GB of RAM this thing has, apps keeps crashing and reloading everytime you reopen them.I am posting this on July 6th so at this moment Android Q is only available in beta. I did give it a try and it’s way more stable, battery life is much better in Android Q, so I do think the phone will be great when the official version is released.But this is a Pixel, you buy this for the camera and you’re not wrong. I have compared it with iPhone Xs and it’s just on another level, I have even compared it with Huawei P30 Pro and Huawei only have much better zoom, Pixel is just superior with the quality of the photos.In the audio department, it sounds great, I’ve seen better like iPhone Xs and Asus ROG phone but it has front facing speakers with excellent quality and volume.In the screen department, this generation is like 600% better than the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 were just terrible, this one is a very nice AMOLED display, colors are good and accurate, viewing angles are also top.In the battery life, well… It’s not good to be honest. I have found myself charging this thing twice a day with normal use. 3 times even with heavy use.. if you’re taking a lot of photos it will just eat your battery. For example, I recorded 8 minutes of the 4th of July fireworks in NYC, it consumed 15-20% of the battery. That’s just crazy.But all this little issues has been resolved with the Android Q, even it being a beta is just much more stable than the current official Android 9.If you want this Pixel, go for it. It’s a great phone. And I hope Android Q will resolve those little issues.

  6. Chad M.

    Started out as a decent phone. Bought this back in February of 2019. Recently started getting a fatal error message and can no longer turn on the phone. According to forums – this model has random issues like this especially they fatal error message that make the phone useless.

  7. Ricochet

    Have been using Android over 10 years and carrying Pixels the last 4 years. Love stock Android. I don’t usually buy phones at launch, but I caved this year. Don’t care about the camera, but if this is important for you, look no further. Like it’s predecessors, this phone takes nice photos. Cool design, premium feel, and a modestly updated feature set. Android is still Android after all. The phone does feel good in your hand. Screen is very nice and the 90hz refresh is noticeably smooth. If you’ve been reading reviews, you’ve probably read all this elsewhere.I do want to like this phone and am going to give it a chance, but I’m going to be merciless if the device doesn’t stand up to reasonable everyday use. What do I mean by this? We bought two phones but I’ve only opened one of them to evaluate. Set up was easy. Connect your devices and less than 10 min later, everything was transferred. Apps installed, then they updated. Ready for testing. WiFi and Bluetooth connection were fast and solid.One thing I was quite impressed with was the sound. After using earlier pixels with front firing speakers I was a little worried. Nothing to worry about here. Sound quality is very good (full and rich), and the gesture navigation skip forward and back worked for me as well, boom! 4K videos looked good and so did ones shot in 1080p.Face unlock. This was another “on the fence” item for me. Cool feature and it works, but now they have it all. Our fingerprints from the last generation of phones can now be linked with our faces. Works perfectly in pitch black darkness. Infrared wins.I still have the same (major) concerns as others. The 2800mah battery is tiny. I am extremely skeptical here, but hope I can be proven wrong. No unlimited original res photo storage. I know Google is in business to make money, but what a chump thing to do. It’s right up there with them not including a headphone adapter or headphones this time around. So this is the price you pay or accessories you forego to have the latest tech. I believe this could have been done better or differently. It’s a flagship phone, or at least that’s what Google is calling it. Congrats Google, you’ve cut just about every corner you possibly could with this device.What’s next. Let’s see how the device performs in real day-to-day usage. In the car, in a pocket with Bluetooth and the normal stuff we all do with our devices. The TINY subpar battery had better be good. Otherwise 2 of these phones are coming right back to you.My suggestion, if you didn’t jump on the launch deal is WAIT. The phone is nice, but the potential for disappointment is there. Black Friday and Christmas are just around the corner too.***Update Daily useCall and audio quality is good, using a BT headset also good. Streaming music to the cars audio system working well. Android 10 has a few quirks, but is working and very stable. I haven’t had any performance issues with the device or its OS. Although I had WiFi calling on my 3XL (AT&T) , it will not activate on this device. May I have to call them to see why.***Update after 3 weeks of ownershipWhile I am fully sold on the Face Unlock feature, I still miss the finger print reader. Its just something you become used to after years of pixel ownership. I’ve only caught myself trying to unlock the phone about 3 times with my finger. I set up face unlock without glasses, but it works when I put on reading glasses, and also while wearing sun glasses (that one is amazing). One thing people and (google) haven’t thought of. Currently, Face Unlock works even your eyes are closed. Google has said they are going to release an update that addresses this. Ok, so what happens when I’m wearing sunglasses?Trusted Devices or Places will probably address this. My phone stays unlocked in the car and at home or work. But if you are outside walking around and wearing sun glasses, you might have to PIN into the device or lift your sunglasses. This is still an unknown I guess.I called AT&T and we determined the IMEI of the phone was not “whitelisted” on their network. Hence the reason why I couldn’t activate Wi-Fi calling. It took them 3 days, but they re-provisioned the SIM (remotely) and added the ID. Wi-Fi Calling works now. If you have this problem with a new phone (any brand) that is compatible with voLTE and Wi-Fi calling, but was not purchased through your carrier (subsidy) there is always a possibility that the phone will not be “whitelisted”. You have to call customer care and be really nice. I got lucky the first time I called, sometimes it takes more than one call. The second device (other P4) which is also with AT&T (but a different plan) will not allow Wi-Fi to be activated either, so this means another call to the carrier. Hand off between Cellular and Wi-Fi or vice versa works 98% of the time. I’ve had a few dropped calls say when I’m walking into work or the house and the phone transitions from Cellular to Wi-Fi. Mostly however, it works and is stable. For those who have had Google Fi, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Wi-Fi calling capable devices attempt to switch aggressively whenever they can move voice calls to Wi-Fi.The new Google Assistant is very good. The AI they have built into the core of the OS is impressive. Not needing a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to use it makes it extremely fast. For me, this is probably the most notable upgrade from a Android/hardware perspective.BIGGEST concern >> the 2800mah battery. Remarkably, the phone lasts all day and well into the next morning without being charged. I had concerns about going to sleep with a low battery and having the phone die during the night and then no alarm in the morning. Well, it hasn’t been a problem. I typically have 17-30% percent remaining in the morning and can easily throw the phone on charge before leaving the house. I have the “always on” display turned on, and allow all notifications to display on my lock screen. I have gesture navigation enabled which keeps the soli radar chip active and looking for gestures above the device when its stationary. I stream videos and play music over Bluetooth in the car. I also use navigation when walking frequently. Normal use and the battery has held up well. This is really a matter of personal preference and your usage. Initial reviews said 3-4 hrs of screen time should be expected. I’m getting 5-6hrs. If you are on your phone for hours a day, or play games, get the XL.In closing, I have found myself >>inconvenienced

  8. web master

    The phone is flimsy, under-engineered and not worth the high cost. There are no longer any deals regarding Google cloud storage. Google is only offering three years support for this phone, then they pull the plug. The battery life is a joke. The operating system needs fixes to be secure, especially critical face recognition. I can not imagine why anyone would spend so much for so little. I returned the two that I originally ordered.

  9. Rob P

    I had been waiting for this phone ever since details were leaked just before summer. Then the specs were leaked – 6gb OK fair enough. 90hz screen fantastic. 2 camera lenses ok maybe. Snapdragon 855 instead of 855 plus bit disappointing but not enough to stop the purchase.Then they release the pricing – same ballpark as the iphone. OK sure it’s a google phone, probably has the same quality as the iphone right?No, wrong. It feels cheap compared to an iphone, it looks cheap compared to an iphone. The ridiculous uncentered screen is dim compared to an iphone. Honestly this phone looks like a 2017 model year phone, not 2019. But then again it’s made by HTC which should tell you everything you need to know right there.The spec is a joke, 64gb storage, no free google photo uploads – they are trying to be apple without providing the excellent hardware.Android 10 is great but STILL it has stuttering scrolling even with a 90hz screen. Anyone who says different is kidding themselves, IOS scrolls liquid smooth without resorting to a 90hz refresh rate.The whole radar chip gesture navigation is a total gimmick waste of hardware and resources and screen real estate. No one is going to use it in its current iteration.Android 10 telephony support is inferior to IOS – you can make whatsapp calls from favorites in IOS dialer – not an option in Android 10.Android 10 updates SUCK, even with pixel, the company phone you are only guaranteed 3 years of updates while apple gives you 5.It’s SO OVERPRICED I cannot believe google have the cheek to sell this phone at this price bracket. No edge to edge screen, awful battery life, paltry storage.Do yourself a favour and skip the pixel 4.

  10. Benvenuti Sfondrati-Piccolomini

    This is a Verizon phone not a Google store one; that means it comes with a Verizon sim preinstalled and the “esim” (used by Fi and maybe others) is disabled.If you don’t remove the Verizon sim (unless you intend to use it on Verizon) before trying to set up the phone you’ll have to factory reset it after you realize this.

  11. GoldenZebra

    The phone that was sent to me was not unlocked and was slightly broken screen. Google tried to replace my phone since it was an hardware issue, but then could nto return it. THis is basically a scam.it says “Sold by GOogle” but it not and is just a scam.

  12. Amazon Customer

    Becareful !!! The phone I got was LOCKED to Tmobile , am trying to unlock it with them now. If I was not successful am sending it back.UPDATE: I have messaged T mobile on Twitter, gave them the phone IMEI number and they’ve unlocked it. It’s all good now

  13. Amazon Customer

    Becareful !!! The phone I got was LOCKED to Tmobile , am trying to unlock it with them now. If I was not successful am sending it back.UPDATE: I have messaged T mobile on Twitter, gave them the phone IMEI number and they’ve unlocked it. It’s all good now

  14. CptJeff

    Bought from Decluttr Store, Phone is NOT unlocked and has an outstanding balance with AT&T. Went to activate the phone, using my current sim card and Now I don’t have a working phone at all! Phone came shaking around in a box inside of a polybag, with a dollar store charger. I do not recommend this seller! I’m absolutely furious!

  15. CptJeff

    Bought from Decluttr Store, Phone is NOT unlocked and has an outstanding balance with AT&T. Went to activate the phone, using my current sim card and Now I don’t have a working phone at all! Phone came shaking around in a box inside of a polybag, with a dollar store charger. I do not recommend this seller! I’m absolutely furious!

  16. Jack Carter

    I’m not sure what to say other than not to buy this product. Look at this review and all the other ones; no one has received an unlocked phone. Mine is locked to Verizon and won’t accept my SIM card, making it useless. Definitely steer as far away from this as you can !! 😀

  17. Jack Carter

    I’m not sure what to say other than not to buy this product. Look at this review and all the other ones; no one has received an unlocked phone. Mine is locked to Verizon and won’t accept my SIM card, making it useless. Definitely steer as far away from this as you can !! 😀

  18. Kylie S

    I purchased this phone because it was prime eligible and an exact replacement of my current Pixel 3, which I love. HOWEVER, the seller shipped with USPS and it took almost 10 full days to receive. I went to activate it with my carrier, Sprint, and they said that the IMEI makes it INELIGIBLE for activation!! This phone is either stolen or locked to another network!! I have waited all this time for a phone I can’t even use! This seller (eMonkey) should not be able to get away with this fraudulent activity and needs to make it right!Update: I have now received confirmation from Google Support that this phone is LOCKED TO VERIZON.

  19. Vincent

    Great phone if you just want the basics to do everyday tasks (e-mail, social media, selfies, take pictures of random stuff, Youtube, streaming video, online shopping, etc) without the bells and whistles.$350 is an excellent price for what it can do especially if you’re on a budget.Unlike a premium $800+ phone it does NOT have1. Water, Dust Resistance. Have that bag of rice handy just in case, and don’t kick it around constantly in dry dirt/sand2. Active Edge. Unlike the past few pixel phones, cannot squeeze phone for Google Assistant3. Facial recognition. Has a very responsive fingerprint reader on back.4. 4K screen. Has 1080p OLED display, 60hz refresh. If your eyes are used to 4k screens with high refresh rate then this may feel like a downgrade, if not, it’s manageable. Able to multi-task without any lag (unless your eyes are trained to do so)5. Wireless charging. Wired fast charging only.6. Aluminum or glass body: Phone exterior has a uni-body plastic design. Sturdy and fingerprint resistant7. Support 5G. There is a 5g model coming soon (as of this review)–What it does have/list of features:Excellent camera: Single camera front and back (12MP). No wide angle. excellent post processing software. One of the best cameras on the market (as of this review) even when compared to $1000+ phones especially in astro photography. Front camera is a whole punch design instead of integrated into a bezel.Great Battery life: 10 hour screen on time. Can last 1 to 1.5 days depending on usageIt does have headphone jack for those who still use wired headphonesStereo speakers are basic. Able to hear others through speaker phone. Decent bass if you want to listen to music without headphones128gb storageE-sim option. No need for physical sim if you don’t want to use itHas live Caption mode (basically subtitles for your phone for media and phone calls), and Now Playing (tells you what music is playing without going into an app)Has 3 year software and security updates. No bloutwear on phoneOverall, excellent price for what you get especially when you want the phone to do basic everyday tasks

  20. Vincent

    Great phone if you just want the basics to do everyday tasks (e-mail, social media, selfies, take pictures of random stuff, Youtube, streaming video, online shopping, etc) without the bells and whistles.$350 is an excellent price for what it can do especially if you’re on a budget.Unlike a premium $800+ phone it does NOT have1. Water, Dust Resistance. Have that bag of rice handy just in case, and don’t kick it around constantly in dry dirt/sand2. Active Edge. Unlike the past few pixel phones, cannot squeeze phone for Google Assistant3. Facial recognition. Has a very responsive fingerprint reader on back.4. 4K screen. Has 1080p OLED display, 60hz refresh. If your eyes are used to 4k screens with high refresh rate then this may feel like a downgrade, if not, it’s manageable. Able to multi-task without any lag (unless your eyes are trained to do so)5. Wireless charging. Wired fast charging only.6. Aluminum or glass body: Phone exterior has a uni-body plastic design. Sturdy and fingerprint resistant7. Support 5G. There is a 5g model coming soon (as of this review)–What it does have/list of features:Excellent camera: Single camera front and back (12MP). No wide angle. excellent post processing software. One of the best cameras on the market (as of this review) even when compared to $1000+ phones especially in astro photography. Front camera is a whole punch design instead of integrated into a bezel.Great Battery life: 10 hour screen on time. Can last 1 to 1.5 days depending on usageIt does have headphone jack for those who still use wired headphonesStereo speakers are basic. Able to hear others through speaker phone. Decent bass if you want to listen to music without headphones128gb storageE-sim option. No need for physical sim if you don’t want to use itHas live Caption mode (basically subtitles for your phone for media and phone calls), and Now Playing (tells you what music is playing without going into an app)Has 3 year software and security updates. No bloutwear on phoneOverall, excellent price for what you get especially when you want the phone to do basic everyday tasks

  21. Wolffe

    If you want to buy an US Android smartphone that has minimal out-of-the-box bloatware, a headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, great camera, and an unlockable bootloader, there is only one phone on the market that meets that criteria, the Pixel 4a. I personally desire these features on my smartphone, but manufacturers have been removing them from their flagship smartphones from sometime. I used to only buy smartphone flagships and was always excited to upgrade. I purchased the first Google Pixel XL on launch day back in 2016 and it has been the best phone I’ve ever used. I loved my Pixel XL so much I have tried to replace it twice but ended up selling the newer phones as I considered them to be inferior. My Pixel XL stopped receiving software updates from Google a while back, but I’ve been able to extend its lifespan by loading LineageOS on it.Subsequent Pixel flagships have removed several features I want on my phone or added features I did not want. The Pixel 2 series removed the headphone jack, the Pixel 3XL had an ugly notch mimicking the iPhone X, and the Pixel 4 (non-A) series does not have fingerprint sensors.It really does not make sense that the Pixel 4a, a budget offering, has more features than the Pixel 4, but this is the reality we live in. I’d like to quickly run over the things I love about this device before I start tearing into with criticism. I love that it has a headphone jack. I have no problem with wireless technology, but Bluetooth in 2020 still provides inferior sound quality when compared to a wired connection. When I’m in my car or listening to headphones, I want a wired connection for the best quality possible. Wired headphones also don’t require batteries meaning they are much more environmentally friendly and never require battery replacement.I also love that this phone has an unlockable bootloader. If you want to keep this phone past the 3 year window of software support Google offers, you can load an aftermarket ROM on your device like LineageOS. It’s also a plus if you want to root your device. Many smartphone manufacturers (Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Motorola, to name a few) either don’t allow this or limit the functionality to certain models which I consider unacceptable. Can you imagine if you bought a computer with Windows 7 but were forbidden from loading Windows 8 or Ubuntu on it? You don’t have to imagine, that’s essentially what most smartphone manufacturers do. Google doesn’t and I appreciate that.While an unlockable bootloader is nice, I would say that most people would like to use their new phones with out-of-box software as long as possible. Google’s version of Android is the closest thing to pure/bloatware-free that you can get. There are no duplicate apps (except YouTube/YouTube Music), and almost everything can be uninstalled or disabled out of the box. Mine did come with a T-Mobile app which I saw as strange since it’s an unlocked phone, but I was able to uninstall it. This is what I like to see. Other brands such as Samsung have gone as far as to create entire duplicate app stores, calendars, mail apps, assistants, and internet browsers that are not removable from their phones. Others, like OnePlus, now put Facebook services on phones out of the box. I am glad that Google has not embraced these practices and still leaves app choice up to the owner of the phone.The camera, like on all Pixel phones, is fantastic. Great low-light performance and amazing detail, contrast, and color. No other smartphone on the market can compare with the Pixel series of phones when it comes to cameras. Both the front and rear shooters take great shots, but for reasons I’ll get to later, I hate the front camera.So what are the compromises? This thing is cheap, gross, fingerprint-attractive plastic. In all honesty, I hate all plastic. Plastic is what disposable products are made from. I don’t want a plastic phone. Make it out of aluminum, steel, glass, whatever. But plastic is not acceptable on any smartphone in 2020, even a budget one. Immediately when I took this phone out of the box I hated how it felt in my hand. It feels like a kid’s tox, reminiscent of the iPhone 5c. You may think this is being harsh on a $350 phone but the iPhone SE 2 is made from aluminum and is the same price. The aesthetic design of the phone isn’t too bad, if it were made of aluminum it would be a nice looking phone, that is, if it weren’t for what I’ll get into next.The screen is horrible. It’s only 1080p-equivalent (my Pixel XL from 2016 is 1440p, it’s not wide enough for my taste, and rather than have a bezel on the top of the phone like on the Pixel 4, Google instead decided to embrace the hole punch-style front camera design popularized by Samsung. Whenever you look at this phone, you are going to see this camera. It sticks out like a sore thumb, a giant black mark on the screen. It’s even worse when you’re watching videos in portrait mode, as the top of the display darkens to simulate an artificial bezel. If the video you’re watching is dark then rather than seeing the beautiful perfect black scenes you can achieve with an OLED screen, you see the camera. It’s also a distraction when you’re viewing a wide photo or video in landscape mode, it’s a giant black dot on the side like a fly landed on the screen. I spend a lot of time watching videos on my phone and this is not acceptable. When in dim rooms the camera hole is also very reflective and will shine light right into your eyes, adding further distraction. The only thing I can compliment is that at least the hole is off to the side and not in the center. It’s still terrible.I’m not happy with the fingerprint sensor. It’s plastic so it feels terrible, but it also doesn’t seem to read fingerprints well. To its credit it does read quickly, much more quickly than my Pixel XL, but I find myself having to read my print three or four times just to get it to unlock. I prefer optical under-screen fingerprint sensors such as those found on the OnePlus series of phones but can accept a rear fingerprint sensor if it’s accurate and quick. The sensor on the 4a does not seem to be accurate.The battery is too small at 3140mah. There are budget Indian and Chinese phones that are packing 4000mah+ batteries into smartphones of similar size, Google is lagging behind the competition. They’ve advertised this as having “adaptive” battery optimization and while it seems to perform fairly well out of the box, how well will it perform after several major updates and a few hundred charge cycles? One of my last jobs was spent working with batteries and one of the things I learned is that when it comes to lithium-ion cells, higher capacity + lower discharge depth = longer lifespan. Even if this phone can get you through morning to night with 10-15% capacity left of a 3,140mah battery, you’ll be left with a battery lasts less long than if you had a 4000mah battery ending the day at 30% before going back on the charger. Lithium-ion cells also degrade as they’re cycled. After 100 cycles a Lithium battery can lose as much as 5%-10% of its capacity. If you start with a larger cell then that degradation will be less of an issue as age sets in. Needless to say, Google fumbled on battery size.I think this is the best new Android phone on the market, but in the same breath, I think that reflects poorly on the Android smartphone market. You might think my criticisms are harsh considering the low price of the phone, but I did not buy this phone because it was cheap. I bought it because it has the features I want. If I had the option of buying a flagship smartphone with a headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, metal/glass body, excellent camera, large battery, no hole punch, and no bloatware, I would buy that. I can’t buy a new flagship smartphone like that so this is the next closest thing. I’m not even asking for luxury features like wireless charging. Basically, I feel no guilt in being critical towards the device’s flaws because my desires as a consumer are not being met by the companies I’m purchasing from. I would recommend this device if you need the features it has.

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    I finally switched from Samsung and Motorola phones to a Pixel. I had read a lot of websites extolling how good of a price it was based on the features and decided to give it a chance.Overall, I would say that it is worth the money, but, having it for a few days now, there are some obvious pros and cons.Pros:Definitely the price3 years of software support/upgradesNot full of bloatwareCons:The camera takes great pictures, but the software is lacking so every time that you take a picture and want to see it, you need to wait 5 seconds before the phone processes it.There is no wireless charging.There is no facial recognition.The sound was a real letdown. It is not nearly as loud and clear as similarly price phones.The screen is a bit small and the actual body of the phon doesn’t seem as solid as I have come to expect from similar phones.I definitely think it’s in the above average range based on the amount that you are paying. But, keep these cons in mind and add in that soon Google will be releasing the 5g versions which this one is not.

  23. Wolffe

    If you want to buy an US Android smartphone that has minimal out-of-the-box bloatware, a headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, great camera, and an unlockable bootloader, there is only one phone on the market that meets that criteria, the Pixel 4a. I personally desire these features on my smartphone, but manufacturers have been removing them from their flagship smartphones from sometime. I used to only buy smartphone flagships and was always excited to upgrade. I purchased the first Google Pixel XL on launch day back in 2016 and it has been the best phone I’ve ever used. I loved my Pixel XL so much I have tried to replace it twice but ended up selling the newer phones as I considered them to be inferior. My Pixel XL stopped receiving software updates from Google a while back, but I’ve been able to extend its lifespan by loading LineageOS on it.Subsequent Pixel flagships have removed several features I want on my phone or added features I did not want. The Pixel 2 series removed the headphone jack, the Pixel 3XL had an ugly notch mimicking the iPhone X, and the Pixel 4 (non-A) series does not have fingerprint sensors.It really does not make sense that the Pixel 4a, a budget offering, has more features than the Pixel 4, but this is the reality we live in. I’d like to quickly run over the things I love about this device before I start tearing into with criticism. I love that it has a headphone jack. I have no problem with wireless technology, but Bluetooth in 2020 still provides inferior sound quality when compared to a wired connection. When I’m in my car or listening to headphones, I want a wired connection for the best quality possible. Wired headphones also don’t require batteries meaning they are much more environmentally friendly and never require battery replacement.I also love that this phone has an unlockable bootloader. If you want to keep this phone past the 3 year window of software support Google offers, you can load an aftermarket ROM on your device like LineageOS. It’s also a plus if you want to root your device. Many smartphone manufacturers (Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Motorola, to name a few) either don’t allow this or limit the functionality to certain models which I consider unacceptable. Can you imagine if you bought a computer with Windows 7 but were forbidden from loading Windows 8 or Ubuntu on it? You don’t have to imagine, that’s essentially what most smartphone manufacturers do. Google doesn’t and I appreciate that.While an unlockable bootloader is nice, I would say that most people would like to use their new phones with out-of-box software as long as possible. Google’s version of Android is the closest thing to pure/bloatware-free that you can get. There are no duplicate apps (except YouTube/YouTube Music), and almost everything can be uninstalled or disabled out of the box. Mine did come with a T-Mobile app which I saw as strange since it’s an unlocked phone, but I was able to uninstall it. This is what I like to see. Other brands such as Samsung have gone as far as to create entire duplicate app stores, calendars, mail apps, assistants, and internet browsers that are not removable from their phones. Others, like OnePlus, now put Facebook services on phones out of the box. I am glad that Google has not embraced these practices and still leaves app choice up to the owner of the phone.The camera, like on all Pixel phones, is fantastic. Great low-light performance and amazing detail, contrast, and color. No other smartphone on the market can compare with the Pixel series of phones when it comes to cameras. Both the front and rear shooters take great shots, but for reasons I’ll get to later, I hate the front camera.So what are the compromises? This thing is cheap, gross, fingerprint-attractive plastic. In all honesty, I hate all plastic. Plastic is what disposable products are made from. I don’t want a plastic phone. Make it out of aluminum, steel, glass, whatever. But plastic is not acceptable on any smartphone in 2020, even a budget one. Immediately when I took this phone out of the box I hated how it felt in my hand. It feels like a kid’s tox, reminiscent of the iPhone 5c. You may think this is being harsh on a $350 phone but the iPhone SE 2 is made from aluminum and is the same price. The aesthetic design of the phone isn’t too bad, if it were made of aluminum it would be a nice looking phone, that is, if it weren’t for what I’ll get into next.The screen is horrible. It’s only 1080p-equivalent (my Pixel XL from 2016 is 1440p, it’s not wide enough for my taste, and rather than have a bezel on the top of the phone like on the Pixel 4, Google instead decided to embrace the hole punch-style front camera design popularized by Samsung. Whenever you look at this phone, you are going to see this camera. It sticks out like a sore thumb, a giant black mark on the screen. It’s even worse when you’re watching videos in portrait mode, as the top of the display darkens to simulate an artificial bezel. If the video you’re watching is dark then rather than seeing the beautiful perfect black scenes you can achieve with an OLED screen, you see the camera. It’s also a distraction when you’re viewing a wide photo or video in landscape mode, it’s a giant black dot on the side like a fly landed on the screen. I spend a lot of time watching videos on my phone and this is not acceptable. When in dim rooms the camera hole is also very reflective and will shine light right into your eyes, adding further distraction. The only thing I can compliment is that at least the hole is off to the side and not in the center. It’s still terrible.I’m not happy with the fingerprint sensor. It’s plastic so it feels terrible, but it also doesn’t seem to read fingerprints well. To its credit it does read quickly, much more quickly than my Pixel XL, but I find myself having to read my print three or four times just to get it to unlock. I prefer optical under-screen fingerprint sensors such as those found on the OnePlus series of phones but can accept a rear fingerprint sensor if it’s accurate and quick. The sensor on the 4a does not seem to be accurate.The battery is too small at 3140mah. There are budget Indian and Chinese phones that are packing 4000mah+ batteries into smartphones of similar size, Google is lagging behind the competition. They’ve advertised this as having “adaptive” battery optimization and while it seems to perform fairly well out of the box, how well will it perform after several major updates and a few hundred charge cycles? One of my last jobs was spent working with batteries and one of the things I learned is that when it comes to lithium-ion cells, higher capacity + lower discharge depth = longer lifespan. Even if this phone can get you through morning to night with 10-15% capacity left of a 3,140mah battery, you’ll be left with a battery lasts less long than if you had a 4000mah battery ending the day at 30% before going back on the charger. Lithium-ion cells also degrade as they’re cycled. After 100 cycles a Lithium battery can lose as much as 5%-10% of its capacity. If you start with a larger cell then that degradation will be less of an issue as age sets in. Needless to say, Google fumbled on battery size.I think this is the best new Android phone on the market, but in the same breath, I think that reflects poorly on the Android smartphone market. You might think my criticisms are harsh considering the low price of the phone, but I did not buy this phone because it was cheap. I bought it because it has the features I want. If I had the option of buying a flagship smartphone with a headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, metal/glass body, excellent camera, large battery, no hole punch, and no bloatware, I would buy that. I can’t buy a new flagship smartphone like that so this is the next closest thing. I’m not even asking for luxury features like wireless charging. Basically, I feel no guilt in being critical towards the device’s flaws because my desires as a consumer are not being met by the companies I’m purchasing from. I would recommend this device if you need the features it has.

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    I finally switched from Samsung and Motorola phones to a Pixel. I had read a lot of websites extolling how good of a price it was based on the features and decided to give it a chance.Overall, I would say that it is worth the money, but, having it for a few days now, there are some obvious pros and cons.Pros:Definitely the price3 years of software support/upgradesNot full of bloatwareCons:The camera takes great pictures, but the software is lacking so every time that you take a picture and want to see it, you need to wait 5 seconds before the phone processes it.There is no wireless charging.There is no facial recognition.The sound was a real letdown. It is not nearly as loud and clear as similarly price phones.The screen is a bit small and the actual body of the phon doesn’t seem as solid as I have come to expect from similar phones.I definitely think it’s in the above average range based on the amount that you are paying. But, keep these cons in mind and add in that soon Google will be releasing the 5g versions which this one is not.

  25. Tyrone

    Performance = 9 / 10 – fast Snapdragon cpu but only only 6gb ramDisplay = 8.7 / 10 – 120ghz is great but screen is washed compared to s10/s20Batttery = 8.8 / 10 – all day batteryDesign = 8.7 / 10 – flat screen but bezels could be smallerCamera = 9 /10 – great main cameras – selfie camera is MEH and pics can be blurry on moving objectsFeatures = 9/10 – three years of software updates..5g…a lot of color options .. ip68 .. wireless charging .. dex

  26. Jake

    When I purchased this it was listed as 8gb of ram but the model I received is 6gb. That makes me feel lured into something I wasn’t expecting.The phone is a solid overall phone with premium performance for the price due to sacrificing the build quality by making the back plastic and the screen gorilla glass 3 instead of 6.Doesn’t matter to me as I wanted an unused device (battery) with a top notch processor for the smallest price point.I’m still slightly upset about not getting 8gb as was listed when I purchased which is why I didn’t rate 5/5.

  27. Jacob E

    Coming from a pixel 2 I expected more.Front camera is slow and very blurry in low-lightvibration intensity is pathetic, I keep missing calls.it’s obnoxiously largefingerprint scanner is inconsistent at best, even without any screen protection (if anyone had one in stock)Samsung’s version of android is garbage, I actually downgraded from Android 11 to 10battery life is better than my ancient phone.wifi6 is fast, about 300Mbps testedWifi6 Stats:Channel 40 (11ax)Signal 94% (-53 dBm)Rx Rate 960 MbpsTx Rate 648 MbpsPower Save Enabled5G is decent (LTE+ indicated at 100Mbps down, 4Mbps up, AT&T in Raleigh, NC)If you you like Samsung’s spin on android and large screens this is a great phone for you.

  28. D. Chum

    I purchased this through Google and received it last week. Have been using it for a few days now. I’m coming from a Pixel 4 which has a better and faster processor.Battery life is amazing. I started the day with 100% battery and after 16 hours of heavy use, I was still left with 30-40% every time! With the Pixel 4, I would have to recharge at least once.Camera and video quality is similar to the Pixel 4, which means that it is still high quality!The build quality doesn’t feel as premium as the Pixel 4. It’s actually smaller than my old Pixel 4 and is a lot lighter. I actually prefer this feel than the heavy premium feel of the 4.All in all, I am very satisfied with this phone. Love it!

  29. Alberto Jose Urieta

    I was disappointed that I received the Just Black color instead of the Sorta Sage I ordered. But I waited so long for this phone that I decided the color wasn’t that important and I kept it. So, the 4-stars is a knock against Amazon warehouse management (and a few other details).Other than that, the phone is a great Android phone. A few hiccups here and there when loading a few websites (had to reload or go to home screen and back to the app for them to load/show).Fingerprint reader is consistent.The size of the phone is perfect for one hand, and its weight doesn’t tire the hand out.Within the first 30 minutes, the phone would force close all apps (it would do actions on its own). I wasn’t able to figure out whether it was because I installed the screen protector before turning the phone on or maybe my fingers were causing the actions inadvertently/accidentally. Then again, the phone was installing 90+ apps and copying 1000s of photos from my old pixel to this new one at the same time. Point: a lot was happening within that first hour. I restarted the phone and it’s been smooth ever since (with the exception that some websites just won’t load properly, but nothing game-breaking).The Pixel buds paired well, and I haven’t experienced any issues within the first 24 hours.The camera is good as always.The new gestures are an upgrade, a bit of a curve to get used to, but once you get going it is better than the 3 button configuration from the previous pixels.Battery life is good, too. Charges approximately 3% every 2 minutes. So you won’t have to wait long.Overall, a solid phone. You can’t go wrong with this phone. I’m definitely enjoying it.*****Update: almost 20 days later.Yesterday I spent the day working around the house. I had my phone and the Pixel buds playing music nearly continuously, all day, from 10AM until they died at 9PM (with a starting battery life of 85%). This is to give you an idea of how good the battery life is.

  30. Tom Art

    I’m coming from a Pixel 2 XL, so that’s my point of comparison.Good:- 90hz screen: It’s wonderfully smooth. The phone feels incredibly responsive and the difference between this and the 2 XL screen is very noticeable. Gives you just as much usable space as the 2 XL, but with so much less weight/bevel.- Pixel software: It’s as usual, excellent. No bloatware whatsoever and none of the “slow feeling” you get over time on other Android manufacturers, though of course this phone is still new to me.- Camera: It’s very good. Pay no mind to the concerns about the sensor–what matters is real-life usage, and the lack of an absolutely bleeding-edge sensor does not negatively impact the camera at all. See note about processing speed in below.- Price/value: Closest competition in the price range Samsung S20 FE. Hardware wise, the Samsung gives more for the price, but it’s still not worth it to me, because I like to hold onto my phones for 3+ years and the Samsung software just does not stay snappy and smooth for that long. Never mind that you have to deal with a bunch of preloaded bloatware on Samsung. The 4a and 4a 5G are nice and much cheaper, but you miss out on a 90hz screen + waterproofing + the more resilient screen, which are all very valuable to me.Bad:- Camera processing: The lack of a separate chip for processing images means that the time it takes for a picture to be visible in perfect quality after you take it is noticeable. It’s not a problem at all if you’re taking three or less pictures (or if you’re not immediately checking to see what the picture looked like), but if you’re taking a bunch at once, you may occasionally find yourself getting frustrated by the seconds it takes to actually be able to flip through all the pictures.- Speaker quality: Not great, especially compared to the two front-facing speakers of the 2 XL. If you rely heavily on speakers for music you may want to look for another phone. I personally use headphones most of the time and the quality of the speakers is good enough for the occasional song, YouTube video, or podcast that I use it for.

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