Google Pixel 4a Smartphone, 128GB Storage & Unlocked Cellular – Just Black (Renewed)

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12 reviews for Google Pixel 4a Smartphone, 128GB Storage & Unlocked Cellular – Just Black (Renewed)

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Click the HELPFUL BUTTON Under My Review If It Helped You. Thank You!

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Me

    This phone was not unlocked and I had to send it back.

  8. Poncho

    Great phone! My first Pixel and I love it. Even though it’s 60hz, it’s still smooth. NO BLOATWARE!! Just straight stock Android. Battery life is actually very good. I went to sleep at 10pm with 89% battery and woke up with 85% battery. By noon, I was at 58% with heavy use… Twitter, You Tube etc. By 6pm I was at 35% battery. I’m OK with that!Don’t buy the $1200 phones. If you want all the “gimmicks” then go ahead and pay the $1200. I’ll never buy an expensive phone ever again!

  9. Mark in Ohio

    Updated review:I’ve been using this phone regularly since the beginning of 2021. I have some thoughts to add and I added a star. The substance of the original review is basically the same.Android on a Google phone is better than iOS for an every day person. If you’re a “pro” then you might really want a high end iPhone, but you probably don’t really need it. This phone has value. I paid $500 for the phone, a very basic case, and taxes. That’s the price of a mid level Windows laptop. It’s only cheap in the sense of the skewed smartphone market. For the price of a higher end iPhone (or Samsung or other higher end Android phone), you could buy this phone, Moment lenses, tripods and selfie stick, and other accessories for the same price, if not less. You can buy this phone and all the Moment lenses and still pay less for the highest end iPhone.I still haven’t used all the camera options (no real chance for astrophotography yet) but I have used the camera basically every day. The transition between wide angle, regular, and close up is intuitive and easy whether you’re taking a picture or video. It occasionally gives me a live photo like option.For regular use, there’s no way I’m not going to use location for find my phone. $500 might be cheap to some people but it’s not to me. If I lose the phone, I want to find it. This runs down the battery life. I have been getting excellent battery life out of the extreme battery saver lately, which I use sometimes, than I did at first; but I’ve also been watching less videos lately. Keep an extra charger around if you’re on the go. For most people, the battery life will be the biggest issue. I highly recommend dark mode either way.The fingerprint reader is better than face ID. It’s fast and opens the phone immediately.Google pay is easy and I’ve used it in multiple contexts.Original review:Mediocrity at its best (3 stars)I have had this phone for a week. I have been using iPhones for the past 4 years. I had used cheap Android phones before that. My only flagship was the XS, which I would still use if the cameras still worked on it. I have an iPhone XR, which my employer pays and I use as an additional personal phone as well.I bought the Pixel 4a 5G for 3 reasons:1. The camera. I didn’t think the camera was that great at first but it’s been taking really good pictures, it’s grown on me and I haven’t used all the features yet. Let me compare it to the iPhone. I have small children. The iPhone is a better camera option for a parent for 1 reason – live photos. I often have to edit pictures to get a usable photo. The Pixel wins for its automatic picture quality and software but the iPhone wins because of its live features; and I really liked the Portrait mode on the XS when it worked.2. I plan to keep it for a few years and it has 5G. The 5G capability will make it usable in 4-5 years. The phone will be updated to Android 14 and it will stay modern for a while. It’s not “stock Android” on the phone, it’s Android with extra Google features exclusive to Pixel phones.3. It’s a “boring” phone. I was going to buy an LG dual screen ThinQ phone. The LG has a 32 bit DAC and the dual screen is nice. However, I came to the realization that I wanted a more basic phone. Technology can be a tool and it can be a distraction. The phone has everything I need.Android 11 vs. iOS 14:The only real difference is the Google versus the Apple ecosystem. There are only subtle differences in the user experience. It comes down to what you like. I have an iPad Pro 9.7 and a MacBook as well. It makes more sense for me to use an iPhone as my day to day phone but I wanted to try something different, and I wanted the Pixel camera. The actual experience is similar; although I give Google a slight edge on the design.Cons:1. The battery life is mediocre; I gave it 3 stars just because of the advertised battery quality and my actual experience. It’s worse than advertised and what the “reviewers” on YouTube have been telling us. They’re reviewing on Google’s platform and a lot of them are on Team Pixel. It’s not “bad” but I have it on dark mode and it doesn’t last a full day even with the Extreme Battery Saver mode if you use it normally.Conclusion:It’s a phone that’s good enough. It serves my needs and I plan to keep it for the next 4-5 years. My original iPhone was a SE, I had to replace it because it stopped charging, I probably would have held onto it another couple years otherwise. I don’t need the latest or “bleeding edge” to serve my day to day functions. If you’re on the fence between this phone and the XR (which are similar price points), then it really comes down to how invested you are in each ecosystem. Get an iPhone for iMessage or Facetime. Get the Pixel if you want the best software Google has to offer.

  10. Shey C.

    I am certain the listing was for a NEW phone, unlocked. THIS PHONE IS USED AND LOCKED TO VERIZON!!! You had 1 job, to send me an new UNLOCKED phone. Sending this back and beyond mad!I am not the only one who bought a new product and was sent a certified refurbished item. Amazon needs to look into this, it’s FRAUD!

  11. Raefer W.

    I bought the phone as a birthday present for my wife but as we don’t use Verizon the phone was unusable and I had to endure the disappointment of my wife. Seller has said the phone is unlocked and that they can assist me in activating it. I will see whether this is so

  12. Consumer Advocate

    In 1982, first cellular I tested was bolted to my car. Lost count on how many since then.March 6, 2021: Started testing my 2nd 5G phone: Pixel 4a 5G. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:PROS:1. 5G Speed tests on Mint Mobile at suburban mountainside home: 150Mbps download. This compares to TCL 10L 4G at 9Mbps at same location.2. Moving data & apps from prior Android phone. DO NOT USE CABLE METHOD because Android 11 failed to move over half my apps. 2nd attempt (normal side-by-side wireless transfer) worked perfectly.3. Pixel 4a 5G camera is excellent. Reviewers have compared to $1,000 phone cams. I concur based on 40+ years as a pro photographer who owns Hasselblad gear.4. Crash Alert feature in this phone adds peace of mind.5. There are many case/covers available including 1 clear front & back with built-in screen protector for 6.986. FREE TV apps like ones on Android 9 or 10 TV boxes) work perfectly on Android 11including Cinema and LiveNetTV.7. White balance on screen and in photos is “spot on” and as a pro photographer I am EXTREMELY critical of color accuracy.CONS:1. Google is too cheap to include a screen protector and TPU back cover that you even get with $100 phones2. No smart button on left side of phone3. No face recognition feature4. One LED on back for camera or flashlight use5. Fingerprint sensor is on backOCTOBER 2, 2021 UPDATE: As a techaholic, I’m a beta tester for many tech companies, including Google soI am currently running Android 12 on my 4A 5G and I always activate Developer options by going to Settings>About Phone and clicking on the Build number until it says I am a developer. What I did not know until now is that turning on Developer Options would interfere with Bluetooth connections. With Developer option ON, my phone would not find and connect to many new devices, such as ear buds. Thus, after trying everything else I could think of, I turned Developer options OFF (see my 2nd photo) and new it finds and connect to all new devices.

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