Google Pixel 4a – Unlocked Android Smartphone – 128 GB of Storage – Up to 24 Hour Battery – Barely Blue

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15 reviews for Google Pixel 4a – Unlocked Android Smartphone – 128 GB of Storage – Up to 24 Hour Battery – Barely Blue

  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. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Grant

    Dings on the back and body would have been acceptable but there was a large amount of cracks on the camera (by running your finger over them you could feel them easily) and one was through the area of the lens. I did not even need to take the item out of the box for 5 seconds to locate this. This is unacceptable.

  8. M. Jensen

    Phone looked great out of the box, but was unusable due to the Factory Reset Protection being activated. Spent a frustrating 3 hours researching, then dealing with Google and Amazon Customer service. There is nothing that can be done – without the previous owners login info, a new acct can not be added. I am frustrated that a “Certified renewed” phone would have this problem. Amazon Customer service is sending a replacement, let’s hope this one doesn’t have the same problem. I purchased this item with reservations, as I have had problems previously with “certified” devices. Will not make a big ticket certified renewed purchase again.

  9. Nathaniel J. Capenos

    Coming from a previous Pixel 4xl owner (and 3xl for that matter):It’s a solid phone but doesn’t feel as nice, look as nice and doesn’t have all the little bells and whistles my 4xl had. The battery is better but I never had too big a complaint. There’s chargers everywhere now.The size and look of the phone really put me off but so does the lack of facil recognition. I haven’t noticed a serious difference in the processor except for vocal recognition is a bit slower.All in all, it’s a great phone but the 4xl felt and is a more premium experience. I feel like I got the 4a or the “lite” version. And idk if it’s just me but I KEEP dropping it. It’s perhaps the size difference? It’s been two weeks and I swear to God I’ve dropped it like 20 times.

  10. LD

    Renewed item worked perfectly out of the box. No blemishes that I could find on the product. Overall, the Pixel 5 is a super good phone, but not awesome. Pros vs cons:Pros:- Nice screen with vibrant colors- Good battery life- Fast for what I use it for (e.g. reddit, surf web, check email, use camera apps)- Not huge and bulky in pocketCons:- Call quality suffers on phone calls. I came from the pixel 3 and immediately noticed call clarity taking a dive when on phone calls. That would make sense since the speaker is behind the screen. However, if you like talking on the phone for a long time w/o a headset, this could be a deal breaker for you.- Price. If this was marked $100 cheaper, then I think it would be an excellent phone… which is why I bought it renewed. For the regular retail price, I think Google should’ve used either a better processor, bigger screen size, 120hz refresh rate, or integrate a real speaker on the top of the phone to compete with other competitors at that price rangeOverall, the phone is very good and I plan on keeping it for 2-3 years. However, I think it’s marked a bit high for the features it offers.

  11. Lost in translation

    Excellent phone!! I have small hands and this phone is the perfect size. The face recognition is outstanding. I have owned this phone for almost a year and have had zero issues. Just make sure to get an Otterbox Defender case as the glass is fragile even with a screen protector. Screen protector for whatever reason does not cover the very top part of the phone which is where it cracked. Battery life is adequate for my use. I bought a replacement Pixel 4 because it is a fantastic phone.

  12. Andrea N. Fleuren

    I recently purchased this phone to replace a Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4 was fine. The Pixel 5 is not.To start with, there’s the flickering dot. Whenever the screen is on, there’s a seizure provoking flickering dot at the top of the screen. I’ve looked it up and tried to fix it. Apparently it’s a proximity sensor but it won’t turn off even with the online suggestions.One of the things you might to use a phone for is making calls. That’s a problem. This phone will make random calls. And when you dial numbers it randomly freezes. Calls also seem to drop much more often than they did on the Pixel 4.Texting doesn’t work. The Google texting app doesn’t consistently work on this phone. Messages get dropped. If you look it up, it’s a known problem that they haven’t fixed.Switching a call to speakerphone doesn’t work right either. There’s a delay of several seconds when you activate the speaker during which time the other person can’t hear you.Overall for a very expensive phone, I would have expected a much better experience. I wish I wouldn’t have bought this. You can make a better choice.

  13. Ryan Lewis

    Fairly good phone. Overheats in the sun and battery is far less than the 3a xl. Fast processor.

  14. C Rodgers

    BUYER BEWARE PHONE WAS LOCKED TO T-MOBILE NO WAY OF UNLOCKING ITEM WAS NOT UNLOCKEDI noticed something wrong when it included the T-Mobile Sim Card. Essentially a paperweight. Not sure if seller forgot to unlock however this is locked and the phone is not useable on Verizon. Thank god for amazon returns. I dont have time to deal with this.

  15. Jesse Hallett

    It seems that with the Pixel 5 Google decided to skip the latest and flashiest features, but put together a solid experience instead. This phone is very responsive, and the battery lasts two days on a charge.I was nervous about getting the international version from a third-party seller, but it worked out nicely for me. The phone seems to be new and came in the original packaging. I get 5G service from Ting without any problems. (I think Ting puts me on the T-Mobile network.) I read somewhere that the international version does not support mmWave connections – only sub-6Ghz. I haven’t been able to verify whether that is true. But from what I’ve read it would be difficult to get mmWave connections even on a phone that supports them.

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