The Pixel 4a 5G is an attention-grabbing telephone, as a result of on the surface it’s as plain as might be. However similar to the Millennium Falcon, she’s received it the place it counts. The Pixel 4a 5G can also be considerably awkwardly named, having extra in frequent with the Pixel 5 than its smaller sibling, the commonplace Pixel 4a. So although I wish to name it the Pixel 5 Lite with its largish 6.2-inch OLED display, that’s not fairly proper both. Nevertheless, titles and names apart, I can inform you that on the Pixel 4a 5G, Google has well allotted sources towards the options and elements that basically matter, and the result’s a virtually excellent $500 telephone.
Clad in black plastic with a white energy button as its solely main distinguishing attribute, the Pixel 4a 5G is an exceedingly easy system. There’s no configurations to decide on, nor are there alternate colours just like the Pixel 5’s Sorta Sage, which is a bit unhappy, however finally logical if you keep in mind most individuals are simply going to throw this factor in a case. Across the fringe of the telephone there’s a thinnish black bezel, with a hole-punch cut-out for an 8-MP selfie cam, a tiny earpiece speaker embedded within the prime bezel, a USB-C port on backside (subsequent to a different speaker), and sq. digicam module in again above a very good ‘ole fingerprint reader. Oh yeah, and there’s a headphone jack. It’s nothing fancy, however Google coated all of the bases and every little thing works as anticipated, and that’s what issues.
The Pixel 4a 5G differs from the usual Pixel 4a in three primary areas. First, it’s received a bigger 2340 x 1080 6.2-inch OLED show, up from 5.8 inches, which is essential for anybody who desires extra room to look at motion pictures or play video games. In the meantime, with a peak brightness of over 700 nits and the deep, saturated colours that make OLED screens so pleasing, the Pixel 4a 5G seems like an important stability between delivering extra content material with out making the telephone too huge or unwieldy.
Second, it’s received a sooner Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, which isn’t solely the identical as what you get within the Pixel 5, it additionally brings 5G assist, so even when you don’t have 5G in your space proper now, the telephone can be able to ship sooner cellular speeds if you do. On a mid-range telephone in 2020, the 765G affords a superb candy spot for worth and efficiency, and in my expertise, the Pixel 4a 5G nearly by no means suffered from stutter or lag. Google even doubled the base storage to 128GB, which actually ought to be the place to begin for many telephones at present (cough iPhone 12), and is a very a lot appreciated transfer to maintain tempo with the instances.
One attention-grabbing factor to notice is that regardless of the Pixel 4a 5G’s bigger 3,800 mAh battery, its longevity is sort of precisely the identical as its smaller sibling, lasting 13 hours and 57 minutes on a cost (in comparison with 13:55 for the Pixel 4a). That’s not a foul time in any respect, besting the OnePlus 8T (13:49), however I used to be form of anticipating a bit extra.
Third, and extra importantly, the Pixel 4a 5G will get two rear cameras as an alternative of 1: a 12.2-MP primary cam and a 16-MP ultra-wide. In comparison with the $700 Pixel 5, I’m a lot much less bothered about Google not together with a zoom cam, and if you consider Google’s Tremendous Res Zoom (which makes use of software program to enhance typical digital zoom photographs), the addition of an ultra-wide cam makes a ton of sense. However the true win for the Pixel 4a 5G is that by giving a $500 telephone primarily the identical picture high quality you get on the Pixel 5, no different telephones on this worth vary can actually compete. It’s mainly dishonest.
After I examined the Pixel 4a 5G in opposition to the Moto One, the Pixel swept the board in each state of affairs—each vivid gentle and low gentle. Colours had been vivid, dynamic vary was higher, and small particulars like the feel on flowers and pores and skin on the pumpkin had been sharper. And in low gentle, whereas the entire Moto One’s pics sported barely washed out colours, the Pixel 4a 5G’s had been richer with out being overbearing.
The principle issues lacking from the Pixel 4a 5G in comparison with the Pixel 5 are wi-fi charging and an IP68 score for water resistance, each of which might be good, however they’re not dealbreakers. Technically, the Pixel 4a 5G additionally lacks the aluminum body used within the Pixel 5, although as a result of the 4a 5G nonetheless feels fairly sturdy and the Pixel 5’s chassis is hidden beneath Google’s particular “bio-resin,” you possibly can’t actually inform both manner.
The Pixel 4a 5G’s most essential elements are a number of the finest you will get for the cash. It’s received a giant OLED display when nearly each different telephone within the worth vary is utilizing LCD. It affords robust efficiency and full 5G assist. And its cameras are straight up unmatched. After which there’s the Pixel expertise, which ensures you get day one Android updates, three years of assist, and nifty software program tips like Name Screener, Duplex, the Pixel Recorder, and extra. The Pixel 4a 5G won’t be a looker or have the rugged allure of a scruffy nerf herder, however when you want a smartphone you possibly can rely upon, the Pixel 4a 5G is what you (and your pockets) wants.
- The Pixel 4a 5G is nearer to the Pixel 5 than the usual Pixel 4a, it has an even bigger display, a sooner processor, 5G assist, and two rear cams as an alternative of 1.
- Whereas it’s a quite simple and easy telephone, it’s received every little thing you actually need for $500.
- The Pixel 4a 5G is simply out there in a single colour: black
- No IP-68 water resistance or wi-fi charging are small dings, however not dealbreakers.