Google Pixel 3a
With a well-made body and surprisingly capable performance, Google has proven again that it can compensate for under-powered hardware with excellent software. Plus, you get the same class-leading camera on this cheaper handset as you do on the flagship Pixel 3, making this the best camera phone for the money. Just don’t drop it in water -- unlike its more expensive brother, it’s not water resistant.
- Flagship experience at a mid-range price
- Attractive design
- Bright and vibrant screen
- The same excellent camera as the Pixel 3
- Long-lasting battery
- No water resistance
- No expandable storage
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (21)
- 86AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsNew York Times90The $400 Smartphone You've Been Waiting ForWith the Pixel’s latest iteration, Google is making a statement that many will agree with: Communication devices should be a tool for everyone, not just the elite.Wired90Review: Google Pixel 3aI’ve used every flagship Android phone on the market, and right now, I think you’re better off saving a few hundred dollars and buying a Pixel 3A or 3A XL. They aren’t the most stylish, but they can snap one helluva night shot.Gizmodo90$400 Google Pixel 3a Redefines Great Bang for Your BuckFor a $400 phone, the Pixel 3a is a triumph. It looks like a Pixel, it feels like a Pixel, and it damn sure snaps pics like a Pixel.CNET80A cheaper Pixel 3 with the same great rear cameraThe Pixel 3A has the best camera for its price. But if a fast processor or more memory is your priority, get the OnePlus 6T instead.Mashable80The best smartphone value of 2019 (so far)Don't let the cheaper pricing fool you: Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL still have terrific cameras.The Verge80The Pixel 3a Puts Google's Phenomenal Camera in a $400 Phonem I recommending this phone? Yes. If you want a phone between 300 and 500 bucks, you won’t find a better option.The Independent90Google Pixel 3a ReviewIt is tempting to suggest that the Pixel 3a is the best Android phone you can buy for the money. That's true, but it's also only half the story – the Pixel 3a is very nearly the best Android phone you can buy for any money. And it just happens to be comfortingly cheap.Mobile Syrup90Google Pixel 3a Review: A new NexusThe best compliment I can pay the Pixel 3a is that it didn't give me any cause to miss my Pixel 3. That speaks to the incredible job Google has done building a phone that doesn't feel like a compromise.Stuff80Google Pixel 3a reviewEverything we loved about the Pixel, only cheaper. Rivals do more with design, but Google's incredible camera and pure version of Android largely make up for it.Digital Trends90Google Pixel 3a reviewThe best smartphone camera is now affordable with the Pixel 3a, and you get better battery life too.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE21 ReviewsMariah80March 21, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetTravis100March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've dropped this phone to hell (no protector/case) and still not even a cracked screen. The plastic corners are getting beat up but that's what I get for dropping my phone. Constant updates, esim support, great automatic tower selection (rarely do I have to use airplane mode to get it back where it needs to go when traveling), and overall just fantastic experience.The photography is brilliant and I only dinged it here because I know there are better cameras out there but I'm not sure there are for what I paid for my phone.I got this as an Amazon Warehouse open box phone and saved like $100 and they sent what seemed to be a brand new phone.Maddie100March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Going from an iPhone 7 making the switch to Android, the 3a more than measures up to my old phone for (at the time I bought the 7) a fraction of the price. Even though it uses a plastic case, it feels sturdy and brilliantly light, and the camera is brilliant. Native support for use between my laptop and desktop PCs using Google makes quality of life amazing when transferring files or opening web pages on other devices. The fingerprint sensor on the back is also a million times more consistent than the Apple fingerprint sensor. The switch between the two took about 15 minutes to get every file, app, and background ported over.James80March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My BB Priv became frustrating so I reluctantly moved to a full Android phone. The price was fair and of good value for this phone. I would greatly prefer a BB or even a full screen Android BB, but until something becomes available, this is a good compromise. Battery life is great but should be swappable. Quick Charge is awesome. Also needs removable storage/memory. Camera takes very satisfactory photos and video for a phone camera. Size and weight are good. Would not want anything bigger. Not very many choices for quality cases. Was hoping for an OtterBox Commuter but they never offered one as far as I know. Overall, for an Android phone I am satisfied with the value of the Pixel 3a and would buy again if needed.Kevin100March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For the price, the phone performs much better than expected. No issues. A solid phone for everything, including most games. And it's not just one device -- we have many of these in our fleet of company owned devices now - they are trouble free and reliable and we don't worry about employees that accidentally damage them. Cheap and easy to fix, and durable with a thin cover and glass shield. Only one item of concern: Users who play certain resource intensive games may want to explore the high end Pixels or Galaxy.steenulnits80March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Bought it only for the Astro Mode which works wellBilly90March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought my Pixel 3a at a Black Friday sale for what I consider a very affordable price in my region. It replaced my 1st gen. Pixel, which had run out of support.In a smart phone, the number one property is naturally the operating system. With Pixel, I have a pure Android experience straight from the source at Google. This phone does not have any manufacturer's own second-rate features and apps that above all just annoy me - everything is pure Android, which is great. The software receives security updates each month, and new Android versions are made available immediately (within hours) of when they are publicly released.On the hardware side, I value a good camera, the display, battery-life and ease of use. I think the Pixel 3a excels in all of these areas. The camera is superb, much better than in any of my previous phones, or even in my friends' flagship phones. Night sight even allows me to take photos in what I would before consider impossible lighting conditions for a phone camera. The display is an OLED, which I consider excellent value for a phone of this price range. The colors are vivid and the blacks deep. It's also much easier on the eyes to read text in dark surroundings from a non-backlit display. Once having owned an OLED phone I can not ever go back to and LCD phone, so significant I find the difference. The display resolution is also more than enough - in fact I had to scale the DPI setting up due to my eyesight. I don't think having a higher resolution display would bring any benefits - only drawbacks due to increased power consumption.On the ease of use side, Pixel has the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone. This is where I place my finger naturally when I take the phone into my hand. This is a big plus, and I'd hope other OEMs would take hint.And finally .. the battery. This is for me the deal breaker. Even an otherwise excellent phone is useless if it regularly puts me in jeopardy by running out of juice. Last time I had a phone with this good battery it was a Nokia, and the "smartest" thing it could do was playing Snake. I am still regularly amazed at how at the end of the day the phone can have up to 80% of battery left. And this is after four months of daily use. Even if I use the phone heavily, it will have 60% battery left. In fact, I don't think my 3a has ever run out of battery so far. This is a far cry from some of my previous phones to say the least.My only gripe really is that I think the phone is slightly too tall. My previous 1st gen Pixel was just a little shorter and would always fit nicely in my jeans pocket. The Pixel 3a still fits in the pocket, but I did prefer the slightly shorter profile of my previous phone.Dustin80March 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great phone for the price! It is very light compared to more premium midrange phones that it is competing against, but that weight difference comes at a cost. The phone is not made of premium materials and is easier to damage. However, the phone is not made of 'cheap' plastic. It can take a fair amount of abuse. Just don't expect it to look pretty unless you cover it in a case for the entirety of its lifespan. Battery life is great and the pure android experience is a welcome change to all the skins the big manufacturers put on their android phones.Dustin100March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetDwight80March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pixel 3a is an easy to use device that offers flagship quality, especially on camera side.Battery management is normal, not that good but it can last for a full day.I've been using this phone for months now, and the software is really that good considering its hardware specs that of an mid range. Honestly, I haven't experienced any lags or something like that.For the design, It does not have that futuristic, fragile look, but that simple design really fits well on the pocket. Plus, it's made out of plastic so you don't have to worry dropping the device.Overall it's the best device you can have in this price range.Ken100March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I can't justify buying a $1,000 phone every couple of years, that's just me. I upgraded from the Moto G6 to the Pixel 3a. I liked the Moto G6, but it started to slow down after about a year. It performed fine for me and set my bar for a mid-range smartphone. The Pixel 3a has exceeded all of my expectations and shattered my preconceived notions of a what a mid-range smartphone is capable of. This feels like a high-end phone to me. Amazing camera, fast OS updates, 3.5mm headphone jack, Google call-screening, not too big/small. Honestly, I have zero complaints. Can't recommend this phone enough.Matt90March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetTom80March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I moved to the 3a from an iPhone 7, so much of my impressions are based on my experience with the iPhone. What's great about this phone is the ease of use, ability to download apps, and photo quality. But the experience hasn't been perfect. Within a month of getting the phone, the auto-update feature for apps stopped working properly - and it was darn near impossible to update apps manually, too. This problem persisted for about 4 weeks, then suddenly started working again. I don't know exactly why, but Google probably updated an app that was causing the problem and that finally cured it once I was able to manually install it (whichever one it was). The second problem happened about 2-3 weeks after the first. This problem had to do with Bluetooth connections. Suddenly the phone was unable keep/maintain Bluetooth pairing with a variety of devices. This problem persisted until I finally resorted to deleting/reinstalling the affected app, or disconnecting/repairing the affected device. What a pain. Again, not sure of root cause, but all is well as of today. Never had similar problems with the iPhone, so needless to say these problems were very frustrating while they occurred and should never had happened in the first place!Chris100March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've owned a variety of stock Android, Nexus, and Pixel phones over the years - the Pixel 3a not only lived up to my previous expectations, but totally exceeded them. Part of the love is the value people feel they're getting from such a relatively inexpensive phone. The 3a is my ideal phone in basically every sense. My only complaints would be that the polycarbonate body dings pretty easily (though I way prefer polycarb over a glass body), as well as some minor Bluetooth bugs that appeared in Android 10. That said, I find the 3a exceptional due to to having the perfect form factor (body+screen size), great materials, no notch, headphone jack, and the best battery life I've had on a phone in all my years. Highly recommend!Page100March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!By far the best budget phone I have ever purchased, I bought the pixel 3a on sale for $349 and at that price for everything you get with this phone there is really nothing at all you can complain about, I hope Google continues to put out such wonderful budget options they by far have done it the best!Peter90March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!When my several year old Nexus 5x finally succumbed to the overheat bootloop bug, I was forced to upgrade. Luckily, Google had recently released the Pixel 3a. I am not a power user, and also don't want to spend a heap on a phone, especially for features I won't need. After about 9 months of use, I really don't have much to complain about. I've never found any performance issues, and with the rollout of new features it just keeps getting better. I've found the camera to be fantastic, and rarely dig out my mirrorless unless I'm vacationing. My car doesn't support bluetooth audio, so having the headphone jack was a bonus, although I use bluetooth headphones the rest of the time. The only negative is that the screen won't go bright enough outside in the sun, but that impacts pretty much any non Apple phone.iebe90March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Awesome phone: good screen, awesome camera, mediocre battery life, sometimes just a bit slow, not the strongest phoneKyle90March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!After 8months of daily heavy use, my Pixel 3a has exceeded any expectations I had prior to purchase. The team behind Google nailed it out of the park with their 2019 mid-range phones. While lacking a more desirable overall look to the display (large chin and top bezel) it in no way takes away from the beautiful OLED display. Screen brightness does suffer when in full sunlight, yet manageable. The inclusion of the headphone jack as well as a standardized USB-C Jack was a move in the right direction. Googles decision to make the body out of polycarbonate goes a long way in preserving the body of this phone for your lifetime of ownership. It resists scuffs and obvious scratches, remaining reliably dependable inside and out of your pockets. (Also, the polycarbonate body doesn't feel cheap or plastic-ish in anyway). The inclusion of active edge squeeze to activate Google Assistant is a very handy feature and works as expected each and every time. Now, to the camera: Unbelievable! As I have kids, my camera is subjected to constant use in all conditions, colors stay true while the bokeh effect can sometimes be overly aggressive, simply taking an extra photo seems to allow the AI to compensate and correct without any fiddling of settings. Night Sight is mind-blowing capturing what no other phone can do. At $399, Google brought a mid range phone that is competing not at the $1000 price range, yet feels and operates just as reliably as any top tier phone. My pocket feels happy which is not to be understated. My photos of my kids make my fellow family members take notice (looking at you Apple). If we can begin to expect the phone company's to continue to appreciate the mid range phones, with sales rising in those markets, we should see more outstanding phones priced Oh-So-Right for the Average consumer, this phone will blow your mind.kenshin1190March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!You get vanilla android and being directly from Google, you'll get the Android updates very quickly. The camera "system" is amazing. This is my first Google device since a nexus. I got this when it launched as a travel phone. My regular phone is a note 8. The camera "system" on the Pixel 3a is leagues above the note 8. Obviously. I have a Moment Lens and case, and honestly, this has taken the best portrait photos of any phone I've tried. Didn't see much, if any, difference with my co-worker's pixel 3's camera system. My main complaint, compared to a note 8, is the screen brightness. The resolution for the screen size is fine. Its a $399 phone, i don't you're going to get a decently bright screen at this price. Besides the lack of maximum screen brightness, this is a solid phone for the price range. The lack of expandable storage isn't really an issue for me. Before, i use to horde movies in music on my phone, but with 4G covering most of the developed world, with a VPN service, i'm able to stream just about anything anywhere. The 64GB storage is fine for keeping plenty of movie and music files for those times you don't have a connection (flights).This plays basic games just fine. I'm not a mobile gamer, but i'd imagine it wouldn't be great for that given the screen size and processor.This phone does most things very well, so much so, that i'm able to delay getting a new "flagship" phone for even longer - if ever again.dergolem90March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Replaced a Moto G5 Plus, bought 2 years ago. Motorola was very slow to push out Android 8 and the G5 Plus was not going to receive any more updates.I bought a Pixel because the phone and the OS came from the same company, the Android equivalent of an iPhone at what i consider to be a reasonable price.The 3a is a perfect balance of price and features. Purchased at Christmas for $299. it’s fast, fits better in my hand. The fingerprint sensor on the back is only a problem when it’s on the phone holder in my car. The camera knocks me out. The photos are amazing. The color on the phone screen is slightly more saturated than the photo on my computer, but that’s hardly an issue for me. It’s gotten smarter as i use it, the battery management is very good. I get a couple of days use before a recharge, I’m not on my phone as much as most people, I suppose. I’ll stick with the 3a as long as I can, my primary reason for updating is OS update support and security patches.The Pixel 4a will be a great phone, if the 3a is any indication.CPTOblivious70March 19, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My wife still had Sprint but recently a local Sprint store started cold calling us trying to get us to upgrade her phone. She told them no and to stop calling but they continued to harass her until she was forced to block their number. We have never gone to that store or did business with them yet their actions forced us to find a different carrier. Google Fi with their Pixel 3a was the perfect replacement. We ended up getting two of them and the new plan was still less than half of what it was with Sprint with only 1 line. We would switch again in a heartbeat as long as it had the Pixel 3a as it did for us.