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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone for the $$

    Posted
    GaryL
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    To start, my baseline for this review is not to compare to a flagship phone like an iPhone or Galaxy S10. I'm coming from a Moto G6 and have used Moto G exclusively for about 4 years. My G6 was dropped before it's case was delivered and for the first time ever I broke a phone-the glass back shattered but held together. I wanted a replacement but really wanted to avoid another glass backed phone. I also wanted a little better performance. Given all of that the 3a seemed like a great phone to try for not a lot more $ than a Moto G7. Performance - noticeably stronger performance. No lag on apps. I've read with interest the discussions about Digital Wellbeing slowing down Pixel phones. This comes enabled out of the box and when I saw these discussions I turned it off. No discernible difference to me. Bear in mind that I'm a moderate user. No gaming at all. lots of messaging and keeping up with the news. Some video streaming. Battery - my typical day with the G6 left about 40-45% on the battery. The 3a is leaving me about 40% but I'm still in early days, doing a lot of set-up and configuring. Fingerprint Scanner - The 3a is a lot more accurate at reading than the G6. The G6 location on the front though was an advantage. You could lie the phone flat and use fingerprint to wake up the phone Display - noticeably crisper to my eyes. Storage - I was a little concerned about not having expandable storage but for me it's not really an issue. I've got about 25 albums worth of music, 1+gb of photos and 50 or so apps. I'm not even halfway to 64gb yet. System updates - one of the big reasons for a pure Android phone is the guaranteed updates. Moto no longer provides very timely updates. The 3a however is only patched to the March security patch which I believe is the latest update. Notifications - this is one area where Moto does a better job. Perhaps its Android Pie vs Oreo but the 3a notifications aren't as friendly. You get a quick pop-up and then an icon on the lock scren. You can't find out anyting about the messages until you pick-up the phone and pull down the notifications. "Plastic" back cover - to me this is actually a big advantage over a glass-backed phone. The polycarbonite back will be more resistant to breakage. Personally, I don't care what the back looks like. The back on the 3a is perfectly acceptable. Glass front - so it's not Gorilla glass. The comparable Moto phones are an older Gorilla glass version, not the current Gorilla Glass 6. The 3a uses Dragontrail Plus glass (according to Google). This is the latest version of Dragontrail glass. Probably not as shatter resistant as on a flagship phone but then again it's half the price at least. Call Quality - excellent so far. I can hear people just fine and they can hear me Really lime the Google screening service though it's interpretations are a little erratic Sound - Speakers are ok but not great. Sound through my Bluetooth earbuds is great. Data speed - I'm on ATT. Getting about 40mps up and 3 down on LTE. A tad better than my Moto g6. So in summary, the only real negative I have is around notifications. I love the performance and the guaranteed upgrades. When you consider the Best Buy current gift card offer, the effective price is $299. This is a lot of phone even without the special offer. No it's not a "flagship" level phone but most people don't really need that. If you've been shopping in the lower end of the market, this is a great upgrade for a relatively small $ amount more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Preliminary Review

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    ssgg
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Right off the bat, I want to say that this phone has exceeded all of my expectations of it. Over the 3 days that I have had this phone, it has exceeded my expectations. This is a $399 phone from Google. I never thought that I would see this day come again after Google abandoned its aggressive Nexus line of phones years ago. Something else I never thought I would see again on a Google phone: It has a headphone jack! The Pixel 3a is almost everything that its bigger siblings are. It has the great Google software, outstanding camera (and this cannot be emphasized enough), great and reliable fingerprint scanner, and great display at $399. (At the time of this review, Best Buy also offers a $100 gift card with purchase) It is lacking, in comparison to the regular Pixels, in specific areas. It does not offer any water resistance (though there are rubber gaskets), it does not offer wireless charging, it does not offer a premium metal and glass build, and it does not offer a top shelf processor from Qualcomm. Each of the things that I stated are things that I have become used to with my S10 Plus, another high end flagship phone, but at the same time I really did not miss them all that much on this Pixel. The waterproofing has not been an issue for me, I did not make us of wireless charging all that much, and I actually was relieved at the fact that I did not have to clean the back of my phone of fingerprints twice a day. Processor: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor that is found in this phone is a mid-range chip. Yes, it is not as fast as the modern flagship phones, but it really is not far off. For the average phone buyer, they will consider this phone to be "fast." I am confident in this claim. Google's software is just as snappy as you would expect. This phone is not lacking as a modern device, and certainly not so at $399. Battery life: This phone does have a middle of the road battery capacity for 2019 standards. However, the 3000mAh battery paired with the lower power processor make for some excellent all-day battery life. I easily got through my day of medium usage with >25% battery left. It even got me through 2 days of light usage on a single charge. This phone also comes with an 18W fast charger. Outstanding, and very comparable to my Galaxy S10 Plus with a massive 4100mAh battery! Overall Pros: -$399 -outstanding camera -fast, despite mid-range processor -great display -great battery life -stereo speakers -3.5mm headphone jack -guaranteed software updates for 2 years (3 for security updates) Overall cons: -no waterproofing -no wireless charging -no glass/metal build (plastic) -overall longevity not tested Tl;dr The Pixel 3a is everything that was already great about the Pixel 3, but now in a cheaper package. Pixel 3a is a $399 phone, but not $400 less of a phone than the $799 Pixel 3. I truly recommend that everyone considers this device if they are in the market for a new, quality phone. Now I've written a lot and I don't expect everyone to read this far down, but as the title suggests, this is a preliminary review of this phone. I plan to come back and either reaffirm my current opinions, or add on new opinions that I have formed after more time with the device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded expectations

    Posted
    AfriPoke
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    I got off the flagship treadmill with this purchase. I've previously owned nearly every new Galaxy model. The increase in cost was simply ridiculous and I decided to send my S8+ to a relative. I need a phone to make calls. This one does so incredibly well. I don't know if it has a better antenna, or the circuitry is streamlined, but I get signal in places I didn't before. Not an extra 'bar fakeout' on the screen, I can actually make/complete calls in habitual locations that I couldn't before. I honestly can't tell the difference in the lesser processor speed. I use Adobe on my phone quite a bit and I don't play games, so those are really the only things where I suppose I would notice a slow down. I've yet to experience any prolonged waits. I was worried about the storage space. With no SD slot, I thought I'd max my storage. Not even close. In fact, the fixed storage (64gb) helped me get off my butt and clean out old apps I never use anymore. I'm sure others may need extra space and will disagree, but I certainly don't have an issue with it. The camera. It's just the best. I take a lot of photos and videos. This camera is exceptional. The night modes and time lapse functions are exponentially better than the Galaxy line. Ease of use. Most of my stuff is parked on Drive and OneDrive. The interoperability with everything is fantastic and I'm so glad to be rid of Samsung bloat. Zero issues with accessing OneDrive and the suite of Office products I use. It's seamless. Maps, Drive, Assistant, etc just work better on a Google phone. Battery life is stellar. The power saving mode routinely will allow for 24hrs of light to medium use. The quick top up charge they advertise is no gimmick. It works. Privacy. Google seems to be taking privacy issues seriously. The CEO is driving this and I fully believe the market will begin demanding it. I'm hoping this trajectory continues. Value. I got the phone for 300.00 flat and they threw in a Google Mini for my home assistant setup. I don't know how that can be beat? No leasing nonsense and run on, confusing financing crap. I leased my S8+ and the experience disgusted me. When I got a hairline crack in the screen, the quote to replace it was 298.00 before taxes. Give me a break! It's a great little phone that does all I need it to do at a price that is hard to beat. If that's what you're looking for, go check one out. I'm definitely a convert.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate clean Android experience on a budget

    Posted
    Mrg8415
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    I've only had this phone for a couple of months and already I love this phone. This is my first phone actually manufactured by Google as opposed to my previous Android's and I love how integrated the Google experience is. Pros: -Bright crisp screen. Gets plenty bright enough to be seen in full sunlight. Movies and photos look great. -Audio on phone calls is super clear and it's really easy to hear the other party. -I absolutely adore the new phone call screening feature that Google loaded onto this phone. I have used it dozens of times and it has become the bane of telemarketers and robocallers. Even the few humans I have screened have responded accurately to it except for maybe one occasion but I can't confirm that. -Photos are a huge improvement from my previous phone, the ZTE Axon 7. The software and AI processing that is done on the backend to clean up and enhance the picture definitely shows. However I don't have a whole lot of experience with the big flagship phones from say Apple or Samsung so I can't say it's better than those. -The charge holds decently well. If I use the phone heavily throughout the day I'll need to charge it at least once during the day. But if I use it lightly I've gone a full 48 hours without needing a charge. Cons: -I do miss having the Dolby Digital Surround Sound from my old ZTE but movies and videos do project decently loud. -On occasion I like to see the notification just to be aware of what's going on in my apps and then I'll clear them. I won't actually tap into the app. After the first couple of times of clearing notifications from any app, the OS will notice you clear these notifications often and ask if you want to see them anymore. I usually get this every few days for several apps like Facebook or the Play Store. Again a slight nuisance. -The notifications from the top tray can be difficult to get rid of sometimes. I'll get a notification from Facebook that someone posted to their story and if I know I'm not going to check that out, I'll swipe to clear that notification. I'd say about 50% of the time the notification comes right back. Super annoying. -The 18W charger doesn't charge the phone quite as rapidly as some phones out there with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology but I can usually get a full charge in around an hour. Obviously the phone is too new to know how long term battery life will hold up or how quickly lag will develop as a consequence of future versions of Android and as apps become more sophisticated. But for now this is a great phone especially for those that want a premium like phone on a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone that's well worth the money

    Posted
    Jasmin
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Former iPhone SE user here. I made the switch soon after Apple announced they would be formally dropping support for the SE this September. I had a good run with that phone, but I've been in post-iOS-update-land and it's not a fun place to be. I've never owned a flagship phone before and I don't think I will ever need to after getting this phone. People call it mid-range, budget, yada yada yada, those are all just labels. This phone gets the job done without putting you out at least $750 + tax. The camera is gorgeous, the processor is decent (might seem underwhelming if you normally get flagships I suppose), the battery will easily get you through your day if you're a casual user, and you get software updates directly from Google for 3 years guaranteed. That's a big deal because barely any budget Android phones get software and security updates for even 2 years. This phone is made of plastic, but it still feels pretty nice and this is coming from someone who had an all-metal iPhone SE. I'm not too informed about this notch nonsense or whatnot, but I can say it has a relatively small bezel. Google is definitely jumping on the bandwagon with their design except when it comes to the headphone jack because they actually included one. Instead of removing it to have an excuse to charge people an extra $100 for an over-hyped accessory that only works with that manufacturer's phone. Not naming any names here but... Call quality is fine. One time I had an issue where the person on the other end couldn't hear me, but I think that was their phone because it only happened with that specific extension. There's a built in call screen. Can't comment if it's working or not because I don't get enough spam calls to be able to tell. *knocks on wood* I'm using this phone on T-Mobile and it works just fine. It uses the same nano SIM as the iPhone SE did, so I popped in my old SIM and everything transferred over. You can move over most of your data pretty quickly too if you back it up to Google (I know, I know, security and privacy. I know what lengths you all go to in order to preserve it.) I'm sure there are cheaper Chinese phones out there with similar specs, but not all of them work well on American carriers and they may or may not come with a special version of spyware. So I think this phone is a great deal given that context and if you managed to snag a trade-in/gift card deal, it's even easier on the wallet. (I managed to get it for $149 + tax.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Price, Great Phone

    Posted
    Plastics
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    I currently have an iPhone 6S which has been very slow lately, despite clearing up most of the memory and I became frustrated. I really didn't want to spend $750 and up n a new iPhone knowing that newer, faster iPhones will be coming out in October and already make them old. I saw the deal from Best Buy for $399 and a $100 gift card so I thought I would give it a shot. I could use a second phone anyway (I had an extra line on an old phone that was not costing me anything) and figured I would probably get the new iPhone in October. I am surprised at how good this phone is. It is faster and bigger than my 6S. The camera is much better and the battery is much better. I've compared it to an iPhone 7 and I don't care what the benchmarks say but in normal use of opening apps and surfing the web, the Pixel 3A is faster. I compared it to the XR in the store and found some apps and some surfing work faster on the 3A but games are a bit faster on the XR. Android 9 interface is clean and smooth. If you need to upgrade from an older Android phone and don't want to spend tons of money, it is a no brainer. My problem is that I have an iPad, iWatch and Mac Air and need iMessage and I use Face Time so I really need an iPhone as my primary phone. I know there are work arounds iMessage and Face Time and there are programs that can get your messages and calls on your laptops with android, but when most of the people you know have an iPhone, it is just easier with the iPhone, for example Air Drop. Apple was smart to not share those features and they keep you in their universe. But I would recommend this to anyone who wants and Android Phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent budget phone

    Posted
    GatzTech
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    Owned the pixel 3a for about a week now and it is now one of my favorite phones. Pros: It comes with a polycarbonate body, instead of the metal and glass on the Pixel 3 and it feels just as good, but lighter and more robust. The screen is bright and colorful, giving videos a nice, vibrant look. The speakers are loud and clear. The camera is one of the best parts of the phone. Takes pictures like one of the flagships that costs twice as much. Performance is great for a budget phone, only problem is that it doesn't have expandable storage. 64 GB is the maximum that comes with the phone and the OS takes about 14 GB of the storage, which comes around to 50 GB, which is plenty for me. I was looking at the Moto G7, Nokia 7.1 and this phone when I was searching for a new phone to replace my iPhone of 5 years. Battery life is excellent, it lasts me for a full day in my usage of watching YouTube, web browsing, and playing games. Call quality is excellent, with the speakers being loud and clear. You can put the phone onto any cellular service. I have service with Straight Talk and the service is excellent. Also, it comes with Android updates for 3 years and security updates for two years. Cons: RAM is only 4 GB, which is enough for me, but if you are a power user, look elsewhere. Again, storage is limited to 64 GB and it does not come with expandable storage, so if you need more storage, look elsewhere. If you looking for a phone that offers a combination of performance and price, get this phone, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent phone for an unbeatable price

    Posted
    AustinMC5
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    Okay first off I have had a ton of experience with the android platform I've been using android phones for about 10 years now and I actually switched from an s8 to the pixel 3a. Let's start off with what's good with the phone 1. The camera, it's been talked about a ton but with good reason the camera on this phone is simply put fantastic 2. The battery, I have absolutely no problem making it through an entire day which cannot be said with many flagships 3. The display, It gets bright enough to see in direct sunlight and dark enough to not blind you at night and also no notch 4. Headphone jack. Enough said. 5. The performance, while it may not have the top tier snapdragon 855 the phone is still no slouch and in my experience feels just as fast as other flagships if not a bit faster thanks to the uncluttered version of stock Android 6. The software, because this is a pixel phone you get the stock Android experience the way Google intend it to be used Now into the negatives and if it sounds like I'm nitpicking it's because I am 1. The speakers though they are stereo and sound decent they just don't get loud enough 2. Odd OS decisions, This one is definitely a personal thing but the long swipe from the bottom to reach the app drawer is a hassle but this is an android issue and I only put this on my list because I needed another con Conclusion, the pixel 3a is an absolutely superb phone for anyone who wants a phone that just makes sense. No pop-up cameras, no weird notches that take out a bite of your videos, no glass back which will break the second you drop it. The pixel 3a in my opinion is the most practical phone that has been released in years and I'm currently recommending it over any of the current flagships

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I wanted!

    Posted
    thepatman
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    I was an android user, since I was 18 and payed my phone bill. I always loved the features and options with android os. Eventually I got a new job with no signal in the building. I had to switch to an iphone. Recently I decided to look at my other options. I bought a galaxy s10 and didn't like it. I was used to more pure android devices. So I returned it and went back to iphone (XR) Then about a week later google announced and released the pixel 3a. As soon as I saw that the price was only $399, and had the same rear camera, I was in! I went to the bestbuy in Columbia. I was so happy that they had 2 in stock. So I purchases the pixel 3a, unlocked in white. While the phone is not made out of class or metal, it does not feel cheap. I am so impressed with this device. It will get 3 years of Major OS updates, something you dont usually get on a price at this point. I love the pure android experience and the camera is amazing. This phone uses a snapdragon 670, which I was nervous about. But it runs fast and smooth. The display is a 1080p resolution and looks fantastic. Its a higher resolution display than my $750 iphone XR. All in all I would recommend this device to someone who is looking for a great phone for less than a flagship price. I love this device, takes me back to the days of owning a nexus device! GET ONE!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch camera at an affordable price

    Posted
    Tigerrvt
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    I am a former Apple user who is tired of "budget" being $750. Finally, a top company has provided us with an affordable option that retains a lot of flagship qualities at a very affordable price. The camera is absolutely amazing. My wife has a Pixel 3XL. The Pixel 3A almost matches (maybe a little warmer) the camera quality. The night shot is on point, producing vivid and clear night time photos. I still need more time with the phone to have an opinion on battery life, but it is good so far. Pros: Awesome OLED display in a $400 phone. Stellar cameras, front and back. Great for easy point and shoot work. Fabulous night shot Stock Android - easy for any former Apple user to grasp. Guarenteed software updates Headphone jack!? Fast charging No notch design Quality dual speakers Cons: Polycarbonate build (use a case) Mid range Snapdragon 670 No wide angle selfie cam .....not much else I will continue to recommend this phone to anyone and everyone. This maybe a very simple phone but it is truly a game changer. You don't need to spend more than $500 for a phone with a great cam and all the basics you need. #teampixel

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definite Upgrade from the Pixel XL

    Posted
    Jackson
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    I had been using the Pixel XL as my phone for nearly two years before I bought the Pixel 3A. I bought it since the Pixel XL was starting to show signs of age, specifically with battery life as it didn't last a full day anymore. So, I picked up the Pixel 3A up during the promotion they had during launch, and have loved the phone for the past few days that I've had it. It's a great size for me, the screen is crisp, and the upgrades that the Pixel 3A has over the Pixel XL (especially in the camera department) made the purchase especially worth it for me. For what you get for $400, I believe that the Pixel 3A is one of the most compelling phones in the sub-$400 price point. There are drawbacks compared to a flagship phone, such as a Snapdragon 670 instead of a Snapdragon 845 or 855 processor or a lesser build quality, but these sacrifices in the name of cost savings don't make the Pixel 3A half the phone of the Pixel 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the better mid tier phones on the market

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    ZerotheWanderer
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    I'm gonna start this by saying I'm not following much news on a lot of the new phones coming out, performance of them, etc. but I was eyeing the normal Pixel 3 for awhile and was gonna upgrade to that (my HTC One M8 of 5 years is finally starting to give up), but when Google introduced the lower grade that still keeps the same camera, has a sizable battery, brings back the headphone jack, and all that other stuff, plus the $100 off AND $100 gift card, it would've been dumb not to take advantage of the deal. Got all my old content transferred over in like 6 minutes, and haven't really had an issue with the phone yet. If you're a somewhat casual user of phones, play the occasional game, and just need a new phone, I'd definitely consider the 3a (or the 3a XL if you go big or go home). The only downside, which is no fault of the phone, is the lack of cases and screen protector availability, but that's to be expected of brand new phones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Delivers What is Promised!

    Posted
    Nick
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    A perfect budget phone from Google. I was so excited with the announcement that I bought it on the very first day. Before the launch of 3a I was looking at Pixel 3. When I went through all the specs and configuration I knew that this is going to be my next phone. My Ratings; Camera: 9/10, (Sometime you wish camera has his own mind. But 90% of the times it delivers to expectation) Screen: 8/10 (Amazing and great Value for Money) Phone Body: 7/10 (You can feel the difference in material between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a) Performance: 8/10 (Have used it almost for two weeks now and not once it has lagged or slowed down so its amazing. Mind you, its not a light use I almost have 135 apps on my phone and most of the time they are active so I am very happy with the performance) Battery Life: 9/10 (No complains here) Overall Rating 9/10 Perfect and delivers what is promised. Great value for money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very pleasantly surprised

    Posted
    ModGirl
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    I am loving my Pixel 3a! I've never owned a Pixel before because they're so expensive, so this budget option seemed like it would be a great fit for me. This does not feel like a budget phone at all. I came from a 4 year old Samsung Galaxy so maybe that's why, but the thing that's surprised me the most is how pleasant it is to use. The UI is awesome--so easy and simple to use. The camera takes beautiful photos (this was the feature I really wanted), call quality and the speaker volume is fantastic, the battery lasts all day even when I'm using it a ton (I definitely have to charge it nightly though), and it seems super speedy to me. Thanks to Google for making a new phone that doesn't seem so ridiculously expensive. This phone would make the average human very happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Phone!

    Posted
    Josh
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    The Pixel 3a is probably the best phone I have ever owned. It is comfortable to use in one hand, has a great battery life, and the best camera you can get on a phone. After using Google's take on Android I can't go back. The call screen feature is great. It is so awesome to force spam callers and telemarketers to speak to a robot. This phone is amazing at any price, at $399 it is phenomenal. The only downsides is the phone does not have an IP rating and the mid-range chip can have issues with the most demanding games. For everyday use though, it flies. Unless you are using it next to a flagship phone, you will never know the difference. It feels great to get an amazing phone with Google and the best camera at a fraction of the price phone manufacturers are asking for flagships. There is absolutely no reason to spend $750-$1,000+ on a phone with the Pixel 3a.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid phone

    Posted
    Tekguy
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    On paper, this is a great phone. Fast chip, good enough space (I bought the 64 GB) impressive screen and camera. Yet I was just a bit underwhelmed when I actually got to use it. Don’t get me wrong. The pictures are truly amazing, the screen is beautiful. It is just that a few of the highlighted features don’t quite work as smoothly as advertised. Such as the gripping on the sides to get the google assistance. It is a gimmick that only truly worked 1 out of 5 times at best. But not a deal breaker. It is fast and boots up once you turn it on in about 15 secs vs a whole minute for some phones. Also a bigger inconvenience than I thought it would be is the fingerprint scanner being in the back instead of the front. Again, wouldn’t call this a deal breaker, but I would recommend you try it out at the store a few times before you go all in on this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bang for your buck

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    JoeF
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    I'm convinced this is the best phone you can get under $400. The camera may be the best among all phones right now and I love that it comes with bare Android and 3 years of updates. Previous LG and T-Mobile phones I've owned were cluttered with unnecessary apps that you can't delete so that was a big selling point for me. The battery is also great lasting me all day and leaving me with about 30% left (I spend about 3 hours each day on a train with constant use). Going from an LG V30 to this phone I haven't noticed any decrease in speed from the smaller processor either. I do recommend a screen protector for this phone because after a few days I started to notice scratches on my screen due it being made of plastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Switched from iPhone X

    Posted
    Pwick
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    This Pixel 3a is amazing! I've only had apple phones since the iPhone 3g and after using the pixel 3a for 2 weeks I'm hooked. The price is fair enough that I don't freak out when I drop it and the performance is incredible. I love having a headphone jack again and not worrying about charging my Bose headphones. The only drawback I've found is my friends complain about my texts being green and not blue. However having free Google photos storage easily makes up for that. No more being nickel and dimed by Apple for iCloud storage. You used to pay for apple products because the always worked. Now they're full of bugs so you're just paying for a brand. Goggle is where all the innovation is now and you can see it in all the amazing features of this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    so easy to use it taught this old guy to use it be

    Posted
    Elias
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    My Samsung Galaxy Mega is about 5 years old. I have had 2 phones in 10 years. I do NOT LIKE change. Phone was so old could not get new apps. This Pixel phone is amazing in that it does what it's supposed to do but in addition to that it has a AI function that has suggested new features and abilities while using the phone that I would have never found it on my own! The crazy thing is that I really feel like it is teaching me how to use the phone better! I am about to join AARP so for kids this might be obvious but to me this was amazing. You can even see how while taking a photo it somehow improves the photo while I am taking it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Pixel for everyone.

    Posted
    hipsterplease
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    I'm a Google Fi subscriber, so I have a pretty limited number of phones to choose from that take full advantage of the network. After paying top dollar for the Nexus 6, and then again for the Nexus 6P, I eventually decided to scale back and went with the Moto G6. It worked well enough for a budget phone, but it still felt a little barebone compared to my previous models. I've had my eye on the Pixel line for a while, but price alone held me back. That is, until the release of the 3a. It's essentially a luxury device for the cost of a low-to-mid-range model. The screen and camera are spectacular, the processor is snappy, and even the plastic shell---it's one drawback---looks amazing in light purple. Suffice it to say, I am more than satisfied with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend