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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 212 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly Surprised By The Pixel 6a

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    At first, I was skeptical of the 6a, as it is googles “budget” model of their 2022 Pixel line up. However this one has certainly surprised me with how good it is! Coming from an iPhone 12, I have been pleasantly surprised by how alike the Pixel is to the iPhone. After using it daily as my work phone for around two weeks now, I have no complaints at all and only good things to say. This phone can handle just about anything you throw at it and given it’s price it is an absolute no brainer. Also, the battery life is incredible, and after a heavy day of use I end up still having 30% battery by the end of the day. Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Google's Budget Flagship Phone

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    I've used the Pixel 4 as my secondary/work phone for the past few years. The Pixel 4 was a great phone, though it was hindered by very short battery life, a dim display, and questionable face unlock technology. The Pixel 6a improves upon all of these aspects, but sacrifices some high-end features in an effort to keep costs down. Still, the Pixel lineup represents the best Android experience you will find on any smartphone, and the Pixel 6a is a very compelling value in Google's lineup. === DESIGN === - The Pixel 6a shares the same basic design as the larger Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This Charcoal color is a fully glossy finish on the back with a very subtle gray undertone. It looks great, though it's a fingerprint magnet. I wish Google would have offered a color with a matte back like the sides of the phone. - The horizontal camera bar is also a carry-over from the 6 and 6 Pro. It protrudes ever so slightly from the back of the phone, but it's quite flush compared to something like an iPhone 13 Pro. Even better, the relatively flush camera bar means there is no wobble when you set the phone down on a flat surface. - Google has removed the huge "forehead" above the display that stood out like a sore thumb on the Pixel 4. Instead, the front camera is a hole-punch design at the top of the display and the display takes up almost the entirety of the front of the phone. For some reason, the bezel below the display is just a tiny bit larger than any of the other sides. - Overall: It's a good-looking phone with a front that is nearly all screen. I do wish Google would have offered the Pixel 6a in a wider variety of colors. === DISPLAY === - The 6.1" display is sort of the sweet spot for those who want a regular sized phone: not too small; not too large or heavy. Compared to the Pixel 4, the display feels much larger due to the removal of the large "forehead" above the display. - The 1080p display is clear, sharp, and vivid, and it produces perfect black levels thanks to its OLED technology. It gets much brighter than my Pixel 4 and is very usable outside in bright sunlight. - Unlike the higher refresh rates on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the Pixel 6a is locked to 60 Hz. If you've recently used a high-end Android or iPhone Pro model, the difference is quite striking. Going back and forth between the Pixel 6a and my iPhone 13 Pro, the choppier motion on the Pixel is immediately noticeable. If you haven't used a phone with a high screen refresh rate, then you probably won't even notice this, but it's something to consider. - Luckily, Google has kept the "always-on" feature for the Pixel 6a display, which shows the time, date, and weather when you are near the phone. - Overall: Considering the cost of the phone, the Pixel 6a has a great display. Most casual users will not notice the lower refresh rate, and the display gets very bright and maintains all the other great benefits of OLED technology. === SOFTWARE, FEATURES, & PERFORMANCE === - If you're an Android fan, you will obviously love the stock version of Android 12 on the Pixel 6a. No bloatware, no third party software, no unnecessary logos -- just pure Android. I'm a big fan of Google's new "Material You" design language, which allows you to create dynamic colors across apps and app icons. There are also some Android features that Apple just can't compete with, like call menu option transcripts and letting Google Assistant wait on hold for you. Google says that the Pixel 6a will receive five years of security updates. - Google has brought under-display fingerprint authentication to the Pixel 6a. It works fine, but it is certainly not fast. It's not as easy as just touching your finger to the designated area on the screen. You actually have to rest your finger there for almost a half second and make sure that your finger is entirely within the white circle. I've used the phone for a week so far, and I can't count the number of times the phone has told me to hold my finger "a little longer" on the screen. I suppose I'll eventually get used to it, but it's not as seamless as Touch ID was on old iPhones. - The Pixel 6a comes with 128GB of storage, though there is no microSD card expansion slot. It uses the same Tensor processor found in the 6 and 6 Pro, though it has 2GB less RAM compared to the Pixel 6 (6GB vs 8GB). Regardless, the phone is very fast, but it's not quite as fast as the latest offerings from Apple. The multicore Geekbench 5 score of the Pixel 6a is 2903, vs 4719 on the iPhone 13 Pro. - Overall: Android 12 is excellent, though the under-display fingerprint sensor leaves a lot to be desired. For now, the phone is fast and responsive, I just hope it stays that way after future Android and app updates. === CAMERAS === - The main camera on the Pixel 6a is borrowed from the Pixel 5a, while the ultrawide camera is the same one found on the 6 and 6 Pro. Both are 12-megapixel sensors and produce good photos, though it is not a dramatic improvement compared to past Pixel models. - Photos have bright, vivid colors and never seem oversaturated. There's no telephoto sensor on the 6a, so any zoom is all digital, which can result in some blurry photos if you're not close to the subject. - The real magic of the Pixel 6a's camera is in its image processing and software features made possible by the Tensor processor. "Real Tone" makes sure that all skin tones appear authentic and not washed out or altered. "Face Unblur" uses algorithms to ensure that faces are not blurry when you take photos of moving subjects. - The "Magic Eraser" feature and allows you to remove unwanted people or objects from your photos. It works brilliantly most of the time, but other times it just leaves a blurry mess or jagged edges around the item I was trying to remove. - All other camera features of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are present in the 6a (with the exception of Motion Mode). My only gripe is that I sometimes have trouble taking Night Sight shots and Portrait shots. The phone will tell you to "hold still," sometimes for as long as 5 to 10 seconds. And even then, the photos can come out blurry. This was an issue with my Pixel 4 and it doesn't seem to have improved much with the 6a. - Overall: Photo and camera quality is as expected for a Google Pixel phone. The camera's real strengths lie in Google's image processing and software features, and it's amazing that a phone of this price has such high-end camera features baked in. === BATTERY === - The Pixel 6a has a 4,410mAh battery, which is quite small. However, Google has implemented some excellent software features that result in very good battery life. Google claims that the battery "can last beyond 24 hours" and "up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver." - Google's claims are mostly accurate, but it will take some close monitoring of your usage and software settings. "Beyond 24 hours" does not refer to actual screen-on time. I used the phone for about 7 hours over the course of a day and a half before the battery finally died. I haven't had a chance to test again using Extreme Battery Saver mode, but I suspect you would be able to squeeze out an extra few hours of use with that enabled. Extreme Battery Saver basically turns off all non-essential apps and only allows notifications from apps that you deem critical. - Unfortunately, the Pixel 6a does not support wireless charging, which is quite a big loss for a modern smartphone. I've grown to rely on wireless charging quite a bit over the past few years, so I will have to be sure to travel with a spare USB-C cable and wall adapter for the Pixel 6a. - Fast charging is supported up to 18W, which is fast, but not as fast as the 23W fast charging offered by the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. - Overall: Battery life is dramatically improved compared to my old Pixel 4 and will easily last through a day or more of regular use. There are some very intuitive battery management feature built into Android 12 that can help extend battery life even further. The lack of wireless charging is a big blow, and I fear some users might not discover this omission until after they take home and unbox the Pixel 6a. === OVERALL === The Pixel 6a is Google's "flagship-lite" phone. At its core, it has all of the features that make Pixel phones shine: an excellent Android experience, a great camera system, very good performance, and reliable support and software updates. The display and battery life are much improved compared to the Pixel 4 that I'm upgrading from, though the subpar fingerprint reader and lack of wireless charging might get old pretty quickly. Those things aside, this is a very easy phone to recommend to those who don't need a large screen or every high-end/premium feature. The feature set offered by the Pixel 6a is absolutely unmatched at this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm pleasantly surprised

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    Several key components make up a good and solid phone nowadays. I'd like to share what Google has to offer in this budget friendly, everyday phone. 1. Outstanding 4K video quality that can easily stand up against it's competitors. This is such a huge feature in today's world where we are constantly updating social media and recording our everyday actions. I have an example of the video quality attached to this review. 2. The photo quality of this phone is excellent. There are tons of cool editing options that take some getting used to, but when you know what you are doing, they are awesome. My favorite photo editing option is the Magic Eraser. I attached a before and after photo to this review. It's certainly a great feature despite not being super high tech. 3. For those that like to customize their user interface, this phone could be a great option for you. I found myself playing around with the phone for an hour just going through the customization options. I think Google did a good job on this. I was able to get my UI looking exactly how I wanted it to look and working best for me. 4. It's a Google phone, so Google Assistant is a big part of it. Some people do not care to use a feature like Google Assistant, and that's fine, but using it on a Google phone is very different. It's very similar to having a personal assistant in the palm of your hands. I set a morning routine and it was refreshing waking up to the weather and news headlines. Because this technology has gotten so advanced, I found myself talking to the phone as if I were talking to a person. Is it a little scary how advanced the technology is on this now? Yes. Am I still going to use it? Absolutely yes. 5. The construction of this phone is comparable to most. The weight is about the same as most. Because I have smaller hands, I prefer a smaller phone. This one is just right with a 6.1" screen size that fits well into the palm of my hand. Now on to the things I wasn't a fan of. This list is short. Occasionally the phone would lag. I'm talking about the home page lagging. I would click on an app and it's like the touch sensor wouldn't pick up what I was pushing. If you are not used to a Google Pixel phone, there is a learning curve. My old phone was set up almost 100% opposite of this one, buttons and all. It took me a while to get used to it. Muscle memory is a hard thing to break. This is the first 5G compatible phone I've owned and my calls were dropping or I would get terrible reception. This could just be my phone provider or there could be something going on with the phone. I'm really not sure but I just wanted to mention it. Overall for the price point of the phone, and what Google packed in it, I'd say this phone does exceed expectations and is a great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Pixel 6a - Pure Google Done Right for Less

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    With the success of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google’s unlocked 5G Pixel 6A has a little smaller screen at 6.1”, the same 6 GB RAM, the same bright and beautiful OLED screen at a more affordable price. Outstanding features include: • Battery charge lasts up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver, and with Adaptive Battery it learns your favorite apps, so it doesn’t waste power on the ones you rarely use • Powered by the same Tensor chip as Pixel 6 Pro, apps should launch, load and run quickly • Display features Full HD and OLED with refresh up to 60 Hz • Failproof fingerprint unlock • Accurate, assistant voice typing • Magic Eraser for removal of unwanted objects in photos • Realistic skin tones • Amazing, high quality videos • Security Hub helps protect phone, apps, Google Account and passwords • Adaptive battery charging to optimize battery performance • More This has the best of the Pixel 6 hardware adapted for this new and smaller model, with some omitted features and at a lower cost. **WHAT’S IN THE BOX** • Unlocked Google Pixel 6a • SIM card removal pin • charger and cable • documentation **THE SETUP** My new Pixel 6a is an unlocked Charcoal color with 128 GB of storage. This unlocked phone is compatible with T-Mobile and Verizon, as well as the other major U.S carriers, including AT&T, Sprint. Also compatible with prepaid carriers including Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Google Fi, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O. Coming from an iPhone, the switch was easier than anticipated. I turned off FindMy on the iPhone, removed its SIM card, inserted it into the Pixel 6a and powered it on. The Pixel 6a prompted me to insert the USB-C end of a charging cable into the 6a and the Lightning end of that cable into the iPhone from which I was transferring data. Power on the iPhone. Then the magic! It took a little more than an hour, but the direct transfer was successful. What’s missing? The only exception of significance is that the Pixel 6a does not support wireless charging. I am committed to making this work. iPhones are much more expensive. With the initial setup completed, it’s time to . . . **PUT IT TO THE TEST** There were updates to do after setup, so, that was done first. Next, I had to choose which apps to use for messaging and for email. There is no default Android messaging app, so I researched choices and took my best shot. I had read of users’ disdain for poor performance of fingerprint unlocking on Pixel 6. I am pleased to report that there are no such issues with the 6a running on the latest Android operating system. Also noteworthy and important to any Android phone purchaser – For how long will this phone receive operating system updates? This is a brand new model. As such I read that Google has committed to sending out three OS updates including being among the first Android phones to be updated to Android 13. In addition, Google has indicated that Pixel 6a is to also benefit from five years of security updates. Older phones, whether free or for less than this mid-$400 Pixel 6a, cannot make that claim with certainty. Therefore, why take chances? It is just not worth the risk. What is important to a smart phone user? Messaging – successfully accomplished with a few dozen contacts. I like the haptic feedback from Pixel 6a. Email – easy to set up new accounts or existing email addresses from Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and others. Use the email app OR other options from any number of Android email client. It’s the user’s choice. Zoom – using existing account or new. Camera – low light performance is good, not excellent, but only when compared to more expensive mobile phones, so here is where compromises were made. Videos and still images are clear and sharp. In its price class, Pixel 6a takes good still images and high quality videos. No complaints here. Screen resolution – only the most discerning, make that PICKY users would detect that the screen is not 120Hz. NO one I showed the Pixel 6a to commented negatively about the screen resolution or sharpness. In point of fact, friends were very happy with what they saw, especially after I told them the retail price of this phone. Streaming – watching Prime Video and Netflix content was very satisfying. Sound – Whether listening to streamed music, sound accompanying streaming video or podcasts, the stereo sound comes through loud and clear with just the right amount of sharpness and definition. A few more features were tested that WOWED me include: Wait Times – this built-in part of the Phone app helps users decide when is the best time to call businesses to avoid long wait times. This is brilliant! Direct my Call – when calling a toll-free business number, Google Assistant transcribes the automated message and menu items in real-time and displays them on screen. A tap of the on-screen option buttons transcribed by Assistant instead of the dial pad to make a selection, then select menu options as desired. This sure beats listening intently or trying to remember options. Also brilliant! Hold for Me – This is said to save time when calling a business. If you’re put on hold, Google can wait on the line for you, then notify you with sound, vibration and prompt when someone is ready to talk. There are so many more refinements than these. **CONCLUSION** Wrapped in an attractive package, this unlocked Google Pixel 6a with 128GB has to be on consumers’ short lists of next Android phones that have great performance and features at an attractive price point. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This beautiful and powerful phone, like so many others, is slippery and easily dropped, I recommend purchasing a protective case and tempered glass screen protector. I did! I want the Pixel 6a to look and perform well for several years to come. **WARRANTY** One year manufacturer’s warranty

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Regular lost network connect

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Regular network problem. Sometimes it works slowly. The problem arose after 15 days of use. Internet connection speed H+

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Flagship Features for an Affordable Price

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    TLDR: (that’s Too Long, Didn’t Read) The Pixel 6a is not Google’s flagship top-end phone, but you’d never know it from the rich feature set. The large, beautiful display with an under-screen fingerprint scanner, the great battery life, and the amazing set of features all fool you into thinking you spent a lot for their top-end model… but this is the “affordable” one in the series. There are a few features that the 6 and the 6 Pro have that the 6a doesn’t have, but you’ll probably not miss them for the cash you saved. A fantastic phone at a great price. Pros: * Large always-on OLED screen with small bezels. * Hole-punch selfie camera. * Under-screen fingerprint sensor. * All-day battery life with fast USB-C charging. * Great cameras with computational fun. * Android 12 with Material You is really nice. * First to get all the new software goodies versus non-Google Android phones. Cons: * No wireless charging (present in the 6 and 6 Pro) * Plastic back instead of glass or metal. * No headphone jack (not a con if you’re OK with Bluetooth headphones). * Slightly less RAM than the 6 or 6 Pro versions. * Cameras are not quite as good as those in the 6 or 6 Pro. Setup: I’m a long-time iPhone user and it’s been a while since I last set up or used an Android phone. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up. The onboarding process was fast and fun. I didn’t try to switch my stuff from iPhone to Android although that was an option. This Pixel phone even came with an adapter to directly connect the cable for another phone into this one for faster transfers. I used a pre-paid Verizon nano-SIM and everything worked as expected with one exception; Google’s version of Visual Voicemail is not compatible with my pre-paid Verizon plan, so I’m back to the 90’s in dialing a voicemail number to listen to my messages. Like most phones these days, it came with a cable but not a USB charger. I had a 30w USB-C charger lying around it happily announced that it was “Rapidly charging” with a countdown until full… nice! No wireless charging on this phone, but the wired charging was so fast that might not even miss it. Usage: I won’t get into too many details of Android 12 because that is available on most newer Android smartphones. The nice thing about the Pixel phones, though, is that it not only has a “clean” version of Android without a ton of added fluff that other brands then to pre-install, but it also gets the new stuff faster than other brands. If you happened to watch the keynote from Google I/O, you’ve probably seen a bunch of the cool new features that are baked into this phone out of the box. The new Material You UI is really fun and fluid and easy to make it your own. For those that spend time on the phone calling businesses, you can have the phone transcribe the other end of the call so you can read what they’re saying and even navigate those horrible “press 1 for this or 2 for that” systems by reading the screen and tapping labeled options! If you’ve ever been on permahold(tm), you can stop paying attention for that voice which means you made it in, and instead have your Pixel ring when it senses that your turn is up. All the new search functions are amazingly helpful! I love Lens as it really works to tell you what the camera is aiming at. Speaking of the camera, while the specs of the 6a’s cameras are not quite as good as the 6 or the 6 Pro, you’ll still get amazing results for selfies, photos and videos. One thing that didn’t work as well as I had hoped was the under-screen fingerprint sensor. It worked well enough, but the sensor is at a very specific spot under the screen. Generally, when the phone wants to scan your finger, it puts an icon on the screen over where the sensor is so you can put your finger on the icon and get a good scan. I noticed that in many applications; both native from Google and others, the icon is not lined up with the sensor. You put your finger over that icon and the scan doesn’t work. I got in the habit of putting my finger about a 1/4” away from the icon for these applications and that worked. The good thing is that this is an easily-fixed problem with a software update. The fingerprint sensor itself seems to work fine. Battery life was great and did really last over a day’s worth of typical use. The phone does tend to get a bit warm if you use it for a while, though. Not hot enough to have to put it down, but definitely warm enough to notice. I didn’t care so much about the lack of a headphone jack. Who really uses wired headphones these days anyway? If you’re truly an audiophile with a wired set of cans, you can always buy a USB-C to Headphone adapter on the cheap that will work. The display is bright and clear and the colors really pop thanks to being OLED. The refresh rate is a tad less than the 6 or the 6 Pro but is more than good enough for typical use. Conclusion: There is TON to love about the Pixel 6a and only a few small things to mention as not being great. It really does feel like a phone that hits much higher than its price would indicate. Not everyone needs to the top-end phone, and with the 6a, you’re not missing much from its more-expensive siblings. You really are getting more than you pay for with the 6a… fast, fun and fully-featured.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Flagship performance in a midrange device

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    Pros: 1. Outstanding overall performance for any category and especially for a midrange device 2. Solid battery life 3. Google's software extras and excellent long term update support 4. Nice design and solid construction 5. Decent display 6. Excellent camera for a midrange device 7. Top notch haptics Cons: 1. No wireless charging and wired charging could be faster 2. Display looks good but isn't perfect. Some may wish for a faster refresh rate. Personal preference: keep in mind that at 6.1" this device is a little smaller than some other new phones. I found the size to be very convenient, but you may want to see one in person to make sure it's the right fit for you. Full review: The Pixel 6a continues Googles recent trend of creating smartphones which deliver incredible value. And while the 6a is scaled down from the top end specifications of it’s slightly larger sibling, this device still manages to bring all the core elements of flagship performance to the midrange market. I’ve been using this phone extensively for the past week or so and can attest that it provides a fantastic smartphone experience which goes well beyond what I’ve seen in other respected midrange offerings. Most importantly, Google has provided the same high end custom Tensor processor as was debuted in the Pixel 6. Although the layout of the ARM cores is a little different Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, this is absolutely a top end piece of silicon with performance that will rival or, in some cases, exceed that of a Snapdragon 888, depending on what you’re asking it to do. While Qualcomm has now updated the 888, this Tensor chip remains extremely competitive and provided superb performance in everything I threw at it. I’ve used the device with 3D games, HD video, email, news readers, photo editing, and 2D gaming and in all cases it has been fast and fluid. The Tensor chip also has superb AI support to enable Pixel features such as live call transcription (including display of voice prompt menus), live translation (interpreter mode), and on-device speech recognition that doesn’t need to send your speech audio to the cloud in order to understand you. These are genuine quality of life improvements that help make using this phone more fun and more efficient. The display is the same full HD resolution as that of the Pixel 6, and while many high end phones now offer higher resolution, this display remains sharp and easy to read. I never missed the extra pixel density vs. the Galaxy S21 Ultra I usually use. The display also benefits from using OLED technology for vibrant colors and deep blacks. On paper, the only issue is that this is a 60Hz display while many newer phones run at 90Hz or even 120Hz. It’s a rational compromise that you’re unlikely to notice unless you’re coming from a high refresh rate device. I did also notice some off-axis color shifting and other minor image quality issues. It’s a good display, but brightness, refresh rate, and color accuracy are not going to be as good as a higher priced flagship. None of these great features matter if the battery runs out, and in my usage battery life was solid. 4,410mah battery is plenty big enough for most users to make it through the day. I found that 4 hours of screen-on time should be easily achievable over the course of a day. Stand by battery performance is good too and I was able to get 1.5 -2 hours screen on time per day across two days on a single charge. Google has a well deserved reputation for solid smartphone cameras and this device is no exception. This is one area where midrange phones often suffer, but Google has brough to bear their superb image processing and AI software expertise to make for fast and highly reliable mobile photography experience. In every thing from bright sunlight to an unlit room with curtains closed, this camera reliably produced solid results. The camera setup is very similar to earlier Pixel phones (before the new Pixel 6), so the system is well proven and well respected. Some other minor negatives: there’s no wireless charging and the cable charge rate is slower than some other phones. Just charge it overnight and all is good. Also, RAM is slightly reduced to 6GB vs. the 8GB on it’s bigger sibling. In my experience, this wasn’t a big deal but if you do a lot of app switching you may find you need to reload apps a little more frequently than on some higher RAM devices. Internal storage is excellent at 128GB (although not expandable). Overall this is an outstanding mobile phone with solid performance, good battery life, good audio, a decent screen, an above average camera, and many years of software updates for a midrange price. Ironically, it’s strongest competitor may be the Pixel 6 itself, which for a relatively small premium offers a slightly larger size, better display, more RAM, and newer camera setup. Whether the premium is worth it is up to you, but if you’re looking for a device at this price point the Pixel 6a is tough to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone for the asking price.

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    Great phone for the asking price. Compared to the Pixel 6, this is a great phone. You get the same tensor processor chip as the more expensive 6 phone, 128gb of storage, and 6gb RAM which is enough for most people. You also get a front screen fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately this front screen fingerprint is a bit slow, and sometimes unresponsive. They never should have moved the back face fingerprint sensor that worked perfectly. I have had a Pixel 3A and a Pixel 5 before this phone, and not only was the back facing sensor fast, it worked nearly 99% of the time. This phone has a 4,410mah battery size, and so far battery life is pretty good, probably because the screen resolution is 2400x1080 @60hz refresh rate. While most people would be happy with the resolution, unfortunately for me it “feels” a little slow because of the 60hz refresh rate. While this was likely done to decrease manufacturing costs, there are other phones that have higher refresh rates for even less than the cost of this phone. Now, I suspect users that have never used a phone would never notice this, but it is something worth mentioning. All of these issues do not detract from the simple fact that this is still a great phone overall for the asking price. You get pure android, no bloatware, a very snappy user interface and processor, and a great camera! Speaking of the camera, the “Magic Eraser” works great. This gets rid of unwanted objects, or possible photo bombers from photos taken with the camera. A big reason to get a Pixel phone is that you will get a few years of android version updates, and you will always get security updates from the second they come out. Other manufacturers can be very slow to test and then release their security updates, and especially their major OS updates. Keep in mind this phone, like many other phones, no longer comes with a battery charger. Just a cable is included. You need an 18 watt charger that has “PD / Power Delivery”. I happened to have one from an older pixel that worked just fine, however if you have an older phone charger it may not charge well, or at all. The phone does fast charge when using a charger that works. Also be sure to use the included USB-C cable, as if you have an older USB-C cable it will either not charge at all, or charge slowly. The back of the phone is made of plastic, which for me I prefer as it is not as slippery as the Pixel 6 glass back. I always put my phones in a case anyway, and it really doesn’t matter that much anyway, but if I ever want to not have the case on, I am a lot more comfortable with the 6A back than the 6. Great phone for the money, and most people would be just fine getting this over the more expensive 6A.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    tiny administrative assistant and concierge.

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    There are almost as many phones as preferences and each user has their own unique blend of what they require from their phone. Is a solid camera important for you? Maybe accessibility and ease of use are important? No one wants a device that they will have to fight with to accomplish the simplest of tasks. While there are many areas of focus one may want out of their mobile device, I find that this device offers an almost smooth, very intuitive, and uncluttered experience. So, to get right to it, the main things that stood out to me were the functionality of a lot of the Google apps and abilities, particularly the ability to translate languages back and forth. Need to have and entire menu, sign, or document translated? Easy. Just snap a picture of it and it will translate any found text for you. Need to actually communicate verbally to someone in a different language. The app does that as well, translating your words into theirs and vice versa. Maps is almost thee standard for navigation. I much prefer it for directions, live traffic updates, and calling in to places than my girlfriend's iPhone app. In practice you'll find that the Pixel is the premier phone for a lot of official Google apps like Google Pay, Map, Gmail. Seeing as how Google owns Android, you'll find it's the first mobile phone to get updates before all the rest. Camera and photo quality are important to a lot of people. As someone who is a hobbyist photographer, I find the 6a's camera to be lacking in manual controls. In this device you are leaving those decisions up for the phone itself to decide what the best shot would be, or the shot you are intending to shoot. And while it does get it right the vast majority of the time, a hobbyist like me would really like to take control of ISO or shutter speed, or white balance myself. Having said that, there was never an image that I can claim the 6a got 'wrong' so for the everyday selfie taker I think there is nothing to worry about when it comes to picture quality. Good solid quality images. The UI itself is nice and intuitive. I felt like Tom Cruise in Minority Report when he is at the screen swiping and pressing and using gestures to navigate the screen. Swiping the edges of the screen to navigate, screenshot, or switch/close apps feels pretty nifty after a while but there is the option to to go back to the more traditional three button layout. In face almost all the quality-of-life features can be deactivated if so desired. The only bottleneck I find is that it sometimes is slow to register a swipe up gesture, or slightly freezes when trying to swipe up to engage the close apps/screenshot menu. Now I think this is something that can be fixed with a software update. Seeing as both my old 5a and this 6a suffer from this problem, and only after installing the current update (as of 8/14/2022). At conclusion I do find this device to be very intuitive and easy to use. It almost like having a tiny administrative assistant and concierge in your pocket.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect budget smart phone

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    I am switching from OnePlus 6T to this Pixel 6a, this Pixel 6a is definitely faster. On power up, you get option to transfer from previous phone and I opted to use the usb cable to do the transfer. Plugging the two phones together using usb cable to transfer data was quite easy and completed flawlessly. Using this phone needs some getting used to, one big difference is the unmovable search bar at the bottom. To power off, you have to press the power and volume up button at the same time, which feels pretty strange. The user interface is very pretty. You can enable the icons to match the phone's theme, this is pretty interesting. The default home screen icon arrangement is a 4x5 grid but it is very easy to change to a 5x5 grid to match my previous phone. Being a 6.1" phone, the Pixel feels narrower in my hands, so its keyboard buttons are a little smushed. One big improvement compare to my previous phone is how fast the fingerprint sensor is, it even match the Samsung S21 Ultra in fingerprint unlock speed. When unlock using fingerprint, it gives a short buzz to indicate that it's working. I’ve also noticed that this Pixel phone can get quite warm. On average, the Pixel is my warmest phone. During initial setup was the warmest. This Pixel 6a has two speakers, which lets me have a stereo sound that none of my other phones provide. Battery life is very good. Actively using the phone for 5 hours only drops the battery level by 40% (i.e. from 100% to 60%) On the first day, I ran it down to nine percent before realizing that the OnePlus quick charger wasn’t charging this Pixel 6a. Neither was my battery pack, so I had to buy a new charger that support PD (power delivery) to charge the phone. Luckily I found a Quick Charge 3.0 charger lying around and it seems to do the trick. But I am still buying a new charger so I can have maximum charging speed. This Pixel 6a is very smart, it can do voice typing, live translate offline. Using camera to translate is so much smoother and accurate than Google Translate. This phone is able to transcribe calls and videos with the capability of TV captions even without internet connection. The camera is a massive improvement over my OnePlus 6T, especially the night sight, which captures accurate colors in environments where I can barely see what I’m looking at. The wide angle is a nice feature that my old phone didn’t have. And the return of the Photo Sphere feature! A really cool feature that I haven’t seen in a few years. It can also meshes panorama photos and photo sphere a lot cleaner that other phones. One other feature that stands out is the Magic Eraser, I had so much fun using the feature to make clean and convincing photos. Overall, I’d say the Pixel 6a is a good modern phone, with amazing camera capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone, Priced right!

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    I have had my new phone for almost a week now and here are my thoughts/observations: Design: Nice design and lighter than other phones that I have had. Despite its camera bump, its a slim, compact and sleek device. The matte black gives it a neat, classy look. Being a small phone, it is easy to pocket and grip, feels right sized. Display: The display is bright and appears beautiful as the phone adapts to the multiple styles and themes offered. One gets used to the lower refresh rate (60 Hz) fairly quickly, so it doesn't take much away from the overall experience of the phone. I did feel the touch response was a little slow, as it asked me to press down my finger a little longer, a few initial times. Camera: The phone has two rear camera sensors, a 12.2MP primary camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera, and can take some highly detailed, sharp pictures in well lit areas. The night mode does kick in when it is dark enough, but not all areas of low light. The Magic Eraser feature works great with removing distracting objects from photos with just a tap. It can even change the color of objects to keep the focus of the image sharp and clear. Features: The voice typing is easy, fast and accurate. The call screen and transcription features are very useful daily features. One can even issue verbal commands to the Google assistant without using the words "Hey Google". The haptic feedback feels precise and impactful, especially while unlocking, typing and swiping apps out of memory. Battery: The phone can last a full day starting 6 am, with regular usage, watching videos, gaming, social media, texts and emails, using cellular network, but will need to be plugged in around 9 pm. It's a shame there is no wireless charging, although the phone charges up to nearly half its strength, in 30 minutes. Overall, I am happy with the new phone. It provides a number of features and is good value for money.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, But With Head-scratching Misses

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    With a rocky launch of Google’s in-house SoC named Tensor, I had some hopes that the Pixel 6a will fix some of that. Not having the 6 or 6 Pro will make it tricky to compare it to. However, with regards to the retail price the 6a is released at, as well as other alternatives at that price point, I am finding some really weird head-scratching misses in this phone. The build quality appears to be barely passable for its price. The rear camera array has a strange pill shaped area for the camera, which has me wondering why it is designed this way. It is confusing because I thought it was some sort of protective film for the camera glass. And it doesn’t appear to sit flush with the rest of the visor design. There’s no wireless charging here, which is a letdown because there is a phone that is around this price point that can do wireless charging. The display, while not a deal breaker, is the typical 60Hz refresh rate. But again, that same other phone can do 120Hz refresh rate. Granted, that alternative phone is not available to American buyers (yet?). But knowing that there is a phone out there with those features, it’s a bit concerning. And for some reason, Google killed off the headphone jack for this iteration. I’m quite disappointed in this because there may be times when there's major signal congestion that hampers the Bluetooth connection. The camera, while not high spec like its flagship model, is still good enough of a performer to take excellent photos. It still competes with competing flagship phones on image quality. The only drawback is the image resolution when compared to other phones. And when you have that perfect shot, only to realize it’s partially ruined by some photobomber, Google’s “Magic Eraser” comes to the rescue. It’s surprisingly effective on many things. And when the image condition is just right, you won’t even notice the erased subject was even there. In a change from the norm, the Pixel phones of 2022 all have under-display fingerprint readers. The 6a is no exception to this. And my impression after using it for several days is mixed. My job involves handling books and boxes many times a day. And paper can absorb moisture, especially from fingers and thumbs, if done repeatedly enough. Because of this, using the under-display fingerprint reader is very finicky, and possibly slow. This is unlike capacitive fingerprint readers from my previous phones (Pixel 4a 5G, Note 9) where I can still unlock the phone despite having dried or cracked skins. But for the 6a, I need to actively prevent my finger or thumb from getting too dried where it becomes problematic for the reader. Yet even with proper skin care, there are times when the reader wouldn’t recognize the fingerprint on the first try, or the second try, or the third try. And I have cases where it prompts me for a second security unlock more often than before. 5G support appears to be limited to sub-6 bands, which is a bit of a downer as mmWave 5G is available only through Verizon directly or from the Google store. I’m not a fan of having different models available to support certain network bands. Despite support for sub-6, finding spots where this is available is rather tricky. Certain spots will show its support in the status bar. But such coverage for this is not widespread. When finding such a spot, a quick speed test showed download speeds of over 400mbit/s, with uploads at a dismal 30+mbit/s. But your download speed will definitely vary depending on where that tower is, how far you are from it, and what obstructions are between you and that tower. There is WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E support in the phone but I do not have a router supporting this. And any kind of data transfer happens quickly enough that it never becomes an issue. Stock Android on a Pixel phone has always been an enjoyable experience. There’s no bloat to worry about and the usual suite of Google apps is there for you to use. As of late, I have moved away from Chrome as my default web browser and have opted for Firefox instead. Pixel specific features are one of the better qualities of owning a Google phone. Call screening is a joy to have around due to random spam/scam calls that pop up from time to time. Every single one of these calls that I had screened ended up hanging up before Google Assistant could finish saying its introduction. Some miscellaneous notes: Due to underwhelming experiences with the under-display fingerprint reader, I cannot test nor verify if it can be unlocked with unregistered fingerprints. This has been noted in a few phone media outlets but I cannot verify it by any means. As I do not have a lot of games, I loaded up Genshin Impact to check its performance in comparison to my previous phone (4a5g). It runs much better than before and it can now handle the visuals without having to dial down all the settings to the minimum. Overall the Pixel 6a has some good points and some bad points. I’m unimpressed with the under-display fingerprint reader. I expected more given that other phone makers have come a long way from the first iteration of this tech. The camera hardware is the same. While not old or broken, I still wish there was a better camera hardware to take bigger photos. Performance is quite nice and I did not notice any performance hiccups when using the phone. I’m torn between recommending and not recommending. The biased side of me says to get it despite its faults. But I am having difficulty flat out recommending it because of it. You won’t go wrong with the phone. But I fear your user experience may suffer due to the odd quirks that the phone comes with. Google could potentially fix these things with software updates. But you cannot trust a company to do just that. I believe a tech YouTube personality said this best. I cannot remember the exact phrasing but it goes something like this: Buy the phone for the features it has today, not for what it could become later. Verdict: (biased) buy it, (unbiased) flip a coin The Good: cheaper(?) alternative to the Pixel 6, Pixel-exclusive features, first to get Android updates The Bad: fingerprint reader is underwhelming, no high refresh rate display, no headphone jack The Ugly: what the fingerprint reader sees when I use my dried and cracked skin thumb

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your new Pixel.

      For help with troubleshooting fingerprint issues, please visit: https://goo.gle/3oahQBG

      If you are still experiencing these issues, we recommend contacting our customer support team for assistance. (From your phone click on Settings > Tips & support > Contact us) googlepixel

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pixel power at a reasonable price!

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    The Pixel 6a is a great option for a powerful phone with a decent camera and a reasonable price point. I was amazed that the Pixel 6a had a lot of the features of the Pixel 6 phone as the build quality and smoothness felt almost the same. The camera takes great pictures and I used it to take amazing pictures at the Tonto National Forest. The software features are what sets the Pixel line apart from other phones as you can use features like "Hold for Me" which waits in line for you on toll free calls and the "Magic Eraser" & "Real Tone" features in the camera software. The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack nor does it come with a charger but it does include a charging cable and a sim ejection tool. The battery life was ok and lasted me through the day but you may need to charge it mid-day if your day is busy or turn on the battery saving mode to help you squeeze out some more battery life. The display is nice and bright and the phone also has stereo speakers with one on the front top of the phone and the other on the bottom edge together they produced a good sound experience. Overall I'm very pleased with the Google Pixel 6a and have no qualms about recommending it to someone looking for a great overall phone on a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good phone that just works w/great camera, but...

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    The Pixel 6A is the newest and smallest phone currently offered by Google. Like other A-series phones, this one reaches its low price point by including a reduced-performance screen, old camera hardware, and eschewing wireless charging. Also like former A-series Pixels, the 6A manages to maintain Google's clean presentation of Android with regular updates, perform better than most other mid-range handsets, and take some of the best photos of any phone, at any price. *Unlike* former Pixels A, the 6A is not a battery champion, nor does it include a headphone jack or a charging brick. It seems Google has decided that wired headphones and charging bricks are no longer things anyone needs. On the plus side, the 6A uses Google's Tensor chip, meaning it can run all the fancy AI-processing software of its bigger siblings. The choice to stick with the high-end Tensor means good performance, but comes at the expense of a little bit of battery life. In my week using the Pixel 6A, I was able to get a full day battery life with medium-heavy use, but I always found myself reaching for a charger at bedtime. The inclusion of the power-hungry Tensor is probably the reason the 6A includes a middling 1080p screen, running at 60Hz (despite rumors that the Samsung panel is able to run up to 120Hz). ~~What's Good?~~ • Camera: Despite using older hardware, the camera is fast, responsive, and produces excellent shots in light or dark, with industry-leading editing tools. • The size: this is the smallest and lightest Pixel for sale by Google. It's nice to have the option of a smaller phone. • Pixel software features: speech to text, live translate, live transcribe, spam call detection, hold for me, etc. set Pixel phones apart, and they work great here • Design: The phone looks good, and the decreased size of the camera lip is perfect for fitting into a case with a flat back • Setup experience: This phone is super easy to set up, whether or not you transfer files, calls, apps, and texts from your old phone or not ~~What's Not So Good?~~ • Battery life: It's slightly better than my Pixel 6 Pro, and better still with 5G turned off (I noted some overheating with 5G on), but this is not a battery champion. • The screen: The 60Hz refresh rate is not cutting it, the touchscreen isn't as responsive as should be, it doesn't get dim enough in low light, and the colors are a bit off. • Fingerprint reader: Despite my best efforts, it's slower than my Pixel 6 Pro • The size: Yes, this is both good and bad. The phone is larger and heavier than it needs to be for people who actually want small phones, and too small for people with larger hands who want a great user experience • RAM management: Multi-taskers look elsewhere. The 6A manages its 6 GB of RAM by aggressively shutting down background applications. For example, you won't be able to keep Pokémon Go running if you turn on the camera. ~~Who this phone is right for~~ The Pixel 6A is a good phone for anyone who wants a true Android experience with a great camera and good portability. I can see this phone working very well for kids and grandparents, because it's relatively inexpensive, doesn't offer a bunch of bells and whistles, but just works well and feels fairly good doing it. I can attest to it working well for kids because my kid has been using my old Pixel 4XL. It's super easy to set up the phone as a kid's phone, and you can use the Android Family Link app to control the kid's access to apps and screen time. I love it. Personally, I found the 6A to be too small and the 1080p, 60Hz screen to be way behind the 120Hz LTPO panel of the 6 Pro, or even the 90Hz OLED screen of the Pixel 6. I'm a guy with pretty large hands, and I need a larger phone to feel comfortable. If you also have large hands and an extra hundred or two to spend, I would recommend the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro over the 6A, unless cost is a concern. ~~Bottom line~~ The 6A is a fine phone, especially if you can take advantage of some of Google's sweet trade-in deals and knock the price down low. As a Pixel fan, I felt very comfortable using the 6A, and was impressed at how good the phone was at running the Pixel AI routines like Live Transcribe, voice texting, and more. Photos from the Pixel 6A still impress, despite being taken using hardware that is now over 5 years old. The form factor of the Pixel 6A may be too small for people who like big phones, and too large for people who want small phones, but it's still very handsome, well-designed, and relatively compact. See my photos comparing the size of the 6A to previous Pixels. As a person coming from a Pixel 6 Pro to test this phone, I did not enjoy using the 1080P, 60Hz screen, but someone unconcerned with high-end displays might not have any issues. In my mind, the Pixel 6A is best for kids or people who just need a basic phone with a great camera that just works, and who appreciate Google extra Pixel touches like spam detection, Assistant voice typing, Hold for Me, and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      We really appreciate your feedback, and we are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your new Pixel.

      We try to upgrade our battery experiences year-over-year, with software features like Adaptive Battery and Battery Saver to continue extending the Pixel’s battery life.

      To fix battery drain issues, please visit: https://goo.gle/BatteryDrain

      If you continue to experience these issues, we recommend contacting our customer support. (From your phone click on Settings > Tips & support > Contact us) googlepixel

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great smartphone from Google.

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    Compact! Compact! Just like iPhone SE. Love it. It goes into my pocket without feeling heaviness like gigantic phablet smartphone. It does everything like top notch smartphone and has water resistant feature. It's got great camera performance at day or night time. Low light photo is amazing. No blurry pictures. How it comes out perfect pictures even at low light. I was still moving and shaking when taking pictures. It doesn't have big lens like Google pixel 6pro or 6. It does a great job everyway. Screen is so bright at sunny day. I have to reduce the brightness just to increase my battery life. Battery life is even better than any other phone. I didn't even charge the phone since I bought it and still 56 percent. Wow amazing. Mobile connection is great, no loose of signals I just don't understand why people complaining about it. Maybe they have to change their carriers. Overall I gave it 5 stars. And I will give 6 stars of it's got 50mp rear camera. Anyway I don't see any difference at alllll. Dony worry, just buy it and enjoy. You won't regret. Oh, forgot to tell you about the firmware update, they will give you the latest updates when it's available. That's the most important in smartphone performance and security you get from Google. Thanks to best buy, they just send me a promotional gift card. It was a great deal if you buy now.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid bang-for-the-buck phone w/security updates

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    If you're shopping for a Pixel, you're probably looking for a clean, bloat-free Android experience with regular and frequent security updates. This is important overall, but also important if you're using this as a work phone since many companies have MDM (Mobile Device Management) systems that require your devices have up-to-date security patches. Overall goodness: Overall, it's a great phone at the right size. I already have a giant 2-screen phone, so as a second (work) phone, this is just right. I'm confident that I'll get years of frequent security updates and it's got plenty of power for email, video calls, phone calls, etc. If you're looking at this as your primary/personal phone, you may miss some things (see below), but it's still a great choice for the money. We know Pixels are renown for their great cameras and this one is no different. I came from a 3a XL to this 6a and having a Pixel camera around is always a good thing. What's not so great: The fingerprint scanner is not great. Is it terrible? No, it's probably somewhere in-between. I've had the in-display fingerprint readers since the Note 10. You can help improve this one by entering the same finger multiple times, increasing the sensitivity (search the Settings for "sensitivity". This is important if you have a screen protector - if so, re-enroll them after applying one), and enrolling the "best" fingers. What I mean is, my index fingers and thumbs are the driest/smoothest so my middle finger actually works better. If my index finger works 10-20% of the time, my middle finger works about 50-60% of the time. Not great compared to the 100% hardware fingerprint readers we're used to, but it'll do. What's missing: I didn't need wireless charging, but that would have been nice to have. Also, I'm using Bluetooth headsets/earpieces for work calls, so I don't miss the headphone jack on this one. I do prefer wired headphones/earphones when I possible, but I have tons of other dedicated devices for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to the haters, great value!

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    The finger print sensor works perfectly fine after the latest update, so let's get that out of the way first. Any review complaining about it is now obsolete. Google is consistent in releasing updates, the phone is plenty fast, and I have almost no complaints. I'm coming from an s21 that stopped working out of nowhere, and I don't miss anything in terms of performance minus the high refresh rate on the Galaxy's screen. No big deal. For this price, this is the best phone available, period. If you need a fast phone with good cameras for a great price, here you go. My only real complaint is the cheap plastic back. It would have been better to at least go with a matte plastic, but if you want this phone as close to bare as possible, buy a dbrand skin, or just buy a case, and you'll never think about it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bang for the buck

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    I love it! Fast, Great pic's, Easy to use. Can't wait to explore more with more pictures specially night mode.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good alternative to a flagship

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    However I wouldn't compare it to the highest end Galaxy or iPhone. It has the processor of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro so it'll play games quite nicely and do any photo and video editing very quickly, but the cameras wonr compare to a $1000+ phone, but definitely has the best camera in the under $500 price. I will say however it has the best point-and-shoot camera even compared to said higher end phones. It does sacrifice certain high end features like a high refresh rate, no wireless charging, IP67 water resistance instead of IP68, and a plastic back instead of glass. (Which I prefer as plastic is more durable than glass) I'd say this is best for people wanting a phone with a great camera and processor without spending a whole lot of money. That and Google promises 5 years of security patches (With 3 years of Android OS updates) which is unheard of with a phone at this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone But Not For Me

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    For my own taste this phone is a 4/5. I really liked it. The build quality is excellent. In 2022, even with budget option phones, 60Hz is a thing of the past. Additionally, I'm a little older but I still have good eye sight. I found the size of the screen too small for me. May not be a problem for some people. The text was so small I had to use the feature in options to make it larger. I went ahead and paid my $45 restocking fee and got the Pixel 6. Wasted a little money, but the Pixel 6 is a much better phone and easier to read.

    I would recommend this to a friend