Google Pixel 4a Review

4.3/5 - (23 votes)

After the release of Pixel 3a last year it blasted out in the market. When it was first released last year it was the only Android phone to have promised software updates and camera output like other flagship devices. The Pixel 4a has a small size, compact design, and fantastic Google point-and-shoot camera that would cater to people looking for an affordable smartphone with ample grunt, and the ability to take excellent images.

There’s actually a 5G-compatible Google Pixel 4a variant called the Google Pixel 4a 5G very unimaginatively. Yeah, that’s named, but you’ll actually find it a little close to Google Pixel 5.

Design

As far as the design is concerned, the Pixel 4a seems to be a far more advanced variant. Thanks to a camera sensor positioned at the top of the display rather than above, also the bezels have been slightly trimmed.

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It is a good, curved polycarbonate device that fits easily in the palm and makes carrying and using simple because of its lightweight frame. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, almost no bezel and even have a headphone port.

pixel 4a back side

The phone’s rear appears like a smaller Pixel 4 edition. In the upper left corner, the fingerprint sensor is almost transparent, and there is a square camera module with a single lens. A plain organized polycarbonate, which not only looks sleek but does excellent shielding smudges and fingerprints, is replaced with the Pixel 3a’s multicast finality.

The handset is 5.81 inches and weighs only 143g. It’s available only in just black right now but we hope that more colors will appear in the future.

Also notable is the lack of waterproofing and sprinkling resistance that Pixel 4a feels a wasted opportunity whereas an IP67 ranking is available for the similar-priced iPhone SE. That being said, the competition is not lacking in pixel cases.

Fingerprint scanners were still available for longer, meaning third-party applications had more time to implement Google’s biometric verification Pixel Imprint technologies.

 

Display

The Pixel 4a is the most reliable OLED display phone in the US. If it sounds theoretically convincing, the LCDs in the iPhone SE or Moto G power don’t have major improvements. Google has been using a 5.81-inch AMOLED screen that didn’t make me miss other flagship phones’ quad HD resolution. The display of Pixel 4a becomes dim enough to be used at night and comparisons are not unnatural. However, I wish it could get a little lighter.

 

Pixel 4a Display
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This handset is the first one to be provided with a bezel-less display with a punch-hole front-facing camera in its top-left corner.

Cameras

The rear camera is a 12.2MP camera with an aperture of 1.7 and a field of view of 84 degrees. It can record 4K on 30fps, 1080p on 30fps, 60fps on 120fps and 720p on 30fps, 60fps and an super-slow 240fps.

Google has exponentially advanced computational photography technology since Pixel 3 was launched.

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The Pixel 4a simplifies photography – just point and shoot and much of the time you get a perfect shot in a variety of situations paired with Google’s intelligent software processing.

The Pixel 4a perfectly illustrates low-light photography, featuring a night sight taking clearer images in dark conditions than any other handset in this price range.

pixel 4a low light image
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Zoom is not the best point of Pixel 4a. A substantial lack of clarity in test shots can be seen in our 2x zoom frame. The Pixel 4a’s 8MP front-facing camera is decent for video calls and social media shots.

Connectivity & Audio

The Pixel 4a is also available in unlocked version and has a normal SIM slot as well as an eSIM. It supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 71 with
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/75 Mbps.

pixel 4a 3.5mm & noice cancellation
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It has a 3.5mm jack and outstanding call quality. High volume earpiece clocks at 78dB, perfect for most places below a busy street. Noise cancellation performed well, saving for a couple of cases when sounds from the background were successful.

Hardware and Software

The Google Pixel 4a is powered enough to ensure that everything you want is available on the phone. You’re provided a Snapdragon 730 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage (about 108GB).

These specs are more than appropriate at the price of Pixel 4a, but there’s a dilemma when you start digging around since the Google Pixel 4a is rivaled by several means in terms of the spec sheet.

Android 10 is given out of the box in Pixel 4a. Google assures you a minimum of three years of Pixel 4a security updates and OS updates, which ensures the main Android 11, Android 12 and Android 13 updates will be provided on your these devices.

Battery

The Google Pixel 4a comes with a 3,140mAh battery that is bigger than the previous power pack and much bigger than the 1,812mAh battery of the current iPhone SE.

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Google says that due to Adaptive battery technology, you will get up to 24 hours of battery life from a single charge.

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