Google Pixel 4a: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● Aug 4, 2020


Google Pixel 4a

  • These are the Google Pixel 4a pros and cons you should know about.

The Google Pixel 4a is one of the latest entrants of a budget smartphone in 2020. And it is arguably the best you can buy at this price point. Without further ado, these are the Google Pixel 4a pros and cons you should know about.

Pro: Priced At $350

The Google Pixel 4a is priced at only $350. You can finance it for $14.54/month for 24 months through Google Fi / Unlocked with 0% APR through Google Store Financing. Otherwise, it is $15.83 per month through Verizon with a price of $379.99 with Verizon’s SIM included.

Pro: Camera Works Great

There is a single 12.2-megapixel camera on the back and the set up resembles the Google Pixel 4 as it uses a rounded rectangle. The rear camera has an f/1.7 aperture and a 77-degree field of view. The software that Google uses for processing the photos looks arguably just as good as Pixel 4 especially for a $350 phone.

On the front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field of view. These are great specs for a front camera also.

The camera supports Google’s Portrait Mode and Night Sight functionality. And it also uses optical image stabilization to take amazing photos even in low-light conditions.

In terms of recording video, the rear camera can do 4K @ 30 fps; 720 @ 30fps/60fps/240fps; and 1080p @ 30 fps/60 fps/120fps. And the front camera does 1080p @ 30fps; 720p @ 30 fps; and 480p @ 30 fps.

Pro: Solid Internal Components

Google doubled the storage of the Pixel 4a to 128GB. And the RAM was upgraded to 6GB for this version of the Pixel. Plus it uses the newer Snapdragon 730G processor. Inside is also Google’s Titan M security chip, which keeps your OS and sensitive data more protected.

Pro: Reduced Bezels

The bezels have been reduced, giving the Pixel 4a a more edge-to-edge display. The front-facing camera features a “punch hole” design.

Pro: Solid Display

The 5.8-inch 1080p OLED display of the Google Pixel 4a features HDR support. Even though the Pixel 4 XL and the Galaxy S20 have nicer displays, this is still a major upgrade from the Google Pixel 3a.

Pro: 3.5mm Headphone Jack

The Pixel 4a features a 3.5mm headphone jack. So if you have headphones that have a 3.5mm jack, then you can plug it into the top of the phone. It is nice to not have to use dongles in cases like this.

Pro: Battery Life

The Google Pixel 4a has a 3140 mAh battery. The Pixel 4a also features an Adaptive Battery feature, meaning that the device learns from your favorite apps and reduces the power to the ones you rarely use. The amount of time that you will get depends on how active you are using your device. Very active usage gets you at least 5 to 6 hours before having to recharge.

Pro: Stereo Speakers

The Google Pixel 4a has stereo speakers built-in. This is a great feature to have on a budget smartphone.

Con: Design Attracts Smudges

One of the ways that Google cuts costs is by using a plastic body. The plastic body of the Pixel 4a attracts fingerprints and smudges. So I would recommend that you put a case on the Pixel 4a right away. But this is the same advice I would give for any smartphone you buy anyway.

Con: A Lack Of Bells And Whistles

Another major tradeoff at this price point is that the device lacks the expected bells and whistles that a smartphone is expected to have in 2020. There is no water resistance. And it does not support wireless charging or super fast charging. And there are no expandable storage options. And there is only one color option. Plus the device does not have a 5G modem.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Google Pixel 4a has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4.5 out of 5. The reason why the device received a higher score is due to the “price to what you get” ratio. It would have been higher if some of the bells and whistles were included. But compromises have to be made to drive costs down so I don’t blame them. If you are on a budget for a new smartphone, then I would highly recommend getting the Pixel 4a.

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(Note: an earlier version of this article incorrectly indicated that the Pixel 4a does not have stereo speakers, but the correction has been applied. We apologize for the error.)