The Pixel phones primarily serve as a showcase for Google's Android operating system, which includes its search engine and other services, such as digital maps, that help sell the ads that generate most of the company's revenue. With lower prices clearly being the driving force, here, there's a chance that Google is ready to completely up-end their status-quo October release here in 2020 and simply shock everyone with a full unveiling of all the Pixels for this year today. We're now testing the Pixel 4a, while the iPhone SE is our Editors' Choice for low-priced iPhones. The one on the right looks similar to the Pixel 4a, but is larger. But which phone should you buy?
The Pixel 4A features a $349 price tag - $50 less than the iPhone SE - and will connect to 4G LTE networks.
Made of machine-washable fabric that is 70% recycled material like plastic water bottles, the official Google Pixel 4a Fabric Case is is soft and durable, with raised edges, and a microfiber lining to prevent the scratching of your phone.
Let's start with it's size, it's small, at least for me who has been used to Pixel XL devices as well as other mid rangers in the 6.3 inch size for a while now. It will even give top phones a run for their money, which is not surprising since the Pixel 4a has the same 12.2-megapixel camera as the main camera of the flagship Pixel 4.
It's light, thanks to it's diminutive stature, polycarbonate outer shell, 3140 mAh battery and silky texture the Pixel 4a nearly feels like it's not in your hand. Photos shot by the Pixel 4a, especially when using Night Sight, generally take a fraction longer to be saved than with the Pixel 4.
Just as it says on the tin, ESR's Kickstand case for the Pixel 4a has a built in metal "leg" you can prop up the phone on to binge-watch YouTube when needed, in addition to the clear flexible bumper looks. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730G with 6GB of RAM and 12gGB of storage.
Android offers a terrific live recording feature, live captions, and more customization features than iOS. Of course, you may not find Google's own preloaded apps, such as YouTube Music, your cup of tea.
Looking at the press render, these phones look basically ready to roll out and their inclusion in whatever it is Google is ready to announce today could be the reasoning behind the massive delays we've seen with the Pixel 4a unveiling.
We've got a Pixel 4a on the way and plan on doing an in-depth comparison with the iPhone SE later this week, so make sure to keep an eye out for that video.
Last year's Pixel 4 was a decent phone in a vacuum, but its price point didn't quite match the middling specs.