The new Pixel 4a 5G is Google’s cheap, large 5G smartphone and may be the best mobile phone.
Available in black, it costs £ 499 and fits between the £ 599 Pixel 5 and the £ 349 Pixel 4a.
The Pixel 4a 5G features a 6.2-inch FHD + OLED screen, which is larger than other Pixels of the year. It looks good, but for Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple, it’s okay. There are stereo speakers on the side of the screen, which makes watching videos in landscape orientation very good.
The body is a soft-touch black plastic that feels solid in your hands, but is a bit cheaper than its metal and glass rivals. Most users put it in the case anyway. The 168g cell phone is fairly lightweight and size balanced. There is also a lesser spotted woodpecker socket on the top, but 4a5G is not water resistant.
screen: 62 inch FHD + OLED (413ppi)
processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
sheep: 6GB RAM
operating system: Android 11
camera: 12.2MP + 16MP Ultra Wide, 8MP SELPHY
Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 5, NFC, Bluetooth 5 (AAC, AptX / HD, LDAC), headphones and location
water resistant: None
Size: 153.9 x 74 x 8.2mm
2 days battery
The Pixel 4a 5G has the same upper middle range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor as the Pixel 5, but with slightly less RAM and 6GB. This also means that it has a faster processor than the smaller Pixel 4a.
Performance is good. The smartphone reacts refreshingly, the app loads quickly, and switching between apps is smooth. Processing a series of photos takes longer than a rival with a top-spec chip, just like opening a complex website, but it does everything I want to do. Gamers looking for the fastest frame rate will want to look elsewhere.
The battery life is very good, with the screen turned on and charging for about 6 hours, using 5G for 2 hours, 4G for 3 hours, and the rest lasting more than 48 hours after spending on Wi-Fi. So even with my relatively frequent use, the Pixel 4a 5G lasts from 7am on the first day to at least 7am on the third day.
Google’s new extreme battery saver system allows you to run only a group of selected apps and suppresses all other apps, significantly extending battery life when needed.
The Pixel 4a 5G comes with an 18W quick charger, which takes less than 90 minutes to fully charge your smartphone, reaching 50% in about 35 minutes.
Google does not provide an estimate of the expected number of full charge cycles from a Pixel 4a 5G battery. However, the typical life of a smartphone battery is at least 500 cycles, while maintaining at least 80% capacity. The Pixel 4a 5G is usually repairable.Repairs not covered by warranty Cost £ 110 Approximately £ 60 for screens, or via iSmash, one of Google’s repair partners, or for batteries Google store..
Pixel 4a’s plastic mechanical parts contain approximately 47% recycled material after consumption. Google’s efforts Include recycled materials in all products launched from 2022. Environmental impact report For some of its products Including Pixel 4a 5G..Google Recycle all Pixel devices Free.
Android 11, Google way
Pixel 4a 5G is the latest version Android 11 You can also expect a minimum of three years of operating system and security updates, which is a bit behind Apple’s five-year support for the iPhone.
The Pixel version of Android is sophisticated, well-optimized, and behaves like the Pixel 5. In general, it’s simple and well-optimized with the great gesture controls built into Android 11, upgraded media controls, and conversation options.
You can also get some Google exclusive products, including improved automatic transcription. Google Recorder app, New live view of Google Maps showing your friends’ whereabouts using augmented reality, improved suggestions for smart replies to chat app messages, new fast Google Assistant.
The Pixel 4a 5G camera works the same because it has the same hardware and software as the Pixel 5 camera. In short, the Pixel 4a 5G has some of the best autofocus cameras available, including the clearest and best-looking photos and top-notch low-light performance.
There is a main camera and a super wide-angle camera, but no telephoto camera for optical zoom. Alternatively, there is a solid digital zoom that is suitable for 2x magnification, but has limits beyond that. The video capture is also pretty good and has excellent stability to remove camera shake.
For more information See Pixel 5 review..
Cost of Pixel 4a 5G £ 499 Only available in black.
The Pixel 4a 5G is the best mix of battery life, price and features this year. Google smartphone.
It’s not as good as the £ 599 Pixel 5, but the rest of the experience is basically the same, but with a slightly larger screen and a longer battery life of more than two days. So with 3 years of software updates, you’ll get a really great camera, great screen, decent performance, and great software.
There are smartphones that offer better hardware for a similar amount of money, but they can’t compete with the Pixel in terms of camera and battery life.
For £ 349, if you’re not interested in 5G or need a smaller smartphone, the 5.8-inch Pixel 4a is a better value, but the Pixel 4a 5G is faster and checks a lot of boxes. £ 499 RRP.
Pros: Excellent camera, excellent screen, excellent software and update support, excellent battery life, relatively inexpensive headphone socket, 5G.
Cons: Disadvantages: Expandable storage, no water resistance, plastic body is a bit plain.
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