Google’s Pixel 3A or Pixel 3A XL is the best phone under $500, and it’s actually competitive with more expensive phones in one very important way. The Pixel 3A has a great camera. While it has many of the same compromises you usually make when you buy a cheap phone, the photos it takes are nearly indistinguishable from what comes out of a Pixel 3.

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33 thoughts on “Google Pixel 3A review: a $399 phone with a great camera”

  • Mad With Power Band says:

    If I hadn't just busted the screen of my Nexus 5x this weekend, I wouldn't have bought the 3a. So far, I like it. Does everything, plus a little extra, that my Nexus did. Feels somewhat cheaper, but I'd rather had $$ in my pocket than money invested in something that changes as frequently as tech.

  • Honestly, give me a plastic back. No, give me a rubberised plastic back. It's sturdier and stays in the hand much more easily.

    Actual bezels as well, so that the screen's less liable to shatter. Plus it's easier to hold in landscape. I can't wait for the 4 to drive this thing down in price.

  • Where can you get Google Pixel 3a for US$400? In most other countries it costs at least $550 and that's 6 months after it released… Tell me where i can get it for $400 and i'll have it shipped to me for cheaper… wtf.

  • no good cameras on sub $500 phones ? i don't know about that, i'm pretty happy with my Pocophone F1, through updates it got stuff like night sight and 4K 60fps video, also you can sideload the google camera with it's night sight, i'm sure the Pixels camera is even better, but i'm not gonna pay an extra $400-500 for it.

  • Nicu Dan Ciontu says:

    Why would you buy something that is not cheap … it only has old tech in it … for the same amount of money you can buy more powerful phones, but what i hate the most out of this payed review is when he says "this is not a premium phone … whatever that means" … it's just an old phone and Google thought … hey is an old phone but it will sell because is made by google, just like google plus … is like a grandma phone, and he gets really excited about headphone jack … who cares about that

  • Deshmukh Ganesh says:

    Nice video sir, liked your channel,
    but I would go for Poco F1, and flash Google Pixel 3XL rom, which is for only 270 USD, in India.

  • Hey, just bought this great phone and was wanting to use nova launcher. Is there a way to get gesture navigation working with Nova or is there a launcher that is fully compatible with Pixel 3a xl that allows me to hide apps and also create folders within the app drawer? Cheers, great video

  • trivikram.r Rajendra prabhu says:

    Thanks for the review verge, can I please get a link to the wallpaper? I am unable to find the red hysteresis wallpaper, thanks

  • Martín Romano says:

    FYI, for anyone worried about performance, my Pixel 3a opened Spotify just as fast as the Pixel 3XL on this video. Thats is almost double as fast as the 3aXL they showed here… And mine isn't factory restored and there were other apps running in the background.

  • Marion Dela Cruz says:

    The pixel 3A is a good phone for people who doesn't mind not getting the best specs. It gives you the best features from a premium phone without breaking your budget. It's not as slow like some reviewers are telling.

  • Hold on, that high quality thing with the Pixel 3a isn’t a problem. The file size is going to be compressed a little bit, but considering that the camera is 12.2 megapixels—far under the 16 megapixel Google Photos limit—there should be virtually no difference between the photos in Google’s servers and the photos on local storage even if you’re a pixel peeper. In fact, only people who use DSLRs or serious cameras are the ones going to be concerned about “original quality” and at that point why should they expect so much from a $400 phone? Just something to think about when reviewers talk about drawbacks…Google removed or changed features of the 3a for a reason.

  • Just got my pixel 3a yesterday at Best buy -100 for Sprint activation and $80 of gift cards… That was given too me… So I got this phone for only $245 so at this price…. It's definitely worth it hahaha

  • the color tone is still a bit different between the two cameras as seen on the sample shots…basically different SoC means different ISP…and the better processor still kicks out better pictures even if the other hardwares and algorithms are the same…

  • Nate W Thibodeau says:

    The OLED panel on the 3a has terrible color shift and is quite warm(yellow)…just as bad as the Pixel 2 was well known for. It also is blurry, compared to the super sharp and crisp panel Pixel 3.

  • Scott Swarbrick says:

    Hey guys. Get £40 to spend in the Google store when you buy the new pixel 3a or 3a-XL with this new code : B-OTON68NMPFMQHSSYSIV7U2P

  • David Martrano says:

    Well, the Nexus 6p & 5x had a set of twins the 3a & 3aXL, yikes. For 399.00 best in class camera plus Google Software processing. There are no mid-rangers with this excellent camera. Will they sell boatloads, absolutely!

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