Here are the most prominent features and specifications:
- 4,680 mAh battery 1; largest at one pixel to date.
- 6.34-inch FHD+ OLED display – also the largest to date in a single pixel.
- IP67 water resistance – a first for an A-series pixel.
- You still get a headphone jack.
- You get the same Snapdragon 765G as the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G.
- Two rear cameras and a punch-hole selfie camera – the same camera as the Pixel 5.
- 6GB RAM / 128GB storage.
- YES ganda.
The Pixel 4a 5G is already a reasonable budget device for people on a budget compared to the Pixel 5, but the Pixel 5a just got better. The added water resistance, extra strong battery, and bigger screen really make it a bargain.
In fact, as far as I know, the Pixel 5a only loses to the Pixel 5 on three fronts:
- It doesn’t have a 90 Hz screen.
- It has 2 GB less RAM.
- It doesn’t have wireless charging.
I’ll bet most people in the US and Japan can live with the above sacrifices, especially if you get a bigger screen, battery, and headphone jack in return. For most people, the Pixel 5a isn’t just a better deal – it’s just a better phone.
Other than that, it’s the Pixel experience I love – Android “stick” with some Google tricks. You can also read my Pixel 5 review keeping the above omission in mind.
The design doesn’t stray too far from the aesthetic Google has used since the Pixel 4. The Pixel 5a comes in one color, turquoise black, with a green power button. You get a mostly bezel-less display with a hole for the camera on the front, and you still have the camera cartilage bulge on the back.
However, this time around, Google made a big deal with its case for the Pixel 5a, which is 37% recycled plastic. They have a two-layer shock absorber design and come in 5 colors, and the ‘Maybe Moon’ color with orange accents I tried on was gorgeous.
The outer layer is semi-transparent so you can see the inner layer is opaque in a way that reminds me of early Zunes, and the case has a nice soft touch. It’s one of the few times I think the phone looks better with the case on.
Other than the 60Hz screen, I barely noticed a difference in performance compared to phones with more powerful specs. The phone also feels smoother than some of the other mid-range phones in its price range, which is a testament to Google’s optimization.
6 gigs of RAM isn’t an issue either, and I’m one of the few people who regularly uses two split-screen apps on my phone.
Unless you’re someone who’s passionate about mobile gaming graphics or regularly has performance requirements other than surfing, watching videos, and taking photos, you probably won’t see the Pixel 5a’s modest specs.
Battery life, meanwhile, is very good.
After a full day with a screen on time of more than 5 hours – especially when surfing the Internet at high brightness – the battery only dropped to 61%. The Pixel 5 is already one of the better performers in this regard, but the Pixel 5a makes it stand out more; It can claim that it has two days of battery life for many users.
As for the camera, what should I say? It’s a pixel camera, iconic as ever. Pixel 5 still carries my favorite camera Smartphones – and Pixel 5a have the same setup.
This is yet another proof of Google’s image processing that the Pixel 5a outperforms the cameras on phones that have track better hardware. I just wish there was a telephoto lens, but if they had to choose between the two, I’m glad it’s a wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens. That doesn’t mean you can’t shoot from a distance; Google’s Super Res Zoom still does a great job of zooming in to about 3-4x.
The Pixel 5a does everything I want in a phone – and at a very affordable price. These are the best Pixels that money can buy – unUntil, you know, the Pixel 6 arrives – but it certainly won’t be that cheap. Right now, the Pixel 5a is the best pixel.
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