Google Pixel 3a revisit: 1 year later

published on August 3, 2020

So it's been a little over a year since google dropped the pixel 3a as of this video it's recently been discontinued and the upcoming pixel 4a appears to be right around the corner while we wait to get our hands on this year's pixel devices i thought we'd take

Another look at what actually ended up becoming one of my personal favorites from 2019 this is the google pixel 3a one year later i'm sure most of you know what this phone is all about it was released as an

Alternative to all the pricey premium and feature packed beasts that started in or close to the four digit mark no flashy specs no super high end processor no quad

Camera array no massive bezel-less ultra high res high refresh rate display just a clean and straightforward phone its design simple its software simple its feature set also simple

And its starting price 399 and i'm almost positive you had to have seen that this phone was on sale many many times even going for as low as 230 bucks but even at 399 this phone offered up a

Great value overall now i've used it a ton this past year and i actually used it over the larger 3a xl which is a little odd considering i usually prefer larger phones but i

Really enjoy this phone's footprint sure it is made out of plastic it doesn't make for a very durable phone unfortunately but i do like the coating it has and it doesn't feel like a cheap

Toy and the buttons are nice and clicky and responsive as well it's comfortable enough to where it's not a two-handed phone but it's got a large enough display to be able to enjoy and consume content on

And call me old-fashioned weird crazy whatever you want but i still enjoy the rear-mounted fingerprint reader to this day there's just something about being able to pull the phone out of your pocket and

Have it unlocked before your eyes even meet the screen it's so convenient especially when talking about using it to quickly access your notifications i will admit i kind of wish some phones

Still had it but that's just me the headphone jack hung around for this one as well and no i didn't really use it maybe a handful of times i don't remember to be honest but as always it is a nice thing to have

The 3a also still has some of the most solid haptics out there they might even be better than what the s20 plus has i may be wrong but either way they're still some of the best in any phone in this class oh and the

Speakers they're nice not the greatest or anything like that but they are kind of comparable to what we get with much more expensive phones so after using multiple 90 hertz and 120

Hertz displays on other smartphones going back to 60 hertz definitely took some time getting used to but overall it's crisp it's colorful it doesn't get as bright as i'd like it to there's some noticeable color shifting

And even though it's just 1080p i never really found that to be a problem at all it's a quality screen as for the software there really isn't too much to talk about here it's

Ol always up to date pixelized android it's smart it's super clean and uncluttered and it has features like call screening and now playing i continue to miss on other

Phones android 10 runs great as well i'm looking forward to the official release of android 11 and all it has to offer right when it drops battery life has been good as well i was able to make it

Through a day of moderate use quite easily now heavy use was a good amount tougher understandably so with the battery being smaller but it does help that the display is only 1080p

Most recently i was able to pull in around 5 hours of screen on time so nothing that will really match higher end flagships but it's not bad at all and i've had no complaints about the battery it's good stuff

Everyday performance was also quite solid it's nothing to write home about but it's also not really anything i had to worry about so it hasn't been blazing fast but it hasn't been

Laggy and slow either and it's not like i was expecting it to slow down after just one year or anything like that during heavy usage you can pretty easily make out the difference when compared to higher end phones but the snapdragon 670

And 4 gigabytes of ram still managed to pull through and get the job done normal everyday use proved to be pretty much a non-issue and in a nutshell it was easy to use this phone with many

Other more powerful devices sitting next to me it hasn't been perfect it's left a little to be desired especially in the ram management department but again it was totally usable i'm talking about the cameras i'm sure we

All know what the pixel cameras are all about this is probably the main reason you'd want to consider a pixel in the first place as it stands right now here in 2020 pictures still

Look great i mean come on did we really expect anything less using this single camera setup after using plenty of other phones with more lenses and much more versatility i'm still more than happy with what i

Get from the 3a it's just a phenomenal point-and-shoot camera i understand the added versatility with additional cameras is very much desired nowadays and

I'll admit i do wish this phone had like an ultrawide or something but the quality we're able to get out of this single lens with google's image processing is a trade-off i'm actually okay with so all in all i

Really like this phone even now and i could actually use it as my main indefinitely i won't do that but i could and it's got me excited for the 4a this phone is not flashy there's nothing groundbreaking about it

It's not perfect it's made out of plastic there's no water resistance wireless charging expandable storage high refresh rate display no crazy colorful fancy light reflective back no futuristic biometrics none of that

Just the simple basic essentials now the thing is of course different users are going to have different lists of what they consider to be essential like well an official ip rating more

Cameras for example or better video quality or more than just 64 gigabytes of storage so this phone may not cut it for some but after having used the 3a amongst giants like the note 10 plus oneplus 8

Pro s20 plus and others having something as simple and inexpensive as this is kind of refreshing to be honest my fandom of this phone may be a bit strange to you but you cannot argue that

What you get for the price is quite good even over a year after release you can still find the 3a online for the same 399 and if you do some hunting you will find it for less we've seen more and more

Budget options appear most notably and most recently from apple and oneplus this smartphone tier has taken off it's getting real competitive and moving forward it's only going to

Continue growing so should you buy a pixel 3a in 2020 well yes and no yes based simply on the fact that it's still a great phone with a top tier camera especially for some of the lower prices

You'll be able to find it for and no because well the 3a's successor is right on the doorstep in fact by the time you watch this video it might have already been announced in my opinion google kind of nailed what

They were going for here and seeing this phone thrive in my personal experience here over a year later amongst all of the other amazing top tier flagships it has me looking forward to

What's to come so what do you guys think of the pixel 3a in 2020 are you looking forward to the pixel 4a let's chat down below in the comments if you enjoyed this video feel free to

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