Pixel 4a review: Impressive camera and a battery that beats the iPhone SE

by birtanpublished on August 4, 2020

2020 has definitely been a garbage year but it's unexpectedly been a good year for budget phones joining alongside the iphone se and the galaxy a51 is the pixel 4a so let's dive right into google's newest

Phone the pixel 4a costs 349 and comes in one color black and one size as in there's no pixel 4a

Xl it's a cheaper version of 2019's pixel 4 but unlike the flagship the pixel 4a doesn't have a second telephoto camera a 90 hertz display wireless charging water resistance or

Motion sensing features it does however have a headphone jack a slightly larger screen and a bigger battery and while its processor isn't as powerful as the pixel 4 the 4a does come with 128 gigs of

Storage right off the bat besides its affordable price the pixel 4a's main draw is its camera which it shares with the main camera on the pixel 4

At times the hdr effects and contrast can look unrealistic but overall the cinematic quality of its photos make it one of the more impressive and intuitive cameras to use

These photos i took outdoors had a lot of fine details and crisp contrast in this picture the camera was pointed directly towards the sun and this one was taken in the dim shade against a bright sun-drenched lake

Both were tricky lighting situations but the photos came out well exposed this photo was taken with a phone's 7x super res zoom though the person sitting on the lawn looks muddled the fact that i can still make them out 400

Feet away is impressive like previous pixel phones the pixel 4a can take pictures in very low light known as night sight and portrait images

Shooting video was also great the pixel 4a uses a combination of optical image stabilization and software to stabilize footage when i recorded video while walking on the sidewalk and riding one hand on a

Bicycle on a paved trail the videos were stable and smooth the pixel 4a comes with android 10 out of the box and features a few new updates you can now live transcribe

Phone and video calls including ones made on non-native apps like facebook messenger real-time transcription for audio recordings which debuted on the pixel 4 and is for english only can now be

Prompted by google assistant and saved to google drive and like all of google's phones the pixel 4a will be one of the first phones in line to receive os and software updates when they're

Ready to roll out from google the pixel 4a has a plain polycarbonate body so it makes it really clear that you're getting a budget version of the pixel 4 it doesn't have that kind of elegance of

The iphone se or that cool glossiness of the galaxy a51 and unlike the pixel 4 it doesn't have that silky smooth higher refresh rate display

But the pixel 4a has a better battery life than the pixel 4 with mild usage the phone lasted all day no problem without a charge and tests for continuous video playback on airplane

Mode averaged 18 hours and 45 minutes which is an excellent time for comparison last year's pixel 3a lasted about 165 hours while the pixel 4 clocked in only 10 hours

We're going to conduct more battery tests on the pixel 4a with streaming video and when those results are in i'll update the written review with the final rating

So does the pixel 4a have the best camera on any phone which is to say does the pixel 4 still have the best camera now not necessarily when the pixel 2 came out in 2017

The delta between google's camera and other android phones at the time felt pretty wide and when the pixel 3 introduced night sight it was like witchcraft levels of impressive

These days though rivals like apple samsung and oneplus have closed the gap when it comes to important camera features like low light photos and zoom instead i think the better question to ask

Is is this the best phone with the best camera that you can get for 350 considering that the pixel 4a will receive prompt software updates has a long battery life from what we've seen so far and a headphone jack

Then i believe the answer is yes i'd venture to say that for its price the pixel 4h really has one of the best cameras on a phone and these days any amount of money that you can save

Is crucial that's it for me let me know what you think about the pixel 4a in the reader comments and for more tech videos check out the rest of cnet's channel

Stay safe be well and i'll see you all next time

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