Google Pixel telephones have change into synonymous with having glorious cameras—it’s of their DNA. Pixels have additionally lengthy been a number of the finest gadgets for constant software program updates, from model upgrades and Pixel Drops that add new options to month-to-month safety updates that preserve the telephones safe. So it’s disappointing when these pillars begin to crack.
The Pixel 6A is the newest from the corporate. It’s a superb smartphone, and arguably the perfect bang on your buck at $449. It has a terrific show and affords incredible efficiency. It additionally packs a reasonably good digital camera, however gone are the times when the digital camera on the midrange Pixel handily outclassed its friends. Identical with software program assist: The brand new Pixel has a superb degree of assist, however what’s supplied will not be the best-in-class bundle that it was. Competitors on this midrange value class is heating up, so whereas I wouldn’t usually nitpick over the small stuff, at the present time I’ve to. Exterior the US, there’s a dizzying variety of nice, reasonably priced telephones you’ll be able to select from. And right here within the States, corporations like Samsung are giving Google a run for its cash within the mid-priced Android market.
I’ve to restate that the Pixel 6A has a lot of strengths and I actually have loved utilizing it over the previous few weeks. The scale is a giant purpose. The 6.1-inch display screen is only a smidge bigger than the Pixel 5, placing it on the smaller spectrum of most smartphones as we speak. It is simply very straightforward to carry and use, and the ability and quantity buttons on the recycled aluminum body are satisfyingly clicky.
It additionally is available in Sage! Neglect the drab black and white telephones, go for the inexperienced. Telephones that stand out with beautiful designs are essential, and Google is one in every of few corporations that does not limit good design to the upper priced handsets. That mentioned, observe that the display screen makes use of the older Gorilla Glass 3, which could be extra vulnerable to scratches than different telephones. A display screen protector is a good suggestion, although fortunately you will not have to fret about cracking the rear as it is a plastic composite. (It completely does not really feel like a budget plastic on a whole lot of funds and midrange telephones although.)
A longstanding downside with Pixel telephones has been display screen brightness. It is all the time been powerful to obviously see the show once you stand below the solar, however that is been remedied right here. The display screen ratchets all the way in which as much as 800 nits in excessive brightness mode, and I’ve had no points studying on it these swelteringly sizzling days.
It is too unhealthy the display screen is caught at a 60-Hz refresh fee. Most telephones on this value vary have adopted 120-Hz screens, just like the Nothing Cellphone (1) and Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G. I observed this instantly after I converted from the Nothing telephone; gone had been the buttery easy scrolling animations. However I readjusted to 60 Hz pretty rapidly and it’s very tremendous. Once more, I am nitpicking right here. On an identical observe, the Pixel 6A doesn’t function wi-fi charging, nor does it have a MicroSD card slot or a headphone jack—options not everybody wants however would have been good to have since they’re accessible on equally priced telephones.
The Pixel 6A makes up for these shortcomings with a flagship-grade processor—the exact same Tensor chip that is within the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional—which implies you are getting the best-performing Android telephone for the cash (at the least within the US). I’ve but to see this telephone lag or stutter, and I can not say the identical for Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G. This Pixel did not wrestle after I was setting it up and downloading all my apps, a course of that bogs down a whole lot of midrange telephones for a couple of minutes, nor did it decelerate throughout intense matches in Apex Legends Cell.