Shut Up And Take My Money: Google Pixel 3A Smartphone

By on May 8, 2019

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyWhile there’s always been a market for budget smartphones in the U.S., Google’s new contender for that market segment is likely going to be one of the most secure phones (as well an extremely good budget option for photographers).

The Google Pixel 3A smartphone was announced by Google this week, a less expensive version of the the Pixel 3. The 64GB base model starts at $399, a steep drop from Apple’s $749 “budget” option, the iPhone XR.

The  Pixel 3A includes one of the best features of the Pixel 3, the 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera. That camera includes an impressive Night shot mode for taking pictures in dark lighting situations (without using flash), a depth editor & color pop selector, a portrait mode and unlimited photo storage with Google Photos.


The Pixel 3A comes in two screen sizes, 5.6-inch or 6-inch OLED models. It offers up to 30 hours of battery life as well as USB-C quick charging. It doesn’t not have wireless charging, but that would have been extremely unlikely at this price point.

Regarding specs, the phone is outfitted with a Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, active edge sensors, a headphone jack and Android 9.0 Pie (with a minimum of three years support on operating system updates).

You can find more information on Google’s site about the new phone here or watch the announcement video below:

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One Comment

  1. Doug Dingle

    May 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    This should make Apple and Samsung at least slightly nervous about the way they have simply raised the prices on their phones year after year without adding much value.

    Seriously, pricing a smart phone at close to (or over) a thousand dollars is just ludicrous.

    After a few years of ownership, I usually wait until until just before a new model Samsung comes out, then buy the “old, obsolete” version relatively inexpensively: a year ago, as the S10 was about to be released, I bought a Samsung S9 and S9+ (for me and my wife) on T-Mobile at Costco with $200 in rebates for a TOTAL of $1,100 out the door with tax and a nice little free bag of accessories.

    Next time, I will at least look at and consider Google’s offerings. I know the Apple faithful will always buy iPhones no matter how much they cost, but everyone else needs to come to their senses about this stuff – a $20-$30/month lifetime fee for always having the latest and greatest phone is money you could be spending at Starbucks for really awful $6 coffee.

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