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Pixel 3a Anyone?

Discussion in 'ANDROID Phones, Tablets and Devices' started by scottb, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. scottb

    scottb Bronze Senior Member
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    Just picked up a Pixel 3a. I came from a Galaxy S10+ and a Pixel 3 XL before that. Performance is fine, I imagine many wouldn't notice a difference between this and a flagship class phone. This camera seems as good as the regular Pixel and more reliable than the S10+, which takes great pictures only in the best light.

    I'm reminded of how nice it is to carry a smaller phone.
     
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  2. palandri

    palandri Former Palm Guy

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    I've only seen good reviews on the Pixel 3A. Everyone seems to really like it.

    I am surprised to hear that about the Galaxy camera. I had a really early Galaxy and unless you were outside in the sun, the pictures were poor at best. I'm surprised they haven't fixed that by now.
     
  3. scottb

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    I'm surprised too. In anything but the best lighting conditions Samsung's processing seems to smooth things over too much. It makes everything looks as if it's in beauty mode, losing a lot of detail. I prefer the sharpness and detail of the Pixel 3 camera even if it seems a little dark or underexposed sometimes.

    I've owned most of the Pixel phones and have never been impressed by their battery life. It's still early but the the 3a seems a lot better than the other Pixels, presumably due to a more efficient SOC.
     
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  4. BC3

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    Going from the 10+ to the 3a wasn't a hard move? I just got the 10+ and debated the 3a, but wanted the bigger battery, screen, was worried about the battery life as you were. I also prefer the wireless charging, that the 3a didn't have.
    I also saw renderings of the pixel 4 xl and it looked so much like the 10+ and they think the price was going to be the same as the Samsung I didn't want to wait. Yes I know renderings are just that and not what it may end up being.
    I would like to have am unbranded and no bloat wear phone, if they put a bigger battery and wireless charging I may switch, especially now they added band 14 for Firstnet.
     
  5. scottb

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    The first few days have shown the 3a battery life to be almost as good as the S10+, and considerably better than either the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (I had both). The screen on the 3a is good but no other phone can match the gorgeous screen of the S10+. Wireless charging is nice, but I don't consider it a necessity. I'm always interested in a new Pixel but Google really has to figure out a way to improve battery life or include a larger battery in the flagships. Samsung figured out a way to eliminate the bezels, include a headphone jack, and pack in a 4100 mAh battery. Samsung's One UI is pretty nice but I still prefer no extra apps or bloatware.
     
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    Thanks Scottb, I guess I am spoiled by the wireless charging, but am sure for the right other features I could go with a Pixel.
     
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    I'm happy with the Pixel 3aXL (bigger battery + screen, headphone jack). I got it from Best Buy, when they included a $100 gift card. I'm looking forward to trying out the eSIM, when carriers start supporting it for Androids.
     
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    scottb Bronze Senior Member
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    I used the eSIM alongside the micro SIM with Google Fi. It's a nice solution, particularly if you need two numbers. I don't but I was testing out T-Mobile (via Fi), and using my primary service, before switching to T-Mo.
     

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