Google Pixel 4A review: back to basics for $349

It’s cheap and basic, but neither word should be taken as an

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It’s cleaner and less cluttered than other versions of Android, it’s guaranteed to get at least three years of timely software updates, and — perhaps most importantly — Google’s software is what makes the Pixel camera so good.

Google promises at least three years of software updates and says last year’s Pixel 3A (which also has a lower-tier processor) is aging well, but it’s something to think about.

That’s not because the camera hardware is particularly notable, either. There’s a single 12. 2-megapixel optically stabilized sensor on the back (with a flash); it’s the same Sony IMX363 sensor that Pixels have used since the Pixel 3.

As you read this review of Google’s new budget Android phone, the Pixel 4A, know that as I wrote it, I wanted to put the following line after nearly every sentence: “I should remind you that the Pixel 4A costs $349.

With the Pixel 4A, Google has an advantage: it can use its software to make the camera competitive with any phone without spending much on more elaborate camera systems.

When it comes down to it, there is really only one reason to buy a Pixel phone instead of another Android phone: Google’s software.

It’s not just that, on a technical level, Pixel phones can’t shoot in all of the frame rates common to modern phones, either.

The word I use most often to describe Pixel hardware is “unassuming. ” It’s basic: no frills, no fanciness, just an easy-to-hold phone without any embellishments.

That 128GB of storage is especially notable because it’s double what the base iPhone SE offers — meaning an equivalent iPhone SE with 128GB of storage is $100 more than the Pixel 4A.

The Google Pixel 4A camera module with a single 12-megapixel sensor.

The Google Pixel 4A has a best-in-class camera, and though it doesn’t excel anywhere else, it nails the basics.

The August 20th shipping date is awkwardly close to the usual October Pixel launch, so Google is going ahead and pre-announcing its next phones: the $499 Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 (price TBD).

It makes the Pixel 4A’s many good points — like its flagship-tier camera — that much more impressive.

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