A First Look At The iPhone SE Rival
It is finally here! The Google Pixel 4a otherwise known as the iPhone SE (2020) rival! I want to share my first impressions on it and kind of give you the idea of what you should be looking for. If you’re interested to see this in video format, I will leave a link of my first impressions video on my YouTube channel down below.
I like this design. It’s a unibody plastic build which obviously isn’t the most premium build, but it’s nothing too crazy and honestly, I dig it. There aren’t any wow factors to the design and the back looks very familiar to the Pixel 4 in terms of the camera cutout. There is a physical fingerprint reader which is something I appreciate. This is the only model of the Pixel 4a, so it’s a one size fits all kind of thing. On the top, we have a headphone jack, so yay, thank you Google!
I might not use a headphone jack anymore, but there are some cases where I require one, so it’s just good to have that there. On the right-hand side are the power and volume buttons and just like in Google fashion, the power button is painted in a teal blue kind of color. On the bottom of the phone, we have our USB-C charging port and a downward-firing speaker. The Pixel 4a actually has dual speakers with the second one being embedded in the earpiece on the front of the device.
The front of the display is the story here because this is the first time that Google is going towards a more modern approach. The pixel 4a has a 5.8inch 60hz AMOLED display with a hole-punch camera cutout. The phone is not too big or not too small. For $350 bucks, an AMOLED 60hz display is pretty good. Actually no. This display is very good.
The design of Pixel 4a has won me over.
It’s Android. Android 10 to be exact. Oh, this is a Pixel, so Android 11 will be available from day one which is a huge plus. The Pixel 4a is guaranteed to get 3 years of software updates. That means, we’ll be getting Android 11, 12, and Android 13. What I did notice though is that this phone is buttery smooth.
The Snapdragon 730G chipset paired with the efficiency of Android 10 really works well. Plus, the chipset consumes less which means better battery life. Now, it isn’t as smooth as phones equipped with the Snapdragon 865 or 865+, but for the average consumer, you shouldn’t have any issue. This is pure android. It’s how Google intended Android to be and it’s pretty refined if you ask me. There are no extra skins, no bloatware, nothing out of the ordinary.
Based on first impressions, I am really enjoying this camera. This is a Pixel camera which means, it will not disappoint. The camera module is from the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3, but the software implementation and what we call computational photography is what makes it so beautiful. I am bummed about not having an ultrawide only because I have gotten used to it on many other phones, but for this package, I really can’t complain. Then again, the Pixel 4 didn’t have an ultrawide either and those phones that do have an ultrawide don’t perform nearly as good as the main sensor on the Pixel 4a. Pixel devices, including the 4a, are known for superior stills.
The photos this phone generates including nightsight are superb. Video is a bit iffy. Google hasn’t been the greatest with video, so if you are looking for a phone to prioritize on video, iPhone is the way to go.
For stills, look no further than the Pixel 4a.
$349. 128GB. Good job Google. Seriously. The pricing is just on point. There is only one size and configuration for the Pixel 4a, but I’m sure that many people will be happy about this. I can tell you that for $349, this is the perfect Pixel that Google has brought out. For reference, the Pixel 3a from 2019 was priced at $399 for 64GB of storage. Google did play well on price. The iPhone SE starts at $399, so it could be possible that Google wanted to also undercut Apple’s pricing.
Google has nailed it with the Pixel 4a. A lot of people have been waiting for the Pixel 4a since it was leaked like crazy and was delayed a lot too. Not only that but, we’re seeing competitors price their devices at very close prices with similar specs. The average consumer isn’t really looking for all the greatest features, but a phone that will easily tackle the essentials.
Google may have delayed this device by a couple of months due to the global pandemic, but I am sure that the Pixel 4a will thrive and sell very well as it competes against similar devices in the mid-range segment like the iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.