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Pixel 4a: Google does almost everything right

Compact smartphone with a very good camera: The Google Pixel 4a
Compact smartphone with a very good camera: The Google Pixel 4a
With the Pixel 4a, Google has created a real success. The price is right, performance too, and minor defects can be ignored. Let's just hope that there will also be enough units available.

Our review of the Google Pixel 4a left us with a good impression. In contrast to the Pixel 3a compared to the Pixel 3, the 4a now feels much more like a Pixel 4, where all the rather unnecessary features have simply been removed. Especially the camera performance is convincing, even when the lack of a second sensor for depth information is quite noticeable. A detailed report on the camera performance is currently being prepared.

Apart from that, the Pixel 4a is one of the smallest smartphones we have reviewed in the last months, if not years. With a display diagonal of 5.8 inches, it's pleasantly compact and can be operated effortlessly with one hand. The plastic back also looks much more robust than devices with cases that are almost entirely made of glass, which is what's become fashionable now. In addition, the OLED screen impresses with its high brightness value.

But there are also minor points of criticism that Google has had to listen to for a long time. The lack of a microSD card reader is a recurrent issue, but the 128 GB of internal storage result in this not being that big of a problem. Moreover, the lack of a dual-SIM slot might also dissuade some potential buyers from making a purchase. Although the eSIM can help here, it's not available with every cell phone contract.

There's good news when it comes to battery life. Here, Google makes good use of the built-in 3,180 mAh and reaches with the Pixel 4a a bit over 11 hours in our WLAN test, which is definitely adequate. For a detailed look at the Google Pixel 4a, it's worthwhile to take a look at our review.

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Mike Wobker, 2020-09-25 (Update: 2020-09-25)