Pixel 4a, review: the best Android camera on a small mobile

The Google Pixel 4a is the last Google phone to arrive in Spain, a mobile that for another year offers what for many is the best Android camera at a price that costs half that of its main rivals in photography, a mobile that covers many of the weaknesses of the previous generation. But is this enough?

If you regularly read blogs or watch videos of current technology, this mobile will be familiar. The reason is that a user could get hold of a unit and make all kinds of reviews. This mobile is essentially the same one that was already leaked a few months ago, and although about its technical sheet there is no surprise, we do have a lot to tell about the user experience after having spent a few days with it.

The improvements over the Pixel 3a

The Pixel 3a was, in my personal opinion, one of the best phones of 2019. It was a mobile that although it was not perfect, it did offer a unique experience in which the specifications played in the background and the experience of Android usage and photography were top priority.

However, at the hardware level, it was difficult to recommend it. Even if the software is ultimately the most important section in the user experience, in the end, exceptional hardware gives you the ability to run the best applications and games, so neither of the two sections should be overlooked.
Has the second generation of cheap Pixel something changed? Let's go to the most relevant topics:The hardware platform: The previous model had a Snapdragon 670, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal eMMC 5 storage, while here we make the jump to a Snapdragon 730, with 6 GB of RAM and a base storage of 128 GB, this time with UFS 2.1 memories. The upgrade is gigantic, but the processor remains a generation behind its direct rivals.

  • Screen: Google has decided to bet on what they call "the perfect size." Instead of two models of 5.6 and 6 inches in 18: 9 format, they have stayed with 5.8 inches in 19.5: 9 format.
  • If this screen size is familiar to you, it is not by chance, since it is the one that Apple has been using with the iPhone X, XS, and 11 Pro, with the clear difference that, instead of a gigantic notch, we have a small hole for the camera.
  • Regarding the quality of the panel we will talk later, but at the level of quality if it is the best screens in its range, being an OLED panel with HDR10 + support (and compatible with Netflix in HDR from day 1).
  • Sound: Two speakers, headphone jack, and a dedicated sound DSP. One of the best sound experiences you can have on mobile for its combination of quality and versatility.
  • Photography: Beyond the quality improvements that the mobile may have, we highlight that the Snapdragon 730 does not take as much time to process the images as the 3a 670 did, one of the most uncomfortable aspects of the previous generation. The camera is also smarter and has exclusive Google features like astrophotography mode.

The Android for those who want a small mobileThe Google Pixel 4a is a mobile that is unique in its format, and you will not find a similar mobile on the market. This year Google has decided to make only an affordable mobile, which has the compact size of the Google Pixel 3a but a screen size that is closer to that of the Pixel 3a XL.

According to Google, with this mobile, they have aspired to create what they call the perfect size. The ambition is clear, although the definition is more ambiguous than it seems. What exactly is the perfect size? Is there a single perfect size?

We have a front that is all screen, a 5.81-inch screen, and a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio with frames that can be seen on all four sides, but that by maintaining a minimum symmetry (the bottom one is slightly thicker ) are not perceived as that large.

The feeling is similar to that of an iPhone, that even though its frames are thick by current standards, by maintaining a perfect order they do not feel so scandalous in daily use. In the case of Pixel 4a, this concept gets along very well and it is very attractive to have it in hand.

The only thing that perhaps spoils your order is the front camera, which is located in a hole in the upper left corner, although aesthetically it looks very good. Google has taken this design factor into account in the software, giving the status bar a separation.

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