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Google's New Pixel 4a Offers Big Value at an Affordable Price

Google's New Pixel 4a Offers Big Value at an Affordable Price

By Thomas Kenzaki

The Pixel line of smartphones from Google have always represented a really great value, and with the new Pixel 4a that trend continues. There’s very little not to love about the new phone, and here’s why you should consider it for your next phone upgrade.

Details

  • Display: Full-screen 147.6 mm (5.8") display
  • Battery: 3140 mAh
  • Memory: 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB storage
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: $479

Camera

Most people want their phone to have a good camera to capture special moments, or maybe just what you’re eating for lunch. Google’s Pixel line has been known for having great cameras, and that’s no different with the Pixel 4a.

While it doesn’t offer the multiple lens setups that many of today’s higher end phones have, the 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera with ƒ/1.7 aperture is no slouch and produces very sharp and vivid images. With popular photo modes including Portrait, Top Shot, Night Sight with Astrophotography, it’s ready for any situation.

Design and usage

With it’s beautiful 5.8” OLED all-screen bezel-less display (a first for Google’s Pixel line), you get a phone that’s a great size for single hand use. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back and you’ll find the volume rocket and mint green power/lock button on the right side.

The micro-sim card slot is on the left side and the bottom of the phone is where you’ll find the USB-C 3.1 port with a mic and speaker to its sides. A second speaker can be found up above the top of the screen for stereo sound.

Also, up top is where you’ll find the top microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s no need for a dongle to use your wired headphones with the Pixel 4a!

The Pixel 4a feels good with its matte black rear shell, and its performance is pretty snappy overall. It’s not the fastest phone in this price range, but has many advantages over the competition such as great Google Assistant integration, a clean Android operating system, and at least three years of updates from Google.

Battery life is good with its 3140 mAh battery (a slight increase from the Pixel 3a) but if you’re a very heavy user, you’ll likely need to reach for a charger before the end of the day. Luckily with its 18w fast charging, you won’t be stuck tethered to the wall for long. Unfortunately the Pixel 4a doesn’t support wireless charging which was likely a cost cutting measure.

The Pixel 4a also comes with 128gb of built-in storage which is a great starting point for a budget phone, but it’s not expandable via microSD cards so you’ll need to make sure 128gb is enough for your needs.

Who’s it for?

At $479, the Pixel 4a is a budget phone but has a premium feel to it. You get some really nice features (did I mention how great the camera is?) that are on par with devices which cost twice as much.

It’s a great choice for any budget conscious consumer who wants a new phone that’ll last many years. It’s also a fantastic choice for anyone thinking about making the switch from Apple to the world of Android.

Final thoughts

There’s a reason why Google’s Pixel line is so beloved within the Android ecosystem. Great features, fantastic cameras, beautiful designs, and the best support make choosing a Pixel phone an easy decision to make.

The Pixel 4a does an amazing job of including the best of what makes Pixel phones so popular, and packages it in a great looking design that’s not only easy to use one handed, but also takes beautiful photos.

You can purchase the Google Pixel 4a at the Google Store and at most wireless providers in Canada.

39 Comments

    • Ordered! Been waiting a while to get this for my brother. Awesome price for a mid-range phone with an amazing camera.
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    • Have a 3a right now and I love it, so I'll keep this in mind if I want to get a bit of an upgrade in the future. Looks real nice for the price.
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    • The "A" series of the Pixels are so much more reasonable in terms of price compared to their flagships. The price is basically in line with the exchange rate as well. 128GB standard storage size is great too.

      I'll still wait a bit to see how the hardware holds up on these. The Pixels always have some sort of hardware defect. I definitely wouldn't mind going back to the Pixel software experience eventually.

      They should have just released the specs for the 4A 5G and Pixel 5 too. Otherwise, people are just going to wait and see what those are going to be like.
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    • I just ordered mine and I'll be selling my pixel 4. I really like the 4 but I want a fingerprint sensor so I'll likely be able to sell mine for more than the 4a costs.
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    • Dave98 wrote: They should have just released the specs for the 4A 5G and Pixel 5 too. Otherwise, people are just going to wait and see what those are going to be like.
      Just speculation so far: Google officially teases Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, starting at USD$499 and coming this fall.

      I don't see 5G becoming ubiquitous (carriers and devices, apps, etc.) in the next couple of years so I'm in no hurry to get it in a phone. Besides by the time it becomes ubiquitous it's likely there will be tweaks and improvements. The earliest phones to support 5G may be unable to exploit all of its features. Being first on your block has its price, both monetarily and functionally.
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    • I love my Pixel 3a SO much! Can't wait to see it in person. Though this is pretty tempting, I usually upgrade every other generation or 2 generations. Plus I got it on BF for $399 CAD.
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    • Man that's a great price. I've been thinking about upgrading to this or the iPhone SE. The $190 price difference is a big one.

      Hard to decide between the two.
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    • Wow delivery dates vary... Sept 14 latest for Canada and Aug 21 in USA.

      Might have cheaper sales tax in the US as well.

      Decisions..
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    • Trying to hold out for a black Friday deal. So glad to see 128gb base storage.
      Maybe the Nord if it comes in cheaper.
      Good to see good mid-range phones under $500 with proper band support for lte.
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    • Do we get 10% credit back because of the Google One subscription then?
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    • Will be curious how much the 5G variant of the 4a's cost.

      Using a Pixel 3 for the last year and a half, will probably continue using it for minimum a year (assuming battery holds up; currently OK but has weakened somewhat compared to originally). Comparing the 4a with the 3, looks like the chip is better on Pixel 3 but everything else is a bit better on the 4a?
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    • Canada_7 wrote: Will be curious how much the 5G variant of the 4a's cost.
      You can satiate your curiosity by reading the OP ;)
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    • Pre ordered. Mid sept seems nuts. Might end up getting something else in the 400-500 range before then if a deal pops up.
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    • Do you guys know if they charge now and if you can cancel pre-orders?
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    • trinxified wrote: Do you guys know if they charge now and if you can cancel pre-orders?
      Charge when it ships. And can cancel anytime.
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    • $479 seems a very good price. Also I can get a $180 credit for my pixel 3a xl....... I use about 80% of the storage currently. I am sure if I delete some apps I can get it down to 70%.
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    • sponge5307 wrote: $479 seems a very good price. Also I can get a $180 credit for my pixel 3a xl....... I use about 80% of the storage currently. I am sure if I delete some apps I can get it down to 70%.
      Just $180 (plus possible taxes) is not worth to trade-in your pixel 3 XL.

      Could sell your phone for at least $350 I think. And that's the low end.
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    • If the value is only $180 I'd keep the phone as a spare. The Moto phone that I plugged into Google's trade-in page came up at $40. That's for a fully functional phone. It's worth a lot more than that to me as a spare that I can also use to test possibly dodgy apps and do other tests where it's easy to do a factory reset if anything goes awry.
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    • I have the Pixel 3a, that I bought during a BlackFriday sale. I believe it came out May 2019, so I think it will receive security updates until May 2022. (3 yrs.)
      I'll reassess at that point.

      Still content with it and have only used about 40% storage, so I'm ok in that department.
      I think a good chunk of that storage is offline maps :)

      $479 for the Pixel 4a seems like a 'fair' starting price.
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    • bylo wrote: Just speculation so far: Google officially teases Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, starting at USD$499 and coming this fall.

      I don't see 5G becoming ubiquitous (carriers and devices, apps, etc.) in the next couple of years so I'm in no hurry to get it in a phone. Besides by the time it becomes ubiquitous it's likely there will be tweaks and improvements. The earliest phones to support 5G may be unable to exploit all of its features. Being first on your block has its price, both monetarily and functionally.
      Totally agree, plus with the 5G access premium means i'll be defaulting to LTE for a long time to come.
      Dave98 wrote: The "A" series of the Pixels are so much more reasonable in terms of price compared to their flagships. The price is basically in line with the exchange rate as well. 128GB standard storage size is great too.

      I'll still wait a bit to see how the hardware holds up on these. The Pixels always have some sort of hardware defect. I definitely wouldn't mind going back to the Pixel software experience eventually.

      They should have just released the specs for the 4A 5G and Pixel 5 too. Otherwise, people are just going to wait and see what those are going to be like.
      I actually agree. These google A series have taken the place vacated by the nexus series.
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    • trinxified wrote: Just $180 (plus possible taxes) is not worth to trade-in your pixel 3 XL.

      Could sell your phone for at least $350 I think. And that's the low end.
      Just looked through some of the trade in values. Stingy google
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    • So when do we get the free YouTube premium and Google One? Is that after shipment? Or now when pre-ordering?
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    • Marc9999 wrote: I have the Pixel 3a, that I bought during a BlackFriday sale. I believe it came out May 2019, so I think it will receive security updates until May 2022. (3 yrs.)
      I'll reassess at that point.

      Still content with it and have only used about 40% storage, so I'm ok in that department.
      I think a good chunk of that storage is offline maps :)

      $479 for the Pixel 4a seems like a 'fair' starting price.
      Just because there's a new phone out doesn't mean you've got to have it ;)

      I'm still using a OnePlus 5 as my daily driver. It's still plenty fast and still has plenty of storage left.
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    • Gangsta101 wrote: I actually agree. These google A series have taken the place vacated by the nexus series.
      It's always seemed strange to me that instead of creating "a" models they didn't resurrect the Nexus brand name and used it to designate mid-range. Different brand names make for better differentiation than an "a" tacked on the end of a model number.
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    • Kind of a bummer reading it ships September 10th. I have been waiting for this release for awhile, not sure it is worth waiting another month
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    • REALBAUCE wrote: Kind of a bummer reading it ships September 10th. I have been waiting for this release for awhile, not sure it is worth waiting another month
      Yeah same. I actually cancelled my order just now too because it's a long wait. Might as well extend that to black Friday because there could be a sale for it.
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    • I am going to wait a bit to see what issues will get resolved. We all know pixels have been plagued with problems from the beginning and they are fixed after a bit. Would be a great upgrade for my aging pixel XL (yes the original one).

      Its either this, the pixel 5 depending on specs/pricing or the zenphone 7. Hard to depart from the call screen and the great camera google offers.
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    • bylo wrote: You can satiate your curiosity by reading the OP ;)
      The 499 USD, does that directly convert to Canadian or is it gonna be comparatively more expensive in Canadian?
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    • Zero1 wrote: I am going to wait a bit to see what issues will get resolved. We all know pixels have been plagued with problems from the beginning and they are fixed after a bit. Would be a great upgrade for my aging pixel XL (yes the original one).

      Its either this, the pixel 5 depending on specs/pricing or the zenphone 7. Hard to depart from the call screen and the great camera google offers.
      Same feelings as well. At this point, I'm going to wait until the Pixel 5 announcement and then decide on either it or the 4a. While my Pixel 2 has been great and still works fine, I'm itching to upgrade to something a little more modern.
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    • It's hard to say what kind of deals they will have for BF since this phone is only $479. It would be nice to see it $379 for BF. Then I will go for it.
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    • Canada_7 wrote: The 499 USD, does that directly convert to Canadian or is it gonna be comparatively more expensive in Canadian?
      Google has always been pretty good at using the current exchange rates. $479/$349= 1.37, not far off from the current 1.34. Assuming no major shifts in exchange rates in a few months, US$499, you're probably looking at ~CA$675.

      Not sure $200 is worth 5G, a slightly bigger screen and potential 2nd camera.
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    • Canada_7 wrote: The 499 USD, does that directly convert to Canadian or is it gonna be comparatively more expensive in Canadian?
      The 4a is CA$479/US$349 so...

      480/350 ~= x/500

      I leave it as an exercise for the reader to solve for x.
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    • It already says $679 CAD on the Google store for the 5g coming soon.


      Apple should correct the SE price to $549. A $1.50 exchange rate was wrong when it launched, and it looks even more stupid now
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    • Thought I was set on getting the 4A today, buuut the lack of active edge has me holding off for now. I'm really hoping the 5G version has active edge! Thankfully my 2XL is holding out strong still.
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    • How does 4A compares to galaxy a51/71
      I guess more like a71. Anyone using can comment on this?
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    • bylo wrote: The 4a is CA$479/US$349 so...

      480/350 ~= x/500

      I leave it as an exercise for the reader to solve for x.
      I'm just asking a question, no need for the passive aggressiveness here. I wasn't aware if Google usually stuck with the exchange rate during the time they released a phone. BD006 seemed to have no issue of answering a simple question without being extra. I apologize if my question bothered you this much.
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    • Canada_7 wrote: I'm just asking a question, no need for the passive aggressiveness here. I wasn't aware if Google usually stuck with the exchange rate during the time they released a phone. BD006 seemed to have no issue of answering a simple question without being extra. I apologize if my question bothered you this much.
      No need to get bent out of shape. I wasn't aware that Google had announced an official price of CA$679 for the 5G model so I responded with how I would calculate an estimate for it rather than just throw out a number. Turns out my estimate is within $5 of the official price,

      I sincerely apologize if my answer bothered you this much.
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    • Do I need to pay sales tax and import duties?
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    • been looking to get this but will wait for hands on feedback first. battery seems smallish and no microSD slot but decent screen size compared to iphone SE
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