Google’s latest Pixel phone, the Pixel 6A, is finally here! Critics report that it’s a great phone for its price and an excellent entry point for Android users who are curious about Google’s ecosystem.
Like the iPhone, the Pixel is manufactured by the company that also creates its operating system. That means that Pixel users get the most direct updates and features from Google, while other Android phones are typically a bit behind the company’s in-house phone.
This all makes the Pixel a perfect option for Apple users who want to dip their toes into the Android world. If you’re looking to make the switch, you might find the Pixel the most comparable member of the Android family when compared to Apple’s hands-on approach to design updates and OS features. Let’s take a closer look at the Pixel 6A and see how it stacks up against the competition!
The A-series of Pixel phones fills out the product line as the lower-priced variant of each generation. While the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are already more affordable than some of their competitors, like the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone lines, the Pixel 6A is even more affordable.
It retails for just $449, while the Pixel 6 will run you $600. Naturally, the phone makes some compromises to hit that price point, but not as many as you might expect.
The Tensor processor that powers this phone is every bit as powerful as what you’d find on a flagship handset. Likewise, its performance typically keeps up with phones like the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S22. The top-of-the-line Tensor chip allows the phone to process information very efficiently, which helps its battery life last longer.
The Pixel 6A also features a camera that would seem right at home on an $800 phone. That’s something you should expect from Pixel, too: each generation has boasted a top-notch camera, and all the machine learning software to make your photos look incredible.
On the other hand, the phone does trade a few features out to hit its budget price point. For instance, the screen’s refresh rate is nothing to write home about, making it look a bit less premium than some competitors.
The fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 6A is also somewhat sluggish. This might be frustrating for users more accustomed to the iPhone’s Face ID tech, or some Android phones’ lightning-fast fingerprint scanners.
However, these small trade-offs are a small price to pay compared to how much you get out of this impressive little budget phone.