I would probably choose the SE over this.... easier to use with one hand... with the 4a theres no wireless charging, no ip67, no flagship chipset. The only issue with the SE is the tiny battery.
Anonymous, 26 Aug 2020Both phones you mentioned are low end and limited. You'll have battery and storage issues... moreI'm sorry, but you gave the perfect opinion, which is a must to respond on.
For everyday task yes, the Pixel is better than the iPhone due to lower price, better camera, longer battery, nicer screen. But iPhone still has some features over the Pixel, like 4k 60fps videos and way faster processor if someone wants to do heavier tasks like video rendering and using it as a desktop computer.
And You mentioned other manufacturers' phones. And i will tell why you should consider pixel over samsung, xiaomi, oppo etc.
Software. With pixel you dont get unnecessary or downgrading updates, like for example in xiaomis. I have met some xiaomi phones with bad touch accurary on screen. Like its the year of beta touchscreen smartphones. Camera. These hardware centralized manufacturers like the chinese and samsung, are good till the bought stock-hardware and sensors are working in normal circumstances. But when for example it comes to low light camera, or stable system experience, they would have need of a good software optimization but they are lack of it. (except for huawei, they have been building some really stunning system, but unfortunately usa had seen them as threat.)
Samsung and most of the chinese are focusing so much on hardware, that the end product including the software is not so outsanding for the price. But the pixel. With the 4a for example they offer the must-haves of today's phones, with stable system and long lasting support. Also, they stand out of the trend with offering one if not the most compact good screentobody ratio device. You can not find such a good compact android phone nowadays, only the pixel 4a.
But of course everyone has their own taste, the money they would spend and the identity towards a brand. Im just saying that they are not praising the 4a for no reason. Just a very good example of what Google does, they get better photography results with the many years old sony imx363 sensor, than the company sonys owned phone xperia 1 ii's latest 2020 top range sensor gets. Because of the software. The specifications of hardware you get on paper are not everything...
Anonymous, 26 Aug 2020Both phones you mentioned are low end and limited. You'll have battery and storage issues... moreI'm about to get the Google Pixel 4a but if there's a better phone for around the same price then what would you recommend?
Guru, 25 Aug 2020 This or iPhone SE 2? I can't decide i like both phone. Is this phone easy to use single ... moreBoth phones you mentioned are low end and limited. You'll have battery and storage issues before the phones become outmodeled, and the display experience would be limited being smaller phones. I advise you to stay away from both phones. There are plenty of choices from other brands that offer more for the money (Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo), but if you must choose, the Pixel 4a is much better than iPhone SE 2020, unless you must have an Apple logo and branding on your phone.
A20WithAHoodie, 25 Aug 2020When is 5.8 inches small? Definitely not "compact" like the iPhone SE 4.7 inches dis... more5.8" is small even by 2016 standards, how much more in 2020. The reason is because of the elongated aspect ratios - 19.5:9, 20:9.
My 2016 5.7" LG V20 phone in 16:9 aspect ratio actually produces bigger full resolution 4:3 photos than my 6.7" 20:9 Samsung A71.
In 2020 where all phones have 19.5:9 (min) to up to 21:9 (max) aspect ratios, anything less than standard 6.2" is small!
This or iPhone SE 2? I can't decide i like both phone. Is this phone easy to use single handed?
How is the display quality?
I want to replace my pixel 2xl with had lots of blue tint and black crush and very low brightness.
Anonymous, 21 Aug 2020Says who? Oh you naive Pixel users! GCam ports are actually better for users who know photogra... moreWhen is 5.8 inches small? Definitely not "compact" like the iPhone SE 4.7 inches display where you need glasses or watch videos and enlarge to font to max in elderly mode. I'm taking copping this one over the Galaxy A71. To me the 2nd best mid-ranger on the market right now.
MRDA, 24 Aug 2020For those who have the Pixel 4a, what's the selfie camera like? I've read mixed revi... moreI had the Pixel 3a and I was unimpressed by the front cam. The front cam on my 4a is miles ahead. Personally I don't think the fixed focal length is a huge problem. I have a lot of Xiaomi phones with that same characteristic. Since the sensor is the same from the 3a to the 4a I have to imagine it's improved by the 730G being significantly faster than the 670 and just a year of further optimizations.
@MRDA The Pixel 4a has the same sensor on the front camera like the Pixel 3a. I personally don't like taking selfies with the selfie camera. I recommend taking selfies with the main camera. I know, it sounds weird. But it takes 100x better pictures. You just have to get used to it. I haven't taken any selfie with the front camera this year.
For those who have the Pixel 4a, what's the selfie camera like? I've read mixed reviews about it, the more negative ones talking about having issues with facial/detail blurriness on account of the fixed-focus lens. I've also seen a "paintbrush" effect with some reviewer shots but some crisp, detailed shots from other reviewers, so I'm not sure what to think. I can take some sharp, detailed front-camera shots using GCam with my ZUK Z2 Pro, and I'd hate for an actual Google phone to be a downgrade in that department.
Also, on the subject of the headphone jack, since GSM Arena are now seemingly too lazy to bother with audio tests anymore, how loud, crisp, and clear do things sound when listening through wired headsets?
Anonymous, 23 Aug 2020... And possibly because a small phone is what they want and it's one of the unique selli... moreGoogle was caught between chasing Apple's fanfare/base versus quality/display of Samsung phones...until Pixel 4a. Google has finally realized that now their software end has been sorted (and not just camera AI), they can focus on the hardware to supplement that experience, not the other way around. Market is flooded with glass backs and SD 855/65 processors and 64MP quad cameras. But at what cost? THAT is where Google finally has nailed it with 4a, understanding its limitations/mistake that resulted in mixed results from the 4XL. If you look carefully, not too many companies are going for 865s either because of how much cost prohibitive they are. Going forward this year, a 'lower end' processor--765--would pave the way for optimization of performance for Pixel 5 series. $349 is definitely savings account friendly and a $15/hr someone can afford without being locked into 24 months of paying for an expensive glass slab that might or might not get updates on time or could break on one drop and churn out $$ to repair. You can buy two 4a or SE 2020 and still not be set as backward as, say, if you were to lose or break one of those higher end flagships. That's what the market is dictating right now.
Here is another funny part: MOST Android or IOS users, after bickering amongst each other, settle down with their dog and cat posts on Insta, 20 seconds of limelight on TikTok, Facebook, and other content videos. These can be done with a 3GB ram phone as well as a 12GB ram phone. After a while...nothing matters, if you have a 1500 or a 150 phone. You won't keep it more than two years anyways. So, trying to argue one for the other is pointless and waste of time. Apple as a brand is global for sure, and Google is still working around its way to generate that kind of loyalty.
Anonymous, 23 Aug 2020Actually you got it all wrong. People don't install ported GCam's on their non-Pixel... more... And possibly because a small phone is what they want and it's one of the unique selling 'features' of the Pixel phones as GCam and software updates alone don't sell anymore.
Anonymous, 23 Aug 2020Cameras are hardware!! i dont know why ppl think they get pixel experience using ported Gcam?.... moreActually you got it all wrong. People don't install ported GCam's on their non-Pixel phones because they want a Pixel experience! That's the dumbest idea ever! They don't want a "poor man's" Pixel phone either if that's what you think. No, absolutely not.
Pixel phones have very good camera software (GCam) but have VERY LIMITED camera hardware - no ultrawide camera, no telephoto camera etc,., rending the GCam software, super-underutilized! Then there's also the issue of the official GCam's lack of access to advanced tweaks and settings, but which the GCam mods and ported GCam versions allow!
There's more to a phone than the camera software alone! Camera hardware (ultrawide, telephoto options) are also important which NO, I REPEAT, NO Pixel phone in existence currently offers!
And frankly, the crippled Pixel phone experience is not exactly desirable for most people. Only the GCam and software update support is good on Pixel phones.
Everything else is HORRIBLE! 128GB internal storage only with NO micro sd expansion? Really Google? 4K 60fps videos and other music and media files will fill it up quickly even before the phone gets outmodeled.
Then there's no headphone jack for top end Pixel models, a really stupidly low battery capacity, limited big screen options and with huge notches or punch holes, no dual SIM support (only eSIM which is non-existent in many countries), no smart share (wireless screen sharing of offline Netflix downloads), etc. That's the crippled Pixel experience!
That's the reason why very few buy Pixel phones and Google never learns or is so stubborn to correct that because of vested interests in cloud storage, bluetooth Pixel buds, and low battery capacity for rapid battery deterioration and hence rapid turnover/obsolescence of Pixel phones.
If phone use and experience would only be about camera and software updates, the Pixel phones would sell more than Samsung's super expensive flagship phones, but no, it won't - EVER because other than the GCam software and fast updates, everything about the overhyped Pixel experience is just that. Users find ways to get the best of both worlds. Since it is IMPOSSIBLE to get Pixels to have bigger batteries, micro sd storage and true dual SIM, people buy instead other phones and sideload the only thing that's appealing on the Pixel phones - GCam. And as a bonus, they get to use GCam with the second camera (ultrawide), tweak its settings to their heart's desire, while not losing micro sd expansion, bigger screen, bigger battery options, etc. And with Samsung phones now offering 3 year software updates to its flagship and upper midrange phones (A-series), there's absolutely ZERO LOGIC why anyone would buy a Pixel phone other than maybe because of the 'Google' brand name, which isn't exactly as appealing as 'Apple' or 'Samsung'.
Jasson, 21 Aug 2020Those complaint about the pricing must be really bad at pricing or just an extremely broke but... moreits country conversion. 380 sounds better than 599 perhaps, for plastic phone. Just buy what you can afford and meets your needs. Next year be Iphone 22 and Pixel 6A never ends tech. If your light user, and take 1 -2 photos a year of your cat maybe budget $150 phone better.
Anonymous, 21 Aug 2020i've using ported gcam for 2 years now. gcam isnt good as pixel native gcam. the white ba... moreCameras are hardware!! i dont know why ppl think they get pixel experience using ported Gcam?. its like trying to get a cheap pixel phone.
Anonymous, 22 Aug 2020Exactly. 163.6 x 76 x 7.7 mm vs 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm I want a phone that is easy to hold and f... morewhat you talking about willis?? 4.7 is SE Size, this is 5.8 and its not big?. 4.7 need magnify glass.
Anonymous, 23 Aug 2020Then you've obviously used a FAULTY PORT that is not fit for your phone! Just because a p... moreGCam mod for Pixel phones showing advanced settings:
Gcam mod for Pixel phones vs. Original GCam for Pixel phones: