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franco

Of course I can’t say how many other people have a similar requirement profile as me.
But if your priorities coincide with mine then the 3a is a bull’s eye.

What I expect from a mobile phone:
– good usability
– liquid software
– very good camera
– good battery life

What I don’t need, respectively What I don’t need or don’t want:
– huge display (too bulky for me)
– edge display (the probability of a defect (fall damage etc.) is too high for me)
– CPU and GPU power for gaming or complex calculations (I don’t do that)

Before I bought the Pixel 3a I had the P30 Pro from a friend in my hand. The camera results are really impressive.
Since the Pro was out of question for me (Edge) I bought the normal P30. The photos were also very good, but 2. things bothered me.

1. If I take a photo and click on the picture in the camera app, it will be opened with the Huawei Gallery app. Since I prefer Google Photos this disturbed me immensely. Even if you select Google Photos as Gallery App in the software, the Huawei App will still start. If you look at the picture in the camera app with the Huawei Gallery app and delete the photo, the picture is still in the Google Photo app because it has already been saved via Wlan. Doesn’t sound tragic at first, but it gets annoying very quickly when you have to switch apps to delete a picture you’ve just taken.
2. Very often the P30 takes a photo and the hint comes up while taking it: Keep the device quiet for a sharper photo. This will take 1-3 seconds. If you don’t do this, the probability of getting a blurred picture is greatly increased. So it is not suitable for moving objects (my children).

-The pixel 3a sometimes (portrait mode release) processes a picture a little bit longer (1-2 seconds) after the shot until you see the result.
But it is sharp and no long time exposure like the Huawei. In this case, Google’s software solution is simply much better.
The image quality of the pixel is excellent. Even with low room lighting, sharp portraits are possible.

-The size of the pixel is exactly what I want. I don’t need a phablet in my trouser pocket which looks 25% out of it and doesn’t offer a good wearing comfort.

-battery life is also enough for me. Today the device was fully charged at 10 o’clock in the morning. We were with our children in the amusement park and I have made the whole day but already a lot of photos and videos. In addition to that I regularly use WhatsApp so that grandma has all the pictures at once.
In the evening at 7pm when I arrived back home I still had 64% battery power. You can’t complain about that.

– The plastic case doesn’t bother me either. I use a protective cover anyway. Furthermore I don’t like all the glass cases. They are always smeared and much too slippery. Have you ever held a S10e without a case in your hand? If so, you know what I mean. For me the pixel 3a is just the right thing. That’s why I gave it 5 stars. If it is the same for you, you have to decide for yourself.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:18
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Jeffrey M. T.

Thanks, very good review! You can tell that you are judging from the point of view of a real user and not from the point of view of a nerd! What bothers me about my S10, for example, is the completely pointless edge display, the unnecessarily bad fingerprint sensor (why does it have to be under the front of the display?) and the completely unnecessary lengthened display. It’s a good smartphone, of course, but a lot of things are simply rubbish from an ergonomic point of view. the pixel 3a seems to be the choice of reason here. Too bad that Google only uses a camera lens. This keeps me from using pixel 3 or 3a at the moment.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 06:03
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Jennifer Torres

Thank you very much for the factual, user-oriented review of the Pixel 3. It is very gratifying that there are reasonable people besides the many cell phone spinners after all. They have influenced and confirmed my purchase decision considerably. LG Günter 

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:20
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Erica R

Thanks for the review. With Huawei, I also had the experience that the Photo App often required the device to be held still after the shutter was released. I will now also get the Pixel 3a after I feel confirmed in all my priorities by this review.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:53
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ZEAD

Thanks for the review. With Huawei, I also had the experience that the Photo App often required the device to be held still after the shutter was released. I will now also get the Pixel 3a after I feel confirmed in all my priorities by this review.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:53
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James Hansen

Great description, I have a question, I am looking for a cell phone that makes very good motion pictures, because we have 2 little grandchildren, a dog and a chick. How about the Pixel 3?LG Beate

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:23
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Holly Vanhooser

Thanks a lot for the good review, but if you take the kids to an amusement park, the kids love it when you give them the attention. grandma and grandpa can wait 😉

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:29
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Kenah Trusewich

Thanks a lot for the good review, but if you take the kids to an amusement park, the kids love it when you give them the attention. grandma and grandpa can wait 😉

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:29
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Severance

Hello guys,

I am a fan of Pixel phones and I was very eager to have one and this was totally in budget.

I bought Pixel 3A XL(black) phone from MediaMarkt but, on the first day I noticed that it is missing my touches when I try to zoom in or zoom out of a photo on Google photos app. I tried repeating it in succession but, it was responding only 50% of the times.
This is so basic thing for a touch screen phone that if this is not done right then what else should we expect? I returned this phone the very next day.
I would highly not recommend this phone and can suggest to go with Pixel 3(not Pixel 3A) as it is selling for around 549 Euros at the time.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 00:56
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J. Peterson

I don’t understand why amazon allows reviewing even those who have not purchased it.it is clear that you have never even seen him live.fast phone, perfect feed touch immediately after iphone, first class user experience with google ecosystem. Active Edge very useful and very comfortable.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 02:01
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Yuji Tsuzuki

I don’t understand why amazon allows reviewing even those who have not purchased it.it is clear that you have never even seen him live.fast phone, perfect feed touch immediately after iphone, first class user experience with google ecosystem. Active Edge very useful and very comfortable.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 02:01
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WesJ

it is a bug in the out of the box google photos app. fixed after update.or not present if you use another app like quick pic or simple gallery.no problems what so ever with the touch responsivity!

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:43
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Francis E. Revels Bey

it is a bug in the out of the box google photos app. fixed after update.or not present if you use another app like quick pic or simple gallery.no problems what so ever with the touch responsivity!

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:43
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Nick Melendez

I bought my Pixel 3a today (in a store) (but I’d like to rate it here).
It makes a very high-quality impression.
The whole handling is super intuitive and just fun.
It shines through minimalism and pure Android (no pre-installed apps – only Google services)
All apps can be opened and closed extremely fast, so that using the device is very comfortable.
Also it seems to me very smart in the sense of a smart keyboard, good vibration feedback, informative user feedback (the clock widget shows e.g. calendar dates if you want it to), simple UI, and much more.

The camera is breathtakingly good – you don’t need to say more about that.
The screen is also 1A. It shows a very clean, colorful picture and is largely angle stable.
The stereo speakers convince with high volume and super sound.
The phone speaker is also very clear and does without the old, tinny overdrive.

In summary: the best smartphone I’ve ever had. Google Hardware works great with Google Software! It all seems to be very harmonious (hence my comparison: The Iphone for Android).
I was happy to accept the price of 399€ for such a high-quality smartphone 🙂

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 02:46
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R. Thompson

This device is fabulous.
The great software from Google, a sensational camera and a beautiful AMOLED display.
Wait, did you think that was all?
In addition to this, there is an excellent battery life with lightning fast charging, a jack atacker for your favorite headphones, as well as, as I said before, THE GOOGLE SOFTWARE. The design with the thick edges is completely ok, I like it more than Notches…….
The processor is sufficient for Google’s software and the one or other games in between should not be a problem.
All in all, this device is just perfect.
My full recommendation to buy, you won’t regret it and if you do, I would advise you to see a doctor or pharmacist.

5+

Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 23:26
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RajiReddy

What should one say if a device is not set up at all because it has to be sent back as a new device? I had received 5 new units (from different dealers) and all of them were damaged around the frame that surrounds the display. Shameful for a manufacturer and supplier like Google, when apparently the quality control takes place at the customer’s site!

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 19:12
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linda emery

When devices with such minimal faults don’t go on sale because of customers like you, they have to be disposed of – what kind of wasteful attitude and disgusting waste of resources is that? Such a device will get similar tiny scratches within a few weeks of normal use, it’s not a piece of jewelry or a work of art, it’s just an object of utility! What you complain about in other reviews is indeed amusing to me. Barely visible paint bubbles, microscopic dust inclusions in displays, a few single hairline scratches, a high gloss injection molded part where the reflection is not perfectly smooth. Is everything else in your life flawless? And when it no longer looks flawless and perfect, is it thrown away and bought new?

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 21:08
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Audrey Rico

How antisocial do you have to be to send back so much merchandise? People like you should just keep buying from the dealer around the corner, but he probably doesn’t want you anymore. Is it clear that all the goods that don’t meet your requirements are going to the scrap heap? Why do you order 5 units and return them all? That is already perverse…

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 19:56
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Planetnelson

How nice (for the industry) that there are still (obviously so unctitical) customers like Benko. But since he probably has so much time to go through other people’s reviews on weekdays, he probably won’t have a too fulfilling job or one wonders what must have happened to develop such a need for leisure. 

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 21:56
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Carlos Gustav

That is unbelievably petty and incomprehensible. I can hardly see anything on the photo. You can really overdo it. After a few weeks there are a few more scratches on it anyway, do you buy a new smartphone immediately?

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 20:08
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Rachel Imsand

What should you see on the photo…? This is ridiculous… I had to buy exactly ONE pixel 3a and it was all top. 

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 20:54
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Lisa V.

by far leaves even many mobile phones up to 1000 Euros behind! And Google manages this with only one lens! >br>So who the most important thing on a cheap smartphone is the camera, can’t miss this. I have really tested many models. Of course, there is no optical zoom and wide angle, but if you don’t need it 100%, there’s nothing wrong here.
The pictures are so much more beautiful, richer and more detailed than those of the direct competitors – it’s really amazing. And not only when it’s bright.
I also think the Pixel 3A is a perfect package for everyday use. With nice tones not annoying tones like many others 🙂 And it is nice and light and handy.
I am totally satisfied after many disappointments.
>br>This camera…. Awesome!

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 06:37
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Daniar

I am thrilled. Mainly I use Smartphone in my car. My VW has Car Conect. The surface looks better with the pixel and has even more possibilities. I can not detect a bad voice quality at all. Finally a mobile phone that is not filled up with any apps. I only had to order a USB-C to USB-A cable because Google only included a USB C cable.
Not to forget two points that could be important for one or the other:
– no SD slot available (but google drive)
Since the 02.10. Update to Android 10. That’s the way it has to be.
– Battery can’t be changed.
The pixel reacts to every input immediately and gives a feedback on the display.
For me it’s like made.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:36
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Nickolis Todd

The smartphone is super (5 points)… except for the fingerprints that were already on the device, as well as the broken seal from Google was uncool, and the one from debitel seal on it also made a VERY BAD impression. Also the bloat-ware from debitel, lots of unnecessary apps…
Fortunately, google-smartphones can’t be bloated (a reason for this smartphone), so you could simply reset it to factory settings and everything was fine.
However, when you buy a new product, I expect that you don’t unpack it first and do some nonsense with it and then, to make it look like it was produced by a completely different manufacturer. Therefore: 0 points.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 19:44
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Stephen R. Herndon

This criticism, which you mention, concerns the retailer, not the product and is in the wrong place.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 20:34
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Elaine T

This criticism, which you mention, concerns the retailer, not the product and is in the wrong place.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 20:34
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Edgardo Gonzalez

is very good – memory space is small … especially if you use Whatsapp and Signal etc. where it is difficult to put the data on an external memory … but otherwise top

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 15:17
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Anna Radisson

My Moto g5s has 32 GB of internal memory plus 32 GB on a Microsoft SD card for a total of 64GB of memory. After 2 years, 13 GB of the 64 GB of memory are occupied, so I have 51 GB free! I have audio files, 85 videos and also 400 image files stored. And that’s exactly where it starts – keeping order is a must. Deleting pictures that are not so nice, keeping the best pictures, and using a second storage medium, like a WLAN hard drive or a secure cloud. If you constantly record everything – pictures without end and long videos – you won’t be able to make do with the 64 GB.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 15:26
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christopher jacobs

My Moto g5s has 32 GB of internal memory plus 32 GB on a Microsoft SD card for a total of 64GB of memory. After 2 years, 13 GB of the 64 GB of memory are occupied, so I have 51 GB free! I have audio files, 85 videos and also 400 image files stored. And that’s exactly where it starts – keeping order is a must. Deleting pictures that are not so nice, keeping the best pictures, and using a second storage medium, like a WLAN hard drive or a secure cloud. If you constantly record everything – pictures without end and long videos – you won’t be able to make do with the 64 GB.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 15:26
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SFD

The product was cheap. The delivery happened earlier than expected.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 06:00
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Josiah

When have you ordered it? I’ve ordered mine on 6th june, have yet to receive it.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 06:43
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Nathan Leedom

When have you ordered it? I’ve ordered mine on 6th june, have yet to receive it.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 06:43
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thorbergur Guðmundsson

The best budget phone

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Answer report comment December 19, 2020, 18:49
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K. Mart

Budget Phone ? You think really that it is cheap ?

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Answer report comment December 19, 2020, 18:51
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SUBRATA M.

Budget Phone ? You think really that it is cheap ?

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Answer report comment December 19, 2020, 18:51
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Pat Thompson

This is the first mobile phone that my husband is satisfied with. Eswas always a problem that the battery did not last long enough or the menus were too hidden. With the Pixel 3a all criteria are now fulfilled for him. A lot of memory, long stand-by time, compact size, and identical in appearance to all other smartphones. It’s worth trying something new.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 17:02
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CaRen

Need wireless charging.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 23:59
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Barbara Evans

I don’t understand why someone would want wireless charging. It’s so inefficient. I’d rather use a wire for 10min than waiting an hour without wire. The wireless charger needs a wire aswell so it just makes no sense to be honest.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 00:07
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Gary R. Teaney

I don’t understand why someone would want wireless charging. It’s so inefficient. I’d rather use a wire for 10min than waiting an hour without wire. The wireless charger needs a wire aswell so it just makes no sense to be honest.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 00:07
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Rick P

Big screen size and quality screen, plus great OS support from Google long time after phone is purchased. Phone is delivered featuring Android 9.0 and later it gets Android 10 and hopefully even Android 11 someday. That is why I choose Google Pixel phone and not some other phone brand.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 18:23
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xtina

Prompt delivery. Handy is about the size of my Nexus 5x, so it fits in your hand just as well as the old mobile phone. Update to Android10.0 and a few security updates, since it comes with Android 9.0.
And the camera is a hammer, great pictures and the night shots are great.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 16:47
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Lena Newton

My first android phone that is more powerful than an iPhone. The hand is unlocked with the fingerscanner, the image quality of the camera has been improved, which makes a difference for one day. Lights lekker in the hand, with a click in the edge of each Google assistant on.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 06:52
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islandergirl

Phone bardzo dobry za tą cenę, ale czytnik z tyłu nie jest najwygodniejszym rozwiązaniem, brakuje też gestu ściągnięcia belki powiadomień.
Poza tym telefon jest super szczególnie aparat wymiata, ekran i głośniki stereo idealne do oglądania YouTube. Polecam

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 14:04
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Pinkal Parmar

If you have a case on it, you dont feel the (by the way excelent) plastic, then I couldn’t tell its just a 400$ smartphone. The fast and beautyful camera, satisfyingly rough ports, the beautyful display, the amazing loudspeaker can fool you to think its a high end phone.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 09:44
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Philip A.

Had the same phone before it dropped on concrete and the display didn’t react anymore. All in all I love the camera which is as far as I know as good as the current flagship models of other manufacturers

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 22:14
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Stephanie Nitschke

Everything went nicely with the order, thank you!

Phone has a great camera, good battery life, good looking and responsive screen. For me this phone has been everything I expected.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 11:04
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Google Pixel 3a
CPU
Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
Google Pixel 3a
Main Camera
12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Google Pixel 3a
Storage
64GB 4GB RAM
Google Pixel 3a
Size
5.6 inches, 79.6 cm2 (~75.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Google Pixel 3a
OS
Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0