The Pixel 6 is coming, but should you still buy the Google Pixel 3, 4 or 5?

Which Google Pixel phone makes sense to buy now?

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Recently I faced a dilemma. My Google Pixel 3 XL was on its last stop. Her drums were a faint shadow of herself. Its USB-C port failed to carry a charge half the time. Both sides of the phone, the screen and the glass back, were a mess of spider web cracks and chips. And according to google, the phone no more Android updates would be guaranteed after this month of October. I needed a new phone, pronto.

i know the new one Pixel 6 should arrive this fall. However, it would be way too long for me to wait. At first glance, my options seemed straightforward. Long ago, I had cast my spell with Google’s pure Android platform back in the days of the Nexus 5. I have since switched to the original Pixel XL and the Pixel 3 XL. So the thought of switch to an iPhone was ridiculous. And the idea of ​​using a Samsung Galaxy Phone was just as foreign.

My plan was to go with a new Pixel – the problem was choosing one. Mark a refurbish the Pixel 3 XL is a way forward. But there is also the Pixel 4A and Pixel 5. the Pixel 4A with 5G is another interesting option. Are you still confused? I don’t blame you. In the end, I picked the right Pixel for me. If you’re like me and need a Google phone right now, read on. The phone I chose and (and why I chose it) will probably make sense to you, too.

Current Pixel phones need to get the latest software first.

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Android straight, no hunter

After switching to pure Android, as Google intended, I could never go back. Duplicate apps and tons of non-removable bloatware are only a distant memory. Pixel phones are also the first to get Android operating system and security updates. This is generally not the case with Samsung or OnePlus devices. And my Google Fi cellular subscription often reduces my phone replacement options. All of this makes getting a Pixel, any Pixel, my chosen path.

It’s time for me to switch from the Pixel 3.

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Choice 1: Pixel 3, 3 XL

Google no longer officially sells the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. That said, you can find both models for purchase on Amazon. To replace my current Pixel 3 XL (128GB), however, I should shell out $ 470. It’s too expensive to pay for an older processor (Snapdragon 845) and meager 4GB of RAM. More importantly, Google will end guaranteed software updates in just a few months. This is why this phone is not worth it no matter how much the price may drop.

The Google Pixel 4A.

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Choice 2: Pixel 4A

The Pixel 4A comes with the Snapdragon 730G, a better processor than the 3 XL. You also get 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory, and software updates Google promised through August 2023. Not a bad deal for $ 349 – this is a convincing option. Still, I could do better.

The Google Pixel 5

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Choice 3: Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 represents the ultimate Google-branded Android phone (at least for now). It’s powered by a respectable Snapdragon 765G processor, along with 8GB of rugged RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Google will also keep the device’s software up to date until October 2023. Other welcome features include wireless and reverse wireless charging, as well as IP68 water and dust protection. The Pixel 5 also connects to 5G cellular networks.

Unfortunately, at $ 799 this phone is expensive. the The Pixel 6 will be here soon: Paying top dollar now for last year’s model isn’t a smart move. But I think it’s better to be frugal and maybe splurge once Google releases all the details of the Pixel 6. Depending on how much it costs and what it can do, you may decide to pass it on. or buy one.

The Pixel 4A 5G offers a nice compromise between price, power and potential.

Pixel 4A 5G

Choice 4: Pixel 4A 5G

This is the phone I finally chose because it is a perfect compromise between price, performance and potential. Back when I ordered my Pixel 4A 5G in June, I was able to buy one for $ 500 through Google Fi. At present, Amazon has the model in clear white listed at $ 499. It is out of stock at the moment but should return soon.

With the same Snapdragon 765G processor as the Pixel 5, 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, the Pixel 4A 5G packs a punch too. It supports 5G wireless and also has a bigger battery than the regular Pixel 4A.

Google plans to deliver software updates for the Pixel 4A 5G until November 2023 – oddly enough, a month longer than the Pixel 5. All of this made this phone an obvious choice for me. Of course, I will come back to my decision once the Pixel 6 is launched.


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