Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Google says its assistant will be able to make the bookings using online forms on Android phones later this year. The new Pixel 3a and 3a XL come in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish.

Because the initial buzz around these phones has been nearly universally positive-and because these are the first Pixels to be sold through carriers besides Verizon-we've put together a quick roundup the various deals retailers and carriers are offering alongside the Pixel 3A on launch week.

Earlier this morning the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were announced during the I/O 2019 keynote. CTDi in France, for instance, is only listed as being able to fix the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL.

Those are real sacrifices, and it's worth keeping in mind that some Pixel 3 users have experienced notable performance degradation over time.

After Google purchased HTC's smartphone ODM assets, about 2,000 HTC smartphone engineers have been working for the American firm to develop the Pixel series of phones.

But despite the compromises, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL still offer some serious bang for your buck. The search giant is taking roughly $250 off the price of a 3A or 3A XL if you're willing to trade in an iPhone SE, 6 or 6S, with the number increasing to as much as $610 for those looking to trade in an iPhone XS Max. It could be a deal breaker for many.

However, before users can take full advantage of Google Maps' augmented reality feature, users must be in well-lit areas that are already covered by Street View, and the smartphones should have a consistent connection to the mobile data network.

Movement autofocus was one camera feature that did not meet the high level that the Pixel camera team set themselves and thus was not included.

Google's smart reply feature is also getting expanded almost OS wide, now suggesting replies in messaging app notification, and also suggesting opening addresses in Google Maps. The remaining camera features like Top Shot, Nightsight and AR cartoons are supported by both 3a and 3a XL.

We dig the build quality - it's not all glass like the Pixel 3 (and therefore no wireless charging) but it's quite refined despite a plastic back. For comparison, the Pixel 3 also ships with 64GB, but consumers who are willing to pay more can get the device with up to 128Gb of storage.

To sum up, I would say that if your priority is a decent camera, there is now a clear victor in the mid-premium segment. We didn't reach for the charger even after a whole day that included some camera usage and videos.

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