Google is a name that everyone is familiar with. Not only familiar, if something has Google’s name attached to it, the expectations of the reader increases without anything else. This is the case with the phones launched by Google. The Pixel series as launched by Google became an instant center of attraction like Apple as the series was launched by tycoon Google. The concern for review for this write-up too is a recently launched Google’s Pixel 5A 5G. It is actually a successor of the previous version Pixel 5A. It is quite similar in appearance and internal specifications to the previous Google Pixel 4A 5G. But it feels like some fine update of last year’s model.
The most important update is that the price of Pixel 5A has not been raised since the 4A 5G. This would be good news for Pixel’s previous users. As if you have a Pixel phone, you certainly might know various reasons why another Pixel can be a good option to invest in the phone category. This is an excellent mid-range phone option at a reasonable price with such distinct features.
Pixel 5a and Pixel 4a 5G both have the same Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage space, so there is no significant improvement in its specifications. The Pixel 5a also holds the same cameras as its previous versions: a 12MP main camera and a 16MP angled camera, as well as an 8MP front camera.
Main up-gradations from Google Pixel 4A to 5A device model
Battery life and quality
Pixel 5A has a larger power pack battery that is 4,680 mAh rather than Pixel 4A 5G that had a 4,080 mAh battery capacity. Higher capacity usually means longer battery life, and this is the case here. This phone is also slightly bigger and equipped with a 6.34-inch Full HD + OLED screen unlike the 6.2-inch screen of 4A 5G. It is also dustproof and waterproof, that is, it can stay inside 1 meter deep of water for 30 minutes. Sounds a bit relieving! Isn’t it?
Just to wrap this comparison up and move ahead with specifications of the prime concern Google 5A 5G review, this new launch has few very improvements over its previous version, but it is still one of the best mid-range devices one can buy. It’s unlikely to impress anyone looking for true innovation, but Google is likely to block a major update through Google’s Pixel 6 upcoming in this year-end.
Google Pixel 5A Price and Specifications
The Google Pixel 5A was launched very recently on August 17, 2021. The phone is available to pre-order, while the Google Pixel 5A was launched on August 26 in the United States and Japan. The phone is currently available in a single specification having 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. The smartphone is priced at around $ 450, which is a very reasonable price for such goodness.
This version is in fact cheaper than the Google Pixel 4A 5G priced at around $ 500. And since there are rumors that the Google Pixel 6 will be a better phone, you may not be able to buy the company’s next flagship product for $600-$900 even.
Design and layout of the phone
After reading the comparison with Pixel 4A 5G, if you somewhere think the design of the Google Pixel 5a hasn’t changed from the Google Pixel 4A, you might generally be right. The new phone looks almost the same as the old phone in design and appearance except for the slight difference in screen size. Technically speaking, it’s a bit taller, a bit narrower, and a bit thicker, but aside from the new colors mentioned above, the Pixel 5a’s gray ridge lock button sounds a bit different when you think of design change. The front of the mobile phone is glass with a hole punched in the upper left corner. The back is a matte quality plastic that covers the cabinet from all sides.
The feel is slightly above average, not cheap but not high-end either. The glossy glass-covered camera sticks out in the upper left corner of the phone’s back. On the right side of the phone is the lock button, and there is a volume adjuster below it. At the bottom left is a SIM card slot. At the top of the phone, the microphone is on the right-hand side. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the left, exactly where they are on the Pixel 4A. At the bottom, the USB port is in the middle for charging and USB connectivity purposes. Alongside the port, are the speaker grilles on both sides.
The Pixel 5A can be considered to be unique as it is the first in the A series of mobile phones to have IP67 water and dust resistance layout, which means it can be submerged in one meter of water for half an hour as told before. This is a small improvement, but it will reassure those who are worried about environmental resistance. Well, it is a certain concern as you always can’t stay at home.
Display and Screen
Google Pixel 5a has a 6.34-inch Full HD Enhanced (2400 x 1080) OLED display screen. The screen is bright and vibrant. It is very suitable for watching multimedia content and playing games. In some faster phones, it does not have the fastest refreshing rate, but since few mid-range phones have a 90Hz or 120Hz display, this cannot be referred to as some negative quality. The top corner of the display has the discussed gap, which is slightly smaller than that of the Pixel 4A 5G.
Pixel 5a has the same camera as Pixel 4a 5G with all the similar specifications: a 12.2MP dual-pixel main camera with autofocus and optical goodness. The camera also has electronic image stabilization supported with a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The smartphone does not have a telephoto lens. The main camera can perform up to 7x digital zoom, but other than that, the camera settings of the Pixel 5a are good.
The phone can be regarded as better than the rest of the Pixel series for taking pictures, not sure about Pixel 6 though. Google smartphones are known to have amazing clarity and lifelike colors. This is possible due to Google’s Nearmagic photography software, which is an in-house feature. Even in total darkness, you can take images appearing to be taken in well-lighted conditions. Pixel 5a is one of the most affordable phones with an excellent night camera. The phone also has an 8MP selfie camera that can take very detailed and realistic photos for the front camera, which may also be attributed to Google’s exemplary imaging software.
The Pixel 5a has impressive specifications. It is led by the Snapdragon 765G chipset, which also powers the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G. In other simple words, it may not be comparable to Google’s own phones which are equipped with the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset, but with the support of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, you can easily browse through the internet, play games, watch videos, and more.
The Pixel 5a runs Android 11, which is also the latest version. As a Google phone, it has the most limited default apps you can find on any Android phone, obviously, it’s just a suite of Google apps as itself owned by Google. This makes the phone clean and easy to use, without much decoration or confusion. Most importantly, like a Pixel phone, the Pixel 5a will be one of the first phones equipped with Android 12, which you can expect in future variants of 5A 5G due to be launched in September or October.
The phone supports a sub6 5G connection. Of course, as the name reads, there is also a 5G connection on the Pixel 5A. It supports sub6GHz 5G on all major carriers, however, unlike 4A 5G, it will not be sold in a millimeter-wave compatible version. Like many other device manufacturers, Google has launched a more expensive network-compatible 4A 5G version for retail outlets.
In actual use, the Pixel 5a battery would last more than one day. Playing or watching multimedia content drains the battery just like typical mobile phones speed. This would mean a 10-minute Wild Rift game consumes 4% of power, while a 30-minute Netflix show consumes only 3%. The phone comes with an 18W fast-charging adapter, which isn’t something extraordinary. It charges 33% in 30 minutes only. Coming back to the larger capacity, this may not be a problem initially, but it is still not the fastest in the phone charging far shots when compared to other phones available in the segment.
To decide if you should buy the Google Pixel 5A 5G
You shall look for your choices, requirements, usage, and budget to decide if you shall go on with this purchase. Here are a few reasons when you shall buy Google Pixel 5A 5G:
- You want a mid-range phone with a great casual camera. When you have a lot of multimedia working or are obsessed with selfies, you shall go on and out money on this.
- If you don’t mind having a dedicated camera for long-distance zoomed-out but clear shooting, the Pixel 5A will give you good service. It can in fact save you money compared to the highest-priced camera phones.
- If you want a mid-range phone with a good battery backup, Pixel 5A might be for you. The Pixel 5a has around 4,700 mAh battery. Although some cheap phones have a larger capacity, they actually don’t have a lot of capacity. Once the Pixel 5a is fully charged, it can last until the next day.
- You want a cheaper Google phone with Android 12 installed, Pixel 5A 5G is a phone made for you then.
You shall not buy Pixel 5A 5G if you have any of the following concerns of your mind:
- Do you want a complete camera kit? On the contrary, if you want a camera with a wider range, especially a mobile phone with a zoom lens, do not buy a Pixel 5a- but instead, buy a Samsung Galaxy S series. This is also in this price range but the zoom-in feature might have defeated Pixel 5A.
- If you want a more elegant phone, you shall go on with some other phone with a different design.
- The pixel may be slightly over-branded as now there are other more fashionable phones, such as TCL 20 Pro 5G, which are similar in price in most regions and have good performance too.
- Old Pixel users who want to upgrade may want to wait a few months to see what the internal Tensor chipset of Google Pixel 6 can do so without worries as this is the rumor.
The IP rating and manufacturing quality Pixel 5A has is incredible. The official IP rating is rare in the $500 range and even less outside of Samsung A52 5G and iPhone SE categories. So this might be an area where 5A has risen to the first-class level along with best priced and best quality phones like iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S series, etc. The phone is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front panel to protect the screen. The plastic panel has a matte finish that definitely requires admiration as it is smoother than a glossy finish and is less prone to stains. The Pixel 5A 5G is installed with 3 layered OS, which gives an enhanced performance.
Conclusion – Google Pixel 5A 5G Review
Just concluding the review, it is quite a disappointment that Pixel 5A 5G will see an extremely limited release. This limitation certainly gonna prevail over its specifications and sales because as and when you might learn about this device, a new device would be available in better performance or even a new version in the form of Google Pixel 6 itself.