Google outdoes itself with the Pixel 7a, which offers the best camera in its class at an unbeatable price.
The £449 price tag on the Pixel 7a makes it the cheapest alternative to the Pixel 7 for £150 without skimping on features.
The Pixel 7a is packed with many of Google’s premium features The telephones such as face unlock, 8 GB of RAM, smooth screen up to 90 Hz and wireless charging.
Google sticks to its winning formula for the A-series by giving the Pixel 7a the same Google Tensor G2 chip that’s in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, making it faster and more powerful than the competition.
It even looks a lot like the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, just a bit smaller, with the iconic Pixel camera bar and recycled aluminum body. The camera bar, which has been a pet peeve of many, sticks out a lot less on this one, so that’s a bonus.
With a 6.1-inch OLED screen, the Pixel 7a is the same size as the pixel 6a but it comes with an improved 90Hz refresh rate.
When we review the pixel 7 pro we call it a ‘big phone’ and Google’s A-series does a great job of remedying the volume issue. For people who love smaller phones, the Pixel 7a is much more practical and lighter at 193g.
It is available in four different colors: Charcoal, Snow, Sea and Coral and includes 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
The Pixel 7a’s 4,385mAh battery lasts over 24 hours, which is more than enough to get you through the day.
Plus, Pixel’s adaptive battery helps you get the most out of a charge, so you don’t waste power on apps you rarely use. So with Extreme Battery Saver you could go much longer without charging.
The Pixel 7a features 18W fast charging that takes less than two hours to fully charge. It also features wireless charging up to 7.5W, which is much less efficient than the Pixel 7 Pro’s 30W and 23W wireless charging.
Cameras are the cornerstone of any Pixel phone, and the Pixel 7a is definitely a step up from the Pixel 6a.
The improved 64-megapixel main camera and 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens put it on a par with much more expensive phones. The 13-megapixel front-facing camera isn’t bad either, and works great for selfies and videos.
It works great in low light and up to 8x Super Res Zoom lets you take sharp images even from afar.
We don’t have a telephoto zoom camera yet, but for this price, we’re not complaining. The Pixel 7a also has a fun Long Exposure mode that can make it fun to photograph moving objects in the background.
We missed facial recognition unlocking on the Pixel 6a, so we’re glad to see it on the Pixel 7a.
The device also includes free access to Google’s VPN, which is great for secure browsing on public Wi-Fi networks. it runs on Android 13 and comes with automatic software updates with new and improved features.
At just £50 more than last year’s Pixel 6a, this is the go-to option this year if you’re looking for a solid smartphone.
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