Google Pixel 3a XL

The Pixel 3a XL is a dual SIM smartphone with a Qualcomm 760 CPU. It has 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage. There are three colors, and I chosen the Black Model. The Pixel 3a XL has a 6″ display, and a rear mount fingerprint reader. There is a 12MP rear camera, and a 8MP front camera. The phone is running Android 9, and will expect to receive updates until sometime in 2022. The Pixel 3a XL does not have a micro SD card reader, and uses USB-C for charging. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone cost $480 + S&H/taxes. A 2 year ADP warranty is also available.

Even though the phone is using a mid-range CPU, and only 4GB of memory, the phone has performed well enough. I bought the phone in the first week of June, so the jury is still out on long term usage. I like the ambient display which shows the time, date and temperature. The gesture navigation takes a little getting used to, but I had adjusted well enough. Even though the phone is plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap. There is also a headphone jack, but so far – I had been using Bluetooth.

There is no Dual SIM capabilities. It does have the hardware to support an E-SIM, and a nano-SIM card. There is also 2 IMEI numbers, so the capabilities is there. However, if a nano-SIM is installed, I am assuming the E-SIM is disabled. This is a waste of resources, and capabilities – especially since Android 9 supports dual-SIM capabilities. The phone also has no water resistance. While I understand the phone is less than $500USD, it still would have been nice to have water resistance even if it meant downgrading the camera.

All in all, the Pixel 3a XL is a good phone if you are on a budget. There is no notch, so the phone has larger bezels, but some people might prefer the bezels over the notch. With that in mind, the Pixel 3a XL looks more like a Pixel 2XL.