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 Google Pixel 5a revisited: The good and the Specs

Google Pixel 5a revisited: The good and the Specs

Google Pixel 5a revisited. When it comes to processor power, IP certifications and camera improvements, the Pixel and Pixel A series have had a number of important variations in the past. Many of these traditions were broken with the Google Pixel 5a, which brought greater feature parity between Google’s flagship and cheaper products. After a year, the Pixel 6 and 6a are already available, and the 6a is expected to arrive this week. Almost a year after the release of the Google Pixel 5a, let’s take a look back and see how the phone has fared. During the past six weeks, I’ve been driving the Google Pixel 5a instead of the Pixel 6. The Pixel 5a may not be directly available for much longer, but is it worth keeping or recouping a bargain on in the future? To that end, let’s get down to business, and I’ll do my best to address it.

Google Pixel 5a revisited

Best Thing

We gave the Google Pixel 5a 4.5 out of 5 stars in our official review, and it’s now rated as “Recommended.” Back then, we thought it was a nice, simple phone that did its job without breaking the bank. On the other hand, even at launch, we saw that the processor and cameras were showing their age. Most of these points are still relevant a year later.

Display and design

If you were to put the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a side-by-side, the most noticeable change would be in their size. The Pixel 5a is bulkier than the Pixel 5 due to its larger 6.34-inch screen and more powerful battery. It’s also heavier by over an ounce. As for the display, it’s a solid screen for a mid-range phone. When you’re out in the sun, you can really make out what’s on the screen since it’s so large and brilliant. There was room for improvement here, but the 1080p panel still performs excellently for the most basic tasks. Most other phones I’ve used recently had 90Hz or even 120Hz refresh rates, so it’s only while I was gaming that I noticed it wasn’t quite as good as the others.

Key features and unique design elements

It help differentiate the Pixel 5a from the Pixel 5 and other Pixel devices. When it comes to its metal back, it’s not precisely the same as the one on the Pixel 5, which has a similar design. A plastic-like smoothness, rather than the rougher surface of the Pixel 5, makes the Pixel 5a much more comfortable to use and less slippery than my Pixel 6. Even though the Pixel 5 looks more expensive, I love the appearance of the Pixel 5. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 6a will not include a headphone port, although the Pixel 5a does. If my headphones run out of juice before I get to a charger, it’s wonderful to have the option of using my Bluetooth headphones with wireless pass-through.

Google Pixel 5a revisited

The battery’s life expectancy

At first glance, we were impressed by the enormous battery of the Pixel 5a when it was evaluated. In our testing, the battery lasted up to two days before needing to be recharged. My experiences a year later are remarkably similar. As a result of these two factors, the Pixel 5a’s battery life is unparalleled. When it comes to battery size, the Pixel 3 XL has a 4,680mAh battery, which is larger than the Pixel 6’s 4,614mAh battery. Secondly, the mid-tier processor and 1080p monitor aren’t the worst battery eaters. The combination implies that you have a phone that never runs out of charge unless you’re actively trying to drain its battery.

Updates to the software

Software optimization and a (relatively) clean user interface are Pixel phones’ hidden weapons, thus they rarely push the limits of specs. The Pixel 5a is a great option if you prefer a more stock Android experience. It’s not exactly stock Android, but it’s a close enough substitute nonetheless. It wasn’t too different from any other Android device that I’ve used on a regular basis, and I found the UI to be simple and intuitive. Consistency is what I’m looking for. It’s a terrific UI for individuals who prefer a simple, minimalist, and clean design. Even better, Google’s software enhancements are often quite useful, such as the screen calling tool that eliminates the need to directly answer telemarketers.


To be fair, the sensor in the Pixel 5a camera is a bit dated. The camera on this phone is nearly identical to the one on the Pixel 3 series, but for a few small modifications. Even if the Pixel 6 series’ enhanced camera features look better to my eyes, we must keep in mind that this is a budget phone at this point. A better camera at this price point is hard to come by.

For those who enjoy taking selfies, the 8MP front-facing camera is more than adequate. Our original reviewer remarked that Google’s algorithms can struggle to blur out hair or glasses edges, but this is usually true for portrait images. That was about all I had to say. To be honest, I didn’t take a lot of selfies while using the phone, so I didn’t notice it either.

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Google Pixel 5a revisited

The less-than-ideal

It’s evident that the Google Pixel 5a isn’t going to meet all of your expectations because it’s designed as a budget phone. For starters, it’s a little more pricey than other mid-range models. Aside from the price, there are a few additional drawbacks worth mentioning. Like an ageing processor and a few problems with performance. Aside from certain fundamental things like checking social media and browsing, the Pixel 5a works similarly to a premium phone. Real Racing 3 and Fortnite, on the other hand, had obvious stutters. They could still be played, but the pace had slowed. This is especially evident when you’re coming from a high-end phone, when the display refresh rate is significantly lower. Keep in mind, though, that if you try to run anything beyond. The most basic of programmes and games, you’ll quickly realise that this is a mid-range system.

It doesn’t have a very rapid fast charging:

Is it really worth your time to consider this? No, it hasn’t been an issue for me because of the long battery life. However, if you use this phone to the point where its battery is nearly depleted, charging it will take a long time. Even though you’ll never notice this as a serious problem if you plug in every night.


Because it cost around $150 less than the Pixel 5, the Pixel 5a last year was a fantastic value. However, the Pixel 6 was released shortly thereafter. And the Pixel 5 could be had for a significantly lower price than the 5a. Additionally, we’ve seen a rise in mid-range competitors that are willing to lower their prices significantly.

In mid-2022, the Pixel 6a ($449) is the most obvious rival to the Pixel 5a. The new phone is the same price as the old one, but it comes with a slew of upgrades. The Galaxy A53 5G ($449 MSRP) is a comparable phone that outperforms the 5a in some respects. The A53 5G sports a 120 Hz display. A longer software support guarantee. And a significantly larger battery compared to the A53 4G model (though actual performance is about the same). Over 18W, you get 25W of charging. The A53 5G is enticing if you’re concerned about these things. In terms of cameras, the Pixel 5a is still the best choice.

Jennie Marquez

Jennie Marquez

Jennie B. Marquez is a TV presenter, writer, and video producer. Also, Khaleesi, despite the fact that she does not legally control any land, army, or dragons. Yet.
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