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Google’s Pixel 4a is the ideal Android phone for people on a budget

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If you’re after a great Android phone for a reasonable price, there are two models that stand out: the OnePlus Nord and the Google Pixel 4a.

The OnePlus device will appeal to people who want power and specs, effectively bang for their buck. But, personally, I’d choose the Pixel 4a every time. Usability rules all.

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Google’s “a” range of phones. I’ve written before how I believe these models are its best fit in the smartphone industry — and the Pixel 4a is no exception. I truly believe it delivers what much of the public want from a mid-range Android device.

Anyway, the whole point of this article is to tell you why I’m such a big fan of the Pixel 4a. The easiest way to do that is to split this piece into three sections: the good, the okay, and the ugly.

The good parts of the Pixel 4a

The software. Goddamn, if the Pixel version of Android isn’t the cleanest and smoothest experience around. Some of my colleagues enjoy the Android installs of other manufacturers, but I’ve yet to find a phone maker who doesn’t jam the OS with a whole load of useless shit. The Pixel 4a though? Well, everything is silky. It’s a joy to use. The experience is more like iOS, than my traditional view of Android.

Next up, is the price. $350 is a goddamn bargain. While it might not be a souped-up monster, using it delivers you a far better experience than you’d expect from this price range. Basically, I’ve used phones that cost more, and work worse.

If there’s one differentiator for the person on the street when it comes to phones, it’s the camera — and this is where the 4a thrives. Yeah, it only has one lens, but it’s up there with the best point-and-shoot devices on the market. The post-processing software is magnificent, making even quickly snapped shots look good. We’ve been fans of Pixel photography for some time, and the 4a is no different.