Google’s own strategy for smartphones this year is a bit disconcerting, to say the least. Not only are Pixel smartphones lagging behind, largely responsible for the COVID-19, but the specifications, features and prices also seemed to be wrong. For those who don’t even want to worry about 5G, the Pixel 4a launched just three months ago may be the sweet spot when it comes to features and price. The latter, however, may raise some concerns about its durability, something that Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything puts to the test.
The Pixel 4a is almost like a throwback to the past years of the mobile market. In addition to the polycarbonate plastic body, the mid-range Google phone also brings back or maintains a rear-mounted headset and fingerprint reader. Even the type of Gorilla Glass he uses on the front is version 3, from 2013.
It is, ironically, exactly because of these apparently obsolete materials and technologies that the Pixel 4a turned out to be a tough nut to crack. The glass is glass and Gorilla Glass 3 still only scratches at level 6. of Mohs. The roughness of the rest of the phone case is as you would expect, and some may want to invest in covers to keep it looking flawless.
The Pixel 4a does not bend or break, although it flexed slightly before locking. The fingerprint reader, despite being old school, is still more reliable, more accurate and faster than the new sophisticated sensors under the screen today.
Priced at $ 350, the Pixel 4a is almost the perfect Android phone, especially for Android or Google purists. Sure, you only have one camera and a slower processor, but you’re also not far from the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G.