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Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4 camera comparison: Is there a difference?

One of the delightful surprises that came with the Pixel 3a last year was its camera. Unlike so many smartphone manufacturers, Google didn't opt to somehow make the imaging experience on its budget phone worse: the photos it took were exactly like those shot on the premium Pixel 3 and 3 XL, phone costing twice as much. As a result, the 3a took photos better than many $1000 flagships. With the Pixel 4a, Google hasn't messed with that formula. The new budget Pixel snaps shots that look every bit like those from its far more expensive siblings, and will make anything this side of an iPhone 11 Pro jealous.

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My Google Pixel 4a battery life impressions after three weeks using the phone

I've been lucky enough to have the Pixel 4a in my pocket the last several weeks, and in that time I've developed a pretty good sense for its battery life. I won't make you read on to let you know my thoughts, either. In a single sentence, the Pixel 4a's battery life is the best of any Pixel smartphone I've ever used. Now, that may seem like a bit of a cop-out, since many Pixels have had pretty terrible battery life. Not this one: the Pixel 4a can go all day and then some, which is genuinely surprising when you consider its battery really isn't all that big in the first place.

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Google Pixel 4a: Best launch deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google finally officially revealed the Pixel 4a last week, and if you're still on the fence about buying one, you should definitely read our review. With an outstanding camera, great battery life, long software support, and a really aggressive price tag, Google's new budget phone is in a class of its own. And if you want to find the best deals and places to find Google's new budget phone, we've got a guide.

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Pixel 4a camera sample gallery: Our first shots with Google's newest Pixel

With smartphone manufacturers trying to jam more and more camera sensors into phones at every price point, it's become genuinely difficult to understand just what makes a good smartphone camera. With the Pixel 4a, Google reminds us that more is frequently no substitute for "better." With its single, aging 12.2MP Sony camera sensor used since the original Pixel in 2017, the 4a takes photos that will make an iPhone 11 Pro blush, let along the multi-cam monstrosities many budget brands are pumping out right now. While it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why), the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more.

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Should you buy a Pixel 4a, or wait for the Pixel 5?

Google's smartphone strategy for 2020 is a bit different than it has been in previous years. For one, there will be three tiers by the end of the year: the already-released Pixel 4a, a 5G version of the 4a, and eventually a Pixel 5. Google is also expected to use a mid-range processor on the Pixel 5, rather than the flagship Snapdragon 800-series chips found on previous models.

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Google Pixel 4a review: All the phone you need, none of what you don't

When the Pixel 3a launched at Google I/O 2019, it came closer budget smartphone perfection than any phone in the US had before. That is, until the iPhone SE landed. The Pixel 4a is taking Apple's pint-sized iPhone on directly this year, and while many would argue it's an apples to oranges comparison, I think Google actually comes out on top in a lot of important ways. I can't say I necessarily expected to feel that way, either. Google has a reputation for the little, nagging issues that often make its phones feel less than they could be. With the Pixel 4a, though, it really is a struggle to find meaningful flaws—and I'm serious about that.

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Spigen's robust case collection will protect your Note20, Note20 Ultra, and Samsung accessories (Sponsored)

The Galaxy Note20 series are some of Samsung's boldest phones to date, with large screens, powerful cameras, and a fresh bronze finish. To ensure your new Note20 stays clean and pristine for years to come, Spigen has you covered with a premium lineup of case offerings in the styles you love. Check it out!

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Weekend poll: Did you pre-order a Pixel 4a, Note20, or Note20 Ultra?

This last week was pretty busy for smartphones. We got two major announcements almost back-to-back with Google's Pixel 4a and Samsung's new Note20 series. It's quite a spread, from midrange to literal "Ultra" flagship. While you can't zip down to the store and get one today, we're curious of any of our readers have pre-ordered either.

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The Pixel 4a will have the longest life of any budget Android phone

The Pixel 4a has it goin' on. It's affordable, its camera is truly outstanding, and it's got great battery life for a small phone. But Pixels come with another key perk: long software support is part and parcel of Google phones, even the less expensive ones. The 4a is going to have incredible staying power for its price point.

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15 new Android games from the week of August 3, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have Ubisoft's mobile release for Brawlhalla, a free-to-play Smash Bros. clone. I also have a fantastic Rocket League clone from Noodlecake Studios as well as the official release for Electronic Art's Madden NFL 21 Mobile Football. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of August 3rd, 2020.

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