The Pixel 4a 5G is a great phone for those on a budget, making it our current top pick of the Pixel bunch. The 4a 5G was already a bargain at $500, offering most of the features found in the Pixel 5 with only a few compromises, like the lack of wireless charging and high-refresh-rate display. Despite only being a few months old, several retailers are already selling it for $460 ($40 off), so if you've been thinking about buying one, now would be a great time to do so.
The Pixel 5 has been a controversial phone for Google, sacrificing some flagship gloss in exchange for a lower price. Starting back with the Pixel 2, Google's phones have had some of the best haptics available, and it looked like the Pixel 5 would continue that tradition. While it does for the most part, there's one minor quirk that's starting to drive us a little crazy.
The Pixel Stand is a fun and convenient way of charging your Pixel, but unfortunately it costs a quite a bit — that is, it usually does. When we reviewed the Stand, we were overall pleased with it, but couldn't excuse the price tag. Luckily, today, the Pixel Stand is on sale for just $40 (half off) at B&H, Best Buy, and the Verizon Store.
Google produces some of the best still photography with its Pixel phones, but its method is more than just magic. Instead, it's the result of hard technical labor and lots of machine learning models. When Google introduced a refined portrait mode on the Pixel 3, it utilized a wacky 5-phone case to train its ML models — but the rig the company created to enable its new Portrait Light mode might be even wilder.
Google may have gone wild with bio-resin on the Pixel 5, but does that make it any less sturdy? JerryRigEverything's newest teardown videos put Google's latest flagship up against formidable foes like a cup of acetone and a powerful heat gun — and although the phone does die by the end of the first video, it makes a surprising comeback in the second.
Google removed the dual front-firing speakers for last year's Pixel 4 phones, and the company's newest Pixel 5 flagship has bezels so thin that they won't be returning anytime soon. While on-device audio enthusiasts may be bummed, Google has introduced a feature that promises to enhance the speaker quality of newer Pixel devices with typical Google-y ingenuity.
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and while a global pandemic spoils the festive spirit all around the country, Google is trying its best to make its most loyal fans happy. People who are part of the not-so-secret Superfan program are currently receiving emails telling them that they're in for a gift: Three high-quality prints of the Pixel 5, 4a 5G, and 4a.
Wireless charging is convenient, not to mention just plain neat. You can get a wireless charging pad for relatively cheap, but if you want a high quality, fast charger like the Pixel Stand, you'll have to shell out a pretty penny — that is, you would, until today. The Pixel Stand is on sale for just $39.50 (half off) on the Google Store.
Google debuted a number of new camera features with the Pixel 5, including a completely revamped interface for the app. Version 8.0 shipped on the new Pixel phones, but some users who tried to install the APK manually ran into trouble. Luckily, it looks like Google is starting to bring the overhauled camera app to older Pixels with v8.1.