Pixel 3a and 3a XL: Should You Buy It?


Main pros and cons of Pixel 3a and 3a XL versus other smartphones

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL, which just were launched in mid-May 2019 at Google IO, are unlike other mid-range smartphones. They don’t have the latest and greatest processor from the chip manufacturer Qualcomm. Instead, Google sacrificed a flagship processor for a truly spectacular camera and an OLED screen. Since Google owns Android, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will have the best and latest Android software for at least three years. By then, most people will be buying their next smartphones. Without further ado, here are the five pros and five cons of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.


  1. Has an OLED screen—hard to find in a mid-range smartphone.

  2. Has a flagship level camera- also hard to find in a mid-range smartphone.

  3. Great Software (Android)

  4. Built-in headphone jack

  5. No ugly notch at top of screen


  1. Has a sub-par (at best) processor that is the Qualcomm
    Snapdragon 670.

  2. Lacks wireless charging

  3. No IP Certifications (water and dust resistance)

  4. AT&T Wireless isn’t a carrier for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

  5. Finally, some Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones are shutting down randomly. For some, this problem keeps persisting. Buyer beware!