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Pros

  • Stylish, ergonomic design
  • Capable chipset
  • Good-looking display
  • Clean UI
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Cons

  • No charger in the box
  • Slow 18W charging speed
  • Display is capped at 60Hz
  • Throttling issues

In what feels like an eternity, Google has finally launched a new Pixel phone in India. The latest entrant – dubbed the Pixel 6a – replaces the ageing Pixel 4a (review) that was announced almost two years ago. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone has been on everyone’s lips as Pixel phones seemingly offer a stellar photography and software experience. The icing on the cake is that the Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s custom Tensor chip as well. So, should you drop Rs 43,999 on the phone or get behind a flagship killer from iQOO, Realme or OnePlus’ stables? Let’s find out.

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The lowdown

The Pixel 6a takes its design cues from its pricier siblings and the smartphone looks like a miniaturised Pixel 6 Pro. That’s not a bad thing per se, as I quite like the styling of Google’s flagships. It also helps that the handset looks unlike any other device launched in the Indian market. The back of the phone, for instance, features a long strip or a ‘visor’ of sorts that houses the smartphone’s dual-camera array. The camera module protrudes evenly across the width of the phone too, thereby ensuring the handset doesn’t wobble on a flat surface. That’s not all, as the smartphone’s rounded-off, metallic frame offers a superb grip, and the device tips the scales at just 178 grams as well. Suffice it to say, the Pixel 6a feels extremely comfortable to use day in and day out and I rarely felt any wrist fatigue set in whilst daily driving the set.

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Now, as much as I liked the design of the phone, I wish the company would’ve paid more heed to the unit’s colourways. As things stand, you can snag the Pixel 6a in a Charcoal black or Chalk white hue. I was sent the former for review and needless to say, the glossy finish smudges quite easily. What’s more, some folks might find the colour scheme a bit too dull as well. To rub salt into the wounds, the smartphone ships with a plastic back, which might not bode well with buyers looking to splurge upwards of Rs 40K on a new phone. On the bright side, the device comes with IP67 certification, which is somewhat of a rarity in its price segment. Consequently, you can use the phone in a shower, or near a pool without worrying about damaging the device’s innards. I should also point out that the phone offers extremely tight haptics and you’ll revel typing long messages on the set.

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Moving on, the handset ships with a USB Type-C port at the bottom, which is flanked on either side by a speaker grill. The volume rocker, as well as the power button, can be found on the phone’s right-hand spine. As for biometrics, the device doesn’t come with facial recognition smarts, however, touts an in-display fingerprint sensor which works well, for the most part. We did report that the sensor was seemingly unlocking the device with unregistered fingerprints as well. However, at the time of writing this review, the unit is working as advertised.

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Display-wise, the Pixel 6a is equipped with a 6.1-inch, FHD+, OLED panel. The screen comes layered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass v3 on top, which should keep scratches and dings at bay. Furthermore, the display gets adequately bright too and I could comfortably use the phone when I was out and about under Delhi’s harsh sun. That’s not all, as the device can even relay HDR media from OTT services like Netflix. On the flip side, the display could’ve benefitted from sleeker bezels. More notably, the panel refreshes at just 60Hz and consequently, you won’t be able to bask in smooth, fluid animations and UI transitions. That’s quite disappointing, given how most, if not all premium Android phones feature an HRR screen. So, you best keep your expectations in check if you are migrating from a phone that comes with a 90Hz or 120Hz screen to the Google Pixel 6a.

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As prefaced previously, the Google Pixel 6a is backed by the company’s Tensor chip which works alongside UFS 3.1 storage and speedy LPDDR5 memory. Now, I have already spoken in length about the SoC’s performance chops, which you can read about here. But, to get you up to speed, Google’s Tensor platform is no slouch and the SoC can easily crunch through a user’s routine workload comprising running multiple apps in tandem, browsing the web, and the works. That said, the processor felt a notch below Qualcomm’s 8-series SoCs and the new MediaTek Dimensity chipsets (Dimensity 8100, to be precise).

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To wit, the SoC throttles quite a bit, which can be accredited, at least in parts, to the Pixel 6a’s relatively sleek chassis. Be that as it may, I noticed quite a few stutters when running graphically-demanding games on the set. So much so, the Snapdragon 778G Plus-backed Nothing Phone (1) (review) managed to overturn higher average FPS in Apex Legends Mobile too. Rest assured, while the Pixel 6a is a capable daily driver, the handset will undoubtedly leave gamers wanting more horsepower and stability under the hood. As for software, the device comes with Android 12 out of the box.

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Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 6a boots a stock version of Android and as such, you won’t find a ton of customisability features here. To the phone’s credit, the device does allow users to tweak the grid size and change the accent colours on the status bar. However, you’ll have to use a third-party launcher or opt for an app like Awesome Icons (which allows users to remap each icon individually) to make the most of your icon pack collection on the phone. That’s not all, as I am not the biggest fan of the quick action settings menu on phones running a vanilla version of Android 12. In particular, I dislike how all of a phone’s internet settings comprising toggles for Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity are clubbed under the same roof.

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As a result, I have to tap multiple times to enable or disable the phone’s Wi-Fi or choose a different network, which gets tedious, to say the least. On the upside, the smartphone ships with no bloatware. Moreover, buyers opting for the phone will also be able to leverage a host of Google utilities, including Live Translate, Now Playing and Magic Eraser, which can do wonders for your snaps as it allows users to remove unwanted elements from an otherwise picturesque scene.

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The Pixel 6a is fuelled by a 4,410mAh cell which, with moderate usage, can last you until bedtime. During my stint with the phone, I was averaging around five hours of screen-on-time with my usage comprising browsing various social media platforms, clicking photos, listening to music and taking a couple of calls. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t ship with a charger in the box. Making matters worse, the handset’s charging speeds top out at 18W and as such, you’ll have to stay tethered to a wall outlet much longer than say, if you were using a OnePlus or Realme phone.

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I’m sure you’re expecting the phone to right all wrongs in the camera department. Well, you might want to sit down for this one. While the Pixel 6a ships with a capable camera stack that, thanks to Google’s excellent computational photography smarts, click gorgeous photos, the truth of the matter is that the competition has finally caught up. The handset no longer has an edge over similarly-priced devices and many times, the device’s ageing 12.2MP main sensor outputted slightly inferior images with lesser sharpness around the edges of the composition. The unit’s 8MP selfie shooter tackles dynamic range well, however, mucks up the facial details if you zoom into the stills. At night, the Pixel 6a’s images offer more noise than competing pixel-binned shots from say, the Nothing Phone (1) or the OnePlus 10R (review) too.

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Don’t get me wrong, the smartphone is still a capable camera phone and the device clicks excellent portraits of human subjects. Furthermore, the handset overturns HDR-ified images that will complement anyone’s Instagram feed. Even then, I noticed that the device would jazz up the colours in the frame a bit too much. I’ve highlighted the same in my in-depth camera comparison between the Nothing Phone (1) and the Pixel 6a, so do give it a read if you want a better understanding of the phone’s photography chops. Rest assured, the 6a offers a good photography experience albeit doesn’t stand out in the camera department like its predecessors.

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The Pixel 6a retails for Rs 43,999 in India and for the price, the device gets a few things right. The smartphone offers a clean, no-fuss UI and looks the part of a premium product too. Moreover, Google’s Tensor chip – while not the quickest – is still snappy enough for most workloads and the 6a offers a snug fit in the hand too. On the flip side, the handset would’ve been better off with a high refresh rate display. Furthermore, the smartphone’s charging speeds are quite slow and while the smartphone’s camera performance is good, it is not impressive enough to give the device a clear edge over the competition.

Rest assured, buyers looking for the fastest or the most feature-packed Android should look elsewhere. However, if you value a phone’s software and ergonomics above all else, then the Pixel 6a will not disappoint you.

FAQs

Is the Google Pixel 6a good? ›

The Google Pixel 6a is a triumph for Google and consumers alike. While it's the same price as previous Pixel A-series phones, it utilizes Google's own Tensor SoC, even better camera software, a stunning design, the best haptics on the market, and Google's wonderful Pixel features like call screening and Magic Eraser.

What are the disadvantages of Google Pixel? ›

Cons
  • Camera bump prone to accumulating dust.
  • The display maxes out at 90Hz, others do 120Hz.
  • Charging can be faster.
  • Tensor chip throttles under sustained peak load.
  • Limited availability.
17 Nov 2021

Is pixel 6a worth waiting for? ›

The most compelling reason to skip the Pixel 6 and wait for July's Pixel 6a arrival comes down to dollars and cents. At $449, the Pixel 6a costs $150 less than Google's cheapest flagship phone.
...
Why you should wait for the Pixel 6a.
Pixel 6aPixel 6
Wired charging speed18W30W
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22 Jun 2022

Is Google Pixel 6 the best? ›

What is the best Google phone? While the Google Pixel 6 Pro looks to be the best on paper thanks to its higher resolution display and additional rear telephoto camera, the Pixel 6 is the best overall Pixel phone at this time. It has all of the same software features as the Pixel 6 and is priced at $300 less.

Which is the best Android phone in 2022? ›

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro. ...
  • Google Pixel 6a. Best for Elegance on a Budget. ...
  • Moto G Power (2022) Best Battery Life. ...
  • Moto G Pure. Best Affordable Android Phone. ...
  • OnePlus 10T. Best Reception. ...
  • OnePlus Nord N20. Best Value for Speedy Performance. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S22. Best Small Phone. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Best for Artists and Photographers.

How long will Pixel 6a be supported? ›

The Pixel 6a will receive Android OS updates until at least July 2025 and will receive security updates until at least July 2027.

Is Google pixel still worth buying? ›

As mentioned, we rated the Pixel 6 as 2021's best overall buy for most smartphone shoppers. The phone has a great display, solid performance, an excellent camera, and a long-term update commitment. Yes, there's slightly better hardware on offer from Google's Pixel 6 Pro.

Why does the pixel 6A get hot? ›

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro (not the Pixel 6A) has ultra high refresh rate displays, which create smooth transitions and animations. Unfortunately, this uses more power from the device which can increase the overall temperature. This combined with heavy use results in the phone overheating.

What are the disadvantages of Google Pixel 6? ›

Reviewers Didn't Like
  • No included charger.
  • 90Hz refresh rate isn't as fast as Pixel 6 Pro's.
  • It's quite big compared to Pixel 5.
  • Camera block feels vulnerable to damage.
  • Fingerprint sensor isn't great.
  • Screen could get brighter outdoors.
5 days ago

What is the difference between Google 6 and 6a? ›

The Pixel 6 boasts a 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 6a has a smaller 6.1-inch OLED panel – as you would expect on a smaller phone – but its 60Hz refresh rate is a real disappointment, especially as we're come to expect high refresh rates on mid-range phones.

How long does Pixel 6 battery last? ›

In our browsing test the vanilla Pixel 6 lasted for over 14 hours, one hour longer than the Pixel 6 Pro, and on par with the competition. Our video streaming test saw the Pixel 6 outperforming other flagships with 11 hours of continuous playback for the vanilla model, and just over 9 hours for the Pro.

When did Pixel 6a come out? ›

July 28

Does Google Pixel 6 have a headphone jack? ›

The Google Pixel 6 is one of the biggest smartphones in the current market not made by Apple, and like its fierce competitors, the headphone jack has been removed. This leaves you with two options for music listening through your phone, Bluetooth, and USB-C earphones.

Is Pixel 6a big phone? ›

Google Pixel 6 display. The Pixel 6 comes with a — let's call it — medium-sized 6.4-inch screen on the front. By today's standards, it's not as large as a plus-sized phone, but it's definitely not a screen you would call “compact” or “small” in any case.

Does Pixel 6 have SD card slot? ›

The answer is no. Just like most of the popular smartphones released nowadays, the Google Pixel 6a doesn't include a microSD slot.

Which phone should I buy in 2022? ›

The best smartphones to buy in 2022
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: The best smartphone of 2022. ...
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: The best budget buy. ...
  • Google Pixel 6: Pixel perfect. ...
  • OnePlus 10 Pro: The best-value smartphone. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: The best folding phone. ...
  • Nokia C21 Plus: The best smartphone for £100.
13 Sept 2022

Which is the No 1 phone in world? ›

These smartphones can do some really smart jobs. It all started with the Apple iPhone that almost revolutionized the mobile phone market.
...
Top Most Best Selling Mobile Phone Brands in the World.
S. No.BrandMarket Share in India
1.Samsung27.94%
2.Apple iPhone27.68%
3.Xiaomi12.18%
4.Huawei6.18%
6 more rows
28 Aug 2022

Which Android brand is best? ›

Best Android phones 2022: Best of the rest
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro. The best pure Android OS phone. ...
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro. The best alternative premium Android phone. ...
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro. One of the most powerful Android phones you can buy. ...
  • OnePlus 9 Pro. ...
  • Realme GT 2 Pro. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. ...
  • OnePlus Nord 2T.
20 Sept 2022

Will Pixel 6a get Android 16? ›

The Pixel 6a launched on Android 12 and will be supported through Android 15, with two years of additional security updates. The Galaxy A53 will get Android 16.

Will Pixel 6a have wireless charging? ›

The Google Pixel 6a does not have wireless charging. This isn't surprising, though. No Pixel A-series device has featured wireless charging in the past. Omitting it is a simple way to save some cash in production and offer a lower price point.

Will Google make a Pixel 6a? ›

The Google Pixel 6a is now on sale, with the phone available for $449 from most locations. That's the same price Samsung charges for its midrange Galaxy A53 and $20 more than the iPhone SE (2020).

Which is best Google Pixel or iPhone? ›

The Pixel has a bigger screen and fast refresh rate, two advantages over the iPhone
Maximum brightness Higher is betterColor temperature (Kelvins)
Google Pixel 6770 (Excellent)6438 (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 13849 (Excellent)6586 (Excellent)
1 Aug 2022

What is the top selling phone? ›

Topping the list of best-selling phones in 2020 are Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12mini with over 38 million units sold. In second place are the Samsung Galaxy: S20, S20+, Ultra with over 28 million sold. And in third place again Apple with the second generation iPhone SE and over 24 million units sold.

What's better Android or iPhone? ›

Whether iOS is better than Android in security is now up for debate, but the consensus still gives Apple the upper hand. iOS has more consistent updates for all devices, a closed ecosystem that is harder to penetrate, and a stricter app store.

How do I stop Google Pixel 6 from overheating? ›

To keep your phone from getting too hot:
  1. Stop features or apps that make heavy use of your phone's resources. ...
  2. Keep your phone away from excessive heat, like inside a hot vehicle or outside in direct sunlight.
  3. Don't keep your phone in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.
  4. Reduce your phone's display brightness.

How do I stop Pixel 6 from overheating? ›

To help prevent your phone getting too hot, keep it out of direct sunlight. If your phone's temperature continues to rise, it could show a warning and turn off.
...
Your phone may:
  1. Slow down.
  2. Slow charging.
  3. Turn off your camera's flash.
  4. Turn off your camera.
  5. Partially or fully turn off your mobile data or Wi-Fi, including 5G.

Does Google Pixel 6 come with warranty? ›

For the Preferred Care Monthly Coverage plan, your devices include 4 years (Pixel 6a) or 2 years (Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 5a) of mechanical breakdown coverage after the one-year manufacturer warranty expires, and up to 2 accidental damage claims in a rolling 12-month period beginning with the date of the first ...

Does the Pixel 6 have connection issues? ›

Connectivity issues and problems have been near the top of the list of complaints we have heard from Pixel 6 owners almost since launch. Last week we asked you if you were affected, and here's just what 9to5Google readers had to say. Here's a quick recap of why this has come to the forefront again.

What is advantage of Google pixel? ›

With a Pixel phone, you get the purest Android experience possible; it's Android just as Google intended. Android running on a Pixel phone looks stunning, way better than iOS on the iPhone. It is also free from ALL the useless bloatware you get on non-Pixel Android phones.

Is the Google Pixel 6 waterproof? ›

Model only available through Verizon, AT&T or on the Google Store. Designed to comply with water protection rating IPX8 under IEC standard 60529 when each device leaves the factory but device is not waterproof.

Is the Pixel 6 or 6a better? ›

Google Pixel 6a vs Pixel 6: Performance

The Pixel 6a and the Pixel 6 are powered by the same Tensor octa-core chip from Google. However, the Pixel 6 benefits from an extra 2GB of RAM (8GB vs 6GB). In addition to an entry-level 128GB storage variant, it also has a 256GB model, while the Pixel 6a is limited to 128GB.

Should I buy Pixel 6a or Pixel 6? ›

The Google Pixel 6a offers a 6.1-inch display, Tensor SoC, and a capable cameras at an affordable price. If you can spend $150 extra, the Pixel 6 is a better buy, in our opinion, as it offers a higher refresh rate display, better everyday performance, and superior cameras.

Is Google Pixel 6a good for gaming? ›

Is the Pixel 6a good for gaming? The Tensor processor running the Pixel 6a is close to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, so the phone is capable of running most games without compromises. The Pixel 6a also comes with a 6.1-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, and stereo speakers, which can make gaming more immersive.

When did Pixel 6a come out? ›

July 28

How long does Pixel 6 battery last? ›

In our browsing test the vanilla Pixel 6 lasted for over 14 hours, one hour longer than the Pixel 6 Pro, and on par with the competition. Our video streaming test saw the Pixel 6 outperforming other flagships with 11 hours of continuous playback for the vanilla model, and just over 9 hours for the Pro.

Is the Pixel 6a better than the Pixel 5? ›

Quick Comparison

Google Pixel 5 has better RAM than Google Pixel 6A. Neither of them has front Flash. In terms of display resolution, Google Pixel 6A has better resolution of 2400 x 1080 than Google Pixel 5 which has resolution of 2340 x 1080. Both have the same amount of internal memory.

Does the Pixel 6a have Gorilla Glass? ›

Super-fast, secure and affordable, the Google Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display. To better take on daily life wherever it finds you, the display is designed with tough, damage- and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.

Does the Pixel 6a have wireless charging? ›

The Google Pixel 6a does not have wireless charging. This isn't surprising, though. No Pixel A-series device has featured wireless charging in the past. Omitting it is a simple way to save some cash in production and offer a lower price point.

Is it worth to buy Pixel? ›

Google's Pixel phones are our favorite Android phones here at WIRED, and they have been for a few years. They have industry-leading cameras, get speedy software and security updates directly from Google (like iPhones do from Apple), and are priced competitively.

Is the Pixel 6a waterproof? ›

Is the Pixel 6a waterproof? The Pixel 6a is water resistant, but it doesn't meet the highest current standards in terms of water resistance. It has an IP67 rating, which means you should be able to submerge it up to one meter for 30 minutes.

Does the Google Pixel 6a have good battery life? ›

Although the Pixel 6a has a poorer battery life than its predecessor, these numbers are still pretty good and show it can be a dependable phone. Plus, it comes with Google's Extreme Battery Saver features, which, according to Google, should give your Pixel 6a up to 72 hours of battery life.

How do you charge a Pixel 6a? ›

Pixel phones use USB-C with USB 2.0 power adapters and cables. To charge your phone with a USB-A power adapter, use a USB-C to USB-A cable.

How do you use headphones on Pixel 6a? ›

How to Connect Headphones to Google Pixel 6a - YouTube

Does Pixel 6a support 5G? ›

Google's new Pixel 6a smartphone offers a lot of great features for the price and that includes 5G support. Even though it doesn't have 5G in its name like the Pixel 5a 5G did, the phone does support 5G connectivity.

Does Pixel 6a have a SIM slot? ›

The SIM tray for the Google Pixel 6a is on the bottom left-hand side, so pop it out using a SIM ejector tool or a small pin. Insert your physical SIM inside the tray and then pop it back in.

Is the Pixel 6a glass? ›

In terms of build quality, the Pixel 6a is made with fewer premium materials: a Gorilla Glass 3 front panel vs. the Pixel 6's tougher Gorilla Glass Victus, and a “3D thermoformed composite back” instead of Gorilla Glass 6.

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