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Google Pixel 7a Review: Affordable Upgrade


 Google Pixel 7a Review

Introduction:

Google made a surprising move in 2022 by introducing its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones in India. The Pixel 7, priced at Rs. 59,999 during its launch, can now be purchased online for around Rs. 55,999, making it more affordable than its predecessors. Recently, Google also unveiled the Pixel 7a in India, a "pocket-friendly" version of the Pixel 7. This new phone boasts several improvements over its predecessor, the Pixel 6a, and surprisingly maintains the same price tag of Rs. 43,999 for the single variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.




Considering the minimal price difference between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7a, is it worth paying an extra Rs. 12,000 for the more premium model? Moreover, is the Pixel 7a a worthy upgrade from the Pixel 6a? Let's delve into these questions.


Specification:

The Google Pixel 7a boasts impressive specifications and cutting-edge software. It inherits the powerful Tensor G2 SoC, which is also found in the Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and recently announced Pixel Fold models. This processor not only offers enhanced performance but also introduces additional camera and photo editing capabilities.


Google continues its trend of not providing multiple RAM or storage options for the Pixel 7a. With only 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, some users may find it insufficient, especially considering the lack of expandable storage support. Additionally, there is no longer a complimentary cloud storage option, except for a few limited-time offers. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that the Pixel 7a marks the first time an 8GB RAM configuration has been made available in the Pixel A series, which is a welcomed improvement.



Google Pixel 7a Review
Google Pixel 7a Review
Google Pixel 7a Review

The Pixel 7a features a 6.1-inch full-HD+ OLED display with an embedded fingerprint reader. The display has a maximum screen refresh rate of 90Hz, providing a smooth and responsive experience. Unlike the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 6a, which had some initial issues, the Pixel 7a's fingerprint reader works reliably right from the start.


In terms of connectivity, the Pixel 7a supports Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, and a wide range of 5G bands, ensuring fast and seamless communication. While the device has a single nano-SIM slot, users can easily add a second phone number through the eSIM feature, allowing for convenient dual SIM functionality.


The Google Pixel 7a is equipped with a 4,385mAh battery, slightly smaller than its predecessor. Wired charging is limited to 18W, while wireless charging supports up to 7.5W. It's important to note that Google no longer includes a charger in the package, following its practice from previous releases.


Camera Features :

The Google Pixel 7a has seen notable upgrades in its camera department. The primary camera now sports a 64-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS). Additionally, the ultra-wide camera has been improved from a 12-megapixel sensor to a 13-megapixel sensor. The selfie camera has also received a boost from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels. Despite the different sensor resolutions, all three cameras default to capturing 12-megapixel binned images. However, it's worth noting that the device does not support macro photography.



Similar to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro models, the Tensor G2 SoC brings some impressive camera features. While it lacks the Action Pan mode found in the premium Pixel 7, it does offer a Long Exposure mode that enables capturing quality long-exposure photos without the need for a tripod. The new Night mode is nearly twice as fast as the Pixel 6a's Night Sight mode, both in capturing the photos and processing them afterward. Another useful feature is Photo Unblur, which effectively removes minor blurring from images. I found this particularly helpful when attempting to take photos of my child while on the move.



Verdict :

Among the numerous enhancements introduced in the Google Pixel 7a, the compromises appear to be primarily in the selfie camera and reduced battery life. However, with the inclusion of the Tensor G2 SoC, the Pixel 7a now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its competitors. Additionally, the device offers a clean Android 13 interface, unmatched at its price range. In many aspects, the Pixel 7a proves to be a worthwhile upgrade, even for current Pixel 6a users.


If your priority is faster charging, the OnePlus 11R 5G is a superior option with improved battery life and the convenience of 100W wired charging. However, it does not offer wireless charging or an IP rating. On the other hand, the Pixel 7a presents a distinct offering with excellent value and a unique combination of features at a price of Rs. 43,999. Notably, it boasts highly capable cameras, further enhancing its appeal.





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