Friday, June 02, 2023

Review: Google Pixel 7a

 The Google Pixel 7a is for those who want just about all of the capabilities of one of the top-flight smartphones without the bulk or expense.

Like last year's Google Pixel 6a and Google Pixel 6 Pro, the setup includes a dynamic, 64MP camera system complete with the Magic Eraser feature, which lets you touch up photos by easily removing photobombers. 

While the camera isn't as great in low light, it takes solid pictures while zooming and captures speedy images on video. This is a device, powered by an upgraded Tensor G2 processor and 8GB of RAM, that will handle your social media needs with confidence.

A scaled-back version of the impressive Google Pixel 7 Pro, the $499 7a handles demands of gaming, apps and web surfing with ease, whether on WiFi or on T-Mobile's impressive 5G network. That's while rocking a crisp, 6.1-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate with 1080x2400 resolution. It's scratch-resistant, and the device as a whole can handle water splashes and accidental drink spills and toilet dunks without missing a beat.

The feature set has been boosted from last year's model, adding wireless charging, which lets you plop your phone down on a charger without the hassle of a cord.

On the downside, the battery struggles to keep up, requiring a mid-day recharge if you're taxing its capabilities to the limit. The 128GB storage is adequate, but possible to fill if you're a heavy video taker.

Overall, the 7a is a sizable if underwhelming upgrade to the 6a. If you skipped last year's model, that makes the upgrade all the more appealing. The new device is also worth a look for Pixel 6 Pro users who would prefer a svelte option that can out-perform the phone they're used to.

Strong, svelte and dynamic, the 6a is the budget-friendly high-end smartphone option to beat as 2023 approaches the midpoint.

T-Mobile sent product for review.

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