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O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Black
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Lilac Purple
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
White
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Black
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Lilac Purple
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
White
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes 500
£12
per month
£364
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Black
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes 1000
£14
per month
£349
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
White
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes 1000
£14
per month
£349
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
Lilac Purple
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes 1000
£14
per month
£349
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

O2
Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a: 64GB
White
  • Term 12 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes 1000
£14
per month
£349
upfront cost
Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse

About Google Pixel 3a - Review, Specs + more

Enter the Google Pixel 3a, the cheapest smartphone in the Pixel series so far. The most important thing to note is that Google has clearly listened to the price criticism of previous models, and this mid-range device uses the powerful camera technology of the more expensive Pixel 3 but has a few compromises you should be aware of.

Don't forget its larger brother the Google Pixel 3a XL.

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Google Pixel 3a:  great camera with few limitations

According to numerous reviews online, you'll probably know already that the main camera was already pretty good  in Google Pixel 3. Now the same technology is also available in the form of the much cheaper Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Unlike its competitors Samsung, Huawei or Apple, Google here does not rely on a multi-camera system, but on a single camera. It resolves to a total of 12.2 megapixels and covers a 76° focal viewpoint. This roughly corresponds to a 28mm wide angle in the small picture format and is thus far enough to be suitable for most photos, including group selfies.

Also, the optical image stabiliser and the autofocus with dual-pixel technology have been adopted. Combined, both of these promise not only jitter-free 4K videos, but also photos with precise and nicely defined sharpness. According to oure reviewer, the Pixel 3a delivers as good results as the Pixel 3 in daylight as well as at dusk.

Stripped down front camera

A depth of field lens is integrated, which provides an aesthetic background blur in portrait mode. By software you can even adjust the depth of field individually to the subject. This also applies to the detailed and natural looking night vision mode. Only the resolution of the super res zoom can not keep up with the optical telephoto zoom of the more expensive multi camera models like the new iPhone 11.

One slight negative tohugh, and for that we need to look at the front camera: compared to the more expensive Pixel 3 model, a dual camera for the wide-angle and telephoto, the Pixel 3a user must be satisfied with a single 8-megapixel camera only. This captures an average image angle of 84 °.

Pixel 3a: OLED display, no notch

In terms of display, the chic Notch design is reserved for the expensive Pixel 3 model but that doesn't really matter when you consider the quality of the screen here - it's OLED, and superfine quality. Google clearly have gone all-in with this. With a screen size of 5.6 inches, it is only minimally larger than the touch screen of the Pixel 3.

Due to the elongated 18.5: 9 aspect ratio, the Full HD+ screen boasts a total of 2220 × 1080 pixels. Google has looked to saved on the casing, that much is obvious: compared to its more expensive counterpart, the rear is not made of glass but of plastic. This doesn't have such a nice "handfeel" but it's a compromise that is worth it to reduce the price point down.

Pixel 3a deals: Less is more

On to the battery, Google claims you can use the smartphone for up to a day, it is equipped with a comparatively large 3000 mAh battery. The included 18 watt adapter also ensures that it is quickly recharged via USB-C port. There is no wireless charging, on the other hand, and this is just as impossible as using dual-SIM (both not supported).

Thanks to the 3.5 mm jack, conventional headphones can be connected though - it was great of Google to keep this, unlike Apple.

Our Verdict/Conclusion

The Google Pixel 3a is a solid mid-range smartphone whose main camera goes well beyond the standard class. With regard to the hardware, however, some compromises have to be made - specifically, the housing is made of plastic, the front camera comes without dual function and a memory expansion isn't possible. 

What the Google Pixel 3a does offer is  something that is quite often not present in other mid-range smartphones: the brilliant OLED display. In this respect, the price-performance ratio means it makes sense to consider the 3a or its larger brother the 3a XL.

Google Pixel 3a Price

In the UK the Pixel 3a costs £399. However it is possible to get this cheaper now , as the post-launch prices have since fallen.  On contract you can get a Google Pixel 3a on pay monthly contract for £15.99 a month with Vodafone.

Google Pixel 3a: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 147 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2220
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Back Camera: 12.2 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 1
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB:

Pixel 3a Deals FAQs

The oneCompare robots are currently comparing 769 Google Pixel 3a contract deals on SIX major mobile phone network(s):

  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the EE network
  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the Vodafone network
  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the iD network
  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the O2 network
  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the Virgin network
  • Google Pixel 3a deals on the Sky Mobile network

We'll shortly be adding Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and a few more! No other comparison website offers such a huge number of possible comparisons.

Pixel 3a: What's the cheapest monthly deal?

The cheapest monthly cost for the Pixel 3a currently is £10.50 a month. Although this varies depending on how much upfront you want to pay - if you are looking to spend about £100 upfront then there are a number of deals on the Google Pixel 3a available right now via pay monthly. If you prefer to compare SIM Only plans and don't need a handset or device then click here to compare

Pixel 3a deals: How long does delivery take?

If your device is in stock with the retailer, then most orders will be shipped by them within 24 hours so you could have your phone tomorrow morning. If it's a pre-order then we will let you know the approximate delivery date

Is SIM Only better for Pixel 3a?

Generally speaking, SIM Only is cheaper but you don't have the benefit of paying monthly for your handset like the Google Pixel 3a, so it only really makes financial sense if you are in the fortunate position to be able to buy the handset outright first. Yes, it works out cheaper overall if you can do that, at least nearly always - but it is really a personal preference. Find out more about SIM Only deals here

Not sure which mobile network to go for?

oneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Google Pixel 3a ee contract or a Google Pixel 3a Tesco Mobile contract?

The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have cruddy download speeds? But never fear - oneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts below.

Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand new Google Pixel 3a contract only to find you can't use your data (never mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.

A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signals across all major mobile networks within the UK.

So which network has the best signal?

According to Which?, in their recent research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.

EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal - they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!

oneCompare's extensive deals & contract database checks for prices and details on 769 Google Pixel 3a deals, covering 3 model(s):

So what are you waiting for - search for your desired Google Pixel 3a handset colour, and perfect contract using our filters.

Should I buy SIM-Only, and will it save money?

In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile phone usage requirements.

Out of our 769 Google Pixel 3a deals, our cheapest Google Pixel 3a deal over the entire life of the contract is £388.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.

oneCompare's team have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM-free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely possible as the Mobile networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.

A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much a Google Pixel 3a SIM Free phone would cost to buy i.e. this is where you buy the phone without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront.

The benefit here is flexibility: you're able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile networks often give you far better usage allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM Free Google Pixel 3a handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare this cost to a regular Google Pixel 3a Contract.

Did you know? You can compare SIM only deals from Sky, o2, Vodafone and all the other networks with oneCompare!

Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contracts, is to consider purchasing a pre owned Google Pixel 3a phone from the likes of MusicMagpie who provide warranties and flexible handset payment terms.

What's in the box?

If you take out a contract on this device then Google will helpfully provide you with a charger, headphones, the device itself, and a few other things beside. See our full list of items below.

  1. Device
  2. Charging wire, UK plug
  3. Headphones
  4. USB Cabling
  5. Device
  6. SIM Card tool
  7. Quick-start booklet
  8. Warranty info

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