I know you have your eyes on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but trust me, you just might be better off buying the Pixel 5a 5G now. We are all attracted to the latest and the greatest of anything. It is human nature. But that does not mean that getting the latest is the best buying decision you can make.
Firstly, let me put it straight to you: the Pixel 6 duo are without doubt the best Pixel smartphones in the market in 2021. You won’t get a 50MP camera or 120Hz refresh rate display or Tensor chip on any other Pixel phone right now. That puts them in a class that is untouchable by their siblings.
If you are able and willing to spend $600 and above on a smartphone right now, there is no reason why you should not buy either the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. If, like most people, you are on a budget and have to count the cost before you make that purchase, I put it to you that your best alternative to the Pixel 6 phones is the Pixel 5a 5G. And I will tell you why.
Pixel 5a 5G is a 2021 smartphone
Pixel 5a 5G is a 2021 smartphone. Besides the Pixel 6 devices, it is the only other 2021 Pixel phone in existence. It hit the market in August, just two months before the Pixel 6 line-up. This makes it a bang up-to-date smartphone. But that isn’t all.
Pixel 5a 5G has better battery life
If battery life means a lot to you, there are not a lot of Pixel phones that make the cut. The Pixel 5a 5G has the best battery life of the 2021 set of Pixel phones – better than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, despite the Pro’s 4680 mAh battery. The 5a 5G outguns the batteries of the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, Pixel 5, and Pixel 3a XL, and all the others that crawl behind them in terms of battery capacity and endurance.
Pixel 5a 5G is future-proof
5th generation mobile networks (or 5G, as we know it) are rolling out around the world and everyone is looking to get on it. The good news is that the Pixel 5a 5G is compliant. Owning one means that you will not be looking for a 5G-compliant smartphone in another 365 days.
Pixel 5a 5G is dust and water-resistant
Google’s “a” models tend to go without ingress protection, but not this rebel. the 5a 5G packs an IP67 dust/water-resistant body, so you don’t panic if caught in a rain shower or if it gets splashed by water.
Pixel 5a 5G costs a fraction the price of Pixel 6
Of course, if you are on a budget, this is the best part: you can get the 5a 5G for a fraction of the price of the Pixel 6. You will be spending about 40% less if you opt for the Pixel 5a 5G. And for $449, you will be getting a 5G smartphone with a 6.3″ OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a solid aluminum and resin unibody (which is not typical with Pixel “a” models), really good cameras, an upper mid-range Snapdragon 765G processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB built-in storage, stereo speakers, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a beefy battery, and 18W quick charge.
The Pixel 5a 5G is such a steal and serious value for money that you should be thinking of grabbing one right away. It is one of the best smartphones to buy as 2021 races to an end.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.