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Google Pixel 4a Smartphone
Pixel 4a
The Google Pixel 4a is a smartphone that was tested with the Android 11 operating system. This model weighs 5 ounces, has a 5.8 inch display, 12.2-megapixel main camera, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with 6GB of RAM. It was tested with 128GB of storage.
Description
The Google Pixel 4a is a smartphone that was tested with the Android 11 operating system. This model weighs 5 ounces, has a 5.8 inch display, 12.2-megapixel main camera, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with 6GB of RAM. It was tested with 128GB of storage.

Ratings Scorecard

Survey Results

Predicted Reliability

Predicted Reliability

Predicted brand reliability icons are based on estimated problem rates for newly purchased smartphones, not covered by an extended warranty or service contract, within the first 2 years of ownership.

 /  5
Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their smartphone brand to friends and family.

 /  5

Test Results

Camera: Rear image quality

Camera: Rear image quality

Still image quality using the rear facing (main) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.

 /  5
Camera: Rear 1080p video quality

Camera: Rear 1080p video quality

Video quality is based on the judgments of trained panelists who viewed recorded video images shot at the highest quality setting available (1080 max.) in multiple lighting conditions.

 /  5
Camera: Selfie image quality

Camera: Selfie image quality

Still image quality using the front facing (selfie) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, color accuracy, and visual noise in multiple lighting conditions and on bokeh images.

 /  5
Battery and charging

Battery and charging

Battery represents tests under nominal cell-network signals, including battery consumption performing tasks that involve voice, data, display, and other factors. Charging represents battery tests of time to charge from empty, fast charging for 15 minutes, wireless charging capability, and if the phone comes with a fast charger, wireless charger and replaceable battery. All phones are set the same brightness level for the entire test.

 /  5
Display

Display

Rates the overall quality of the display including its color, clarity, off-angle viewing and touch responsiveness.

 /  5
Durability

Durability

Measures how tough a phone's build quality is. It includes a tumble test where the phone is dropped up to 100 times, scratch resistance, a rain test and water submersion test.

 /  5
Performance

Performance

Rates overall phone performance including amount of storage available compared to stated storage and tested processor performance.

 /  5
Sound

Sound

Sound rates the sound quality of the included headphones and speakers and loudness.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Ease of use includes subjective and objective ratings of the convenience of using the menu, web browser, camera, buttons, and unlocking the phone via a finger and facial recognition.

 /  5
Calling

Calling

Calling considers listening quality that reflects what you hear and talking, what's heard by other phones. Tests were conducted in noisy and quiet environments using conventional phone calls.

 /  5
Battery life

Battery life

Battery life represents tests under nominal cell-network signals, including battery consumption performing tasks that involve voice, data, display, and other factors. All phones are set the same brightness level for the entire test and results are in hours rounded to the nearest half hour.

 /  5

About

The Google Pixel 4a is part of the Cell phones & services test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Smartphones models like the Pixel 4a are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Camera: Rear image quality Still image quality using the rear facing (main) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.

Camera: Rear 1080p video quality Video quality is based on the judgments of trained panelists who viewed recorded video images shot at the highest quality setting available (1080 max.) in multiple lighting conditions.

Camera: Selfie image quality Still image quality using the front facing (selfie) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, color accuracy, and visual noise in multiple lighting conditions and on bokeh images.

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