If you’re looking for a new device, Google’s Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL should be at the top of your list. Google’s devices are among the best phones on the market and they’re worth a look if you’re currently using Android or if you’re a potential convert.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL should also be on your shortlist. They’re getting older, but they’re outstanding devices and much cheaper than they once were. They also got upgraded to Android 10 alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
The devices are mid-range alternative to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 3 models which makes them an appealing choice for those of you who want a Pixel experience without breaking the bank.
The two Pixel 3a models are available at Google, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and select retailers like Amazon. The companies are selling three different colors (White, Purple, Black) in one storage size (64GB).
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are extremely tempting, but some of you might want to go with something else. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have some limitations you should be aware of before you commit to your next device.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL and the best reasons to wait or go with another phone.
Buy for Great Software Support
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL run a great version of Android 10. They also get the best software support from Google.
While you might be tempted to buy an older Pixel or Nexus phone, software support will end for those devices before it ends for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
If Google's Android timeline holds, Android 10 will be the last major upgrade for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. The devices will get security updates and bug fixes for another year, but support will end after that and you'll be on your own.
Google says Android version support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will end alongside security updates in October 2020.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will get software updates until October 2021. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will get similar support making the Pixel 3 line the best choice for those who want to hold onto their phone for several years.
The newer Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will get support through 2022.