Google’s released a new version of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have a lot of appeal if you don’t want to spend a ton of your next phone.
If you’re looking for a new phone, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL should be at the top of your list. Google’s 2018 flagships are two of 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’ll also get upgraded to Android Q alongside the Pixel 3 later this year.
You also might want to consider the upcoming Pixel 4, Google’s rumored 2019 flagship, though it looks like it’ll arrive much later in the year.
If you aren’t sold on buying a Pixel 3, Pixel 2, or a competitor, make sure you check out the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Google’s new budget phones.
The devices are mid-range alternative to the flagship 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).
Google’s new devices are 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 the best version of Android Pie. 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 Pie 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 flagship 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.
We should also point out that Pixel devices are always the first to milestone Android upgrades from Google. For instance, Pixel phones were the first to Android 8.1 Oreo and Android Pie.
Pixel devices got Android 8.1 Oreo in December, 2017. Samsung, the biggest Android OEM, waited until late 2018 to start rolling out Android 8.1.
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