Buy for Vanilla Android Pie
If you want a cheap, Nexus-style software experience, think about buying the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL.
Android OEMs continue to put their own spin on Android. For instance, Samsung's Android 9.0 Pie updates feature the company's new One UI that's already getting mixed reviews from long time users.
The Pixel 3a run what many consider the best version of Android Pie. No bloatware. No skin over the top. Just a clean, fast operating system packed with features like Google Duplex and Call Screen.
Call Screen is one of our favorite features from Google's version of Android Pie.
Google's version of Android Pie also comes with the company's AR (Augmented Reality) Playground, improved Google Lens, and fingerprint scanner gesture controls.
For more on the Pixel's best software features, take a look at our guide.