In our Google Pixel 6a review, we praised the budget phone for its excellent camera performance, bright display, and impressive design. But there’s more to it: It’s a pretty durable smartphone, and it’s now cheaper than ever, having dropped below $400.
Starting with the durability side of things, the serial device tester and torturer JerryRigEverything (opens in a new tab) put the Pixel 6a through a series of tests to see how robust the affordable smartphone is. The YouTuber found that the Pixel 6a resists scratches on the glass screen cover, chassis, and camera housing well.
The Pixel 6a also survived JerryRigEverything’s flex test, something other budget and mid-range phones can’t always handle. It’s true that the plastic back panel (the flagship Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones use glass backs) can be scratched with a sharp knife, but it’s not likely to crack like glass if dropped on a surface. hard.
With IP67 dust and water resistance, as well as the use of an aluminum frame, the Pixel 6a should survive all sorts of knocks and bumps, as well as being submerged in a bit of water; However, we do not recommend that you take your phone into the pool. Again, such durability isn’t something we typically expect from phones below the $500 mark, let alone below $400.
Speaking of price, on Amazon the Google Pixel 6a has been reduced to $399 (opens in a new tab), in the three colors: sage, chalk and charcoal. That’s a savings of $50, just a few months after the phone launched.
As such, what was already one of the best cheap phones is now even more affordable. Not only that, but you’ll get a smartphone with Google’s ideal version of Android 12 (and Android 13 coming soon) and with all the brains of the Tensor chip.
Now the Pixel 6a isn’t perfect, but no phone is, not even the mighty iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. But for the price, it’s a killer smartphone and a worthy entry on our list of the best Android phones, rubbing shoulders with much more expensive models.
In short, if you want a capable, durable and affordable phone, you should consider the Google Pixel 6a.