Google Pixel 4a
In fact, after testing the Pixel 4a when it shipped last year, I personally wouldn’t hesitate to choose it over the iPhone SE. While the iPhone SE is more powerful and has conveniences like wireless charging and water resistance, Google’s midrange offering tops Apple’s in several other areas, including a larger and brighter OLED display, more modern design and double the storage out of the box. There’a a reason the Pixel 4a topped the iPhone SE for best phone value in our Tom’s Guide Awards 2021 honoring the top phones.
OS: Android 10 (updated to Android 11)
Display: 5.81-inch OLED (2340×1080)
CPU: Snapdragon 730G
Rear camera: 12.2MP (ƒ/1.7)
Front camera: 8MP (ƒ/2.0)
Battery: 3,140 mAh
Battery life: 8:55
Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 5.04 ounces
The Google Pixel 4a is an unbeatable phone for $350 and the best in its class if camera performance is your primary concern. While it can’t match the iPhone SE’s power, the Pixel 4a is the better handset overall.
The Google Pixel 4a takes everything that made 2019’s Pixel 3a great — the flagship-caliber camera, the thoughtful software, the impressive build quality — and improves upon it, while also lowering the price to $349. The result isn’t simply the best cheap phone on the market; it’s one of the best phones, period, even as we get closer to the first anniversary of its release.