20 June 2019
Google Pixel 3a is without a doubt the cheapest option over its Pixel 3 siblings. But still, it falls under a price range which not everyone can afford or is willing to spend. The phone, however, is for purely Android lovers and those who want to experience Google’s excellence in the camera. The phone also interests the very notable YouTuber Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything who tests the newly-launched mobile phones using many methods to tell you about their durability. So, Pixel 3a also underwent this brutal series of test.
Pixel 3a is relatively cheaper and this tag just changes everything. It has plastic build and some low-end specifications to maintain the price range that doesn’t go harsh on pockets. While there are many comparisons between the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 available that could tell you about the performance difference, there’s hardly any word on the Pixel 3a’s durability.
The device first undergoes the scratch test to conclude the day-to-day incidents like keys and coins won’t do any damage to the surface but anything harder can cause a scratch. The metal mesh on the speaker grill is just glued to the bottom of the glass display and this might come loose after a few years of owning the phone due to temperature fluctuations. The sides and back of the phone are made of the hard plastic which does get the scratches but it doesn’t feel cheap.
Interestingly, the phone also survives the hard bend test. It did bend a little and you can hear creaks from the middle but the flex doesn’t stay for longer. Zack concludes that the Pixel 3a might be the “best cheap phone of the year if you want a solid budget phone with a fantastic camera and headphone jack.”