Google Pixel 6a review - a great camera phone for the cash conscious

The Pixel 6a combines Google's camera smarts and styling with loads of power

Photo of the Google Pixel 6a
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Google Pixel 6a is a very good phone that might rehash years-old camera hardware, but it updates the line's computational photography to keep things competitive. It also adds Pixel 6 and 6 Pro power, water resistance, a premium, playful design, and runs stock Android. Its main competition is the Nothing Phone (1) and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, and if you're in the US, where the Phone (1) isn't currently available, then it's probably the best option for the price.


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    Playful and premium design

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    Best-in-class performance

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    Powerful camera software

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    60Hz screen isn't competitive

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    Dated camera hardware

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    No wireless charging

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    Battery life could be better

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The Google Pixel 6a is a hodgepodge of top-end and midrange features. Starting with the good stuff, it gets the same mighty Google Tensor processor introduced on the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro – so should deliver flagship performance and 5G data speeds. 

Google also revisits its playful Pixel 6 styling, for a two-tone, black bar rear, and the phone's frame is a rich, blasted metal. With some competition like the Galaxy A53 5G sporting plastic at the price, things are looking good for the Google 6a's design, and it's water-resistant too.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.