Google Pixel 3a And 3a XL Phones Are Exactly What Smart Phones Should Cost

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Google announced two new Pixel phones at its annual Google I/O developer's conference this week. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are logical and sane follow-ups to the Pixel 3 phone, and thankfully do not fold in any way, shape or form. They are however, very moderately priced at $399 and $479 respectively. This is refreshingly well below the current market threshold for the price of phones.

I've often harangued phone manufacturers (especially Apple) about the prices of phones. The current slate of Apple phones will run you close to $1000 depending on how big your hand is. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is $900 and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is 100% trash, but would run you near $2000 if it actually ends up existing. Phones cost too damn much. Sure, you can rent a phone or trade one in, but we should be able to own our technology at a moderately affordable price.

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Sure, you could say that the Google Pixel 3a is Google's answer to the Apple iPhone XR, but the XR still comes in at $749 and the Pixel 3a phones are packed with almost as many features as the flagship Pixel 3 phone. Just for a whole hell of a lot cheaper. This is important.

With AR added to Google Maps along with a time-lapse picture mode, the Pixel 3a phones are like buying a used but smells like new Toyota Corolla with seat warmers that still work. It's tough being in the rotting mass grave of the lower middle class. Having a full-featured smart phone enter the market at an affordable price is very appealing.

We out here struggling. Every dollar is important. Even thinking about spending $1000 on a phone that will get bricked in a year when the new OS is forcibly installed, along with all the dongles I'd have to buy along with it, makes me break out in a cold sweat. Entire television sets in full 4K HD are cheaper than smart phones. I can go out right now and spend less on a used car than I would spend at the Apple store. Phones are a necessity. The fact they are often priced like luxury items is unnerving and shows the sheer greed of corporations.

This argument wouldn't make sense if the new Google Pixel phones aren't already getting good reviews. Google is proving it's possible to provide function and form at a reasonable price. Here's a good hands-on review of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. It should be noted that the headphone jack is listed as a cool addition. It should have never been removed from phones in the first place. Who wants to pay a thousand dollars for a phone without a headphone jack? Your AirPods are a tragedy.

Maybe Google is or isn't cognizant of the fact that we're getting bled dry by technology companies — it doesn't matter. We have to own smart phones. They are integral to our daily lives. There is no reason other than corporate greed why they should cost so damn much.

Yet, I can't help but feel that Google entering sub-$500 phones into the market that are technologically comparable to most of the phones out there is an outlier. It's surely a gauntlet thrown down at Apple to go back to the days of affordable iPhones, but one that at this point, Apple doesn't have to pick up. Apple iPhones are a luxury item so perhaps Google is just making phones for the rest of us schlubs out here trying to make do with what we've got.


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Google announced two new Pixel phones at its annual Google I/O developer's conference this week. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are logical and sane follow-ups to the Pixel 3 phone, and thankfully do not fold in any way, shape or form. They are however, very moderately priced at $399 and $479 respectively. This is refreshingly well below the current market threshold for the price of phones.

I've often harangued phone manufacturers (especially Apple) about the prices of phones. The current slate of Apple phones will run you close to $1000 depending on how big your hand is. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is $900 and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is 100% trash, but would run you near $2000 if it actually ends up existing. Phones cost too damn much. Sure, you can rent a phone or trade one in, but we should be able to own our technology at a moderately affordable price.

Also see: YouPorn Debuts Jedy Vales, Its NSFW Virtual Brand Ambassador

Sure, you could say that the Google Pixel 3a is Google's answer to the Apple iPhone XR, but the XR still comes in at $749 and the Pixel 3a phones are packed with almost as many features as the flagship Pixel 3 phone. Just for a whole hell of a lot cheaper. This is important.

With AR added to Google Maps along with a time-lapse picture mode, the Pixel 3a phones are like buying a used but smells like new Toyota Corolla with seat warmers that still work. It's tough being in the rotting mass grave of the lower middle class. Having a full-featured smart phone enter the market at an affordable price is very appealing.

We out here struggling. Every dollar is important. Even thinking about spending $1000 on a phone that will get bricked in a year when the new OS is forcibly installed, along with all the dongles I'd have to buy along with it, makes me break out in a cold sweat. Entire television sets in full 4K HD are cheaper than smart phones. I can go out right now and spend less on a used car than I would spend at the Apple store. Phones are a necessity. The fact they are often priced like luxury items is unnerving and shows the sheer greed of corporations.

This argument wouldn't make sense if the new Google Pixel phones aren't already getting good reviews. Google is proving it's possible to provide function and form at a reasonable price. Here's a good hands-on review of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. It should be noted that the headphone jack is listed as a cool addition. It should have never been removed from phones in the first place. Who wants to pay a thousand dollars for a phone without a headphone jack? Your AirPods are a tragedy.

Maybe Google is or isn't cognizant of the fact that we're getting bled dry by technology companies — it doesn't matter. We have to own smart phones. They are integral to our daily lives. There is no reason other than corporate greed why they should cost so damn much.

Yet, I can't help but feel that Google entering sub-$500 phones into the market that are technologically comparable to most of the phones out there is an outlier. It's surely a gauntlet thrown down at Apple to go back to the days of affordable iPhones, but one that at this point, Apple doesn't have to pick up. Apple iPhones are a luxury item so perhaps Google is just making phones for the rest of us schlubs out here trying to make do with what we've got.


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