Which Google phone is right for you?

We’re not talking about Android-powered handsets like Samsung here, but rather, Google’s own smartphones - the Pixel range. First introduced in 2013, these Google devices operate on either Chrome OS or Android’s own system, and make a perfect alternative purchase to the other household names on the market. 

Take your pick from the following list to find the right Pixel phone for you:

The Pixel 3 Range

The Pixel 3 and 3XL were announced in October 2018, but are no longer available to buy from the Google store. Instead, they have been superseded by the 2019 release of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Find out how they stack up below.

 

Pixel 3a

Pixel 3a XL

Cost

From £329

From £399

Display

5.6 inches OLED display

2220 x 1080 resolution

6 inches OLED display

2160 x 1080 resolution

Size

H = 151.3mm
W = 70.1mm

H = 160.1mm
W = 76.1mm

Camera

Rear = 12.2MP dual-pixel

Front = 8MP

4K video

Rear = 12.2MP dual-pixel

Front = 8MP

4K video

Battery

3,000mAh

3,700mAh

Material

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate

Colour

Clearly White, Purple-ish, Just Black

Clearly White, Purple-ish, Just Black

Water resistance

No IP rating

No IP rating

Storage

4GB RAM

64GB storage, plus unlimited photos and videos with Google Photos

4GB RAM

64GB storage, plus unlimited photos and videos with Google Photos

Features

4G

Operating on Android 9.0

Pixel Imprint for unlocking phone

3.5mm audio jack

Fast charging compatibility

Bluetooth 5.0

4G

Operating on Android 9.0

Pixel Imprint for unlocking phone

3.5mm audio jack 

Fast charging compatibility 

Bluetooth 5.0


Whilst not too different from one another, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were designed to be budget flagships, so you can have the satisfaction of a high-end phone, and all its amazing features, but with a cheaper price tag. The only major difference between the two models here is the 3a XL is slightly larger with a longer battery life

Decent screen sizes for both optimal viewing and portability 

Relatively cheap 

Unlimited photo storage with Google Photos

Option for either wireless audio (Bluetooth) or plug-in (3.5mm jack)

Not compatible with 5G

Not water resistant 

The Pixel 4 Range

The Pixel 4 range has more to offer, with 4 models available to pick up from the Google store. The 4 and 4XL were released in October 2019, whilst the 4a and 4a with 5G were released recently in September 2020.

 

Pixel 4

Pixel 4 XL

Pixel 4a

Pixel 4a with 5G

Cost

From £699

From £829

From £349

From £499

Display

5.7 inches OLED display

6.3 inches OLED display

5.8 inches OLED display

6.2 inches OLED display

Size

H = 147.1mm
W = 68.8mm

H = 160.4mm
W = 75.1mm

H = 144mm
W = 69.4mm

H = 153.9mm
W = 74mm

Camera

Rear = 16MP and 12.2MP dual-pixel

Front = 8MP wide-angle

4K video

Rear = 16MP and 12.2MP dual-pixel

Front = 8MP wide-angle

4K video

Rear = 12.2MP dual-pixel

Front = 8MP

Rear = 12.2MP dual-pixel and 16MP ultrawide

Front = 8MP

4K video

Battery

2,800mAh

3,700mAh

3,140mAh

3,885mAh

Material

Gorilla glass and aluminium

Gorilla glass and aluminium

Gorilla glass and polycarbonate

Gorilla glass and polycarbonate

Colour

Just Black and Clearly White

Just Black and Clearly White

Just Black

Just Black

Water resistance

IP68

IP68

No IP rating

IP68

Storage

6GB RAM

64GB or 128GB, plus unlimited storage with Google Photos

6GB RAM

64GB or 128GB, plus unlimited storage with Google Photos

6GB RAM

128GB, plus unlimited storage with Google Photos

6GB RAM

128GB, plus unlimited storage with Google Photos

Features

Qi-certified wireless charging

Fast charging

Dual stereo speakers

Operating on Android 10

Compatible with hearing aids

4G

Qi-certified wireless charging

Fast charging

Dual stereo speakers

Operating on Android 10

Compatible with hearing aids

4G

4G

Fast charging

Pixel Imprint 

Compatible with hearing aids

5G

Fast charging

Pixel Imprint

Compatible with hearing aids


Your choice from the Pixel 4 range will depend largely upon what you want from your phone. For a long-lasting phone with larger screen sizes, the 4 XL and 4a with 5G are your best choices. But for more high-quality cameras, wireless charging compatibility, and storage choices, the 4 and 4 XL are better suited. The 4a, however, is the good middleman between them. 

Large screens with high resolution 

Range of prices to suit budget

Unlimited photo storage with Google Photos

Compatible with wireless charging 

Fairly large battery lives 

Only one model is compatible with 5G

Not all are water resistant 

The Pixel 5

The newest Pixel Google phone was released in September 2020. The 5 is the most powerful of all the models so far and comes pre-built with 5G compatibility and the newest Android 11. Take a look at its specs below. 

 

Pixel 5

Cost

From £599

Display

6 inch flexible OLED display

1080 x 2340 resolution

Size

H = 144.7mm
W = 70.4mm

Camera

Rear = 12.2MP dual-pixel and 16MP ultrawide

Front = 8MP

4K video

Battery

4,080mAh

Material

Recycled aluminium and Gorilla glass

Colour

Just Black and Sorta Sage

Water resistance

IP68

Storage

8GB RAM

128GB storage, plus unlimited storage with Google Photos

Features

Qi-compatible wireless charging

Fast charging

Reverse wireless charging

Battery share

Pixel Imprint

Bluetooth 5.0

Compatible with hearing aids

Launched on Android 11


With advanced battery features, including Battery Share and reverse wireless charging, the long-lasting Pixel 5 will carry you throughout the day. Looking at the full Pixel range, the 5, along with the 4a with 5G, has the fastest processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, for quick and efficient use. 

Large and flexible screen for easier viewing 

Fair price for features 

Unlimited photo storage with Google Photos

Compatible with 5G and wireless charging 

Large battery life - can last all day with average use 

Cameras could be more powerful 

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