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Best Budget Android Phone in 2020

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Rob, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. Rob

    Rob I'm tellin' mommy on you!
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    The best Android Phone in 2020 will likely be the Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra, but not everyone wants to fork over a cool $1k+ on a smartphone. These days the budget Android phones give you the best bang for your buck and have plenty of horsepower under the hood (including amazing cameras).

    It seems the current consensus is that the Pixel 4A will be the best budget Android Phone of 2020.


    Some key points:
    • There will ONLY be a Pixel 4A (no Pixel 4A+ or another variation)
    • There will be 3 color combinations that aim to stand out:
      • Black phone with Green power button
      • White phone with Orange power button
      • Blue phone with Pink power button
    • Specs include:
      • 144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2 mm
      • Plastic unibody
      • 5.81" display (bigger than Pixel 3A)
      • Fingerprint sensor on back
      • No wireless charging
      • Hole punch camera on front
      • 1 lens, 1 flash on rear
      • Headset jack is a GO!
    • Price: $399
    These specs aren't confirmed and the sub-$400 price is more of collective wishful thinking from YouTubers the world over, but if Google wants the Pixel 4A to be considered a budget Android phone it cannot go any higher. And $400 is even pushing it for a budget Android phone these days.

    What price point will the Pixel 4A have to hit for you to be a buyer? Any make or break specs?
     

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  2. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter
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    Wait, so no Pixel 4a XL? That was the best thing about the Pixel 3a, having an XL option...

    That said, the Pixel 3a was considered literally one of the best bangs for your buck. Still have Pixel software experience, and good AI camera magic, but at half the price. Excited to see what the 4a brings!
     
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  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    As an owner of the Pixel 3a, I'd say the 4a will be a hit, and IMO, fixes flaws the Pixel 4 introduced (no FP scanner). That said, as an owner of the 3a, I'm sitting out phone purchases this year. :p

    Fine Print: Unless my son manages to fatally damage both of our retired Moto X4's and needs a replacement phone I'll sacrifice my time in setting up a new 4a for myself and give him my 3a.
     
  4. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter
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    Can't STAND wifes 4xl without a fingerprint scanner. Main reason I am 100% OK with not getting that phone. I will be curious about the 4a, if it's big enough. Otherwise, I'll wait for the Pixel 5 XL
     
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  5. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    And we're still likely several months out from the release of the 4a. Until then, I'd wager that last year's 3a remains the best budget-minded phone even in 2020. Seriously I can't get over how good that phone is, and it gives me a lot of hope for its successor.
     
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  6. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter
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    Sounds like it *may* be announced at I/O, so like May? Speaking of I/O, you going?
     
  7. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    That's been a dream of mine since the beginning.... but I don't think this will be the year I make it there.
     
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  8. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Make or break spec for me is storage. With no SD slot (it's Google) 128GB is the minimum irrespective of price.

    Other than that everything I know about this phone sounds like a winner. But historically Google skimping on storage would be very much in character.
     
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  9. Rob

    Rob I'm tellin' mommy on you!
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    Storage and battery size are two things I wish OEMs would prioritize over having the slimmest most compact phone possible. They're cheap upgrades if they're willing to compromise on size and people tend to slap cases on their phones anyways. But I guess that doesn't sell phones...
     
  10. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I won't be buying one.
     
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  11. Mackey69

    Mackey69 Member

    Having the 3a I would say the price point of $399 would be great. I hate the punch hole(would much rather have a little bezel) but other than that spot on for me. I like the 3a so much though I hope to not buy another phone for a long time.
     
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  12. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    It's really a question of what Google actually want to do with their phones. And frankly I'm not sure they know themselves.

    The non-"a" Pixels are sold as flagships, and priced as such (maybe a little below Samsung flagships, but Sammy's release prices are silly, and drop fast enough that you should always wait a little). But they are never really competitive in hardware specs for the price. Of course you can argue that you pay for the better software support rather than fancier displays, greater storage or whatever, but to your average consumer who churns the phone for a new shiny when the contact expires (because hell, we're not drowning in waste and pollution at all, right?) how much is that worth?

    The "a" models seem a better proposition. You get the same software support, a mid-range SoC (but who cares, since mid-range SoCs these days can handle everything most people want to do) and some practical advantages (headphone jack) in exchange for some modest bells and whistles. I'd say these are the true successor to the Nexus phones. To me that makes more sense than a not-quite-competitive flagship at flagship prices. If, when I next need to replace my phone, they are offering one of these which doesn't have some deal-breaker drawback such as inadequate storate then frankly it will be a no-brainer.

    And if Google were serious about hardware sales frankly I think this is where they'd focus. They aren't serious enough about hardware to take the flagship market. They have the resources, but they've shown repeatedly that they don't have the focus. They are a software company. But mid-range hardware is actually good enough for almost everyone these days (including many who buy flagships), and good hardware plus excellent software will beat excellent hardware plus middling software every time. This is actually where they shine most. They just need to commit to it, and then think about what they'd need to offer to rule this sector, and they could actually achieve success in hardware for real.

    (Disclosure: my current phone is a Pixel 2, 128 GB model with > 64 GB used. I appreciate the lean software stack. I don't care especially about Google apps and services, and disable a lot of them, including and especially Assistant. I probably won't buy a 4a anyway this year because although the Pixel 2's battery life is decreasing it still works fine otherwise and I hate creating waste unnecessarily. But if something like that with adequate storage is available when I next upgrade then that is what I'll be looking for. In the meanwhile my interest in this question is based on the hypothetical "what if something terminal happens to my phone?", which I always like to have an answer to).
     
  13. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Find that one @Rob Inquiring minds want to know.
     
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