Pixel 6 is on its way, but is it worth buying a Google Pixel 3, 4, or 5?

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

So you know you want a Google Pixel phone, but do you know what one?

This article will look at the older generations of Pixel, talking about their strengths and weaknesses, as well as what type of person these models would suit best. So if you are still on the fence about what model of Google Pixel is ideal for you, read on below to find your perfect match.

It’s a situation that a lot of us have had to face, you’ve had a phone for a long time, it’s been with you through a lot. However it just isn’t the same phone that it used to be. The battery doesn’t last as long, its connecting ports don’t work part of the time, and it’s covered in scratches, cracks, and dents. For some reason though, you are holding onto it and not letting go. However, if you are a Google Pixel 3 user, you might be forced to make the jump soon because Google have recently announced that this generation of phone won’t be guaranteed to have any more Android updates past this October. There’s a number of problems with this, but the big one is security. Essentially, it’s definitely time to get a new phone.

The trouble is, if you have found yourself in a similar position and committed to the Google ecosystem, is what Pixel to get. The new Pixel 6 is anticipated to arrive this Autumn, but for many this is too far away so, is it worth buying an older generation? Below we’ll cover your options.

Option 1: Pixel 3, 3XL

Of course, there is the choice to buy your current model again. Officially, Google doesn’t sell the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL anymore. However, you can find these models being sold by third parties. This might seem like a quick and (relatively) cheap option however, as mentioned above, you’re not guaranteed any software updates after October this month. That’s a very bad deal for your security and other issues that need to be rectified with the operating system. For this reason, you should probably opt for a newer generation model.

Option 2: Pixel 4A

The Pixel 4A has a number of improved benefits over the 3 and 3XL. Firstly, the processor is much better, with the 4A coming with the Snapdragon 730G. Alongside this, there is 6GB of RAM and internal memory of 128G. Importantly, Google has said that they will continue to update the software for this phone for the next 2 years, until August 2023. 

Option 3: Pixel 5

Until the release of the Pixel 6, this is the latest generation of Pixel phone available. The processor behind it, the Snapdragon 765G, is powerful and it comes with 128GB of internal storage as well as 8GB of RAM. Alongside this, the software is guaranteed to be updated up to October 2023. There are a number of other perks that come with the Pixel 5, some of these include wireless and reverse wireless charging as well as protection from water and dust to the level of IP68. Lastly, the Pixel 5 has the capability to connect to 5G networks as well.

The downside to the Pixel 5 is that it is the most expensive phone on this list. A lot of people would also point out that buying the last model just before the newest model comes out, is a way to lose out on some money. By this we mean that once the Pixel 6 comes out, prices of the Pixel 5 will most likely drop. This means that if you buy one now, it could potentially depreciate in value sharply once the Pixel 6 has come out.

Choosing your new phone can be a bit of a daunting experience, especially when you will have to pay a lot of money and you will be using the phone every single day, most likely for hours at a time. The options for choosing a Pixel phone essentially boil down to a few points. Firstly, can you wait for the new Pixel 6 to come out this autumn and if so can you afford it? The remaining elements to consider are how long do you want the phone to be usable for, what can you afford right now, and how powerful do you need the phone to be. The phones that are the cheapest are lower down on the list for software power and also aren’t supported for as long. The more expensive phones will obviously cost more, but with that you get a more powerful system and a longer guaranteed time that the system will be supported.