Phone seems bigger than the 6a, somehow. Solid camera performance! Battery is also very good if you use "Battery Saver" all the time. Got it mainly for UI: very clean and snappy. Don't mind the 60 Hz and lack of 5G (both from Battery Saver). Gifted the 6a to my dad and got this one for 400 $. I think it was a good deal. Intrigued about Pixel 8a - if they decide to release it. Best tactic when buying a new phone? Buy one generation prior. Now, the Pixel 8a is not out yet, but there have been significant discounts for 7a after the launch of 8 series. Decent upgrade over the 6a, but not earth-shattering. Would love a Pixel Mini:
Got a Pixel 7a. I regret nothing!
I haven't had luck with smartphones for last few years, bad luck started with galaxy s10e. Great size but frose often and there was something wrong with the camera. So I traded it with iphone 13 mini which I absolutely loved apart from photos. Photos and videos are in different format and sometimes I couldn't upload them without converting to more common format like jpeg. Also the colour was just too bluey and wasn't suitable for what I use it for. Then after reading all the great reviews I bought this phone. Charging speed is painfully slow. Battery life isn't good. Too chunky, Connectivity is the worst part. 5G feels more like 3G to 4G. I don't get it. Only pros for me has been excellent photo but not that much better than mid-range samsung phone that my husband has. Actually the latest Samsung's mid-range phone is much cheaper as opposed to what people say.
Anonymous, 14 Oct 2023Hahahaha...am also using a Redmi note 9s And I intend to get the Pixel 7a as well۔۔۔😏Update, dont buy. You'll have bad battery and thermal management. Buy something else.
Evening Star, 07 Jun 2023Nice choice, enjoy your Pixel I'm loving it so farHahahaha...am also using a Redmi note 9s And I intend to get the Pixel 7a as well۔۔۔😏
Thanks GSM, for a detailed review. I will definitely go with this phone. Google is working on a whole new level when we talk about AI.
Battery life is the biggest disappointment here and it still manages to score 4.3/5 rating?
I've seen phones like Xperia 10 IV with 163h endurance rating. Battery is the phone's life source and even with the best features, they're useless with a dead battery that doesn't last long.
Downgrading the 7a's battery performance is Google's way of saying that we "better get the 6a" especially now that we're getting major price drops.
Azad , 01 Jun 2023You comparing this phone with Motorola edge 40 and Samsung A54 ...... while the real competiti... moreHey Azad! Poco F5 ... I've never heard of it. However it sounds very much like a poor cousin of Oppo find X5. Not for me thanks. Cheers! 😊🌟👊✨
My trust in gsmarena after seeing this gets 4.3 stars: 📉📉📉
Anders, 26 May 2023Absolutely terrible battery life No microSD No headphone jack Huge ugly bezels Only 128GB ... moreEvery comment you post would have at least one phone where you say it's 'bad'. C'mon, is there any phone you don't insult?
Suz, 09 Jun 2023I've switched off adaptive display and turned it full up when outside and that's hel... moreSome said there's a bug preventing deep sleep on the 7a but GSAM and Accubattery stats didn't agree. Current draw is simply very high whenever Tensor is doing anything. My SD870 in the F3 is slightly better screen on and way better sleep, and SD8G2 in S23 is often 25-50% the current draw of Tensor. All 3 tested at high refresh rate + full brightness. Thus makes sense that a custom ROM doesn't improve much.
tab2, 09 Jun 2023Any major AOSP ROM out there probably offers way more control over apps and battery, but idk i... moreI've switched off adaptive display and turned it full up when outside and that's helped. Doesn't seemed to have worsened battery life, so there is hope. SOT is sitting at 2hrs 40 and 47% so not horrendous.Waiting for the delayed update as well to see if there's any fixes.
ahahah that battery life is terrible. That's what u get for working with Samsung, google 😂😂😂
Suz, 08 Jun 2023I might look in to that, but I have done that in a LONG time, and because it's a new phon... moreAny major AOSP ROM out there probably offers way more control over apps and battery, but idk if you'd see a real battery life difference. I didn't on EvoX. Maybe Google needs to fix something with its current underlying firmware package.
I noticed the dim screen as well - the 450ish nits looks similar to the S23 on paper, but that's only if stay in the blue area and don't actually max out the S23's slider - that takes it to over 700 nits, and still steamrolls the 7a on battery life.
The only problem with the Poco F5 and Pro is the always bad band coverage in NA. Otherwise it also whoops the Pixel, especially since stock ROMs in both camps are about equally devoid of useful features, need custom ROMs to unlock their potential, and have a huge modding base.
tab2, 08 Jun 2023If it's any consolation, it is really easy to flash as you would expect from a Pixel or X... moreI might look in to that, but I have done that in a LONG time, and because it's a new phone I wouldn't want to screw it up. Would that fix the 5h1t battery and dark screen issue though?
Suz, 07 Jun 2023I wish I could return it, but too late. I also can't see the screen AT ALL if the sun com... moreIf it's any consolation, it is really easy to flash as you would expect from a Pixel or Xiaomi. Custom ROMs are a much better bet for this phone, the stock ROM is so minimalistic it's borderline worthless because it has zero useful features.
tab, 07 Jun 2023Absolute joke, 4.3 rating. Spent two weeks with it stock, stock rooted, and on EvoX. The batte... moreI wish I could return it, but too late. I also can't see the screen AT ALL if the sun comes out. 😫
Absolute joke, 4.3 rating. Spent two weeks with it stock, stock rooted, and on EvoX. The battery really is that bad. Tensor G2 efficiency is a bad joke, anything using the camera will heat up the entire phone like a stove within minutes.
I returned it for the S23 on sale. There is NO comparison, in any department except camera. Shame on you for peddling this dross, GSM.
I've had it for 3 weeks after trading it in for my Pixel 5. It was a toss up between this and the A54 because I buy my phones outright and I'm not a millionaire. My husband got the A54 first and I felt it was too big and heavy. Looking at the stats the 7a should have been better for all things, bit I'm actually a little disappointed. It's still big and heavy, and yes, the battery is poorer than my P5. I don't really see the improvement in the camera. The P7 could have been better, but it's still £150 more expensive in the UK. I'm beyond the return window now so I'll just have to suck it up.