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AH Reader's Choice Awards: Best Budget Phone of 2022 – Pixel 6a

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Our readers have spoken! The Google Pixel 6a is their favorite Budget phone of 2022

Aside from being one of the most exciting budget phones of the year, the Pixel 6a was one of the most exciting phones in general of 2022. This phone won Android Headlines’ award for best budget phone of the year, and now, it seems that our readers agreed.

This phone borrows the same design aesthetic established with the Pixel 6, but the camera hump is a little bit smaller. Also, the back is made of plastic this time and not glass. However, it still feels like a solid device.

The Pixel 6a stands apart from most other budget smartphones by using a flagship processor. This processor is the in-house Google Tensor chip. It’s the same chip that powers the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. This means that you’re basically getting a flagship phone experience. Any task, from browsing the web to some pretty heavy gaming, is a breeze.

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The performance is only made better by the software. In case you didn’t know, Android is developed by Google. This means that Google can perfectly optimize the software to work with its own hardware, and it has. The Pixel 6a glides through Android 13 extremely smoothly. Also, this phone, along with the other modern Pixel devices, is first in line to get fresh new software updates.

One of the best features of this phone is the camera

The Google Pixel phones have been lauded for their excellent camera performance, and the Pixel 6a is no different. Though it uses the same processor as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 6a uses the older camera sensor. This is the same camera sensor that has been used since the Google Pixel 2.

However, that does not mean that the camera performance was bad in any capacity. The Pixel 6a performs like a dream in the camera department. Thanks to Google’s superior image processing, pictures come out crisp with amazing detail, excellent contrast, and top-of-the-line dynamic range. You will have no issue using this as your main camera phone.

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Display and speakers

When we’re talking about media consumption, this phone is also top-of-the-line. For starters, the display may be smaller than the Pixel 6’s, but it’s still the same beautiful AMOLED panel.

It’s a bit toned down compared to displays by Samsung, but it’s still able to produce beautiful colors. The fact that it’s 60Hz doesn’t dampen the experience. It’s still an amazing display.

Moving down to the speakers, it sounds like Google fit the amazing front-facing speakers from the Pixel 6 into the Pixel 6a, as the sound is superb. It’s crisp and clear with a particular emphasis on the higher frequencies. While that’s true, the sound still remains ultimately balanced.

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Google really knocked it out of the park this time around, and the readers definitely picked up on that. This is why the Pixel 6a was able to win the hearts of readers and Android fans.