AH Reader's Choice Awards: Best Compact Smartphone of 2022 – Google Pixel 6a

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Android Headlines’ readers chose the Pixel 6a as the best compact smartphone of 2022.

Our readers have had their say, and chose Google’s Pixel 6a handset as the best compact smartphone of 2022. This device launched back in May, but we had to wait for about a month to get it. The wait was very worth it, as it has proven to punch above its weight class. We’ve praised the Pixel 6a on a number of occasions, primarily in our review. This handset’s original price tag is $449, though it’s constantly available for considerably less, which makes it a really easy recommendation.

It squeezed out some tough competition to win this award

That is not only our opinion, though, as our readers seem to agree. Despite the fact it’s quite affordable, it has a lot to offer. On top of that, it has a 6.1-inch display, and relatively thin bezels, which makes it kind of compact. It squeezed out the competition in the form of the ASUS ZenFone 9, Samsung Galaxy S22, and Sony Xperia 5 IV in order to win this award, if you ask our readers. You can check out the final results by clicking here.

The Pixel 6a is a nice-looking device that has a thinner camera visor than its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro siblings, while it still adopts that two-tone design. That makes it look sleeker overall. Due to its size, it’s a lot easier to use with one hand, and many would say that this is a sweet spot for many people. The phone feels really good in the hand, and not many people would be able to figure out it has plastic on the back. Google did a great job here, making it feel like glass. The phone is also not as heavy because of its size and materials. That also helps with one-handed use.


This phone also comes with Google’s Tensor SoC, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 flash storage. All that in combination offers great performance. That is also one area in which it shoots above its weight class. Speaking of which, we can’t really talk about the Pixel 6a and not mention the cameras. Pixel cameras have managed to become really well-known. Everyone in the tech world knows that Pixel phones are usually a synonym for great camera performance, and thanks to the Pixel 6a, many regular users will as well. The Pixel 6a may not have the latest and greatest camera sensors, but thanks to Google’s image processing, the images look great.

The Pixel 6a is a complete package

The bottom line is, this phone is well worth the money. It is the right size for many people, it looks great, and it offers great camera performance. Its overall performance is also great, and the battery life is nothing to scoff at. The Pixel 6a is a complete package.