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Why choose a Google smartphone?

Google has been taking on the iPhone in its core Pixel series beloved by Android enthusiasts, including with a new flagship model.

Combining sleek design with up-to-the-minute technology, the Pixel is an excellent all-rounder. As you’d expect, the Android experience is second to none, with Google Assistant always on hand to help, and unlimited cloud storage for your photos and videos. The Pixel is also known for having one of the best cameras on the market.

The most recent handsets are the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a with 5G and Pixel 4a.

What does the Pixel 5 offer?

Google’s latest phones, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, were launched in October 2020. With more RAM, the Pixel 5 makes it easy to multitask and switch tasks fast. Key features – apart from its relative affordability compared with other flagship phones – include:

  • 6-inch OLED screen
  • 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • 12.2MP dual pixel camera (rear), 8MP (front) with Night Sight and ultrawide lens
  • Cinematic pan and portrait light camera features
  • Water resistant, 100% recycled aluminium case in black or ‘sorta sage’ – a trendy green-grey colour
  • Powerful Snapdragon 765G Octa-Core processor
  • 5G enabled – create your own 5G hotspot
  • Duo screenshare in HD
  • Fast wireless charging and battery share
  • Adaptive battery reduces power to apps you rarely use, to keep your phone charged all day
  • Infinite cloud storage with Google Photos and Drive
  • Launched with Android 11

Remember, you have to be in a 5G-enabled area to use the next-generation network for faster speeds and to avoid lagging. See more on 5G networks

What does the Pixel 4a with 5G offer?

Google’s 5G version of its mid-range phone has Google Assistant built in. This makes it even easier if you’re out and about to  organise your week, music and calendar through voice search and command, with superfast streaming using the next-generation network. Key features include:

  • 6.2-inch OLED screen
  • Powerful Snapdragon 765G Octa-Core processor
  • 12.2MP dual pixel rear camera and 16MP ultrawide, plus an 8MP front camera
  • Cinematic pan and portrait light camera features
  • Black, soft-touch polycarbonate case
  • Up to seven hours ‘on time’ from just 15 minutes with rapid charge
  • 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage
  • Launched with Android 11
  • Infinite cloud storage with Google Photos
  • 3.5mm audio jack

What does the Pixel 4a offer?

The Pixel 4a is competitively priced for what’s on offer. While it’s not top of the range, it provides a great range of features.

  • 5.8-inch OLED screen
  • 12.2MP dual pixel rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • Black, soft-touch polycarbonate case
  • Up to seven hours ‘on time’ from just 15 minutes of charge
  • 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G Octa-Core processor
  • Launched with Android 10 and guarantee of updates for three years
  • Infinite cloud storage with Google Photos
  • 3.5 mm audio jack

Frequently asked questions

Should I get a Google smartphone?

If you’re used to using Android devices, Google smartphones are a natural fit. Not only are they packed with familiar Google features like Gmail, Google Maps and Google Assistant, you can easily sync files and folders with your other Android devices.

Google phones also support a wide range of applications and have the added benefit of installing Android updates as soon as they’re ready, before other phones.

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What should I look out for when choosing a Google smartphone?

Some of Google’s newest models are 5G-ready, so if this is important to you, make sure your choice of model has the capability.

Thanks to its different screen sizes, the Google Pixel gives you flexibility. You can choose a compact handset that fits neatly in your pocket, or a bigger device for watching films and videos on long commutes.

If posting photos on Instagram and other social media sites is important to you, you’ll love the Pixel’s powerful camera which takes quality shots and colourful portrait selfies.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 take phone photography to the next level, boasting a camera that can give you crystal clear photos of the night sky. Some even offer a cinematic pan that will make you feel like you should have a Hollywood director’s chair close by.

For a great-value all-rounder you can rely on, the Pixel 4a ticks all the right boxes.

You can also match a Pixel phone with attractive accessories, including fabric cases and Pixel earbuds.

What Google smartphones can I compare with Compare the Market?

Deals available through Compare the Market include 5G 24-month contracts, unlimited data deals and handset offers.

You can check the contracts for Pixel phones and other models on offer from different mobile networks, including:

  • Three
  • EE
  • O2
  • Vodafone
  • BT
  • giffgaff
  • iD Mobile
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Talkmobile
  • Sky Mobile

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Finding the right deal for you couldn’t be simpler:

  • Click on the ‘find a deal’ green button below
  • Type the phone model you’d like in the ‘search for a phone’ box
  • Make your choice from the dropdown list
  • Sort your results by monthly cost, contract length or whatever matters most to you. Alternatively, you can shop by network or deal types – for example, 24-month contracts and unlimited data deals
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What our expert says...

“Pixel phones have won plenty of fans for their superb cameras and picture-processing software. And now you can take it to the next level with 5G models.”

- Matthew Brewer, Broadband and mobile expert

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