Best Google Pixel Phone (2021): Which Model to Buy, Cases, Tips, and More
The Pixel 5, however, has a few additional perks that make it a more interesting proposition. First of all, it’s one of the more compact high-end Android phones, so it’s a great option if you like small phones. It shares many of the same features as the Pixel 5A, including processor, water resistance, and camera system, but you to do get wireless charging and a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, which means the screen will look and feel more responsive when you interact with it.
Support for 5G on the Pixel 5 is also better. Depending on your carrier, you will be able to access millimeter wave 5G, which is the super-fast version. It’s not as accessible nationwide, so that can be a moot point. However, the phone does support C-band, which future spectrum carriers like AT&T and Verizon plan to implement by the end of the year to deliver improved less than 6 5G access and speeds. It is more scalable in this area than the Pixel 5A.
Unfortunately, these upgrades aren’t worth the $ 250 price hike. Worse yet, we’re already struggling to find the Pixel 5 at other retailers. If you want to buy it second-hand, we don’t recommend spending more than $ 450 on it.
Avoid those old Pixel phones
The Pixel 3 lineup is too old, and that includes the Pixel 3A. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL suffer from poor battery performance. All of those older phones will also stop receiving software updates in 2022. You’d better buy one of the newer models.
Cases and Accessories We Love
The official Pixel 5A case feels like it offers more protection than Google’s previous ones. It comes in several fun colors, has a dual-layer design that helps absorb shock when you drop it, and has raised edges on the front to protect the screen. The inner layer is 75 percent recycled plastic. My only gripe is that it’s not very slim, which adds weight to an already bulky phone.
Of all the Pixel cases I have tried this one is the best. It has a wonderful texture and pleasant to the touch and the case maintains a slim profile. The buttons remain clickable and the ports are well exposed. It’s affordable, but the front edges aren’t raised. There is a good chance that the screen will hit the ground when you drop it.
Pixel phones don’t have a great track record when it comes to screen durability – they get scratched easily. For the new Pixel 5A, I like Caseology’s tempered glass screen protector. Installation is easy and includes a squeegee to remove air bubbles. You get two screen protectors for the price, including a microfiber cloth, wipe, and dust stickers.
This Otterbox Double Layer Case feels really hard, but it’s pretty thin. The edges around the camera module and front display are raised, the buttons are easy to press, and the headphone jack and USB-C port are protected from the elements. This offers an advance in terms of protection compared to the choices above.
This plastic case is made from 85% recycled plastic from salvaged fishing gear. It’s a sturdy, durable case that retains its shape, and the buttons on the side remain clickable even after prolonged use. If you purchase a case, LifeProof donates a dollar to a nonprofit water conservation organization of your choice.
The Pixels have great cameras, but you can push them further by using third-party lenses like those from Moment. Put on a fisheye lens for a distorted and fun photo effect. Use a 58mm telephoto lens to get even closer to your subject. Whatever lens you choose, you will need a Moment case for the system to work. The company’s cases don’t add much weight to the phone, the buttons are still clickable, and there’s a nice, grippy texture on the back. It takes about two seconds to attach or remove a goal with a single twist. Sadly, Moment isn’t making a case for the new Pixel 5A 5G.
It’s a good Pixel case with a kickstand. You can prop it up at different angles with the foldable leather flap on the back in a horizontal or vertical orientation. It can even store one or two credit cards. It’s big and the cards can be a bit tricky to pull out, but the buttons are easy to press. It also has raised edges on the front to protect the screen.
Here’s another solid (and affordable) kickstand case. It is thick but offers good protection and the buttons are still very clickable. Unfortunately, the kickstand only supports the phone in landscape orientation. Not so good for hands-free TikToks binging.
Wireless charging is only available on the Pixel 5 (among the Pixels in this guide). Google’s Pixel Stand is one of the best wireless chargers because it’s simple. The base does not slip, the phone stays in place and allows for fun features, like turning the screen into a digital photo frame and quick access to Google Assistant. Our guide to the best wireless chargers has more options.
Hidden tips to try if you get a pixel
There are some key Pixel-exclusive features that you won’t find on any other Android phone. Here’s a quick breakdown for you to enjoy: