Google’s Pixel 6A is the best Android phone you can gift for less than $500

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Buy a new phone can be expensive, with some of the best options typically costing nearly $1,000 or more. That’s why the Pixel 6A stands out so much.

Why it’s a great gift: Phones that cost less than $500 tend to compromise in certain areas, most notably the camera. Take the $429 iPhone SE, for example, which only has one rear camera and a small 4.7-inch screen. But the Pixel 6A punches above its weight when it comes to camera quality, design and screen size. For $449() you get a phone that runs on the same processor as the $600 Pixel 6. It also has a spacious 6.1-inch screen and a dual-lens camera with wide and ultra-wide lenses. The camera quality impressed me the most when I reviewed the Pixel 6A back in July. It takes sharp, clear and colorful photos in a variety of conditions, even in the dark. Additionally, the Pixel 6A will be one of the first to get new Android updates as it’s a Pixel phone, meaning this device will get new features ahead of Samsung, Motorola and other Android phones.

What you pay: The Pixel 6A comes in charcoal, crayon, or sage colors and usually retails for $449, but is currently being offered for as low as $299.

Read more: Best phones under $500 for 2022

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