There’s been a lot of talk about new Pixel phones lately, with last week’s Google I/O showing not just a new Pixel 6A but a brief preview of the upcoming Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. But Woot is showing his love for some slightly older Pixels with a sale event ending later today. Somehow, Woot has gotten its hands on phones that are all brand new in the box with full one-year warranties.
This includes the soon-to-be-replaced Pixel 5A for $429.99, the 2020 Pixel 5 for $449.99, and the 2019 Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL for $329.99 and $349.99, respectively. Now, yes, the Pixel 5A isn’t that old and it’s still available for sale from Google. But who would expect that in 2022, the Pixel 4 will still be available in a new version?
Now, if you’re tempted by this Pixel 4, be aware that it’s not guaranteed to receive any security updates after October 2022. So while you may be tempted to take it to tinker with the unique foray from Google in face unlock and hand gestures with its Soli radar chip, the best value here is the Pixel 5.
Despite being the best of the bunch, the Pixel 5 is an oddity. Google has scaled it down from a full-tilt flagship phone like in the past to a more mid-range device. It has a modestly powerful Snapdragon 765G processor, along with some cool features like a six-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and wireless charging. It also came in the best color – sage green – that Woot has today for $449.99. It’s $250 less than the original retail price, and it should still receive security updates until October 2023. Perhaps waiting two months for the Pixel 6A may be the best decision. for some people, but it’s definitely not bad value. Read our review.
The Pixel 5A is, in many ways, a reskin of the Pixel 5 rehoused in a larger form factor (with a few features removed to keep the price down). It has a slightly larger 6.34-inch OLED display, but only a 60Hz refresh rate and no wireless charging. It has the same Snapdragon processor as the Pixel 5 and the same dual-camera system that complements the standard lens with an ultra-wide lens. In addition, this larger size contributes to better battery life. Woot has the 5A in its only color – a greenish black – for $429.99. It’s only about $20 less than regular price, so it’s not a huge deal.
Compared to the Pixel 5, opting for a Pixel 5A instead gets you a headphone jack and security updates through August 2024. But again, waiting for the $449 Pixel 6A to release in July will give you a phone with the faster Google Tensor processor and a promise of five years of security updates (not to be confused with feature updates). Ah, making decisions. Read our review.
The Pixel 4 was a lovely device (it even came in orange) when it was released, but its poor battery life makes it the least attractive phone on sale today. Woot is selling the Pixel 4 for just $329.99 and the 4 XL for $349.99. Those are good prices, but keep in mind that these phones are only promised an additional five months of security updates. Google will cut them both in October 2022, so we only recommend it if you have a really specific use case, like matching your phone to your Dutch national team jersey for the World Cup (yes, we mean that specific). Read our 2019 review.
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