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Google's Pixel 6A Is the Best Android Phone for Less Than $500

With a great camera, large screen and early access Android updates, the Pixel 6A is all most people need in a phone.

Lisa Eadicicco Senior Editor
Lisa Eadicicco is a senior editor for CNET covering mobile devices. She has been writing about technology for almost a decade. Prior to joining CNET, Lisa served as a senior tech correspondent at Insider covering Apple and the broader consumer tech industry. She was also previously a tech columnist for Time Magazine and got her start as a staff writer for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide.
Expertise Apple, Samsung, Google, smartphones, smartwatches, wearables, fitness trackers
Lisa Eadicicco

Buying a new phone can be expensive, with some of the best options typically costing close to $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 usually compromise in certain areas, especially the camera. Take the $429 iPhone SE, for example, which only has one rear camera and a tiny 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're getting 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 ultrawide lenses. The camera quality impressed me the most when I reviewed the Pixel 6A back in July. It takes crisp, bright and colorful photos in a variety of circumstances, even in the dark. Plus, the Pixel 6A will be among the first to get new Android updates since it's a Pixel phone, meaning this device gets new features before those made by Samsung, Motorola and other Android phones. 

What you'll pay: The Pixel 6A comes in charcoal, chalk or sage color options and usually costs $449 but is currently on offer for as low as $299.

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