Last week, Google unveiled the Pixel 3a devices and as part of the promotional program, the company is offering trade-ins. Users could swap their current smartphones for Pixel 3a or the bigger Pixel 3a XL. As an example, Google is willing to pay users up to $610 for the iPhone XS Max. Of course, it sounds silly to replace the latest and perfectly capable iPhone model with a mid-range device like the Pixel 3a. However, for new iPhone users who have buyer’s remorse, this could be a good idea. So, if you decide to trade in the new, expensive iPhone for the Pixel 3a and some cash, there are a few things to consider.
In its marketing messages, Google is clearly aiming at the iPhone XS models. Google claims openly that its $399 Pixel 3a has superior night photography performance compared to the $999 iPhone X. Based on tests, it’s confirmed that Google’s Night Sight features puts to shame the low-light photography of iOS devices. But, even if Google has superior night photography, it’s still not enough to compare both devices. Make no mistake, Google’s new mid-range devices are not direct competitors even to the affordable versions of the flagships, such as Samsung Galaxy S10e or the Apple iPhone XR. However, Pixel 3a is still a good option for people who want to let go of the flagships and use mid-range devices instead.
Other than its incredible night photography feature, the $399 Pixel 3a is functional enough for any mobile tasks, although its overall performance pales in comparison to the iPhone X. Even so, with its Snapdragon 670 processor and 4GB of RAM, users should get more than enough performance for daily functionality. As conclusion, you shouldn’t trade-in your iPhone X if your goal is to get the best possible performance. But, you may consider it as a possibility, if you want to get some of your money back and you think that a mid-range device is enough for your requirements.