Google Pixel 6A Software
The Google Pixel 6a comes on stock Android – all phones from the company do since it makes Android. The newest version of the software is Android 12, though the 6a will likely be one of the first devices eligible for Android 13.
Stock Android used to feel quite clean, though Android 12’s Material You design features reduce the divide between it and Android forks made by other companies. This tool lets you pick a background and match app icons and menu colors toit, creating a house theme.
The phone comes with all the standard Google-built apps like GMail, Photos, the Play Store and Maps, but there aren’t any pre-installed extras, saving you from that stint of deleting half the pre-installed tools.
Google opted to use the same chip in the Pixel 6a as in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro – its self-designed Tensor chipset – and this means the three phones are equally powerful.
When we tested the Google Pixel 6 using the Geekbench app, it returned a multi-core score of 2837, which is on the boundary between mid-range and top-end power. We’d have liked to test this on the 6a too, but curiously, benchmarking apps were blocked on our test unit.
Smartphone battery life is often hard to quantity. A device might perform well in lab-based tests but struggle in everyday use, given the huge variance of screen-on time that you’ll use day-to-day, and as such testers can be hesitant to provide decisive verdicts on a phone’s lasting power.
The battery is 4,410mAh, which isn’t even small for a phone of this size, so we can’t get our heads around why it doesn’t last longer. The Pixel often struggled to last a full day of use, even when battery saver mode was active the whole time. And we’re not talking about a day of hardcore gaming, video recording and so on – the Pixel 6a struggled with everyday medium use.
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