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    What’s the point of a stupid looking square camera bulge with only one camera lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    Anyone know how long it took for the 3a to drop in price? Do you figure by Xmas it'll be $100 off?
    You get a discount on products if you sign up for a certain their of Google one. I think it makes out at 10%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    What’s the point of a stupid looking square camera bulge with only one camera lens?
    It doesn't really matter how many cameras it has, it allows the rest of the phone to be thinner which is typically why they do it. Every phone and tablet on the market could get rid of their stupid looking bulge if they just made them 2-3mm thicker (I actually think a lot of people would prefer that as it would mean huge batteries), but none of the big smartphone manufacturers are really doing that. Also for such a cheap phone, they probably tried to save every penny of R&D they could and the square camera zone is part of the Pixel 4 design language (it also houses the flash).

    The lens protrudes 1-2mm like virtually every other phone on the market these days, and their design language just happens to have a box around it. A single protruding camera is not unusual on budget phones, the more expensive iPhone SE has one as do other comparable budget Android phones. I've never liked camera bulges on any phone, but they are pretty much unavoidable these days. At least with the larger bulges you can use the phone on a solid surface without a case without having it roll around, but I would think most people use cases anyway and never even see the camera bulge on whatever phone they use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    What’s the point of a stupid looking square camera bulge with only one camera lens?
    I assume aesthetics reasons to make it look like 4.

    Or, they got sideswiped by iPhone SE announcement and took a wide camera out to hit it $50USD lower than iPhone SE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrema View Post
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    I assume aesthetics reasons to make it look like 4.

    Or, they got sideswiped by iPhone SE announcement and took a wide camera out to hit it $50USD lower than iPhone SE.
    The Pixel 4 doesn't have a UWA and leaks never showed the 4a having a UWA. I think it was always going to be a one-camera phone since it's closest competition only has one camera and they wanted to keep cost down as much as possible. Google's software also lends itself to one camera better than most with their image stacking zoom, etc. but it's not a replacement for a second camera. Building inexpensive, high value phones is Google's wheelhouse, looks like they pretty much nailed it with the 4a - it's also a lot cheaper than most people predicted.

    Curious to see what they do with the Pixel 5. There have been virtually zero leaks, unlike the Pixel 4 where there were no secrets left at this point in time last year haha - I think that was the most leaked phone of all time.

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    I rock a Pixel 2 and the camera software makes the camera better than some/most of the newer iPhones. I can see most never using the second camera in most applications.

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    Camera on my wife's pixel 3aXL is fantastic. Beats my potato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr2mike View Post
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    I rock a Pixel 2 and the camera software makes the camera better than some/most of the newer iPhones. I can see most never using the second camera in most applications.
    Zooming is much more important than an UWA because in (most) cases you can just take a pano if you need wider. It's not a perfect solution for every photo of course, but it's a good workaround.

    Google's image stacking zoom is very good for what it is, but not quite as good as a dedicated lens. For Facebook or whatever though, I think you would be hard pressed to tell a difference, which is what will matter to most people.

    The Pixel 4a is getting very good press, it doesn't really seem to have much competition in the entry level segment. Nice to see Google going back to its roots a bit.

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    Note 20 is comical for $1400, 1080p 60hz, plastic back, half the storage of the note 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schocker View Post
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    Note 20 is comical for $1400, 1080p 60hz, plastic back, half the storage of the note 10.
    It's because they changed their Note and Galaxy lines to have "Ultra" variants, meaning the "regular" variants are now lower end/budget versions of the same phone. As a result, Samsung pricing is approaching Apple levels of ridiculousness. Definitely not the greatest value and not a phone I would buy. It will probably have crazy battery life though haha. Samsung pricing tends to drop relatively quickly though, and have massive carrier subsidies.

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