Google Pixel 3a Durability Test! – Is Plastic Weak?!

Google Pixel 3a Durability Test! – Is Plastic Weak?!


Google, the granddaddy of Android, just released
the Pixel 3a, a much cheaper version of their flagship Pixel 3. This is the purplish color. At a price of $399, the phone is hundreds
of dollars less expensive than most flagships. But does cheaper price mean cheaper build
quality? Does the 3a stand for “affordable” or
“absolutely breakable”? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s get started. [Intro] Google has done really well on my durability
tests for the past few years, but pulling the 3a out of the box makes me wonder if this
phone will continue at the durable trend or not. It’s got a plastic body, but still maintains
that Pixel vibe with the glossy top section and matte body. With everything being plastic though, this
is going to be interesting. Let’s start with the scratch test. Google has gone with Dragon Trail glass this
time around, instead of Gorilla Glass. It’s just a different glass manufacturer. I have a super interesting sapphire video
coming out in the near future, so watch out for that. We normally would see tempered cellphone glass,
branded or generic, start scratching at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7. And that’s still true with this Pixel 3a. Keys and coins won’t cause any damage to the
surface, but anything harder than a level 6 will cause damage, so a screen protector
is still always a good idea. The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel
little guy, also protected under that same front glass. The earpiece is wide and open up here in the
large top bezel. It’s a metal mesh screen. The metal mesh is glued to the bottom side
of the glass display, and with enough force can be removed. Obviously nobody is going to do this with
their own phone, but over time with temperature fluctuations, the adhesive on the mesh screen
can lose it’s grip since that’s the only thing holding it in place. So after a few years of owning the phone,
this might come loose. It is just aesthetic though, so losing it
probably isn’t a big deal. The sides of the Pixel 3a are made from plastic. It is a super hard plastic though, with a
glossy finish. The plastic underneath the finish is basically
the same color as the outside, so any dings or scratches in the surface should just blend
in for the most part. The bottom of the phone has it’s USB-C port
and loudspeaker. The phone might be plastic, but it still feels
good. I personally would have no complaints about
using a plastic phone as long as it got the job done. The right side of the phone has more plastic,
along with the plastic volume rocker and plastic neon power button. It’s not textured. And what is this? A head phone jack? Thumbs up for that. Google previously killed the jack, which was
pretty wack. They got a bunch of flak/borderline attacks
for following Apple’s pack and lacking the jack. But it’s good to see it now back. Google should get a stack of lilac plaques
for that. Having the jack back is a borderline aphrodisiac. The dual LED flash is made from plastic, and
the single 12 megapixel camera lens is protected with a layer of glass. The rear fingerprint scanner follows the same
plastic flow with everything else on the phone, and is made from scratchable plastic filling
material. I scratched it up pretty heavily though with
my razor blade. And even with that damage, the phone was able
to register, recognize my fingerprint, and unlock every single time. One thing the Pixel 3a does not have though,
is a wireless charging coil like the one you can see here inside my custom clear Pixel
3. Wireless charging can function through plastic,
but I imagine Google left it out of their new phone to keep the price down, which is
fine. Wireless charging is a slightly convenient
gimmick that I do enjoy having, but is not totally mandatory. [Scratching sounds] The frosted portion of the Pixel 3a is made
from plastic, so it’s a level 3, slightly abrasive textured surface, instead of the
frosted glass panel of the Pixel 3…which was a level 6 slightly abrasive textured surface. So we won’t see the same material transfer
on the plastic version of the phone that we saw on the more expensive glass version. The value Google is giving us with this phone
is pretty incredible. Apple’s cheapest phone, the iPhone XR, is
still nearly double the price, yet comes with a lower resolution and no headphone jack. If you buy a Pixel 3a instead of the iPhone
XR, you can also go get yourself an Xbox and still have money left over. The difference in price is insane. I’m all about making good financial decisions
and keeping money in my piggy bank. Speaking of poor financial decisions, I asked
dbrand if they wanted to sponsor this video and maybe send over some Pixel skins I could
show off, but instead of sending me Pixel skins, they sent over pixels skinned…like
a lot of them. Weird flex dbrand. I really am capable of applying your colored
phone stickers on my own. I’ll leave a link in the description if you
want to customize your own phone and help dbrand recover a bit from their poor financial
decision. The Pixel 3a has a 5.6 inch 1080p display,
and is using an OLED panel, which means that after about 20 seconds we start seeing permanent
white marks displaying on the screen as the pixels get hot and they never recover. This doesn’t really mean anything specific,
mostly it’s just a reminder that holding a lighter to your phone is probably a bad idea. The ultimate test of structural durability
though is the bend test. This is the place where you find out if saving
hundreds of dollars on a phone makes it weaker or not. If a phone can’t survive a bit of stress,
then maybe it’s not worth purchasing. Let’s see if this little plastic piggy makes
it home or not. The first flex of the Pixel 3a is rather unnerving,
bending like a stack of Post-It Notes. The whole phone yogas into a “u” position,
but then straightens back out like nothing happened. When bent from the opposite direction we get
the same result, the phone flexing quite a bit but then locking out and returning back
to normal, with no permanent damage done to the frame or the screen. The Dragon Trail glass holds up even with
the scratches and imperfections we introduced into the surface, so that’s definitely good. The phone creaks like a wooden boat in the
middle of the ocean, but still totally survives my durability test. If you want a solid budget phone with a fantastic
camera and headphone jack, this might be the best cheap phone of the year. I’ll be checking it out from the inside to
see if there’s water resistance in there. Do you care if your phone is made from plastic? Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. And who do you think flexed more in this video:
dbrand or the Pixel 3a? Let me know down in the comments. Thanks a ton for watching and I’ll see you
around.

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    Christopher Vanwormer

    I love my 3a. I am glad it passed quite well for your tests because it will be in my pocket for a while.

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    Hale Valen

    These tests are way too specific and odd to be considered a review of sorts. I'm just saying im never gunna hold a lighter to my phone, bend it willingly, or scrape it with a defined sharp tool

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    Caution

    My brother had the iPhone XS and swapped his phone out for this. It was a good decision, it’s an incredibly good phone as long as you don’t scratch it with a razor

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    notstarboard

    Can someone give a summary? I hate watching these because destroying a perfectly functional phone just hurts me, but I own a 3a and I'm curious how it holds up.

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    Ryan

    Hi Jerry – what do you think about drop testing the Pixel 3a? Would be interesting to see how it compares to glass-backed alternatives.

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    Corrupt Death

    I just got my 3a yesterday. This was my go to decision making video, solid phone, very awesome. Perfect for someone who can't afford a $1,000 phone that doesn't even have a headphone jack, how wack!

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    Gino Guillermo

    But my question is is the Pixel 3a safe in light rain or accidental splashes (of tea, water, coffee or fizzy drinks)?

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    Karyn Camille

    I honestly just needed to see if it would survive being dropped 50,000 times lol That has been the downfall of every phone I've ever had 😅😭

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    Inareth

    This was painful to watch Jerry!

    But it makes me feel pretty comfortable picking up a Pixel 3A, even if I really would like that charging coil.

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    Tony C78

    Proper antiquated look for me, I had an NEC flip phone, one of the first 3G phones in the UK, circa 2003 or so, and it had the same design as this pixel, with the plastic bit juxtapositioning with the slightly different hue.

    For a flagship phone it's incredibly bland to look at, especially in this horrible colour that looks like a shade of toilet roll, or a cheap air freshener lid.

    I love Androids, but I'd swerve this phone like a seedy bar offering free food, you can get much better for less money, and you can DEFINITELY find a more aesthetically pleasing device for less money. Huawei and Oppo are making some beautiful, powerful phones, and Google are knocking out ugly, generic shite like this? It's 2019 for fucks sake, people don't want plastic, and the ones that do stick to £50 phones, not £500 ones. I wouldn't take this phone as a free upgrade, I'm too used to Galaxy phones that look gorgeous, I'd be embarrassed getting this out cos it looks like a cheap, nasty £69 Amazon special from some random Chinese company like Deagoozlupu.

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    Heman

    Google killed the jack.
    Which was pretty wack..
    They got a bunch of flack…
    Boaraline of tack….
    For a following Apples pack…..
    And lacking a jack……
    But it is good to see it now back
    Google should get a stack of lilach plack…….
    Having a jack back is a boaraline Dijiack ……..
    😆

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    Levana Geimeri

    Artist: JerryRapEverything
    Album: Scratching at a Level 6, with Deeper Grooves at a Level 7
    Song: The Jack is Back
    Duration: 02:35
    Genre: Technology
    Release Date: The year This Phone Came Out

    Edit: That's the Information of the rap part

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    Laura D.V. Kuwabara

    Thank you for the informative video 🙂
    After scratching both camera lenses, can you see any difference on* the pictures taken with the front camera? with the rear camera?

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    Sp33dyStallion

    Really wanna lay the smack on those wack jacks who lack a headphone jack.There'll be no fat stacks or silver plaques for quacks who axe the jack.

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    Whatever493

    Yeah, this guy is great. Super creative and making the most of the seconds with the rhyme and piggy bank drawing. Thanks!

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