Google is the tech firm behind Android, the world’s most popular mobile OS, but this iconic software giant took its sweet time when it came to actually designing and selling its own phone. It was well worth the wait, however: The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were rolled out a few years back, and since then, the Pixel lineup has grown to offer some of the best flagship Android phones — which often feature some of the best smartphone deals — that money can buy today.
Google has updated the Pixel smartphones nicely over the years, releasing a new refresh on an annual basis. Google expanded its lineup even further in 2019 when it launched the budget-friendly Pixel 3a and 3a XL as more affordable flagship alternatives. Unfortunately, though, we didn’t see the Google Pixel Watch which would have finally added a smart wearable to the stable (and might some day prove to be the first Android smartwatch that can actually give the Apple Watch a run for its money).
Google recently revealed its newest phone, the Pixel 4, at its recent Pixel event, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up, now is a fine time to start looking for sales. We’ve got the best Google Pixel deals right here, so if you’re sniffing around for the best Android phone, then read on:
Google Pixel 4
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL just dropped and are now shipping out. Our review team had great things to say about its snappy performance, lovely display, and solid camera module (despite the notable lack of a wide-angle lens), but it’s not a game-changer. Given that the Pixel 4 — while certainly a great phone — isn’t quite the upgrade we were hoping for, you’ll have to choose for yourself if buying a new one at launch price is worth it. The Pixel 3 is simply a better bang for the buck at the moment if you’re buying an unlocked model to bring to your own carrier.
If you have to have the latest Android flagship, though, then you can do much, much worse than the Pixel 4, although the best way to get a deal on one right now is probably through carrier trade-in discounts and sign-up offers for new customers. Nonetheless, we’ll keep our list updated with the latest unlocked Google Pixel 4 deals that pop up, and with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales one the way, you might just get lucky.
Google Pixel 3
The third-generation Pixel mobiles were released last autumn and quickly earned a top spot among our favorite Android smartphones. In fact, the Google Pixel 3 and its larger sibling, the Pixel 3XL, might be the best Androids of 2018 owing to their gorgeous touchscreens, excellent hardware performance, and super-slick software — after all, if Android is your bag, then it’s not likely to get much better than a device from the company who wrote the book on the mobile OS in the first place.
The Google Pixel 3 wasn’t a bad deal for a flagship phone even at its original price, but you can naturally find them for even cheaper now. If you don’t plan on waiting for the Pixel 4 but still want something that’s reasonably recent, then the Pixel 3 offers a lot of bang for the buck.
Google Pixel 3a
In May, Google added the first non-flagship Pixel devices to its smartphone lineup. The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were introduced as cheaper alternatives to the pricier flagship models, following the growing popularity of midrange phones that offer much of the quality of premium phones with pared-down hardware and a much smaller price tag. The gamble paid off, and the Pixel 3a and 3a XL proved to be two of the best values to be found in an Android smartphone.
The Pixel 4 is out now, but we don’t know if Google will also be revealing an updated refresh of the Pixel 3a devices next spring. We’re not expecting it this early (the Pixel 3a isn’t even a year old yet), but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some Pixel 3a and 3a XL deals for you in the mean time.
Google Pixel and Pixel 2
Google isn’t a huge hardware manufacturer, so its first- and second-generation Pixel devices don’t get as much long-term support as other flagships like older iPhones do (to name just one example of many). What this means for bargain-hunters is that unless you’re willing to buy refurbished, you can expect to have to sniff around a little bit to find a brand new Pixel or Pixel 2 — but they are still floating around here and there. Another good bit of news is that these older Pixel phones can be fully updated to run Android 10, so you’re not stuck with old software.
Nonetheless, those early-generation Pixels are excellent — if not a little bit long in the tooth in 2019 — especially if you’re the type of techie who likes to buy slightly older high-end stuff at a mere fraction of its original price. A premium flagship phone from 2016 or 2017 will still be a very nice phone today, and since you can find professionally refurbished Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones for around $100 to $150, you might be better off buying one of these instead of a Pixel 3a (or other newer budget phones) if you’re after a truly dirt-cheap option.
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