You do not require to invest $1,000 on an apple iphone 13 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to obtain an excellent phone experience. The mid array rate factor is rapidly turning into one of the most popular locations of phones, with Samsung, Google as well as brand-new challenger Absolutely nothing all supplying 3 phones at virtually the same $450 costs, with all 3 guaranteeing a slick as well as satisfying experience. 

The Google Pixel 6A has actually currently gained itself a radiant evaluation, with CNET’s Lisa Eadicicco calling it “the very best spending plan Pixel yet”. On the other hand I myself was excited with the Absolutely Nothing Phone 1‘s equilibrium of rate as well as efficiency — in addition to its blinking back lights. After that there’s the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which gained an excellent evaluation rating many thanks to its rate, its display screen as well as its electronic cameras. 

Yet which phone is in fact deserving of your hard-earned cash money? I acquired all 3 to place them via their rates. 

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Cost as well as schedule: The Absolutely nothing Phone 1 is tough to obtain

Allow’s begin with a big deal. the Absolutely nothing Phone 1 gets on sale in the UK as well as broader Europe however a rollout right into the United States is thus far unsure. While Absolutely nothing has claimed it wishes to release its phone in the United States, it requires a network companion to make it suitable with United States 5G networks. Since the moment of composing, there are no prepare for an appropriate United States launch. Individuals in the United States can quickly obtain the Pixel 6A as well as the Galaxy A53 5G, nonetheless.

All 3 phones begin at extremely comparable costs; $450 for the Pixel 6A, $450 for the Galaxy A53 as well as $472 for the Absolutely nothing Phone 1, based upon a conversion from its UK rate. In the UK, all 3 phones begin at £399. Simple.

Layout as well as display screen: Absolutely nothing’s blinking lights stick out

While lots of phones over the last few years have actually been forgettable-looking pieces, all 3 of these midrangers have layouts that are significantly their very own. The A53 maintains points basic with a plastic back, increased video camera device as well as metal bordering. The Pixel 6A preserves the distinct video camera bar seen on its more expensive brother or sisters as well as while its back is practically plastic, you would certainly be tough pushed to inform it aside from the glass rear of the 6 as well as 6 Pro. 

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In between both, the Pixel 6A has a much more superior feeling, than the plasticky A53, however it’s the Absolutely nothing Phone 1 that stands apart in the appearances division. That results from its clear back panel, which not just supplies a unique sight of its interior elements however likewise permits its light-up LED “glyph” to pulse when you obtain alerts. It’s perhaps a trick as well as one that you might not respect in all, however it’s definitely enjoyable as well as it behaves to have something wacky at this rate. 

The Pixel 6A is the smaller sized of the 3, loading a 6.1-inch display screen versus the Absolutely nothing’s 6.55-inch as well as the A53’s 6.5-inch displays. That claimed, the Pixel’s resolution causes a pixel thickness greater than its rivals, although all 3 are pin sharp with lively shades as well as high illumination degrees. The Absolutely nothing’s additional dimension may make it the far better selection for mobile players amongst you, or those of you that view a great deal of video clip on the action, however they all do an excellent task of presenting lively web content as well as vibrant video games.

Power as well as efficiency: Pixel 6A loads a strike

The Absolutely nothing Phone 1 uses a Snapdragon 778G+ cpu as well as 12GB of RAM (as evaluated), while the Galaxy A53 5G makes use of an Exynos 1280 chip as well as 6GB of RAM. The Pixel 6A at the same time makes use of Google’s very own custom-made Tensor cpu with 6GB of RAM.

Which Tensor cpu placed in some outstanding ratings on our collection of standard examinations, that placed it regularly over the various other 2. The Absolutely nothing was a reasonable 2nd, while the A53 did rather fall back on both CPU as well as graphics standards. 

Efficiency contrast graph


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Longer bars equivalent far better efficiency

Benchmarks alone aren’t an excellent indication of real-world efficiency nonetheless as well as I located all 3 to be flawlessly with the ability of dealing with the basics well. Browsing the user interfaces was speedy as well as lag-free on all designs as well as all of them managed much more requiring video gaming in Asphalt 9: Tales with no recognizable stuttering or slow-down. Video clip streaming was not a problem on any kind of phone as well as I can quickly leap in between open applications with the multitasking switcher. 

With time I would certainly anticipate the Pixel 6A to typically do far better as it’s currently beginning with a much more effective setting. It may indicate that as a lot more requiring video games arrive it’s well-placed to manage them in such a way that maybe the A53 could not. Now however, any one of your daily emailing, Instagramming, Sweet Crushing, WhatsApp team message preventing enjoyable will certainly be dealt with flawlessly well by any one of these phones. 

Cameras: Pixel 6A strikes the appropriate equilibrium

All 3 phones have several back electronic cameras, offering both conventional sights as well as ultrawide shots. The A53 consists of a 5-megapixel macro video camera as well as a deepness sensing unit for picture pictures, however it’s the primary as well as vast electronic cameras you’ll likely discover on your own making use of usually. Samsung’s phone electronic cameras have actually usually tended to look extremely saturated as well as contrasty which’s definitely the situation with the A53. 


Galaxy A53 primary video camera examination.

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Absolutely nothing Phone 1 primary video camera examination.

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Pixel 6A primary video camera examination.

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Its shots are regularly punchy with the shades, to the factor that they look as though you have actually added some high-contrast filter on Instagram. The Absolutely nothing Phone 1 goes the various other means, nonetheless, with often soft tones. It’s specifically recognizable when you switch over to the Phone 1’s ultrawide lens, which creates drab-looking photos that look virtually outrageous versus the others. 


Galaxy A53 ultrawide video camera examination.

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Absolutely nothing Phone 1 ultrawide video camera examination.

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Pixel 6A ultrawide video camera examination.

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It’s the Pixel 6A that regularly creates one of the most balanced-looking photos in both its criterion as well as ultrawide sights. The 6A’s shades are precise as well as lively, without looking extremely refined, as well as it typically catches a much more well balanced direct exposure than the various other 2, maintaining brilliant skies controlled well. 


Galaxy A53 primary video camera examination.

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Absolutely nothing Phone 1 primary video camera examination.

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Pixel 6A primary video camera examination.

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All 3 phones are flawlessly with the ability of taking suitable breaks at your following family members outing, however if digital photography expertise is essential to you after that the Pixel 6A is the one to choose. 

Battery life: A close battle however Pixel 6A takes the win

With a substantial 5,000-mAh battery packed inside I anticipated the Galaxy A53 to place in the very best efficiency when it pertained to battery life. It’s a much more capacious cell than the 4,410 mAh of the Pixel 6A or the 4,500 mAh of the Absolutely nothing Phone 1. On my examinations, nonetheless, it was the Pixel that took care of to slip by the competitors.

After 1 hr of streaming a YouTube video clip on Wi-Fi, with the displays readied to optimum illumination, the Pixel had actually gone down from complete to 98% staying. The Absolutely nothing Phone 1 went down to 95% in the very same time, while the A53 went down to 94%. After a 2nd hr, the Pixel had actually gone down to 92%, with the Absolutely nothing phone being available in a close 2nd at 90%, with the A53 having actually gone down to 89%. 

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Sure, the Pixel practically did the very best right here, however we’re actually just chatting a couple of percent factors in between them, which isn’t a huge bargain. All 3 placed in strong efficiencies: Both right here as well as in daily usage, the battery lift you can anticipate to see will certainly differ relying on just how much you need of your phone. 

With mindful usage you will not have a hard time to obtain a complete day out of any one of the phones, as well as all 3 will likely desire a complete recharge every evening. 

Software application as well as various other attributes 

All 3 phones run Android 12 at their core, however you will certainly discover some significant distinctions in the experience. The Pixel 6A runs a pure, Google-produced variation of Android 12. It’s a tidy as well as clutter-free experience that I have actually appreciated making use of for a long time on the Pixel 6 as well as 6 Pro. The Absolutely nothing Phone 1 has an aesthetic skin that consists of various shades, typefaces as well as histories, however it’s likewise cool as well as stripped-back, making it smooth as well as basic to browse.

The A53 quickly irritated me with a range of prebundled applications, consisting of ones for, TikTok, Nextdoor as well as a range of Samsung’s very own applications as well as shops. These applications make the phone really feel littered prior to you have actually also started to mount your very own. There are 2 various messaging applications, as an example — Google’s as well as Samsung’s — so Android beginners may discover it much more complex to reach grasps with. 

Close up on details of two phones

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The A53 does have an awesome attribute not located on the various other 2 though: expanding storage space. While the Pixel 6A features 128GB of storage space as well as the Absolutely nothing Phone 1 is offered with as much as 256GB, the Galaxy A53’s 128GB of storage space can be broadened with microSD cards as much as 1TB in dimension. That makes it an excellent choice if you take a great deal of pictures or video clips or wish to conserve a great deal of media in your area to your phone to take pleasure in when you do not have a net link. 

Which phone should you get? 

The Absolutely nothing Phone 1’s special style definitely provides it a side over the others, however if you’re not troubled concerning those showy lights, you like taking wide-angle pictures vacationing — or if you stay in the United States as well as can not also get it — after that you must look towards the others. 

While the A53 5G done very well in our examinations, it was the Pixel 6A that regularly prevailed. Its cpu efficiency is much better, it takes far better pictures from both its electronic cameras, its pure Android user interface is better to browse as well as it also seems like the much more superior tool when you hold it. 

The A53 is bigger as well as its expanding storage space provides it a certain one-up if you wish to save a great deal of media, however on the whole it’s the Pixel 6A that provides the very best worth for cash. 

Pixel 6A vs. Absolutely nothing Phone 1 vs. Galaxy A53 5G specifications contrast graph

Google Pixel 6A Absolutely nothing Phone 1 Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Present dimension, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; (1080 x 2400); 60Hz 6.55-inch OLED display screen, 2,400 x1080 pixels; 6.5-inch AMOLED (2,400×1,080 pixels); 120 Hz
Pixel thickness 429 ppi 402ppi 405ppi
Measurements (Inches) 6.0 x 2.8 x 0.35 in 6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32 in
Measurements (Millimeters) 152.2 x 7.18 x 8.9 mm 159.2 x 75.8 x 8.3 mm 159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.3 oz; 178g 193.5g 6.67 oz; 189g
Mobile software application Android 12 Android 12 Android 12
Cam 12.2-megapixel (vast), 12-megapixel ultra vast) 50-megapixel (primary), 50-megapixel (ultrawide) 64-megapixel (vast), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (deepness)
Front-facing video camera 8-megapixel 16-megapixel 32-megapixel
Video clip capture 4K 4K at 60fps 4K
Cpu Google Tensor Snapdragon 778G+ Exynos 1280
RAM/Storage 6GB RAM/128GB storage space 8GB + 128GB, 8GB +256 GB, 12GB RAM + 256GB 6GB/128GB
Expanding storage space None None Approximately 1TB
Battery/Charger 4,410 mAh ability; 18-watt quick charging (adapter marketed independently) 4,500mAH (33W wired billing, 15W cordless charging, 5W opposite billing) 5,000mAh (battery charger not consisted of, does not sustain cordless charging)
Finger print sensing unit Under display screen In-display In-display
Earphone jack None None None
Unique attributes 5G-enabled, 18W quick billing, Wi-fi 6E, safety and security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, double SIM, IP67 water resistance 5G, IP53, 3 years of Android updates, Double Sim, 120Hz flexible refresh price 5G-enabled; IP67 score; sustains 25W wired quick billing, Samsung Pay
Cost off-contract (USD) $449 $470 (transformed) $450
Cost (GBP) £399 £399 £399
Cost (AUD) A$749 AU$685 (transformed) AU$699
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