Google Pixel 4A India Review

I have been using Google Pixel 4A for a few weeks now. I bought it from Flipkart on the launch day and got it shipped very fast.  During the launch, the price was Rs 29,999 + Instant Discount with SBI Cards. Now the price has gone up to Rs 31,999.

Initial Impressions

When you get the phone out of the box for the first time, the first thing you would notice is how compact and small this smartphone is. It’s so easy to carry around in your pocket and can be used with one hand. If you are coming from bigger phones with bigger displays, it will take some getting used to the elements on the screen as the texts and icons would look a bit small for your eyes. You can go to the display settings and change these settings to get the look that suits you.

Performance

Pixel 4A is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octacore processor. This is a mid-range 4G chipset and offers good performance overall. This is not made for high-end gaming and hence I wouldn’t recommend you buy this phone for a great gaming experience. During my day to day tasks, I didn’t encounter any lags or issues.

Does Pixel 4A Overheats?

I got an overheat warning on my 4A twice. The first time it was when I was setting up my phone for the first with a lot of apps downloading and installing in the background, while I got out and took lots of photos non-stop. The warning message told me some of the functionalities in the camera won’t be available. So I let it cool for a few mins, and everything was back to normal. It didn’t shut down or rebooted. The second time I got the overheat warning was again using the camera non-stop. 

Stock Android Experience

Many buy Pixel phones from the Stock Android Experience and camera. On the Pixel 4A, I got the update to Oct 2020 security updates immediately and updated it to it without any issues. Apart from some small bugs here and there, Stock Android 11 experience is great. This version of Android ships with Night mode and some great battery optimizations. 

How good are the cameras on the Pixel 4A?

If you have a Pixel 3, 3A, or 4, you are getting almost the same experience from the 4A. The hardware hasn’t changed, so the image quality is almost the same. How good is it? It is really good. HDR+ and Nightscape offer better images than your regular 30K smartphone offers. If you are an old Pixel owner and are buying 4A for the camera alone, I would recommend you wait for the next generation with a better camera sensor as the image quality difference is not that big. 

The Pixel 4A portrait mode works not just on faces, so you can take bokeh shots on any subject you like. The edge detection is often good, but it’s not always perfect. You can readjust the depth and blur using the Google Photos app if you are not satisfied with the end result. 

Astrophotography mode is another great feature Pixel phones come with. In order to capture the milky way, you would need to be in a very dark place, far away from city lights. If you live in the city, you can’t get a clear night sky due to light pollution. 

Pixel 4A can take 4K @ 30fps videos. The quality is good, but not that great. iPhone 11 series take much better videos than the 4A for sure, and it supports 4K @ 60fps as well. 

How good is the battery life on the Pixel 4A?

Older generation Pixel phones had terrible battery life, however, the newer models perform much better. Pixel 4A has a smaller battery comparing to the Pixel 5 and many other Android smartphones in this price range. However, thanks to the Android 11 optimizations Google made, I was able to get 4-5 hours of daily screen on time with the 4A. If you want to get better idle battery usage out of the pixel, I would recommend you disable the Mobile hotspot when not in use.

It does come with a fast charger in the box. If you have used an OnePlus 8 series or Oppo flagship smartphone, you would consider this charger a bit slow. In other words, it’s not that fast. 

What about the Pixel 4A display?

It’s not exceptional, but it’s an OLED screen. If you have never used an OLED screen before, you would be very happy to see the deep blacks and better colors on the OLED screen. Under the direct sunlight, the screen got bright enough, and I had no difficulty in seeing the text or photos on the screen. 

Overall, I am very happy with the purchase of Pixel 4A. In India, you get many other phones in this price range with better overall specs for sure, but if you are an Android fan and want to get fast updates, Pixel 4A is currently the best phone you can buy right now in India. 

What i like about the Pixel 4A

  • Good Camera
  • Stock Android Experience
  • Headphone jack
  • Decent battery life ( wish it had a 4000mAh one )
  • Compact and Easy to carry around size.

What i don’t like about the Pixel 4A

  • No Ultra-wide-angle Camera
  • No 4K @ 60fps support

LG 34WL50S 34-inch Ultra-wide Monitor Price in India

LG has launched 34WL50S 34-inch Ultra-wide Monitor in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 36,000 and will be available for a lower price online. It is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check here for the current lowest price ).

LG 34WL50S is an ultra-wide monitor with a maximum display resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels ( WFHD ). It has an IPS panel and offers good color accuracy with sRGB 99% color gamunt support.

For better visual experience, LG has equipped this monitor with HDR10 support. Regular features like Black Stablizer, Dynamic Action Sync, Cross Hair, Flicker Safe, Reader Mode etc are available as well.

For better gaming experience, this monitor has AMD Radeon FreeSync support. The maximum refresh rate supported is 75hz. It offers 5ms Response time and has a max brightness of 300nits. To cut out reflections, this monitor is treated with Anti-Glare 3H coating.

Other variants of LG Ultra-wide Monitors available in India: LG 34WL500 ( Price: 25,949 ) / LG 29WN600 ( Price: Rs 19,492 ) / LG 34WL750 ( Price: Rs 37,671 ) / LG 32QN600 ( Price: Rs 25,499 ).

LG 34WL50S Monitor Specs

  • 34 inch IPS screen
  • 2560 x 1080 WFHD resolution
  • 75hz refresh rate
  • sRGB 99% color gamut
  • 300 (Typ), 240 (min) cd/m2 brightness
  • Anti-Glare 3H screen
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 1000:1 (Typ), 700:1 (Min.) contrast ratio
  • 5W x 2ch MaxxAudio Speakers
  • Headphone Out
  • 2 HDMI Ports
  • HDR 10 support
  • RADEON FreeSync
  • Dynamic Action Sync
  • OnScreen Control (OSC) support

Mi Notebook 14 Core i3 First Sale on Nov 5th on Amazon India

Xiaomi has officially launched Mi Notebook 14 Laptop with 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor in India. Amazon.in has a teaser page already up – it will be in stock and available to purchase in coming weeks.

Update: Mi Notebook 14 Core i3 First Sale on 12PM on Nov 5th @ Amazon.in ( check here ).

Xiaomi already has a few other Mi Notebook 14 variants being sold online in India. However, these are powered by 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processors. The 8GB ram 256GB SSD variant has a price tag of Rs 41,999 and the 512GB variant can be bought for Rs 43,999. There is also a more expensive Mi Notebook Horizon Edition 14 powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia MX350 2GB Graphics GPU. You can read the certified buyer reviews of these models on Amazon.in from here.

Like the Core i5 models, the Core i3 Mi Notebook 14 will also ship with SSD storage. There is no model available with 1TB HDD drives. According to the promo pages, the base model will ship with 256GB SSD storage. Since a lot of people are relying on Zoom and Skype to work and study these days, Xiaomi has decided to have a built in webcam on this model. The Core i5 models don’t have a built-in camera.

The expected price in Inda for the Mi Notebook 14 with Core i3 10th Gen processor is Rs 31,999. Check out the Amazon.in promo page here to know more about the specs of this upcoming Xiaomi laptop.

BenQ PD2500Q Monitor Price in India ( 25 inch 2K QHD 100% Rec.709 )

Benq has launched PD2500Q DesignVue Designer Monitor in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 29,990 and a launch selling price of Rs 23,990. It is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price ).

BenQ PD2500Q is a DesignVue Designer Professional Monitor. It features a 25-inch QHD screen with a max resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The Panel is an IPS one and offers 100% Color Accuracy. Benq is also bringing AQCOLOR technology – Accurate Reproduction – for better color accuracy.

According to the specs sheet, each PD2500Q monitor is Individually factory-calibrated to 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 standards for great color accuracy. This monitor comes with Specialized Designer Modes such as Darkroom, CAD/CAM, and Animation modes to get the best out of the system depending on your work.

This monitor is not made for Gaming, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t play games on it. It offers a regular 60Hz refresh rate and has a 4ms (GtG) response time. The max brightness supported by this monitor is 350nits which is plenty enough. The display has an Anti-glare coating for better visibility and experience.

Older models: PD2700U, PD2700Q, PD3220U, PD3200U, PD3200Q. ( check out their prices on Amazon.in here )

From the manufacturer
BenQ DesignVue Designer Monitor PD2500Q is a visually spectacular 25” 2K QHD (2560×1440) high-resolution display that showcases every intricate detail in your work. Equipped with BenQ AQCOLOR Technology and professionally factory-calibrated for industry-leading color accuracy and 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 color space support, and an amazing Delta E ≤ 3 value, PD2500Q’s pristine IPS panel produces exacting color accuracy for the truest and most representative view of original content.

BenQ PD2500Q Monitor Specs

  • 25 inch IPS Screen
  • QHD resolution ( 2560×1440 Pixels )
  • Anti-glare
  • 350nits max brightness
  • 4ms (GtG)
  • 100% sRGB/Rec. 709 color gamut support
  • 117 PPI
  • 178/178 viewing angle
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Native Contrast(typ.): 1000:1
  • DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio) (typ.): 20M:1
  • 2Wx2 Speakers
  • Headphone jack
  • Picture modes: Rec.709 / sRGB / CAD/CAM / Animation / Standard / Low Blue Light / Dark Room / M-Book / User
  • Benq Eyecare – Flicker-free Technology, Low Blue Light, Brightness Intelligence (B.I.)
  • Delta E ≦ 3 (average)
  • Ports: HDMI (v1.4)x1 / DisplayPort (v1.2) x1 / MiniDisplayPort (ver1.2)x1 / DP out(MST) / USB Downstream x 4 / USB Upstream x 1
  • Power consumption: 21W – 62W

Big Diwali Sale 2020 Offers – Flipkart | Amazon.in ( Oct 29-Nov 4 )

Flipkart has announced Big Diwali Sale 2020 Dates. From Oct 29th to Nov 4th, you can avail some fantastic deals online in India from Flipkart.

If you are a Flipkart Plus member, you can get Early access to all these deals 12 hours early on Oct 29th at 12 noon.

Flipkart Big Diwali Sale 2020 Bank Offer: 10% Instant Discount with Axis Bank Cards. More Info and T&Cs here.

Amazon.in, on the other hand, have their Great Indian Festival Diwali Sale already live. Currently, they haven’t announced an end date for this sale.

Upcoming Diwali Sale Offers on Flipkart

  • up to 40% OFF on Mobiles & Accessories
  • up to 80% OFF on Electronics & Accessories
  • up to 40% OFF on Laptops / Gaming Laptops.
  • TVs & Appliances – up to 80% OFF
  • Diwali 2020 Fashion Deals – 50% – 80% OFF
  • Furniture, Home Furnishing, Home Appliances, etc – up to 75% OFF
  • Flipkart Brands – up to 80% OFF
  • Dhamaka Deals – New Deals at 12 AM and 12 PM
  • Maha Price Drop Offers – Extra 20% OFF on Clothing, Beauty, Home Decor, etc
  • Rush Hour Deals – Lowest Price of the Sale – 12 PM – 2 PM on Oct 29th

Find all about Deals on Flipkart here.

Newly launched gadgets like Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, Apple iPad 8th Gen, iPad Air 4th Gen, etc will be back in stock during this Diwali Sale 2020 on Flipkart. They won’t be available for Discounts though. Apple iPhone SE will be available for Rs 32,999 while LG G8X will be on discount for Rs 24,990. iPhone XR will be available for Rs 39,999. Moto Razr will be available for a big Price Drop offer during this sale. Check out all upcoming Mobile offers on Flipkart here.

Apple iPhone 12 Pre-order Offers on Flipkart ( HDFC Bank EMI Discounts )

Apple iPhone 12 ( 64GB / 128GB / 256GB ) will be available to pre-order online in India from Flipkart starting today ( Oct 23, 2020 ). As a launch offer, you can avail of some instant discount bank offers for a limited time.

If you buy an iPhone 12 / 12 Pro / 12 Mini / 12 Pro Max with an HDFC Bank Card ( Debit / Credit Card EMI ), you can get instant Discounts up to Rs 6,000. Buying using a regular HDFC Debit card can get you an Instant Discount of Rs 1,500 only.

  • iPhone 12 EMI Offer on Flipkart: Rs 6000 Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Debit / Credit Card EMI.
  • iPhone 12 Pro EMI offer on Flipkart: Rs 5000 Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Debit / Credit Card EMI.
  • Rs 1500 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Debit Card (Non-EMI) on both iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order online from Flipkart in the coming days as well. They also will be available to purchase with this HDFC Bank EMI Offer when they become available.

Check out the Offer page here to know more.

All these new iPhones are powered by the latest and fastest Apple A14 Bionic chipset which debuted with the Apple iPad Air 4th Gen 2020 model. So performance-wise, all these are top-end phones. The main differences between these phones are in the screen sizes and the camera system.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have Dual rear cameras – a regular wide angle as well as an ultra-wide-angle lens. iPhone 12 Pro on the other hand has 3 cameras including a telephoto lens. iPhone 12 Pro Max features a bigger, better sensor with a few camera and video features that won’t be available on other models. So if you want the best Camera in an iPhone, you would have to buy the most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Series Prices in India on Flipkart / Amazon.in

  • iPhone 12 Mini Price: Rs 69,900
  • iPhone 12 Price: Rs 79,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro Price: Rs 1,19,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max Price: Rs 1,39,900

Samsung LF22T350FHWXXL 22 inch Monitor Price in India

Samsung has launched LF22T350FHWXXL, a 22 inch Monitor, in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 10,000 and a launch selling price of Rs 7,499. It is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price ).

Samsung LF22T350FHWXXL is an entry-level 22-inch monitor offering full HD 1080P resolution. It has an IPS panel offering with good viewing angles. This monitor has a minimalistic design with a 3-sided borderless display.

For better gaming performance, Samsung has equipped this model with AMD Freesync support. The max refresh rate supported is 75Hz. Samsung has also installed a dedicated Game Mode on this to “get optimal color and image contrast to see scenes more vividly and spot enemies hiding in the dark.

For better eye protection, this monitor ships with Superior eye care support. Flicker Free technology continuously removes tiring and irritating screen flicker, while Eye Saver Mode minimizes emitted blue light. Your eyes stay fresh longer.

Samsung LF22T350FHWXXL Monitor Specs

  • Full HD IPS Monitor
  • 22-inch Monitor
  • AMD Freesync support
  • Borderless design
  • HDMI and D-sub ports
  • 75hz refresh rate
  • Superior Eye Care support
  • 5ms response time
  • Dedicated Game Mode

LG 24GL650F Ultragear 24 inch Monitor Price in India ( 144hz / 1ms / AMD Freesync )

LG has launched 24GL650F Ultragear, 24 inch Monitor, in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 26,000 and a launch selling price of Rs 13,999 ( Deal of the Day ). It is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price ).

LG Ultragear 24GL650F is a 24-inch Gaming Monitor offering a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD ). It has a TN Panel and comes with features like Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, Cross Hair, On-Screen Control, etc.

The maximum refresh rate supported by this monitor is 144hz. It can get plenty bright indoors with a max 300nits brightness supported. For better gaming experience, LG has equipped this with AMD Freesync support.

There are 2 HDMI ports and 1 Display Port on the back of this monitor. You also get a headphone out port. It offers 170/160 viewing angle.

LG 24GL650F Ultragear Specs

  • TN Panel
  • Full HD 24 inch Monitor ( 23.6″ )
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 144hz refresh rate
  • 1 ms response time
  • 170° / 160° viewing angle
  • AMD FreeSync support
  • 300 nits max brightness
  • Ports: HDMI x 2 / DisplayPort 1.2 x 1 / Headphone-out
  • HDMI cable in the box.
  • 1000:1 native contrast ratio
  • Dynamic Action Sync
  • NTSC 72% color gamut
  • Anti-glare screen
  • No speakers

LG 29WN600 UltraWide 29 Inch Monitor Price in India

LG has launched 29WN600 2020 UltraWide 29 Inch Monitor in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 26,500 and a launch selling price of Rs 19,302. It is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price ).

LG 29WN600 is a 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels ( WFHD ) and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. It has an IPS display with HDR 10 support. This monitor supports OnScreen Control (OSC) to adjust and split screens according to your workspace needs.

For better color accuracy, LG has calibrated this monitor and offers 99% sRGB. It comes with features like Black Stabilizer, DAS Mode, Screen split2.0, Flicker Safe, Reader Mode, etc.

It features a 75Hz display and the maximum brightness supported is 250nits which is plenty bright to use indoors. 5ms is the Max Response Time (GTG) of this monitor. For better gaming performance, LG has equipped this with AMD FreeSync technology.

LG 29WN600 Monitor Specs

  • IPS Panel
  • WFHD resolution ( 2560 x 1080 pixels )
  • sRGB 99% color gamut
  • 250 nits max brightness
  • 75hz refresh rate
  • 21:9 aspect ratio
  • HDR10 support
  • 5ms response time
  • AMD FreeSync support
  • Reader Mode (Blue light reduction)
  • 7W x 2 Maxx Audio speakers
  • Ports: 2 (v1.4) HDMI / 1 Display Port ( DP v1.4 ) / Headphone out
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio ( original )
  • 8bits, 16.7M color depth
  • 178/178 viewing angle

Sony A7II – is it worth buying in 2020?

Sony Alpha A7II ( ILCE-7M2K/BQ IN5 ) now sells for a much lower price in India online. During the Big Billion Days 2020 sale on Flipkart, it was available for the lowest ever Deal price of Rs 69,999 ( regular selling price is Rs 84,999 ). This is currently the cheapest Full Frame Mirrorless Camera you can buy in India.

This camera has been out for a while now. Sony A7II was launched way back in 2014 and has the same 24MP sensor as the original A7. It is a Full Frame camera and supports E-mount lenses.

Sony A7II – Is it worth buying in 2020 ? Is it better than Sony Alpha A6500 / A6600 ?

There are some Pros and Cons. The main advantage the A7II has over A6000 Series of cameras like A6600, A6500, A6100, etc is the Full Frame Sensor inside. Even though it’s an old sensor, image quality is still good enough, and you get that Full Frame look – better bokeh aka shallow depth of field than the crop sensor A6600 like cameras.

The newer Sony Cameras on the other hand have much better Auto Focus, Eye AF tracking, Fast burst rates, and far better Video recording capabilities.

Which has the better image quality ? A6600 or A7II ?

In General, a Full-Frame Sensor offers better overall image quality and much better performance in low light. However, the A7II sensor is quite old now. 6 years is a long time in the tech industry. The newer sensors with newer tech on the A6600 / A6500 cameras are now on par with the Full Frame sensor on the A7II. In some areas, A7II has a slight edge, offering better color rendition and sharpness. Check out the DPReview comparison tool to see how much close these cameras are in terms of image quality.

Why did i buy A7II over A6600 / A6500 / A6400 etc

During the Flipkart sale, I did get the Sony A7II for the Rs 69,999 offer price. It came with a 28-70mm lens ( quite good quality ) and a 64GB Sdcard. You also get a carry bag with this camera. When I bought it, I thought this would be old stock, but it is very new – Sept 2020 was the date on the box I got.

I am a Hobbyist Landscape photographer, and I only plan to shoot Nature and Landscape. So for me, A7II is a great buy for the price. But it can’t shoot 4K videos or doesn’t have super fast Auto Focus Sony’s new cameras are famous for. The high ISO image quality on this is not that good. A7II is also not idle for sports or action photography. However, for me, all these issues were not deal-breakers.

So if you are like me, wants that Full Frame look and plans to shoot this in good lighting for Landscape, A7II is a fantastic camera to own. It can also shoot great portraits and the AF works well except when you are at high ISO in low light scenarios. A6600 like cameras also have good overall image quality, but they are not as good as the newer A7M3 or A7C cameras when it comes to overall image quality and high ISO performance.

My buying decision was quite simple – I wanted a decent Full Frame Sony Mirrorless Camera with IBIS ( in-body-image-stabilization ) and the A7II is/was the best value for money camera in that category.