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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're seeking a more budget-friendly option with a solid camera and Android experience, the Google Pixel 6a is a good choice. However, if you prefer larger screens and longer battery life, and are willing to pay a bit more, the Motorola Edge (2021) could be more suitable for you. Keep in mind that the Motorola has a higher refresh rate for smoother visuals, which could be important if you enjoy gaming or streaming video content. Both phones offer quality cameras, but the Google Pixel 6a is recognized for its photo quality, which typically excels in detail and color accuracy. On the other hand, if fast charging is a priority, the Motorola Edge (2021) offers faster charging capabilities. Both phones are made of plastic, have similar storage capacity, and run on Android, but the overall camera experience may be better with the Pixel 6a while the Edge (2021) offers a bit more screen real estate and battery life. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6a
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
Advantages of the Motorola Edge (2021)
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.6
Pixel 6a
Edge (2021)
5.2
The Google Pixel 6a has good overall camera quality, while the Motorola Edge (2021) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.4
Pixel 6a
Edge (2021)
5.3
The Google Pixel 6a takes good photos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.2
Pixel 6a
Edge (2021)
4.7
The Google Pixel 6a takes good videos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor videos.

Battery

7.6 Hours
Pixel 6a
Edge (2021)
8.7 Hours
The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life. The Motorola Edge (2021) has 8.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6a has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Motorola Edge (2021) is 6.8 inches.

Cost

$400
Pixel 6a
Edge (2021)
$600
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The Google Pixel 6a has a price of $400 and the Motorola Edge (2021) costs $600.
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How the Google Pixel 6a and the Motorola Edge (2021) compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6aMotorola Edge (2021)
Google Pixel 6aMotorola Edge (2021)

GENERAL

Price
$400
$600
Brand
GoogleMotorola
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
July 21, 2022September 2, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.8"
Resolution
2400 x 10802460 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
429395
Display Type
OLEDLCD

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD778G
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.6/105.3/10
Photos Score
7.5/105.4/10
Videos Score
7.3/104.7/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
12.2 megapixels + OIS108 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.6 Hours8.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4410 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoNo
Wireless charging Speed
0 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.99" x 2.83"6.65" x 2.98"
Weight
6.28 oz7.05 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.25.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Chalk, Sage, CharcoalNebula Blue
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

Shopping

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Google Pixel 6a

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Ars Technica

Ron Amadeo | July 2022
"it's very hard to find fault with the Pixel 6a. It has a processor that, in the US at least, blows away other Android phones in this price range. The design is great, the camera is fine, and the price is right. What's not to like?"

Motorola Edge (2021)

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | October 2021
"If you've overlooked Motorola's higher-end phones in the past, the Motorola Edge 5G UW does a very good job at trying to regain your attention. Improvements to the main camera impress. I'm also impressed by how quickly the phone recharges. It's the affordability that ultimately wins the day for the Motorola Edge. this phone offers enough premium features to put it at the forefront of midrange options."

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About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

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