Wednesday, 24 July, 2019


Digital Wellbeing Is Affecting Google Pixel 3a Performance

Google's new trade-in promo for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL essentially lets iPhone XS Max owners get either one of them for free Google's new trade-in promo for the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL essentially lets iPhone XS Max owners get either one of them for free
Melba Vasquez | 14 May, 2019, 18:30

A thread on Reddit, particularly around the Pixel 3, discusses on how disabling Digital Wellbeing has drastically improved the performance of the phone. The phones have similar constructions, so in the end they both got a 6 out of 10 repairability score, where 10 is easiest to fix.

Most of the smartphones getting launched nowadays are not easy to get reapird and it's a welcome move from Google for the Pixel 3a series, which scored 6 points in terms of repairability. You can get a better look at it below. It's also a feature that Apple has included in iOS, starting a year ago, and Facebook has even added it to its app and the Instagram app. Considering it's not good for our eyes, that's a good thing. The affected devices range from the Pixel 3 variants all the way to the original Pixel from 2016. Also, the string codes reveal that this may be a feature that will be exclusive to Pixel smartphones only. We disabled Digital Wellbeing just to make sure, and it appeared to be just as fast with it disabled as it was with it enabled.

Our take: In my opinion, Google may have just added a USB-C dongle for headphones in the Pixel 3a box - just like the Pixel 3 - but that may have not created the same buzz, after all. And now the Pixel 3a hasn't even been available for a week, and users are finding a ton of issues with the devices already. We have seen a few leaks regarding Google's updated designs for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL though, and we really like what we've seen.

Stretch-release adhesive secures the battery and this is a plus since it means it's very repair-friendly, and the only screws inside the Pixels are standard T3 Torx fasteners, so you won't need any weird screwdrivers on hand. Especially considering it does have the famous Pixel camera built-in.

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