In the good old times, when carriers ate the iPhone or Galaxy S-line price above $200 with subsidies, there was a veritable dearth of midrange option on US carriers for the simple fact that nobody cared about going cheaper than $200 or $300 if they could get less than a flagship for that tag.
Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a design and specs
On paper, the A50 has the best specs of these three puppies, with the largest, 4000mAh battery, fastest charging, the highest 128GB storage amount, extra wide-angle camera, and the highest sensor resolution, if anyone is still counting pixels.
The Pixel 3a, however, beats it where it counts in the camera area – it has the largest pixel sensor size of all three, presuming a better low-light performance, as well as 4K video recording abilities. Other than that, the three phones’ processors are decidedly midrange.
While the A50’s 6.4-inch OLED panel is brighter, with higher resolution, and the best minimum brightness compared to the 5.6″ OLED display of the Pixel, or the 6.2″ LCD screen of the Motorola, its color accuracy leaves something to be desired in comparison with the other two.
Last but not least here, design differences! The A50 and G7 have much larger screen diagonals than the Pixel 3a, yet they don’t have a much bigger footprint due to the better screen-to-body ratio, and yet the Pixel feels most manageable in the hand, if you are willing to sacrifice some screen estate.
The Galaxy A50 and the Pixel are unapologetically plastic which is a breath of fresh air in a $350 phone you don’t want to baby, whereas the Motorola goes with today’s typical glass body. Samsung pledged to bring high-end features downmarket and the in-display finger scanner of the A50 is a case in point, making it as modern as they come at this price.
Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a camera prowess
- Pixel 3a: 12MP f/1.8 main + 8MP front cam, 4K30 video
- Galaxy A50: 25MP f/1.7 main + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 5MP depth, 25MP front cam
- Moto G7: 12MP + 5MP depth cam, single LED flash, 4K30 video, 8MP front cam
We know what you’ve gathered around for, you can live without some internal storage or a bit shorter battery life, but when it comes to picture quality, that can not be rectified once the phone is purchased, right? Well, it may come as a shocker, but the Pixel 3a is football yard ahead of the direct competition here. Not only is it the only one with an optically-stabilized camera sensor, but it is also capable of cool 4K video recording, something that the A50 lacks.
If we have to rank the cameras on the three phones, despite the wide-angle prowess of the Galaxy A50, the G7 takes slightly better shots at night, and is capable of 4K video recording, so it would go second, whereas Samsung has more pleasing day shot colors. The first place in camera abilities, however, is unequivocally for the Pixel 3a.
Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a battery life and charging speeds
Don’t look now, but the 4000 mAh battery pack of the Galaxy A50 does what it says on the tin – keeps you powered through the longest of days, with nearly 11 hours of screen-on time on our demanding battery test.
While impressive, the difference with the Pixel and the Motorola that both behave admirably for their battery capacities, is not that big, considering the 30% larger battery pack on the A50. In short, you won’t be disappointed with all three phones when it comes to endurance, and all three have fast charging that will top up their power units for about 1.5 hours which is pretty quick.
Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a prices and wrap-up
So, which one should you get? The Pixel 3a is $399 retail, but can go down to $299 on promo, the A50 is $349 but can be $240 with Verizon’s discounts, while the Moto G7 is the cheapest of the bunch at $299, and can often be found at $200 even.
If your budget is of concern, go with the Moto G7 – it is a well-rounded midranger that doesn’t excel in any one point, but will disappoint in no respect, either. For two to three Benjamins, it’s a no brainer.
If the camera part is not that important to you, the Galaxy A50 steps it up many notches – from its “all-screen” design with in-display finger scanner, to its longest endurance on a charge, and the generous 128GB memory amount.
If you are the socialite type that needs good photos and videos in any situations Google’s stellar computational photography algorithms and optically-stabilized video can now be had on the cheap for less than four Benjamins. Besides the aging design and the lack of LED notification light, however, the Pixel 3a downsides aren’t many at that price, so if you can trade those for the excellent camera and the quick software updates, Google’s midrange Pixel rings as a winner, and it should, as it is the most expensive of the bunch.
Google Pixel 3a vs Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Motorola Moto G7