Pixel 3a Vs Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10e

Hi guys,

Looking for a phone for my mum that she will have for the next 3-4 years.

I really don't know anything about mobile phones so hoping for some guidance from the community.

I'm after something between $5-600. I know the S10e is well above this but if it goes for a good price for Black Friday I would consider.

What are your thoughts?


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    Pixel 3A doesn't get wireless charging.

    I've had my S8 for just on 2 years now, can't see much that the others do over and above the S8

    Downside to a 2yo android is it'll likely only get 1 more android update, if that

  • +1 vote

    Pixel is basically the iphone of Android world. Simple and clean interface, no extra apps and useless functionality and gets updates regularly and of course great camera. Samsung has a lot of junk and always way behind android updates.


    Optus currently has a reasonable promotion for the S10e. https://offer.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/phones/samsung/2019/g...

    They are only charging $5/month over 24 months for the handset in that case… and if you get the phone delivered quickly enough then you can go to the Samsung Redemptions website to claim the Galaxy Buds offer.

    $5*24 = $120

    Even still, say you're on the Optus BYO $40/month no lock-in plan. That's $960 over 24 months.
    The $64 / month for the current promotion with the S10e is total $1536 over 24 months.
    $1536 - $960 = $576 equivalent cost of S10e over 24 month contract

    If you're able to join Optus without incurring break costs from your current telco, might be worth a look? Not much longer for that Galaxy Buds offer though!


      Hey that's an awesome pickup. I'll definitely take a look at that deal. Unfortunately I think the buds promo is over. I thought it expired yesterday.


        Oh could be, sorry. I knew it would expire this month but saw it still advertised in the images for that Optus deal so assumed it was still running.


          I clicked the link you posted. Looks like they only offer the $5 handset repayment on the $59 and up phone plans.


            @greedop: Yeah I know. The comparison was kind of… if you are on a $40 plan now, moving to the $59 plan + $5 repayment still works out good over the 24 months…
            After the 24 months, staying on the $59 plan starts to eat into any savings you've had up to that point.

            It definitely depends what your starting point is, whether it really "works out" like a cheap handset.
            If you're on a $20 plan now, changing to the $59 + $5 plan is simply not going to stack up.

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    In the Waterproof Phone market, here's the options (worst to best):
    Worth ~$299:
    Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge, HTC U11 Eye, Oppo R15 Pro, Oppo Reno A,

    Worth ~$301:
    Sony Xperia X-Performance, Sony Xperia XZ, Sony Xperia XZs, LG Q8, LG G6, LG Q70, LG Q9, LG G7f,

    Worth ~$400:
    Samsung S7, Samsung S8, Samsung S7 Edge, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, LG V30, LG G7, Pixel 2,

    Worth ~$500:
    Sony XZ Premium, LG V40, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung S8 Plus, Samsung S9, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 3,

    Worth ~$600:
    Samsung Note 8, Samsung S9 Plus, Pixel 3XL, Razer Phone 2, Samsung Note 9,

    Worth >$800:
    OnePlus 7/t Pro, Sony Xperia 1, Huawei Pro P30/Mate 20, LG G8/V50, Samsung S10/Note10 (…basically all of the 2019 Expensive Flagships)

    Excluded from this list are iPhones, region-exclusive devices, and Non-waterproof phones.


      None are waterproof and the Samsung S6 is not even water resistant


        ohhkay, "water resistant" (semantics).

        The Samsung S6 is water resistant (and non-bendgate), check YouTube. They didn't pay for the IP67 certification, the LG G5 is also water resistant (Low-IP67) despite having a module to remove battery. I have qualified the OnePlus 7/t Pro on the list as well (no certification, pop-up camera).

        …regardless of the ingress protection, that is a useful summary of high-end phones from 2015-2019.
        Most are probably better than a brand new midrange phone, in case someone was interested.


    I have been thinking about getting a Pixel 3a so went to JB Hifi this morning to have a play around with one. The salesman spent the whole time telling me what a terrible phone it is (he admitted he is an iphone fan). He said they're unreliable and the camera is only decent for landscapes- not for night shots or anything with any motion. I've only ever heard good things about the camera on a Pixel though. He suggested I look at the s10e instead. I'm definitely interested to hear what other people say here!


      That's interesting. I read a fair few reviews on line and none mentioned the phone as being unreliable. Hmmm


        Everyone I know with a Pixel raves about them and the reviews are always pretty good. I couldn't help but wonder if he gets more commission from the other brands. One point he did make was that Samsung provides a better after market service for any problems. That could be something to keep in mind too.