Whether you consider the Pixel 6a yet another missed opportunity for Google
to shine bright in its fight against Apple (and key strategic partner Samsung) or a heavyweight contender for this year’s Android value champion title, there’s clearly an audience for an affordable 5G-enabled mid-ranger powered by the same processor as 2021’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
Said audience may have jumped at the chance to pre-order the $449 “pure” Android 12 handset
with stellar software support and awesome cameras last week in order to score a complimentary pair of Pixel Buds A-Series… unless, of course, you don’t really need middling new true wireless earbuds sans active noise cancellation.
If that’s the case, it might be a better idea to purchase the 6.1-inch Pixel 6a in your favorite color from Best Buy right now and get a free $50 gift card. That’s technically less valuable than what Amazon offered in terms of a pre-order freebie, but it does allow you to save a few bucks on a multitude of different products available at Best Buy.
Google’s Pixel 6a
is officially shipping across the nation starting today, mind you, and this particular launch deal is scheduled to run through August 7 with pretty much no strings attached and no special requirements… apart from your standard valid e-mail address.
The device manufacturer and search giant itself is holding an essentially identical sale on its website until August 7, throwing in $50 Google
Store credit with all Pixel 6a purchases, while Amazon is unfortunately not offering anything special anymore with your 450 bucks.
Of course, you can always go the carrier route instead and score considerably heftier discounts from Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T with new lines, select unlimited plans, monthly installments, and/or device trade-ins. But if you’d rather get a completely unlocked unit you can move around at will, Best Buy is probably your number one option at the time of this writing.