Just How Good Is A Refurbished Google Pixel 8

Google has been a key player in the smartphone market since 2007 when the Android operating system was unveiled and then launched commercially in 2008. However, while all Android phones use operating software created by Google, only a small percentage are manufactured by Google.

Google had previously co-developed Android devices through their ‘Nexus’ phone line from 2010 to 2016; however, they still didn’t manufacture them. Google partnered with other manufacturers, including Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and Asus, to manufacture the phones.

The first ever device manufactured and created by Google itself was the Pixel flagship line, which launched its first phone in October 2016. Since then, the Pixel line has led to subsequent devices, including wearables, laptops, and tablets.

The brand slogan also doesn’t let you forget who made it, “Pixel, the only phone engineered by Google.” If you’re looking to jump into the Android ecosystem, the Pixel line is a great option in the saturated market, as it’s one of the few devices that offer a ‘stock’ version of the Android operating system. 

Because the Pixel line is also manufactured by Google, the creator of Android, it also allows for better software support and faster firmware updates. At the time of writing, the latest models are the Pixel 8 phones, which feature cutting-edge AI-powered technology at a great price—especially if you buy it refurbished.

The Features of Google Pixel 8 Phones

The Google Pixel Series 8 line boasts an impressive array of features. These include Google’s signature state-of-the-art camera system with advanced AI capabilities, which has been award-winning and received positive reception in reviews.

Along with this, the Series 8 line features the new and lightning-fast Tensor G3 chip, making it perfect for any task, including gaming and multitasking. The devices also feature the latest 5G connectivity function, so it’s faster than its predecessors, which could only do 4G.

Currently, there are three Pixel 8 generation models available—the base 8, the 8 Pro, and the 8a. Below, we’ll outline the differences between each model and which might be right for you when you’re buying refurbished.

Google Pixel 8

The Google Pixel 8 is the base model for anyone looking to jump into Google’s 8th generation of flagship devices. It’s also powered by their new semi-custom Tensor G3 chip, which provides cutting-edge performance for gaming and intensive apps, as well as AI-powered features.

The Google Pixel 8 carries on the legacy of its predecessors for having one of the best cameras in the smartphone industry. The Pixel 8 features a primary 50MP camera, an ultrawide camera at 12MP, and software to enhance pictures taken.

All the Pixel 8 devices are compatible and can be seamlessly integrated into Google’s ecosystem, as well as pair with other Pixel devices and accessories, like the Pixel Buds and laptops.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

For anyone looking for a premium model of the Pixel 8, the ‘Pro’ version is perfect, and even better if you can find it refurbished. Although it comes at a higher price point, it improves on all the features that the Pixel 8 and 8a offers.

This includes better performance, as the 8 Pro features more RAM at 12 GB instead of the standard 8GB. The Pro model also has better camera functionality, such as a video boost and an upgraded ultrawide lens.

Google Pixel 8a

Google always releases a numbered ‘A’ series of their Pixel devices. They’re known to be a fantastic option if you’re looking for a powerful budget device that doesn’t cut quality on camera or performance, and the 8a is no exception.

The Pixel 8a is only a fraction of the original price of the base model 8 and even cheaper if you shop second-hand. The 8a has a slightly smaller screen than the standard 8 model, measuring 6.1 inches, and a slightly smaller battery.

With that being said, this model is significantly more affordable as it’s the ‘budget’ option. It also includes the same Tensor G3 chip, so you’re getting similar performance to the other 8 series models.

The Pixel 8a also has the same RAM and storage options as the standard Pixel 8 phone. For anyone looking for a budget Android device for photography, the 8a can’t be beaten with its 64MP wide and 13MP ultrawide camera.

How Google Pixel 8 Phones Compare To Other Brands

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In the smartphone industry, it’s impossible not to compare devices and how they stack up to other brands. The Pixel 8 devices are having to stand up against Apple’s iPhone 15, Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series, and other manufacturer’s flagship models.

If you’re looking for a later-model Android device, the top contenders are undoubtedly the Pixel 8 or Samsung’s S24. If you’re looking at price alone, the Pixel 8 models are more affordable than Samsung’s devices, especially if you’re planning to buy refurbished ones.

Samsung and Google’s phones also offer similar results when it comes to battery life and feature similar display and screen size options. The main differences come down to the processing power and camera.

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 uses the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (or the Exynos 2400, depending on the seller and region), which is faster than Google’s Tensor G3 chip. However, both can comfortably handle intensive gaming.

The Pixel 8 phones offer better camera options, especially with software Google uses to enhance photos. Google also promises 7-year support for their devices regarding software and security patches, compared to Samsung’s 5-year promised support.

Pixel phones also come with the ‘stock’ Android operating system, whereas Samsung phones run a modified version that also comes pre-installed with Samsung’s apps. The Pixel 8 and the Galaxy S24 series of devices are both fantastic phones, and choosing the best one will depend on preference.

The same goes for Pixel devices and Apple’s flagship phones. The comparison isn’t as easy as ‘Is the Google Pixel 8 better than the iPhone?’ Both devices excel in different areas and suit different use cases.

If you prefer the Apple ecosystem, it makes more sense to stick with iPhones, while Pixel is a great choice if you’re looking to move to Android or already have Android products.

Why Buying A Google Pixel 8 Refurbished Is A Good Idea

Buying a refurbished Google Pixel 8 is a fantastic idea if you’re looking to upgrade to the latest device whilst wanting to save money. You get to experience cutting-edge technology whilst shaving down the price point. 

We understand your hesitation about buying a refurbished phone, but it’s important to note that any reputable seller is crystal clear about the refurbishment process and the condition of the device. Here at OzMobiles, we put every refurbished phone through an extensive, 72-point check using industry-standard software. If any component isn’t working optimally, it’s repaired or replaced with a genuine part.

In some cases, buying a refurbished Pixel 8 can also provide a better experience than buying a new one. You have the guarantee that the device doesn’t have any manufacturing defects, as every part is checked in the refurbishing process. Time has passed, so the phone has received essential firmware upgrades and updates.

Buy Refurbished Google Pixel 8 Phones at OzMobiles

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For the best deals on Google’s flagship devices, including the Pixel 8 model, buying refurbished is a great way to save money and experience the latest tech. Here at OzMobiles, we stock a range of Android phones, including the Pixel 8.

All the devices we sell, including the Pixel 8, go through our extensive 72-point refurbishment process in our Melbourne headquarters. During this, we run a comprehensive check on all components from the hardware to the software, ensuring they’re fully functional and running at optimal levels.

When you shop with us, we also offer a free 12-month warranty and a 30-day risk-free return policy. So, if you have any issues or a change of mind, you can return the device. All of our devices also come with a battery life guarantee, so you can rest assured your refurbished device will have an overall battery health of 80% or more.

If you have any questions about our second-hand Google Pixel 8 phones or the refurbishment process—contact us today. Our team would be happy to help you find the perfect Pixel device.

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