While supplies last, Google has the Pixel 5a 5G on sale for $399 -- the lowest I've seen the device go. The phone only comes in one configuration: 128GB, unlocked, and in what Google calls "Mostly Black" finish. Unless you record all your videos in 4K resolution, the onboard storage should be more than enough.
When it comes to the mid-range/sub-$400 market, you'd be hard-pressed to find a smartphone that can stand spec-for-spec against the Pixel 5a 5G. Yes, multi-camera setups, large batteries, and a 60Hz screen are common among the sea of Motorola, OnePlus, and Samsung, but what sets the Pixels apart is the software. Leveraging Google's AI and computational photography, the Pixel experience that you're getting with the 5a is no different than that of the 6 and 6 Pro -- phones that cost $200-$500 more.
So for a Black Friday-low of $399, the Pixel 5a 5G is a no-brainer for anyone wanting a clean, stock Android experience, 5G connectivity for future-proofing, reliable cameras, and all the Google features that will come in the next few years.
Learn more: Google Pixel 5a full review by ZDNet's Jason Cirpriani