The Pixel 3a is particularly interesting because it brings the Pixel 3’s excellent camera to the mid-range segment. That means you get the same image quality as a true flagship for much less. You also get the same great software experience, and it still offers incredible value even a year after launch.
If you’re looking for a small phone with top-notch hardware at a sub-flagship price, the Pixel 3 is a good competitor to the 3a. You’re getting better hardware and IP68 resistance, but it’s otherwise starting to show its age. This is now a nearly two-year-old phone, meaning its software update future is relatively short.