Which RW phones have the best camera?

Which Republic Wireless phone(s) has/have the best camera? Among the ones under $400, are there ones that have great cameras? Thanks

Camera quality to price ratio there is no doubt that the Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL have the best cameras. At the current sale price, the Google Pixel 4XL has the best camera of the phones available for use with Republic.

1 Like

You can check for yourself … here is a link to user provided examples that were collected in a recent ‘Community Challange’ conducted by the Community Manager @Southpaw Photography Reviews - Member Community

1 Like

Thank you for the tips. How would you say the Moto g Stylus camera fares?

Hi @jeanbaptistep.9negx7,

I have a Moto G Stylus in the household. I find the camera to be perfectly respectable. That said, I would agree with @louisdi, the Pixel 3a series or if the budget would stretch, the Pixel 4 XL take noticeably better pictures.

Thanks! It looks like the Pixel takes great pictures. Too bad the memory is limited to 64GB.

Keep an eye out for the new line of Pixels being announced today. I have a strong feeling (backed by leaks) that we’ll see 128GB as the small size. TO BE CLEAR: GOOGLE IS ANNOUNCING TODAY. I HAVE NO INFO AS TO IF OR WHEN THEY WILL WORK WITH REPUBLIC.

1 Like

I’ve just seen an article about the 4a. I’m looking to buy a new phone in the next week or two, I don’t know if the 4a will be RW compatible in that time period. I also notice the price for the Moto G Stylus in the RW shop dropped.

Isn’t it true that the unlocked phones on Republic use the SIM card to enable the phones to run the Republic flavor of Wi-Fi/Cellular phone service?

And if that’s true, then isn’t it a given the new Google Pixel 4a will be compatible on the Republic network if you install a Republic SIM card?

(Speaking of which, any thoughts as to whether Republic will sell the Pixel 4a now?)

Hi @paulf.lrkq4k,

Not entirely; it’s the combination of the Republic app and the Republic SIM that enables certain carrier agnostic U.S. factory unlocked phones to work with Republic’s blended WiFi/cell service. Until and unless Republic says otherwise, the Pixel 4a is not supported.

Please see here: When will RW permit the Pixel 4a?

I would add that it is the combination of the Republic App and the Republic SIM interfacing with specific parts of the Android OS, that enable certain… The reason I think that’s important is because it is these interfaces that are often removed or mucked with by carrriers in their specific builds or even certain manufacturer’s in their builds for other countries. It is for this reason that only the US Factory Unlocked versions, that are unmodified for any carrier and even then, only certain software builds, will work with Republic.

But given that the version of Android that ships with Google Pixel phones are probably the “purest” Android version out there, that would seem Republic would have the lowest hurdles to have to overcome to certify the Pixel 4a as a BYOP option (that is, if Republic doesn’t start selling the 4a itself; but maybe there’s a deliberate delay on that until they can clear the remaining 4 XL inventory before they become expensive orphan phones most Republic customers are unlikely to buy if they have a 4a alternative).

You would think, but previous Pixel models have had issues at launch. In fact there is still an issue with call screen across all models. Remember Google adds some “pixel only” stuff that isn’t stock.

I don’t think this is an issue. First, since the 4XL is no longer produced, demand really shouldn’t be an issue (there are Reddit threads about where to find one) and second I think they’re appealing to different markets. If you want a “flagship” processor then the 4XL is a natural, if not, then…

Thanks for the further insight, louisdi, but I guess I’m thinking if the 4XL is certified and sold by Republic, it would be a “simple” matter to also certify the 4a. Sure, the processor is different but in my layman’s mind, that wouldn’t be the source of any issues - it would be the actual version of Android running and I would expect the 4a should be shipping with Android 10 (which the 4XL has) and both are estimated to get Android 11 in early September.

As a matter of fact, I was one of the early ones to jump on Republic’s $400 “instant rebate” sale on the 4XL a couple of weeks ago. It was a great deal – at the time.

Until the news about the impending launch of the 4a a few days later. Once it was officially announced that the 4a would now be available later this month than maybe in October, plus had Double the RAM, and retained the fingerprint sensor and headphone jack, all of a sudden it became a really hard case to make that the 4XL was still a “great deal” with the $400 instant rebate.

Including taxes, the 4XL for me was still $210 more than the 4a, and the faster processor and screen refresh rate, 2x optical zoom, water resistance, and wireless charging, and larger screen were not worth that much to me. In fact, having half the storage memory, and lacking a fingerprint scanner and headphone jack were actually negatives in the 4XL for me compared to the 4a.

Yes, there may be Republic customers who would want a Google “flagship” phone now that it’s no loner $899, but my gut tells me that the “value-oriented” demographic that comes to Republic in the first place would mostly instantly gravitate to the 4a over the 4XL. I know I did - I just executed Republic’s very simple 14-day refund policy and have packaged up my still unwrapped 4XL to go back to Republic’s return center, and am placing my 4a order now. Someone else who wants this “flagship” phone can have mine in a few days…

If I recall correctly, there were some glitches with the Pixel 3a series at launch that didn’t apply to the earlier Pixel 3s. I’m not saying the same would be true of the 4a series and the Pixel 4s that preceded them. I am saying I would want Republic to thoroughly test that to be certain.

1 Like

Apart from the awaited Pixel 4a, what would you say are currently available RW phones with great cameras that are less than USD400 (camera use mostly for photos)? I looked at the photo gallery that jben mentioned in this thread, but find it hard to compare photo quality there (different subjects/lighting/etc.). I was considering getting a Moto G Power or Moto G Stylus, but wonder if I should consider another brand from the RW phones available (if there is a big difference in camera quality). Thanks a lot!

If camera is your primary focus, there is no other phone outside of the Pixel 4a that has a camera that compares. The cameras on all phones these days are fine, and can even be great, but objectively, the Pixels beat all the other phones anywhere near that price, every time.

Message an
Expert customer