I've got the mid range pixel 3a and it's never missed a beat. Always first in line for Android updates, camera is spot on and it's Google in your pocket.
Definitely looking at getting the newset version next year. Will never buy anything other than Google now.
A good example will be pubs out in the middle of nowhere. Not saying any will flout the rules but do we seriously expect to see the police up and around the Moors for example in the middle of December with snow on the ground looking for people breaking the rules in pubs?