I went with the Pixel 4a to replace my Essential PH-1 and it has worked well. I've got an XR I issued to myself in the center console of my Jeep, even with a UAG case it's too big for my tastes. I prefer to keep my phone in a shirt pocket, the 4a is MUCH lighter than the PH-1 so it's worked out well.
I have readers anyway, so the screen size just has to be big enough. I was surprised the Pixel 4a 5G is basically the Pixel 4a XL. I'm also surprised the iPhone SE2 is still a thing, that's what we're issuing for management nowadays and I wonder that Apple is willing to lose money on that segment.