The Google Pixel 4 is here but we’re not all that wowed since different versions of the Phone got leaked months before it’s release. Some said it was already ‘old’ before its own release.
Don’t take this the wrong way though, the Google Pixel is a worthy competitor amongst its smartphone rivals, what better Android phone to consider than a Google Pixel…..they own Android!
Without wasting much of your time, here are some of the things we like and dislike about the new Google Pixel 4……in no orderly fashion.
Okay, we’re not going to pretend like that back doesn’t look too familiar, it reminds us of another mobile device that recently released into the world…..it rhymes with ‘Grapple’.
The design on the back makes the phone look like the designers didn’t spend much time doing their job which makes the device look like a ‘copy’. Upfront it looks pretty bland with that heavy bezel at the top, you would be forgiven for thinking this phone was from last year.
Thankfully the heavy bezel at the top is there for a reason as it houses most of the device’s face recognition software (Google claims it’s the best in the business).
Pretty Good Camera Setup?
Google decided to take a different route with the camera setup by ditching the ultra-wide camera and opting for a standard camera and a telephoto (to stalk your ex maybe).
Before you start throwing a mini tantrum about the lack of an ultra-wide camera, think about this – the Google Pixel 3 was praised for having one of the best smartphone cameras in the world. With just one camera and some AI witchcraft of course, with this type of confidence, we know the Pixel 4’s camera will pack a huge punch. Plus it also comes with a time of flight sensor (for depth of field), live HDr+, dual exposure controls, and machine learning white balancing in all photo modes…..still disappointed?
No Fingerprint Sensor.
The Pixel joins the facial recognition bandwagon but goes one better than its rivals (iPhone 11 and LG G8) boasting of the fastest and most secure facial recognition software in the business.
Remember the heavy bezels we talked about at the top of the phone? Well, Google crammed it with a motion-sensing soli chip alongside the front-facing camera sensor, two face unlock IR cameras, a dot projector, and a flood illuminator. It has to be fast!
This is not the first time we’re seeing words like ‘Motion Sense’ involved with a device, but this time it works……in some countries.
With the help of the earlier mentioned Soli chip, the phone can sense when you’re nearby and proactively prepare all the face recognition stuff as you pick it up. This Motion sense feature allows you to make the best use of hand gestures like snoozing alarms, switching songs and silencing phone calls.
A growing trend in the world of smartphones seen on the Oneplus7 devices. A 90Hz display means your display performs way faster than the average device (60Hz display). A major disadvantage of this is the reduced battery life and thankfully Google added the option of scaling down to the 60Hz display on the Pixel 4.
Under The Hood.
The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL share the same specs. They both have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (unfortunately not the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus), 6GB of RAM (two more gigabytes than the Pixel 3), 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion, and no headphone jack. Sadly, Google also isn’t bundling a pair of earbuds in the box this time around.
But it comes with the latest Android OS (Android 10).
What we’re not so thrilled about are the Pixel 4 and 4 XL’s battery capacities. The Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh cell (115mAh less than the Pixel 3’s) while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3,700mAh battery (270mAh more than the Pixel 3 XL’s). Those 90Hz displays are known to be pretty hard on battery life. Plus, considering the fact that the Pixel 3 had a horrible battery life, we’re hoping Google does something to make sure Pixel 4 users can make it through a full day without needing to charge midway through the day.
Hopefully, the updated OS would be more streamlined for battery performance.