Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL Review – The Best Android Experience
Hello Everyone, It’s Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL, You know the drill two sizes, three colors, two storage options a million leaks Google software, and a really good camera the whole pixel deal. It’s high expectations in other words the Google Pixel 4 is the flagship.
It’s what Google says Android should be and it also wants it to be like the default Android phone Plus this is the first year that Google is selling it on all four major US carriers. So we expect it to be good enough to really start selling in big volume, but it’s not selling most in Asian countries.
I guess I didn’t expect that yeah anyway the point is the pixel is all about expectations you knew what to expect because everything leaked. Now that it’s here can it live up to those expectations especially when it starts at $799 and goes up to a thousand.
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Let’s get into it if we’re talking about design we just have to say it out loud at the start the Google Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11 look kind of the same. Like it’s not just funny it’s almost uncanny they both have matte glass on some models and glossy on other models.
They both have the square camera bump. They have some weird stuff at the top of their screens. I mean don’t get me wrong I see the differences and which one looks better to you. As a matter of taste the pixel has these really obvious matte rails on the side and it’s not trying to hide them or polish them away.
They’re a main part of the look of this phone the matte rails make it easier to grip and so far. I think the whole thing is a little bit less scratched prone then the pixel 3 was whatever. I still love the color pop on the power button.
I still think the black one is the most boring one but you know what they all look the same. When you put them in a case anyway but before you put them in a case take a second to appreciate that. This is the best build quality Google has ever done on a phone.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Display and Look
OK Let’s talk about the forehead it’s there it’s funny looking and it’s not symmetrical and Samsung’s hole punch probably looks a little bit better or a notch would give you just a little bit more screen to put status bar stuff in.
The knotch kind of looks doofy can we just stop having these arguments unless you want stuff popping out of the top of your phone with motors and you know maybe you do there’s gonna be stuff at the top of your screen. I think this looks ok and I used to it face unlock on the pixel for uses infrared projectors just like the iPhone and just like on the iPhone.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
It looks super wild when you point a real infrared camera at it it has a decent field of view, but it’s maybe not quite as wide as the iPhone 11. The infrared means that it works in the dark and the system is designed to detect depth.
So I wasn’t able to trick it with a video or a photo of myself. Maybe it could be tricked with a mask though. I don’t know but if you’re worried about somebody making a lifelike mask of you maybe you should look at other things that’s going on in your life.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Security & Face Lock
One thing you should know is that it doesn’t do the extra security step of making sure that you’re looking at it that means if you’re asleep someone could just point it at you and unlock it because it works with your eyes closed.
So only sleep around people you trust, I mean I don’t know that’s just good life advice anyway. Once it’s set up it just works like you would expect it to it unlocks the phone and it can also authenticate Google pay or Bank apps or whatever you just point your face at it.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Fast Unlock & Radar
It unlocks and it’s fast like really fast. It’s at least as fast as the iPhone and I want to talk about why it feels so fast but before I get there let’s talk about radar. You’ve heard right the Google Pixel 4 has a radar chip up top.
It’s a project soli chip but the feature is called motion sense. It’s the thing that I’m sure everybody is going to say is a little flaky because it is a little flaky. You can wave your hand left or right to go back or forward.
If music or podcasts are playing you can also wave your hand to dismiss phone calls or snooze alarms. It’s the most prominent most like engaging feature of motion sense and that’s why it’s a bummer that it’s the most flaky part there are times where it works like every time.
I don’t even have to think about it. I’m just keeping my eyes in my computer or whatever and I’m flicking away songs that I don’t want but then it doesn’t work and I’m like what also why there have been gestures on phones before and nobody used them.
I think these gestures are gonna fare slightly better because they don’t hit your battery life and you can just be a little bit more flippant with your gestures when you use them but you know what feel free to be annoyed with them or just ignore them completely. It’s cool because even if Google just took those gestures away entirely, I would still be glad that solely is on this phone.
Because of the other two things that it does the first is it detects your presence. It just knows if you’re nearby and when you walk away the always on screen turns off. That’s cool and it actually works really well the other thing that works really well is reach the phone knows.
If you’re reaching for it and it can do stuff when that happens. So if a ringtone or alarm is blaring it quiets down when your hand gets near it. So you can look at the phone and then decide what you want to do. You know wave it away or whatever and if the screen is off and you reach for it. It lights up the face on lock cameras and starts looking for you that is part of the reason why face unlock feels so fast.
It is a split second faster than the accelerometer method that the iPhone uses google also defaults to going straight into the phone instead of unlocking to the lock screen which makes it feel even faster yet.
OH by the way if you want you can keep the lock screen and then have to swipe up to get into the phone and that’s helpful. If you use your phone mainly through notifications like I do oh office also there’s Pokemon. Yes there’s Pokemon wallpaper it is very cute. It’s also useful because you can show weather conditions on top of the Pokemon.
You can wave them or you can pet at them. I have seen people say that they would prefer an in screen fingerprint sensor, and I am saying that face unlock is unequivocally better maybe in a year or two. They’ll do both a fingerprint and face unlock but I’m not asking for it.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Photography & Camera
Now Let’s Talk About It’s camera time and I know what you’re here for you want to know whether or not the google pixel 4 took the best smartphone camera crown back from the iPhone 11 Pro.
If you force me to pick one right now between Google Pixel 4 vs iPhone 11 Pro. I have to admit that the iPhone 11 Pro gives you much more versatility. it has an ultra-wide camera for taking more fun photos and it’s way better at video but when it comes to still photo photography and night mode and all of that.
I do think there are a lot of useful things to talk about with these two cameras plus the pixel has a few new features that we need to talk about especially now that it has a second telephoto lens.
It’s in very dim light and this kind of tells the whole story the iPhone still trends towards yellow tones while the pixel is a little bit bluer the pixel has a look and even though. It’s slightly warmer or less contrasty than the last pixel. It’s still much more dramatic than the iPhone Apple does sharpen a little bit more, and it does maintain a little bit more detail is good but look the color balance on the pixel is smarter.
Google is analyzing the actual things in the image and guessing what the white balance should be based on what it sees where Apple is treating white balance a little bit more like a traditional camera.
Alright next let’s talk about telephoto you see Google chose a telephoto lens instead of an ultra wide lens or you know just giving us both for some reason but the main reason is Google thinks that it can use its super zoom tech along with that second 2x lens to make zoom way better.
You know what it’s way better look at this zoom on our video producer Mario this is an 8X zoom the iPhone it looks like it’s a crop. It’s noisy as hell while the pixel is much more natural. We learned the pixel wins on Zoom the iPhone gets detailed better sometimes but it is a little bit yellower.
The pixel gets color balance better on the hole though and it is more opinionated the pixel has a look and it consistently gets that look, well what about night mode well you can kind of get either one to make a better photo. It’s a little bit of a crapshoot the iPhones multiple frames use longer exposures.
So it can get a little bit more detail on still objects but it messes up moving ones just look at the clouds here on this photo the pixel though. It just keeps on doing its look in dim light. I think they’re a little bit closer to each other but the pixel can get more detail its the exposure time thing again the pixel does more short exposures with more math.
So that means it’s more forgiving of shaky hands all right what about portrait mode the pixel uses the second telephoto lens to improve portrait mode and it is better than it was before but I still think it’s not up to the iPhone standards, which has a better gradual drop-off and it also managed the hair better in this photo. The other new feature is astrophotography and I just have to admit that like. I couldn’t get far enough away from light pollution to like really test this cities man.
Now the pixel has a new feature that lets you adjust the shadows of HDR plus along with the photos overall brightness. It’s an extra slider basically once you get how it works you can take a photo from there like really good. It’s really useful I do wish though that it worked for portrait mode. There’s only one selfie camera which is amiss at about because I really did like the ultra wide selfie camera last year.
But Google did set the field of view on this selfie camera to 90 degrees which is a little bit wider than usual and that helps. It’s a good selfie camera because Google is good at software and once again it gets that very consistent pixel.
Look finally and you knew this was coming Google has some catching up to do with video you can get good video. You max out at 4k 30 on the rear camera and 1080 on the front. Apple and Samsung are just way ahead of Google when it comes to video.
have you noticed that? I haven’t mentioned the camera hardware specs like at all. I mean here they are but they’re not that different except for you know the existence of the second lens. Though I do hear that the sensor is a little bit less noisy.
This year Google is still using custom silicon but now it’s the pixel neural core and that’s why you can see the HDR plus preview in the viewfinder and it also speeds up a few other operations. But the truth is the whole story now is software and Apple caught up which means that on a technical level.
These cameras are basically equivalent but they’re making different choices about how they take and process photos? You’re dealing with different cameras having different aesthetics . This is basically Nikon versus Canon or I don’t know kodak versus Fuji for fill nerds. They both look really good but they’re definitely different.
Now we’ll apples deep fusion change that when it arrives. I kind of doubt it. I played it with in the beta a little but until it actually comes out. It’s just not fair for anybody to make that judgment. What I can tell you is that both phones are great but the pixel has a look and it nails it almost every time while the iPhone is just a little bit more neutral.
I still think that my RX100 camera takes better photos than either of them but the pixel and the iPhone take better photos than any other phone. The camera still shouldn’t drive your purchase decision between these two phones, but if you care mainly about video the pixel 4 is probably not for you.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Battery Capacity & Performace
Once your phone hits a certain level of speed once it feels more than fast enough for most stuff the most important performance spec is actually battery life. You can have the fastest processor or the highest resolution screen but it won’t matter if your battery dies and the battery life on the smaller pixel four is not great.
I’ve averaged like four hours of screen time every day which is not enough and it’s about what I was getting on the pixel 3. You could get through a whole day by using it less intensively and staying in dark mode and reducing screen brightness and turning off the 90 Hertz display option.
All that is just a recipe for Battery anxiety you shouldn’t have to think about all of that the 2800 milliamp battery is not enough. Luckily with the pixel for Excel you don’t really have to worry as much it should go a full day for most people on the 3700 milliamp battery without having to do a whole bunch of tweaks. Mooner comes to like actual performance stuff. it’s good but the main thing is Google went with 6GB of RAM whic means that apps aren’t closing in the background on me is often which thank God.
Anyway look there’s no getting around it you will find Android phones with better specs that has just never been what the pixel is about it’s about a cleaner nicer. Overall experience and really the Google Pixel 4 makes Android 10.
Now it’s clear that the two things were really designed for each other and the best part of that experience is the screen. It’s really good with nice angles and good color but it is a little bit too dim especially in bright sunlight. Google also says that it can change the color temperature based on the color and the room.
That it’s in kind of like apples true tone Google. Calls it ambient EQ but you know what it’s so subtle that. I could hardly see it but the main thing that I love about this screen is the new smooth display feature that lets the refresh rate. Go at 90 Hertz you notice it the most when you scroll and it just makes Android feel smoother and less janky Google does say that it drops down to 60 Hertz when it’s not needed to save battery life.
So we got that going for us now the other reason that the pixel just feels faster and nicer is that it’s way better at understanding spoken English Google loaded. Its entire model for understanding English into the pixel neural core. So it doesn’t have to ask the Internet to transcribe your speech for you. It speeds up everything and it has me using the Google assistant more.
Because I trust that it’ll go faster this seems like a small thing but it really does change the vibe of the phone. So when I need to talk to the Google assistant I just point my face at it to make sure it’s unlocked and then I say hey goop. I’m not gonna set up your thing but before I’d have to pick it up and hit the fingerprint sensor.
So now it’s just so much better except when it’s not better because for some reason if you have a G sweet account on your phone even if it’s not the primary Google account for your Android phone. You don’t get access to the new assistants.
Hopefully Google will fix this problem or at least explain why because it’s super annoying now that the pixel 4 is better at language you can also do live captions which makes captions on any video that You’re watching on the phone. It even works with the sound completely off just remember to turn it off when you’re not using it because it can eat up battery life.
They also added a new record app and it does live transcriptions and it works pretty well there are a few missed words here there but it’s more than good enough for you to go back and search for that one thing that you’re looking for.
The thing that you can’t get from the leaks are the specs or even the early impressions is what it’s like to just use the pixel for you have this expectation. This perception of what the phone is but the Google Pixel 4 is actually a little different from other Android phones because it feels like a more complete experience you pay for that experience though. it’s $7.99 for the small one with 64GB the big one is 100 bucks more and you have to pay a hundred bucks more on either one for 128GB of storage in a world.
Where the iPhone 11 cost $6.99 and the OnePlus T cost 600 bucks that’s a lot plus google stopped giving out free original quality photo uploads for google photos to pixel users, Which means that you’re probably going to need to start paying for a Google one cloud storage.
The Google Pixel 4 and the 4 XL they ain’t cheap is it worth that much money well here’s my calculus face unlock is just better than a fingerprint because it skips the step of having to tap a thing to get into your phone. The voice recognition skips a step of having to ask the internet to figure out.
What it was you just said motion sense makes the phone react to you just a little before you even touch it. The smooth display is just smoother and the camera is better than any other Android phone and it matches the iPhone 11 pro in a lot of ways. It might not be faster on paper than other Android phones but the Google Pixel 4 feels faster. it feels more seamless.
Now there are issues the battery life and the video quality and both of them could be a lot better. But I can tell you that I enjoy using the pixel more than other Android phones because all those little improvements they really do add up the Google Pixel 4 is the best example yet. Why specs don’t tell you the whole story about whether or not an Android phone is actually any good, because the Google Pixel 4 is really good.
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