After such a long time of waiting for the next Pixel device from Google, with series of leaks and rumors, the Google Pixel 4 phone has finally landed on our shelves guys, and today, we’re gonna be reviewing this device, to see everything that is both good, bad and not so good about the it.
So without further ado, let’s get started… #Enjoy
Google Pixel 4 Review – Design
- Dimensions: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 193 g
- Material: Front & Back Gorilla Glass 5, Aluminum frame
- Colors: Clearly white, Just black, Oh so Orange
Now permit to say, that one of the things i love most about the Google Pixel 4 smartphones, is their designs.
I don’t know if it is just me, but personally, i love how Google has managed to keep everything as simple, subtle and minimal as possible.
I mean there’s no too much labelling or wording or even color experiments on the back. You just have this uniform color for whatever color you chose, with just the “G” letter at the bottom part of the phone.
To be honest, this was one of the main reasons why i loved the iPhones before, but not until they made me changed my mind on the iPhone 11 series. Okay, here’s a rear side by side photo of the Google Pixel 4 and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Despite the both of them sharing similar camera bumps, the one on the Pixel device just looks a lot more neat, professional and pleasing to the eye.
So the color variant of the Pixel 4 device that we have here is the “Oh so Orange” color, though there are still a couple more colors that you can choose from if fun colors is not your thing, such as the “Clearly White” and “Just Black” colors.
Whichever color you’re choosing, you’re still gonna have that Google feel to it. Their backs are all Matte finish this time, and they all have this Matte Black frame running round them, and their power buttons as well, are colored different from the main color of the phone.
There’s no headphones jack as you should already know, so at the bottom, you have this ultra-neat arrangement of two speakers, one on either side of the phone, and then a USB Type-C port sitting in the middle.
Then turning the phone to its front, reveals its 6.3 Inches display, and don’t forget about its big forehead as well.
So in terms of design, take away the large front top bezel from the Google Pixel 4, and i can say that i have finally found a phone that i can in love with.
Starting from the colors, down to how smooth the phone feels when held in the hand, with it curvy edges and all that, and most importantly, how Google managed to keep the designs as simple as possible, but yet looking very professional. I’ll say that it’s a B+ from me.
So keep up the good work Google, and now let’s talk about the Display on this phone.
Google Pixel 4 Review – The Display
- Size: 6.3 Inches
- Resolution: Quad HD+ (1440 x 3040 pixels), 19:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
- Type: P-OLED capacity touchscreen
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Features: DCI-P3 100%, HDR, Always-on-display, 90Hz refresh rate
So in terms of display, you’re looking at let’s say a pretty large 6.3 Inches OLED panel, with a QHD+ resolution.
In terms of hardware, the display is exactly the same thing you’d get with the last year’s Google Pixel 3 XL phone, but under the hood, the one on the Pixel 4, is rocking a 90Hz refresh rate feature.
Making the Pixel 4 one among the few android phones that are rocking a 90Hz refresh rate display, but no doubts, I’m pretty sure that by next year, a lot of other manufacturers are gonna jump into this trend, and before you know it, it will become a common feature on almost every android smartphones out there that will be coming out by next year.
And then apart from the 90Hz refresh rate, the display also has this now rarely seen big bezel at the top, though it may look odd compared to the type of designs we have on smartphones today, but it is for a good cause though.
Inside the notch are a couple of sensors for gesture and face unlock, the front facing camera, and an earpiece as well, that also acts as a stereo speaker.
We’ll be coming back to the main reason for that large forehead in a bit, but for now, this is all you need to know about the display of the Google Pixel 4.
Now let’s talk about the Hardware, Software and Features of the Google Pixel 4 smartphone, shall we?
Hardware, Software & Features
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM & Storage: 6GB RAM, with either 64GB, or 128GB of storage.
- Android Version: 10
So there’s nothing much to say here, save for the fact that the Pixel 4 phones are powered by a Snapdragon 855 chip-set, though it would have been more preferable if they came with the plus version of it, but this one is still pretty solid and lives up to its name.
For whatever storage version that you’re going for, you only have 6GB of RAM at your disposal, but RAM shouldn’t be an issue on phones such as these, because of its simplicity of software.
And speaking of Software, well you already know what it is, this is purely a Google owned device, and you should know what to expect, android system in its pure form without any custom touches, except for some newly added features from Google, and three solid years of android version updates from Google.
So the Google Pixel 4 will be getting android version updates back to back, up to 2022.
So it ships with the latest version of android, android 10, and permit me to say that the Google Pixel phones is simply an iOS version of androids.
What i mean by that is how simple and straight-forward that everything has been kept on the device.
You still get that smooth and welcoming Google feel to it without any custom UI, and coupled with the 90Hz refresh rate display, everything should feel a lot smoother, without lags.
And in terms of features, Google has added some new features to the Pixel 4, which one of the most talked about them all is the new “Live Transcribe & Live Caption” feature.
What this does is simply converting audio to text in real time. With Live Transcribe, you can start a voice recording session, and the moment you’re saying the words, in the same moment that it is transcribing everything that you’re saying to text.
Now the most amazing part of it all is that you can search for a phrase or word in the converted text, and it will take you exactly to where you said that word or phrase.
Live transcribe does not only work for voice recordings. It also works with the new improved Google Assistant.
While for Live Caption, it automatically captions or subtitles whatever thing (video) that you’re watching on your phone, whether from your local phone storage, or online. And lastly, it does all these things without requiring an internet connection.
So I’d say that it’s a good one from Google if you’d ask me.
Another newly added feature of the Google Pixel 4 is a gesture based featured, codenamed “Motion Sense“.
It makes use of a built-in radar, called Soli, to get a feel of your presence, and with such, it allows you perform right and left swiping movements to skip tracks in music players, snooze alarms, etc.
But one of the aspects where Soli is rather more useful than gimmicky, is in security (Face Unlocking).
Security (Face Unlock)
So Google felt they have a lot of confidence in their new face unlocking system, and so they ditched the conventional fingerprint reader.
But they’re not mistaking though, because with the new Soli system built into the Google Pixel 4, and a couple of sensors, such as Infrared, dot projector and flood illuminator, we can say that we have the fastest and most secure face unlocking system on a smartphone.
With the new Soli radar system, once you’re reaching for the phone, it can automatically sense your presence, light up its display and gets face unlock ready to read your face unlock.
It is so fast that even before you lift the phone up to your face, the phone is already unlocked, you might even think face unlock was not setup in the first place.
- Rear: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 28mm (wide), OIS + 16 MP, f/2.4, 45mm (telephoto), OIS, 2x optical zoom
- Front: 8 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide)
Right from the days of the first Pixel phones, the Google Pixel lineups have always been known for their industry leading camera performances. And they’re not backing out even with the Google Pixel 4 phones.
So like you’d expect, photos taken through the lens of the Pixel 4, are top notch, full of details, properly saturated and contrasted, i mean, they appear just way you’d expect a photo to appear, when taken on a $900 smartphone.
And to drive our claims home, here’s what photos taken on the Google Pixel 4 smartphone looks like.
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Google Pixel 4 Review – Battery
- Size: 3700mAh
- Fast Battery Charging: 18W
- Wireless Charging: Yes, 11W
Now one of the places where a lot of persons, including myself, are gonna be disappointed with the new Google Pixel phones, are with their batteries.
With the smaller Pixel version shipping with a 2780mAh battery, and the larger one with a 3700mAh, those are way miniature battery sizes when compared to the larger sizes of batteries that we have on smartphones nowadays.
But just you know, the Google Pixel phone have never been marketed as phones that are aimed towards gamers or high power users. Just like with the Apple iPhones, the Google Pixel phones are aimed towards those who needs something miniature and straight-forward, easy to navigate, and takes a lot of great photos.
So i wouldn’t blame them for their smaller battery sizes, but they could have done better though.
So having seen everything that there is to see inside the new Google Pixel phones, here’s what we have to say about them.
Now the new Google Pixel phone are great and excellent devices, but it is not meant for everyone.
Just like i said up there, it is aimed towards those who needs something that is simple, both inside and out. Something that is fast and quick to respond to whatever you ask it to do, and a more like a DSLR camera in a pocket friendly size.
But you fall within that category of persons that loves gaming, streaming content on the internet all the time, prefers extremely large devices, then there are a lot other great alternatives that you can choose from aside from the new Pixel 4 devices.
So that’s about all of it guys. Do let us know what you think in the comments section below, don’t forget to share this article if you enjoyed reading it.
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