Since the release of the first Google Pixel phone in 2016 Google has developed a reputation for making great phones with great cameras. In this Google Pixel 4 review, I will tell you about all the pros and cons of this phone.
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Google Pixel 4 Introduction:
The Pixel 4 has great cameras and some new features that may entice smartphone enthusiasts into buying it.
Some of the Pixel 4’s new features include:
- Live Caption
- Motion Sense
- Face Unlock
The Pixel 4 comes with a 5.7-inch OLED display screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, this is an upgrade from the 5.5-inch LCD display screen on the Pixel 3.
This display screen has a wider color gamut and it’s brighter than that of its predecessor. The resolution is 2,280 x 1,080 pixels with a pixel density of 444 pixels per inch (ppi).
The Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display screen with a pixel density of 537ppi, these are the primary differences between the two phones.
The refresh rate varies depending on the brightness of the display screen. When the display screen is bright the refresh rate will be 90Hz.
However, when the brightness of the display screen drops below 75 percent the refresh rate will drop to 60Hz.
If you would like to have the 90Hz refresh rate at all times you can modify the settings to keep the display screen above 75 percent at all times but if you do this the battery life will suffer.
A faster refresh rate is most noticeable when gaming, it provides a better user experience.
Ambient EQ is present on the Pixel 4, this is a feature that measures the lighting conditions in the room while automatically adjusting the brightness of the display screen and the color temperature in real-time.
Google Pixel 4 Design:
Google phones may not be among the most attractive phones on the market, nevertheless, the Pixel 4 has some new and interesting features.
There are three color variants which include Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange.
When you look at the front of this phone, you will notice that the notch has been removed other than that it looks very much like its predecessor.
However, when you turn the phone over you will notice that quite a few things have been changed.
The black variant of this phone has a glossy back panel, while the white and orange variants have a matte texture.
The fingerprint scanner from the Pixel 3 has not been retained, it has been replaced by the dual-camera setup which is located in the top left corner.
The Pixel 4 is made primarily from Aluminum and glass, the dimensions of this phone are 68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm (HWD) and it weighs 162 grams (5.1 ounces).
The dimensions of the Pixel 4 XL are 75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm (HWD) and it weighs (6.81 ounces).
The Pixel 4 XL is much larger than the Pixel 4, I think it’s great that Google gives the consumer the ability to choose between these two phones.
On the left edge of the phone, you will find the volume rocker and the power button. These buttons are easy to reach when holding the phone in one hand.
Located on the right edge of the phone, you will find a SIM card slot. The Pixel 4 also has a built-in eSIM which will come in handy if you’re using Google Fi or any other provider that supports it. The Pixel 4 has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
As I stated earlier, Google has developed a reputation for making phones with great cameras and the Pixel 4 is no exception.
Google has modified the camera software and added a telephoto camera to the Pixel 4 thus improving the photo quality of this phone in comparison to that of its predecessor.
On the back of the phone is a camera stack that has a dual-camera setup. The primary camera is a 12.2MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture that has optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).
The secondary camera is a 16MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture that also features OIS and EIS.
The Pixel 4 is the first phone to feature the Pixel Neural Core, this is like an upgraded version to the Visual Core on the older Pixel phones.
The Pixel Neural Core is more advanced and it can complete more tasks, it also manages many of the AI features on the phone such as AR and voice transcription.
Night Sight has been improved, this is Google’s imaging software that handles photos which are taken in a darker setting.
The algorithm has been modified and the color composition and color accuracy have been improved and there is a new feature Astrophotography.
Astrophotography relies on long exposures to capture photos of the stars, planets, and night sky.
The entire process may take as long as four minutes and the phone must remain still for the best results.
Photos taken with the dual-camera setup on the back of the phone are amazing. Whether taking photos in a well-lit setting or a darker setting the photos look great with lots of detail.
However, sometimes photos that are taken in a darker setting may appear to be a little over-saturated.
Even though the photo quality is good, I think it would have been better for Google to have an ultra-wide-angle camera on this phone.
The selfie camera located at the front of the phone is an 8MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture that features a flood emitter and a dot projector which is used in the Face Unlock feature.
The selfie camera takes amazing photos in different settings. This camera is no longer housed in the notch, the notch has been removed and the camera has been relocated to the right side of the phone.