Google Pixel 4 Review – Great Cameras As Usual

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Hardware:

 

The Pixel 4 comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB to 128GB of non-expandable internal storage.

 

Nevertheless, if you buy this phone you will get three free months of Google One. This is a paid subscription service that Google offers which gives you the ability to expand cloud storage.

 

Each Google Account starts with 15 gigabytes of free storage which is shared between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.

 

This may be the reason why Google does not offer expandable storage options because they would like you to pay a monthly fee to use more storage space, this service starts at $1.99 per month.

 

Software:

 

The Pixel 4 comes with the Android 10 and it has a custom Pixel UI. This phone has stock Android 10 which has some nice improvements.

 

Some of these improvements include a new privacy settings that provide more information about apps and services using your private data.

 

The Digital Wellbeing features and navigation gestures have also been improved.

 

Call Screen in a great feature that gives you the ability to screen unwanted and unknown calls, this feature remains the same.

 

The biggest change to the Pixel 4 is the Neural Core which allows transcriptions to happen on the phone instead of in the cloud.

 

As a result of this, responses appear faster and remain on the phone. Live Caption is a new feature that’s been added to the Pixel 4.

 

This feature instantaneously transcribes audio and video and displays it on your display screen.

 

The Google Assistant has also been improved, you can access it by squeezing the Active Edge sides of the phone, or by saying “Hey Google,” and swiping up from the bottom corners of the display screen.

 

The Google Assistant does a better job understanding things contextually and it works well with may of Google’s apps.

 

However, the latest version of the Google Assistant does not work with the G Suite accounts.

 

As a result of this, if you have a school or work account that’s managed by Google, you will have to rely on the older version of the Google Assistant or leave the account off your phone.

 

Hopefully, Google will fix this issue in the near future. The Face Unlock feature has been improved, there are many phones on the market that have this type of technology.

 

However, this feature works a bit differently on the Pixel 4 because Google has added a flood emitter and a dot projector.

 

It’s easy to set up this feature and it works well in various lighting conditions. What makes this feature different from Apple’s Face ID is the fact that it unlocks the phone instantaneously, there’s no need to swipe up or do anything else.

 

Google claims that its Face Unlock feature is safer than fingerprint authentication. However, this feature is not foolproof because it does not rely on your eye movement the way Apple’s Face ID does.

 

As a result of this, someone can potentially unlock your phone while you are sleeping.

 

Google knows about this and it’s trying to modify the feature to unlock the phone only when your eyes are open.

 

Motion Sense is a new feature that relies on a built-in radar that Google refers to as Soli this is a motion-sensing technology that informs the phone about movement.

 

This feature will awaken the display screen when you get close to the phone to make it easier for you to unlock it when you pick it up.

 

Motion Sense can also assist you in gesture recognition when you’re listening to music and you would like to switch to a different song.

 

It also gives you the ability to silence calls while the phone is ringing. Google did a great job with the implementation of this feature and I think it has lots of potential.

 

The Pixel 4, as well as all the other Google phones, will receive software updates in a timely manner. Google promises that it will offer at least three years of software updates on all its Pixel Phones.

 

This is great for the Pixel Phones because no other Android smartphone manufacturer provides this.

 

Google Pixel 4 Performance And Battery Life:

 

The Pixel 4 is an extremely fast and responsive phone whether you enjoy watching movies, playing video games, surfing the net, or multi-tasking this phone will not lag.

 

The phone is powered by a 2,800mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the 2,915mAh battery that powers the Pixel 3.

 

I don’t like it when a smartphone manufacturer releases a phone with a smaller battery than that of its predecessor because that’s a step backward.

 

The Pixel 4 is a great phone that performs well in many areas, however, the 2,800mAh battery is too small.

 

The battery life on this phone suffers as a result of this, if you’re a moderate user you may not make it through one full day of usage.

 

However, the Pixel 4 XL comes with a 3,700mAh battery which lasts significantly longer.

 

The Pixel 4 supports Qi wireless charging and quick charging the phone comes with an 18W adapter in the box.

 

The phone will charge from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 27 minutes via the 18W adapter.

 

My Final Thought:

 

The Pixel 4 is an extremely fast and responsive phone that has some improvements over its predecessor. But it has its pros and cons as every other smartphone.

 

The cameras are great and the phone has lots of cool features. However, there are a few problems I have with this phone.

 

The battery life is poor as a result of having a small 2,800mAh battery and the 64GB to 128GB of internal storage is insufficient and I don’t understand why an ultra-wide-angle camera wasn’t added to this phone?

 

I hope this Google Pixel 4 review was helpful, however, if you have any questions or comments about this phone. Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

 

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