Google Pixel 4 XL Review – Some Great New Features

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Google is back at it again in 2019 with the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL. In this Google Pixel 4 XL review, I will tell you why this phone is one of the best phones on the market.

Google Pixel 4 XL Review

Google Pixel 4 XL

4.3
Battery Life 4.0
Camera 4.5
Software 4.5
Hardware 4.5
Performance 4.0

Pros

  • Great cameras
  • Motion Sense is great
  • 90Hz Refresh rate

Cons

  • Battery life could have been better

 

This year Google has added an additional camera to the back of the Pixel phones. So both phones feature a dual-camera setup.

 

It’s a combination of the cameras and the software that powers the cameras that makes Google phones among the best camera phones on the market.

 

The Pixel 4 XL has a new radar sensor on the front of the phone that is used to recognize gestures and it helps you to unlock the phone quickly.

 

The display screen on this phone has a 90-Hz refresh rate but it isn’t very bright and the battery life on this phone isn’t the best. Nevertheless, the Pixel 4 XL has quite a few things to offer.

 

Google Pixel 4 XL Design:

 

When you look at the Pixel 4 XL in comparison to its predecessor the Pixel 3 XL you will notice that a few things have changed.

 

The notch and the fingerprint scanner have been removed and the back panel of the phone is one color instead of the two-tone design.

 

The fingerprint scanner has been removed because Google has added a facial recognition feature to help you to unlock the phone.

 

This phone has a camera bump on the back panel in the upper left corner which houses the dual-camera setup. The camera bump is slightly elevated from the back panel of the phone.

 

As I stated earlier the notch at the top of the display screen has been removed but the bezel on top of the display screen is thicker.

 

This was necessary because the selfie camera and a new radar sensor are housed in the bezel.

 

The radar sensor is used for Google’s new Motion Sense feature which is used for the facial unlocking feature.

 

The Pixel 3 XL had two selfie cameras, one of these cameras has been replaced with the new radar sensor on the Pixel 4 XL.

 

Within the past year, thinner bezels with edge-to-edge display screens have become more popular.

 

As a result of this, the Pixel 4 XL may look slightly outdated, however, Pixel phones have never been sleek and attractive because Google focuses much more on the features and functionality rather than the aesthetics.

 

There are 3 color variants which include: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The back panel on the Just Black variant is glossy and it has a tendency to collect lots of fingerprints.

 

While the Clearly White and Oh So Orange have a matte texture on the back panel.

 

The dimensions of the Pixel 4 XL are 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches (HWD), this is not a phone for people with small hands.

 

If you have small hands you will probably have a hard time handling this phone with one hand. However, if you have small hands but you like big-screen phones, then you should consider this phone.

 

The Pixel 4 XL has an IP68 water-resistance rating which means that the phone can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without having any adverse effects.

 

Google Pixel 4 XL Display Screen:

 

Google Pixel 4 XL Display Screen

 

One of the main factors that distinguish the Pixel 4 XL from the Pixel 4 is the size of the display screen.

 

The Pixel 4 XL features a 6.3-inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 3040 x 1440 pixels. However, both Pixel phones have a 90-Hz refresh rate.

 

The display screen on this phone has a 90 Hz refresh rate when the brightness level of the display screen is over 75%.

 

However, when the brightness level drops below 75% the refresh rate will drop to 60 Hz.

 

The display screen is relatively static and the phone automatically switches to a lower refresh rate whenever it’s necessary.

 

As a result of this, the battery will last longer, the benefits of having a faster refresh rate are most noticeable when gaming or scrolling a long web page, everything feels extremely smooth.

 

If you would like the phone to stay at a 90 Hz refresh rate at all times you can do this by modifying the settings of the display screen.

 

As I stated earlier, this display screen isn’t very bright, the peak brightness is 444 nits. A display screen such as this one that does not get very bright can be difficult to see when viewing it in direct sunlight.

 

Nevertheless, this display screen has a wide array of colors. This phone provides a great user experience when watching videos or playing video games.

 

Google Pixel 4 XL Cameras:

Google Pixel 4 XL Cameras

From the release of the very first Pixel phone, Google has developed a reputation for making phones with great cameras.

 

The cameras on all the Google Pixel phones have been amazing and the Pixel 4 XL is no exception.

 

This year, Apple has provided some great cameras on the iPhone 11 models which have significantly improved the phones’ ability to capture photos in low light conditions. Thus providing stiff competition for the Google Pixel phones.

 

All the Pixel phones that have been released thus far have only had one camera on the back but this year Google decided to change things up a bit by adding a second camera to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

 

The primary camera is a 12.2 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture and the secondary camera is a 16 MP telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture.

 

The telephoto camera has 2x optical zoom which is similar to that of the Galaxy S10 and the iPhone 11.

 

Google’s cameras have always relied on the hardware and software working together in conjunction to produce great photos.

 

The Super Res Zoom technology has been retained, this feature uses computational photography to help you capture great photos when you zoom in.

 

When you zoom in on this phone with the telephoto camera, you will be using the telephoto camera in conjunction with the Super Res Zoom.

 

This makes it possible to get an 8x digital zoom without significantly compromising the image quality.

 

The Live HDR+ feature optimizes photos in real-time. This gives you the ability to see what your photos will look like in the phone’s viewfinder before you shoot them.

 

Portrait mode has also been improved, the Pixel 4 XL does a better job of separating the subject from the background in portrait photos.

 

The Pixel 4 XL’s Night Sight feature does a great job capturing photos in a darker setting with lots of detail.

 

The selfie camera is an 8 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, this is a great camera for taking selfies.

 

The cameras on this phone are great and I think it was a great idea for Google to add a telephoto camera to Pixel 4 XL.

 

However, I’m extremely surprised by the absence of an ultra-wide-angle camera on these phones. This has become more common among flagship phones within the past year.

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