Google Pixel 4 Review

google pixel 4 review

It has been around 3 months since I first got my hands on the Pixel 4, so I thought I would just do a quick video about how the phone is holding up. In terms of design.

Google Pixel 4 Review

I still think it’s a pretty nice looking phone. It’s simple and understated. In regards to the bezel at the top of the phone, it’s not the nicest looking design, but I don’t really mind it, just like I don’t really mind notches, or camera cut outs. The top bezel contains the sensors for Face Unlock as well as Motion Sense, and after 3 months with the phone, they still feel a
little half-baked. Face Unlock does work reliably for me, even though I think that Face ID on the iPhone 11 is still a little better because it works
at a wider angle. That’s not really a big deal for me, and I don’t even mind that the phone can still be unlocked when my eyes are closed, because
it’s the same with a fingerprint sensor anyway.

For me, it’s actually the app developer support that has been the most annoying. The banking apps that I use, still doesn’t support Face Unlock. Not that this was unexpected since it has always been like this with Android, but after 3 months with the phone, I really wished that Google kept the fingerprint sensor around. Anyway, for Motion Sense, I didn’t think
it was useful back then, and I still don’t think it is useful now for how I use my phone.

Even for changing music tracks, it doesn’t work on the music player that I’m using. I’m sure some folks will find this feature useful, but for me, it’s just not worth wasting battery keeping this feature on. Another feature that I don’t really use, is the 90Hz display. While I can see the difference when the mode is activated, and it’s nice. But, it’s not a huge deal for me, and not
something I can’t live without.

So on the smaller Pixel 4 I have here, I rather
save a bit of battery. While we’re talking about the screen, it
looks just okay. Colours look really nice, but I still wished
the brightness was a bit better. Anyway, I don’t really have much to say
about performance and software experience. It runs everything I need it to do well enough,
and it’s the same ol’ smooth and clean Android experience that I’ve been getting
from past Pixel devices. I do want to add that I’m not really a heavy
user, so maybe that’s why my experience has always been pretty good. That said, I really wish Google will add in
more basic features like screen recording, and taking a long screenshot. Because those are really useful, and needing
to download a third party app to do all that is not a great experience considering how
much junk is in the Play Store. Battery life is still somewhat underwhelming. Even though I could get a day of use out of
the phone with lighter usage, that is after turning off a lot of the additional features. So it’s still not that great. Normally, I just do a quick top up mid day
just so I don’t have to worry about battery life at all. However, it does mean that the battery is
going through more charging cycles, which means it’s going to deteriorate faster. And I can already imagine how worn out it
is going to be a year or two down the road. I get that it’s a small phone, but I can
get better battery life from the Galaxy S10e, which is smaller in size and has a larger
battery. Camera experience is still excellent when
it comes to photography, and I’m still enjoying how easy it is to capture great looking images
on the phone, especially the improved white balance. I didn’t really talk much about the dual
exposure controls in my initial review, but it is a really nice feature to have for capturing
shots like this. Video capture is still just average, but as
a whole, the camera experience is still great for me. Overall, I still think it’s a nice phone
to use, especially if you are a fan of what Pixel devices are all about. It takes great looking photos, the software
experience is clean, and it gets fast software updates. The rest of the phone has its shortcomings,
and I personally don’t find a lot of the additional features useful, but it’s still
a relatively complete package. The stereo speakers still sounds great, there
is wireless charging, and IP68 dust and water resistance. So if that’s all you care about, and you’re
okay with paying a premium for that Pixel experience, the Pixel 4 is still a good phone. It’s just not a particularly great deal
to me at its current price point, especially when you look at what the competition has
to offer.

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