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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Android Experience and Terrific Photos

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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory

    The Google Pixel 4 XL is a great phone. If you are thinking of upgrading, my two pieces of advice: be weary of “professional” reviewers and think about how you use your phone. There’s no doubt that the new Pixel is pricey, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy upgrade, nor does it mean you should upgrade. It’s entirely up to you and how you use it. I’ve read a lot of the “reviews” of the new Pixel and it gets a bad rap. No I’m not paid by Google, but everything needs to be put in perspective. How do you use your phone? What ecosystem are you in? These are both legitimate and unavoidable questions that only you can answer when deciding if it’s worth the money to get a new Pixel. First, I’m coming from a Pixel 3 XL. I was on my 4th replacement device. My old phone stopped charging (through the port) at one point, the memory went bad (it kept going into a boot screen on its own) and it got wet, barely, and stopped working. While I love the Pixel experience, I was very weary of getting another one. Would I have the same issues? Luckily Google Support is amazing and probably the number one reason I stuck with the Pixel 4 XL (they replaced them at no charge and the return process was dead simple). So putting aside my specific hardware issues, I’m only going to speak about my experiences coming from the Pixel 3 XL when talking about the Pixel 4 XL. I also need to add that I am deep in the Google ecosystem, with several Google Homes, Google One, Google Photos, etc. So seamless integration with the products I own and services I use is important to me (as it should for anyone). IN THE BOX There’s not much, the phone, USB-C cable and charger. Much has been made of no Pixel buds included like the Pixel 3 XL. Well, my Pixel 3 XL buds are still in the original packaging. I’m sure there are people out there that use them, but I would imagine that most people who stay up to date on technology have their own Bluetooth headphones. I think the decision to omit the earphones was not just one of cost saving, but to save them from simply going unused. DESIGN I think the Pixel 4 XL is a sharp modern looking phone. Of course, the looks of a phone is a personal preference, but I personally wouldn’t make it THE deciding factor (an important one though). I can’t imagine anyone saying I’m not getting the Pixel 4 XL because it’s ugly. Design commentary on phones is SO overblown. I see people still lugging around older devices (mostly old iPhones) so I can’t say that having the best design is the end all be all. Plus, 90% of humanity puts cases on their phones for obvious reasons. To protect their investment. I didn’t care about the “huge notch” on the Pixel 3 XL. So I don’t care about the uneven bezels on the Pixel 4 XL. Yes, the top bezel is bigger than the bottom, but so? It doesn’t take away anything from the experience. The camera bump housing on the back? So what? I think it looks fine. This phone has a nice heft to it that feels premium. In other words, it doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic device. SOFTWARE AND GESTURES If you’ve owned a Pixel before, the software and gestures should be familiar (it’s Android 10). If not, it can be a little daunting at first. Personally, I like the gestures, although it feels very much like an iPhone copycat. Gone are the back, home, and app menu buttons (although you can put them back in the settings). I prefer it, although it takes a little getting used to. Sometimes I miss my back button when the swipe from the sides don’t work (you have to swipe from the edge at a certain height on the phone). But all in all, I like the experience. The software itself as you probably know is pure Android, no custom interfaces. And frankly I love it, which is why I keep coming back to Pixels. No unnecessary apps come with the phone. It’s snappy and highly customizable. New with the Pixel 4 XL is the ability to change the style of your phone including font and icon shapes. It’s easy to find by holding on the home screen to bring up the menu. For me, I like changing this from time to time to get that “new” phone feeling. Honestly I could go on about the software, but that would take up too much space here. Bottom line is that pure Android is a clean and intuitive experience. Maybe not as much for iPhone users. NEW FEATURES Much to do has been made about the new features including the Soli radar (facial recognition and touch free motions, limited for now), the smooth display and the new cameras. I would also add in the transcription recorder. All of these are smart additions, and while they don’t necessary land with a big splash, they’re features that make sense to a majority of users. Facial recognition is super quick (although there’s times where you might have to hit the unlock button to activate the sensors, like when you’re holding your camera in your hand for some time and lift it to your face). Changing songs with your hand gestures is cool, but novel. It worked for me virtually every time, but I’m more interested in what developers do with it in the future. The smooth display is what I love. Scrolling is super smooth. Is it necessary, no, but it does improve the experience. Much to do has been made with the phone deactivating the smooth display under certain conditions, but firmware improvements are on the way. I found with the display brightness up, it worked fine. It was only when the screen is dim when it didn’t seem to activate. I don’t normally use transcription apps, but I gave it a try and I love it. The ability to search through your transcripts by text on your device is amazing. I’m an attorney and don’t use it all the time, but when I need to record a conversation or dictate something, it’s been invaluable. CAMERAS I’ve read a lot of complaints about no wide angle lens. To that I say so what? Maybe if you previously had a phone with three cameras you would be disappointed (but in that case you likely aren’t reading this review since you’ve recently upgraded), but if you’re coming from a single lens camera it doesn’t matter because you don’t know what you’re missing. The thing I’ll say about the cameras is that they’re awesome. The picture taking experience is amazing. Live HDR is awesome, where you can adjust the shadows and brightness on the screen before you even take the picture. Portrait mode is even better. Inside or outside, you won’t be disappointed with these cameras. The telephoto lens is surprisingly good. The detail captured in telephoto shots is pretty remarkable. But the true gem is the night mode. I know, it’s been around, but taking pictures of the night sky is something to behold. I included a picture of the sky at a bonfire and everyone was amazed at the quality of the shot. And all I did was hold the phone for 15 seconds. BATTERY LIFE I’ve also heard complaints about the battery and I have to say I don’t know why. This battery beats my Pixel 3 XL. And I keep the smooth display on, the motion sensor (Soli radar) on, location and Bluetooth. Now, if you’re someone who needs a battery that will last a long long time, without charging, then yes, this phone won’t be for you. But for the average joe like me, who sends texts, uses Maps, makes some calls, surfs the web for a bit, streams audio in the car this battery is more than enough. If you consume hours and hours of media with the screen on, then it might not make it a full day for you, but I consider that type of person the outlier. Again, it goes back to how you use it. I found with my daily usage and around 4 hours of the screen being on, this battery is around 30-40% at the end of the day. I’m the person who charges my phone every night, so for me, I just need a phone to get to the end of the day. And the Pixel 4 XL does the job and better than my Pixel 3 XL. PERFORMANCE The iPhone 11 Pro will certainly best the Pixel 4 XL in terms of performance. I’m sure based on the silicon inside the phone alone, the iPhone is a “better performing” phone. But those types of benchmarks don’t translate to how most people use their phone in the real world. Sure, maybe other phones open an app a fraction of a second faster but when it comes to just using the phone, the Pixel 4 XL performed admirably. I have zero complaints with its performance regardless of the Snapdragon chipset and RAM. It’s speedy and has never hung up. I just caution readers of any phone review to keep real world performance in mind. Just because someone says one phone has better specs than another, doesn’t translate to a better user experience. Again, it might for some, but I think for the majority of people it doesn’t. WHO THIS PHONE IS FOR This is the ultimate question when deciding to get the Pixel 4 XL. If you are married to the Apple ecosystem, like I am to Google’s, I don’t think I could recommend the Pixel 4 XL to you. It would be a difficult switch with a learning curve. But if you are an Android user and you use Google services, I think this is the way to go. The Pixel 4 XL cares first and foremost about phoneography (I don’t want to disparage professional photographers). This is the best camera experience you can get on an Android (or at least one of the top, I haven’t used major Chinese brand phones). The performance is great and easy to use and the interface can be as customized as you’d like. When it comes to just being a phone that takes great photos, you can’t do much better than a Pixel 4 XL. (not to say other phones aren’t great. Again a lot is personal experience and preference). This is a great phone that warrants a look from anyone looking to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Incredible Phone with a Few Drawbacks

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    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Photo quality, Screen quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    This is my first Pixel and I must say this has been a pleasant experience especially since I have been deeply rooted in the Samsung ecosystem. I've taken a few days to fully integrate it into my daily life before writing this review. I won't discuss the physical design because that's pretty standard and I'm sure someone else has covered it. I will however go into interesting features and general performance. First off, I must address motion sense along with the front facing camera and sensors. I think the motion sense feature is an awesome idea and despite it being a little gimmicky at times I have to say I like it. Basically, it allows another layer of interacting with the phone and specific apps without having to touch it, such as swiping your hand over the phone to skip tracks in the music app. I have seen a lot of people bashing this feature and for some I get it, but others I don’t. It's a feature you can turn on or off and it has no real impact on your battery life so use it or turn it off. For example, I don't really view motion sense as something that I would be using while the phone is actually in my hand, it's more for cases like your hands are dirty, you don't want to touch your phone but you want to change your currently playing song without getting your phone dirty. Google is primarily a software company so I am sure they will continue developing this and it will become better over time. With that being said I must point out a software feature and an app that I was impressed with. First is the Live Caption feature which can be turned on and off by the toggle at the bottom of you volume menu. What this feature does is that for most media playing on the Pixel it will pop out a text box that captions whatever is currently being shown on your screen in real time. I really like this feature.The other is the Recorder app that not only records audio , but it also transcribes it in real time. What’s more impressive is that you can search the file by text, meaning you can enter specific words that were recorded and find out exactly where in the recording that occurred. This is infinitely useful in a classroom setting, which was where I tested it a few times. The front face camera along with face recognition is one of the best I have ever experienced. It is really quick and I'm sure this works in tandem with motion sense which primes the camera as the phone senses you are about to pick it up. Like others, I have experienced unlocking the phone with eyes closed but I'm sure this oversight by Google is already being addressed. I do miss a physical fingerprint scanner, especially for apps that utilize biometric data but I checked a couple apps and they have already integrated using your face as a form of security measure so that's no longer a concern. I'm not really a photo taking person but both the front camera (especially with portrait shots) and the rear cameras are fantastic. The is very good detail in every shot and I found my pictures very sharp and true to life. The photo app also allows for a lot control to the camera setting as well, so I am sure the photo fanatics will definitely appreciate that. Another camera feature I really liked was Night Sight. This mode is optimized for taking pictures in low light and I have to say the pictures I took at night came out much better when I used other android phones. This feature is really superb and you will definitely appreciate all your night shots. When it comes to battery, I must preface this by saying I am a power user. I typically have Bluetooth and location on for most of the day and there are times I have the screen on consistently, whether I am reading notes, watching a video or responding to messages. The Pixel 4 XL hand no problems lasting my entire day, in fact I am almost sure it got a little better over time. I think this was possibly because of battery management software running in the background that optimized the phone as it became accustomed to my usage habits. I was able to get around 5 hours of on-screen time and that was fine with me. The phone charges very quickly when plugged in and it also has wireless charging which was a pleasant and welcomed surprise. My greatest dings against this phone come from a few areas such as the lack of expandable storage. At this price having only 64gb of storage was a head scratcher for me, especially when I consider you no longer get unlimited photo storage like previous Pixels. The lack of a headphone jack and especially the failure to include any earphone/earbuds at all was a letdown for me. I do understand that this is the current trend in phone design but I was still a little disappointed. So, who is Pixel 4 xl for? Honestly, it's for the person who understands what Google is trying to do. You don't pick this phone if you want the best specs on a phone, you pick this phone if you want the purest and the best optimized experience for an Android phone. It's for the person who doesn't get caught up on specs but instead cares about how useful and pleasant it is to have this phone and it's features in your life.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Everything a flagship phone should be, and more!

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    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Photo quality, Screen quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Size

    I have been a google phone fan since before the Nexus so I was very excited to get their newest flagship, the Pixel 4 XL. I got even more excited when I got the iPhone 11 Pro Max as my work phone so this review will compare the two flagships. In the box is the phone, charger, USB C cord and a USB C to USB B adapter which is needed to transfer data from your existing phone to the Pixel. The device is beautiful, shiny black glass on the back and the OLED screen on the front. I recommend getting as case for it as the phone is slippery and slides easily on most surfaces. The Pixel feels lighter than the iPhone. It is a bit narrower which makes it easier to hold, especially if you have smaller hands. Initial setup was simple and the Pixel walks you through it. Answer a few questions and select some options, then transfer your data from your old phone, which can be done from either another android or iPhone. Using a cable to transfer data requires using the included adapter. My existing phone, an Essential PH1 also USB C, but using the charging cord didn’t work for data transfer, I had to use another cord and the included adapter. The transfer went smoothly and most of my settings and data transferred fine. The phone did have to download all of my programs from the playstore again, which took several hours. The face ID is fast and works well. It uses motion detection to begin the process as soon as your hand approaches the phone and I love that it goes right to the home screen, unlike my iPhone which requires an additional swipe after recognition. Like you may have read in other reviews and in the text at the bottom of the Face ID setup page, the phone DID unlock with my eyes closed so I’ll have to update that setting. Size wise, the Pixel is as tall as and not quite as wide as the iPhone 11. Unlike the 11, the Pixel has a bezel on the top rather than the screen going all the way up, there is no camera bump since it's in the bezel, the actual screen size is about the same minus the camera bump. It took a minute to get used to the large bezel but i've grown to like it just as I have with previous bumps. There is no longer the home and back buttons, these have been replaced with gestures which took a few days to get used to but after a few days I’m navigating like a champ. Adding to the navigation is Google's Motion Sense and allow you to just wave your hand over the phone to move forward and back, like changing music tracks. It worked as expected most of the time. You can see a little wave of color at the top of the screen moving in the direction of your hand so it would appear that the few times it didn't work may have been due to the app that was running rather than the hardware not sensing the motion. You can also use this feature to snooze and silence alarms rather than having to pick up the phone and fumble with finding the right buttons. Speaking of cameras, there are two forward facing and one selfie and there are multiple modes, Camera, Portrait, Night Sight, Video, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Playground which lets you put emojis and other stickers in your pictures, and Lens which uses AI to recognize what's in the frame and find it on the internet for you. You can adjust the exposure and HDR on screen before you take the shot. The phone takes great pictures in every environment. I found the unedited color does not seem as saturated as my iPhone but the sharpness of your subject is a bit cleaner. Portrait mode does a great job of separating the subject from the background. Video offers 1080 at 30 or 60 fps and 4K 30 fps (enabled via settings menu). All looked good in normal light but seemed a little grainy in low light, but all very useable. One downside, Google has stopped unlimited storage of your photos unless you opt for a compressed version of them. You can till store full quality to your Google drive until you run out of storage. You can also purchase additional storage as needed. Speaking of AI, the Pixel 4 offers live view in Google maps which overlays the directions which is really cool. Hey Google works as expected and you can access it just by saying it or you can quickly squeeze the phone and it comes right up. The OLED screen is crisp and clear and with 90hz refresh, scrolling is smooth as silk and phone apps are responsive and fast. Since this is a phone, calls sound crisp and clear, volume is good both in the earpiece and via the speaker. Callers on the other end can hear you and you sound just as if you were on a wire-line phone. One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen is the battery life. I will say my iPhone does last longer but I have been able to get through an entire day on a single charge. The phone charges quickly with the included charger and it also has wireless charging which I love. It’s charged without incident on several wireless charging pads I have and if you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one. Long gone are the days when a phone only had numbers, a send and end buttons and you only got them from your wireless carrier at a heavily subsidized price. Now it seems you almost need to mortgage the house to afford these technological achievements. When you consider the technology and how well the OS interacts with the hardware, the Pixel 4 is definitely a winner in my book. While most people will make their phone buying choice based on their existing ecosystems, the Pixel 4 holds its own on every level and I highly recommend it to everyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Unlike other phones this one gets better over time

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    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality

    If you are anything like me, then you are someone who uses smartphones on a daily basis for a lot of different tasks. For making calls, texting, web browsing, navigation, online shopping, taking pictures, streaming videos, checking bank statements, the weather, and you know the list goes on. And priorities are lined up like this: responsive and fast, long battery life (at least a full day with no charge), big screen with vibrant colors, decent camera for taking pictures and shooting videos, and water resistance. My last 3 phones were Google Pixel first edition, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 10 Pro respectively. The best experience was by far the Google Pixel, not because it was superior in hardware or software but simply because of the constant updates that you would get them at least 6 months before any other Android phone, and because of exclusive apps and features like the Google assistant that was exclusive for Pixel phones for a period of time. Also you get a guaranteed 3 years of support for the phone which is impressive. Now it was time to get a new phone and although there are other Android options that have better hardware with better price, I chose to get the Pixel 4XL Just Black with 64GB of storage because hardware isn’t everything. Quick patches and software updates are as important as solid hardware, and I don’t need the 128 GB storage since I already have a Google 1 subscription for added storage space across my google services. Unboxing: The phone comes in a nice minimalist package the contains: the phone, sim removal tool, usb type C to USB type C charging cable, USB type C 18 watt charger, USB type C to USB adapter, and user guides. Design: I have to say that this phone is beautiful. Its classic, simple, and clean, like a Rolex watch. It's not the best out there, but you know it's going to be great! The Just black has Aluminum frame with matte finish coating, Glossy black Gorilla Glass back, and Gorilla Glass class 5 front. The power button is super light grey on the right side of the frame, and the volume rocker is in black just below the power button. The phone has stereo speakers and at the bottom of the phone. The screen is a 6.3 inch with a screen to body ratio of 83.99% which is decent, but the feature really worth mentioning here is that the screen is now an OLED display with 90HZ refresh rate which is a huge factor when it comes to streaming videos, and scrolling through apps, and gaming if your game does support 90HZ refresh rate. The upper notch isn’t very thin but its still acceptable and way better that the Pixel 3, and the bottom chin is actually not bad at all and it is fairly thin. The sim card slot is closer to the upper left side of the phone, and there is a tool in the packaging that helps you open the slot. Camera: the back camera design is similar to the one on the new IPhone 11 with a square bump that has 2 cameras lenses, not 3 and no ultra wide angle lens. Instead a standard lens, a telephoto lens with 2 times optical zoom. Setup: Setting up is pretty straight forward, you power up the phone after you put your sim in.it walks you through the steps from setting up wifi and checking for updates, then asking if you would like to copy your apps and date, if you chose to do so, you need to connect the new and old phones with a calble ans start the process. Google data copier will look up your Google account on your old phone and sign in on the new one to get your settings/ sync options and then will ask you what do you want to copy from the old device. I had 34 GigaBytes that needed to be copied from the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and it finished it in 15 minutes. Also worth mentioning here is that if you have an Active Google Authenticator and or a domain controlled by Google apps, the file copier will move any security certificates from the old phones to the new one with ease. Once the copy starts the phone will give you the option to continue setting up the phone while its copying from the old phone. The next step is agreeing to the terms & conditions and then setting up your security pin, then face unlock.Then it asks to setup your Google assistant with your voice. Also worth noting is that if your voice is already recognized using another Google device or account, the phone wont ask you to recertify your voice. It will tell you that your voice is already registered and you can move on to the next step. The phone then will show you how to use the SQUEEZE gesture to launch assistant, then it will ask you to use the quick gestures that Google added a radar chip for. Finally, the phone setup is over. Using the phone: Its an optimal clean Android version with no junkware whatsoever. Scrolling through the menu is super fast & responsive. Double tap the power button and your camera app comes up. A small squeeze on the body of the phone and the new Google assistant comes up. Picture quality is so much better than my Huawei Mate 10 Pro, videos are 4K quality @30fps. Things I loved: Pure Android Experience. Minimalistic design. Quality built phone. Very responsive face unlock feature. New exciting features exclusive to the Pixel 4 (for now). Wireless charging. IPS68 water resistance rating. Guaranteed updates from Google for at least 3 years. Enhanced Google assistant. Amazing voice recorder with transcribe feature even if you are 100% offline. The ability to have a personal & work profile if you have a domain service controlled by Google apps. Google hand gestures (will be testing them more extensively later) The amazing quality OLED screen with 90 HZ refresh rate. Good quality stereo speakers. Things i didn’t love: Face unlock works even when your eyes are closed (really Google?!) No finger print security option. No Ultra wide lens camera sensor. The battery could be bigger. Finally, I think there is so much negativity & hate towards this phone because it was over hyped and over leaked before the official release date. The phone is amazingly good and very simple and easy to use. It can serve both a simple user and a complex one at the same time. This phone isn’t great in any one feature, but it does everything good.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great phone but still lacking

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality

    This October Google launched its latest flagship phones the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. But models are essentially the same save for the screen size wherein the Pixel for has a screen size of 5.7” and the Pixel 4 XL having a screen size of 6.3”. Also the Pixel 4 XL has larger battery with 3700 mAh with the Pixel 4 having a 2800 mAh battery. I am reviewing the Pixel 4 XL but my thoughts can also apply for the smaller Pixel 4. The main highlights of both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are that both are run by Android Q or simply Android 10 and being Pixel phones are guaranteed by three of updates so updating to Android 12 is a guarantee. Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor (though I’ve read there is already the 855+). It has a dual rear camera system wherein the wide angle camera has 12 MP and the zoom has 16 MP. It’s front camera ha 8 MP. Both have USB C and have an 18 W charger for rapid charging. And Qi charging is also possible but the Qi charger is preferred to have 10 W or more for normal charging times. Aside from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, the Pixel 4 has NFC capabilities which enables Google Pay and pairing with NFC enabled devices such as headsets and speakers. As mentioned earlier the Pixel 4 has Android 10 out of the box giving you a pure Android experience minus all the bloatware other Android phones offer. (This review is not about Android 10 though.) But what stands out from the Pixel 4 is that it has motion sensors which enable the user to control the phone by using hand motions and gestures without even touch the phone. But do note that this is fairly new technology so the potential is still unreached. As of the moment, motion gestures include the phone screen activating when you are reaching for it. This is a nice but not an essential feature but handy if you just want to check on the time and if there are notifications on your phone. Also motion gestures can also can control which music tracks to play. Google has a list of apps that are motion enabled on its website. But like what I mentioned before, this technology is still in its infancy so for now these are nice features to have. The Pixel 4 boasts of a POLED screen using Gorilla glass which boasts of rich and warm colors and runs at 90 Hz. It can run video and games smoother which gives the user a better visual experience. But unfortunately these result to diminished battery life to the point of being abysmal as per my personal experience and that these are moreover flagship Android phones. One way to increase battery life though is to use dark mode and disable smooth mode meaning you reduce the screen refresh rate to 60 Hz. For the most part disabling smooth mode would have no significant impact on performance but will have one on battery life. And do note this is the most serious complaint about the Pixel 4. But so far in the first few days of having my Pixel 4 XL, battery life has improved quite a bit. Following its competitors, the Pixel 4 ditched its fingerprint sensor which is found in the back of the Pixel 3 and replace it with its Face Unlock feature. In essence, this is a “me too” feature. But unlike its competitors, the Pixel 4’s Face Unlock feature is blazing fast. This is due primarily to Google’s Project Soli. (Google it to know more.) And though it works with either your eyes closed or not looking at the phone (I have tried this myself.), privacy concerns have been raised by others as the phone can be unlocked by someone else if you are sleeping or have been rendered unconscious say from an accident. Hopefully, Google will fix this issue on a future update. An improved feature also included in the Pixel 4 is Google’s next generation Google Assistant. While not many people may notice it, but Google claims the next generation Google Assistant is up to 10 times faster. To top this, Google added Driving Mode which enables the user to use better navigation by using only voice commands. And I’ve read that Google commands will be incorporated too in Google enabled car navigation systems in the future. And now for the gist of the Pixel 4 – the camera. Google’s Pixel series have known to the one of the best if not the best camera in a smart phone. With that in mind, Google is late in having a rear multi-camera system incorporated in its Pixel line. Moreso with most of its competitors having three or even four rear cameras, Google came out only with two. Which is a letdown since the ability to take ultra-wide is zilch. That said the Pixel 4’s dual camera still has some tricks up on its sleeve. First, the Pixel 4’s dual rear cameras offer Live HDR+ thereby giving you real time HDR images. Add to that dual exposure controls which results in pictures which are vibrant. I have attached a picture for reference. And truth be told the picture is even more vibrant compared to a similar shot take with my micro four-thirds camera. The Pixel 4’s 2X telephoto lens may also be a disappointment for some. But combined with a digital zoom and Google’s “magic” results to 8X zoom and having more details than camera phones with a 3X optical zoom and added digital zoom. The “2X limitation” here becomes moot for me. Lastly, the Google Pixel’s phone offers Night Sight which enables you to take pictures without a flash. And while other smartphones also have a similar feature, the Pixel 4 takes the cake because its Night Sight is also capable of astrophotography. While admittedly this is a niche feature, it just shows the capability of the Pixel 4’s camera capabilities. In conclusion, the Google Pixel 4 is a great phone overall at the same time offers a pure Android experience. The lack of an ultra-wide lens, mediocre battery performance (Actually the Pixel 3 has a better battery.), and (I almost forgot) the lack of earbuds or at least a dongle, makes me remove one star for this phone. Still I’d recommend this for someone who wants a phone that performs in spite of some lacking features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    So much fun stuff, you may forget it’s a phone

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Photo quality, Screen quality

    Google - Pixel 4 XL with 64GB. There are several new features exhibited in the new Pixel XL, and Google is showing off it’s technical excellence. For example, ff you’ve learned a set of strategies to avoid the frustration of night-time or low-lighting photos, you are going to need to UN-learn them. This Pixel will capture anything like it’s daylight PLUS there’s now an even higher resolution telephoto lens. Along with the beautiful, brilliantly colorful, smooth scrolling screen, you’ll be reluctant to ever turn this Pixel 4XL off. It is really pretty along with lot’s of practical functionality. Setup: Out of the box, the Pixel in “just Black” is like holding a solid slab of glass with a slightly rubberized frame to protect the edges. Yeah, yeah, but fingerprints!? I hear ya’. None of this paragraph is terribly relevant because we’re all going to get a protective case and screen film, no matter what color Pixel you buy. In the ‘just Black” (and other two colors?) we’ve got a very slick, slippery phone. But, it’s still all rich looking while you’re encasing it in armor. Sigh. Don’t hesitate. Get a case. Because the Pixel 4XL starts out relatively light, it’s not a big deal. Phone Setup is flexible. I didn’t have my new carrier SIM card available for initial setup, but I wanted to play with the Pixel. I skipped by the carrier info requests (look for prompts at bottom of each page) and simply proceeded to setting up my phone on my Wi-Fi, only. There was nothing I couldn’t do other than make calls and message. [Yep, phone setup on Sprint was easy and I could go into settings and get the same level of help to complete that task when I was ready, easily.] When I eventually got around to using the phone, it was comfortable in my hand, easy to adjust so that both ends of a call were easy to hear. I did a quick test to see how effectively the Pixel 4 interacts with Wi-Fi. I’ve included a picture of the speeds. My Google Fiber wireless achieved on test 1: 167Gb UP; 275Gb DOWN. On test 2 tested speeds were 139Gb UP; 331Gb Down. The Pixel Phone has some settings to make accessing community Wi-Fi easy, reliable and secure. Android 10 installation on the Pixel 4XL is really clean and unencumbered by useless stuff. I see nothing that is wasteful or unnecessary (Advertising or teaser software). I immediately added a few Apps I use. Lightning fast. I’ve simply never witnessed such rapid app installation. In fact, everything is smooth. Android(10) enabled phones are operating at exceptional speeds. I’m really impressed. During the setup process I learned about Face Unlock as well as Motion Sense. The former is so transparent and effective there is no reason to avoid it. I love this type of security; it disappears in everyday use. (You can even disable it in places, like home, by declaring it "safe." I’ve yet to be asked for my PIN. Motion sense, is fascinating, though I'm not entirely sure how much it enhances the experience. I’ll decide if I’ll leave it on as I use it. It appears to be anticipating my actions by turning the screen on or off as I approach or depart. More magic. I also tried and completely embrace (literally) the Google Assistant which requires you to squeeze the phone to enablel. It will be interesting to see how camera case manufacturers deal with this bit of magic, but it’s a great feature that is sensible. The CAMERA: There are a number of shooting modes. not all readily apparent, that fully exploit the two rear cameras (plus front facing.There’s Night Sight, Video, Slow Motion, Portrait, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Time Lapse, and Lens (does some trick, not sure what, yet.). The appearance of the images on the screen is often over-enhanced for my taste. But, the easy-to-use and access Google photos software gets a natural looking image or enhanced printout to meet any owner’s preference. Night Sight initiates long exposure pictures for wonderfully detailed and colorful night images. If you can see it, you can photograph it. In fact, some of those modes result in photos your eyes can’t imagine. Battery Life: I completely understand my phone usage isn’t the same as yours. I’m not likely to sit for hours watching videos. (But, I tested battery life with two complete movies and hours of downloads and App installations.) Also, battery life for me isn’t much of an issue with a phone charger near every place I sit for lengthy periods. and in my car, and in more and more public locations or hotel rooms. For an average, or minimal phone user, after a complete charge, my phone still had 50% juice 8 hours after I began my serious, continuous use. I left battery saver OFF, brightness at 56% and Adaptive brightness on, and never used my ubiquitous chargers until the next day. Movie Watching (and Games): Wow! I’ve got “Alita: Battle Angel” playing in 4K on the Pixel as I write this review. The image looks amazingly detailed and colorful. Brightness and contrast are a proper level for a cinema experience. It’s stunning. I love OLED screens with their black-as-night capability.This phone is going to be amazing with the best games you can get your hands on. I’ve commented on battery demands in that section of my review, but I would find a way to extend phone usage if I knew I could regularly view at this quality. [I was surprised to discover that Google Play had my complete movie collection available for playback. I guess I was already linked through my Google account to Movies Anywhere. Very nice surprise. Now I only have to download my iTunes Music library.] SUMMARY: The PIXEL XL is a perfect phone for a significant number of end users. Google has created a compelling family of products that interact simply and reliably. Some features are at the head of the class, and all features add to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This could have been a great device ...

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader, Price

    Pure Android is nice; I've missed it. I’ve bounced between Samsung & Google Nexus Devices for the past 8 or so years, so I’ve seen the transformations in the Operating Systems. I love change in technology, I adapt to the new styles, menus, options and the like without hesitation. This new OS is definitely different when it comes to navigation. Usage: I made the changeover from a Samsung Galaxy S10+ with native 128GB of storage, plus another 128GB via a microSD card. One thing I noticed right off the bat, is that I miss the soft buttons more than anything. Swiping from each edge of the screen to go ‘forward’ or ‘back’ is OK, until you’re swiping through photos and realize you went too far off the edge and swiped yourself right out of the App. It’s something that’s going to take some serious getting used to - even after the better part of a week. I didn’t have any issues with Apps or compatibility and this device is running Android 10. Google Pay worked just fine after the typical ‘have the bank OK the mobile wallet change’ procedure that comes with getting a new phone. It worked at a bunch of places, including Best Buy and my grocery store, without issue. Security: Face detection is good. It’s so good that I can have a hat, sunglasses and my toothbrush in my mouth … and it still knows who I am. Maybe it’s not so good? At least it doesn’t let my 9 y/o unlock it. When setting up face detection, it warns you that “… someone can hold it up to your face - even with your eyes closed”... to unlock it. Not sure I’m a big fan of that. Maybe the Apple people that use face unlock will say it’s “OK” - but not for me. It’s lacking a fingerprint reader, I found out when trying to set up my prints. Then I looked all over the phone and didn’t see anywhere that would read it. I’ve been using my fingerprint as an unlock method since the S8+, so it’s become the norm for me. Opting out of “face unlock” leaves me to PIN, or Pattern or Password; I prefer to use those methods as a last resort, not as my main method of unlock. Camera: When there’s a still subject and the lighting is right, this does take great photos. It seems to have deeper colors than my S10+ when holding up both phones next to one another and taking the same photo. Vertical mode has a wider view in the Pixel, where portrait mode seems to be wider on the S10+. I did manage to get a few good shots of my kid jumping into some leaves, but I’m left wanting more. Other than that, the camera is … fine. It has the “night” mode which does make stars pop, but it lacks in shutter speed in ‘decently’ lighted conditions, which led to blurry photos. When they left off a 3rd camera, they also left out “wide” angle -- and that’s so disappointing. The optical zoom is really good, but it realllly needs some great lighting, else it does get pixely (no pun intended). I’ve become accustomed to “burst” photos, something that the Samsung devices have had forever. Google went the Apple route of an ‘animated’ photo option, where it records a bit before & after. To me, they backed the wrong pony with that choice. When the pictures are uploaded to Google Photos, they’re animated. I can’t seem to pick out the actual “still” photo that I took in the first place. Performance: I’m apparently the only person with the 4+ that doesn’t have awful lag issues. I also set up the phone as “new” and didn’t import Apps/settings, etc from my S10+ -- that may have something to do with it. The swipe up to see Apps is instant and the swipe up + hold to see open Apps is also something that I didn’t have an issue with. Popping into & out of Settings (even with developer mode on) was never an issue. Battery life was just fine as I never thought to myself “man, what have I been doing that I’m at X% already?!” The Pixel 4+ with 64GB would be a great phone, if it wasn’t at 64GB and allowed for external storage (microSD card, for example). In today’s world, 64GB isn’t realistic for an adult - especially with the ability to record in 4K. To combat the storage limitation, there is a feature to “delete backed up photos from the phone.” While this is all fine and good, if you opt for uncompressed/original photos to be backed up, they aren’t part of the Google Photos “unlimited free photos” capability and you’ll start to quickly draw from your Google Drive space. I’m a 100GB user, so it’s not a big deal to me (yet), however those with 15GB will soon see that it’s not nearly enough, then you get to $2/mo (or pay it all up front for a year) to go to 100GB. If you are a 64GB phone user and you have room to spare, then this is a good score for you - although the price tag of $900 (or sometimes $800 on sale) is a bit of a stutter maker. Given the ‘fine’ camera with a somewhat gimmicky ‘night’ mode, the lack of a fingerprint reader, no ‘wide angle lens’ and the overall price tag .. I’m going to have to pass on this device for a recommendation. If you are a hardcore Vanilla Android user, you’ll love it - but if you’re coming from a Samsung device, you’ll have a learning curve ahead. I say skip the 64GB model if you take a lot of photos and use a bunch of Apps, as it will fill up quickly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Form your own opinion. Exceeds expectations

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality

    I was a little worried about lack of fingerprint reader, but I must say that the face unlock on this phone is one of the fastest I've ever come across. The raised to wake to unlock is seamless. My fears of not having a fingerprint reader are out the window with how great this faced unlock works. The added soli chip I feel has a huge part to play with how efficient and quick the face unlock is. Speaking of the soli chip, I want to speak about motion sense while there isn't a lot that it can do in this current stage. However, I have a lot of expectations and hope for the future that this technology will be utilized in a great way. In just a short time I can say that it becomes second nature now to just wave my hand at my phone when I want to snooze my alarm or if I'm at work with music playing on my phone and my phone laying on the desk instead of disrupting my work by picking up my phone picking the next song, it's just an easy swipe of the hand and go to the next song that I want to listen to. Another extreme positive for this phone is the 90 hz display. As someone who has owned previous devices with 90 hz screens. I must say that Google hit it out of the park with this one. Not only is the screen gorgeous vibrant and clear but the latency on the touch is almost non-existent. The phone swipes so smooth you won't be able to use a phone again without it . Now on to the cameras. What more is there to say? Pixels are always known as having the best cameras in the market and with competitors stepping up their game this year, Google still nailed it and lead by example. The continue to have the best cameras on the market. A lot can be said about not having a wide-angle lens, but personally, the telephoto lens is a better option in my personal use and opinion. I don't tend to find myself using wide-angle lenses on other phones that I've had, what I did find is that I would zoom in specifically at events or my kids off playing in the distance, I find that I used zoom more and I would lose quality with other phones in these situations, however with the Pixel 4 XL I still remain to get that clear quality when zooming in with the telephoto lens. Night sight continues to be one of best in the camera phone market for getting night shots. I personally can't speak of the astrophotography feature seeing as though I don't have a tripod and where I live I don't tend to have clear skies to see stars or Milky Ways. But based on what I've read, I know that this is a huge feature for those who do get to experience those kind of sites. I look forward to one day being able to travel to utilize this specific feature. The live HDR dual exposure controls are extremely useful. In lighting situations to have the ability to control the lighting and the environment live as you're about to take the picture has become a great benefit. This allows you more control over how you want your photo to look before you take it instead of editing the photo afterwards and not really being happy with the shot that you got. I say the battery life on this phone is pretty good. It should get you through the day depending on your usage. I have 90 Hz being forced and I could get through an entire day with the phone. It's not the best battery life, but it's also not the worst which is good enough for me. The benefit of the battery though is that it charges extremely fast and I feel that this is not a feature that Google has pushed or let consumers know about as much as they should. Google has also updated Google Assistant to be more accurate faster and also utilize continued conversations, which I feel is great. Because you don't have to constantly ask Google the same question. Instead you can continue on from the first question that you asked until you get the answers that you like. I also want to note that this entire review was done using the new voice recorder, that is on the pixels. None of this review was typed. It was all transcribed using the app. As I've said, Ignore the blog sites. Ignore the tech youtubers. Ignore the reviews. You can even ignore this review. Give this phone a chance , give this phone your own opinion by using it yourself. I wasn't sold on this phone until I had it in my hands . The moment it was in my hands , the moment I started using it, the moment I started taking advantage of all the updated features that it has did I realize that this phone is much better than I expected. Get yourself a Pixel 4XL. Enjoy the much improved and needed updates and continue to be the designated photo taker during the holidays and family events.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I bought it for astrophotography...

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Such an amazing device. Google did their best and the software is unbelievable. Here is a photo. Arcturus is in this photo.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Battery lasts all day with normal use

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about the battery based on its size. I'm experiencing battery life well beyond what I got from my pixel 2. Night sight is amazing, I have no issues with face unlock either.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Don't be fooled, this is a great phone

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Screen quality

    I think your perception on how good this phone is, is going to hinge on what phone you are upgrading from. In general, smartphones are plateauing as far as new features and innovation goes, so even iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones are becoming more similar than groundbreaking with each new generation, and the Pixel phones are not that exempt from that. I am coming from a Galaxy S9+. The obvious first thing I noticed was how clean and unobtrusive the Google near-pure-Android experience is. It doesn't feel bloated or weighted down by apps an addons that you don't need or want. It's just Android with an added Google flair. This clean experience is not to be underestimated. There are no duplicated or competing apps, and no whole collection of apps you don't even know what they're for, and no over-complicated controls. Some of the other nice things get with a Google phone is nice little things, such as call screening (which again, is not to be underestimated in value), automatic call blocking, "now playing" audio history, and of course closely integrated Google assistant. One of the bigger features of this phone is the new radar to detect motions in front of the phone, and the face unlock. In general, the motion controls feel gimmicky, and I don't really use. But to the extent that it helps with face unlock is wonderful. It's really nice to be able to just pick up and look at the phone, and it just immediately unlocks. Very rarely is there a delay or miss. However, this is purely a convenience unlock, and if you're really interested in privacy and security, you should stick to a password or PIN. And to this end, I do miss the fingerprint reader; although it's still not as safe as a password or PIN, it's at least a more deliberate action, as opposed to just accidentally unlocking your phone just because you happened to glance at it. The camera is very good, and fast. It doesn't have all the gimmicks that most other top-end phones have, but as far as I'm concerned, they're just gimmicks. That goes for the night-sight/star gazing mode this has. It's nice, but it's mostly a gimmick. Because, face it, we're all just taking selfies with other apps, and pictures of our pets with snapchat. The differences in camera quality among top-tier phones (Samsung S series, iPhone), is mostly splitting hairs. I saw a couple reviews take a dig at the Pixel 4 screen, but I actually think it's very nice and never had issues seeing it, even in bright light. As a matter of fact, I like the screen better than the S9+ screen. It's really a beautiful screen. And when it's in 90Hz mode, you really notice, and everything just feels so buttery smooth. It's a shame it's not in 90hz all the time. I guess the worst part of this phone is the battery. It's good, but compared to other phones, including the S9+, I do feel it could be better. Especially when watching youtube videos, I feel like I can watch the % tick down as the video plays. But still, with moderate daily use, I am still able to make it through a full day and evening without getting any low battery alerts. If you planned on staying out late though, you might need to give it a quick bump charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This Delivers Everything

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Photo quality, Screen quality

    I upgraded to the Pixel 4 XL from an original Pixel XL. My opinion about the original Pixel release was that it got everything right that other manufacturers had produced and had backed everything up with the astronomical intelligence that Google has to offer. The original Pixel had only one strange problem for me - it produced halo artifacts in some pictures taken at certain angles (I thought it was strictly a software error but the problems persisted in my photographs). Otherwise, my Pixel was always a more desirable smart device than any other device I had ever seen. But the Pixel 4 is way more than an upgrade for me - it's more of a revolution. This is a CAMERA / phone / with a nice display. The camera, backed up by considerable AI, is outrageous. The intelligence behind their portrait mode and low-light options is easily the most convincing reason to opt for this phone. Their "Night Sight" mode for low-light photography is tremendously satisfying - it assists in photographing low-light situations without flash and it allows for breathtaking night sky photography (see attached picture). Google's portrait mode is capable of separating foreground from background WAY more effectively than every other competitor - and for human subjects, the foreground rendering is more naturalistic. The Pixel 4 uses face unlock (my original Pixel used fingerprint unlock). Paired with the phone's radar (yes) motion sensing, the phone launches facial recognition based on your reaching for the phone (and so opening the phone is impressively fast). Another very impressive feature that might be easy to overlook is that the screen here has a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz (up from 60Hz) - it's not going to change your perception of things when you're opening up the phone to glance at a text message - but if you're power-scrolling through something on social media, the smoothness of you experience will be immediately apparent. There is little reason to address the "phone" part of this phone - there are flip phones on the market for $10-20 that will "phone" perfectly well. But phones like this are about a suite of applications and about dependability. The two major selling points her are the camera and the display and I haven't seen competitors that can compete. My only gripe is that battery life isn't what it used to be. Every bit of intelligence depletes this battery pretty aggressively. I could run with my old Pixel just charging it while I showered and dressed in the morning - this new Pixel wouldn't last a day with such conservative charging. But, fortunately, Qi chargers are cheap now and I can charge way more easily and wirelessly now. This is a gorgeous phone with a camera that outshines everything on the market and with a bright and clear and stunning display. Help from Google Assistant and from their photographic and other AI is outstanding. For me, this is the new gold standard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Mixed Quality - very good software but hardware is

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    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Photo quality, Screen quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Good news and bad news: Starting with the bad: Screen Quality: Very poor durability with the screen quality. Using this phone along side my work iPhone 8, the pixel 4 XL has developed several micro scratches on the screen in less than 2 months! I'm shocked at how easily this phone scratches with 0 drops, 0 contact with sharp objects. Buyer be aware! Do not buy unless you put on a screen protector! Battery Life: Mediocre battery life. It lasts me from morning through about 6pm before requiring recharge. My iPhone 8 and past Moto X4 have battery life. Other Tech specs: nothing special for a premium phone (we're paying for the software). The hardware is below average when compared to other flagship phones. Good news: The software: OS is virgin Android always with the latest and greatest updates much sooner than other Android phones without being filled with bloatware (especially if you purchase with Google Fi as a carrier) The camera: Computational photography on this phone is great. Even with average camera hardware specs, thanks to the software, computational photography is able to achieve amazing quality of photos.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Photos like a pro!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Photo quality, Screen quality

    After reviewing multiple phones I decided to go with the Pixel, to me having a great camera and an amazing display is a must! I have owned it for a little over a month now and I love it, crisp clean photos with amazing filter options and a display worth every penny.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best camera ever used in a cell phone.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Camera, Screen quality, Use with Android OS

    Bought it on first day of it's release. Using it for 10 days here is my review for it. Pros: Great camera with many features. Beautiful design and display. Buttery Smooth 90hz display. and Most important Original Stock Android experience. Cons: Decent battery life. No headphone jack. No expandable storage But overall a delightful experience and thanks to best buy for making it available on it's very first day of it's release.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Decent Android Phone With A Disappointing Battery

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Screen quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Size

    If you're looking for a "pure Android" experience then you want this Pixel 4XL. It's the straight code from the Google mothership with updates directly from them without having to go through carrier approval or other manufacturers having to adjust it to match their take on Android. I am primarily an iPhone user but I've owned Android devices in the past so I was happy to get a new Pixel and see what all the fuss was about. The face unlocking on this phone is insanely fast. The screen itself is one of the better OLED screens I've seen on a phone. Colors are bright and sharp. So far I've not noticed any lag in the user interface and have been impressed with how snappy the phone feels. I've taken both the Pixel 4XL and my iPhone 11 Pro out for some picture taking but I'm going to be honest and say that both cameras take excellent photos with very minor or subtle differences. If you use your phone to shoot a lot of video you may find the Pixel 4XL to be a let down. Build quality is above average. The phone feels very light in the hand. The matte black side rails provide some grip when you're holding it. It's a larger phone so one handed use can be problematic, be aware. The downsides are the too small battery for a phone in this class and size. Thankfully I have a wireless charger at my desk at work so I can top off throughout the day but you probably will be hunting for a charger and power outlet by 5pm with moderate use. I don't mind the missing headphone jack as I've been using wireless headphones for a few years now but I do question why Google does not include some sort of head phone option with a device this expensive. I slapped a Google Fi SIM card in it and call quality has been excellent. Overall I'm rather happy with this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great phone

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Battery, Camera, Screen quality

    Amazing camera, great battery life, amazing display, and nice and clear super loud stereo speakers.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid device with a great software experience.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Battery, Screen quality

    I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on the Pixel 4 XL and my initial reaction and response to the offerings of the Pixel 4 XL were not warm and fuzzy. Now, from my experience of having actually owned one, it has been a great device. Googles' computational photography is once again off the charts. The facial recognition is lightning fast and the screen is beautiful. Although I DO wish I had the choice of a fingerprint scanner as a secondary means of biometric security. On the hardware and design side of things, it is superb. I've never had a device that felt so good "in hand". It just feels premium. It doesn't have the cold empty feeling of metal OR glass even though that is exactly what it is made of. It has the feel of a warmed marble tile. Smooth; and with some heft to it. The performance has been great. No stutters or lagging. The 6GB of ram is a welcome upgrade along with the 90hz display capabilities. Battery life has also been pretty good for me. Not much different than what I was getting on my Pixel 2 XL with anywhere between 4.5-6.5 hrs. of screen on time (depending on my activity). Battery life is very subjective because no 2 people use their devices the same. I have better LTE reception and clarity with no dropped calls at all so far compared to my last Pixel its no contest, the 4 outclasses it in call quality. Hands down one of the best devices available at this moment. Is it expensive? Absolutely! But, when you consider that every other manufacturer out there has their flagships at or above the same price point than the software and hardware experience the Pixel 4 XL offers wins by a landslide. Now if you HAVE to have an ULTRA-WIDE camera then obviously this isn't going to be the device for you. But, if your more concerned with color accuracy and picture quality than this is the way to go in my humble opinion.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    NICE PHONE OVERALL - BUT WITH SOME ISSUES

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader, Price

    Google’s new Pixel 4 XL smartphone has many things to like, but also some disappointments. Other flagship phones that the Pixel 4 specifications, performance and user experience will likely be compared against are the Samsung Galaxy S10+, and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro. The Pixel 3 is now one year old and the Pixel 4 improves on it. The Pixel 4 is certainly competitive with other flagship phones, but it is also not equal or superior to other phones in some important ways. Google’s phones are the only phones to get the latest Android updates as soon as they are available, and that has been the compelling motivation for many Pixel buyers. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL arrive with Android 10, for a pure, unadulterated Android experience. Samsung owners are still using Android 9 (Pie), and some other phones are still running Android 8 (Oreo). Google assures that the Pixel 4 will receive all OS updates and security patches for three years; however, I believe that expensive, high-end smartphones should be supported for longer than just three years. For those people who have a compelling interest in a pure Android experience, coupled with the most rapid delivery of Android updates, and who are satisfied with three years of updates, the Pixel is the phone of choice. The hardware specifications are good, but regrettably are not the best available. Considering the price of the Pixel models, Google should not have economized on the hardware. The Snapdragon 855 CPU is very fast and powerful, but the 855+ is more so. The Pixel 4 has 6 GB of RAM, but at this level, it should have 8 GB like other flagship phones. The base storage memory is only 64 GB, unless you spend more for 128 GB. In either case, the memory is not expandable, while many other phones accept SD cards and are expandable up to 2 TB. Google is no longer furnishing the previously provided original quality photo storage to Pixel 4 owners. That benefit helped to mitigate the limited, non-expandable storage limitation of Pixel phones. To have only 64 GB of non-expandable storage, and no other original quality photo storage alternative is highly problematic. It is ill-advised to have a great camera but only the absolute bare minimum of on-board storage capacity for those great photos. The on-board storage is already about 27% consumed, by the system and just a handful of typical apps. The phone is very fast, experiences no lags , and the high resolution OLED display is super-fast, undoubtedly benefiting from the 90 Hz variable refresh rate display (Smooth Display). The color rendition is excellent. The screen is bright enough indoors, but suffers badly in sunlight, more so than Samsung and iPhone which have substantially brighter screens. There is no notch, but instead the top of the screen is a large, full width black band concealing cameras and sensors. Google replaced fingerprint security with facial recognition security. The cameras and sensors include two IR facial recognition cameras, a face unlock dot projector, an IR illuminator and a Project Soli Radar chip. The Face Unlock feature is very fast and largely reliable so far, but it will unlock the phone even if your eyes are closed (unlike Apple Face ID). Some apps which work with fingerprint validation, may not work with facial recognition as yet due to lacking the necessary API. Face Unlock works with glasses (not dark sunglasses). Since it uses IR rather than visible light spectrum, it works fine in dark rooms, as well. Although Face Unlock is remarkably fast and convenient, it simply is not as secure as a password or PIN. The Motion Sense (project Soli) radar sensor detects your hand reaching for the phone, turns on the display and activates the Face Unlock cameras, so by the time you focus on the screen, the phone is unlocked and available to use. The Motion Sense accommodates air-gestures for some functions, without actually touching the phone. So far, this has worked fairly reliably, but there just aren’t that many functions that can be controlled with air-gestures. Google touts the cameras and imaging software enhancements on the Pixel 4, and the photography performance is really impressive. The rear telephoto lens (Super Res Zoom) results in outstanding shots with 2x optical and 8x interpolated zoom. But, there are no ultra-wide-angle lenses, rear or front, as the competitors have. Color rendition and white balance appear very accurate. Google has done great things with the software that supports photography, and provides on-screen sliders for adjusting exposure prior to taking the photo. Adjusting exposure brightness and shadows is a great tool and enhancement. Live-HDR software provides a preview of the photo, before you commit to the shot. Night photography (Night Sight) is also superior, and delivers remarkable photos instead of the typical low quality photos that many other phones produce in low light. Astrophotography Mode has not been explored due to urban light pollution, but without a wide-angle lens, that feature is potentially less spectacular than it could be. Video production is hampered by the 30 fps at 4k spec, rather than the 60 fps at 4k that competing phones produce. That deficiency seems inexplicable on this level of phone. Overall, the phone is aesthetically very nice. It is sleek and predominantly comprised of nice polished glass. I don’t particularly care for the large, square, bumped out camera area on the back of the phone, but it is less obvious on the black phone. (I don’t like it on the iPhone, either). This black phone has a polished Gorilla Glass 5 back, but the white and orange phones have matte finish backs. The white plastic power button on the side is the only detraction, as it does not compliment a high-end smartphone (the white phone has a pastel orange colored plastic button). The sides of the phone are a matte black aluminum frame providing a good hand-grip. There is no headphone jack, nor is there a USB-C dongle included. The audio speakers sound very good without distortion. The Pixel 4 appears to consume a lot of power, likely owing to the additional drain of the radar and face unlock features (which are always on), and the 90 Hz refresh rate screen (which reverts to 60 Hz when the faster rate is not needed), as well as all of the other typical operations. Live-Caption is another battery-drain, but I turn it on only when desired to reduce battery drain. Recorder, which has many practical applications, performs real-time transcription as it records speech, and it does so onboard, rather than in the cloud. Google put relatively small batteries in the Pixel 4, which was one of the reasons for selecting the 4 XL, which has a larger 3700 mAh battery than the 2800 mAh battery in the smaller phone. I’m hoping for decent time between charges. However, the Pixel 4 had only about 25% residual charge compared to over 75% battery on another phone which had been simultaneously fully charged. Hopefully that battery utilization will be adaptive as the phone adjusts to usage patterns and application demands. The Pixel 4 is a complex device with a robust feature set, some of which might not be intuitive to some users. Other smartphone manufacturers produce a downloadable User Guide (PDF for all but Apple which uses Apple Books). Google instead, provides us with user help links and some hints (phone based). Some provide adequate information, some do not. I would find a downloadable manual to be useful and helpful. I am spending far too much time searching Google for operating guidance. Wi-Fi performance is excellent, and comparable to my other phones. Voice call quality is good. The speaker phone is fine, but the ear-transducer delivers relatively low volume, even with the Volume setting at maximum amplitude. It is acceptable in a quiet environment, but difficult to hear in outdoor and noisy environments. Whether this is a design issue, or a defect in my phone is unknown. Cellular network performance is not bad, but I am observing about a 10-20 dBm difference from another phone on the same network in side-by-side comparison. I therefore surmise that the Pixel 4 RF receiver has lower sensitivity than the comparison phone. This is suggestive of the potential of experiencing service problems, including dropped calls in low signal areas. The new flagship Pixel 4 is demonstrative of brilliant software development and a sound implementation, with powerful AI and HDR. The still photography capabilities are potentially best-of-breed. But, the Pixel 4 is not capable of 4k video at 60 fps, like its competitors. Google shouldn’t economize on the hardware platform, particularly at these price levels. It should have 8 GB of RAM, and very importantly, it absolutely needs SD card expandable storage to support 2 TB. It has an outstanding display, but at only 444 nits, viewing suffers severely in daylight and especially in bright sun. It should have a wide-angle lens in addition to the great telephoto lens. The chassis needs to be filled with the largest capacity battery that the form factor will support, and there really should be downloadable documentation to fully support the user experience. Google should fully support the Pixel 4 for more than three short years. The sophisticated features like Motion Sense, Face Unlock, Night Sight, Live HDR, on-board processed captions and transcription all are very impressive. However, overcoming the shortcomings which include non-expandable storage, low capacity battery, lack of RAM, lack of ultra-wide angle camera, etc. is problematic. As I said earlier, the Pixel 4 XL is truly a very nice phone overall which has both compelling strengths and some weaknesses. I am presently enjoying the phone and I do offer a favorable recommendation, especially for users who crave a great camera and a pure, stock-Android experience, which is enhanced with powerful AI and HDR capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The phone is working great so far!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Screen quality

    Everything I expected it to be so far. Great camera, great performance, amazing screen and it feels great in the hand. You need to use it to understand what I mean. Overall its a great phone so far.

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    I would recommend this to a friend