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    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Quality - very good software but hardware is

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    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    NICE PHONE OVERALL - BUT WITH SOME ISSUES

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    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great phone with a lot of tech

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    Personally I think its is the best looking pixel to date. I like the color choices they offer on this model and the accent colors they chose for the power button gives a nice touch. The phone is a tad heavier and thicker than I would prefer. If you add a case its going to add even more girth. Does feel good in hand though. I'm glad they moved away from the notch design this year. Although I'm not sure why phone manufactures feel the need to add glass to the backs but the trend continues. The orange and white models have a matte finish while the black model, which I have, has a very glossy finish. The display is a qhd+ oled panel that supports 90hz refresh rate. With that said the resolution, smoothness, and black levels are fantastic. But I noticed that the oled display color is very warm. When I compare to other phones with oled displays the pixel 4 xl has a yellowish tint to it. I played around with color and display settings. Disabling adaptive eq in display settings helped a little bit with this but overall its still too warm. I just feel like the colors and whites are not as crisp as others. I hope google fixes this with a software update. At first I thought not having a finger print reader was going to be a deal breaker but the face unlock works really well. After a day or so I don't even miss the finger print reader. For apps that don't support it you have to use pin or pattern until the support is there which isn't a huge deal. The face unlock was very easy to setup. Its also pretty quick and faster than using a finger print reader or entering a pin. Motion Sense is interesting. I do enjoy being able to reach out and wave over the display to have it wake up and show me if I have any pending notifications. Doesn't seem to have much impact on battery either. You can use it to do a few other things but honestly its best used with the screen wake and to speed up face unlock. It will be interesting to see what else they use this for down the road. The camera is nothing short of amazing. Hands down best phone camera I've ever used. The night sight and astrophotography features are fantastic. All the hype out there about the camera is true. Nuff said! The sound that comes out of the dual built in speakers is also the best I've heard to date. Battery life seems ok a device with a 3700mah battery. I'm getting about two days out of a charge right now with moderate use so I'll probably have to charge it every other day. The charger it comes with is 18 watt which is a bit higher than most other phone manufactures provide for fast charging. It also supports 11 watt qi wireless charging so thats an upgrade over last years models. A nice little touch is that they also included a usb-a to usb-c adapter in the box as well. With this years model the unlocked version works on all major US carries. Just pop in your sim and your ready to go. Comes out of the box with Android 10 which at the time of writing this is latest. This includes the new google assistant and new gesture navigation. If you want the old 3 button navigation you have the option to flip back but then you don't get the new google assistant for some reason. Since this is stock android the app bloat is to a minimal. I noticed text to speech and google assistant are both a lot faster now that they are doing more of the compute locally on the device. Below is a list of pros and cons based on my personal usage. Pros: Tech specs are all top notch New google assistant Quick text to speech Quick face unlock Quick charge Camera and app Pure android with fast os/security updates Dual speakers Device is overall very fast Cons: Phone weight and thickness Display color is too warm Back of phone is glass To summarize I think this is a great device with a lot of tech. I feel like there are other phones that have a better overall looking design but the internals and software are what make this phone really stick out. If quick updates, pure android, and camera are important to you then this is the phone for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing phone!

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    I read many reviews on this phone before I got it. Don't get turned off by all the negativity. I'm not going to jump on the "hate train". I was getting a bit worried but this is the best phone I've ever used. Getting a phone at this level, it's soo nice to have something that just works. I'm a decently heavy phone user(calls, emailing, texting, surfing the interwebs, streaming radio) and I get a whole day easy from the Pixel 4 Xl. If battery life is an issue just have a car charger and one at the office. This thing charges soo fast its really a non issue. My last phone was all screen and I loved that. I wasn't too keen on the "giant forehead" but another review said you didn't notice it after a short time. This is true. The tech that is packed in there makes it bearable. The screen is beautiful and I really love the adaptive brightness. I can see it outside and it gets super dim for when you wake up early in the morning. This screen is super sharp and colors are rich and vibrant. The always on display and "now playing" are fun features. I can't believe how fast it is. It takes seconds to start up and has handles all apps I use flawlessly. The radar and face unlock are perfect. The phone knows as you reach for it and unlocks as you pick it up. Fast! I don't miss my fingerprint scanner at all and the last one I had in the screen was terrible. I'm really looking forward to Google coming up with many more uses for the radar in the near future. The phone feels great in the hand. Comfortable and heavy. A nice premium device. Maybe the storage is a downside. Get the 128 GB, 64 goes pretty fast and I would like to have seen a sd card slot. I also don't think the lack of a headphone jack is that big of a deal. Bluetooth headsets are the way to go anyway, I hate cords. It's also amazing to have a device that is guaranteed to be supported for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Google nailed it with this one...yet again

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    This is my second pixel phone, the first being Pixel 1 and now after three generation, I got Pixel 4. But one thing remains same across both generation: Why copy your competitor? Everyone knows who that is. That is my biggest complaint and the reason behind taking 1 star off. Other than that, the phone is amazing. All the latest features and technology are packed in it. Some people are complaining about taking away the fingerprints which is understandable as that made the older generation phones easy to use. But I definitely like the face recognizing feature. It takes sometime to get used to but once you get a hang of it, it's relatively easy to use. So I would recommend using the phone for few days before getting frustrated. PROCESSOR: This phone is super fast, thanks to Qualcomm® Snapdragon 855™ processor. I agree that Snapdragon 855 is almost 10 months old but its still faster than most other phones out there. MEMORY & STORAGE: Pixel 4 comes with a 6 gb RAM and 64 gb/128 gb storage options. 64 gb may turn out be lesser than required, more so because Google has taken away the option of storing pictures at original quality in Google photos like before. This is quite disheartening. Oh well! UNLOCKING: Facial recognition works very well and instantly unlocks the phone, way faster than fingerprint reader. The biggest issue here is that it can unlock your phone even if you are looking at it with closed eyes, which is not good or secure. DISPLAY: Phone boasts spectacular OLED display with crisp clear images and supports 90 Hz refresh rate. It's said to be 10% brighter than Pixel 3. CAMERA: Cameras are amazing in this phone. It has 16 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera. My wife uses my phone to take pictures more than hers just because its camera is better than her phone's. The rear camera can record videos at 1080p @ 30 FPS, 60 FPS & 120 FPS while the front one is capable of only recording at 1080p @ 30 FPS BATTERY & CHARGING: Phone's battery life is not very good, can be better. It has a 3700 mAh battery as compared to Pixel 3 XL's 3430 mAh.The phone comes with a USB-C™ 18W adapter and 1 m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0). It's capable of wireless fasting charging as well. OTHER FEATURES: Speakers are super loud with clear sound. I haven't used swipe gesture features much, so can't review them just yet but they seem pretty cool. Recorder app is amazing. It can accurately transcribe audio and video in real time. I'm looking forward to using this feature more in future. Overall, it's a great phone and a bit pricey as well. I would definitely recommend it but considering the upcoming shopping season, I'm sure these will be available at discounted price. If you can wait, it's great. If not, go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Phone

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    This is a great phone. Good pictures, runs super smooth even after almost 2 years of using it ( Purchased 01/27/20. Dunno why the site has the buy date incorrectly stated.). The software experience is honestly great. Biggest disappointment with this phone was the fact it lacked a wide angle lens. Second biggest disappointment was the super super average video camera.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Pixel 4 Takes great photos at night, wow the stars

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    Wow, the Night Sight feature photo results and the Astrophotography feature both worked very well. Just need my dog to stay more still for pictures in the dark, if he moves, its a blur. In a dark sky away from town, the stars are great, but really need a tripod or stable stand to keep movement from ruining the shot. Coming from a Samsung S8 Plus, I thought there were needless android interface changes, i.e. don't like that I can't sort the icons in the installed apps list into folders. Don't like the swipe back feature under Gesture Controls, it seems backward to me. Motion Sense hands free control, sometimes annoying, like I would turn it off and set it down and as I was reaching away, it would turn itself back on. Face Unlock works well. Nothing really has malfunction so far with that feature, working as intended. Battery life is short for a flagship phone, only lasts a day at most, but the battery life reporting feature is accurate, as it says basically "1 day" when phone has a full charge. 64 GB memory is stingy for a flagship phone without an SD card slot option. Should have considered 128 GB as the standard memory amount.. Also don't like that the original size photo backup unlimited feature was taken away by Google. It has just gotten worse as more Pixel phone generations have been released. When you try to search your installed apps, it uses google search instead, not very helpful when trying to quickly find if an app is installed or want to install one. All in all, I find the Pixel 4 to be good android phone with excellent camera system, so-so battery life, and bare bones on-phone storage. I would say for the 2019 releases, it would be at best in the middle zone of what would be considered the flagship smartphone category.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    One Very Very Good Phone

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    The Google Pixel 4 XL is very expensive but it is also very very good. It is both the most expensive phone that I have ever owned while also being the best one. Pros: 1. Beautiful OLED display 2. Very fast CPU 3. Android 10 sans junk apps and with the expectation of many future upgrades. NOTE: I tried using the default swipe gestures but found too many situations where it conflicted with horizontal scrolling on a web page, so I switched back to classic buttons. 4. An excellent Pixel Tips app to assist with my questions. 5. I am a big fan of the face unlock feature although there are a few situations under which it failed to unlock - mostly in bright sunlight. I had a big problem with butt dialing and such with my prior phone but no incidents at all with the Google Pixel 4 XL using face unlock. 6. The setup flawlessly copied all of the apps and settings from my prior phone - a Moto G5+ running Android 8.1. 7. Although it took a while, the adaptive display has adapted to the brightness levels I prefer. Battery power dwindled rather quickly for the first 4 or 5 days, then settled down to a more frugal consumption with fairly consistent usage across the entire period. 8. I really find myself enjoying the Sounds Around Me feature which will listen to ambient music and identify it by song and artist on the lock screen or notifications pulldown window. 9. Although large, it is not much larger or heavier than my prior Moto G5+. 10. The camera is advertised as very good. It has some excellent features and would most likely take excellent photos were I to use it. Cons: 1. Quite expensive. 2. The case it quite slippery, so I purchased a nice case for it and strongly suggest prospective buyers plan for that as well. Summary: Awesome phone. I wish I could tell you how great it is watching movies and playing games, but, sadly, my game playing is rather tame and I don't watch movies on my phone. There have been some negative reviews for this phone but my personal experience does not support them. I hope you choose wisely.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Super-smooth 90Hz display

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    This is easily Google's best-ever phone. The hardware is sleek and efficient, and Android 10 runs brilliantly. Google's little additions to the software differentiate it, face unlock works incredibly well, and this is the best Android camera available in all lighting. But the battery life is frustratingly bad, and it's hard not to feel short-changed paying this much for weak RAM and storage.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone. My fifth Google nexus/pixel

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I've owned Google nexus in the past and pixels recently. In addition I had Samsung galaxies and Oneplus 5. While I hated my galaxy phones, too much bloatware and slow updates. I loved my Oneplus, but it's not a secure phone and I have received emails twice in two years stating my information has been hacked/shared and etc. The pixel 4XL is an excellent phone. Fast updates, fast processor, great screen, great camera, and most importantly awesome stock Android software that's helpful in something as simple as requesting callers to identify before answering. Overall I'm very happy with this product. I have forced my screen to remain at 90hz and battery suffers little because of that. However, I'm a person with a job and I work around 10-11 hours a day. I commute to work 45 mins, and charge my phone while using android auto. At work I listed to music at least four horia via Bluetooth earbuds and sometimes get on my phone looking at news and Instagram. My battery lasts whole day. And I never plug my battery at home unless it Sunday and I haven't driven and used android auto for two days. Basically what I'm trying to say is that battery is fine. People who complain about it must be using their phone for gaming or nonstop for 6 hours straight. If you're a heavy used then carry a charger with you. If you're like me then buy this phone and enjoy its awesome features and performance and don't worry about battery. I definitely recommend this phone. Although, these days I'd only buy the iPhone, Pixel, and maybe if I'm willing to save money Oneplus. Everything else isn't up to my standards. I wish pixel 4XL was cheaper, but I did purchase mine during Thanksgiving when it was $200 off. Good luck.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Meets / Exceeds Expectations

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I am not a tech junkie that needs to update his/her phone every 8 months or less. I have owned previous phones made by Google, and they held up pretty well. So I gave this phone a shot. I am pleased with Google's software for this phone. It's not too flashy, and it's intuitive. Most reviewers complain about the lack of wide angle lens like the iphone, but I like the telephoto lens. I've been an ametuar photographer for over five years, and I can tell you I've taken most of my favorite shots with my telephoto lens.Most reviewer complain that you don't have a fingerprint scanner, but I don't notice it's missing. The face reader works well even in the dark, and it functions as a biometric reader for most apps too so that's good. Overall, I enjoy this phone. It does what is advertised! Don't get caught in the hype of why people may dislike this phone. They are probably just tech junkies that will cycle a phone every <8 months. If you picked this phone up without bias I'm sure you'd be happy with it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent flaws

    Posted .

    In the box is the Google Pixel phone, charging cord, wall plug and usb adaptor. There are still some of the things you already know, like the delicate Google assistant. This is my first unlocked google phone and I already see that this phone is right up front with no clunky add-ons here. With a light squeeze of your hand you will be up and running.  From lunching apps to taking pictures, a squeeze is all you need. The multi camera setup is a thing of beauty, no more security footage style photos for me. With this pixel there’s face unlock feature, with the face unlock it works to memorize the pattern of your eye. So not only are you getting your face recognized, but your eyes as well. The Pixel is equipped with a 12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto) and a 8 megapixel (front facing lens) this being said it falls in the middle of the pack, but with what can only be called wizardry. Its photo quality is is excellent, it excels in video and photos. The camera has a second lens, giving photos a DSLR- like quality, it also enhances the zoom quality of photos. The pixel having 64 or 128 GB is more than enough, especially since you can save things into a google cloud, in the cloud there is unlimited storage. The pixel camera is also super responsive, so no more missed shots. Especially with the action button feature, just hold down the shutter button and pic the best memory to hold on too. The new pixel has updated version of what it had on the other 3 phones, which is the mode called Night Sight Camera, where you -can shoot a photo in the dark without flash. This is definitely achieved due to the 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor that's on board. I know what your thinking 8 cores must cause serious battery drain, but I'm here to say that’s not the case. The 3,700 mAh battery keeps even the 6.3 Omed screen in top performance ranges. That is with impressive, 90 times per second refresh rate with a current class leading 537 ppi. The pixel phone has an 12 hour continuous battery life, but it can last up to 34 hours! The audio performance is a great proportion to the phones, there are dual embedded speakers. Keep in mind there is no headphone jack, but that gives you an opportunity to use wireless headphones. There’s also a USB-C adaptor that you can pull up your old trusty headphones and pull them in. There’s a Quick Switch Adaptor, it allows you to use any cord to charge the phone. So you could use your old phones charger to charge your new pixel 4. This is a major turning point for the out coming phones. Especially knowing this is not an entry level device(meaning that it has occasional updates to the device itself) This can be phone for an android veteran. That being said, the new passive radar is a function is amazing, I would have liked this phone a long time ago. The phone allows you use air jesters.  So no more cookie dough on your phone while following those recipes.  Just a quick swipe and you’re on to the next step. In summary the pixel being a top tier phone, has these new features. PROS: MotionSense/Very snappy response time /Sound output via Bluetooth/ Night sight camera/ Unlimited Storage/ CONS: (very little but) No thumbprint scanner/No headphone Jack

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent Phone upgrade from the Pixel 2 XL

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    The Latest and greatest Pixel 4 phone is here! I Pr-ordered it to take advantage of Best Buy's $100 gift card and was eagerly awaiting my phone! Then finally! Where to start, the camera for pictures in all of the modes is amazing! There is so much detail and the pics are very share-worthy! The Video is just "OK" since it is not 4k60fps. The battery optimization is superb - Did a bunch of driving in a large city and didn't have to worry about the battery dying on me - Easily lasts a good day (depending on use) at 90 Hz. Again, don't play 3 hours of PUBG and expect to have a full battery. The unlocking and gestures are somewhat hit/miss - I guess a future software rollout will fix these issues. I upgraded for several reasons - 1. 90 hz. So nice and fluid 2. Astral Photography and the camera - Moon/star photos are **out of this world** 3. Battery - 3700 4. Noticeably faster processor 5. 6GB of RAM. I wish that google had done some things to make this better and these are my gripes with the phone. 1. 8 and 10 GB of RAM on the P4 and P4xl. 2. 4500 Battery 3. 855+ processor vs the 855. 4. 128GB NOT NOT NOT 64. If google did all of this, they'd be good to go. Unfortunately, Google will do the Googly thing - squeeze and optimize from average specs. All nice and admirable, but at the end of the day good software with good specs will win over people. Samsung - Great specs, horrible software. Google - average specs with excellent software.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly a perfect phone

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    A lot of people have complaints about this phone, such as poor battery life or a thick "forehead". Honestly, I've been using this phone for about 3 weeks or so, and I don't have these complaints. The battery is average, maybe even above average for my use. I'm usually connected to WiFi or close to a charger, so my battery can usually be topped off. That allows for my battery to last more than a day. Since the software is stock Google, paired with the fast processor, it's very quick to respond. There is no bloatware or custom apps from the Mobile providers, which makes everything feel clean. The last complaint that most people have is the camera. It doesn't have a wide view camera. The camera is great, takes very nice photos. I'm not that much into taking pictures, but the pictures I have taken seem better than most. I'm not even sure why you would need the wide view camera anyway. Again, I'm not into taking that man pictures, but I thought I should point that out since it might be a deal breaker for some people. My only complaint is the speakers. The older Pixel phones had stereo speakers, this one does not. Instead it uses the dual sound system with the bottom speaker and the earpiece to create the stereo sound effect. It works, but it seems off. I've compared it to my iPhone 10 which uses a similar system, and the balance is better on the iPhone. It sounds OK, don't get me wrong. It's just the sound seems uneven or out of balance just a little. I'm using headphones or an external speaker with it, so it doesn't matter too much. Again, I thought I'd throw that out there in case someone who would like to buy this phone is wondering. That said, this phone has become my daily driver. It's very flexible in how "I" use it. If you're considering this phone, please do a little research as it's not for everybody. There are a lot of good phones out there. The Pixel 4 can do almost everything...almost.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Pixel Yet

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Best pixel I've owned. Face unlock is fast and reliable and I prefer it to fingerprint scanner. Solo sensor senses when you are near the phone and turns on screen. Very Smooth performance especially with 90Hz display enabled. Very sleek glass body that does not scratch when put in a case compared to plastic and aluminum.

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cell phone

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Great phone. Google pixels are amazing and I feel that they are heading in the right direction. Was very happy with his product

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Android OS IMO

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I've used samsung, One+ and others and always end up using Novalauncher with them. I went back to the pixel for the camera. I use it a lot for work and it's still the best IMO. This is my 2nd Pixel and the OS is clean and easy to use. I had the Pixel2 and actually liked the Pill gesture navigation, which I was recently using on the OnePlus 6t as well before the os10 upgrade killed it. It took me time to get used to the new gestures but they are now very natural feeling and better than the old 3 button. I still like the pill a little better but these are fine. I also like that it works wirelessly with Android auto. Cons I wish Google would catch up and maximize the screen size. It was too soon to get rid of the fingerprint reader. Many secure apps support it and have yet to support face recognition. Minor complaint, bit battery life could be a tad better. Overall I think it's the cleanest running Android and works best overall for my needs.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Camera, Interesting choice for Controls

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I have been a long time android user but this is my first Pixel camera. I love the phone and the clean version of android, I have been an avid Samsung user until now and have had to deal with the large amount of bloatware they include. The camera is fantastic regardless of the light setting and the portrait mode is top notch. I don't love the face unlock since it is not 100% and can struggle in dark rooms. The concept is great and when it works I feel likes it is darn near magical but as someone who never had an issue using fingerprint unlock this is a bit of a let down. Especially since some apps and companies support fingerprint sensors but not face unlocks. In time I hope it gets better and more widely accepted. Also since there are not buttons or even virtual buttons I sometime run into issues with their swipe motions. To get back to the home screen, you swipe up from the center-bottom of the screen. To look at active apps you do the same but hold in the center. And of course to scroll through a page or play some games you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On more than one occasion I have accidentally closed apps, gone to the home screen or had to make multiple attempts to view open apps. It only happens on occasion but is still a frustrating user experience. I would still easily recommend this phone to android users but be aware there is a learning curve to some of their features and UI.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone at ok price but lacking some features

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Overall the Pixel 4XL is a good phone. The screen is clear and bright, the processor is quick and responsive but the phone lacks a few features that make it less than perfect. First, the lack of an expandable memory is a shortcut that Google shouldn't have taken. Of course, it works well for them because when the phone gets filled up they can sell the user another phone with more memory. It is not that difficult to build in expandable memory. Most manufacturers are following Apple's lead and only selling phones with embedded memory and if buyers are willing to go that route than they will continue to do so. A second feature that is lacking on the 4XL is an LED notification light. Google explains it by saying that the user can check the Always On Display but this again is a shortcut that shouldn't have been taken. A third feature this phone lacks (as well as most other phones manufactured these days) is a removable battery. There is only a couple of phones out there today that still allow the user to replace the phone without disassembling the device. This is unfortunate because a removable battery can extend the daily life of a phone and also extend the overall life of a phone. As it stands, when a battery starts to degrade after several charge/discharge cycles a user has to either buy a new phone or take the device somewhere so the battery can be replaced (usually at a high cost). Overall, this is a decent phone but it would be improved with the additions I mentioned.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing phone with minor annoyances

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I got this phone on Black Friday and I've been loving every second with it! Big screen with 90Hz refresh rate makes scrolling through the phone and some games feel amazing, big battery means that I can easily get through a whole day with around 30% (this is with almost max brightness and Bluetooth constantly on), and an amazing camera. However there are some minor things that I wish could've been improved on the phone. First off is the screen. While it is amazing to use indoors once you get into direct sunlight then it gets very hard to see even on max brightness. Second is the Motion Sense which is the radar that is on the phone. While it is nice to have the display already on and the phone scanning your face by the time you look at it, for the other features such as swiping across the top to skip songs is very hit or miss. It works fine if it's on a table in an open area but there are times when I'm trying to reach over to the phone to skip and it won't work so until Google improves it I'm turning that feature off. Lastly, Face Unlock is also another great feature but I've noticed that it does not work when I'm laying in bed and I need to unlock my phone. I'll cut it some slack because I will try to unlock it when I'm laying on my side but even when I lay straight on the bed it still doesn't scan my face until I lift my head off the pillow. Maybe it's because I still need to get used to it but that's what I've noticed when using the phone. Still a very good phone nevertheless!

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend