Google Pixel 4 review
Android 10 and Motion Sense
A new look and superb display
The Google Pixel 4 gets a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The aspect ratio of 19:9 gives you a good viewing experience when browsing web pages as additional lines are displayed, this means less scrolling around. The screen immerses you into gaming action and video clips are displayed in widescreen style in landscape mode.
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The new Pixel smartphone sees a new look with the removal of the fingerprint sensor on the back and new camera design. The smooth lines of the back give the phone a clean and sleek look. The camera sensors are now housed in a bezel, so Google has bucked the notch trend.
The Google Pixel 4 is on offer in Black, White, and Orange. The phone weighs in at 162g and measuring 8.2mm thick, the phone is slim and compact.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm) processor. There is 6GB RAM onboard and you can choose from 64GB or 128GB model variants. You will need to consider how much memory you want as there is no memory card slot on the Google Pixel 4.
Phone Set Up
The Pixel range of phones has always had the fingerprint sensor on the back. Google has decided to move away from this and opted for facial recognition instead. Enhanced with Motion Sense, you simply pick up the phone to unlock it.
Facial recognition can be linked to certain apps so only you can access them. You can also use it with Google Pay so that your payments are secure.
The Google Pixel 4 debuts the new radar sensor placed on the front of the phone. The sensor works with Motion Sense to allow you to control the phone without actually having to touch it. Quick Gestures allows you to:
Navigate music - wave your hand across the screen as you play music to skip the track and control your playlist.
Snooze and silence - when a call comes in or the alarm goes off you can simply wave over the phone to silence or snooze it.
For now, that is the extent of the Motion Sense feature but we can expect new features to roll out an update on the Google Pixel 4.
As with previous releases, Google uses the Pixel release to give us the latest Android OS. The Google Pixel 4 is an Android 10 smartphone. You get the latest OS features and apps as well as updates as new things come out. Some of the top features of Android 10 include:
We got to see a version of the Dark Mode with Android 9 but Google has enhanced this further on the new OS. The feature will now apply to both apps and the UI. You will need to opt-in so it can be used on specific apps. So far YouTube, Google Calendar and Google Keep are on offer in Dark Mode. Gmail and Chrome Dark Mode support are rolling out soon.
Security and Privacy
Changes to location data handling allow you to choose how your information is stored. Instead of the usual opting out of location tracking, you can select it to occur when using certain apps. The phone has the Titan M chip for protecting your private data. You also get 3 years of security and OS updates. Google Play Protect also scans apps to make sure everything stays secure.
Some of the digital wellbeing features have already been used on Android 9. Google has stated that users have been setting usage limits and sticking to most of the time. Due to this, more features have been included in Android 10. Family Link allows you to monitor the kid's usage times from the Digital Wellbeing app rather than using a separate one. Focus Mode allows you to select things you find most distracting and switches them off.
With the Google Pixel 4, you will have access to 3 months membership to Google One for free. You will get 100GB of cloud storage. A very handy thing if you take lots of photos or store lots of music. Access to Google Experts is included so you can get help and advice for all of your Google devices.
You can have up 5 family members included in the plan so all of your information is backed up. Everything is protected by highly secure software. You also get benefits such as a percentage of cash back on purchases in the Google Store or discounted hotel deals.
Camera & Video
Studio like photos
The rear camera on the Google Pixel 4 is a dual-lens system made up of:
- 12.2MP Dual Pixel lens with an f/1.7 aperture 28mm
- 16MP telephoto lens with an f2.4 aperture
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Google has worked on delivering impressive camera features including a new Night Sight mode. It allows you to capture amazing low-light photos without having to use the flash. You get clear and bright photos without the added noise in the image from the flash.
You can take amazing shots by adjusting the exposure in different parts of the image. You can even do this across apps that use the camera. Portrait Mode takes on a new level with the second camera adding depth. Blur backgrounds and capture stunning detail that usually requires a DSLR.
Super Res Zoom allows you to zoom in without losing detail and you can store your favourites on Google Photos.
Dual Selfie camera
You also get amazing quality portraits with the front camera as it is a dual-lens. With an 8MP and TOF 3D camera you get stunning detail and professional-looking shots. Auto-HDR adds the detail you need with highlight and shadow and there are plenty of filters and stickers for adding finishing touches.
The Google Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh battery with Fast Charging. You get an 18W Fast Charger included in the box. The phone is compatible with Qi-certified wireless charging but you will have to purchase a wireless charging accessory separately.
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Written by: Carmel Brown