Google Pixel 4 review

29 Nov 2019


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  • Pissed

I have a pixel 3 that is a year and 3 months old. It just died one day and will not turn on or charge or anything. Tried all the tips found online to no avail. It is now a certified brick. And I'm not the only one, based on the number of entries in threads online. Doesn't bode well for any succeeding pixel phone I would presume.

  • Mike

I read on Reddit that the Pixel 4/4XL in March security update, they enabled an adaptive boost where the screen under auto brightness outdoors can reach around 600 or so nits. Not quite the S10 or iPhone, but still a nice bump that an update lifted an artificial lock. Plan to update, and re-test and update just that portion of the review for this written article GSM team?

Jeez that battery life is abysmal.

  • Anonymous

I have a pixel for XL purchased in December. It worked well in Europe and Africa in December and then in January. But after 6 six separate long discussions with Google techs, I have not been able to get it to stop dropping calls even when I am 3 ft from a new router that has a fiber optic link on which computers and other devices work just fine. The technology frankly doesn't work if you don't have a strong cell signal to fall back on. I am reduced to making important calls on Skype through my computer, or calling friends back when the phone fails and I fire up the laptop. I am past of course the refund date so I'm stuck with a $1,000 brick. I never have this problem with Huawei

  • DB

I have a 4XL i have owned it since it first came out in fact we have one each about 5-6 weeks ago NFC started being intermittent then stopped. Googles service thru this whole thing has been absolutely ridiculous. as follows.
I Logged the call by chat to be told the first time that I was moving the phone too fast. I then advised Google that we have 2 phones which are identical and that the second one didn’t have the problem. Google then told me to restart the phone and to remove the app and re install it. This was done but it did not fix the fault.

Another day another call. Only to be told on the next call I was moving the phone too fast (again) went through the whole thing again despite them being told everything that had been done so far. Was advised that someone would email me as they needed to take it up a level. Waited 2 days. Google did not call or email having promised to do so. So I the customer had to get into contact with you.
Called again, again told I was moving the phone too fast went through the whole thing again with google. Then got the below email. Okay this has don’t forget gone up a level only to be told by the higher staff member its my fault (again) and I am moving the phone to fast. But it always does fail it worked fine when I first purchased the phone until a few weeks ago. I Explained (again) my wife had to use her phone and it worked. Hence Can’t go shopping without the wife or her phone.
Then the next thing if this does not work I was told to access the Boot loader function As I am not a qualified technician I am not going there.
The script on the desk must have been read again only to be told turn on yours NFC make sure you have turned on NFC well I would never have thought to check that before I raised an issue however just so I could say I did I checked and it is on.
Then the next part of the script was Go to “settings>more” so I checked the phone settings and no there is not a “more “ so thought maybe it is in the Gpay app. Again no such function as “more” .
GPay is the default app yes I did already check this and of course it is as naturally the only one I would use on a Google phone as I WAS a Google die hard.
Clearly there is little intention to deal with an issue with my phone I am thankful that I actually have an identical one on hand to make comparisons with if not for that I would have been really given the runaround. Perhaps that is the intention make it so hard that you just give up.
Twice by two different people I was told "I am a supervisor" and will escalate your case. after two days of not hearing back from the " Supervisor" and calling back myself still nothing.
Every time you get someone you get the "Its your fault you are moving the phone too fast."
I now have an older Sony and although it lacks a whole lot of stuff it actually all works.
Google service has been absolutely horrible it should not take nearly 3 weeks to sort an obvious issue given we have two identical phones.


For the first time, I think I actually like a Pixel phone. The whole design just looks very distinct and well-defined, and has a coherent design language. It's clearly not trying to look like any other phone.

dbjungle, 13 Feb 2020Ultra-wide is pretty useless. Might as well be a macro cam... moreI'm sorry to say but your opinion is not widely shared. Pretty sure most people (including me) would prefer wide angle rather than a macro/telephoto lens, as there is simply just more use-case scenarios with the wide angle. If you want to zoom, do it digitally, or go buy a telephoto stick-on lens.

Ultra-wide is pretty useless. Might as well be a macro cam as far as im concerned. Telephoto is good, but I still mainly just care about the main cam.

  • ILoveEeEe

Hope your Pixel 5 will have something to impressed.

  • knightrat

I'm amazed at so much anger about a phone. I understand not everyone being into it but some things are just blown out of proportion. I have the pixel 4 and I like just about everything about it except the battery which is subpar and the lack of included items in the box. Looks which are subjective look fine to me. Google has gotten the whole quirky look going for it that is iconic. There are plenty of phones that look alike which makes the pixel stand out in this market.

  • knightrat

Anonymous, 01 Dec 2019Funny, I ordered my px4 the first day of the black Friday s... moreWhen I said black Friday I'm meaning sales 😂 not the actual day. The price dropped to $599 on 11/24.

DanishBeacon, 15 Dec 2019How can this phone get 4 stars? Complete garbage. Battery ... moreThat is because Pixel phones aren't about the hardware, but software.

And that software is something that is completely up to you. You don't like the software? There no point to look at this device.

How can this phone get 4 stars?
Complete garbage. Battery endurance rating 62?
Max brightness 460 or something like that... Compare that with OnePlus 7t or Galaxy 10
No place for 2 simcard, no real 90hz screen, no headphone jack nor dingle inside, 4/64 or 6/128Gb options only? 18w charging while we are getting 27-50w with the competition...
What year is this? 2016?

"Pixels have never exactly been good-looking phones."
This summs it all up!

Anonymous, 09 Dec 2019Is an overpriced cheap phone. Old sensors, low RAM, cheap c... moreExactly!
How can anyone throw $1k on this garbage is beyond me.
For the record, anyone who throws $1000 or more on a smartphone and is not working on reviews or making videos on YouTube about it is brain-dead!
There are plenty cheaper ways to check your FB and Instagram, just saying.

Geric.770, 30 Nov 2019Well, if the price is right like this year that is. Pixel ... moreNah, too low end and it wouldn't be a good experience. As for software experience, I don't see any reason why they can't do both that and make a good mid-range phone

  • Fitbri

Popped into some stores yesterday to take a look. I gotta admit. It has to be the most beautiful looking phone I have ever seen. Specially the smaller model. I'm glad google ere not go with cheap looking all shiny mirror backs, same same out their.

Anonymous, 11 Dec 2019Been using Xiaomi phones since 2011, never had problem with... moreAnd that's a lie ©D. Trump
Been using R4X for pretty while, and i also have plenty feedback from my friend's Prime.
It's a pain in the #ss, especially, like any Chinese phone, notifications.
Not to mention 0 resell value after.
P4 is a great lineup again, especially if you get it discounted

  • Anonymous

Dolanescu, 10 Dec 2019Don't talk about Xiaomi and OnePlus... only bad experience ... moreBeen using Xiaomi phones since 2011, never had problem with it. Your anecdotal evidence doesn't mean xioami software is bad.

Both OnePlus and Xiaomi offer better software than Samsung. I own an S10 as well. Although the new One UI is better than any software experience on Samsung, OnePlus and Xiaomi are slightly better than One UI.

All three manufacturers make great quality phones. Stop that propaganda of yours against Xiaomi and Samsung.

just got december update. face unlock improved.