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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G Review: Can Google’s New Cheap Phones Beat Apple, Samsung?

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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A are very similar machines. What has been fixed is the terrible battery life of the old Pixel. (9 news)

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A are very similar machines.

They share the same camera, both powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chipset (actually downgraded compared to the Pixel 4’s 855), and both run Android 11.

Oddly enough, the new Pixel 4A has a bigger screen (6.2 “vs. 6.0”) — so what do you get with that extra $ 200?

The Pixel 5 is water resistant and supports wireless and reverse wireless charging. It has a 90Hz screen (think 90 frames per second) for smooth scrolling and games, and should work better with 8GB of RAM than the 6GB of Pixel 4A.

The Pixel 5 is also built with a Gorilla Glass 6 surrounded by an aluminum frame and back.

By comparison, the Pixel 4A is made of plastic, but it also comes with a classic 3.5mm headphone jack that the Pixel 5 doesn’t have.

Other than that, the design is the same. There is no option to upgrade or expand your phone’s 128GB storage. Both have a fingerprint reader on the back, replacing their predecessor’s radar with an end-to-end screen with an 8MP hole-punch selfie camera. Upper left corner.

The hole puncher isn’t as small as what you see in Samsung’s new one Galaxy S20: Fan Edition However, it is definitely better to place it away from the center of the screen.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A
Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A have a fingerprint reader on the back. (9 news)

Google has (finally) added a 16MP ultra-wide lens next to the 12.2MP wide lens on the back of the new Pixel.

On paper, it’s inferior to the hardware in Samsung’s products, but as always, Google’s secret weapon is software.

The new pixel photo is still beautiful. Google photos like Samsung have clear contrast and saturation. Which photo looks better depends on your personal taste, but I’m always grateful for the high contrast and vibrant look of Pixel photos.

Google has also improved the portrait mode that works at night and added AI lighting to fix portraits (even older shots) in the post.

Three different stabilizer levels have been added to the Pixel video to mimic cinematic movements that most people don’t use.

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A cameras
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A share the same camera, both powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chipset and both running Android 11. (9 news)

Google has removed many of its own Pixel 4 hardware to reduce the price of the Pixel 5.

The radar system that was able to detect that your hand was nearby and wake up the phone is as gone as the fastest face unlock on the phone I’ve ever experienced. The face unlock was equipped with Google’s own machine learning chip known as Neural Core.

Google claims that the Pixel 5 and 4A (with 5G) get similar power from the Snapdragon 765 chip and are unaware of the problem while using the phone.

What has been fixed is the terrible battery life of the old Pixel. Google has added an “extreme battery saver”, but I’m glad to report that I didn’t have to use it. Both the Pixel 5 and the new 4A had no problems turning on during the weekdays without charging until bedtime.

Google’s less secretive weapon has always been its software.

Not only does Pixels launch on Android 11, but it also improves the Google Assistant and my favorite app, the recorder.

The assistant’s new “Hold For Me” feature advertises ending the chores that everyone hates most and waiting for a hold. I didn’t have a chance to try this feature myself, but when I press the button, the new Pixel monitors the call and notifies me when someone on the other line returns to chat.

For the upgraded recorder, not only do you copy people’s voices without an internet connection (this is a godsend in a long interview with COVID-19), but you also remove words from the transcription and voice. It is now possible to reflect on. It’s a really remarkable and easy audio edit.

Google has sacrificed some of what made the phone special to play in the new, cheaper market.

The new Pixel 4A costs $ 799 and is easy to sell. 5G comes with the most affordable and essential bells and whistles.

The little extras you get with the Pixel 5 are somewhat counteracted by the small screen and the knowledge that this flagship has lost wind from its sails.

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