Google Pixel 4 XL was launched in October 2019 with top of the line specs for the year. So what value does it give to the users now at a price point of $900? Let’s figure that out.
Google Pixel 4 XL is a decent looking device with a clean look at the front and at the back. It is a glass sandwich design with frosted glass at the back except for one variant which has a glossy back. The side rails are matte black with Aluminium rails. It gives the device a premium look although it’s less durable than stainless steel rails on the iPhone for example. The power button is colored for each variant and gives a unique look which I kind of like. It comes in three variants, Clearly White, Just Black and Oh so Orange where Black is glossy on the back. So I would suggest the other two colors.
Pixel 4 XL has a dual stereo speaker system, the main speaker at the bottom with the USB-C and the earpiece acting as the assisting speaker. The sound quality is undeniably very good and it gets loud and clear. The device is IP68 water and dust resistant which makes it overall, a good device design wise.
Although, the Pixel 4XL checks out the basic boxes for a good design, I do think that there are some flaws to it. It has a big forehead above the screen which houses the cluster of sensors and has a reason to be there but other flagship manufacturers simply have a better and futuristic look to them. Apart from that, the move to this design after the inglorious bath tub notch featured on the Pixel 3 XL is still a relief.
Let’s talk about the screen for a moment. The Pixel 3 came with some color accuracy problems but this time Google fixed it. The Pixel 4 XL comes with an OLED panel with a resolution of 1440 P that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Compared to previous models, this display is significantly better and has sharp colors, decent color accuracy, good contrast. Also, there is a
Is everything about the screen great? Sadly, it’s not. One problem with the Pixel is that is automatically cuts down the refresh rate to 60Hz when you are not scrolling or playing games. Though this feature sounds good for better battery optimization, the problem is that, it usually keeps the refresh rate on 60Hz and seldom bumps it up to 90. Although, you can go the developers option in settings and enable force 90Hz, it is still a sacrifice of the battery uptime. The other problem with the devices’ screen is its low brightness. It’s good indoors but as soon as you step outside you’ll feel the need for some more nits.
The Google Pixel 4 comes with a 2800mAh battery whereas the Pixel 4 XL comes with a 3700mAh battery and the battery life on these devices are okayyish. It can last a day but with low to moderate use. The screen on time comes to about 5 Hrs though it comes with a fast charger which you can use to quickly top up your battery on the go.
You can’t talk about a Pixel device without talking about its cameras. This lineup is known to deliver one of the best, if not the best cameras in the smartphone industry. Pixel 4 XL continues that legacy. With a 12 MP primary lens and a 16 MP 2x telephoto lens at the back, the Pixel captures shots with great dynamic range, great sharpness, great detail. The color tone is on the cooler side though. The image processing capabilities and the HDR is unmatchable in the industry. Also, there is the night sight and astrophotography on the Pixel which is as good as it can get. The front camera on the other hand is a 8MP sensor with a good field of view.
The camera is a stunning one but the idea of putting a telephoto lens instead of a wide angle is not clear as a wide angle lens has more utility as compared to a telephoto one. Also, the video capabilities of the Pixel is just not as good as the, say, iPhone 11.
The Pixel 4 XL has some features unique to itself. First of all the top bezel of the phone houses a cluster of sensors including the selfie camera, infrared projector and receiver and a RADAR which is the first in any phone. The RADAR projects an invisible bubble of waves around it and can detect anything that is inside it. This technology is used in the only bio-metric way of logging in the phone. As soon as you reach for your phone to pick it up, it fires the infrared sensors and the camera for the face unlock. And let me tell you what, it’s blazing fast. Although it is not very secure as it can be fooled in many ways such as while sleeping someone can unlock your phone even with your eyes closed and someone who looks very identical to you can also open your device.
Other feature backed up by the RADAR is the music gesture control which is basically, you changing the track with a swipe of your palm above the screen. Alarms can also be dismissed in the same way.
The Pixel is the device that usually gets the android updates the fastest and has a the clean Android UI.
All-in-all I would recommend this device to you if you get it on a deal at a relatively low price.
The image samples were taken from dxomark.com