Pixel 5 is the phone that Google should launch in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Major device faults as defined everyone The Pixel phone is not present here since the original.
For Forbes’ YouTube channel in my hands, I was cautious not to praise too much over the phone that was held for a day or two before the shooting. I have just taken it for less than two weeks and the usually unavoidable PixelProblem ™ aced has not surfaced yet. Browsing Reddit and Facebook group say that the owners of the new Pixel 5 are also happy with their purchase.
Google’s Pixel 5 has just landed, but is it any good? See my review here.
There are still early days, of course. Memory management issues in the Pixel 3 took about a month to surface. The Bluetooth connectivity problem in Pixel Buds was not known until a few weeks after its release.
But the early signs are good. Better than good, they are impressive. Why is it that a pedestrian, non-attractive phone stands out once a year when literal foldable glass is a thing? I suspect this is because Google has stopped – and the basics -. For example, Pixel 5’s battery life is outstanding. The best I’ve used in a very long time.
My current battery figures show that a full charge lasts for 1 day and 9 hours, but I have experienced 48 hours with no charge and barely dipped into single digits of battery percentage. My screen usage figures – since the last full charge – control the screen tapping time of 4 hours and 19 minutes, with the current battery level of 47% on the device. I would conservatively say that I could comfortably get six or seven hours of intense screen usage, including a fair bit of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is seriously impressive. Rick Osterloh’s intervention has clearly paid off.
To achieve this, Google has bumped the size of the battery (4080mAh) and features the flagship Pixel 4 like the Soli Radar chip, meaning that there is no face unlock and no gesture control. I miss the former, the latter less. The Pixel 5 is also lighter, thinner and has a smaller screen than its predecessor. But, most importantly, it uses a more powerful efficient processor.
From excellent still photography and dramatically improved video options, to battery life and recycled content design, Google has not botched the phone in any obvious way. This is clearly less frequent, but longtime Android fans know that an impeccable pixel phone – with its camera technology and supporting capabilities – has always been a potential contender for the top smartphone award, even the most Even against future rival rivals. But it has never reached those heights until now.
Other reviewers have noted that the Google flagship is a fairly secure, unexpected phone. This is true to an extent, but the Google handset has a vow factor – mostly in assistants. The new Hold for Me feature, which you handle when placing it with a customer service representative, is a stroke of genius. As a live caption, the mute video transcription service is baked into volume menus, duplexes, call screenings and more. There is more to come with future feature drops.
These are not gimmicks or party tricks, but innovations that actually save real, tangible time in your day-to-day life. Smartphones were made to be the ultimate convenience machines, but they have gradually become a problem of your time. So far, both Google and Apple have invested in “digital wellbeing” initiatives to help you break free from the screen. Google’s inventions go some way towards resolving that imbalance.
All this is happening at a new low price for the Google flagship. It is competing – and beating against the best of Apple and Samsung’s technology at the low price point – in still image photography. It has truly unique, futuristic – and useful – features through Google Assistant and it nails the core elements of what we want from a phone. I’m not sure you can ask for more.
The phone is not without its problems, though. The under-screen top speaker sounds bad when playing music and it becomes inoperative when making a phone call. Google has not really outgrew its camera hardware (aside from adding a new ultra wide lens) and still image results are similar to previous pixel generations. However, most of my grip is small. They do not define the device in the same way as the battery life for the Pixel 4 did, or the memory management problems for the Pixel 3 did.
As much as I enjoyed using the Galaxy Z Fold 2, it always felt like a happy holiday. And, unfortunately, the holiday has to end because two weeks of enjoyment is not a realistic or practical way of living your life. The size, price, and constant need for the power of the Z Fold 2 is smaller, lighter, and longer-lasting than Google’s phone offers. Readers who have clung to my stories over the years will know that I always juggle for a budget phone that overshoots, because that is the true value for money for me. The Pixel phone has always promised to do so, and some of its older Nexus phones did before the piste, but the Pixel 5 Does Achieve exactly that. It can continue for a long time.