Pixel 5 Full Review! This Is A New Kind of Google Flagship

by birtanpublished on November 27, 2020

What's going on guys my name is wade with tech daily so two months ago google launched probably the best phone they've ever made the pixel 4a in a world where six and a half inch phones dominate it was a comfortable compact device a nice change of pace at 5.8 inches people i'm sure have grown tired of forking over a thousand dollars for a phone too so it's 350 price tag was also super enticing it technically was the sort of side step successor to the pixel 4

But also not really because it ended up feeling like a brand new device with a fresh design and different set of features and while google very well could have compromised with a lot on the pixel 4a it was still pretty much the complete package at the time i think the huge success of that phone likely inspired google to take on a new direction for their new flagship phone and that seems to be how we ended up with this the new pixel 5.

While in years past google would try and compete with the likes of samsung and apple and launching a high-end high-priced device this phone which is still technically google's highest end flagship is cheaper than in years past it's simpler and i consider it to be the first flagship google device that's made for the masses now i'll just say this up front that i really like this phone just like i liked the pixel 4a

And i'm going to talk about my experience with this device after using it now for more than a week but i also want to explain where i think this phone fits now in the sort of broader smartphone lineup as a whole how it compares to the pixel 4a and the pixel 4a 5g and most importantly if it's even something you should consider so right off the bat let's actually talk price the new pixel 5 comes in at 6.99 there's no other configuration options there's no xl

Model it's just one price for 128 gigs of storage and two colors sorta sage green which i have here and just black this certainly keeps things pretty simple and i think price wise it's also very attractive it's 100 cheaper than what the pixel 4 started at last year it beats the new iphone 12 it makes the flagship s20 line feel way overpriced but this late into the year now it does have some stiff competition the

S20 fe for example which has arguably better specs all around is actually priced the same and some carrier deals might even make that phone cheaper also google's own lineup now has a few more cheaper options too like i said it now includes the pixel 4a at 349 and the 4a 5g at 4.99 so google somehow simultaneously cut the price of their flagship phone while also introducing some compelling alternatives to it but with all that being said

I do still think the pixel 5 is priced right i do think it's still competitive even given its specs and features and i actually think there's enough here to differentiate it from google's new lineup as well so let's now talk about what exactly makes this phone stand out physically the pixel 5 is made from recycled aluminum it's metal housing is nicer than the plastic of the four a's and more durable than glass and the light texture coating gives it some grip too one thing to note though is that the

Coating actually hides the fact that the entire back isn't actually metal you can kind of feel out where the center is plastic to allow for wireless charging and reverse wireless charging to go through it's great that those features are there though and you wouldn't even know that it isn't a uniform metal rear back anyway and the phone is still ip68 water and dust resistant as well at exactly 6 inches the pixel 5 is also a great size it's a little bit bigger than the 4a but

Interestingly enough the 4a 5g is bigger than this at 6.2 inches so that's a little strange but in the hand it's compact it's comfortable it fits well in your pocket and this new pixel 5 also offers a refreshed screen design and that makes use of every square inch there's no notch there's no big top bezel it's a corner to corner screen with a simple corner camera cut out as well and if you're familiar with the pixel line you might realize that this

Change eliminates all those sort of experimental sensors from project solely there's no motion sense or radars or anything like that and to be honest i don't know that those were ever worthwhile additions to the pixel 4. also this pixel 5 sort of takes a step back but i consider this move a positive google re-added the rear fingerprint sensor and dropped face unlock nowadays this setup is obviously more convenient than ever it's the same fast

Accurate fingerprint sensor you would expect it's certainly a welcome change one physical change i actually think that was a negative is what google did with the speaker setup the pixel 5 offers dual stereo sound there's the single speaker down below by the charging port and a secondary speaker in the earpiece but unlike the pixel 4a where the earpiece was a small slit with a speaker grille the pixel 5 has the earpiece and speaker combo totally under the display this means that unfortunately this secondary

Speaker i don't think is as good as it could be it doesn't get as loud it's not as crisp it is still stereo sound but google probably should have just kept things simple here just stick to what works best the six inch screen on the pixel 5 at first glance isn't anything too groundbreaking

It's a 2340×1080 oled display with a decent pixel density actually at 432 pixels per inch since it is that more compact size it's covered in the newer stronger gorilla glass 6 so in theory this phone should be even more durable the pixel 4as only get gorilla glass 3. and on its own it's a fine viewing experience the real added bonus here though with this phone is actually the 90 hertz high refresh rate option this i think is what makes the viewing

Experience but more so the user experience stand out most this is not something you get on the pixel 4as it's not something you get really on too many other phones at this price point like samsung's a71 5g or even the iphone 12s and to be honest i think it should be considered a selling point for this phone in particular compared to the rest of the smartphones on the market the oneplus nord does get 90 hertz as well the s20 fe actually has 120 hertz but i think well into 2021 high refresh

Rate will finally be standard on a lot more phones in that 500 to 700 price range and i consider google now to be a company trying to get this feature into the hands of more people at a more affordable price point with this phone i don't know that the average consumer will go out of their way to get a high refresh rate phone right now but experiencing just how fast how smooth and how responsive this phone is with that option is probably something that will influence

People to jump on board i know i have seen the light with 90 hertz and 120 hertz refresh rates and i'd much rather have that versus qhd resolution for example the super smooth and super responsive feel of the high refresh rate screen paired with google's well-optimized software of course yields probably one of the best overall android experiences on any device this phone ships with android 11 it's of course very much google centered the software experience alone i think is still why a lot of people gravitate

Towards these pixel devices but it would be a bit unfair of me to praise all of that while ignoring the maybe less than ideal specs google packed inside on paper the pixel 5 is powered by the snapdragon 765 g chipset 8 gigabytes of ram and 128 gigs of ufs 2.1 storage which by the way is all you get there's no sd card expansion here now i don't think the 765g was the worst choice in the world i've done side-by-side comparisons with the s20 fe for example which has the

Snapdragon 865 and the difference while noticeable i don't think is drastic eight gigs of ram in my opinion is plenty considering that google has a lot more control over optimizing that software sort of similar to how apple does it with less ram on the iphone but the older internal storage option is a bit of a bummer that slows things down a bit and it's actually quite a leap back when you consider a lot of android phones now shipped with ufs 3.0 and even samsung's 3.1

Collectively there's nothing about the specs that makes for a less optimal experience everything from casual social media scrolling to heavy gaming feels great and i do think that app management actually is done better on the pixel 5 when compared to some other devices i found this phone just kept a lot more stuff running current in the background but objectively you just don't get as good of specs for the money when compared to some other devices

And the pixel 4a 5g has the same snapdragon 765g processor inside just with six gigs of ram instead of eight so that only adds to the competitiveness within google's own lineup if you're strictly looking at specs all in all i just wish google took maybe one more additional step in offering a more powerful device on paper and a more different device spec wise when compared to the 4a 5g actually one thing that really

Surprised me about performance was battery life on the pixel 5. the 4080mah battery inside is a decent size when looking at capacity alone but in real world use i never had an issue getting through the day with usually 30 or more battery remaining for me that's six to seven hours of screen time at least though i don't always push my phones too hard the only critique i have is just that the included 18 watt fast charger and 18 watt max charging speed while good enough it is

A bit behind the times when other companies have pushed for 25 and even 45 watt charging speeds now finally let's talk cameras and for the first time in a while we have something new here the rear setup has two lenses the 12 megapixel main shooter which has been used for a number of years now but a new 16 megapixel ultra wide something google laughed at just a year ago when it suggested telephoto was more useful but i guess they changed their mind up front it's the same 8 megapixel selfie camera

And if there were ever an example that defines the idea that specs are not everything the pixel of course would be it if you're just looking for the straight answer yes the pixel 5 i think is still one of if not the best picture takers out of every smartphone available google's software puts in a ton of work to yield a well-optimized shot no matter the condition and the wide angle is useful sorry google it's just the better option

Versus telephoto you still get some zoom capabilities anyway if you need to use that and with selfies the pixel blows away the competition with just the amount of detail it preserves in every shot and with portrait modes in particular the edge detection is nearly perfect but i do think that this is likely the final year where google can rely solely on all of its software tricks and image processing to produce its good looking results other phones like the s20 and the note 20 ultra

And now the iphone 12 pro all have incorporated more hardware to better analyze and interpret scenes their lenses can likely take in more light they can make more use of camera tech rather than software tricks is this still the best phone for snapping a simple pick when you get the most detail the most true to life color the best dynamic range yes i think so but i also think looking ahead it is time for google to finally make some

Drastic changes to the hardware in order to stay on top so here are my final thoughts on the pixel 5. this was 100 the right move for google this phone is a great value for the price it's competitive in its space but at the same time i consider the pixel 4a and pixel 4a 5g to potentially be even better deals based on what you have value wise the 90 hertz display is a selling point on this phone with this price tag the phone is still one of the best for

Pictures its refreshed design makes it look modern and it's nearly the complete package with none of the extra gimmicks that might have otherwise driven up the price unnecessarily or maybe turned away the average consumer if this is the direction google continues to go in abandoning the flagship space and offering super competitive reasonably priced well-rounded devices i'm all for it i just think they are maybe still a half step away from being

Totally there so there you go those are all of my thoughts on the new pixel 5. what do you guys think about this phone definitely let me know in the comments down below i'd love to know your thoughts of course but hopefully you guys did enjoy this video be sure to follow tech daily on twitter and subscribe to the tech daily youtube channel if you haven't already and i'll see you guys later

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