Google Pixel 4 – Hands on Review with Google’s Flagship Snapper

10/16/2019     Author: Billy Gray

After months of rumors – most of which were mostly already confirmed – the Pixel 4 is in our hands. It looks a lot like we expected it to – here’s the review.


We’ve been seeing the rumors and leaks come in from Google and other reputable sources for some time now, and finally, the Google Pixel 4 is here to strut its stuff. The smartphone comes with some incredible features, and of course, the camera has taken a whopper of an upgrade.

Aside from the camera upgrade, the Pixel 4 is rocking a fair few hardware updates and is certainly a more formidable phone for it. It does have to be pointed out that Google hasn’t exactly upgraded much more in their latest flagship – the design is pretty much the same as the Pixel 3, although there are some cool new features.

In this post, we’ll take a look at Google’s new handset and consider whether or not it’s worth you spending your hard-earned cash on the device.

Google Pixel 4 – An Introduction

Google’s Pixel line has been something that the tech community has looked forward to for four years now. A new installment is released each year and it always comes with raving reviews. The Pixel 3 has, up to this point, been considered one of, if not the best smartphone for taking pictures on the market today.

We’ve been looking forward to the Pixel 4 taking the crown and carrying on Google’s camera dominance with the introduction of a whole new camera lens and updated hardware inside the device. This is on top of the machine learning AI software which made the Pixel 3 such an incredible photo snapping device.

Google’s Pixel 4 doesn’t completely remake the Pixel 3. In many ways it has kept to the same formula. First of all, the design is remarkably similar, which might come as a burn to some users who were excited to see something new. That being said, the device still has charm, and the camera bump will certainly arouse interest – it’s the first time that Google has used more than one rear camera on a smartphone.

Pixel 4 Design

The design of the Pixel 4 is nice, but as mentioned, it’s very similar to the Pixel 3. The device is a respectable 5.7-inches, which means that it sits comfortably in the hand, while also offers a large enough display to stream videos on Netflix and YouTube without having to squint your eyes just to see what’s going on.

The display has a large bezel on the bottom, as well as one on the top of the device, which doesn’t give it the most state-of-the-art look. It also has a metal frame around the edges, which gives it a solid and sturdy feel and certainly makes you aware that it’s not just going to fall apart.

The back of the device is an odd one. It’s not made of metal or glass like many of the flagship smartphones on the market today, but rather, it has a rubberized coating to finish. This gives the device tremendous grip and will ensure that it doesn’t ever slip out of your hand or off of a table. It’s a clever touch, although, it does give the phone less of a premium feel. It’s a sure case of practicality over aesthetics, which is something that won’t please everyone, but certainly will please some.

Pixel 4 Camera

The biggest selling point of the Pixel 4 is likely to be the updated camera. The camera has always been the top feature of the Google Pixel range, and the Pixel 4 introduces more than one camera lens for the first time on a Google phone.

The two cameras – which consist of a 12MP main sensor and a 16Mp wide-angle lens – are grouped together along with a flash and some other sensors in a square camera block on the top left of the rear of the device. It’s a similar look to the iPhone 11, although still manages to be unique.

The results of the updated camera are more than welcome. You can take some fantastic pictures with the wide-angle lens, although it doesn’t update the quality of the main sensor – this is something that is gradually updated through Android updates.

Still, the camera has added some new shooting modes as well. For example, you can now use Dual Exposure, which allows you to independently manage the brightness levels in the foreground and background. This means that you can keep something like a sunset in the background, while not reducing your subjects in the foreground to nothing more than mere shadows.

You can also use Astrophotography Mode, which allows you to take photos of the stars and the galaxies in a non-light polluted area. The camera will take 15 long exposure shots when it is perfectly supported in place and the results are stunning photos of the night sky that you’ve never been able to get with a smartphone before. It’s an incredible feature that fans of the night sky will love.

What’s on the inside?

The Pixel 4 is rocking a hefty 6GB of RAM, which is the first update to RAM in a Pixel phone so far. It’s not on-par with the 8 and 12GB RAM smartphones coming out of China at the moment, but it’s more than enough to handle any task you throw at it with a decent speed.

On top of this, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset – the best of the Google chipsets right now, meaning that you can rely on the device to get the job done.

The phone unlocks with facial recognition – whereas before you used a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone – which is easy to use and works through the front-facing camera.

The verdict

In all, the Google Pixel 4 is a meaty smartphone with a stunning camera and a respectable lineup of inner hardware. The cool features that come with the device are in keeping with the ‘fun’ nature of most Google products. If you’re looking for a good smartphone for a mid-range price, then the Pixel 4 is a solid option. At $799, it’s a fairly-priced flagship from the world’s leading tech company.

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