It's big as my Pixel 1 that had 5" screen ;)
Idle battery life so far is great, good sound when taking call (a bit "bassy" due to the speaker being behind glass), it charges slowly when not using PD charger and the camera is good - especially when I am taking pics of my dog that is black (on a Pixel you can see fur, on Xperia it was just underexposed black painting no matter what I did ... well the only thing that fixed it was to turn on flashlight).
I switched stereo speakers, dedicated camera button and faster SOC Xperia to Pixel, and I am perfectly OK with it, because the phone was not yet able to frustrate me as Sony often did.
So IMHO a good phone, not exceptional value or anything like my Realme 6 I use for work is, but the Bose headphones I will receive, will make it into even sweeter experience.
If they finally ditch the ancient camera sensors next year, I will be seriously interested in upgrading to Pixel 6.
You can buy S20+ for the same price, maybe even less
Damn, the camera performance somehow feels worse than it used to be.
The photos look absolutely stunning let be honest. IMX 363 might be old, but as Marc Levoy pointed out there has been no pivotal changes in sensor tech only incremental ones. Camera is all about the software, in the Pixel 5 photos I see consistency. Exposure, details, white balance and low light are the best I have seen. Sure there are advantages to have a bigger sensor but there are also disadvantages like focusing. Google has dramatically improved the battery life and video quality this year which is a big win for us.
Is the battery test based on 4g use or 5g? It's not mentioned. Presumably using 5g uses more battery but you haven't addressed that at all in the review.
Anonymous, 25 Oct 2020Pixel 4 = better design Can you please compare the fingerprint behavior between Pixel 5 and Samsung Galaxy S20FE? Which one works faster and more reliable?
no test of google specific features either btw. like thr assistant taking calls for you/holds for you and so on.. it seems amazing
I remember GSMARENA posted "Google Pixel 5 in for review" weeks ago, I waited and waited, then here it is, half a review. At least I had the battery life test that I cared about.
IMO it's a really decent phone, maybe not be the best bang for bucks but still a really good option but I think Google should also release an all out phone even if cost near $1000 and should really work on hardware their hardware usually has some kind issue
What is the battery endurance rating when the smooth display is turned off? (60hz)
Over rated and others have long caught up. Even LG Wing took better lowlight images in my eyes
Anonymous, 25 Oct 2020Where's the audio test and performance? Just saying in summary "loud speakers" ... moreWho gives a shit about speakers on a phone? Nobody. Google knows that. You either have headphones on or it's on vibrate at work
As others have said, nothing special. It's weird that it feels like the 4a 5G would tick more boxes for someone who wants the basics (stereo speakers, headphone jack, dual cam, and solid-enough battery).
Google's going in the right direction. If they want to succeed next year, they should do:
Pixel 5a with Snapdragon 690 (makes no sense to give it the same processor as the 'flagship')
Pixel 6 with a 775 and 6.0" display
Pixel 6 XL with the same as above but with a 6.7" display
But the 'flagships' need to come with 3 cameras, some bezel to house dual selfie cams again, FRONT-FACING stereo speakers, and the return of unlimited cloud photos storage. Make them come with all that while pricing it well and I can see Pixel finally bringing in some solid devices.
I would really like that staff from GSMarena take pictures from standard locations from where they take pictures with all other smartphones. This way we really can not compare them side by side with Pixel device. Otherwise good and objective review as always.
This particular phone is wanted for two things : Stock experience and Camera.
So i have 2 questions for GSMarena crew:
1) Why Pixel shots in general are in a Different location? Presumably outside Europe (Following the vivid atmosphere there)
- Other devices like Xiaomi's or Onepluses/ Samsungs are i believe in Sofia (Bulgaria) so we can easily compare ourselves with our amateur or proficient knowledge of photography?
2) Why there is always an underline or a biased text when reviewing a Pixel or a Google phone of the late era towards IN A NEGATIVE WAY?
-The Subtle "Never settle" shirt, passively aggressive |not being impressed by anything that this device offers" which happened way to many times in recent years.
Pixel 5 is a Great phone, i mean great.
Form factor, Simplicity, Saves time and money and will be More consistent and More secure By A MILE then other android device.
And You should emphasize that. That isn't a small feat.
Improving software is important. Same or more then hardware.
I'd love to buy this but I only just got the 4a.