The Good Display The 5.5-inch Quad HD screen’s wide Quad HD resolution is absolutely beautiful, with vivid colors and deep blacks. Cameras No flagship phone comes close to the camera performance of the Pixel. It may not have optical image stabilization, but it takes high-quality pictures with a narrow depth of field and a wide field of view. Battery life The phone’s 3020mAh battery lasts a day. The Not So Good Hardware There are issues here, with the all-aluminum construction feeling less premium than the glass front and back. Software Android’s interface is starting to feel stale and is left behind by other manufacturers, like Huawei. Design Aside from the glass back and rear, the Pixel 5 is a handsome, high-quality design.
source Avery Hartmans/Business Insider Without any major improvements, the main camera on the Pixel 5 and 5S performs about the same as it did on their predecessor, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which was already one of the best smartphone cameras available. On paper, the two new phones have the same resolution 12.2-megapixel camera sensor and 12.2-megapixel telephoto lens – both manufactured by Sony – as their predecessors. The standard 12.2-megapixel camera module, which comes with the Pixel 5 and 5S, has an f/1.8 lens aperture and an f/2.2 sensor, which should be good enough for taking sharp photos in well-lit environments. The Pixel 5 has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Pixel 5 and 5S are capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second.
A 3220mAh battery helps keep the Pixel 3 a little shorter on the power cord than other recent Pixel phones – it last for about 11 hours and 13 minutes with continuous Wi-Fi streaming. The Pixel 3 XL matches that for the same performance. While not as long as a comparable iPhone 8 Plus or Galaxy Note 9, it’s still plenty to get you through a full day without charging. Call Quality The Pixel 3 has clearer sound quality than previous Google phones. Google did tweak its phone’s dynamics to produce less wind noise when you talk, though. Its larger frame means you also won’t get the tinny sound of previous Pixel devices, though – so if you use them while exercising, you may get wind noise.
The 5.0-inch display on the Pixel 5 is significantly less impressive than that of the 5.1-inch Pixel 2 XL. While the two phones use a similar 2:1 aspect ratio, they are not physically identical. That said, the Pixel 5 does look better than the 5.2-inch LG V30 or 6-inch Samsung Galaxy S9+. The 18:9 aspect ratio creates a great balance between a slim bezel and a display that wraps nearly all the way around the phone’s front. In the Google Pixel 3, Google has implemented a double-take feature that uses the extra screen real estate to show a clock or a small set of tips. It’s an effective and cost-effective way to present useful information without taking up the full viewable display area. There are also some clever technology tricks to make the display less reflective when viewed outside.
A cleanly constructed aluminum frame punctuated with gently curving glass and a light-catching polished glass back make the Pixel 5 feel premium. As a single-lens camera flagship, it’s no surprise that the Pixel is made of aluminum. However, to the chagrin of some, it has an uncomfortable diamond-cut pattern on its back, which has the appearance of a rivet job. It’s quite attractive, but at times it’s weirdly jarring. The design team at Google deserves credit for conceiving a low-profile camera array that occupies the front of the phone. On the 5S, that setup was squeezed into the top edge of the phone with the camera covered by a thick, glass domed “flat” piece of plastic. The 5S uses a camera that has the appearance of a fairly recent Android flagship, like the Google Pixel 2.
The Google Pixel 5 is available now, priced at $649.99. The Verizon-exclusive Pixel 5S will be available for $769.99. You can read our review of the smaller 5-inch phone here, and our review of the larger 5.5-inch phone here.
This is the Google smartphone du jour: a sort of response to the iPhone XS/XR, P20 Pro, and the increasingly compelling Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but with a commitment to making its own devices with its own special software tweaks. At its most extreme, you’ve got the Pixel 3 XL, with its screen notch, its facial recognition issues, its lack of an official headphone jack, and a camera that seems at least one generation behind the current leaders. At its less extreme, the Pixel 3 has its clean and well-designed Android interface, its performance, and its impressive camera, but a phone that’s not as powerful, and doesn’t support some key features.