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Review: Google Pixel 5 5G – An easy pick

Review: Google Pixel 5 5G is a phone that is quite easy to fall in love with, Even a low speed processor, provided you give it a chance. 
4.7/5 - (15 votes)

Google smartphones are unfortunately not officially available in many European countries. The latest Pixel can be bought in one of the electronics stores, but because he himself is responsible for import, it is much more expensive than in the West. Comparing to price, which, looking at the specification, is almost an absurd price. More or less a thousand zlotys cheaper we will buy Pixel on the German Amazon with delivery to Poland. It’s still a lot, so it turns out that Pixel 5 is simply expensive. The question is whether it offers enough to justify such a high price. Especially since it looks like Google with the launch of the Model 5has once again changed the policy regarding its smartphones. The Google Pixel 4a 5G and 4 XL models are at the moment the last devices with a flagship processor, in 5 it was decided to use the mid-range Snapdragon 765 5G. This is a very efficient unit, but not a flagship. The history of the line, however, proves that optimization and software are more important than the processor, and here Google is the champion. It is similar with photos. Looking at the number of pixels in the matrices, you can only smile with pity. The software, however, can work wonders and the end result is often breathtaking. So let’s see if this is the case in this model and if Google Pixel 5 5G is able to explain its price a bit.

Google Pixel 5 5G  – Specification

Performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Display 6.0 inches (15.24 cm)
Storage 128 GB
Camera 12.2 MP + 16 MP
Battery 4080 mAh
Price US$699.00
Ram 8 GB, 8 GB
Launch Date 2020, October 15

 

Design and style

The dimensions of Pixel 5 are 144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm (with a screen diagonal of 6 inches), and the weight is 151 g. The smartphone is therefore slightly smaller than Pixel 4 which has a 5.7 inch screen. In the five, however, we do not have a large forehead that destroys the symmetry, and the frames are equal on all sides. The selfie camera is traditionally hidden this time in a small hole in the upper left corner. Pixel is also thin, which is all the more commendable as the battery is finally of a decent size. With such dimensions, Pixel 5 is perfectly in the hand, can be operated with one hand, and at the same time it works very well when browsing the Internet, watching movies or YouTube.

The backs and frame are made of aluminum, but covered with a layer of matte material that is pleasant to touch and does not collect fingerprints. There is an induction tray hidden under it, so the phone supports this type of charging despite the use of aluminum. Two colors are available – mint and black. On the lower edge we have one of the two speakers and a USB-C input. The right side is the volume and power button, there is nothing on the top, the SIM tray is on the left side, the phone also supports eSIM. The back is a square with lenses slightly protruding above the housing and a fingerprint reader. Writing nicely, the phone is made in an aesthetic of tasteful, unobtrusive minimalism. So it doesn’t really stand out with anything special, but it definitely gains when you pick it up.

 

The display

The screen is a 6-inch unit made in OLED technology, with adaptive 90Hz refreshing, HDR10 + support, with FHD + resolution, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 432 ppi and an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. It is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protective glass. There is no notification LED, but information displayed on a blank screen. AoD shows us notifications from every application, from this level we can also control music, for example. 

The viewing angles are excellent, the colors are brilliant, strong and deep, the minimum and maximum brightness is great. And everything is incredibly smooth, which is definitely a mix of 90Hz refresh and perfect optimization. In the display settings, we can choose colors (natural, enhanced, adaptive), styles and wallpapers, dark mode and screen activity (it will not turn off when we look at it).

Specification / Operating System

Pixel 5 is powered by an 8-core Snapdragon 765G processor (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime; 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold; 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver) with an Adreno 620 GPU, supporting 5G networks. It has 8 GB of RAM to help, the built-in memory is 128 GB. In AnTuTu Benchmark, the phone reached 305,177 points. With top processors achieving results of over 600 thousand. This point may not seem like much, but the Pixel 5 proves that numbers are not everything. The impressions of using this device are absolutely top. Smoothness is unattainable for other Android smartphones with more powerful processors. For several days, I did not encounter any, even the slightest cut or slowdown. And it’s not about simple page scrolling or running programs. For example, it is fantastic to navigate through the photo application, save photos and move between individual lenses smoothly and not jump (which is common in the Android world). Keeping tabs in memory is also excellent, the phone is great for games (tested on PUBG).

The sound comes out well thanks to the stereo speakers. However, I must note that the Pixel 4 , with which I could compare the Pixel 5 , sounds better – the sound is definitely deeper and richer. It is the same on wireless headphones and in both cases very well.

The phone meets the IP68 standard. GPS works flawlessly, thanks to NFC we will pay for contactless use, the quality of calls is very good. Unfortunately, Google has not decided to implement face unlocking in this model. We can only do this with a fingerprint reader. In Pixel 4 , we do not have a reader, and there is only advanced face unlock. In times of pandemic and face masks, the reader is more convenient, but when, for example, we put the phone in the car holder, we have a problem. Maybe Google will add this functionality in some update, or maybe in Pixel 6 we will see the possibility of unlocking in both ways …

The communication package includes: 5G, LTE, eSIM, dual band WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD. Location is realized using: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS. The set of sensors are: accelerometer, proximity, lights, magnetometer, gyroscope, barometer, gravity, fingerprint reader.

Pixel 5 runs on the latest, clean Android 11, at the time of writing with the latest January security features. We can change styles and wallpapers, there is a dark mode, night lighting, gestures, music recognition. Compared to the 4’s, there is no longer any squeeze on the phone to trigger various functions, but I don’t think many people miss this solution. Of course, third-party overlays offer more features, but for me personally, it has exactly what I need.   

Google Pixel 5 5G - our first impressions

Camera Photos and video

The camera set includes:

  • main lens 12.2 MP, f / 1.7, 27mm, 1 / 2.55 “, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS;
  • wide angle 16 MP, f / 2.2, 107˚, 1.0μm;
  • Selfie 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm.

The zoom is performed digitally and its maximum value is not very impressive 7x. We have Night Mode, Portrait Mode, Camera, Movie, Panorama, Spherical Mode and Google Lens. We can save photos in RAW format, there is no professional mode.

Pixel 5 shines above all in the portrait photo category. Such a fantastic background blur and foreground cut-off, in my opinion, is not found in any other Android phone, and the photos can be safely called delightful. In city photography, Pixel 5 has a very realistic color scheme, which will appeal to rather sophisticated users. A large number of people, however, will certainly like the curled and colored photos from Samsung more. It’s just a very individual matter, and if the photos are not enough colorful for someone, they will improve everything with one button in the editor. I have no objections to the quality of the photos. The wide angle is impressive in terms of the amount of details. The night mode works “discreetly”, slightly sharpening the shots, in a few cases I would like its interference with photography to be a bit greater. The selfie photos are very nice, the background blur and the portrait mode look great as well.

We will record videos in the highest resolution of 4K 60 FPS, in FHD we can choose the option for the phone to decide on the number of frames. The quality of the movies is amazing. In my opinion, this is the biggest difference between Pixel 4 and 5 . It was good there, but it’s even better here. The stabilization is simply insane, also in the highest resolution. The voice is collected very well, and the recordings are full of details. Focus is kept perfectly.       

Sample pictures:

Battery life

The cell has a capacity of 4080 mAh. Finally, one would like to write. Because, for example, the larger Pixel 4 has a 2800 mAh battery and it is definitely its biggest weakness. In the perfectly optimized Pixel 5, the link will easily last on average two days of use – less if we play intensively and more if we use the phone less often. Working times on a single charge oscillate from 6 hours up. It takes just over an hour to charge it with the 18W charger. We can also charge the phone inductively (12W), it also supports 5W reverse charging.  

Google Pixel 5 5G – Conclusion 

Pixel 5 is a phone that is quite easy to fall in love with, provided you give it a chance. So it will not be deleted at the start because of the processor with not top performance. When you pick it up and start using it, the magic will work: speed, smoothness, beautiful screen, fantastic photos, very good audio, great working time on a single charge, practical execution. In this phone we will not find goodies in the form of 100xzoom or recording in 8K, we will get a charger for it and I definitely prefer this option. The price for this device is undoubtedly high, but this is probably one of the few cases when I can say that I know what I am paying for. Though, of course, I’d rather pay less. 

Who is Pixel 5 for :

  • Conscious Android users
  • People who need the highest quality photos
  • Often recording movies
  • People who like slim, handy smartphones
  • Demanding waterproof
  • Needing inductive charging
  • Using e-SIM
  • Who appreciate the symmetry of the device

Who is Pixel 5 for :

  • People requiring a mini-jack output for headphones
  • People who require a top processor
  • People who like very large phones

Advantages of Google Pixel 5 5G

  • Great ergonomics
  • Perfect performance
  • Pure Android
  • Great screen
  • Waterproof
  • Inductive charging
  • Long working time on a single charge
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5G support
  • ESIM support

Disadvantages of Google Pixel 5 5G

  • High price
  • No mini-jack input
  • Unable to unlock the phone by face

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