Google’s Pixel 4 again demonstrates computational photography can deliver amazing picture quality. On the Pixel 4, this is further enhanced with a seperate telephoto camera which enhances the SuperRes Zoom. The 8X digital zoom is way clearer than the Pixel 3 XL. With the telephoto serving as a secondary camera, bokeh effects look more natural too.
Astrophotography could be fun but it may not be that useful for most users which lives in brightly lit cities. Again missing are options like white balance, ISO settings. Google should have enabled manual exposure and controls allow users to adjust it for shooting light trails etc.
I like the Pixel 4’s dual exposure control and Live HDR+. This feature really helps when you need to take picture of an object and background which has a huge contrast difference. With the dual exposure controls, the front can be lit up and background adjusted accordingly for the perfect picture.
When it comes to a smartphone, battery life is utmost importance. I don’t understand why Google chose to use a 2800 mAH battery instead. In our test, a full charge took around 1 hr 40 mins.
The battery lasted around 1 day 5 hrs with light usage mainly on benchmarking, facebook and speedtest. In actual fact, from the first full charge to 1% remaining, it took around 1 day and 10 minutes.
Google Pixel 4 has a single physical SIM slot and supports eSIM. Accessing the engineering menu shows that the phone, just like the Google Pixel 3a, has two IMEI numbers. It supports Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS). So, if you need to use two numbers, you might need to check with your telco if they can support eSIM on the Pixel 4 / 4 XL. VoLTE support is also missing for local telcos. So far, it seems that Starhub may have VoLTE support on the Pixel 4.
In Conclusion, Pixel 4 is a worthy upgrade for those who wants regular updates. The camera also takes amazing night shots but the lack of manual controls might turn people away. As for Face unlock, Google has indicated that they will ensure that the face unlock won’t unlock with eyes shut in a future update to the software.
- Night photography
- Live HDR+ , Dual Exposure controls
- Live Caption
- Water and Dust Resistance
- Weak battery life
- No Wide angle camera
- Performance 10
- Design 10
- Features 10
- Usability 10
- Value for money 8
- Score : 9.6 / 10