Google released its flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4Xl last year, but the audiences didn’t well receive these devices. People were disappointed by what Google had offered, and sales growth was down compared to the previous models. Though Google had shipped more smartphones last year than Oneplus in terms of numbers, this growth is solely because of the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a Xl, which were a success. We decided to take a step back and look at what Google had placed before us and if it’s worth buying a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 Xl in 2020.
Both the devices boast of the latest processor with the base version of 6GB Ram and 64 Gb internal. While the 6gb ram is enough to perform the day to day task, in could argue that a flagship device should have Internal storage of more than 64GB since google has removed the unlimited storage option on Google photos for Pixel users. Google introduced the motion sensor radar on the Pixel 4 Xl, which was also not well received by the fans. People found it very clumsy to use, and the technology needed to be more defined. Well, for the camera quality, Google les no stone unturned, and their cameras are the best performer when it comes to photography. Though they lack a wide-angle lens, it covers that up by performing extraordinarily other modes. Google has failed to improve on the market standard of videography. Both the devices shoot 4K at 30fps while there are cheaper devices with better functionality. One could also argue about the considerable bezel on the front, but it becomes insignificant after some time; for media consumption, it is a perfect display with a stunning OLED panel and vibrant colors.
Customers have complained about the battery life of the device, which is not on par with the other flagships, and motion sensor radar consumes more than its usefulness. Google had failed to optimize apps according to the device, but the quick charge usually tops it up in no time. In India, the device is still pretty expensive, whereas outside India, the market rate has dropped by $200 hence making it worth the price, but the question remains, should you buy it in India? To put it simply, Google was not happy how the device was received, planning to make significant changes in Pixel 5, which will be released by the end of 2020. Though if you are looking to but a mid-range phone right now, you should probably wait for the Google Pixel 4a, which will feature the same camera set-up from the flagship and will perform equally well cutting on some cost. And yes, Pixel 4 or 4XL is still a pretty good device and can deliver on par with the other flagships. It just ticks all the boxes but isn’t able to surprise a customer. People have become used to with satisfactory devices and want to see something different maybe that’s why Pixel 4 and 4 XL weren’t well received. It will be interesting to see how Google responds to its users and how it surprises them with their next device.