Google Pixel 4 XL: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● October 22, 2019

Google Pixel 4 XL

  • Are you thinking of buying a Google Pixel 4 XL? Here are some of the Google Pixel 4 XL pros and cons for you to consider before buying one.

Google revealed that its flagship smartphone for 2019 is the Pixel 4 and the larger-sized version is called the Pixel 4 XL. The Pixel 4 XL — which is the successor to the Google Pixel 3 XL — is packed with some powerful hardware and has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market again this year. To help you decide whether to buy one, here are the Google Pixel 4 XL pros and cons:

Pro: Beautiful Design

The Google Pixel 4 XL was designed in a way that looks similar to the Pixel 2. There is a large top bezel and a thin bottom bezel. The back of the Pixel 4 was built with glass and a soft matte texture. The larger display on the Google 4 XL also makes watching videos and playing games much more immersive.

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Pro: Ambient EQ

The Ambient EQ feature adjusts the color temperature based on your surroundings to make looking at the display easier on the eyes.

Pro: Google Assistant Looks Better

On the Pixel 4 XL, the Google Assistant digital assistant feature has a new user interface. It looks much cleaner than before. The updated Google Assistant features better on-device speech processing.

Pro: Always-on Notifications

One of the most underrated features on the Google Pixel 4 XL is always-on notifications.

Pro: Superior Camera

The Google Pixel line of devices are best known for having the most superior cameras on the market and this year is no exception. The zoomed lens combines the optical zoom with Google’s Super Res Zoom digital zooming feature. And it is able to take high-quality photos even while at the maximum zoom.

Pro: Live HDR Plus

The Google HDR feature has been improved with the new Live HDR Plus feature. This provides better color and lighting accuracy.

Pro: Astrophotography

The Pixel 4 Night Sight feature has a new mode called “Astrophotography.” This feature allows you to take better photos of the sky at night.

Pro: Soli Sensors

The top of the Pixel 4 XL houses Google’s new “Soli” radar-based facial recognition technology. This feature scans faces faster than other smartphones. And the Soli sensors works with motion-gesture controls for several apps. And the controls include answering phone calls by flicking your wrist in the air and silecing phone calls by waving your hands.

Here’s a video demo of how it works in a Pixel 4 commercial:

Pro: Car Crash Detection

In the U.S., Google is adding a car crash detection feature. This feature would be able to detect when your car has been hit by detecting certain noises. This feature will be available through the Personal Safety app and you will have to agree to a disclaimer saying that the feature is dependent upon network connectivity and several other factors.

Pro: Google Stadia Support

The Pixel 4 XL supports the Google Stadia gaming streaming service (launching on November 19, 2019).

Con: Lack Of Included Earbuds

Google is not including earbuds in the box with the Google 4 XL.

Con: No Expandable Storage

The Google Pixel 4 XL does not support expandable storage.

Con: Lack Of Unlimited Google Photos Storage

In the past, Google used to provide unlimited photo storage with Google Pixel devices. Unfortunately, that is not happening this year.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Google Pixel 4 XL has received a Pulse 2.0 review score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. I gave the Pixel 4 XL a high score due to the powerful internal components, the high-quality camera, and the innovative Soli sensor technology. I would have given it a higher score if it included earbuds and unlimited Google Photos storage.

Specifications

Retail Price: Starts at $899

Display: 6.3-inch OLED display at 1440p resolution (537 ppi), Ambient EQ

Processor And Memory: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and 6GB RAM

Rear Camera: Dual lens – regular camera is 12.2-megapixels with f/1.7 aperture and 77-degree field of view and zoomed lens is 16-megapixels with f/2.4 aperture and 52-degree field of view, OIS, Live HDR Plus / Video Recording: Shoots 1080p at 30, 60, or 120fps, 720p at 240fps, and 4K at 30fps

Front Camera: 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 90-degree field of view, and two NIR cameras / Video Recording: 1080p at 30fps

Battery Capacity: 3,700 mAh battery, 18W fast charger included, wireless charging

IP Rating: IP68

Storage: 64GB and 128GB variants

Colors: black, white, or a limited-edition “oh so orange”

Weight: 193 grams