While North America has to wait, some European markets already offer Pixel 5 for those who have pre-ordered. We spent 24 hours in our own unit to give you some of our first impressions of the Pixel 5.
Before the launch, we speculated what a “middle class” would be, but still a “premium” Pixel 5. Unlike the “a” series pixels like 3a and 4a, this is a real change from Google in terms of hardware, but also in terms of performance.
On paper, the Pixel 5 has a chipset that compares similarly to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It is definitely true that the specifications can give you honestly a good indication of what to expect ahead of time, but they often tell only one side of the story.
This is not to say that our first impressions were not pre-softened by the “modest”
After 24 hours with the latest Made by Google phone, here are five reasons why we think you’ll like this more affordable flagship Android.
Wireless reverse charging
As for the things you’ll love about the Pixel 5, wireless reverse charging can come as a bit of a surprise. However, if you own a pair of Pixel Buds or other headphones that include Qi charging support, wow, that’s a nice little bonus inclusion. I barely took the Pixel 5 out of the box and even at this early stage I was already using the feature twice.
The ability to charge my headphones in five or 10 minutes here and there already turns out to be a fantastic feature – that on Pixel devices I didn’t think I really needed it. Yes, other devices have had it first, but it’s still a good option to have one when the accompanying headphones can be recharged on the go. Hell, you’re not even limited to headphones, as wireless recharging can be a good option if a friend or family member needs a little battery to spend the rest of the day.
Textured back panel
Of course, first impressions count, and if you’re not a user or abuser, then the Pixel 5’s resin-coated aluminum chassis may appeal to you right away. I’ll say it in advance: it feels a lot like plastic, but in a really good way. Glass is great and textured glass is even better, but for adhesion, a plastic or plastic-like texture is far better.
Even at this early stage, I feel less inclined to put the Pixel 5 in a case than previous models, especially since the “Sorta Sage” variant requires more to be seen than the “Just Black” model. Those who turn out to be strictly “anti-case” will probably prefer not to worry that they will also damage the rear glass panel.
Thanks to Google, the poor initial battery life of the Pixel 4 series was eliminated last year with the release of the Android 11 Beta phase and the full version. However, getting a larger 4000-4,080mAh cell is still a big bonus, especially since the display is smaller and slightly lower resolution – not that you’ll notice a boom to FHD +.
After my first 24 hours with the Pixel 5, my first impressions are pretty good. Battery life looks really solid, which is something I wasn’t always able to say about any of my previous leading Pixel devices. The bonus here is that the Snapdragon 765G is a chipset with less power, so we should hope that the long life remains good.
The charging speed may be a bit faster, but it’s probably good enough for every day, especially as before, you don’t seem to have to look for the charger as often.
Homogeneous screen frames
It’s amazing to think that the Pixel 5 is practically the first Android smartphone to have the same bezels on all sides of the device and certainly make an impression. Compared directly to the Pixel 3 XL and 4 XL, you can see the development of the design.
Of course, not everyone will be a fan of the cut-out, but if it brings us more smartphones made by Google with a symmetrical look, we are sure that it will be a huge hit. It’s confusing that Samsung made the OLED display, but decided it just didn’t want to offer symmetrical frames, but the loss of Samsung fans is the gain of Pixel fans. However, let’s hope to see more Android devices adopt similar display panels in the coming years.
Compact form factor
We didn’t get the “right” Pixel 5 XL, which I’m sure many were hoping for this year, but the slightly more compact character of the Pixel 5 still gives me a great first impression as a person who often prefers larger devices. That’s enough to increase in size compared to the Pixel 4a, but still small enough for most people, as the smaller bezels mean the real estate on screen is still an impressive 6 inches.
As we’ve seen a bubble on smartphones in recent years, the Pixel 5 is a smaller – as it’s really not small in the traditional sense – option for those who don’t want to carry what is equivalent to a pocket tablet.
What are you excited about Pixel 5?
These are some of our early or first impressions of the Pixel 5, but what do you hope or expect the most? Let us know in the comments section below. Have you pre-ordered Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G? Don’t forget to tell us what model you chose and why there too.
Pixel 5 is available for pre-order in the US from Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy, B & HPhoto and many other retailers with delivery available from October 27.
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