Google’s Pixel 5 was the last of its kind – The Verge

From time to time, I will grab a random device from Border closet reviews and spend a week or two with it. This is mostly out of random curiosity and to compare “old” products with the latest and greatest. I was recently drawn to Google’s Pixel 5. So I reset it to factory settings, updated the phone to Android 12, and used it as my daily driver for the past few days.

The experience was fantastic. I have really big hands – the iPhone 13 Pro Max doesn’t look out of place in them – and I prefer big screens, so I don’t think I could fully switch to the Pixel 5. But it’s such a good “little” phone (by 2022 standards) that I must have been tempted. The Pixel 5 makes it easy to do everything I need with one hand. Its mid-range processor works better than ever on Android 12, and this phone still looks unique next to the competition.

Above all, I was disappointed that Google gave up on the style and size of the Pixel 5 after just one year. The smallest phone in the company’s lineup is currently the Pixel 5a, which has a 6.3-inch screen. Thankfully, Google is slightly reducing things with the upcoming 6A. But with the A-Series models, you are giving up finesse such as a 90 Hz display and wireless charging. That way, the Pixel 5 could be the last of its kind in Google’s lineup. So much for flat frames, too.

The Pixel 5 is smaller than the Pixel 5A and 6A – with more state-of-the-art startup hardware.
Image: Google

Now I want Google to keep the 5 as an “iPhone SE” style product that accelerates every few years by upgrading the hardware – without losing what makes it good. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the Pixel 5.

Design and materials: The Pixel 5’s 6-inch OLED screen is surrounded by thin, symmetrical bezels that make the phone very comfortable and usable in one hand. And the textured “bio resin” coating on the body 5 results in a unique feeling and soothing grip when held during the day. The volume knob shares this texture, while the power button is made of shiny metal – making it easy to distinguish between them by touch. Because of its feel and palm size, the Pixel 5 is one of those phones that can be left without a casing without causing much astonishment.

Before Google threw all-in on the co-design of the “glass sandwich” with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, previous models in the series often used recognizable materials and textures that helped make the phones stand out. With Pixel 2, it was an almost rough rear shell of a black model. The Pixel 4 had grippy side railings. But after bio resin 5 – I’m still a big fan of the Variety Sage green with this finish – Google opted for a more basic impression in hand with last year’s flagship models.

The power button is plain instead of glowing

The Pixel 5 bio-resin finish creates a unique feel in the hand.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Better screen: The Pixel 6 OLED board might seem perfectly fine based on first impressions. But honestly, it’s mediocre. There are many topics on Reddit that complain about uniformity issues, unsightly green hue at lower brightness levels, and other flaws. The beautiful LPTO board of the Pixel 6 Pro shows none of these problems, so it’s clear that Google has contented itself less as part of achieving the $ 599 price tag.

Even the Pixel 5 screen seems to me a bit better than the 6 that replaced it. Both screens are 90 Hz, but the white dot, uniformity and overall picture 5 are just a little nicer for my eyes. This can sometimes be reduced to differences between individual units, but I hope to see better with the Pixel 7.

Rear Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor: I’m still disappointed that phone manufacturers have unanimously decided to move the fingerprint reader from the back of the phone, where your index finger often rests naturally while you hold it, below the screen. Google’s Pixel Imprint scanners were perhaps the fastest and most consistent in the entire Android ecosystem, and, say, the screen sensor on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro has never been the same – even after Google improved performance through software updates.

Consistent camera performance: Google has spent several years optimizing its computing photo for the 12-megapixel main camera shared by Pixel 5 and its predecessors. And while it lacks the dynamic range of the Pixel 6/6 Pro and doesn’t offer features like Real Tone or Magic Eraser, the Pixel 5 is a consistent shooter. You know what you’re going to get, which can’t always be said for the Pixel 6 line. I don’t like the annoying background blur that you sometimes get from the larger Sensor 6, but this is something Google will no doubt improve.

The Pixel 6A will soon be Google’s smallest phone.
Image: Google

Pixel 5 is not perfect

While I’m mostly pleased with the Pixel 5’s smooth performance and overall responsiveness on Android 12, there are still occasions where the mid-range Snapdragon 765G processor hits a wall and gets stuck. Take a photo, and a frustrating delay while the phone is processing the image remains. 5 can also get stuck if you become overly ambitious with multitasking.

While I sell myself for the look and feel of the Pixel 5, Google’s hardware quality assurance isn’t always the best. Many units have slight distance between screen and body. After the phone came out, the company he said the gap was not a cause for concern – but that’s exactly the kind of minor detail that bothers me.

And then there is that awful speaker under the screenwhich in most cases still sounds like a cosmic, even after Google tried to improve it with “customizable sound” setting.. These symmetrical frames did not pass without compromise.

But even with those shortcomings included, there is still something special about this phone. I was close to buying one from Woot, which it is I am selling a new, unopened Pixel 5s for 450 USD. It is obvious that Google came across some additional inventory somewhere in the warehouse. With Apple’s mini iPhone rumored to be rolling out of the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, small phones seem to be coming out (again). This makes this moment tempting to buy. The only star to consider in Google’s case is that software support for the Pixel 5 expires in October 2023.

But maybe by then Google will reintroduce the little Pixel that doesn’t skimp on hardware features and doesn’t take such a treasure for its bigger siblings.

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