Pixel 5

Is the Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL a worthy upgrade? I don’t really think so and here’s why.

I’ve had all four Pixel XL devices so far and never had any second thoughts when it came to upgrading to the newer model. There always was something interesting in the new model that made me want it. Or, better put, there were always enough interesting things. Not this time, though.

I will just explain what’s important to me after last night’s event. I’m not saying that the Pixel 5 isn’t a very nice device, because it is.

Before we go ahead, know that you can find out all there is to know about the new model here.

What I’ll Miss on the Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL

Let’s start with the camera. The Pixel 4 XL has, essentially, the same sensors as the Pixel 5. What it doesn’t have is the Pixel 4’s telephoto camera setup.

So it’s easy to presume that the zoom features it has, which I’ve been using a lot especially for concert photography (you can check some pics out on my Instagram).

You do get an ultrawide lens in return, but I haven’t found myself needing one too much in the year during which I’ve used the Pixel 4 XL. The camera has been nothing short of amazing.

Apart from the ultrawide feature, everything else that’s new is pretty much software and will be in the next update.

You may get the fingerprint sensor back, but all the Radar features will be gone in the Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL. They were not, admittedly, used enough by Google, but the ultrafast Face Unlock is absolutely amazing.

With the notch gone and nowhere to house these features, this won’t be something you get on the Pixel 5. You can argue that you don’t need it, in the era of face masks, but I got used to it and like it. In combination with LastPass, it’s something I don’t want to say goodbye to.

The smaller screen is one of my biggest issues with the Google Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL. The difference may be from 6 inches to 6.3, but it’s still not something I’m willing to trade.

The software features will, as always, come to the Pixel 4 XL as well. Most of the appeal of Pixel phones is in great software. And that great software has always made its way to the previous model.

No worries there. No reason for an upgrade, either.


The Pixel 5 may be a great phone but, unless I fall completely and madly in love with it when I play with it in store, it’s going to be a pass from me.

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 XL Upgrade: Why I’m Not Doing It

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