Google Pixel 4 XL Review – goodhousekeeping.com

Overall score: 88/100

Tested October 2019

If you’re after a smartphone that can take photos of a professional standard, the Google Pixel 4 XL may be the ideal choice. Not to mention, you’re provided with unlimited free storage for your photos online for free. When taking photos, you can adjust the exposure and shadows in the frame, so that the lighting is suitable for each snap. And with the help of a tripod, it should take great photos of the stars and the moon, something most other smartphones struggle with. The camera includes a lot of other more expected features like Portrait mode, but with a twist – it now works on inanimate objects (like cars, food and plants), as well as people. The smartphone also has facial recognition, which lets you unlock it and open apps simply by looking at the handset. Meanwhile, with a quick hand gesture, you can dismiss timers, silence calls and even skip songs by waving your hand over the smartphone.

£829.00

Available from: store.google.com

GHI Expert Verdict

While the Google Pixel 4 XL is expensive, if you’re a photography fanatic, it’s well worth investing in. Our GHI experts thought the facial recognition and gesture control was extremely handy. More generally, it’s simple to use, very fast, and has good battery life. However, as there isn’t any MicroSD card slot, it cannot expand its storage space.

Key specifications

  • Screen size: 6.3 inches
  • Processor: Snapdragon 855
  • Storage space: 64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP and 12.2MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Weight: 0.193kg

Ratings

  • Ease of use: 4.8/5
  • Design: 4.5/5
  • Instructions: 4/5
  • Performance: 4.3/5

We Liked

  • The frequent faces feature will learn who you photograph the most, making sure to automatically capture snaps when these faces are in focus
  • Google assistant is deeply integrated in this phone, so if you search for an Instagram page it opens Instagram and redirects you to that page
  • The built-in recorder app transcribes speech in real-time without needing internet access
  • The smartphone screen automatically adjusts the colour tone of the display to match the light of your environment, making it easier to see
  • The battery lasted a respectable 11 hours in our video playback tests
  • Also available with a 5.7in screen and smaller battery for £669

We Didn’t Like

  • The camera doesn’t have a mode where you tweak settings like shutter speed yourself
  • The screen suffers from glare in bright light and is easily marked with fingerprints

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

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