Google Pixel 4XL  

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Last year I told you about a Pixel 5 and if the advertising is correct the Pixel 6 is available so why should I now get the look at the Pixel 4XL. On the face of it a phone launched at least two years ago would be well past its sell by date. After a few days of use I was offered an upgrade to Android 12 so Google certainly do not consider it past it. Yes more recent phones offer more from their cameras but I still took some excellent pictures and videos.

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The Google Pixel 4 XL measures 15.5x7.4x.7cm and weighs 186grams. The viewable screen is 14.5x7cm which gives the notional imperial diagonal measurement of 6.3inches in QHD with a 9:19 arrangement. The display can be up to 90Hz. The screen is Gorilla Glass and supports up to 16.7 million colours.

I had not got round to checking which version of Android it had on arrival but I assume it was Android 10 but as stated this soon became Android 12.

Going around the outside the bright orange on/off button has the volume up and down rocker below it on the right side. The base has speakers with the USB ‘C’ connection in between. Unlike some more recent phones the USB ‘C’ socket supports OTG devices to ease getting data on and off the phone easily. The left side has the Nano SIM entry point. The top has a pin hole microphone. The back on my unit was a matt light grey (Clearly White) with the 2.5cm square camera block slightly raised in the top left corner.

The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-Core offering running at 2.84GHz. The battery is 3700mAh and it supports fast charging at 18W.

It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage (there is a 128GB option).

Now onto the rear cameras they are 16MP f/2.4 with 52 degree field of view, 12MP f/1.7 with 77 degree field of view. The front camera is 8MP f/2.0 with 90 degree field of view.

Video can be captured in 1080p up to 120FPS 720p@240FPS and 4K@30FPS.

The only thing I noticed when trying to capture a wide field of view on this, most more recent cameras offer the change to go less than 1 to capture that bit more width this cannot. However in most other ways these cameras are still rather good.

Bootup is 9seconds to entering your Pin number. Shutdown is only three seconds.

This for me anyway is a very nice easy to use SmartPhone that in the time I used it did everything I wanted  rapidly. While the link below does not actually list Google Pixel 4XL,  it does list the Google Pixel 4A which is the same vintage.

That model is available for £23 a month with £9 upfront but on that deal you only get 2GB of data which would enable some non-Wi-Fi use other deals could be available in Vodafone stores.

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