Pixel 4XL Smart Phone 

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Google do not make cheap phones so if you are looking for a bargain buy it’s not here, having said that Google make phones that look good and normally work well, however any phone these days has to be great to get to be the desired one.

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It is 15.8x7x.8cm and weighs 192grams. 14.5x7cm is the viewable screen which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 6.3 inches. The screen resolution is 1440x3040 pixels.

I was sent the orange backed one which to my unfashionable eye looks weird, the front and sides apart from the orange on/off button are black and the orange on the back is interrupted by the 2.4cm raised square that are the cameras.

Switch on is 9 seconds which is good. Switch off is only around 2 seconds also good. The default orange screen background takes getting used to.

The Home screen has a line of five icons just above the Google bar at the base of the screen, the normal line of tiny things like clock Wi-Fi and battery etc. are at the top  with day date and weather icon and temperature just below. Six lines of five make a page of icons.

The right side has the orange on/off button with the volume rocker below it. The base has USB ‘C’ for charging and storage via an OTG device, there are also speakers. The left side has SIM entry point and the top a pin hole microphone.

The back is flat apart from the raised square of cameras -5cm in and .5cm down from the top left.

There is a single button at the base of the screen so those used to the three button arrangement of most phones have some adjustments to make. The already opened screens come in from the sides to be closed.

So no 3.5mm socket for headphones, no micro SD card support and less memory than many recent phones.

While it takes good images there is no dedicated wide angle lens. While it was reviewed during some of the years shortest days when there was strong light the brightness needed to be set quite high which detriments battery life, the battery is 3700mAh a little smaller than a lot of other recent offerings, so if outside in bright light you might not make a full day of use.

I have seen mentioned online that if twisted then the phone can break; I do not torture phones and only squeezed mine to access the active edge technology.

The internal memory is 6GB and storage is 64GB around 75% of that is available.

The 8MP selfie camera is not visible but it sits above the screen.

The rear cameras are 12MP and 16MP Telephoto.

Video can be captured 2160@30FPS and 1080P@120FPS; the front camera can capture 1080P video.

Not having a wide angle lens can be a problem trying to get a group into an image when moving further back is not an option.

It comes with Android 10 and no skin so it is quite fast.

At £829 from Amazon it is far from cheap. However for Black Friday I see its £599 on

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