Google Pixel 5 Review

November 26, 2020 | Tim Coleman |

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Google Pixel 5 from around the web. »

The Google Pixel 5 loses some of the more advanced features of its predecessor in order to keep the cost down, and the result is a streamlined phone with great camera software and a clean Android interface. But without some of those premium perks, like a telephoto lens, that appear in other handsets at the same price tier, the Pixel 5 struggles to distinguish itself from the competition. It's a good handset at a consumer-pleasing price – but that's true of other 2020 phones, too.
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Google's jumping on the 5G train with the $499 Pixel 4A 5G (£499, AU$799) and $699 Pixel 5 (£599 and AU$999). The phones run the latest Android 11 OS, have a second ultrawide camera and bigger batteries than any previous Pixel phone. But as the marquee device, the Pixel 5 is equipped with a few more features. These goodies include a 90Hz display, 2GB more RAM, a bigger battery and a water-resistant, aluminum body. It also has wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
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Mirroring the Nexus phones of old, Google is finally shifting the Pixel’s focus from the high-end and closer in line with mid-range prices. And, after a few years of trying and failing to compete with more expensive handsets like the iPhone, it’s a smart move.
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