Google Pixel 5 : The 5G Camera King.
- 6.0 inch OLED, HDR10+, 90 Hz display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (7nm)
- Android 11 (Stock Android)
- 5G network support
- Adreno 620 GPU
- 128 GB/8 GB (Storage not expandable)
- 12.2 MP+ 16 MP|8 MP
- 4080 mAh Li-po non-removable battery
- IP68 Water resistance certification
The Google pixel 5 is a smart smartphone priced $699 / £599 / AU$999. The Pixel smartphones are well known for their excellent camera quality and the stock Android that they provide. The phone as usual has a simple design with a matte finish at the back and comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage color options.
The USP of Google Pixel smartphones is the camera. The Pixel 5 is no different. Its camera is better than the cameras on some of the flagship smartphones in this range. The Google Pixel 5 has a dual rear camera set-up and single selfie camera at the front. It has a 12.2 MP primary sensor and a 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens at the back. There is a 8 MP selfie camera at the top right of the screen. The camera quality is awesome and the pictures have accurate colors, HDR, sharpness (Edge detection) and enough details.
Many people have a misconception about cameras that megapixels are the most important thing when it comes to photography. Let me clear your misunderstanding and tell you that it is the Image Signal Processor (ISP) that matters and not the megapixels. Megapixels provide a better resolution to your images which will prevent pixels from tearing when they are zoomed in. Pixel count does matter but they are secondary and the Pixel 5 easily beats other smartphones in the market which have 64 MP primary camera. The smartphone is a photo king.
The photos are optically stabilized to improve the image quality even when there were slight shakes while capturing the photos. The rear camera features Auto-HDR, Panorama and LED flash. The front camera features Auto-HDR and supports 1080p video recording @30 fps. The rear camera supports 4K video recording @30/60 fps, 1080p video recording @30/60/120/240 fps. Slow-mo videos can be perfectly shot with this smartphone and the videos are electrically stabilized using Gyro sensor which reduces shakes in the videos and produces a neat, stabilized video.
Display and Design:- A simple One
The Google Pixel 5 features a 6.0 inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and HDR10+ support. The smartphones feels a bit small when compared to other smartphones in the market despite of the 6 inch display. Google Pixel 5 has a 85.9% screen-to-body ratio, 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 432 ppi (pixels per inch) density. The contrast ratio of the display is infinity and the company has replaced the glass back on the Pixel 4 with a metallic back which has removed the risk of shattering and has given a matte finish to the Aluminum frame. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and IP68 certification for water resistance (upto 1.5m for 30 mins). It has Always-on-display feature which displays minimum information like the date and time even when the phone is asleep.
Performance And Chipset
Google Pixel 5 needs improvement in the processor in order to compete with its flagship competitors like the Samsung Galaxy FE and the OnePlus 8. The Galaxy FE and the OnePlus 8 have the powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC. The Google Pixel 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)processor which when combined with 8 GB of RAM does heavy tasks smoothly without lags. We didn’t face any serious issues with the smartphones performance but they are not a match to the SD 865+ SoC.
Another area where Google Pixel smartphones have won the hearts of people is by proving them the stock Android experience which only very few smartphones offer. The smartphone runs Android 11 and provides cool features like in-built screen recording, smart home controls and a Conversations feature which collects all the messages from different apps and stores them as chat bubbles which are easily accessible anywhere on the screen. The smartphone has a Adreno 620 GPU (Graphics processing Unit).
Storage/Memory And Battery
The Pixel 5 comes in a single configuration of 128 GB/8 GB. The storage is not expandable and the phone packs a 4080 mAh battery which offers longer battery life when compared to the Pixel which packs a 2,800 mAh battery. The storage is based on UFS 2.1 and the RAM type is LPDDR4X.
Google Pixel 5 supports 18 W fast charging, reverse charging, wireless charging and USB Power Deliver 2.0. The charger is given in the box.
There are a bunch of connectivity options on the Google Pixel 5 and here’s a list of all of them.
Wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-fi direct, Hotspot, Dual-band
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
USB: USB Type-C 3.1
Sensors include a rear mounted finger print sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Magnetometer, Barometer.
Sound quality is one of the best in the Google Pixel 5 and it has stereo speakers. The 3.5mm headphone jack is absent and the user will have to use wireless or USB type-C earphones.
If photography is your passion and you want to start into photography but don’t have $700 to spend for camera alone then Google Pixel 5 is your deal. Camera quality is supreme and is one of the best in the market. However, even the Google Pixel 4 can be your choice which has a telephoto lens for distant photography. Telephoto lens has been removed in the Pixel 5. The astronomy photography is amazing and will surprise you. There is an in-built editing software which will provide you with enough editing tools to beautify your shot. So, that’s all about the Google Pixel 5; hope you understood the pros and cons of this smartphone. In my personal opinion I would buy this phone at $699.00 because I just love the stock Android 11 experience and its photography skills which drives me crazy.