Google Pixel 5 long-term review
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The Pixel smartphone represents Google’s ideal vision of Android, but there always was something off about Google’s Pixel phone that made it hard to blindly recommend. Dating all the way back to the Pixel 2 (except for some of the ‘a’ models), every Pixel was eerily met with a compromise that prevented us from loving (almost) everything about it, no matter how much we really wanted to. Pixel 5 is different this time.
With the success of Pixel 3a and 4a, Google learned that a phone did not need to have the most efficient chipset or some standout feature to be successful. It was necessary to do everything well without compromising on the basics of what people need from a phone: stability, good battery life and a first-class camera. Pixel 5 comes on these without standardizing this year’s higher (and more expensive) chipset.
Although we were pretty critical of the Pixel 5 when we first reviewed it (mainly for its outdated camera hardware and lack of an advanced variant) it started to grow on us. Now, four months later, and we just could not put it off.
As we continued to use it, we began to realize that a good phone does not have to be big, it does not have to break benchmark records, and it does not have to cost more than a grand. It must be reliable, have reliable software and it must be able to keep up with heavy daily use without resorting to a powerbank.
In this long-term review, we used the Pixel 5 as a primary device for over three and a half months. This was enough time to get over the honeymoon phase to really figure out the Pixel 5’s quirks, shenanigans and press all its buttons.
The power efficiency of the Snapdragon 765G with its future-proof support for 5G networks made it a solid choice for this year’s cheaper Pixel 5 (Pixel 4 and 4XL started at $ 799 and $ 899, respectively). The lower price still includes features typically found in more expensive phones such as dual-charge wireless charging, a 90Hz screen and IP68 water resistance.
We tell you what it was like to use Google Pixel 5 every day, well past the normal crawl period. We start with the design and ergonomics of the phone.