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  • (light music)

  • - It's Pixel 4 time.

  • You know the drill.

  • Two sizes, three colors, two storage options,

  • a million leaks, Google software, a really good camera,

  • the whole Pixel deal.

  • It's high expectations, in other words.

  • The Pixel 4 is the flagship.

  • It's what Google says Android should be.

  • It also wants it to be like the default Android phone.

  • Plus, this is the first year that Google is selling it

  • on all four major US carriers.

  • So, we expect it to be good enough

  • to really start selling in big volume.

  • But it's not selling in India.

  • I guess I didn't expect that.

  • Anyway, the point is, the Pixel is all about expectations.

  • You knew what to expect because everything leaked.

  • But now that it's here, can it live up to those expectations

  • especially when it starts at $799 and goes up to 1,000?

  • Let's get into it.

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  • If we're talking about design,

  • we just have to say it out loud at the start.

  • The Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11 look kinda the same.

  • It's not just funny, it's almost uncanny.

  • They both have matte glass on some models

  • and glossy on other models.

  • They both have the square camera bump.

  • They have some weird stuff at the top of their screens.

  • I mean, don't get me wrong, I see the differences.

  • Which one looks better to you is a matter of taste.

  • The Pixel has these really obvious matte rails on the side.

  • It's not trying to hide them or polish them away.

  • They're a main part of the look of this phone.

  • The matte rails make it easier to grip too.

  • So far, I think the whole thing

  • is a little bit less scratch-prone than the Pixel 3 was.

  • Whatever.

  • I still love the color pop on the power button.

  • I still think the black one is the most boring one.

  • But you know what, they all look the same

  • when you put 'em in a case anyway.

  • But before you put 'em in a case,

  • take a second to appreciate

  • that this is the best build quality

  • Google has ever done on a phone.

  • Okay.

  • Let's talk about the forehead.

  • It's there.

  • It's funny-looking, and it's not symmetrical.

  • Samsung's hole-punch probably looks a little bit better

  • or a Notch would give you just a little bit more screen

  • to put status bar stuff, but the Notch kinda looks doofy.

  • Can we just stop having these arguments?

  • Unless you want stuff popping out of the top of your phone

  • with motors, maybe you do, there's gonna be stuff

  • at the top of your screen.

  • I think this looks okay.

  • I've gotten used to it.

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  • Face unlock on the Pixel 4 uses infrared projectors

  • just like the iPhone.

  • Just like on the iPhone, it looks super wild

  • when you point a real infrared camera at it.

  • It has a decent field of view,

  • but it's maybe not quite as wide as the iPhone 11's.

  • The infrared means that it works in the dark,

  • and the system is designed to detect depth,

  • so I wasn't able to trick it

  • with a video or a photo of myself.

  • Maybe it could be tricked with a mask though.

  • I don't know.

  • But if you're worried about somebody making a life-like mask

  • of you, maybe you should look at other things

  • that's going on with your life.

  • One thing you should know is that it doesn't do

  • the extra security step of making sure

  • that you're looking at it.

  • That means if you're asleep, someone could just point it

  • at you and unlock it because it works with your eyes closed.

  • So, only sleep around people you trust?

  • I mean, I don't know.

  • That's just good life advice.

  • Anyway, once it's set up,

  • it just works like you would expect it to.

  • It unlocks the phone,

  • and it can also authenticate Google Pay

  • or bank apps or whatever.

  • You just point your face at it, and it unlocks.

  • It's fast, like really fast.

  • It's at least as fast as the iPhone.

  • I wanna talk about why it feels so fast.

  • But before I get there, let's talk about radar.

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  • You've heard it, right?

  • The Pixel 4 has a radar chip up top.

  • It's a Project Soli chip,

  • but the feature is called motion sense.

  • It's the thing that I'm sure everybody is going to say

  • is a little flaky because it is a little flaky.

  • You can wave your hand left or right to go back or forward

  • if you use like a podcast are playing.

  • You can also wave your hand to dismiss phone calls

  • or snooze alarms.

  • It's the most prominent,

  • most engaging feature of motion sense.

  • That's why it's a bummer that it's the most flaky part.

  • There are times where it works every time.

  • I don't even have to think about it.

  • I'm just keeping my eyes on my computer or whatever

  • and I'm flicking away songs that I don't want.

  • But then it doesn't work and I'm like what, also why.

  • There have been gestures on phones before,

  • and nobody used them.

  • I think these gestures are gonna fare slightly better

  • because they don't hit your battery life

  • and you can just be a little bit more flippant

  • with your gestures when you use them.

  • But you know what, feel free to be annoyed with them

  • or just ignore them completely.

  • It's cool.

  • It's cool because even if Google just took those gestures

  • away entirely, I would still be glad

  • that Soli is on this phone

  • because of the other two things that it does.

  • The first is it detects your presence.

  • It just knows if you're nearby.

  • When you walk away, the always on screen turns off.

  • That's cool.

  • It actually works really well.

  • The other thing that works really well is reach.

  • The phone knows if you're reaching for it,

  • and it can do stuff when that happens.

  • So, if a ringtone or alarm is blaring,

  • it quiets down when your hand gets near it,

  • so you can look at the phone

  • and then decide what you wanna do, wave it away or whatever.

  • And if the screen is off and you reach for it,

  • it lights up the face unlock cameras

  • and starts looking for you.

  • That is part of the reason why face unlock feels so fast.

  • It is a split second faster than the accelerometer method

  • that the iPhone uses.

  • Google also defaults to going straight into the phone

  • instead of unlocking to the lock screen,

  • which makes it feel even faster yet.

  • Oh by the way, if you want, you can keep the lock screen

  • and then have to swipe up to get into the phone.

  • That's helpful if you use your phone

  • mainly through notifications like I do.

  • Oh (laughs) also, there's Pokemon.

  • Yes, there's Pokemon wallpaper.

  • It is very cute.

  • It's also useful because you can show weather conditions

  • on top of the Pokemon.

  • You can wave them or you can pet at them.

  • Look, I have seen people say that they would prefer

  • an in-screen fingerprint sensor,

  • and I am saying that face unlock is unequivocally better.

  • Maybe in a year or two, they'll do both the fingerprint

  • and face unlock, but I'm not asking for it.

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  • Okay.

  • It's camera time, and I know what you're here for.

  • You wanna know whether or not the Pixel 4

  • took the best smartphone camera crown

  • back from the iPhone 11 Pro.

  • Let me tell you why that's complicated.

  • Do you remember Nilay's review of the iPhone 11 Pro?

  • He had to say that this phone right here,

  • the Pixel 4 was right around the corner

  • when he was judging that camera.

  • Now I'm reviewing the Pixel, and I have to say

  • that Apple's Deep Fusion's sweater mode software upgrade

  • is right around the corner.

  • So, I have to mention it.

  • It's practically diabolical, and it means that I can't make

  • a definitive judgment right now.

  • Look, if you force me to pick one right now,

  • I have to admit that the iPhone 11 Pro

  • gives you much more versatility.

  • It has an ultra wide camera for taking more phone photos,

  • and it's way better at video.

  • But when it comes to still photo photography

  • and night mode and all of that,

  • I do think there are a lot of useful things to talk about

  • with these two cameras.

  • Plus, the Pixel has a few new features

  • that we need to talk about,

  • especially now that it has a second telephoto lens.

  • Let's just look at some photos.

  • Here's a shot of Will, our creative director.

  • It's in very dim light.

  • This kind of tells the whole story.

  • The iPhone still trends towards yellow tones

  • while the Pixel is a little bit bluer.

  • The Pixel has a look.

  • Even though it's slightly warmer and less contrasty

  • than the last Pixel, it's still much more dramatic

  • than the iPhone.

  • Apple does sharpen a little bit more,

  • and it does maintain a little bit more detail too,

  • and more detail is good, but look, the color balance

  • on the Pixel is smarter.

  • Google is analyzing the actual things in the image

  • and guessing what the white balance should be

  • based on what it sees where Apple is treating white balance

  • a little bit more like a traditional camera would.

  • All right.

  • Next, let's talk about telephoto.

  • You see, Google chose a telephoto lens

  • instead of an ultra wide lens

  • or, you know, just giving us both for some reason.

  • But the main reason is, Google thinks that it can use

  • its super zoom tech along with that second 2X lens

  • to make zoom way better.

  • You know what?

  • It's way better.

  • Look at the zoom on our video producer Maria.

  • This is an 8X zoom.

  • The iPhone, it looks like it's a cropped, it's noisy as hell

  • while the Pixel is much more natural.

  • I mean, look at her jacket.

  • There's just so much more detail here.

  • So, what have we learned?

  • The Pixel wins on zoom.

  • The iPhone gets detail better sometimes,

  • but it is a little bit yellower.

  • The Pixel gets color balance better on the whole though,

  • and it is more opinionated.

  • The Pixel has a look, and it consistently gets that look.

  • What about night mode?

  • You can kind of get either one to make a better photo.

  • It's a little bit of a crap shoot.

  • The iPhone's multiple frames use longer exposure,

  • so it can get a little bit more detail on still objects,

  • but it messes up moving ones.

  • Just look at the cloud here on this photo.

  • The Pixel though, it just keeps on doing its look.

  • In dim light, I think they're a little bit closer

  • to each other, but the Pixel can get more detail.

  • It's the exposure time thing again.

  • The Pixel does more short exposures with more math.

  • So, that means it's more forgiving of shaky hands.

  • All right.

  • What about portrait mode?