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Google Pixel 4 XL 64GB Just Black

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After releasing a phone with a hilariously huge notch last year, Google is going back to a notchless, big top bezel design. That colour model and the white one have a matte finish on the back which, as with the iPhone 11 Pro, is great, and a trend I’d like to see more vendors have a go at in the future. Here’s what I see: the iPhone tends to sharpen a little more but also picks up more detail most of the time. This can be tweaked to take more or less force to activate (we set it to lower sensitivity as we kept accidentally activating it when picking the handset up).

Other than the discrepancy in color temperature, the displays were vibrant and sharp and serviceably bright in direct sunlight.It’s notable that the Pixel 4 XL’s 1440 x 3040 resolution (537 pixels per inch) is greater and sharper than the standard Pixel 4’s 1080 x 2280 display (with 444 pixels per inch), but at these sizes you aren’t going to notice much of a difference, and Google isn’t pushing its VR platform anymore, so it’s not inches from your face. It uses two near-infrared (NIR) cameras, a flood emitter, and dot projector for a very iPhone-like face unlocking experience. In addition, the CalMAN analysis shows that the color portions are displayed relatively balanced on the screen. The other reason that using the Pixel 4 feels significantly better than other Android phones is the New Google Assistant. Otherwise, the OLED screen is gorgeous, as expected, with HDR support that shows streaming media and photos in vivid clarity.

Yes, a face unlock system is good, but if your apps don’t support it because Google didn’t flex like Apple did, is it really better than a fingerprint? The most notable difference in this and in every single comparison shot I’ve taken is in the color balance. The issue is that you can’t currently use the new Assistant if you use traditional three-button navigation or have a G Suite account on your device.

The Google Pixel 4XL, even a refurbished Google Pixel 4XL, is not waterproof but it does have a water-repellent coating and has an IP68 water resistance rating, meaning that any spillages or unwanted accidents will not result in a completely destroyed device generally. By Google’s own admission (via a disclaimer in the Face Unlock settings page), it can be unlocked while a user’s eyes are closed, like while they’re sleeping…or dead.

There’s blood in the water and every other manufacturer, including Apple, has picked up the scent of it.Ambient EQ is kind of like Apple’s True Tone, adjusting the color and brightness of your display depending on the ambient environment. This means you can adjust individual elements of the photo before you even take it, which is something that can’t even be done with traditional cameras. Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. While we appreciate seeing the bump in RAM here, nearly every other flagship now uses 8GB as the standard (barring the iPhone).

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