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Pixel 4 review: This phone-camera king cuts one too many corners

by Eloise Martino (2020-04-12)

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With the Pixel 4, Google has delivered a great camera boosted with software wizardry. The company's first telephoto lens is top of its class (don't just take our word for it: here are 24 photos taken with the Pixel 4). It makes portrait shooting a breeze and it's no longer impossible to zoom in on distant objects and take a decent photo. I didn't get a chance to check out the camera's new mode for taking pictures of stars -- they weren't visible in the area I was testing. 

But for all the camera's brilliance, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL (these phones are nearly identical except in size and battery) are expensive given the amount of storage included: The Pixel 4 starts at $800, (£669, AU$1,049) while the Pixel 4 XL costs $900 (£829, AU$1,279). They only come with 64GB at those prices, with no option to expand. If you want 128GB, you'll need to tack on $100 more.

True, other premium phones land in the same price range. But the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple), which also has dual rear cameras and doesn't have expandable storage, starts at $699 (£729, AU$1,199) for 64GB -- $100 less than the Pixel 4 -- and is $150 cheaper at 128GB. The Galaxy S10 costs $900 (£799, AU$1,349) but it has expandable storage, and the $950 Note 10 (£899, AU$1,499), which doesn't have expandable memory, at least has 256GB onboard.

When it comes to affordable Android options, we live in a world of plenty. There are about, oh, a million Galaxy S10 options you can choose from that have comparable cameras. The Galaxy S10E, though not as premium as the Pixel 4, costs $750, has expandable storage and has two cameras. And then there's the dark horse OnePlus 7T ($599 at OnePlus).

To compensate for its limited storage, Google is banking on Pixel owners using Google Photos for storing photos and videos. But if you're like me and you like onboard storage, syncing all your stuff to the cloud isn't appealing. Google also changed its policy so that Pixel 4 users don't have unlimited photo storage at original quality. Instead, you can upload content at high quality, La Casa De Papel 4.Sezon 1.Bölüm izle which is a lower resolution with less detail.

If you're happy to use Google Photos and have the budget, consider the Pixel 4. It does have some nifty captioning software with its Android 10 update, and you'll have one of the best cameras around. But if you want to get the most for your money, consider the Galaxy S10, the Note 10, the OnePlus 7T or even the discounted Pixel 3 from last year. All of these phones have longer battery lives than the Pixel 4 too, and the Pixel 3 costs only $499, has a fantastic camera, and can update to Android 10. 

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