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Anyone here and excited for this?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by NightAngel79, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. NightAngel79

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    I admit to not being surprised, but still underwhelmed.
     


  2. Hadron

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    The aluminium back was a nice almost surprise (leaked, but late). If only Google were a hardware trend-setter this would be encouraging, because frankly the glass sandwich needs to die.

    In general I approve of several decisions: the 765 SoC, lower price, larger battery, ditching gimmicks for a functional fingerprint scanner. But it's not exactly exciting. That said, the most exciting phone I've seen this year is (heretically) what's rumoured to be called the "iPhone 12 Mini": a high-end handset with a modernish design but the size that phones used to be back in 2012-2013. Foldables are still too niche to excite me, and I got bored of the "mainstream" android trends of bigger screens, more and more cameras and ever ratcheting prices a long time ago. Maybe I'm just showing my age?

    Oh, did I forget to mention 5G? Yeah, well by the time that's widespread enough to be important it will have been around too long to generate any excitement ;)
     
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  3. codesplice

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    After the flop that was the Pixel 4, the 4a really surprised me - it quickly became my favorite Pixel yet.

    And the Pixel 5 seems like an improvement over that - better screen, better processor, moar RAM, wireless charging, water resistance, cool textured back, new clever software tricks which may eventually reach other Pixels, etc.

    So yeah, I'm pretty excited about this one.
     
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  4. Unforgiven

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    Does it have a fingerprint scanner? I didn't like the exclusion of it on the Pixel 4, and I'm not a fan of the S20 in the screen one. My 3a FP scanner worked flawlessly.
     
  5. codesplice

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    It does! That omission was one of the 4's biggest flaws.
     
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  6. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!
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    I need a new phone and have been holding out to see if it would be the Pixel 5. I'm a little underwhelmed and haven't decided yet if I want it. Decisions decisions...
     
  7. Hadron

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    It seems to me that the Pixel 5's biggest problem is that it costs almost twice as much as the Pixel 4a - which isn't saying that the 5 is expensive, but the 4a is a bargain. Now I'm not on a budget, I could easily afford a 5, but if I were looking to buy a phone I'd still ask myself whether the extras are worth it? And the answer for me is that I probably won't know until I see one, because a lot of the spec differences aren't important to me and so the real question might be whether the screen is noticably nicer, which I can't know without seeing one. Though if the reviews show a much better battery life that might be enough to tip the balance too.

    Don't get me wrong, I approve of Google's direction of travel this year, and would be happy with either a 4a or 5. What's a little unfortunate is that the differences between them appear relatively modest (there may be more under the hood, for example the 5 might have higher speed storage than the 4a, but nobody knows that level of spec detail yet and it's unlikely to register with the public even if it's there).
     
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  8. Edited out (Already covered in Specs thread)
     
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  10. lunatic59

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  11. codesplice

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  12. Hadron

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    I hope that shop isn't trying to pass that off as a Pixel 5: big forehead, no punch hole, that's got to be a Pixel 4.
     
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  13. codesplice

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    Haha, good catch - I can't believe I missed that.
     
  14. Steven58

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    I'm interested but my accountant said the processor was meh... Apparently Sammy is coming out with a better 699.00 phone?
     
  15. @Hadron
    That's what I was thinking. It couldn't be the 5 yet.
    I didn't have time to look into it, and only touched the power button. I think it was glued anyway :)

    John Lewis are really terrible at displays and information cards whether laptops, phones re - sale items etc and they often have the wrong or centuries old model on display. They don't seem to care, but I guess they make most shop sales face to face and make excuses then. I bought a Nokia off then mispriced in my favour. though.

    The Pixel 5 shouldn't be that much bigger than the 4a

    At least you know what the store point of sale cards look like!
     
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  16. codesplice

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    I'm not sure the processor matters as much as we might think. I've been using the 4a with the 730G for a couple of months now, and it's every bit as snappy as (if not snappier than) the 845 in my Pixel 3 - or even the 855 in my Pixel 4 XL. About the only time I can notice a performance difference is with background processing of photos. Opening and switching between apps is just as quick as far as I can tell.

    It certainly can't compete on paper but the real-world differences are much slimmer than the spec guys would have you believe.
     
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  17. Brian706

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    That's good to know. That was probably my biggest hangup is not knowing how the processor would stack up. I might give it a go. My 2xl is on its last legs.
     
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  18. dontpanicbobby

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    I'm interested.
    Haven't had a Google phone since the G1.
     
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  19. Brian706

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    Lol wow!! The OG.

    I've had the Nexus 5,6, Pixel 1xl, 2xl. Haven't been disappointed with any of them. My 2xl is about 3 years old and it's finally losing it's edge.
     
  20. codesplice

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    The really neat thing about Pixel is that they actually get better with time - they get regular "Feature Drops" to bring new capabilities and features every couple of months, in addition to the bigger major version releases. Hardware is such a small part of Google's revenue so they don't really seem to care if bringing new features to an older phone keeps you from buying the latest. And even if the new phone launches with exclusive features those tend to trickle down to the older devices (hardware permitting, of course). I don't think any other manufacturer takes that approach.
     
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  21. lunatic59

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    The phones that have been kept in service the longest have been my Nexii and Pixelles. ;) I've tried and hated Sammy's, even though my wife and son swear by them. I just swear AT them. Had an LG, too but that was what it was on day one and never was anything else.
     
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  22. Brian706

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    Well... I decided to go for it!

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  23. NightAngel79

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    Samsung's in screen one BLOWS. Literally would be almost perfect if that actually worked, or was on back.
    Def, that's the only reason I didn't get one.
    Yea, even the youtubers seem to agree, mostly.

    BUT... I am really used to big phones. I have S20 plus and LOVE the 6.7". And while 90hz is great, jury is out of it is as hamstrung as the Pixel 4's 90hz, which I heard wasn't that great.

    120hz on my S20 is one of my favorite things I notice every day still. (that and how much I hate their in screen finger print reader)
     
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  24. oleb84

    oleb84 Android Enthusiast

    I'm in. Impatiently waiting for my pre order to turn up tomorrow.

    I skipped the P3 due to that ugly ass notch and the P4 due to battery life. P5 has done enough to get me back on track.

    Yeah I want a flagship phone but for the first time in my life I've had a phone for 2 years (Note 9) so this is still going to be an upgrade for me.

    I just hope they've done enough to get customers back and then they can be a bit more risky with the P6 and P7.
     
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