In my opinion, a Pixel 5 would not be a downgrade. I am partial to Pixel phones because they just *work* for me and work well; however, I'm using an S10 now. It's hard to say definitively that the Pixel 5 wins out over the Note 10 line, because it's such a subjective choice. I'm saying it's the Pixel based on my own usage. But everyone's needs and preferences will vary.
Even spec-wise, I think the Pixel 5 is better. But even then, some may prioritize different things. Nothing is really black and white when it comes to smartphones.
I agree! I'm also a Googler/huge Pixel user.. I upgraded from my older 3 XL. Battery life is absolutely fantastic. There will always be something to say a bout the Google Pixel experience, that's for sure! The 8 gigs of RAM, 90 Hz refresh rate, and 4,080 mAh battery is a beastly combination! Everything just works... The software is soo buttery smooth, and , in my opinion, the sound quality vis excellent! The phone is also very one-handleable and pocketable which I really wanted to have. For me, there's no need to have a 6.4" or bigger screen because, for YouTube or any other media consumption, I just watch ion my Roku TV at home. The symmetrical bezel-less display is incredible smooth and beautiful looking, and it's got the famous Pixel camera s/w so you can't beat that!