So who's returning the Pixel 5 and why?

Mike Dee

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I had navigation on for 3 hours, no issues at all. Battery went down 15 % in 3 hours ( only used it for navigation during that time frame). I have no problems with phone calls and hearing. The phone playing music does not sound nearly as good as my IPhone 12 Pro Max, but the $600 dollar savings makes it worth the sound quality difference. Also I almost always use a Bluetooth speaker, so not an issue. Plus I love the Google software advantages vs IOS.
I generally use navigation while it's plugged in....I assume you're not with that kind of battery drain.
 

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I had navigation on for 3 hours, no issues at all. Battery went down 15 % in 3 hours ( only used it for navigation during that time frame). I have no problems with phone calls and hearing. The phone playing music does not sound nearly as good as my IPhone 12 Pro Max, but the $600 dollar savings makes it worth the sound quality difference. Also I almost always use a Bluetooth speaker, so not an issue. Plus I love the Google software advantages vs IOS.

Google's OS is top notch! And the savings you get are incredible! Glad that the call quality is good for you!
 

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So far so good with the S20 FE. The camera does what I want, the rest seems solid. I've always used Nova launcher, so all of my phones are set and look the same.

I really liked my Pixel 2 XL, and was expecting the 5 to be a step up. Kind of disappointed.
I found the same going from the 2xl to the 4xl. I gave my 4xl to my husband and moved to the S10+. I am interested in the 4a 5g, but my S10+ is still really awesome.
 

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I found the same going from the 2xl to the 4xl. I gave my 4xl to my husband and moved to the S10+. I am interested in the 4a 5g, but my S10+ is still really awesome.

It's really unfortunate when your expectations for the next iteration do not get satisfied. Or however you say that. I can't write with only one cup of coffee in me!
 

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I second your opinion.
Yeah I'm selling it and moving to the iPhone 12 Pro Max which arrives on Friday for me. Reasons why I'm selling the Pixel 5:

1. It absolutely does not feel like a premium phone - no matter what people want to say. The phone has an aluminium build covered in a plastic coating (which the Pixel 2 had) and it feels like cheap plastic. They can try to sugar-coat it by calling it 'bio-resin' all they want, but it's plastic. Looks, feels and functions as a low-end plastic phone that's excessively light and feels hollow when the haptics vibrate the phone. Worst build/feel for a Pixel phone.
2. The top speaker is abysmal and I find it hard to hear calls from it even at max volume. If there's any background noise, then good chance I won't be able to hear the call properly. I have no idea why Google didn't just put a speaker grille at the top of the phone, so the sound has somewhere to come out from rather than trying to push through the sealed front glass. Really bad design choice.
3. The vibration motor is not good and feels worse than the ones in previous Pixel phones. The vibration no longer feels like a 'tap' like it used to and feels like a low quality vibration. The haptics was a victim of the cost cutting unfortunately.
4. The camera has seen no upgrades whatsoever since the Pixel 2. The computational photography hasn't gotten any better and the hardware obviously hasn't gotten any better. Back in 2017, the Pixel 2 camera was amazing and way ahead of the competition, now in 2020 the competition has surpassed the Pixel and it is no longer the camera king. The iPhone holds that crown, and it also has much, much better video. The camera was the single best feature on the Pixel and because Google have become complacent, has done nothing to see tangible improvements, it's now no longer in the 'best camera' discussion.
5. The phone ditched the telephoto camera (which I liked) for ultra-wide, except the ultra-wide isn't even that wide (only 107 FOV compared to 120 FOV in the iPhone and Galaxy phones). Would have been nice if they included all 3 lenses.
6. The processor does feel slower to me than other phones I've owned. I've noticed multiple times now the phone hang and lag and take a few seconds to catch up, which isn't something I'd experienced before on Pixels.
7. The phone heats up and stops recording 4k/60fps video after a few minutes which is extremely frustrating.
8. Android 11's design choices to me feel like a backwards step and I find quite buggy.

On first impressions, I thought the Pixel 5 was better than the Pixel 4/4XL, but now that the honeymoon period has well and truly worn off, considering its price, I think it's the worst Pixel phone Google have made. The only truly positive thing I can say about it, is that it has great battery life. Other than that, Android 11 is extremely buggy, the hardware is overpriced and I don't see any reason to purchase this phone over its competition.

Google don't have a strategy with the Pixel line. Every year is a 'reset' year with the new phones having drastically different design/features than its predecessor with features randomly popping in and out every generation. Now they're going with this overpriced mid-range phone 'strategy' which has cut so many corners, when other phones in this price range haven't.

The Pixel 4a makes sense, as it's ~90% of the phone for half the price. The Pixel 5 doesn't make sense. I don't even know why Google are continuing with the line - seems to me they could not care less about it and just churn one out every year because it's a tradition or something.

So I'll be glad to get rid of it and move to the iPhone. At least one company out there knows what they're doing.
 

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I currently have the Pixel 3XL and became upgrade eligible when the 5 came out. However the overall look of the 5 and the multitude of reviews on YouTube left me feeling underwhelmed with the device. I really want a new device as my 3XL is starting to show its age, however I feel like the 5 would be a downgrade. I gave Google a one time pass because of the pandemic and whatnot but if they don’t put out a premium flagship I may have to look at iOS again. I absolutely REFUSE to own another Samsung device, bloatware for days, and I need regular updates like NOW not 4 months after the fact.
 

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Maybe consider the 4a 5g? Bigger screen, headphone jack, lower price. Maybe keep it a year and sell when the new crop of phones come out? That being said you still have a year of updates on your 3XL.

I currently have the Pixel 3XL and became upgrade eligible when the 5 came out. However the overall look of the 5 and the multitude of reviews on YouTube left me feeling underwhelmed with the device. I really want a new device as my 3XL is starting to show its age, however I feel like the 5 would be a downgrade. I gave Google a one time pass because of the pandemic and whatnot but if they don’t put out a premium flagship I may have to look at iOS again. I absolutely REFUSE to own another Samsung device, bloatware for days, and I need regular updates like NOW not 4 months after the fact.
 

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Maybe consider the 4a 5g? Bigger screen, headphone jack, lower price. Maybe keep it a year and sell when the new crop of phones come out? That being said you still have a year of updates on your 3XL.

Really? I thought Android 11 was the last update for the 3? Guess I was wrong. Honestly I'm not missing the headphone jack as much as I did back then, mostly everyone has Bluetooth anyway.
 

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Your 3XL will get updates to October 2021, which probably means Android 12. My 2XL got Android 11. I'd still use my 2XL if it still received security updates.

Really? I thought Android 11 was the last update for the 3? Guess I was wrong. Honestly I'm not missing the headphone jack as much as I did back then, mostly everyone has Bluetooth anyway.
 

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I currently have the Pixel 3XL and became upgrade eligible when the 5 came out. However the overall look of the 5 and the multitude of reviews on YouTube left me feeling underwhelmed with the device. I really want a new device as my 3XL is starting to show its age, however I feel like the 5 would be a downgrade. I gave Google a one time pass because of the pandemic and whatnot but if they don’t put out a premium flagship I may have to look at iOS again. I absolutely REFUSE to own another Samsung device, bloatware for days, and I need regular updates like NOW not 4 months after the fact.
I've had the pixel 5, coming from the 4xl, for over a month now. No regrets. Unless you must have a bigger phone, it's a great device. Don't miss the pixel 4xl one bit. Then again I would not consider iOS.
 

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