Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: the best Android experience

  • Published on Oct 21, 2019
  • The Pixel 4 has at least five major new hardware-based features: face unlock, Motion Sense, the new Google Assistant, the new 90Hz display, and a second telephoto camera lens. It’s also available on all four major US carriers for the first time. The price starts at $799. Here’s The Verge review of the Pixel 4 with Dieter Bohn.
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  • David Martrano
    David Martrano 5 hours ago

    The reviews are so bad on both pixals I'm buying the 128gb XL anyway. The design is boring but I for one like it. The camera will still be a wonderful experience. The soli-radar is a gimmick but will get better? I will wait for black friday & save a few $$. I don't care what the reviewers say, I'll judge it for myself. Maybe it should have 8gb's & 128gb's of base storage. I don't think the 6gb's of ram will be a problem with performance!

  • Johnny Morris
    Johnny Morris 15 hours ago

    Is it smooth when transitioning between screens? I gotta have that smooth buttery experience

  • Johnny Morris
    Johnny Morris 15 hours ago

    Pixel 4 had better portrait mode by far...look at 09:19

  • Johnny Morris
    Johnny Morris 15 hours ago

    It is true that once you start using face unlock ya get used to it. My stuff works even at night...I never gave it a chance but once I did I've never looked back

  • Chris Vargas
    Chris Vargas 16 hours ago

    Where exactly was he shooting @9:48? The place is just beautiful.

  • Daniel Hernandez
    Daniel Hernandez 19 hours ago

    Is this phone a better buy over the OnePlus 7 Pro? It'll take a lot of convincing for me to consider the Pixel 4 XL.

  • DanMan!
    DanMan! Day ago

    I wish project soli was MORE flakey! It switches songs when I don't want it to all the time lol

  • DanMan!
    DanMan! Day ago

    If you're worried about face unlock going when you're sleeping, just turn on lockdown before you go to sleep. I dunno why no reviewer has mentioned this

  • Haari N M
    Haari N M 2 days ago +4

    3 reasons why I ordered it :
    1) Fastest Android updates
    2) Camera
    3) It's kinda clean inside
    (My own opinion)

  • David John
    David John 2 days ago +1

    This review made me buy the phone, and then all the other reviews tore it apart savagely. I still enjoy it. Love the face unlock and the telephoto. Best software on any phone.

    • Johnny Morris
      Johnny Morris 15 hours ago

      Is it really smooth with no dropped frames? For me it's either this or galaxy

  • Brad Dunshee
    Brad Dunshee 2 days ago

    Thank you for this. Very informative.

  • Mike L
    Mike L 3 days ago

    Here's the part they left out. On the worst hardware for the price.

  • Shiva Narayan
    Shiva Narayan 3 days ago

    So now someone can unlock ur phone while u sleep and also make payments while you sleep
    Wow google way to go

  • TN Gentleman
    TN Gentleman 4 days ago

    I think the phone colour was edited to look more pink

  • Harshal shetty
    Harshal shetty 4 days ago

    Google shill

  • TheFourthWinchester
    TheFourthWinchester 4 days ago +1

    Google is the King of phone photography.

  • roman2011
    roman2011 4 days ago

    wow...nice vid. great review

  • Erik Feketefoldi
    Erik Feketefoldi 5 days ago

    I was about to NOT buy the Pixel after having every iteration of it... Now I'm having second thoughts.

  • Dual ADV
    Dual ADV 5 days ago

    Tested the astrophotography last night and it's unbelievable

  • Kevin Bryant Sr.
    Kevin Bryant Sr. 5 days ago

    I have trouble taking the Verge seriously..... I still watch though

  • JV Detmer
    JV Detmer 6 days ago

    I don-t care about video, c'mon Google, just do something with the battery and you'll have the perfect phone! at least for me!

  • Tarek jamil
    Tarek jamil 6 days ago

    Again again and say about this phone camera no other side in pone has chepsate parformance in gameing,battery life time,Display quality and other side

  • Epic Rabid
    Epic Rabid 6 days ago

    It is soooo bad!

  • Chucki McGinn420
    Chucki McGinn420 6 days ago

    uh it's Google NO THANKS

  • shottingham
    shottingham 6 days ago

    But why did I choose to upgrade from my S8 to a P4XL? Because Android. To say the VERY least.
    Edit: Thank you for a frank, balanced and fair comparison.

  • silver andrew
    silver andrew 7 days ago

    If face unlock a problem use a pin when you turn off the phone got to use a pin anyway

  • Lorenzo Rey
    Lorenzo Rey 7 days ago

    Paid review by Google

  • Moritz Spohn
    Moritz Spohn 7 days ago

    This review is just amazing! Great Video with incredible quality :)

  • Dean Oldfield
    Dean Oldfield 7 days ago

    I have loved every pixel I've ever had. I like not having bloatware that I don't want, pixel only comes with Google products. The phone is made to work with these apps and it does it well.

  • Dan Green
    Dan Green 7 days ago +1

    Great review. First one I've watched that wasn't so negative.

  • Christian B.
    Christian B. 7 days ago

    Uff ill just wait another year


  • Emmanuel oShaddai
    Emmanuel oShaddai 8 days ago

    This video should be titled "Good life advice while reviewing the Pixel 4".

  • Istochnik Vladimir
    Istochnik Vladimir 8 days ago

    Hey everyone! I'm a pixel fun. Have every XL version. Everytime was unlucky with the screen - burns a lot. Software is great and camera blew me away, BUT: 11 PRO has much bigger battery and screen is not so dim...with even a little bit worse camera but with wide lense and better video...I really don't know which one to buy. Thank you for all responses. Price is not a concern

  • Quentin COSSON
    Quentin COSSON 8 days ago

    Didn't see those 17min pass

  • Project ElectricEye
    Project ElectricEye 8 days ago

    I feel sick after listening to this...🤮

  • P0ONX5IO
    P0ONX5IO 8 days ago

    Matte rails = nice; glossy surfaces are fingerprint magnets. Apple owner, but hate Apple Design's philosophy of "lets make great renders" vs "lets make products that can survive wear, or wear down gracefully." Hate it.

  • Super Slovak
    Super Slovak 8 days ago

    Welcome to bezel city

  • Shiny Greninja
    Shiny Greninja 9 days ago

    If it goes on sale for Black Friday, I'll buy it. If not, I'll get the 3a.

  • Tiger Gray
    Tiger Gray 9 days ago

    I like my iPhone 11 128gb for $750..👍😅

  • Edwin B
    Edwin B 10 days ago +2

    If you are sleeping with people you don't trust... you have bigger problems than phone selection.

  • Edwin B
    Edwin B 10 days ago +2

    Good review... I didn't detect any - not an iPhone snarkyness - and felt this was a very good review.

  • brian t
    brian t 10 days ago

    my pixel 4 xl sometimes freezes when i take pictures

  • W Boring
    W Boring 11 days ago

    They aint cheap, but WAY cheaper than the iPhone 11 pro

  • D. Jizzal
    D. Jizzal 11 days ago

    Might have to upgrade from my pixel 3xl 🤔

  • Spencer
    Spencer 11 days ago

    Only question I have..Where to get those pokemon wallpapers

  • Isaac Torres
    Isaac Torres 11 days ago

    Ok what does sweater mode mean guys

  • Fun Guy
    Fun Guy 12 days ago +1

    These are my requirements with the phones I want to buy...
    - Small
    - Flagship SoC
    - Close to stock Android that's upgradeable to Pie
    - No software version higher than 9 out of the box
    That's only 4 requirements but I'm still having a hard time finding a smartphone that fits that mold or I might already own them. Pixel 4 disqualifies itself because it will come with Android 10 which I'm trying to avoid.
    Pixel 3
    Essential Phone
    Nokia 8 Sirocco
    Pixel 2
    Sony Xperia XZ1C & XZ2C don't have the gestures I prefer. So the only one from that list I would get is the Nokia 8 Sirocco. I believe the Snapdragon 835 was the most efficient flagship SoC they released since the 800/801. And the Sirocco also has 260 mAh more than my Essential and slightly smaller display to make the battery life even last longer.
    I could easily get the Pixel 1 or 2 but I already owned the former and feel the 3 is better than either one except for maybe battery life and lacking the headphone jack of the 1. Buying a Pixel 1 or 2 would just feel redundant. There's really no phone out there I want to buy. The Nokia 8 is a little too tall similar to the size of an iPhone XR / 11 / 3a while its Sirocco sibling has similar dimensions to the Essential. Except I hate curved displays.
    If I want to retire my Pixel 3 and Essential in a few years, I will have a difficult time replacing them. I refuse to use any Android version that breaks my Call Blacklist Pro app. I could settle for a Razer Phone 1 or 2 but they're too big. I'm hoping the next Motorola RAZR comes with Pie out of the box. Tough out there to find a phone that can meet my 4 requirements. I know the Pixel 4 won't meet it thanks to Android 10.

  • b lim
    b lim 12 days ago

    I stopped watching after less than a minute when he said the huge top bezel was ok and he got used to it. hello? have you seen phones that cost 1/4 the price of this phone that have no bezel? sorry, but that right there told me this guy is paid off.

  • Scott G.
    Scott G. 12 days ago

    Only 64 and 128GB and no wide angle lens is kind of a deal breaker. Edit: Not to mention the battery size.

  • Daniel Pattinson
    Daniel Pattinson 12 days ago

    Pixel camera losing
    So My poco f1 losing
    Pixel video is bad
    So poco f1 video is bad
    Pixel will give good update if they
    Poco again gonna be budget king :D


    the very reason that you mentioned about Deep Fusion and no unlimited storage makes this a fair review.

  • S B
    S B 12 days ago

    I just watched this with my new pixel 4, with live transcribe, and it's spot on accurate

  • Pratap Varma Datla
    Pratap Varma Datla 12 days ago +1

    he gets what the pixel 4 is about better than most reviewers, even mkbhd whined about this losing the point of whom the phone is targetting and at whom this is aimed for, although it isn't available here in India i would have bought it if it launched, i have the pixel 3 xl and it's awesome and people with 9-5 jobs who prefer android, there's no better phone.

  • D C
    D C 12 days ago

    No 3.5mm audio jack, no physical fingerprint sensor, no memory expansion slot, no thank you.

  • george gitau
    george gitau 13 days ago

    Dieter should start his own channel

  • L L
    L L 13 days ago

    Could you also make a camera comparison with the p30 pro to see how much the zoom can do on the pixel 4? Great video, love the content!!

  • Charlie
    Charlie 13 days ago

    This has been the most complimentary review of the pixel I’ve seen so far. Many others disagree on battery life, the inconsistent 90hz display (which if you want it on constantly you have to go into the dev menu) and the fact that the pixels face unlock isn’t secure.

  • Hugo Quintero
    Hugo Quintero 13 days ago

    Whats,the whole,point of having a premium phone if your going put a case on it

  • Martin Kelly
    Martin Kelly 13 days ago


  • Howan Cheng
    Howan Cheng 14 days ago

    “Sleep around with people you trust.” Life lesson guys! Life lessons!