Not everyone agrees that Google’s Pixel 4 is a great smartphone. Michael Simon loves Radar:
The Google Pixel 4 XL can lay claim to the only real smartphone breakthrough of the year: a shrunken radar chip that’s so advanced it can detect when you reach for your phone so you’ll never have to stare at a blank screen.
I suspect that feature is high on the list for techies, but the rest of humanity wants better photos and longer battery life.
Once you get past the lock screen, the Pixel 4 XL is basically an iterative upgrade over the Pixel 3—which is still for sale, and for hundreds of dollars less. The new model introduces features that need more time to bake, a few shortcomings that should have been fixed before launch, and a camera that isn’t impressive when compared to the competition. Google may have delivered its most ambitious phone with the Pixel 4 XL, but it falls well short of nailing a top-tier phone experience.
Move along. Nothing to see here.