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8 Reasons to Wait for the Pixel 4 & 5 Reasons Not to

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We know Google's new phones will be great devices. We know it'll have the latest Snapdragon processor with the best performance on the market, 6-8GB of RAM, more storage, more cameras, a bigger screen and everything else people love. We know all of that. 

What we don't know is all of the specifics. Will Google be able to offer the same great experience and sound without front speakers and a fingerprint scanner. How will the face unlock work? Will buyers pass on the phone for having no fingerprint scanner at all? We're not sure. 

Will 2019 finally be the year that Google offers more than one camera on the back? Even if they have software that makes the single Pixel 3 camera nearly as good as the triple camera phones available throughout 2018. Who knows. We might even get a Google Pixel Ultra in 2019. (Yes, yes we now know it'll have multiple cameras.)

Perhaps the biggest reason to wait, for me, is because of the OnePlus 7T. This year OnePlus released two phones and the Pro was incredible, but expensive, which made it worth waiting for the Pixel 4. But now, we're also thinking it's worth waiting to see how much Google asks for the P4, and then decide if you want to pay that or save money and get the new OnePlus 7T. 

Basically, one of the biggest reasons to get a OnePlus phone over a Pixel is the price, but this year that gap isn't as big as before to justify some of the shortcomings. 

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Ulhas Sakahre

    01/25/2019 at 12:41 am

    One of the things I wish to see in the next-gen pixel is the dual camera for better Bokeh and also the minimal front. I dont want to see them copying. Hoping they will bring a few changes and be pioneer in the design bringing something which we have never seen.

  2. Kindread

    02/26/2019 at 5:08 am

    This was a really thoughtful article. Been reading up all morning and this made me both look forward to the Pixel 4 and also confirm to me that I shouldn’t wait for it this time around. I would also mention that the Pixel 3/3XL Lite is rumored to be dropping in a month or so. Great cost effective alternative for a brand new Pixel albeit a plastic-bodied version of last year’s model.

  3. o3mta3o

    03/27/2019 at 9:13 am

    Pixel might only be 3 generations in but Google had 6 generations of Nexus phones before it. I’m sure the only reason they renamed is that Nexus 7 was already taken by their 7″ tablet.
    They’ll be releasing their 10th generation phone too this year. Noob.

    • Cory Gunther

      04/15/2019 at 4:23 pm

      Well.. Kind of, but I disagree completely! Nexus phones were made by HTC a few times, LG, HTC again, and even Motorola made one. Even the last-gen Nexus 5X and 6P were made by LG (5x) and Huawei made the Nexus 6P. Obviously, they ALL looked completely different.

      So while this is “technically” the 10th phone from Google, it’s honestly the 4th where Google’s actually making the majority of the choices, decisions, designs, etc.

  4. Diana

    03/29/2019 at 7:22 am

    Please do not curve the sides of the google pixel 4 xl. It makes it easier to play word search puzzle without losing your place while using the stylus to get the correct answer

  5. henry LAX

    04/02/2019 at 6:44 pm

    Jesus Christ talk about grading on a curve … pretending all the previous efforts of Nexus didn’t exist

  6. SolerL

    04/22/2019 at 1:17 pm

    Whenever I saw those patent drawings, I could only see one thing: The Pixel 2 XL without the screen outline. I don’t know when these patents were filed (which could potentially, technically rule that out), but I don’t know how no one has mentioned this (on the articles and posts I’ve read so far anyway)…

    I believe it is in fact the Pixel 2 XL due to the placement of the speakers, flash, and camera lens. But mostly due to the glass section design.

  7. Matthew Davis

    04/27/2019 at 3:04 am

    By the way, Flame is a fish. The flame angel is a bright red marine fish and one of the most beautiful in existence.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas63/4457240595/

  8. douchebag workout 2

    05/22/2019 at 7:54 pm

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  9. Tyler

    06/07/2019 at 4:33 pm

    I really really hope that they dont remove the fingerprint sensor from the back. It is my favorite unlock from any phone ever and I love it on my pixel 2.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:55 am

      Almost positive this phone will have no fingerprint scanner. If it does have one, it’ll be under the screen. positive.

  10. Khairul

    07/17/2019 at 7:41 am

    Another reason for waiting on a future Pixel device is 5G connectivity. I’m planning on holding onto my 2016 Pixel XL until a few months after the first Pixel 5G is released, when the price should have depreciated quite a bit.

    • Cory Gunther

      08/28/2019 at 10:54 am

      Oh absolutely. It’ll get released near the end of October. Then a few weeks later see discounts, not to mention more discounts for Black Friday. Combine a trade-in deal with BF and you’ll score a sweet deal!

  11. Jumping Jack Flash

    09/19/2019 at 12:30 pm

    Wait it out.

    I’m not paying $1,000 for an Android based phone that has what – 3 years of support?
    vs. paying about the same amount for an Iphone, yet having 4-5 years of support.

    I look for value for dollar. Surprisingly enough – the Iphone may end up being the less expensive one to consider – if you’re concerned about your phone’s longevity of security updates / o/s updates etc.

    I would prefer to stay within Android – but am keeping the options open. I may wait until mid-October to see what happens with the Pixel 3 pricing.

    • Korey

      09/24/2019 at 2:38 am

      This would be true, but I’m definitely not keeping a phone for 5 years. That like 50 years in tech time. I’ve had 3 phones since I had the 6s+ (was not impressed). Went to Pixel for two years, now Xr for a year. Apple does some ok stuff, but they keep you in the garden in every way possible. Sometimes you want some forbidden fruit lol. .

  12. venus noorzai

    09/28/2019 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting thing with us.

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