Google Pixel 5 Hands-on: A Premium Design in a Compact Package


It’s created by Google and lauded by most fans for its close-to-stock Android feel, which is unsurprising because Google is the one which develops Android! The Google Pixel 5 was announced just last week, and we can finally show you some pictures of the device in its own Just Black color. There’s not a whole lot more that we can enter at the moment past how it seems, but we’ll have a full review available for you if the embargo lifts!

About this hands-on: Google Ireland sent us the Google Pixel 5 for review on the 8th of October, 2020 in Just Dark. This is hands on to show some images of the device and also to discuss the specifications. We will have a complete review soon!

Google Pixel 5 Layout
The Google Pixel 5 isn’t too much of a departure from previous Pixel smartphones, and in actuality, it looks almost identical to this Google Pixel 4a which just recently launched also. Its most unique layout trait is that the 100% recycled aluminum back, and I do need to emphasize unique. It’s unlike any other phone that I’ve felt before as it feels nearly enjoy a combination of hard cardboard and rubber while still feeling hardy. That’s not a problem though, and it makes it feel more superior if anything.

The fingerprint sensor is at the specific same level of indentation as on the Pixel 4a, making it easy to swipe against it accidentally. That hasn’t been much of an issue for me personally in my brief time with the apparatus, and I guess it won’t be for other people unless you’ve empowered the fingerprint swipe gesture to pull down your notifications.

There is no brightly colored power button this time around–it’s only a straight metallic power button, though it can shine a bit in the ideal lighting. The button isn’t as clicky since it is about the Google Pixel 4a either, which if I’m honest, is sort of disappointing. It is not that it’s weak, it is that it currently feels like clicky as any other smartphone in the marketplace.

The Google Pixel 5’s 6-inch screen is disrupted only by a hole-punch camera cutout on the top left. It’s not too large and you won’t detect it in general use, but it is a first for the flagship Pixel line of smartphones.

I can not speak about much more when it comes to the Google Pixel 5 at the present time, but I will mention that the basic usage right out of the box. There are a few striking qualities to point out, such as the powerful haptics (as seen on previous Google smartphones) that feel as good as ever. The 90Hz screen makes the installation texture smooth and fast, and overall scrolling up and down is an experience that matches all my previous experiences with 90Hz displays.

The Google Pixel 5 is easy to use with one hand, something I greatly enjoy at a sea of monster-sized smartphones, and it’s not too heavy either. It may control a wireless charging pad and may charge different devices through”Battery Share”, and packs a number of additional Google-exclusive features that we’ll enter in our entire review. So far I am loving it, but you will have to wait a little to find out all reason why!

The official Google Pixel 5 Fabric Case

It’s soft to the touch, but I’d certainly call it protective. I’m very impressed with it, and while it seems a bit odd, I will certainly be keeping it in my Pixel 5. Personally, I really like how it looks, but I could understand that it is probably a polarising design. But, there are already other instance options available — check out our very best Pixel 5 Cases guide for more information!

If you are planning on picking up a Pixel 5 for yourself, act fast–it’s already out of stock in some countries! If you can wait, though, keep an eye out for our full review to see if Google’s latest Pixel phone is worth its cost.


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