Okay, the google pixel 5.. This is hands down the best pixel that i think google has ever made, and after six months of using this phone, i almost feel as though that sentiment is even stronger it’s by far the most reached for android phone. That i’ve been using for the past few months and it’s really nice that it’s standing up to the test of time. Now, that being said, no phone is perfect and there’s. Definitely some improvements that i want to see on the new pixel 6 that google will be launching later this year. So today i thought i’d do kind of a hybrid review going over my favorite features on the pixel 5 for the past six months, while also going into the new things that i want to see. Google implement in the new pixel 6.. Now, before we jump into the review in case you’re new here, i’m jason, i would really appreciate it. If you give this video a thumbs up, it really does help me out and in case you’re tech junkie. Like me, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. So you can stay up to date with all the reviews. Okay, the first thing that i’ve really enjoyed about the pixel 5 over the past six months has been the physical design and the form factor and i’m going to start with the latter, because when it comes to size and fit in the hand, google really nailed another Park with this one, the pixel 5 adopts a smaller, more right.
Sized form factor that’s become really popular since 2020 and is really well executed here. The phone is easy to operate and hold with one hand, which is a stark deviation from most phones. These days, all the buttons are easy to access, including the fingerprint reader on the back and ergonomically it’s, just a really great phone. Now they were able to pull this off, because google finally implemented a design element that it’s never had before, and that was giving the pixel 5 an edge to edge display. Now that can sound bizarre because edge to edge displays weren’t new in 2020. Google was just really behind, but i’m really glad to say that they did a good job with the first one. It has a very small, uniform size, bezel with only a hole, punch cut out for the front facing camera, and it makes for a really immersive user experience. This really makes the smaller form factor work because you don’t lose anything in terms of enjoyability and really is the perfect pairing. So the form factor is something that’s been really nice and honestly, a little bit surprised by, but something i’m, not the biggest fan of is the build material. So google used recycled aluminum for the main, build material for this phone, which, in normal circumstances, would be perfectly fine but it’s weird because they covered it in this coating. That gives it this really flat. Almost eggshell, like finish, and even though it is nice that it doesn’t attract fingerprints at the end of the day, it doesn’t feel like it’s aluminum.
It honestly feels more like a hard plastic and it’s just so lackluster, compared to the beautiful phones that are out today. So one of the main things that i have on my pixel 6 wish list is that i hope google ditches this recycled aluminum and goes with something like a frosted glass panel. That’S been super popular these days. Both apple and samsung have been doing a fantastic job with this new material and i think it would look gorgeous on a pixel, but with that let’s talk a little bit more about the hardware on the pixel 5 and how my experience has been over the past 6 months, so to me, the best piece of hardware on this phone has got to be the display and even though it only comes in at 1080p resolution it’s an oled panel that looks absolutely gorgeous. You get saturated, vibrant colors, solid contrast with those inky blacks and because of the edge to edge design. Doing things like watching videos and playing games is pretty entertaining on this phone, but the main thing about this panel that makes it so enjoyable has got to be the 90hz variable refresh rate that honestly, google did a good job of putting together it’s way better than What they had in the pixel 4, mainly because it uses the high refresh rate, most of the time, giving you that buttery, smooth user experience that’s just a night and day difference from your standard 60hz panel.
Now it would be awesome if the pixel 6 comes with 120 hertz variable refresh rate, but not if it comes at the expense of battery life because that’s another area where the pixel 5 has just been crushing it. I could easily get about seven and a half hours of screen on time with this thing, even on days of heavy use, which is a welcome change of pace from the pixel lineup. Now it’s, not all perfect and there’s. Definitely areas where the pixel 6 needs to step it up, and i would say the main area is the speakers. Even though the pixel 5 has stereo speakers, one of them is embedded underneath the display and it’s just not loud enough and pales in comparison to the competition these days, which is a shame because the rest of the phone is so well made for content consumption. Now. Another thing on my pixel 6 wishlist is that it finally adopts an in display fingerprint reader don’t get me wrong. I don’t really have an issue with the one that’s on the pixel 5, but it’s kind of dated, and it would be nice to finally get a cleaner, more sophisticated biometric security measure and since we’re talking about hardware, let’s talk about the cameras. The cameras on the pixel 5 have been rock solid over the past six months. We finally got a wide angle lens, which is awesome, and i really think that the stills that this camera is able to produce can be considered the best coming on in fitting phone right.
Now you get that classic contrasty. Look that google is known for that signature. Cooler, temperature in the colors and google just really has their processing down to a tee, and these images look awesome now. My next big wishlist item for the pixel 6 is that google really dedicates some more love to the video capability on the pixel it’s, not that the video capability up to this point is terrible, but apple and samsung have really left forward in terms of video capability. It would be awesome to finally get a pixel that can also shoot fantastic video. Now that might be difficult, because one of the main reasons why apple and samsung have the video shooting capability that it does it’s, because they’re equipped with processors that are way more powerful than what’s currently on the pixel. Now i totally understand why google went with a mid tier chip on their phone and, for all intents and purposes it works really well. Here i haven’t had any major slowdowns day to day. Operation is still pretty seamless and even spec intensive activities go off without a hitch, but if you’re going to try and compete with say like the new iphone that can shoot 4k video in dolby vision, hdr or with samsung’s s21 ultra, that can shoot an 8k resolution. You cannot do that on a mid tier processor. Advanced video features require a ton of horsepower and until google ponies up with the latest chipset, i just don’t see it happening now.
My major pixel 6 wish item is something i don’t even know if it’s real but rumor has it that google is in the process of making their own processors in house, and if this is true and they’re able to make them as powerful as what apple has Been bringing to the table that could seriously change the game for the pixel. One of the main reasons why google doesn’t go with a flagship processor is to keep the cost low, but if they have their own chipset, it should make for a lot of cost saving. So hopefully we can get a super powerful processor without increasing the price. Now again, that could be asking too much, and all this could just be a rumor and honestly, i don’t want to take anything away from the pixel 5, because it’s been such a great phone, and i really hope that they build upon what they put together here. For the new pixel 6., but hey that’s, just me, and i want to hear what you guys think: what do you guys think about the pixel 5 6 months later? And what do you want to see in the pixel six curious to get your thoughts? Let me know what you guys are thinking in the comments down below okay that’s about it, for this review don’t forget to leave me a thumbs up if you guys found it useful again, i’d really appreciate it check out these other reviews.