It’s hard to get excited about an upcoming budget Pixel phone when Google is discounting both of its premium phones by a whopping $300.
That means you get:
- 6.3-inch Pixel 4XL with 128GB of storage for $699 (reduced from $999). This is Google’s top-line premium model, while the 64GB is $599.
- 5.7-inch Pixel 4 128GB for $599 (discounted from $899), 64GB is $499.
- For comparison, see these rumored specs for the Pixel 4a
Despite the Pixel 4 hate when it came out, it’s actually a very good phone if you’re paying as little as $499 and getting solid specs like a great camera, snappy performance, top-notch display (with 90 Hz refresh rate), a great in-the-hand design, best AI software, and the best Android experience, among other things.
Pixel 4 is a premium phone — not like the new iPhone SE
Make no mistake, it’s a premium phone (see specs). This Pixel 4 is not a budget offering like the iPhone SE, which lacks things like an OLED display, Face ID and Night Mode. And the iPhone SE only has a single rear camera.
I have both an iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Pixel 4 XL. While I have to use the iPhone 11 Pro Max because of the ecosystem and its ties to my MacBook and iPad, I prefer the cleaner design of the Google Pixel 4 XL and spend more time using the Pixel every day than the iPhone.
The in-the-hand experience is better than the iPhone. The back material is easier to grip and has a much better feel in your hand (I have the “Cleary White” with a soft texture). And it’s lighter. And the Google Fi network is cheap.
The only complaint I have is that battery life could be better. I get a full day from the phone but there’s room for improvement.
Google Pricing: constant discounting
Google consistently discounts its phones. Sales come and go but looked at over the arc of the last seven months after the Pixel 4 was announced, there has been almost chronic discounting of the phone. You could almost say that the list price shouldn’t be taken very seriously.
That makes a good deal and a good phone.