Since 2016, when the original Pixel debuted, it has felt like Google just needed one more year, and then another, to make the brand a household name. To be broadly considered a success.
And judging by the Pixel’s outsized influence in the Android smartphone market relative to its reported sales numbers, I’d say Google can celebrate that success. Its phones are synonymous with great cameras, with innovative and useful software features, and with playful if divisive approaches to smartphone design.
But influence doesn’t sell phones, and Google’s Sisyphean journey to bring its own Android experience to more people just hasn’t really worked. At the high-end, Pixel phones could never compete with Samsung, LG, Huawei and OnePlus (among others) on sheer brute-force specs; and on the value side, Pixels cost too much to attract the value-conscious buyers of Motorola and Nokia products. As the classic Stealers Wheel song goes, they were stuck in the middle with you.
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Last year, though, Google seemingly found its footing with the Pixel 3a, a $399 handset that refactored how the company builds phones. Its success, and the Pixel 4 series’ subsequent failure, made it clear what needed to happen: as nearly every smartphone maker went higher and higher, exploring new materials, form factors, and technologies, Google wasn’t going anywhere.
Today, the middle is exactly where Google wants to be.
Google Pixel 5 review:
Google Pixel 5
Bottom line: Google didn’t shoot for the moon, but it landed among the stars anyway. The Pixel 5 is one of the best and most accessible phones of the year, offering most people everything they want and nothing they don’t.
Still the best camera for stills and now great for video
Fantastic battery life
Attractive, well-built aluminum chassis
Good performance for the price
Three years of monthly updates guaranteed
Stereo speakers are disappointing
Display is dim, and auto-brightness is unreliable
Phone lacks Wi-Fi 6 support
There’s a 5G tax in the U.S.
Only available in one size, one storage config, two colors
Google Pixel 5 review Price & release date
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The Pixel 5 costs $699 USD and is available in two colors, Sorta Sage (green) and Just Black, and in one size configuration — there is no Pixel 5 XL this year. It’s also limited to a single storage size, 128GB, with no…