Phew. I certainly wasn't expecting to write this much about the Pixel 4 when I first powered up my laptop this morning. Looking back, my previous pessimistic statements about the Pixel 4 are perhaps a tad exaggerated, and it seems there is indeed plenty to talk about when it comes to Google’s latest flagship.
On paper at least, the Pixel 4 doesn’t seem to provide much that would warrant an upgrade. But as soon as you begin to dig deeper and start analysing the long list of small changes that you might have otherwise dismissed, you’ll find they all add up to something far greater.
It isn’t quite the high Android watermark I was hoping for, though, and while some of its issues like the lack of microSD support and the omission of the fingerprint reader could perhaps be justified, the potential security risks with the phone’s face unlocking is a much harder pill to swallow.
Does the Google Pixel 4 still represent the very pinnacle of what Android can muster? Absolutely. Is it currently the best smartphone on the market? The answer to that question, I’m afraid, isn’t quite so cut and dry as it once was.