For the past few years, I’ve looked forward to Google announcing its latest Pixel phone. I’ve enjoyed and easily recommended every Pixel phone Google has released. It’s been one of my favorite devices released every year, and even with months of leaks that revealed nearly everything there is to know about the Pixel 4, I still looked forward to trying out Google’s latest.
After a week of using the Pixel 4 XL, I’m left disappointed. Don’t get me wrong: The Pixel 4 XL is every bit of a Pixel device, and I love it for that. It has an impressive camera. It provides a nearly pure Android 10 experience, save for a handful of tweaks by Google, and it’s set to receive monthly software and security updates.