Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel 5 is a compact, affordable flagship with some compromises
The Google Pixel 5 loses some of the more advanced features of its predecessor in order to keep the cost down, and the result is a streamlined phone with great camera software and a clean Android interface. But without some of those premium perks, like a telephoto lens, that appear in other handsets at the same price tier, the Pixel 5 struggles to distinguish itself from the competition. It is a good handset at a consumer-pleasing price – but that's true of other 2020 phones, too.
• Camera software is better than ever
• Metal case is refreshing change from glass
• Clean Android interface
• No telephoto camera
• Middling night photography
Should you buy the Google Pixel 5?
Buy it if...
The Pixel 5 doesn't have a wide array of rear cameras, but its photo software is great – especially in the ways it enables you to edit images after taking them.
The Pixel 5 can be used one-handed with relative ease, which isn't the case with most flagship phones, and it won't take up too much space in pockets or bags.
The Google Pixel 5 runs Android 11, one of the first phones to do so, and as ever on Pixel phones and it's not bloated with superfluous apps, settings, or other interface extras.
Don't buy it if...
The Pixel 5 is speedy, but it's not as fast as the most powerful phones out there, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The Pixel 5 takes great photos, but it doesn't have the most advanced suite of lenses. If you want strong zoom photography, opt for a phone with telephoto lenses, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 line.
The Pixel 5 has a great 6-inch screen, but it's easily dwarfed by bigger phones like the similarly-priced and the 6.55-inch , or at a higher price, the 6.7-inch .