Google’s Pixel 5 was the last of its kind
Google gave up on the Pixel 5 design and size way too soon. Been using one for the past week. It's now even smoother on Android 12. Still looks and feels unique.This should be the Pixel version of the iPhone SE and just get brought up to speed every

Google gave up on the Pixel 5 design and size way too soon. Been using one for the past week. It's now even smoother on Android 12. Still looks and feels unique.

This should be the Pixel version of the iPhone SE and just get brought up to speed every couple years. pic.twitter.com/UXLfrms4p0

— Chris Welch (@chriswelch) June 20, 2022

The Pixel 5 is smaller than both the Pixel 5A and 6A — with more premium hardware to boot. Image: Google

The Pixel 5’s bio resin finish makes for a unique in-hand feel. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The Pixel 6A will soon be Google’s smallest phone. Image: GoogleThe Pixel 5 isn’t perfect

Although I’m mostly satisfied with the smooth performance and general responsiveness of the Pixel 5 on Android 12, there are still occasions where the midrange Snapdragon 765G processor hits a wall and gets bogged down. Snap a photo, and the frustrating delay while the phone processes the shot remains present. The 5 can also get hung up if you get overly ambitious with multitasking.

While I’m sold on the Pixel 5’s look and feel, Google’s hardware quality assurance isn’t always the best. Many units have a slight gap between the display and body. After the phone’s release, the company said the gap wasn’t anything to worry about — but it’s exactly the sort of minor detail that I find annoying.

And then there’s that dreadful under-screen speaker, which still sounds tinny in most cases even after Google tried to improve it with an “adaptive sound” setting. Those symmetrical bezels didn’t come without tradeoffs.

But even with those downsides factored in, there’s still something special about this phone. I’ve come close to buying one from Woot, which is selling new, unopened Pixel 5s for $450. Apparently Google must’ve stumbled across some extra inventory in a warehouse somewhere. With Apple’s mini iPhone rumored to be cut from the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, it seems small phones are on the way out (again). That makes this a tempting moment to buy. The only asterisk to consider in Google’s case is that software support for the Pixel 5 will end in October 2023.

But maybe by then, Google will reintroduce a small Pixel that doesn’t skimp on hardware features and doesn’t so blandly take after its larger siblings.

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