Introduction

26 Apr 2021

After using Nokia 6.1 for about three years, it was time to update. Unfortunately, none of the Nokia models suited what I wanted this time, so I decided to spend a bit more and get a Google Pixel 5.

First impressions

The phone is a bit smaller than Nokia 6.1 and much lighter. The screen aspect is slightly different (fashion of the day is taller screens). If feels like a good quality phone, but not quite like a flagship. There is a feeling of hollowoness when the screen is touched, which takes some getting used to and is pretty strange.

The battery is not replacable, as usual. It has capacity of about 4,000 mAh, which is more than what Nokia 6.1 has. But, if anything, it lasts a bit shorter for the same set of applications on the phone and without being connected to a 5G network. Two days can be pushed out of it, but just.

The OLED screen is sharp, with those deep blacks. It leaves Nokia's screen in the dust.

Everything happens a lot faster than on the Nokia. I guess that Snapdragon 765G does make a difference.

Functionality

With a bit more intense workout of the CPU, this phone does warm up. Must be all the horsepower that is available here that generates the heat.

Even with Nokia, I started using the awesome FairEmail recently. It is open source, with an absolutely amazing support and is the only Android email app that supports IMAP NOTIFY, to the best of my knowledge. Highly recommended!

DAVx5 works great on the phone as well. Another open source software, highly recommended.

The rest is pretty standard Android stuff and works without any problems.

I am not really a photo taking guy, but the camera appears to take nice photos.

There is no SD card support on this phone. Disappointing, but I knew this going into the purchase, so it was a reluctant tradeoff for the phone being splash resistant and getting updates on time.

The speakers produce decent volume.

Unfortunately, the included USB-C earbuds do not really fit my ears. After using them for a while, my ears hurt, because instead of soft silicone, the material in contact with the ears is hard plastic.

Updates

The phone came with Android 11, which received multiple security updates to get it completely up to date. Every one of those required a separate and lengthy process to get applied. Pretty bad design and for someone coming from Fedora RPM world, this feels like a step backwards.

4 May 2021: Google's 5 May 2021 security update. Worth notig is that on this phone, updates delivered by Google Play system also require a restart, so they are probably doing something?

8 Jun 2021: Google's 5 Jun 2021 security update. With 154 MB in size, it's likely not just security stuff.

11 Jun 2021: Google Play system 1 Jun 2021 update. Size of it was 15 MB, so probably contained actual patches and not just a version bump.

8 Jul 2021: Google's 5 Jul 2021 security update. Very small, less than 10 MB.

3 Aug 2021: Google's 5 Aug 2021 security update. Very small, just over 9 MB.

Conclusion

It will probably be an OK phone for my needs. It is a bit expensive, but that is the price for getting a premium brand phone with quick updates.

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