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TL;DR: The new Google Pixel 4 is a total glow-up from its predecessors, and pre-ordering the 64 GB model on Amazon for $799 gets you a free $100 Amazon gift card.
Google chose a risky time to try to compete with Apple and Samsung. Rivaling the iPhone 11 and Samsung Note10 just a month or two after they dropped is brave, especially so when both hit so hard on improved performance, cameras, and aesthetics.
But alas, the Google Pixel 4 was launched on Oct. 15 — and it went really well. Despite Google being weirdly greedy with prices and storage, it's one that you'll really want to consider if you need a new smartphone. To make you feel better about the expense, Amazon is offering free $100 gift cards when you pre-order the Pixel 4 for $799.
This is a similar deal to the one Google's site is running, but there's way more you could cop with a Benjamin Franklin on Amazon than on Google accessories specifically. Hint hint: holiday gifts.
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One of the most noticeable differences (aside from ditching the ugly top notch) is the rear camera setup. The Pixel sports dual cameras arranged in a square, similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. But the point goes to Google here: The cameras don't have as much of a bump and aren't quite as trypophobia-triggering, and one of the cameras is a 16 MP telephoto camera. This bad boy provides 2x optical zoom and can capture photos of stars. Live HDR+ is also an option, but somehow, there's no wide-angle lens.
Other improvements include replacing the fingerprint scanner for facial recognition and upgrading to an OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. (Apple and Samsung's latest phones have a 60Hz display.) Google is also trying something called Motion Sense, which it claims is a built-in radar that allows the phone to sense when its owner is nearby. You can literally swipe in the air without even unlocking your phone.
Pre-order your Pixel 4 (64 GB) in Clearly White, Just Black, or Oh So Orange for the regular price of $799 and look out for your bookmark-shaped gift card in the mail.
Pre-order the Google Pixel 4 (65 GB unlocked) plus $100 Amazon gift card — $799