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I Got Myself A Google ‘Pixel 5’ To Replace My 13-Month Old ‘Pixel 4’ & I Continue Using ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier.

by Anura Guruge

First & so far ONLY Picture With My Google Pixel 5.
Straight out of my ‘office’ window.

Though I still take as many pictures as ever, & post at least 7-a-day, I have basically stopped using a dedicated camera — though I still have two ‘new’ Panasonics.

So, if my phone has become my camera THEN I have to stay on top of camera technology. While I appreciate that the Pixel 5 did NOT offer much of an upgrade re. the camera, it is still new camera hardware & software. Plus, Google gives me a 24-month, 0% APR deal.

PLUS, I wanted to go back to a fingerprint reader!

2020 was a REAL bad year to have ‘face recognition‘! Why? Masks!

After saying that setting up the fingerprint reader was one of the few hiccups with the new phone. I finally managed but it took quite a few tries.

I also had trouble downloading the ‘Google Fi‘ APP from the ‘Google Play Store’. Other than that, it was a breeze.


So far, so good.

Actually bought TWO Pixel 5s — one for one of my daughters too.

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by Anura Guruge

Google Pixel 4 ‘Face Recognition’ Not Much Good With Face Masks; Pixel 5, LUCKILY, Will Go Back To Fingerprint.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

From: ‘gizchina.com’. Google ‘Pixel 5’ for more.

It is both funny & frustrating trying to CONFIRM my identity to my phone when I am wearing a face mask!

The timing could NOT have been worse for Google. Even they would not have been able to predict that face masks would be in vogue in mid-2020.

Yes, most of the time I can keep my Google 4 ‘unlocked’ due to its proximity to my TRUSTED Garmin Fenix 6 smartwatches.

The problem arises when I try to use ‘SMART PAY’. And ironically that is also related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I would rather not touch credit card readers.

But, the phone, for good reason, needs you to verify that it is indeed you trying to use ‘Smart Pay’. Therein lies the problem.

I have NOT been a fan of ‘face recognition’. It works BUT it always seems finicky. Touch-and-go. I much preferred the fingerprint reader. I will HAVE to get a Pixel 5 just for that. SMILE. Well, I will keep you posted.

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by Anura Guruge