It looks like the Pixel 4 has the same terrible oleophobic screen coating as other Pixels
This is one of those "is it this way for everyone, or just me?" problems that I didn't think was a thing until I asked around. Our own Harish Jonnalagadda noticed that his Pixel 4 XL's oleophobic coating was all but gone in the bottom third of the screen with just a couple weeks of light use. I felt vindicated because I'd been observing my own Pixel 4 XL's screen retaining a ton of fingerprint smudges compared to all of my other phones. No, I wasn't crazy; and I wasn't alone in dealing with wiping off my Pixel's screen more often than any other phone I've used ... since the Pixel 3.
As a quick reminder, an oleophobic coating is a layer added to most touchscreen devices that helps it repel oils (technically the coating is usually lipophobic and hydrophobic). It's the property that helps you use your phone all day, touching it with your naturally oily fingers, without the screen looking and feeling like you've been resting a piece of pizza on it. It's standard practice to not put this sort of coating on the glass back of phones to help you get some grip on the pane, but just about every phone nowadays as a coating on the screen.
Terrible oleophobic screen coatings seem to be a bit of a theme on Pixels. The Pixel 2 was widely known to have a quickly dissipating coating, and after that reports were even more widespread for the Pixel 3. My Pixel 3 and 3 XL both suffered from this issue, and it's been a recurring talking point from many AC staff members. Yes, the oleophobic coating wears off on other phones, too, but seemingly never at the rapid rate it does on Pixels.
The Pixel 4's coating is so thin and easy to remove that I'm questioning how much of a "coating" there really is to begin with. Seeing a fully worn-off area on Harish's screen after just a couple weeks of use is baffling. Mine is slightly better, but the bottom half of the screen is now, 5 weeks into using it, impossible to keep clean. And of course this is a vicious cycle — as soon as the coating starts to fade, you wipe the phone off more, which removes more coating.
One fix for this problem can be a screen protector, which often come with their own oleophobic coating — whether you buy a high-end glass protector (opens in new tab) or a cheaper plastic version (opens in new tab). Or, you can just deal with the extra smudges.
I'm also curious what your experience has been with your Pixel 4. Do you feel like your screen holds more fingerprints than other phones? There are enough Pixel 4s out in the wild with weeks of use on them that we can see just how big of a pattern this is.
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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.
Google can't catch a break.....
You think after four generations, they would have their ducks in a row....
What do other folks think? I realise some people love pixels and that's fine I'm not saying they bad phones but should you have to put up with what seems like a whole bunch of fundamental shortcomings from such a massive company?
The difference here is that Apple already has an awesome closed system that works with all of its devices , and though apples hardware may be a bit basic as far as features go , it is top notch and nicely refined .
Everybody knows Google can do some cool stuff when they focus on something ,
but the one metric for in this case building a successful smart phone , is it should be across the board better than previous or last year's models !
Look at battery life , according to gsmarenas standard endurace battery test , the pixel 4 xl has worse battery life than the nexus 6P by one hour ,
The Nexus 6P had a smaller battery !
As a nexus 6P owner i was never impressed with it.
surely in 2019 a company that can do some really cool stuff was we have seen many times could get such a simple thing right ?
The storage , the annoying no headphone jack, no sd card , the somewhat low brightness display settings .
I want to like Google handsets , but .........
>Blames Google with said cleaner removes the coating
This is your fault.
So I. Selling my note 10 plus to my friend she loves Samsung .
Total failure by Google. This cheap shiт written all over it. At this point I am not sure even if I want P4 for free (which i can get with P3 tradein).
I now own a 4XL, and have had it for several weeks now without a problem. (Knock on wood)
As for those mentioning HTC, that's the only reason I tried the Pixel 2Xl, I had owned HTCs for many years and always loved those too, they always seemed so much better built than their competitors.
Just my two cents, but you did so ask for it.
I also sell phones, so if this was in any way a common issue I would have seen the problem by now. Very bizarre...
I'm looking at the volume buttons and it sure doesn't look like the P4 volume rocker. I realize it has a clear cover but from what see, it has individual up/down buttons unlike the current P4.
Am I wrong here or is this fake news?
banding beneath the middle finger? Both of these features don't exist on the P4XL.