The past of the Pixel phones has been marred with failures and compromises, yet has been filled with promising bits that have slowly paved the way for the future. The new phone was packed with everything and the kitchen sink, including the first-ever in-house developed chip from the company.
The result is a phone that's just about perfect in every way and, instead of being held back by compromises or poor decisions, its biggest weaknesses are down to preference. It's one of the best phones you can buy right now, and it represents an on-point Google we've never seen before, because it's one of the best phones you can buy right now, and it's one of the best phones you can buy right now Everything from the software to the hardware feels like it was designed for you.
The larger, more full-featured version of the GOOGLE POLE 6 is called the GOOGLE POLE 6 PRO The Pixel 6 Pro has a larger screen with curved edges, more RAM, more storage space, and a higher-res front-facing camera. It's similar to what we've come to expect from the "Pro" version of a product, and it's the best phone made by the company.
I used the 128 gigabyte version of the Pixel 6 Pro in our review.
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The model with 128 gigabytes of storage was priced at $899. You can choose from Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunnny if you want.
You can purchase the Pixel 6 Pro from a number of retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy. Many carriers are currently running deals that will net you hundreds of dollars off the price of the Pixel 6 Pro.
The ability to connect to 5G and sub 6 networks is included in the price of the Pixel 6 Pro model.
The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro were introduced at the Made by Google event. The new phones are the official follow-up to the previous ones. ThePixel 7 series will be offered in more countries than thePixel 6. If you want to save money, check out these amazing Pixel 7 deals, which are likely to be cheaper than buying a Pixel 6 Pro at this time.
There is a vision for a phone with top specifications. The larger, souped-up phone that will make more sense for some people is what you'll get for $300 more.
|Category||Google Pixel 6 Pro|
|Device name||Google Pixel 6 Pro|
|Operating System||Android 12|
|Display||6.7-inch, 1440 x 3120 resolution (512 ppi), LTPO OLED, 10-120Hz refresh rate|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB|
|Radios||Sub-6 5G, mmWave 5G,|
|Rear Camera||50MP, ƒ/1.85, 1.2μm (wide-angle)12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.25μm (ultra-wide)|
48mp, / 3.5, 0.8m, 4x optical zoom.
|Front Camera||11.1MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22μm|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Battery||5003mAh30W Fast Charging12-23W Wireless Charging|
5 watt reverse wireless charging
|Dimensions||163.9mm height x 75.9mm width x 8.9mm depth|
|Water and dust resistance||IP68|
|Colors||Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny|
The backs of the two phones look similar, with the taller one rising above the camera bar. If you sit them side by side, you'll see that the designs are very similar.
It will turn heads. It's the most unique looking phone of the year, and it's the most unique design ever made for aPixel.
The camera bar is an evolution of the camera bar from the 6P. It's not just good looking, it's also more useful than a camerabump as it makes the device lay evenly on a surface. Most camera bumps end up being off-center and make phones wobble when placed on a surface.
The side curves were reversed between the power and volume rocker buttons. Another subtle design touch that shows quite a bit of thought went into every inch of the device makes it easy to identify where the buttons are.
The company has never produced a more well-made Pixel. The side rails on the regular Pixel 6 are a matt color. The shine can make things slippery. It's very easy to drop if you live in a cold climate.
There are a few areas where it becomes apparent that the build quality of the devices is not as good as it could be. There are small gaps between the glass back and the camera bar on my unit. The metal rails on my review unit meet the plastic bar at the top of the phone.
The tolerance levels on each review unit seem to be different. It's more than likely that there's just a bit of variation in some units, and that it shows that quality control still needs work.
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I don't think most people will notice the inconsistencies, but they show that there is still work to be done by the search engine. It's worth pointing out that comparable phones, like the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the S21 Ultra, are more expensive than the one with the same amount of storage. The corners had to be cut to make the prices more reasonable.
The earpiece and bottom-facing speakers play sweet, sweet tones in conjunction to create a stereo experience even though the bezels are small. The phone's thickness isn't enough to make it even if you're extremely obsessive.
As has been the case for a long time, there is only one type-C connection on the phone and no other ports. You can charge your wireless headphones or other device with reverse wireless charging if you need it.
I've never used a motor like the one inside the phone. This is a step up in quality from the previous ones, but it is still good. When you tap on the keyboard it feels more thought out than a typical phone vibrating motor.
Even after using a phone like the S22 Ultra in early 2022, it's clear that the use of haptics is better than any other manufacturer.
There is a curved display panel ThePixel 6 Pro can change its refresh rate on the fly, with no animation or movement, and it can go up to 120Hz.
ThePixel 6 Pro can only switch between 120, 60, and 10hertz depending on what's happening on the screen, which isn't as efficient as some other manufacturers.
If you've ever used a phone with a 120Hz display, you will know how smooth it is. If you prefer a longer battery life over a smooth experience, you can choose to go back to 60Hz.
It's easy to see the display outside, but it doesn't hold up under the sun. The display only reaches a peak of 800 nits brightness while other phones can reach a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The maximum brightness on the two phones is 500 nits, which is less than the 900 nits on the S21 Ultra.
There is only one problem with this and that is in the sun. It looks great on the display of the Pixel 6 Pro. It has a wonderful color range, bright highlights, and excellently detailed shadows without the black crush that some mobile panels suffer from.
The phone doesn't seem to suffer from the issues that are found in phones with curved displays.
Even if you don't like curved displays, this design makes it easier to use gesture-based navigation, which is enabled out of the box for thePixel 6.
The optical in-display fingerprint scanner is located in the bottom third of the screen. It isn't very good and I found it failing more often than I thought.
It's not terrible, but it's not really great. Even when I was indoors, accuracy was a bit suspect. The accuracy dropped further when the sun hit the display at an angle.
The sensor on the phone was a bit slow when compared to other phones. You'll need to press and hold for it to register your fingerprints. It's a far cry from the dedicated rear sensors that have been used on thePixels.
The fingerprint sensor on the phone has been updated several times, eventually getting it to a point where it's not so bad. It's slower and less accurate than other phones, but it's not as bad as it was when it was first released.
There are a number of exclusive features you won't find anywhere else with the Pixel line. Almost all of these features rely on the use of artificial intelligence, usually in the form of Google Assistant.
There are a few enhancements that are powered by, but most of these experiences aren't exclusive to the newest iteration of the phone.
Most of the features you might have loved from previous phones are now using onboard processing instead of sending them to the cloud all the time. The time it takes for a response is reduced and the phone uses the most private way to compute your visual and voice data.
The ability to translate entire conversations is a cool new feature. If you're talking to someone who writes in another language, and you happen to be using one of the aforementioned messaging services, a special button will pop up on the screen.
English, French, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Polish, and Russian are supported.
If you click the Assistant microphone button on the top right of the keyboard, you can say "Hey Google, type." It is easy to speak to type in any app, there is an accessibility enhancement and it is convenient at times.
Thanks to the screening of calls made with the help of the Google Assistant, the company has held the title of best phonespam filter.
When you dial a toll-free number and the menu is read aloud, the menu will be put on your phone's display and you'll be able to click on them. It's easy to navigate through those menus without remembering the differences between them.
You can ask the assistant to hold the call for you so that you don't have to wait for the live operator. Some call centers use a callback feature, but that can be better.
Just in time for the launch of the Pixel 6, the brand new OS update was launched. We haven't seen a clear vision ofAndroid since it was first introduced. It is clear that it has been a long time since it regained its identity.
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The visual identity of the Pixel feels complete with the launch of the new operating system. From the moment you turn the phone on to the moment you change the wallpaper, it feels like it's been there forever. It's fast and beautiful. I can't wait to use what they've created for my site.
Most of the new features are made better with the help of the first chip from the company. Don't worry, if you're worried that a chip that performs worse or feels sluggish when compared to a chip made by a different company, don't be.
Nothing I did was different than what I would expect from a top-of-the-line chip from the company.
The phone's back and side rails get a little warm during use. If you have a case on, it won't be noticed, but it makes me wonder if the phone could be turned off when it gets too hot.
No matter how much you use your phone, it'll get you through a full day with no need for a top-up. During the review period, I was able to get 6-7 hours of screen time on time and still make it to the end of the day with double-digits remaining.
One particularly heavy use day, where I compared the Pixel 6 Pro with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and several other phones, thePixel 6 Pro had over an hour of camera use and nearly five hours of screen time and still had 9% left at night. Since many phones will see significant battery drain with that much camera usage, the Pixel 6 Pro handled it without any issues.
Light users are likely to get around two days of battery life. The Pixel 6 Pro has 85% battery life left, even though it has been off the charge since 6 am. I haven't left my keyboard in a while and have only turned the screen on for an hour so far.
It's annoying when a phone supports a faster charging rate, but this phone had little issue topping up quickly, thanks to the standard 18WPixel charging port.
It will take around an hour to top up your phone if you pick up one of the best 30W chargers.
The speed of wireless charging has been upgraded, but only when you put the new 2nd-gen Pixel Stand on the phone. The Pixel 6 Pro will charge at 23W, or double the 12W maximum, when you use the stand.
It's easy to use reverse wireless charging to charge a pair of headphones. There are enough of them on the market to make this a useful feature.
The only complaint I have is that the phone's battery statistics are not up to par. There is a better job of delivering succinct info for individual apps than there is of delivering a higher level view of battery life.
It can be solved with a third-party app if you don't like it, but most people don't care about it.
The reputation of having phones that take the best pictures has been maintained by the company. The Pixel 6 Pro pulls the rug out from under Apple and the other companies.
The best example of a phone camera is the Pixel 6 Pro. For the everyday user who just wants a phone that takes the best pictures and video with the tap of a button, thePixel 6 Pro is the phone for them.
For the sake of structural review tradition, I'll take a look at why the photography crown was taken by Google.
The camera sensor hardware in the phones has been upgraded by the company. The newer sensor only differs from the base sensor in that it includes optical image stabilization.
A 50MP main sensor is capable of producing some truly remarkable fine detail. You'll be getting the widest dynamic range of any phone we've tested because of the sensor's ability to combine physical dots together.
Thanks to its new Real Tone algorithm changes, which ensure every skin color is represented properly, the white and color balance in the industry is still the best in the world. The darker the skin tone, the darker the photograph needs to be lightened up.
In order to ensure that it doesn't treat skin tones this way, and in order to represent real-world skin tones in a way we've never seen before, photos from thePixel 6 andPixel 6 Pro represent real world skin tones in a way we've never seen before The effect is shown in the photos taken from the two phones next to each other.
The camera comparison results can be found at the top of the page.
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When high dynamic range kicks in, the iPhone lightens up darker skin tones more frequently. Even in the most difficult lighting conditions, the skin color in these photos was not comparable to that of Apple.
The Magic Eraser mode, which was first announced in May of last year, is one of the new modes that can be found in the camera app. The feature has been in the works for a long time and is finally being enabled thanks to the power of Tensor. It is a feature that will get a lot of use from people in the future, even though it isn't as automated as first thought.
The Magic Eraser is located under the tools heading. This also includes photos taken on a phone other than the one used in the photo. When you first load a photo, Tensor will help you remove objects or people from the background by scanning the picture and giving you suggestions.
It is possible to manually highlight or circle objects to help detect objects in need of removal. It worked for objects in the foreground or other objects that you might not want to remove. My friend has gone missing, like Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
The feature isn't perfect, but it's a huge step in the right direction and an example of how artificial intelligence can simplify or enable tasks not otherwise possible. I compared the two programs and, to the surprise of many, the results from the two programs came out to be very different. It's likely that Magic Eraser will only get better from here.
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Motion blur in photos can be improved by using Tensor. The age-old problem of just trying to get a clear picture of your kids has finally been solved thanks to Face Unblur, which uses the power of computational photography to unblur a moving human's face.
This worked perfectly in practice. During my review, I took photos of my son and his cousins, many of which were greatly improved thanks to face unblur.
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Sometimes, you may want to add a bit of blur to your photos to make them look better. There are action pan and long exposure modes. Action Pan is designed to highlight a moving subject in extra detail while simultaneously blurting the area around them to enhance the sense of movement. The results were amazing when I tried this with my son.
Long Exposure is supposed to be used while on a tripod. The phone will capture a scene with long exposures and balance out the still parts of the scene to create light trails or soft water effects.
Both of the motion modes are impressive because they are free-hand. It's a huge upgrade from other phones that you won't need a tripod to hold.
It's something that's been done on other phones, but it's just better on thePixel 6.
Night sight is even better than before. It can capture more light in less time than before and it can pack in more detail. The results tend to blow away the competition no matter what time of day or night it is.
Night Sight is enabled when the phone senses light under a lux level. Night Sight can be disabled with a tap, but it will ensure you get the best photo no matter what the lighting conditions are like.
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A maximum photo zoom of 20x and a maximum video zoom of 15x can be achieved with the new 4x optical telephoto lens on the Pixel6 Pro. Everything in our tests was blown out of the water by the Pixel 6 Pro. The only phones that could compete with it were the Note 20 Ultra and the S21 Ultra.
When zooming in beyond 10x, the S22 Ultra takes a lot more detail than the Pro. The ability to zoom in up to 100x is what magnifies the difference.
Once lower lighting conditions are reached, the advantage goes to the other way around. The darker the scene gets, the better it gets. Even though the S22 Ultra has a 10x optical zoom lens, it doesn't make up for the physical gap.
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The hardware improvements include the 4x optical lens and the 48MP sensor behind it. There is a 10mp sensor behind the lens.
SuperRes zoom, the same tech that has enabled excellent zoom detail, is the cherry on top of the cake.
The results show that even though Apple is doing better in zoom, it's not as good as it could be. You will not find a camera that can zoom in better on the S22 Ultra during the day.
While talking into the camera, the power of the Tensor processor will be used to improve speech. The data that is read from your lips is used to separate your voice from the noise around you.
Tshaka took the Pixel 6 to the busy streets of L.A., and found it to be very effective at reducing background noise and enhancing his own speech. A monolog with noise would have turned into a speech.
Some other manufacturers use a wider-angle lens, which can make it difficult to see the scene around you. The noise that's produced in low light is not helped by the lens.
The head-to-head comparison between it and the S22 Ultra shows that there is still work to be done.
When it comes to video recording on the phones, the company has been mediocre. It was good enough for most scenarios, but never went higher than that. The new sensors in the Pixel 6 Pro help make up for the old ones.
Compared to previous generations, the new sensors produce more detailed imagery in lower light.
In a head-to-head comparison indoors and in low light, the iPhone 13 Pro was soundly defeated by the Pixel 6 Pro. Lighter colored objects were most noticeable in a dark room because of the improved dynamic range. The knickknacks on the shelf were ruined by the loss of detail on the phone.
Significant amounts of noise and denoising effects can be seen on the iPhone 13 Pro's video, while thePixel 6 Pro has noticeably less noise. The stabilization was better on the Pixel 6 Pro. A gradual thud can be seen on the iPhone 13 Pro when walking down the stairs, while a smooth descent can be seen on thePixel 6.
When compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max or the S22 Ultra, Google seems to have done a better job in this area. You can still see the pop when the camera is switched between the different lens.
In a single generation, it's amazing to see how much the company has improved. If you're someone who values the best quality video without having to adjust anything, the Pixel 6 is a great choice, even if it can't be called the "very best".
When compared to other brands, there aren't many additional modes to be found in the camera. There are some simple expected features that are missing.
The two'missing' features can be found by using the app on your phone. It's odd to have so many automated features and not have any of them.
Portrait video, cinematic video, pro video, or manual photo options aren't on aPixel Cinema 4K is a third-party app that will allow you to take "raw" video from the Pixel 6 Pro's incredible camera sensors.
The app allows full manual control over camera options and will satisfy even the most specific of people.
In the world of premium, most of the time, it's SAMSUNG that's the main player. The most direct competitor to the Pro is the S22 Ultra, which costs more. Better camera quality during the day, sharper video capture, and the utility of the S Pen are some of the things that come with it.
If you choose the S22 Ultra or S21 Ultra, you'll get a lot more features than if you choose the S21 Ultra. The upcoming OneUI 4 update will add to the fact that there is a delicate balance between a full-featured OS and simplicity.
Going further along those lines are phones like theGalaxy Z Flip 3, which has a unique and useful form factor, for $100 more than the basePixel 6 Pro. There's something to be said about a phone that can fit in your pocket or bag, even though you'll be getting a camera upgrade.
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It has taken six years for the company to make a flagship phone. A product that's finally easy to recommend to anyone looking for is the result of the work that has been done on its own, as well as the work that has been done on the state of the industry, and it's been a long time coming.
The Pixel 6 Pro won't fit in with everyone's idea of what a good phone is. Even if they don't pack the best cameras, the foldables are very attractive and the S21 line is a force to be reckon with.
It wasn't as bright of a screen as it could have been, and it didn't have an in-display fingerprint scanning device that matches up with the competition. ThePixel doesn't have as many levels of customization as those phones. These are the things that are its biggest weakness.
The best new features need time to bake and with that time comes a level of polish we haven't seen from the past. It's a work that many have wanted to see since it was announced that Google was taking back the reigns and showing the world its true vision for the operating system.
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The last four months have not been good for the Pixel 6 owners, but the phones are better for it. It's clear that something has been a bit strange with this new hardware in that time, even though we can surmise that these are growing pains.
Over the past four months, we've seen a lot of new bug additions in the Pixel 6 bug tracker, but we've also seen a lot of them being killed off by the search giant.
Users had problems with cell and wi-fi signals in the December and February updates. The December update was pulled completely and the January update was put on hold until the bug was fixed.
Several patches have been released in the last four months to address issues with the fingerprints. I don't find myself cursing the phone as I did at launch, because the result is a fingerprint scanner that's much improved over what we experienced at launch.
The last four months have mostly been about fixing bugs and introducing new ones. The only real feature addition the Pixel 6 Pro saw was for the At A Glance Widget, which now supports a few new sources like fitness activity from certain apps, bedtime information from the Clock app, and timers and stop watches.
Later this month, we're expecting more features to be added via the popular Pixel feature drops, as well as several throughout the years to come.