Is Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro The new best Android flagship?

Kurel Bitsa
Kurel Bitsa
20 Min Read
Google Pixel 7
Google Pixel 7

A review of the Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro represents the brand’s premium flagship. To learn more about how it performs in terms of the camera, regular use, battery life, and other factors, continue reading.

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro

It’s possible that the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro will although they are the greatest cellphones I’ve ever used to some extent, must contend with Apple, Closely constructing both at moment their technological apparatus and program combining efforts to maximize what is available. A corporation was required for Android to demonstrate the same or what
genuinely constructed from scratch with the appearance of an optimized Android experience. That’s why it had to add somebody who makes the software to finally show us how now whether you go for the pixel 7 at 599$ or the 7 Pro at 899$

Specifications Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7Google Pixel 7 Pro
6.3-inches full HD+ display with 90 Hz refresh rate6.7-inches LTPS AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1000 nits (HBM), 1500 nits (peak)
Google Tensor G2 (5 nm)Google Tensor G2 (5 nm)
8GB RAM+ 128GB storage(Variable)8GB RAM+ 128GB storage(Variable)
50MP+ 12MP camera50 MP, f/1.9,+ 8 MP, f/3.5 +12 MP, f/2.2 camera
10MP front camera10.8 MP, f/2.2 Front/selfie camera
4355 mAh battery with 20W charging5000 mAh battery with Fast charging 30W
Android 13Android 13
Specifications Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel7 Pro

Unboxing Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro

The unboxing experience is about average for 2022 you get the phones on top with no charger but hey at least we get a USB-C cable and an adapter that’s going to help us with fast setup and then for some reason a 140-page manual in both

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro

Here we have the pixel 7 and pixel 7 Pro, so about a week before I switched over to these phones I decided to go back to last year’s Pixel 6 Pro to see where Google left off and I was still even in 2022 mostly blown away is this Fantastical software experience that just feels alive the phone takes some of the best point-and-click photos I’ve ever seen compared to not just 2022 smartphones, But even professional cameras and it’s all packaged in this slick but distinctive futuristic shell that just screams my name.

Some cons of Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

Three things I dislike about Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

But there are three things that hold it back from the chipset. Google’s self-made tensor is pretty underpowered, the battery life is mediocre, and while the Pixel 6 does take astonishing photos, the video quality kind of sucks, with graininess in every corner. Well, I’m happy to report that Google has not just fixed all of these key weaknesses with the Pixel 7s, but also created something so unbelievably good that it’s shown me something I didn’t even know.

So let’s start with the design I’m going, to be honest with you, when I first picked up these phones I thought to myself what have you done Google the two-tone colors that we had before were more interesting than the flat color options, we have now and there was something quite cool and mysterious about how the last phones just had this entire continuous band, that was filled with unspecified Google camera magic compared to now.

It’s a bit more standard like okay this bit here is a camera lens, this bit is well empty space. But since then the pixel 7s have grown on me quite a lot I’ve started to appreciate these slightly more rounded Corners, the clickier power button how the sides now seamlessly connect to the camera visor on the back. As opposed to it feeling like a separate piece and how the back itself is now made of more scratch-resistant glass.

Last time more than anything I’m actually just really really glad that they’ve kept this visor at all it’s a good design choice it gives your fingers a natural place to rest, which isn’t on the cameras even in landscape mode when I’m playing games on this phone. I actually find that I’m using it as an additional way to grip the phone and actually the benefit of it being a matte finish this time makes that action feel a bit less icky. Not to mention that because the visor is even across the entire back, it makes the phone sit flat when resting on a table.

The only thing I can’t get used to is the base Pixel 7, which has a flat display compared to the curved one, on the 7 Pro, feels a little sharp. Where that screen intersects with the body which is not ideal given how much you’re going to be swiping across it for gesture controls the screens themselves are good though

Display Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

You get a full HD panel on the Pixel 7 and a larger Quad HD panel on the Pro, and I’m not actually bothered by the resolution, 1080p is plenty. The only thing that I don’t love about the base model is the new, simply thicker chin at the bottom. It’s not terrible, but having seen phones for less than 500$ that have managed to get even borders all around would have been a nice touch. Once you get inside the phones, that’s where things start to get juicy.

Hardware Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are the first phones powered by Google’s second-generation tensor chip. That’s a big deal, and yet nowhere has anyone mentioned how powerful it is. Not to worry, we’ll do it. If we pull up a quick Geekbench on the Pixel 7s, you can see that tensor Gen 2 is actually very much neck and neck with Samsung’s s22 Ultra and CPU performance, which is impressive for two reasons: one that speed was a serious limiting factor last time and they seemed to have fixed it, and two that you’re getting this top-level performance not just on the 899 Pixel 7 Pro but also the 599 Pixel 7.

Performance Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro

I run the AnTuTu Benchmark, which shows us that the GPU within the pixels is about five percent behind Samsung and that if we run the test repeatedly, this is the result of my third consecutive run of this AnTuTu benchmark. All phones get about as hot as each other and they all lose about the same amount of performance under sustained loads.

Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro benchmark
Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
Google Pixel 7 & 7 Pro benchmark

In other words, if you’re a serious mobile gamer then you’ll still get better performance on a proper gaming phone but at the same time, it is a massive relief that we finally got enough power that it doesn’t feel compromised you can still pull up even the most heavyweight games Android has to offer like Apex Legends Genji and impact and pretty much max out the settings but this tensor G2 chip is not just about gaming, in fact, I don’t think Google mentioned gaming in their entire presentation.

Day-to-day Experience

The key things that they focused on were how it benefits the day-to-day software experience and how it benefits the camera. There is no joke the two best things about the pixel 7s for one, the improved AI Core added to it can make your phone better able to understand your voice. I’ve tested this by the way and compared to the iPhone accuracy is definitely a grade above, even nailing the punctuation I’ve tried talking quietly. I’ve tried talking really loud same result and so that’s already quite a big deal if your phone can understand your voice better then that, means you’re going to have better comms with your voice assistant.

You’re going to be able to send messages faster, you’re going to be able to translate things more accurately. But there are actually so many more times while using the software where I’ve just felt to myself, wow Google has put some real care into this, for example how you can change wallpapers in one tap from the home screen. How the status bar matches the exact curvature of the phone’s physical borders makes it feel like software that was designed around the hardware.

How the always-on-display clock gently transitions into the lock screen clock, how they’ve sped up the fingerprint scanner and created this subtle blend of soft vibrations and sounds to make it feel like you’re pressing a real button. How simple the whole thing is they give you everything you need to transfer your stuff quickly from your old phone. How it comes with just the bare minimum apps installed with new bloatware. It shows you demo videos of any feature that might be a little bit confusing stuff like this makes it so much easier to recommend to the less techy people that I know how accessible the phone is.

How it caters to the hard of hearing with the live captions of literally anything that you can see on your phone and how it caters to the blind with guided access that makes sure that they can still take well-framed selfies how the phone can predict what apps you’re going to use next and display them on your icon doc which by the way so far has been spot-on for me.

Camera performance

So the base pixel 7 has two cameras a 50-megapixel main one and a 12-megapixel and I think you could make a pretty strong argument, that there is no better camera system available for less than 600, and step one of that is the photo processing when you take a photo on the Pixel 7 and open it up you’ll always notice that it spends a second or two processing that image every phone does this to some extent but there is no phone that improves the result as much as this can

Like it’s not just that it adds a bit of sharpness this thing applies noise reduction it stitches together photos from both your main Cam and your ultrawide, to improve sharpness. It uses AI to realistically reproduce your natural skin color on any one of the cameras and is not just limited to the default camera app it even optimizes the shape of your face by removing the lens. Distortion and it Combs through after you’ve taken to unblur features. if you shake the camera too much you can also use this unblur feature on any photo even not taken on this phone and it’s kinda nutty.

Not gonna lie, I purposefully took a blurry selfie on my Samsung Galaxy s22 Ultra, and yet this pixel is better able to unblur it than the phone that took it. It’s got to the stage now where the processing is so good that I’ve just come to trust pixel 7. I trust that even though things may not necessarily look the best in the camera preview that when I click that shutter button the phone will figure it out and it’s almost an exciting process waiting to see what it’s going to do with your shots and the fact that this phone has no zoom camera.

Yet can still take photos this sharp at eight times magnification thanks to the same AI is frankly absurd not to mention that in low light, while this isn’t a giant leap over last year’s pixel the fact that it capture those night shots in less time leading to less blurry photos combined with better dynamic range than the iPhone 14 pro that controls the bright spots keep it very much on par with the best phones out there

Really caveats are a slightly exaggerated color palette which I don’t hate to be honest and a slightly weaker Ultra-wide camera which becomes apparent when you look at the sky in this shot but here’s the even more important news Google has significantly improved the video it’s not as good as the photos but they have taken it from one of the weakest Android flagships for the video to one of the strongest it’s still not quite at the iPhone’s level of clarity, especially on that selfie camera.

I have this regular Discord call that I do with some YouTube friends and my picture has become a little fainter and a little fuzzier since I switched from the 14 pros but this is still not to be laughed at it picks up voices really clearly thanks to something Google called Speech enhancement which gets rid of background noise the autofocus is now surprisingly precise like it can pick out really fine objects and still nail the focus and then if you want to focus on something moving you have literally the best-tracked Focus available on a smartphone

the new cinematic mode also benefits from this impeccable Focus tracking but the fact that it’s capped at 1080p versus the iPhone which can now do 4K makes me not really want to use it and then you’ve got the pixel 7 Pro which has the same core but on top of that it has a five-times zoom camera which paired with all the fancy optimizations.

The Pixel 7s are doing zoom shots anyways means that actually you can take a zoom photo all the way up to about 12 times and not even tell that it’s not optical zoom is way better than the iPhone 14 pro Zoom but still not at the level of Samsung and it also has a wider ultrawide camera than the base 7 which includes autofocus meaning that you can now get close to things and take macro shots which are not quite as close as the iPhone but definitely as good as the iPhone’s macros thanks to Google’s

processing again just coming in the clutch I could probably go on about this for another 10 minutes but the Crux of this video is that the pixels this year are brilliant they are fast they are sturdy they are helpful and they capture your memories reliably and

I know that not everyone’s going to Echo this sentiment but I also think they’re both priced really well for what they are and for the standard seven I think they’ve picked all the right things to trim down leaving you with fewer luxuries but more importantly functionally the same phone where nothing feels missing and then for the pro they’ve made sure they give you enough luxuries a more fluid body better screen bigger battery more advanced camera more RAM so that if you are willing to spend 300 more you’re still definitely getting your money’s worth.


Now if you are about to Splash out on a pixel 7 and you want the absolute best of the best to protect it with this is the case to do it this is the brand grip and it’s great for drop protection but that’s not really what makes it special it’s more than little touches the ultra-grippy micro dotted texture The Arches that protect the front of the phone the clickiest buttons I’ve ever experienced on a case and it’s all dressed up in this brand new digital camo skin which comes in glitch camo Navy camo and my favorite Arctic hammer and it’s not just for this phone you can get it for.

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