Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: The Google Pixel 7 Pro has received praise for its wonderful pricing. There are very few flagship phones that have 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage sold for $899. For context iPhone 14 Pro (6GB + 128GB) and Galaxy S22 Ultra (8GB + 128GB) are priced at $999. So, to get a brand new flagship phone with a bigger RAM is truly impressive. But, the price is probably the least impressive thing about the Pixel 7 Pro.
After spending some time with the Google Pixel 7 Pro, we found out it is the perfect flagship phone that is designed for you (users). The Pixel 7 Pro might not have crazy hardware but the software of this phone makes it very usable and relatable. There is literally no smartphone in the market that is as smart as the Google Pixel 7 Pro right now. The Pixel 7 Pro is truly an awesome device but that is not to say it has no cons. In this Google Pixel 7 Pro review, we’ll share with you how we feel about this smartphone.
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Google Pixel 7 Pro Review
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Display, Design, and Durability
Holding the phone, looking at the display, and getting to know the durability features of the Pixel 7 Pro makes you love the phone even more. From the color options to the build quality and the metal camera module that blends with the frame of the phone and the slightly curved screen, everything just seems seamless.
By default, the display of the Google Pixel 7 Pro is set to FHD+ (1080p) resolution but you can change this in the settings and set it to QHD+ (1440p) resolution. If you really want to enjoy the 6.7-inches AMOLED display of the Pixel 7 Pro, then you should set the display to QHD+ resolution. You’ll enjoy the smoother 120Hz refresh rate and get better colors when viewing media.
Google Pixel 7 Pro is made of a Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), and aluminum frame. The rear camera module is made of stainless steel which takes scratches but still looks solid. I’ll suggest that you use a protective case to help keep the phone neat and avoid those annoying scratches. As for durability features, the Pixel 7 Pro is IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) and the front screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
So, you can go swimming with the beautiful Pixel 7 Pro. The slightly curved screen of the phone also makes it very comfortable to hold. It has no sharp edges and the centered punch hole on the screen is a very nice finishing touch. The volume and power buttons are located on the right side of the frame while the speaker and USB type-C port are located at the bottom of the frame. Sadly, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack port but you can get a Google Pixel Buds Pro to enjoy media. Pixel 7 Pro has support for Nano-SIM and/or eSIM regardless of your region.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Chipset and Performance
Performance is an important aspect of smartphones and this is why the chipset used in a smartphone is very important. If you own a phone, you need the phone to be able to not just perform but also do so effortlessly. Other smartphone makers have focused on making powerful chipsets but Google is taking a more practical approach.
The performance of the Google Pixel 7 Pro is powered by the Google Tensor G2 chipset which is the second generation of the Google Tensor chip. For those who don’t know, the Tensor G2 chipset is a 5G capable chipset that is built on 4nm process technology (some say it’s built on a 5nm process). Now, this chipset is powerful but not as powerful as the Apple A16 Bionic and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. However, it is the smartest chipset when it comes to AI and machine learning.
Running a Geekbench and AnTuTu score on this chipset shows that it’s behind the A16 Bionic and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. But just to put it out there, the Tensor G2 chipset of the Pixel 7 Pro can play games in the highest graphic settings but when rendering high graphics, it’s slower than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Now, if you’re a steady heavy gamer, this might be a concern for you but for regular users, it does not matter.
You see, the Tensor G2 chipset might not be as powerful as other chipsets from the competition, but it sure is the smartest. It has more AI capabilities and can help users do things that other phones can only dream of for now. This chipset makes the phone so smart and helps improves the quality of photos from the Pixel 7 Pro. Thanks to this chipset features such as Guided Frame, Face Unlock, SuperRes Zoom, Clear Calling, Enhanced Real Tone, Real-time translation using the lens of the camera, etc are all possible.
For everyday users who like automation and need a phone that is smart and responsive, the Pixel 7 Pro is the best phone out there right now. Plus you’ll also get to enjoy playing games at the highest graphics setting without issues. Google just proved with the chipset on the Pixel 7 Pro that power is not everything. Sometimes, the little useful features that make our lives easier are what matter most.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Camera
Google Pixel phones are among the best camera smartphones each year. This is because Google uses custom ISP to process images and this produce outstanding results. The Pixel 7 Pro has a 50MP primary camera that has features like multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, and OIS. There is no shutter lag when taking photos and the focus on objects is nearly instant. The quality of photos from the 50MP sensor is top quality and the number of details it produces is really good.
A 48MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide lens support the 50MP primary camera. Although the 48MP has a 5x optical lens, you can zoom up to 30x using the SuperRes Zoom feature. The ISP of the Pixel 7 Pro aided by software can digitally crop into the 5x optical zoom and bring out a quality 30x optical zoom image. Not everyone uses the telephoto lens but if you need to take a photo of objects from a distance, know that the Pixel 7 Pro has got you pretty much covered.
The 12MP ultra-wide lens has an AF feature and also doubles as a macro lens. When you bring the Pixel 7 Pro closer to objects, the 12MP ultra-wide lens switch to macro mode but I prefer the close-up shots from the 50MP primary camera over the macro mode shots. The smartphone also has a 10.8MP front camera that takes really awesome selfies.
Note that the cameras of the Pixel 7 Pro might not have all those crazy numbers and features but when called upon, it answers and delivers. It’s important to note that the video quality on the Pixel 7 Pro is not as good as those of the iPhone 14 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra. But, you can shoot steady videos and the new Cinematic Blur is not as good yet. Maybe a software update in the future will help improve the video quality of the phone.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: RAM, Storage, and Software
Google Pixel 7 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM that is paired with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage. There is no space for storage expansion via a microSD card slot but users have access to Google cloud storage and other cloud storage services.
Google Pixel 7 Pro boots Android 13 out of the box and will be getting up to five years of software updates. You can download and install apps from the Google Play Store and the software is clean without much bloatware but only important and useful Google Apps. The animation and customization available on the Pixel 7 Pro are really cool.
However, Google is very popular for rolling out updates that caused problems for Pixel phones. This was the case with the Pixel 6 pro last year but we hope the Alphabet company won’t make it difficult to use the Pixel 7 Pro by rolling out a software update that’ll make it difficult to use.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Battery & Other Features
The Pixel 7 Pro is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that can last for about 8 hours of intensive use. The phone has support for 30W wired fast charging, 23W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. Although the battery size is big and lasts long, the charging experience is slow (both wired and wireless charging). You’ll spend about 65 minutes charging the battery from 0 to 100% using a 30W wired charger (even longer using a wireless charger).
Other features available in the Google Pixel 7 Pro are a Fingerprint (under display, optical), NFC, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support, eSIM, stereo speakers, dual-band A-GPS, Always-on display, Google Assistant, etc.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Price
The price of the Google Pixel 7 Pro is $899 for the model with 12GB RAM + 128GB of storage. For this price, the Pixel 7 Pro is a good phone to buy because it gives users everything they need in a smartphone at a decent price. Other phones with similar features are at least $100 more expensive.
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Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: Verdict
The Google Pixel 7 Pro review has shown that the smartphone might not have the fastest CPU cores or the most powerful GPU, but it sure is the perfect smartphone for every user. Google managed to strike the balance between price, performance, and usefulness with the Pixel 7 Pro.
The PROS of the Google Pixel 7 Pro include an awesome display, durability, nice cameras, a long-lasting battery, a decent chipset, a beautiful design, an awesome software experience, useful extra features, and a good price. The CONS of the Pixel 7 Pro are slow wired charging, slow wireless charging, slow fingerprint reader, and slow Face Unlock (at night). When you compare the PROS and CONS of the Pixel 7 Pro, you’ll see that the PROS greatly outweigh the CONS. And considering the low price of the Pixel 7 Pro makes it the perfect flagship phone for users to buy.