Google Pixel 6 Pro

MSRP $899.00

“The Pixel 6 Pro has the best camera on a smartphone today, a vibrant screen, the latest and best-looking version of Android installed, and enough power and long-term support that it’ll last you for years.”

Pros

  • Incredible digital camera
  • Fun digital camera options and modifying instruments
  • Vibrant, colourful display screen
  • Android 12
  • Long software program help

Cons

  • Unreliable in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Flaky mobile connection in some conditions
  • 120Hz display screen can jitter

The Pixel 6 Pro takes Google’s Pixel telephone vary in an thrilling and much-needed new route. By its third era, Pixels had grow to be midrange, boring-to-look-at smartphones for geeks and picture takers. The Pixel 6 Pro, then again, is a flagship telephone with a hanging design and new tech inside. Plus, it has a incredible digital camera, the most recent software program, and a worth that received’t hit your checking account too onerous.

Does this make the Pixel 6 Pro a telephone for everybody, and one that may really compete with one of the best from Apple and Samsung? Yes, but in addition not fairly.

Design

What a fantastic-looking smartphone the Pixel 6 Pro is, with its high-fashion coloration scheme, high quality supplies and really feel, and distinctive model that makes it inconceivable to mistake for anything. After a stream of lifeless, purely useful cellular units, Google has given the Pixel 6 Pro a design to match its clear and delightful software program. It’s up there with the best-looking telephones launched this 12 months.

Google Pixel 6 Pro from the back.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

All finished? Nothing however reward? Well, no. The Pixel 6 Pro is huge, and nearly an identical to the opposite monster telephone of 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. At 8.9mm thick, it’s not slim both, and the 210-gram weight means you all the time realize it’s in your pocket. It’s removed from being appropriate for one-handed use. The metallic and shiny glass don’t present a lot grip both, so should you don’t maintain it tightly, there’s the potential for a big, costly accident.

Even whenever you’re not holding the telephone, the potential for catastrophe is just not eliminated, because the telephone’s slippery nature means it tends to slip about on many surfaces. A case is advisable to maintain it secure, and I additionally discovered myself ensuring it was display screen up on surfaces, as the big digital camera module on the again can work as an anchor. The single, raised module strip stretches throughout the complete again and is roofed in black glass edged with gold trim on the Sorta Sunny model within the accompanying photos. This edging is raised barely and will cease the glass and lens from getting scratched.

Side view of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Being huge and slippery is just not one thing distinctive to the Pixel 6 Pro, but it surely’s a disgrace the non-Pro Pixel 6 isn’t a lot smaller, or any much less prone to make a break for freedom because it’s produced from the identical supplies. Unfortunately, the similarity in measurement means neither Pixel 6 telephone can be ultimate for somebody who desires a small Google telephone. During the final couple of weeks with the Pixel 6 Pro, I’ve lastly adjusted to the scale and weight of the telephone, together with the quirk of the facility key being set too excessive on the chassis. If you’re coming from a smaller telephone, be ready for the telephone to not really feel as pure as you could hope these first days.

Screen

On the Pixel 6 Pro, you take a look at a phenomenal 6.7-inch AMOLED display screen with a 19.5:9 side ratio, a 3120 x 1440-pixel decision, and a 120Hz refresh fee that’s coated in curved Gorilla Glass Victus. This is the place it differs from the Pixel 6, which has a smaller, flat display screen with a decrease decision and a 90Hz refresh fee. The curve is refined and doesn’t bend a lot display screen over the telephone’s sides, and it’s principally taken up by noticeable bezels.

Google Pixel 6 Pro wallpaper.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It’s extremely vivid with very good viewing angles, and you’ll watch video with the telephone flat on the desk with out shedding any high quality or coloration. The viewing expertise is extraordinarily near the iPhone 13 Pro, with only a slight discount in distinction whenever you evaluate them straight. Watching Carfection’s video on the Ferrari 250 SWB reveals elegant colours and knife-edge sharpness. The Pixel 6 Pro is a video viewing powerhouse.

The stereo audio system are intelligently positioned, with the speaker on the underside of the telephone accompanied by the principle speaker on the prime of the display screen. Although sound is pushed ahead, it nonetheless has a large soundstage. It’s loud, however the bass is missing, though the immersion from the intelligent placement of the audio system nonetheless makes the Pixel 6 Pro sound glorious in nearly all conditions.

The Pixel 6 Pro is a video viewing powerhouse.

All good thus far, however there are two critical screen-related points which have actually annoyed me. The first is the in-display fingerprint sensor, which is garbage. The drawback is it’s gradual and unreliable. I’ve reregistered my print a number of instances, and it doesn’t change the scenario. I’ve used my PIN code to unlock the Pixel 6 Pro greater than some other telephone, and there’s no face unlock obtainable to bypass the annoying fingerprint sensor. I’ve labored round it slightly with Android’s Smart Lock characteristic, the place the telephone stays unlocked when it’s in my pocket or once I’m at house. However, it’s not particularly dependable, both.

One Handed Mode on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.One-handed mode Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Secondly, there’s the 120Hz refresh fee. It’s switchable between 60Hz and 120Hz, somewhat than being dynamic just like the display screen on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and whereas plenty of the software program could be very clean, there are apps that merely will not be. Twitter is a superb instance, as scrolling by way of my feed is like wading by way of mud in comparison with the iPhone 13 Pro. I’m pretty positive this can be a display screen refresh challenge as a result of once I manually pressure a 60Hz fee, it scrolls freely, albeit with extra blur. High refresh fee screens cut back eye pressure and make viewing web sites and scrolling content material extra pleasurable. This is just not all the time the case on the Pixel 6 Pro in the intervening time.

Both these points are at odds with the Pixel 6 Pro’s polished exterior design and never belongings you anticipate from a brand new, high-end flagship telephone from an organization of Google’s scale. The refresh fee inconsistency might be cured in a software program replace, and the fingerprint sensor’s unreliability might also be improved in the identical method. However, for now, each are fairly important downsides that separate the Pixel 6 Pro from its dearer rivals.

Camera

You get a 50-megapixel fundamental digital camera, a 48MP telephoto digital camera with a 4x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide digital camera. The Pixel 6 Pro additionally makes use of Laser Detect Autofocus, optical picture stabilization on the principle and the telephoto digital camera, and shoots as much as 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps), plus there’ss an 11MP selfie digital camera in a hole-punch cutout on the top-center of the display screen.

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera module.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

I’ve already straight in contrast the Pixel 6 Pro’s digital camera to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro, and it has crushed each these established digital camera superstars. Everything you’ve heard concerning the Pixel 6 Pro’s digital camera is true — it truly is that good. Stills are lively, coloration, and element. I’ve but to essentially discover a scenario the place it takes a photograph I must edit a lot, if in any respect, earlier than desirous about sharing it, and the vary of cameras gives versatility so I can have enjoyable and get inventive.

It’s the simplicity with which you’ll be able to take beautiful images that makes it so thrilling. No matter whether or not it’s night time or day — or if the topic is shifting or stationary or close to or distant — the 6 Pro types all the pieces out for you. You simply press a button and get a superb image.

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There are a number of unique Pixel digital camera modes to strive. Action Pan helps you to take images with a blurred background movement impact, which is good for motion pictures of automobiles and different issues shifting at velocity. You simply take a photograph as regular and Google’s software program provides the velocity impact. Long Exposure mode does the identical factor, and also you don’t have to trace the article, however I haven’t discovered as many conditions the place it really works in comparison with Action Pan mode.

Everything you’ve heard concerning the Pixel 6 Pro’s digital camera is true — it truly is that good.

Magic Eraser is present in Google Photos, however solely on the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, and it really works by digitally eradicating undesirable issues out of your picture. It’s efficient and simple to make use of, and with just a few swipes, random individuals and objects disappear from the background in your images. It even works with previous images, and with images not taken by the Pixel 6 Pro. It’s a part of Google Photo’s intensive photo-editing suite, which works far past simply tweaking the HDR or saturation. You may even change the look of the sky in your picture with only one button faucet.

Anything that’s not so nice? The massive sensor makes close-up pictures tough, and there’s no macro mode to compensate. I’ve additionally seen some odd distortion from the principle digital camera the place objects look like a special form than they really are. This apart, you get enjoyable picture and video modes, transformative modifying instruments, and a digital camera that takes superb images no matter your talent and the surroundings. The Pixel 6 Pro’s digital camera is at present one of the best you will get on a smartphone.

Software and efficiency

The Pixel 6 Pro makes use of Google’s new customized Tensor processor is paired right here with 12GB of RAM. There’s the choice of both 128GB or 256GB cupboard space. I’ve been utilizing the telephone usually, frolicked taking part in Asphalt 9: Legends, and brought near 500 images over a few weeks. Through all of it, the telephone has been a prime performer. I haven’t observed any distinction utilizing the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 Pro in comparison with a telephone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor on the subject of basic on a regular basis use.

Gaming on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Google has used the Pixel 6 telephones to debut Android 12. The largest distinction you’ll discover coming from one other Android telephone is the Material You design. It makes Android cleaner than ever earlier than and slightly extra customizable, too, because the accent colours all through could be set to match your wallpaper. There are some fairly new widgets of various levels of usefulness, with the YouTube Music widget being probably the most useful for me, and the brand new clock widgets probably the most enticing.

The fast entry buttons within the notification shade are bigger, simpler to press, and have new performance. I can’t say they made any important distinction to my every day use, however they’re actually fairly to take a look at. I just like the “bounce” constructed into vertically scrolling pages within the working system, however one-handed mode isn’t excellent because it doesn’t allow you to scroll by way of the working system and is as an alternative made to make use of a single app. That’s not very useful on such an enormous telephone. I additionally just like the Google Assistant Voice Typing mode, which totally works in Messages and WhatsApp, so you possibly can sort and ship messages hands-free. It’s correct and quick — I exploit it most days.

Live Caption mode on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Tensor chip is meant to enhance on-device translation of different languages, and it’s positively sooner than earlier variations I’ve used on older Pixel telephones. Live Caption provides textual content subtitles to movies in just a few different languages, together with Japanese. While watching one in all AKB48 singer Yuki Kashiwagi’s latest YouTube movies, the interpretation was ok to grasp what’s happening, but it surely does take some time to hit its stride. It will nonetheless make errors, particularly when the dialog is brisk, and also will completely mishear what’s being mentioned, but it surely works nicely general and is speedy sufficient to maintain up.

Although I’ve learn some feedback on-line about Android 12 having its fair proportion of bugs, nothing stood out throughout my time with the telephone, a minimum of not associated to basic utilization. It runs all of the apps I put in, and hasn’t crashed or finished something that irritatingly interrupts my every day duties. I’ve discovered the Assistant doesn’t all the time go off directions to Google Home, although, and can generally act upon the identical instructions, too. For instance, Assistant stopped taking part in a YouTube video once I requested Home to cease taking part in a radio station.

I discover Android 12 to be comfy and speedy to make use of, however there’s a small studying curve. Google doesn’t all the time floor cool options once more when you’ve checked the intro information. The useful Pixel introduction playing cards that present up whenever you first set the telephone up, guiding you to notable new options, will ultimately taper off, and you need to dig into the Settings menu to activate them. It’s a disgrace, as you possibly can miss out should you don’t take time to essentially learn to get one of the best from Android 12.

Battery and connectivity

Equipped with a 5,000mAh battery, quick charging to 50% in half-hour with a USB-PD 3.0 charger, and Qi wi-fi charging, Google states the Pixel 6 Pro will final for about 24 hours earlier than needing a recharge. After testing, I anticipate the Pixel 6 Pro to final a minimum of so long as promised, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the battery life contemplating the scale and specs of the display screen, and the 120Hz refresh fee being lively on a regular basis.

Charging port on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

For instance, on a single day with three hours of GPS use, 100 images taken, apps open, social networking, and some different easy duties, the battery nonetheless had round 30% remaining within the late night. With gentle to reasonable every day use, it’s been uncommon the battery has fallen under 50% at midnight. However, the telephone took about two days and two prices to start to adapt to my use, earlier than which the battery labored loads tougher. Once that interval of adjustment was over, the battery life improved loads.

Side view of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

This is a 5G smartphone that connects to both Sub-6 or mmWave networks, relying on which model you purchase. I’m testing the telephone within the U.Okay. on the 4G and Sub-6 5G EE community. I’ve discovered the connectivity could be flaky, and on a number of events it has failed to take care of a knowledge connection, regardless of exhibiting a 4G or 5G hyperlink. I’ve observed it has particularly finished so after I’ve been driving, which can recommend it’s struggling to change between cell towers, and probably 3G, 4G, and 5G as nicely. It’s not on a regular basis and might also solely occur in areas with poor protection, but it surely’s one thing to notice.

Once that interval of adjustment was over, the battery life improved loads.

Otherwise, name high quality is excellent, with clear voices and a loud speaker (though it’s slightly awkward to seek out the candy spot towards your ear). I’ve additionally had no issues connecting Bluetooth earbuds or casting YouTube to my TV.

Price and availability

The Pixel 6 Pro begins at $899 and is on the market now by way of Google’s personal on-line retailer, in addition to varied networks. In the U.Okay., the Pixel 6 Pro begins at 849 British kilos. Be ready for a wait should you go to order one proper now, although, as demand has been excessive and provide low.

Our take

The solely factor stopping the Google Pixel 6 Pro from being an absolute, hands-down must-buy is the in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s the one technical characteristic that lets the entire thing down, and since there’s no face unlock to make use of as an alternative, it means stepping into the telephone takes longer than it does on each different prime smartphone obtainable right this moment. It’s an actual disgrace, as when you’re in, it’s an outstanding expertise.

Android 12 seems nice, the display screen is colourful and vibrant, and the digital camera is one of the best I’ve used on any telephone for some time. That you need to resort to hacky workarounds to unlock the telephone and get entry to those great issues borders on cruelty. Exaggeration apart, I hoped that after the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 Ultra debacle, we’d handed the stage of creating safety annoying on smartphones, however sadly not. Fortunately, the digital camera does make up for it. The final digital camera I loved as a lot because the Pixel 6 Pro’s was the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s, and I do assume the 6 Pro’s images are higher in some ways than the S21 Ultra’s.

The Pixel 6 Pro’s many upsides imply I’ve discovered to reside with the fingerprint sensor’s inadequacy and different comparatively minor annoyances, and the value is extraordinarily aggressive. too. If I had been instructed it was $1,000, I wouldn’t assume to query its worth. It scores an 8/10 right here, and that can rise to a 9/10 if the display screen points are solved and connectivity improved in an replace, however this quantity maybe doesn’t actually replicate simply how good the remainder of the Pixel 6 Pro is, which is why there’s an Editor’s Choice award hooked up to it.

The Pixel 6 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best Google telephone of latest years, and it’s so highly effective and nicely supported that it’ll final you for years.

Is there a greater various?

If you need one of the best digital camera telephone obtainable, our checks present the Pixel 6 Pro is the telephone to get in the intervening time, though the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro are nonetheless glorious and do have some distinctive options that set them aside. These two units are the Pixel 6 Pro’s fundamental competitors, and we respect the S21 Ultra’s large characteristic set and delightful display screen, and the iPhone 13 Pro’s energy, capability, and glorious software program. You received’t go mistaken with any of those three telephones.

How lengthy will it final?

The Pixel 6 Pro display screen has Gorilla Glass Victus over it, the again is roofed in Gorilla Glass 6, and the telephone has IP68 water and dirt resistance, so it’s in a position to stand up to a good quantity of tough remedy. However, as a result of slippery physique, I do nonetheless suggest placing it in a case.

Google guarantees main Android software program updates on the Pixel 6 Pro till October 2024 and safety updates till October 2026. This is without doubt one of the longest replace schedules on any Android telephone, beating even Samsung’s beneficiant 4 years of safety updates on its newest Galaxy telephones. The Google Pixel 6 Pro will simply final three years earlier than you might want to take into account upgrading, however for a lot of, it may stretch out to 5 years with out a drawback.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. The fingerprint sensor will annoy you, however the digital camera and efficiency are so good, and the value so cheap, you’ll overlook it.

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