Meet Pixel 6. It’s completely reimagined, inside and out. Powered by Tensor, Google’s first-ever processor, it’s fast, smart, and secure. The all-day battery adapts to you.* The Pixel Camera captures a moment just how you experienced it. And the Personal Safety app and the new Titan M2TM chip help protect you, your stuff, and your privacy.**
The processor made for Pixel.
Google Tensor is a the first processor designed by Google, custom-made for Pixel with 8GB of RAM. You’ll notice the difference immediately. Pixel runs smoother, apps launch faster, and pages load quicker. And Pixel’s security chip helps protect your private data.
Compatible with all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Also compatible with prepaid carriers including Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Google Fi, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O.
Your photos, true to the moment.
Your photos match your moment with Pixel’s most advanced 50MP camera yet with wide and ultrawide lenses. Magic Eraser in Google Photos removes photobombers and distractions.*** And portraits on Pixel represent all people and skin tones beautifully and accurately.
Designed for daily life.
The 6.4-inch Smooth Display, up to 90Hz**** is made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus,™ the toughest Gorilla Glass yet. Its high refresh rate means smoother, more responsive gaming, scrolling, and moving between apps.
It’s everything a battery should be.
Pixel’s all-day Adaptive Battery is everything a battery should be. It can last beyond 24 hours, even on 5G.* It learns your favorite apps, so it doesn't waste power on ones you never use.
Secure to the core.
Google Tensor is the first processor with the security core built in, and it works with the next-gen Titan M2TM security chip.
You’re in control of your privacy.
Transparency is built into your Pixel. You have control over your phone’s mics and cameras.
A new experience from Google that’s all about you.
The new Pixel interface is reimagined to be more modern and intuitive, with colors that reflect your personal style.
Switching is simple.
It only takes a few steps to move messages, contacts, and photos from your old cell phone and get going on Pixel.*****
*Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby, and use of other features. Battery life depends upon many factors and usage of certain features will decrease battery life.
Battery testing conducted by a third party in California in mid 2021 on pre-production hardware and software, using default settings. Battery testing conducted using two major carrier networks using Sub-6 GHz non-standalone 5G (ENDC) connectivity. Actual battery life may be lower.
**Personal Safety app features are dependent upon network connectivity and other factors and may not be reliable for emergency communications or available in all areas. For more information, see g.co/pixel/personalsafety.
***Magic Eraser may not work on all image elements
****Measured diagonally; dimension may vary by configuration and manufacturing process. Not available for all apps or content. Display automatically adjusts to optimize for best viewing and battery performance.
*****Some third party apps and data may not be transferred automatically. Visit g.co/pixel/copydatahelp for information.
1 m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
Quick Start Guide
Quick Switch Adapter
Voice Assistant Built-in
5G, GSM, 4G LTE
Phone Memory (RAM)
Google Pixel 6 Series
Pixel 6 128GB (Unlocked)
Data Plan Required
Google Pixel 6 Series
Voice Assistant Built-in
Wireless Charging Standard
Google Pixel 6
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, MetroPCS, Cricket, Google Fi, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, TRACFONE, Net10, Mint Mobile, H2O Wireless
When I saw the new design and specs for the Google Pixel 6 “P6” I knew I had to give it a try as I’ve always been a big fan of the Pixel phones, going back to the original.
The phone comes in a nice retail box “pretty much how all phones are packed now” and inside was the phone, charging cable, USB A to C adapter, sim removal tool and a small information/quick setup pamphlet, that’s it, no charger “that’s ok I have plenty”.
Setting up is pretty much the same as all other Pixel phones, I installed my Verizon sim first, and then just followed through the initial steps, add your Google account “or create one” and you are off and running. There was a system update right away so you’ll want to make sure you do that before completing. Also, I didn’t try transferring anything from my other phone, I wanted to do everything manually.
The Pixel 6 is pretty good sized, it’s bigger than my S21, “not by much, a lot bigger than the P5, but it does weigh a good bit more than either as the S21 being the next largest comes in at 171.6 the Pixel 6 at 208.6g is which is a good bit heavier. I don’t mind thee weight difference as I like the little bit larger screen and it’s more squared in the corners “reminds me of a Sony screen, in a good way”. Colors are nice and vibrant and the 90hz refresh rate is a noticeable improvement over any of the 60hz screens I’ve had/used.
The back is all glass this time, and I actually prefer the plastic back of the S21 or the plastic covered metal of the P5, just no worry about those being broken and for me this one went in a case the day I got it. The phone itself feels very substantial and well made, really no flex to it at all and seems more like a solid one pieced unit.
The buttons on the side are nice and firm plus they have a definite “click” to them, a little better than the S21s. If you are familiar with Samsung products you’ll have to get used to the power button being on top rather than the bottom and volume buttons “while on the same side are in opposite positioning”.
Android 12 is installed on the phone from the box and it’s definitely different than 11 on our current phones. It has the very simple basic Android interface you will be familiar with if you’ve ever used a Pixel phone and much more basic than any of our Samsung phones we currently have. I did set up fingerprint unlock and it works well, plus I’ve installed a screen protector “PET” and did have to turn up the screen sensitivity, otherwise the FP reader works reasonably well especially if you register two sets for one finger. I also have trusted places turned on so the phone stays unlocked while at home and tied to my smart watch.
You can adjust the screen layout and grid size, but this time those settings are under “Wall Paper & Style” after a long press on a blank area on any main screen. The 5x5 layout max isn’t to my liking so I installed Nova Launcher. I was initially skeptical that Nova would be ready for Android 12 but to my surprise it integrated perfectly “like it was made for this phone”. With Nova I was able to remove the search bar as that cannot be removed with the Google Launcher. Otherwise that’s all I needed for tweaking and getting things running the way I wanted. I do like the dynamic colors that apply the theme color to some apps, sort of how Windows can be set to do the same.
The signal for Verizon here in NW Phoenix isn’t that great at our house, but it’s on par with our TMO phones, “we just don’t get great service “acceptable but could be a lot better”. So I went out to test the difference in two of our worst areas. My S21 with TMO and the Pixel 6 with Verizon, and from what my tests show TMO is faster but the Verizon isn’t far behind and the Verizon signal inside two different grocery stores was better than TMO by a good bit.
I accidentally turned on “Direct my Call” and was surprised that there was a live transcription you can read as the conversation carries on. For me that would be extremely useful as I have some hearing issues and if I’m in a noisy environment I can’t make out what anyone says, so this feature itself will be very handy.
I’ve been doing some speed testing between the two phones “P6 vs S21” and the Geek Bench CPU scores were very close the P6 got a 1031 single core score and a 2841 multi-core score, the S21 received a 1017 single core and a 3355 multi-core score, “very close for this new Google designed CPU”. Then I tested them with 3dMarks “Wild Life” test and those came back as 6398 for the P6 and 5810 for the S21. That’s pretty amazing and a good bit faster than the S21 so I’m impressed and the performance of the phone itself seems faster than the S21 during use.
The camera is where this P6 shines “for me that is”, the photos come out better than the S21, and the details it captures when zooming in and comparing photos is pretty impressive “much better in some cases over the S21”, and I don’t even miss the telephoto “so far” that the S21 has over the P6. I also went outside on a clear night, and took a photo straight up using “Night Sight” and was really impressed that it actually caught the stars above without blurring them, “a lot more showed up that I had expected. The front camera is good as front cameras go and I have no complaints how the video looked during a Zoom meeting, it’s actually a lot better than my desktops standalone 1080 camera.
We also live close to an AFB and was able to capture a really cool photo of a F35 flying through the clouds overhead. I have a hard time capturing them with my mirrorless camera so I’m very impressed with the performance of the P6.
I also took a picture of a flowering bush in our back yard, using the P6 and S21 and they were within a few seconds of each other. I’ve cropped the photos to a spot at 100% and you can easily see there’s more detail captured in the flowers with the P6, the S21s colors sort of run together on the flowers and you can’t make out much detail. I’ve attached a photo so you can judge for yourself.
I’ve had no issue with the battery lasting over a day and even at the end of the day with some pretty heavy use I still had over 50% left, the S21 would always be around 35-40%, not a lot but a big enough difference. I usually don’t charge with the power cord and 99% of the time use wireless chargers, I have them all over, but the wireless charging times are decent and using a Belkin high powered wireless charger it tops up the phone way before we get up in the AM. I also have a very heavy duty case on my phone and it has no issue with charging just placement, as you have to make sure it’s placed just right on the charger or it won’t connect.
This is the way I wish all Pixel phones were from the beginning, I really like the P6, better than my S21 or P5 that’s for sure. The screen is larger than both “and getting older I need a large screen”. The build quality is impeccable and the phone feels premium in the hand “and not because it has a glass back”, it’s just a very solid feeling phone. I’ve tried out some of the new features and things like “Live Translate” are fun to use and was impressed how it overlays the translated text on what you are looking at with Google Lens and the camera.
I’ve owned so many phones I’m embarrassed to count, but this new Pixel 6 is at the top of my list as a favorite. You get a plain Android experience and can tweak it anyway you like. There’s literally 0 bloatware and that leaves more space for all my apps “ones I prefer, not what a manufacture says I have to have”. I could go on for pages with all the new features of Android 12 and what this new Pixel 6 has but I can say if you are a fan of Android phones this is going to be one of the best phones this year and I’m sure you will love owning one.
Let’s start with the basics. The Google Pixel 6 is a 5G phone which has a 6.4” 90Hz display made of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, a 50mp front facing camera ( with ultra wide lens), a fingerprint scanner located under the screen, and a high capacity long lasting battery. It is Google’s first phone with it’s own in house designed processor (Tensor).
In the box you get the phone, a usb-c to usb-c cable and a usb-a to usb-c adapter for transferring data from your old phone.
This greatly speeds up the setup process. You also get a sim key and brochures. You do not get a charger included.
After the setup is complete you should update to the latest firmware in the System Settings and then go to the Google Play store and update all of your apps.
You are not only getting a new phone, you are getting Google’s latest operating system Android 12. It has anew UI which allows you to personalize the phone more easily. Changing the wallpaper theme will be reflected throughout the apps on your phone. This phone is designed to take advantage of all of the AI features built in the Tensor chip, it is very speech capable and takes the Google Assistant to the next level.
This is what I call the trifecta of features that separate this phone from the rest.
Google can answer your phone, from non-contact numbers, and ask why they are calling you. You can watch the transcription of their response and then decide if you want to answer your phone. It will also silently decline calls from known robo callers. When you dial a toll free number a chart will appear with the approximate hold times for today and the rest of the week. So you can decide the best day and time to call for the shortest wait time. I called a retailer and the recording said a 10 minute wait, however Google showed a 15 minute wait. Sure enough exactly 15 minutes later the call was answered. So the Google Assistant was more accurate than the retailer. Should you decide to hold the Google Assistant will hold for you. It will notify you with an audible sound when a human voice is detected. I have used this feature for a long time on my Pixel 4 and it has been 100% accurate and has saved me from untold hours of waiting on hold listening to horrible music.
2)Speech, Translation and Transcribing:
You can have a conversation or chat with anyone who speaks several of the most common foreign languages.
You speak or type in English and it will immediately be translated to the other persons language. They can then respond to you in their native language and it will be translated back to English. You can even put emojis in your chat by using your voice. I live in a multi cultural area where many languages are spoken.
This will not only help in every day life, it is a tremendous business tool allowing you to expand your client base.
Live transcription is also extremely accurate even when speaking rapidly and can be used with translation. No need for punctuating, Google will do that for you.
You can point your camera at a traffic sign or any document in another language and it will instantly translate to English.
It can translate webpages and transcribe live caption videos.
Still photos are very clear, colors are accurate and detailed without being overly saturated. .(See above pictures). Night Sight captures beautiful detailed images at night.
Skin tones of all shades are very natural. Great results for those of us who like to point and shoot. However, there are enough camera modes and settings to allow you to be as creative as you like.
Videos are recorded in 1080p and have optical stabilization which you can adjust to account for the amount of movement.
I found to adjustability of the stabilization to be very helpful.
There are other new features:
Magic eraser let’s you remove unwanted people and objects from your photos. You really have to see this. It is fun to use and can completely change the context of the photo. Whether at a particular location or with a celebrity and other people are around, you can make it appear as if you are the only person there.
Motion Mode lets you blur objects in the background, such as moving traffic, while keeping the subject in focus.
Face Unblur does exactly that when the subject is moving, such as jumping.
Speech enhancement blocks out ambient sounds in noisy environments while recording videos on the selfie camera.
All of these tools and enhancements are easy to find and use, either intuitively or by simply bringing up the Pixel Tools and Tips from your settings. You can search anything on your phone by swiping up on the screen. Just start typing what you are looking for and Google immediately starts bringing up results. Then just click on what you want, whether its a contact or and app or a chat.
Privacy and security have been enhanced with additional settings that give you complete control over what information is shared with your apps, right down to being able to toggle the camera and mic on and off.
Some things to note:
The 5G is mid and low band. Though not as fast as millimeter wave, it is much more available and reliable. I am on the T-Mobile network. Walking around my neighborhood I was able to get 215mbps download and 48mbps upload speeds (see picture). This of course will vary depending on your location and your carrier. Connection of data and calls was always reliable.
Phone calls were clear, the screen is bright responsive and easy to read outdoors. Battery life is excellent. Over 24 hour periods I was able to average about 6 hours of display time while still having 20% battery remaining. Easily getting me through a day with emails, calls (video and voice), camera use and some You Tube videos.
There are however a couple of negatives.
First the under the screen fingerprint reader requires you to keep your finger on it longer than you expect. This results in having to repeat the process because you lifted your finger too quickly.
However, I did notice that today it seemed to be working quicker without issues. So either I am adapting to the phone, or the phone is adapting to me.
The first day the auto brightness made the screen too dark, however that seems to have corrected itself and it now works properly.
The volume does not get loud enough to hear anything until it reaches more than 50%. It will eventually get loud enough but that is at 80-100%. I hope this is a software issue that can be fixed with an update.
Overall this is an incredible phone at an equally incredible price. It looks and feels the part of a flagship phone.
Loaded with features designed to make your life easier, and it succeeds. To call this a phone does not do it justice. It is so much more. Google has stepped out of the ordinary with the new bold design and I love it, Especially in Stormy Black.
We have been a Google family having used Pixel 4 phones for the past 2 years. Our house is packed with Google devices and we have become dependent on the google assistant. The Pixel 6 along with all of the added AI features allows us to get more accomplished with less effort.
I would highly recommend this phone to everyone.
I consider myself a tech savvy person. I have a my lights, TVs, cameras, garage, air filters, consoles, laptops, Ipads, tablets etc all connected together. I’ve also had the luxury of owning a lot of different phones (HTC ONE, 10 and u11, Pixel 3, One Plus 7 Pro, Iphone 4,6,8,MAX Xs, Microsoft Surface Duo). Different phones had its pros and cons. I like the openness of the Android OS (HTC/OnePlus) but I felt the camera was always lacking. Iphones have the same layout and easy to use cameras. The Pixel 6 is a phone I was truly exciting to try out. Anyways,
Look and feel
Personally, I don’t mind the camera bar bump. The two tone color is a nice touch. The back has a glass like feeling that you would get from a $1000 cell phone. I am going to purchase a case for the Pixel ( to protect it when I drop it). So really the look of the case is what your phone would really look like in the end. I am more concern with the performance and usage of the Pixel than the look. One annoying thing is the Google search bar is locked in the bottom of the home screen. YOU CAN NOT REMOVE it. GOOGLE needs to fix this.
Pretty straight forward. Transfer my old data and information from my other device (Android 11). Cable transfer didn’t work for me despite trying 3 times. Just use wireless transfer and worked. The phone needed to download an update to Android 12 took about 30 mins to download and install.
I think this is a kind of a cool feature. You have search your phone apps, contacts and settings in the search function.
Takes about half a second to a second to recognize my fingerprint and open the phone. Its about the same as my other phones. Nothing special about this.
There is a noticeable difference between my old phone and the Pixel 6. I guess the 90hz refresh rate really makes a difference. Its smoother when scrolling and better on the eyes.
Assistant voice typing
It seems better and smooth when using the voice to text on the Pixel 6. It catches my words better than before. However the Interpreter mode is still lacking. At times, Doesn’t translate the meaning well enough. I think Google needs more help here but it’s a good step forward.
This is what separates the Pixel 6 from all other cell phones (or maybe my expectation bar was set too low). Ive attached pictures I have taken in low light settings. 0.7x, 1x, 2x zoom. I’ve also used the Magic Eraser on a few photo to take a people. You can judge the quality of the magic eraser.. But it think this is one of the best feature of the Pixel 6. I can see how useful this tool will be for me and the family. Even previous picture that are stored in the Google photo can be edit by the Pixel 6. This is a great feature and I can see Google using this technology on their other devices.
I have used the Motion / action take pretty nice pictures, Long Exposure, Face Unblur (pretty good, but not perfect), 4x zoom still grainy, Ultrawide selfies (not
really ultrawide compared to others ive seen before). Overall I am pretty happy with the Pixel 6. At $599 it’s a great deal for what you get.
There is a lot of marketing and call out of the Pixel 6 battery life. My experience its not the best or the worst. On average usage of the Pixel I can get by (14 hour) but definitely have to charge it at night or in the morning.
Below is the “real” world testing for fast charging. On both test the Pixel 6 got warm in the case but not burning hot. Under 50% full you are looking at 12%-14% battery fill per 10mins of charging.
Charging from a 90watt laptop adaptor with USB Type C
Pixel started at 15%
After 10mins 29%
After 20mins 43%
After 30mins 57%
After 40mins 69%
Charging from a 60 watt cell phone quick charge adaptor
Pixel started at 5%
After 10mins 19%
After 20mins 33%
After 30mins 47%
After 40mins 60%
With all the good and the bad of the Pixel the best part is the price. Coming in at $599 I would definitely recommend this to anyone look for a new phone.
I always get excited when Google announces new Pixel phones and this year was no different. When I saw the two new models of the Pixel 6 I knew right away that I wanted the regular Pixel 6 over the pro model. Now that I've been using the Pixel 6 for a few days, below are my thoughts.
I think the size of the regular Pixel 6 is perfect. I'm a fan of bigger phones so this fits the bill just right. Its just a hair smaller than the Pixel 4xl and a lot bigger than the Pixel 5 which I felt was too small in hand. I've include pics for size comparison of the Pixel 4xl, Pixel 5, and the Pixel 6. Its a chonky phone though. A bit thicker and heavier than I was expecting so you defiantly notice it when its in your pocket. Still not as heavy as the iphone 13 pro max though.
The phone feels very solid and well built. The volume and power buttons are clicky. The frame is a matte black just like the Pixel 4xl was. The back is glass again. I'm not sure when this back glass fad will end but at least Google makes it look good. The color choices this year are great. You get to choose from three. Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, and Kinda Coral. Really cant go wrong with any of them. The front of the phones are the same on all three.
This is the first phone with Googles Tensor chip. Googles first mobile processor. I have to say the phone is buttery smooth. Navigating around, opening apps, closing apps and just doing day to day stuff. I've had no issues or lag with anything I've done. In my opinion Tensor performs like any other high end mobile processor.
Google included all of the latest wireless standards. This years pixels have wifi 6/6e support, bluetooth 5.2, and mobile 5g! I've been using all of these with the exception of wifi 6e, (don't have a 6e router yet), and all work great. I was getting well over gigabit wifi speeds on wifi 6. Around 90mbps download on 5g, and audio streams with no lag or drops on bluetooth 5.2.
The display is a 1080p+ 6.4" OLED display and gets bright enough for my needs while looking great. Its a bit more square this year but still slightly rounded in the corners. Bezels are minimal enough. Its got a 90Hz display which is on by default. I find that scrolling is really smooth like previous Pixels. I'm not sure why Google decided to go with a curved display on the pro model but I'm glad they didn't on this regular Pixel. I prefer flat displays. Included in the display is an in screen fingerprint reader. Note that its not instant but takes about half a second to recognize and unlock. Everyone has their opinion of where the fingerprint reader should be side, back, or front. I prefer front or side so I can unlock my phone without having to pick it up every time so I appreciate that they move it to the front.
I would say audio from the speakers is just average. The dual speakers in the Pixel 6 sound so much better than last years Pixel 5 but not as good as the Pixel 4xl. Not sure why that is though since the phone is thicker you would think they would have done a better job on the speakers.
The haptics motor is actually really good in this phone. The problem I would like to mention is that the haptics motor is placed at the top of the phone for some weird reason. So when typing you don't feel it as much because your hands are at the bottom of the phone. But even with this placement its still better than most phones I've used.
From my experience battery life has been pretty good. I've been charging every other day with regular use. I can go two days on a charge before needing to top it off overnight. You should have no problem going one day under heavy use. Oh and there is no power brick in the box so you will have to either use a existing or buy a new one. If you buy a new one make sure it can do 30 watt charging which is the fastest charging it can do. I'm currently using a 18 watt charger so I cant comment on 30 watt charging speeds.
One great thing about having a Google Pixel is that you get OS updates day one! No need for waiting for manufactures to make their changes and push it months later. Also you get monthly security updates that sometimes even have little added Pixel software features. This phone comes with the latest version of Android, Android 12. I had been using it for a few weeks, even before I got the Pixel 6. Android 12s Material You theming works really well. At first I didn't think I would like it or use it but I was surprised at how well the colors adapted in everything to my background choices. I've decided to leave it on although you can customize it and even turn it off if you choose to. I feel like Android has matured enough now that they are starting to make it fun to use again.
The camera has been updated this year and I can tell! It does a great job of taking photos and video with its 50MP camera. I'm a point and click type of person so I use a phone for most of my photos. I am sad they they didn't include a optical zoom in the regular Pixel 6 though. I really prefer having the optical zoom but I guess you can get the pro model if you really need it. I find for the most part my photos look great. What I found is what you see in the screen before you take the shot is not always what you get. After you take the phone it typically looks better. Google does their computational photo adjustments (instantly) and your photos come out looking even better. Also one of my favorite features night shots still look absolutely hands down spectacular. I love the idea of not having to use flash in low light situations.
I like that the camera app is simple to use and not cluttered like some others. Google does a good job here. They make it easy to switch modes and edit photos. There is a new camera app feature called Magic Eraser. It works well in some situations but not all. For example I took a picture of my arm with a cut on it and was able to erase the cut just fine like it never existed. Removing any face imperfections works well too. Removing people or objects seems to depend on the background. From my experience it works better when there is less detail in the background so your experience will vary there. Overall its a really cool feature that lets you touch up on your photos if needed. There is also a new Motion mode that allows you to add a motion blur effect to your phones. Its nice when phone manufactures add these little things into the camera app so you don't need to install another photo editing app to do it. I think these features will get better with time too.
In the end I love using this phone and I keep coming back to it. I finally have a phone worthy of getting me to move off my Pixel 4xl. Even with a few minor shortcomings this is in my opinion still the best Pixel phone to date! So close to perfection.
My previous phone was a dual screen. As an office device it was excellent but as a phone and a camera it rated as the poorest phone I have ever owned. So I switched to the Pixel 6. The 6.4” screen size is perfect. I prefer larger phones and the display is beautiful. There is some weight to the phone and it is slippery without a case and I would strongly recommend a case and a screen protector.
It comes with a Reviews Guide that is a manual for some of the features. When is the last time a phone came with a useful manual? Full color and very helpful, another win for Google.
Setting up was a breeze. I didn’t even have to call Verizon to have a setting fixed. You can transfer your SIM card (easy) or download a virtual SIM (didn’t use). Just follow the on screen prompts and it will walk you through the process. Via a cable I was able to transfer everything from my old phone. Warning – all of my apps transferred, including those native to the previous phone manufacturer. Just delete what you don’t need anymore.
Reviewers have reported issues with the Fingerprint Unlock. My experience is that it works 99.9% of the time. Setting up this feature, I made sure that all sides of my finger were well recorded in its more natural state (drier vs. oily). It works great.
The Pixel 6 comes in 3 colors. It really doesn’t matter once you put a case on it and then select a wallpaper. The UI can be customized with themed icons, widgets and dynamic colors.
As a phone the Pixel 6 is excellent. It is a phone and some manufacturers forget that fact. Everyone has noticed an improved call quality over my previous phone. It connects perfectly to my 2019 Subaru Outback EVERY TIME. My previous phone always cut out on a stretch of road near our house and in our driveway or garage. The Pixel 6 does not have that problem so now I know it is not a signal strength issue but with the previous phone itself. Call volume is finally loud enough, clarity is great, calls are not dropped, connects to car every time (with more connectable apps) – what’s not to love? It has been about 4 phones ago since the phone was a priority; thanks Google.
One of the best features is Calling Assistance. I used it to call Disney World. A 4 hour wait time that turned into 5 hours. It will tell you projected wait times (so did Disney and they were close) and then it will hold for you and call you when your call is ready. What a wonderful feature when the company you are calling doesn’t offer the call back feature. Priceless – why don’t other phones offer this?
There are a lot of features with this phone. You can use Assistant Voice Typing to send a message. Live Translate will translate text messages or Live Caption video or audio. Very cool. I watched a Japanese video and it captioned nicely. It also can translate foreign language signs via your camera. There is an Interpreter to translate conversations.
Of course “Hey Google” is incorporated into a Google phone. They took it one step better and have voice commands that no longer have to be preceded by “Hey Google.”
The camera almost made me cry. All I can say is WOW. Very easy to use. You can Magic Erase photobombers. I tested on the TV screen too and you can remove actors from a scene. Fun to play with. It actually suggests items to remove. In the photo, I removed the frog that was behind the witches. That I had to manually erase and it takes a little practice. You Can Action Pan or Long Exposure as well. I used Long Exposure for some of my evening Halloween shots. Face Unblur helps clear up your less than perfect shots. Real Tone does well capturing skin tones. Backlit photos also look very good, the Pixel 6 has a nice adjustment for that.
4X Optical Zoom works well and can be extended to 20X. Ultrawide Selfies was good but not a feature I will use very much. There is also front video at 4K and that works well if you want to film yourself. The regular video was easy to use and did well at night too.
The name Google normally doesn’t ring synonymous with Privacy. But they did it right with some features on this phone. You have a Privacy Dashboard that shows usage history for your apps. The Security Hub is one of my favorite features. There are a lot of settings in there. Safety and Emergency is my favorite. It has Emergency Contacts, Emergency SOS, Car Crash Detection and Medical Information. Crisis Alerts are also available for the immediate area. There are lots of worthy settings in this area and you should explore what works for you.
Anti-Malware and Phishing are also built in and work very well.
Adaptive Battery is another great feature. Seldom used apps don’t drain the battery in this setting.
Powering the Pixel 6 off wasn’t as simple as pushing the power button. You either press Power Button + Volume Up at the same time or slide down from the top of the screen and go down until you see the power icon circle. Holding the power button would have been much easier.
To take a screenshot you will need to hold the Power Button + Volume Down at the same time. The screen will flash so you know you have a capture.
Of course, this works effortlessly with Nest and also Google Home devices. Just talk to your phone and control the devices. Cast music from your phone to Google Home. Share and store your photos with Google Photos. Everything is so easily integrated.
This phone really performs well and Google spent some time getting it right. It doesn’t seem rushed like many other phones. Very happy and highly recommended.
NOTE: I received this product in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
Short: This phone has a beautiful screen, a high-quality camera setup, and is equipped with plenty of on-board memory and a fast chip to keep up with everything you want to do. Battery life is reasonably good, and the call quality is fine. The phone is a strong performer as long as you stick with it to get the setup just right, and it’s undoubtedly easiest for Android users and existing google/Gmail users to get Pixel buzzing right away.
This is a flagship phone, but not the “Pro” version of the Pixel, which sports a telephoto lens and optical zoom on the camera and a larger screen/body. So—you can get fancier than this phone. However, it is by far the fanciest phone I’ve ever had, and it’s pretty impressive.
The basic setup here is pretty stout. It’s running Android 12 and has 128 gb onboard memory, with the capability to expand through a memory card. Of course, there are also plenty of ways to use cloud storage, with the onboard google suite. The phone runs on a new chip—the Tensor—and it is supposed to have expanded security capabilities built into its operation. This is not something I have a strong understanding of, to be honest, but the idea of it sounds impressive in that it’s supposed to keep sensitive data safer and runs “Trusty OS.” This certainly sounds like at least an attempt to keep your data safer from outside threats. It has some anti-spam and anti-phishing capabilities onboard, that supposedly also don’t share data and keep information on-device. As well, there’s a “binary transparency,” which is supposed to allow those with the technical know-how to figure out if a device has been back-doored. That certainly seems like a cool feature, but it’s something I hope I never have to take it to an expert to try to analyze.
So; that said, this actually alleviates some of the reservations I had about using a google phone—what would be they be watching and tracking? That said, I’ve long ago admitted that I like having google photos, using Gmail, and working with the practicality of the google drive. It’s, in fact, become a necessity for me to use some of these features, so a Pixel just makes all of that ecosystem work pretty easily.
The phone itself has a beautiful screen and a slim design. On the screen: the settings also enable you to add a smoothing function, which raises the refresh rate to 90 HZ from 60. You can also choose to increase the touch sensitivity, which may be a good idea if you put a screen protector on the phone. Doing so hasn’t caused any real issues for me this way, though the fingerprint sensor is a little less eager with the protector on it.
The outside of the phone is fine—not very exciting—except for camera band on the phone’s backside, which is weirdly chunky strip. I’m going to admit I don’t really love that design choice, but to be honest, the phone is super slippery, and I put it in a case almost as soon as I had it in my hand. So, the odd extra stripe of the cameras on the back ceases to be an issue once you take some precautions with it. And, since those lenses are sticking out, if you don’t protect them, they’ll get scratched immediately. That would be a horrible thing to do to a camera setup sporting 50 megapixels and a wide-angle lens. (More about that later.) That said, I think it’s a little odd that phones keep pressing the limits on how thin and light they can be—but that worrying about the fragility of a 500-1000 dollar computer in your pocket means housing it in a chunkier package anyway. Supposedly the back camera has gorilla glass protecting. I don’t really want to chance it. And, with the Pixel’s top-heavy backside, I don’t mind the case. Maybe some people like this design. Great if you do.
The onboard looks are sleek. It’s a high-res AmoLED screen, and with Android 12 you can use the “themed” setups, with wallpaper and icons that complement each other. This is kind of neat—as you can coordinate wallpaper colors and icons. There are some really cool “live” wallpaper options too—which you can download if you so choose; “Marvelous Marble” for example gives you real-time live looks at your location from space. That said, I also still like the option to put my dog on the wallpaper instead of fancy live images from space. That said, the fonts, layout, and icons are pleasantly arranged. It is extremely crisp, bright, and well-balanced.
Features on the phone include a more advanced google assistant—one super feature is letting the google assistant wait on hold for you. This has already been a nice helper during my everyday activities. As well, there is a storage saver option that helps optimize space and make choices about storage for photos and videos. This perhaps a good option, but arguably it is odd for this phone to have an incredibly powerful camera and video system only for the user to then choose to degrade photos and videos to store them as smaller files. That said, a 50 mp camera makes large files. I’d rather add an SD card and keep the crisp images than save them in lower resolution. Google Photos is a nice backup, but of course there are some resolution/space concerns there too. The phone has an additional interesting feature called “Now Playing.” You can enable the phone, on the lock screen, to listen to your surroundings and detect songs playing nearby. It will then tell you the name of the song. This is kind of cool, but I also dislike the idea of my phone actively listening while it’s in the locked mode. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be used in isolated moments, or that all users would feel that way. But, I haven’t thoroughly tested whether it actually gets the song right when it’s listening.
Basics: Call quality and reception work well. This is going to most likely depend more on your service than anything else. But I’ve had no difficulty with dropped calls or being heard.
Battery: Battery life seems very good so far. I don’t use my phone as much as some folks perhaps—during work hours, I’m often not touching my personal phone—but regardless, with the phone charged in the morning, I’ve still got 80% of battery left. It will regularly last more 24-48 hours. You can also choose to prefer battery over optimized performance, depending on your needs at a given time. The phone charges via an included USB C cord, and charges quickly when plugged in directly.
Camera: The camera (or cameras, I should say) are fantastic. Images are crisp and clean, whether shot close up at .7 zoom or trying to take in a gorgeous sunset or the images of bright fall leaves. The shutter also can focus quickly and captures subjects prone to motion blur with more ease than other phones. The “motion” setting will also capture a moving subject and allow isolating crisp images. Colors are true and contrast is good. There are a number of settings available as well—night, motion (which is different than the option I mentioned above—this isolates a moving image in a scene), portrait, etc. and in each mode, one can further tweak settings (like lighting, or using pans, or in the night mode even selecting “Astrophotography” for the next time you want that great moonshot). The video settings are also ample, and include some nice options for time lapse and slo-mo. In video, one can also choose Full HD or 4K, as well as 30 or 60 frames/second. There are also some nice after the photo editing features. Probably the ability to remove unwanted elements from photos will be the most utilized feature. Basically this lets one photoshop out an element by just circling it on the screen. For most smaller elements, or in easy backgrounds, this feature works really well. In some photos, shadows or textures are going to make it hard to work perfectly. However, it’s a pretty handy. I’ll say that the camera wants to share things with Instagram, it seems, as soon as a photo is snapped. At least, some Insta icon pops up every time I snap a photo. But I don’t use Instagram or other social media on this phone, so I have no idea how easy it is to share to these platforms.
One last key thing for me: this has NFC technology. I have long had a need for an NFC capable phone, and this is the first one I’ve actually gotten. The technology works as it should, and has added a level of convenience to my life in being able to take advantage of an app and NFC tools that are useful for me. While the Pixel is not a cheap phone, it is one of the less expensive options for being able to use this tech reliably. If you need NFC but are tied of paying top-tier prices, this may be a great option for you especially.
It was easy to setup because my previous phone was android. From the get-go, the phone basically guided me through transferring my data and contacts from the old phone to the new, despite the fact that the old phone was five years old. So, if you’re an existing android and google user, getting this phone going should be a snap.
Paring Bluetooth earbuds worked ok; the issue seemed to be more that the earbuds were being claimed by another device than that the Pixel had any difficult. Once I put the buds back in pairing mode, the phone easily accepted them.
There was one negative experience: for some reason, the Gboard permission for speech to text in the messages was turned off. And, the phone kept just giving me an error saying it didn’t have permission to do speech to text. I tried a number of fixes, including messing with the assistant and updating the Gboard, and it took me about a week to figure out how to turn the permission on. Once I did, the speech to text started working as normal.
I have been a long time Pixel user (most recently a Pixel 3XL) and an even longer Android user (dating back to the original Verizon Motorola Droid in 2009). So with all of the leaks over the past months and the eventual official announcement for the Pixel 6, I couldn’t help but get pulled into the building excitement. Now, with the phone in hand, let's see if the Pixel 6 and Android 12 live up to the hype.
First, let's talk about the physical device itself. The frame is metal and finished in matte black. The front and back are both glass. The front is mostly flat and has a very thin, almost imperceptible, cushion layer between the screen and the frame. At the top, just between the screen and the frame, is an ultra-narrow ear slit and just below that is a cutout for the single front-facing shooter. The back is glossy, has more curve to the edges, lacks the extra cushion layer of the front, and features the distinctive camera bar. The camera bar frame is metal that extends from the main body frame then is filled with more glass covering over the dual cameras and flash. On the bottom, flanking the USB-C port, are 2 downward firing speakers. The right side features the power button and volume rocker while the left side is home to the single nano SIM tray.
The overall design is both attractive and functional. The phone fits well in the hand, the power and volume rockers are placed well, and the camera bar keeps the phone from rocking when set down on its back. Construction seems top notch with excellent fit and finish and no noticeable flex in the body. On the downside, the glossy glass on the back makes the phone quite slippery. So best to protect your investment with a good case.
Once powered on, you’re greeted by the beautiful 6.4 inch AMOLED display. The 2400x1080 resolution offers super crisp images with no perceptible pixels and the 90Hz refresh rate delivers ultra smooth scrolling and gaming. Colors are rich and vibrant and blacks are deep and dark. The screen offers a good brightness range from dark-but-visible up to significantly bright, even in broad daylight. Also, having just the slightest of bezels, apps fill the front of the phone while not creating unwanted touches just by gripping the sides, as compared to other curved, wrap-around screens that I’ve used.
The Pixel 6’s speakers have been satisfactory. Playing games or watching videos, the Pixel employs the ear slit as well as the lower downward firing speakers to give a fuller stereo effect. The setup offers plenty of volume and clarity. Highs are crisp but lows are lacking a bit. Like other phones with this configuration, the lower speakers do tend to get covered by your hand when holding the phone in a landscape orientation and make me miss the dual front-facing speakers of my older 3XL a little. Calls on both the handset and speakerphone have plenty of volume and clarity.
The in-display fingerprint reader has worked well for me. Its placed well on the front so my thumb can reach it naturally and its response has been plenty fast. Accuracy has been no different than the rear-mounted reader on my 3XL, with just the periodic miss-then-reread. That said, I do miss having it on the back: It just feels more natural to me. Also, I haven’t yet been able to test it with a screen protector installed as I’m still waiting for delivery.
Battery life has been very good. Typical usage on the Pixel 6 for me includes calls, texts, emails, activity tracking, some casual gaming, periodic web research, media playback (Plex for music and misc streaming services for videos), and managing smart home items such as a robot vacuum, video doorbell, smart outlets, and Google Nest security camera. Through all of this, the battery lasts a full day with some left over without need for midday top-ups. Experience has shown that using 5G, both AT&T and Google Fi, is significantly harder on battery life. But this can be mitigated by being on wifi or dropping back to 4G, which can be managed in the settings on an as needed basis.
Wired and wireless charging rates are fast, depending on your source. While 30w charging is possible, no charging brick is included with the phone. Wireless charging placement is not finicky, to the point you can actually rest the camera bar on the charger and still successfully charge. Also, the phone allows for battery sharing, which is a nice touch.
The cameras are very, very good. The app launches very quickly with a double-tap of the Power button. There are plenty of modes available; the familiar Portrait and Night Sight, and now the new Motion mode. All produce stunning, creative, flagship-level photos with great detail and vivid color. The photo tools have been beefed up to include the much ballyhooed Magic Eraser. In my testing, while the Magic Eraser is interesting, it never seems to be convincing, frequently leaving smears or discolorations. Video now includes digital stabilization, which works very, very well.
Covering a few other features: I tested Bluetooth with a new gen 6 smartwatch as well as various headphones and speakers. All worked well and demonstrated good range. NFC for contactless payments has been quick and effective. Casting to an older Chromecast has been fast and reliable (Note: There is currently a legal issue limiting access to volume control from the volume rocker while casting). Video calls using the front camera have been excellent. On the downside, there is no headphone port, no expandable memory, and no option for video out over the USB-C port.
Now, let's spend a few moments talking about Android. The phone ships with Android 12 out of the box, which is the most significant visual update to Android in years. Most functionality is where you’re used to finding it, but has been given a fresh look with the new Material You design language. While its all very attractive, things like the quick toggles or volume settings just take up more screen real estate than before.
Beyond the appearance, there’s a lot of good here. Boot time is super fast. Voice recognition and transcription has been incredibly accurate. The ability of the Assistant to work conversationally is amazing. The new wallpaper theming and icon theming are nice touches. 3-button navigation is, thankfully, still available (for those of us old fogeys who don’t like gestures). Also, scrolling screenshots work well (in apps that they are compatible with, which doesn’t include Chrome currently).
Then there’s frustrations. The loss of the incredibly useful Power menu (Power Off, Restart, GPay, and access to smart appliances) is frustrating. Even if you go through the settings and enable the new Power menu (Settings/System/Gestures/Press and hold power button), it only gives you the power-related options and quick access to declare an emergency. Most, not all, of the other combined functionality is now available in a Home icon on the lock screen.
Then there’s Google’s tendency to kill off mature products and forcibly replace them with products that simply don’t work as well. For example, the loss of Google Play Music still stings. But now, with Android 12, we’ve lost access to Android Auto for Phone Screens; a tool me and many others used profusely. Its replaced by the new Google Assistant Driving Mode. Which simply doesn’t work as well.
That said, Android and its apps are an ever evolving adventure. Issues such as these will likely be addressed as updates are released. And because its a Pixel, you’ll have access to those updates immediately.
All things considered, the Pixel 6 is simply the best Pixel ever made. Its not perfect, but no phone is. If you want a well built phone that produces great pictures, offers easy access to Google’s ecosystem, and delivers immediate updates, this Pixel 6 is a great choice.
I've been a Samsung Note and galaxy user for about a decade. I've invested a lot in the android ecosystem and it's become an integral part of my personal and professional life. It's been quite some time since I've really immersed myself with a device that offers the purest form of the android operating system. Over the years I've grown extremely accustomed to a manufacturer's overlay on top of vanilla android. In my case, it's been the touchwiz user interface from Samsung. Coming from years of using a different user interface, it took me about 3 days for me to begin using the Google Pixel 6 from muscle memory; as if it was second nature. The experience has been a night and day difference - in a very good way! I've heard that Google's android phones are the purest and best way to experience the android platform. I finally understand why that's the case and it took me actually using the phone daily for me to understand. A big part of the reason this phone has really impressed me is because of the innovation that Google has brought to the android platform with their custom designed tensor chip on these new pixel 6 phones. The "Smart AI" features on this phone are incredible. I've listed some key highlights below of my experience with pixel 6.
Design and Construction:
The Google pixel 6 is an extremely premium feeling phone. The phone has matted aluminum sides and a glass back (definitely prefer this over the glossy sides on the pixel 6 pro!). The Gorilla Glass 6 on the back feels like it can withstand some abuse. The front of the display has the Gorilla Glass Victus and as someone who constantly keeps their phone in the same pocket as their keys, I can gladly attest to no scratches on the display. Initially I thought that the protruding bar on the rear of the phone that houses the camera sensors would be cumbersome and intrusive. That has turned out to not be the case at all. When gripping the phone normally (either one handed or two handed) never did it get in the way or did my fingers keep hitting it. When laying the phone flat (with no case) there's no wobble despite the protrusion. You'd really have to push down on the top of the phone to experience some wobble.
I find the dimensions of the google pixel 6 to be perfect for one handed use. While the pixel pro has some minor upgrades over the standard pixel 6, I feel as though it borders being "too large" for my one handed use. In terms of bezels I was surprised that I didnt miss the curved bezels from my previous note android device. While this phone doesn't have the thinnest bezels, it's still one of the sleekest looking phones on the market. I also love that Google stuck with the small circular camera cut out and didn't go with a distracting notch! The one thing I would change in terms of design would be the placement of the volume rocker. I wish it was either on the left side or that it would have been moved further down on the right side to make it more central. I watch all of my content in landscape mode so having it more centrally located would have been a bit more convenient.
This is the most fluid and snappy experience that I've ever used on any phone. Applications instantly open, load, and close. I can leave several apps running in the background while playing a game, listening to music, watching streaming content, downloading large files, etc. Not once during daily use have I noticed even a minor hiccup. To test the phone I left several apps running in the backgroundc and played the very well known genshin impact android game as well as some warhammer and the experience was flawless. I've owned nothing but flagship Android phones this past decade and I'm convinced that the reason why the pixel 6 provides such a buttery smooth experience on android is due to to the combination of google's new tensor chip and the close to stock vanilla Android UI. Even though I knew the tensor chip was not going to outperform the top of the line qualcomm processors on raw numbers alone, I still benchmarked my pixel 6 out of curiosity. It still received pretty impressive numbers on geekbench 5. It received a single-core score of 1032 and a multi-core score of 2744. More than adequate to run all the latest and future applications.
The camera sensors on this phone are a feat of engineering! The 50 megapixel main sensor and 12 megapixel ultrawide sensor takes stunning photos. When in camera mode, you have instant options to alter color and shadow. I've found myself using this feature a lot as it makes photos with dull colors come alive! The slight disappointment here is that we don't get the new coveted 4x telephoto zoom that's featured on the pro model. This means that we don't get any optical zoom and instead we're stuck with Google's "Super Res" 7x digital zoom. I've tested the digital zoom and it's not terrible but it won't compare to an optical lens. Some of my favorite camera features are the "Magic Eraser" and "Night Sight". Both are extremely impressive features. Magic eraser is similar to the magic eraser tool in photoshop. It does a fantastic job of removing people or objects that you don't want in the photo (so long as they're not the main focal points of attraction in the image). The night sight feature is a game changer for taking pictures at night. Please see the two images I have attached. There is very little ambient lighting in the room that the picture was taken in. The same object was taken with the same lighting conditions without flash. It's as if someone turned on the light when taken with the night sight feature! The whole camera ecosystem has been designed with convience in mind too. Google photos makes it incredibly easy to instantly edit, share, and upload all your content.
This is the part of the Pixel 6 that extremely impresses me. There's sooo many great features to list so I'll just name a few of my favorites. 5G speeds are ridiculously fast! When connected to 5G, I typically average 250+ Mbps down and 60 + Mbps up (see screenshot). One of my absolute favorite features on the pixel 6 is the automatic ability to screen calls. The amount of robocalls I receive has greatly increased within the last couple of years. If the pixel detects that either a phone call or a text message is from an unknown caller, it'll automatically decline the call without interupting you (it'll never decline anyone in your contact list). You can also set it so that the google assistant automatically answers unknown calls. The assistant politely asks the caller a couple of basic questions to make sure it's not a robocall, a faked number, or a potential scam. The transcript of the brief conversation appears on your phone so you know if it's legit.
While the standard Pixel 6 doesn't share the same quad hd resolution (1440p) and pixel density as it's bigger brother, the 1080p HDR capable display on the pixel 6 is still impressive. Also, I'd argue that at this six inch screen size, you're really not missing much with 1440p over 1080p. The 6.4 inch OLED display produces an impressive color accurate picture. It produces some rich reds, lush greens, vibrant purples, all while not over saturating the image. I also love the deep blacks that this display produces! The adaptive 90hz refresh rate makes a world of a difference coming from a 60hz display. Swiping through the UI, switching between apps, browsing through content on a browser, etc has attributed to the smoothest performance I've ever experienced on a phone. The pixel 6 doesn't have the brightest screen but it's certainly more than adequate. With the manual slider you get 500 nits of maximum brightness and about 850+ when set to adaptive. On a sunny day, I found myself having to turn up the brightness slider to at least 80 percent to get good visibility while being outdoors. I do wish it provided closer to 1000 nits of maximum peak brightness for optimum visiblity on these occasional situations but it's a minor gripe.
Without a doubt, the most impressive stereo audio I've heard on any phone. This thing gets loud! The audio is produced by a bottom firing speaker and the earpiece. The listening experience has been decent enough to where I've found myself, on multiple occassions, not bothering to get up to turn on my bluetooth home audio speaker. At full volume, there's no distortion and music sounds crisp. However, as a fan of a wired music listening experience, the one thing I wish was included was a standard headphone jack.
In terms of phone use, at the end of a standard work day, I easily still have over 30% battery left. On most days, I've had over 40% without ever charging it once throughout the day. This is thanks to the beefy 4600 mAh battery on the pixel 6. This phone should be able to easily get you through a full workday with a similar workload as I've just described. You also get 50% charge in 30 minutes if you're using a 30 watt charger.
Overall, I've been very impressed with the pixel 6, especially at the price segment it comes in at. While the pixel 6 may not officially be considered a flagship phone compared to the pro model, I feel that it still retains enough flagship features to still be considered worthy of the flagship title. For all the flagship features that you get at this competitive price point, this is an easy recommendation!
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, usability, durability and price. Editors are less positive about connectivity and size. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 97/100 = Excellent quality.
CNETRating, 4.4 out of 54.4Patrick Holland on November 20, 2021
Google Pixel 6 review: This phone is everything I wantedThe Pixel 6 is Google's most significant phone upgrade yet, and we can't think of a better phone to recommend.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Philip Michaels on November 12, 2021
Google Pixel 6 reviewThe Google Pixel 6 delivers the best Android experience for the money with superb cameras, a unique design and Android 12. But there's some flaws compared to the best from Samsung and Apple.