Introducing Pixel 6 Pro, the completely redesigned, fully loaded Google 5G phone.* With a powerful camera system, next-gen security, and the custom-built Google Tensor processor, it’s the smartest and fastest Pixel yet.
The processor made for Pixel.
Google Tensor is the first processor designed by Google, custom-made for Pixel with 12GB 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.
A powerful new camera system.
Capture finer details with a 50MP camera - including three pro-level lenses and a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom.
Designed for daily life.
The 6.7-inch Smooth Display, up to 120Hz** 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.
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.*****
*Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors,
including carrier network capabilities and signal strength. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.including carrier network capabilities and signal strength.
**Measured diagonally; dimension may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
*****Some third party apps and data may not be transferred automatically. Visit g.co/pixel/copydatahelp for information.
• Extremely fast processor and ample RAM
• Latest security updates and Android versions
• Camera opens fast and shoots quickly, taking great shots in most conditions
• Camera features like Magic Eraser, Motion Modes, and Face Unblur, and Speech Enhancement are useful and market-leading
• AI voice typing and language translation features make this phone the most interesting piece of computing hardware on the market
• Camera processing software needs to be tweaked to take better portrait shots and improve low-light performance
• Telephoto lens is hard to switch to; subjects must be at least 4 feet away; no macro mode
• Under-screen fingerprint reader can be difficult to work with and projects a bright light under the sensor that can be blinding
• Lack of face unlock and Active Edge is disappointing, particularly considering how good Pixel 4 XL's face unlock was
• Curved screen is pretty annoying to use and can warp images on the edge
• User experience problems were introduced with Android 12 as Google removed or changed the UI for the worse
Let me begin by saying I'm an Android aficionado and a Pixel lover. It's because of that love that I might sometimes overlook the amazing, wonderful, awesome things about the phone that I take for granted, and spend too much attention to the little bugs and nitpicks that affect my experience as someone who's basically going to stick with a Pixel, no matter what.
If you have never owned a Pixel phone before, there have always been several extremely great things about them that you should know, in order of importance:
• The best camera processing software of any phone, period
• Always get the latest security updates before any other phone
• Google's vision for Android as the default, with lots of options available for tweaks and settings changes
• Features like call screening, spam call and text message detection, "hold for me," which can help you avoid listening to annoying hold music
• With the exception of Pixel 4 XL, have always used mid-range hardware and been sold at mid-range pricing, but generally perform well above the level of other phones in their price range.
Some of the best things about the Pixels of the past are also true about the Pixel 6 Pro. It gets the latest security updates and uses Google's vision for Android. Some things are new. The Pixel 6 Pro is using new camera hardware for the first time since 2016, and it can take some really amazing shots. It has a new design, a totally new, Google-designed SoC (system on a chip; the main processor of the phone) called "Tensor" that can match and in some cases exceed the absolute best SoCs on the market at raw processing power. The Pixel 6 Pro uses this chip to do a ton of very complicated AI processing directly on the phone, without breaking a sweat.
The AI processing is impressive, allowing the Pixel 6 to translate live speech on the fly, take dictation as well as enterprise-level software solutions that cost thousands of dollars, and process live video through HDR algorithms while the camera is recording. In almost all cases, the Pixel 6 Pro is the fastest phone I've ever used.
In addition to the expected good things about Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 in particular does an incredible job of processing important software features on the phone. The new motion photo modes, 4k HDR video, and things like Face Unblur and Magic Eraser are great benefits, and the Pixel 6 Pro handles them effortlessly. I've also been very impressed with how the Pixel handles open apps. My Pixel 4 XL is starting to show its age and shutting open background apps down after I take a picture, or switch to just a couple more active apps. The Pixel 6 Pro with its 12 gigs of RAM completely eliminates this problem, keeping power-hungry apps like Pokemon Go open in the background for hours, even after taking pictures and using many other apps.
The final thing I'll mention as a big positive is battery life. It took over a week for Android's Adaptive Battery to work well for me, but now that it is, I regularly get 5+ hours of screen-on time with more than 25% battery left at the end of the day. I anticipate this phone will be a battery champ for many years to come, and I appreciate that.
Unfortunately, there are also some drawbacks to the changes. The new camera hardware is impressive, but it seems like the software team needs some more time to make the processing work better. Particularly in portrait mode, the camera has trouble with edge detection, sometimes leaving chunks of the background adjacent to the subject un-blurred and looking janky. This usually occurs with flyaway hairs and fuzzy sweaters, and can lead to what should be a very nice shot looking very cheaply processed. Also, the phone's performance in low light doesn't match up to previous Pixels. Shots I took on Halloween as the sunlight was fading ended up looking either too blurry or too artificially sharpened, with only a very few looking great like Night Sight photos on other Pixels.
The new under-screen fingerprint reader hasn't been much of a trouble, but other reviewers have said it doesn't work well for them, especially with a screen protector. I've had some issues where the reader requires me to re-apply my finger or run it a few times, but for the most part it works great. One thing I'll say is that the under-screen sensor creates a little hollow area, and the phone has a different sound to it because of that. Kind of a hollow "thunk" as compared to phones without the under-screen reader. My biggest complaint about it is that it shines a very bright light onto the reader, making it difficult to use in a darkened room without blasting yourself in the face with bright light. Make sure your finger is covering the sensor or look away!
I'm hopeful that Google will find a way to add face unlock to this phone through software updates. It's a feature I wasn't in love with when I first used my Pixel 4 XL, and certainly isn't perfect in today's world where I'm wearing a mask half the time, but I miss it greatly. Face unlock on the 4 XL is fast, secure, and incredibly intuitive.
As a final complaint about the hardware, I'll say that I really don't like the curved screen. The curve causes some content to bend and become distorted. In my case, that means memes and webcomics on Facebook and Patreon, which present images across the full width of the viewport. Oftentimes small text at the edges of the screen is hard to read because of the curved edge. If the Pixel 6 would've come with 12 gigs of RAM, I would have gotten it instead, to get the flat screen.
Another big list of drawbacks is the many changes that were made to the user interface in Android 12. For the most part, the changes have to do with design—and they're fine. System icons are bigger and can be customized to automatically match your phone's background, typefaces are generally larger and more spaced out, and new widgets bring these design touches to your homescreen in interesting ways. But frustrating changes have occurred in the User Interface that have negative effects on the usability of the phone.
For example, the quick settings button that turns wi-fi on and off has now been moved to a new "Internet" quick setting button. Where once you could swipe down from the top of the screen and turn wi-fi off with a tap, you now have to swipe, tap, tap, and then tap again to exit a popup menu.
Another annoying UX blunder is the removal of home controls and Google Pay from the long-press power menu. This was an incredible feature of Android 11, and allowed users to activate important functions without looking at the phone first. Physical buttons are ALWAYS better than on-screen buttons to do simple routine tasks, and Google took it away.
My final complaint about Android 12 has to do with how it handles links and saved passwords. In the past, it was a trivial thing to tell Google that you wanted to open certain links in certain apps. Now, some links open in the browser no matter how many times you tell Android to open them in an app instead. In my case, links to Reddit now open in the browser. I've gone into app settings to tell Android to open all Reddit links in the app, but after several hours, they revert.
Saved passwords for apps are also a problem. In Android 12, users must enter and save their password in the app. Any saved passwords from the web version of the app do not automatically transfer, and the Autofill functionality that helps users to easily search for saved passwords is broken. Instead, the user has to exit the app, navigate to passwords.google.com, find the saved password, provide their device unlock (PIN, password or biometrics), copy the password, then go back to the app and enter it. Once the password is entered and saved, it works, but the process to set this up is unnecessarily cumbersome.
~The final word on Pixel 6 Pro~
Google Pixel phones have often had initial periods of hiccups and bugs right after launch, and though Google aficionados hoped this time would be different, it's clear that isn't the case. Many of the problems I mentioned above can be fixed with changes to software, and I hope the passion and time many of us are putting into telling Google how we feel will result in changes that benefit all users as time goes by.
The indisputable thing is that, despite some minor quibbles about the fingerprint sensor and the curved screen, this phone is an incredible piece of hardware. I anticipate using this phone for years to come, and I am really looking forward to seeing how the Pixel and Android teams can adjust things to make the phone's user experience match the incredible hardware package they're working with.
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Design, Features
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
So many features!
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a myriad of features that I explored for a week. I think this phone is outstanding and close to perfect. It’s fun to use and I’m looking forward to continuing learning about Google features that can enhance my day-to-day smartphone experience. There are so many features that I didn't even get to cover it all in this lengthy review. I’ve always been an Android user and I’ve just upgraded from a Galaxy S9 which I had for over 3 years.
GOOGLE TENSOR PROCESSOR
The new Google Tensor custom-built processor lends to a powerful performance and I can attest to that. I’ve experienced no issues navigating between apps or having multiple apps open at one time. From a user standpoint I can confirm that what makes Pixel 6 the flagship line is the processor and the camera.
I have been super excited to try out the camera because I’m new to Pixel phones and the camera is their claim to fame. I am a camera enthusiast and take many photos. I’ve heard so much about the Pixel camera so I was eager to see if it lives up to the hype. So far, it does. I feel like phone cameras are getting closer and closer to DSLR quality.
- MAGIC ERASER
The first thing that caught my attention was the Magic Eraser tool. Very cool to use and when it works, it’s wonderful to have that editing feature handy! I like that it will occasionally make erasing suggestions. The tool itself can be hit and miss though, depending on what you’re trying to erase. If there’s a [mostly] solid color around your editing selection, it will perform fine. But if you’re selecting a piece that’s by something with a lot of variance (like a fence) or a selection on top of an edge between contrasting surfaces, the Magic Eraser has trouble making a true content-aware fill and will sometimes make jagged fills, hard edge/corners around the edited selection. I’ll attach some photos that show this. The Magic Eraser does not replace PhotoShop’s healing brush or stamp tool but it’ll work in a pinch, especially if you can forgive any mistakes. It’s a really cool feature that can be a little finicky at times but overall I’ve already taken advantage of the Magic Eraser with positive results.
- ZOOM FOR STILL AND VIDEOS
The zoom on the CAMERA is quite impressive as the shots look clear at 20x. Outdoor natural lighting made the quality pop but I was impressed at how much (or how little) grain was in the photos zoomed into the maximum 20x. 1x zoom on VIDEO looks crisp; it’s when you get to 4x or max 7x that you start noticing decreased video quality, though it still renders an acceptable video.
- NIGHT SIGHT
Night Sight is good and captures vivid colors, but as with any low-lighting situation, the camera must remain still for a few seconds. This mode is best used with poses and doesn’t lend well to movement.
- PORTRAIT MODE
Portrait Mode can offer great photos in the right conditions. I suggest posing to avoid gaps (i.e. between arms) as sometimes the blur effect doesn’t notice them and will leave the background in the gaps in focus. I’ve already taken some beautiful photos of my dog that I can’t wait to print. I tried Portrait mode on myself and it has a little trouble handling my frizzy hair which is a little disappointing. Understandable though because the background blur is simulated, whereas a DSLR will capture true depth of field. I took some with a hat on and it worked much better for me because it was able to better decipher the outline of my head. The Photos app also allows editing of the background blurriness in Portrait Mode which I absolutely love to tinker with.
- PHOTO COLOR QUALITY
The colors in the photos are very saturated and make for colorful and vivid images. I would like a little less saturation but that’s a personal preference. Using Photos with the Pixel 6 Pro is a treat because there are so many editing tools available to tweak settings like saturation, contrast, brightness, etc. as well as adding sky enhancing filters, general filters, and much more.
- GENERAL VIDEO & VIDEO STABILIZATION
The video is generally good quality. The Pixel 6 Pro has a “Get photos from this video” feature that suggests frames to be exported as a single shot in view mode. As for the Stabilization features, unfortunately I was only able to test this out in my backyard. I didn’t get a good sense of the difference in quality between Standard and Active. They both had a distinct blur during rapid movements, but I was capturing my dog running at close to moderate distances. I’m hoping I can take more advantage of this feature in the future in other conditions.
- EDITING & MORE
There are so many editing features to work with! The camera itself has many modes to shoot with and I haven’t actually been able to get into everything, but I did take advantage of the main shooting modes and editing tools and I’m very happy so far. There were a couple of instances where the phone took a long time to process an image that I edited a lot. It hasn’t happened but once or twice; I’m not too worried about it.
The battery life has been great, though new phones tend to do well in the early months of ownership. As expected, video streaming will eat up more battery than social/other apps.
- WORK DAY DIARY
My day starts at 6am. I’ve been running YouTube on the phone periodically throughout the day. It’s 3:45pm and I’m at 45% battery. I just plugged it in, and it shows it will take 1hr 45min till Fully Charged. I charged it until it got to 50% then unplugged it to move about. It’s 7:30pm now and battery life is at 42% (about 12 hr 43 min left). Not bad! Next day update: I left it off the charger all night, it’s now 9am and the battery is at 26%.
- EVENT DAY DIARY
I unplugged the phone around 7:30am with 100% battery. I went to an outdoor festival and used the camera frequently throughout the day. I didn’t use many other apps, maybe a messaging app or social media check once but mainly used the camera. Back home at 5:15pm the battery is at 50%. I continued to use my phone throughout the evening, going through photos and editing. The phone hit 12% around midnight when I was finally ready to charge it for the night.
Safe to say, I’m very impressed with the battery life as it lasted all day with constant use. Charging time is on the normal side, not super quick or slow. The Pixel 6 Pro does not come with a charging cable/box but since my last phone has a USB-C connection, I already have chargers ready to go.
I’m glad I started up the Pixel 6 Pro in the middle of a free day because it takes a couple of hours to fully set up. I was able to activate cell service with my old T-Mobile SIM card and used the included USB-C to USB-C cable to transfer data from my S9. The startup made the phone very hot to the touch, but that seems like a one-time issue so far. After setup was complete, I took some more time to start learning the navigation/UI.
The Pixel 6 Pro offers a “Pixel Tips” section (found in Settings) that really helped me get used to the interface. As I mentioned, I owned a Galaxy S9 for about 3 years so I’d been used to that navigation and the gestures became muscle memory. After a week with the Pixel 6 Pro, I’m already getting acclimated to the gestures, and I am so grateful for the Tips section that has little tutorials on how to “go back”, navigate from app to app, or how to take full advantage of the camera settings and tools. The entire front of the phone is a screen meaning there are no physical buttons, so the tutorials are essential to learn a UI I’ve never used before.
I installed a film screen protector and have had no excessive issues with the fingerprint scanner. My issue with the scanner is the light that emits from under my finger. It’s really bright in low-light situations which is the norm for me. I hope there is an update that either lowers the brightness or at least allows users to adjust it in the settings. As for the scanner quality, I have found no outstanding issue. It reads reasonably quickly for me.
In the past week, I’ve been able to utilize Google Assistant for a few things like Routine (found in Alarms), Call Screening, Wait Times, Hold for Me, and more, making for a well rounded smartphone experience. It’s these extra features that makes me think “I didn’t know what I was missing”.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is a great phone. Highly recommend it! I’m happy to have this phone for years to come.
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Features, Photo quality
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Headed in the right direction
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is not holding back with its latest addition to its line up. Its obvious that the Pixel 6 is aimed to bring you all the amenities you are used to seeing with all the other big providers at a price point that is still very competitive in this market. And while its very similar to just about most phones out on the market, there are a few features that do set it apart.
First things first. A couple things to keep in mind with the pro series is the fact that price is going to vary based on storage size for the phone. With 128 gig being the most economical value and 512 gig being your top tier price point. Google did away with the addition of a SD card meaning no external storage can be added. Due to this its best to see just how much storage you are currently using now on your current phone and use that info to base off your buying decision. There is also no 3.5mm audio jack which in this day and age just about everything is bluetooth anyways. Charging is done through the usb-c port or via a docking station. Full charge from 15% health was completed in about 45 mins and run time on a full charge yielded roughly a day a half with light usage.
So what sets this phone apart? Well theres not much that sets it apart except for a few quirks like the ability to erase people from photo bombing your photo. At least that how it looks on the outside. Reality is there are alot of little things that really do set it apart and make it feel like a breath of fresh air. For starters, when you first sign on to the Pixel 6 pro, its UI system makes it very easy and user friendly to set up a existing Google account or set up a new account. Rather your an existing Android user or your new to the family the transition through the set up was very easy. Every phone has a new user set up that walks you through the phone showing you all its key features, etc. The main difference was the Pixel did a smoother job at it making it easier for even my grandparents to get it. The biometrics scanner even feels more reliable and accurate. One nice key feature i liked was how the thumb print would light up letting you know your placement was right. The fact that this is a Google phone means that your phone and Google assistant will automatically link up to all your Google products. Let's talk about some of the bigger things that really add some polish to this phone, such as the auto translate. The Pixel allows the translate settings to be turned on in a few different ways. Through the phones camera you can scroll over texts such as menus or business cards that have a foreign language on them and it will auto translate for you. If you are texting someone there is no need for them to translate their message as your Pixel will do it automatically. When a foreign text comes in on your phone the Pixel automatically translates it for you based on the language you chose. Your text messages will appear in your language going out however to the person on the receiving end of the text message it will appear in there language so that both parties need not do anything else. Keep in mind this feature needs to be activated first. There is also a recorder that allows for direct translation should you find yourself having a face to face conversation. The AI system has also greatly improved. The Google assistant can do all the things you are already used to doing such as sending out text messages, setting reminders, etc all while using your voice. However on the Pixel lets say you call a business and have to go through a automated system to get you to where you need to be. You can put the phone down and have your assistant transcribe the automated system in to real time via the face of the screen. This will appear as a text message across the screen allowing you to multi-task on something else so that you dont have to have the phone glued to your ear. Oh hey guess what? Do you hate waiting on the phone till your place is next in line to talk to a operator? Well the Pixel will prompt a hold for me button for you to press that will hold your place in line. The way it works is lets say your number 13 in line to talk to someone. Press the 'Hold for me' button, put your phone in your pocket and go about your day. When your number is up next and a operator is on the line your phone will start to ring or vibrate letting you know someone is on the phone finally. I was actually really blown away by this feature personally as i spend lots of time on phone calls.
Now the camera does have some nice features that do set it apart however there are some that just feel like a gimmick. The camera does offer some very nice 4k shots and does allow for alot of customization. There is a cinema mode that allows for smoother, slow motion effects to give you more dramatic effects in your film. There are also improvements in the video stabilization features which allow you to zoom all the way in to a location allowing almost no shaking giving you most stable and cleanest photo or video you can possible get while in full zoom. You can also add motion blur shots which allow you to choose what you focus on and what blurs around it. You also have the ability to do just about what most other phones can do such as 360 shots, 4k recording, red eye removal and much more. The Pixel 6 boast its magic eraser stating that it can remove people or objects from a photo allowing for the perfect scene. And while it can do what it claims, the photo ends up looking like a poorly edited picture. What i mean is that whenever a object or person is removed from a photo the AI system has to fill that empty spot in with something. It takes the background around that object and pretty much blends in the colors together to complete the empty space. The problem is your left with a photo that you can clearly tell has been altered. Im not saying this feature is worthless just that it simply doesn't do a clean job with it. I have uploaded 2 photos so that you can see exactly what im talking about. In one photo there is a picture of a dog with a persons leg in the photo. In the second photo the leg was removed and you can see how the photo has been altered.
Here's my personal thoughts. The phone can do alot more and to write about every single feature would take up lots of space. These are the key features that stood out and made it really shine as its own entity. The Google assistant is hands down way better than Samsungs Bixby by a long shot and is about up to par with Siri. There are some cool little quirks with it that are nice like the fact that the phone will pick up on what song is playing in the background at the department store your in and display the artist and title on the bottom of your screen. The AI system combined with Google assistant finally start to make the phone actually feel like a smart phone and with the price point coming in at 3 different prices this allows for a perfect budget to fit most people. If your looking to try something different that wont break the bank or if your looking for a phone that just feels like it has some intelligence to it then this may be the phone for you. There is much this phone can do that you have already seen before. But there still some things this phone has to offer that you may have not yet seen.
I would recommend this to a friend
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Best Pixel to date with a few compromises .
I am the type of person who switches phones a few times a year cause I’m always on the search of the perfect phone for my needs. Coming from the Pixel 4 XL , I can say this phone is far superior in a lot of things and I will mention them below :
Pixel 6 pro vs Pixel 4XL
RAM (12gb vs 6gb)
Storage starts at (128gb vs 64gb)
Better and bigger display (6.71” vs 6.3” )
Higher refresh rate (120hz vs 90hz)
Bigger battery (5,003 mah vs 3,700 mah)
Now there are a few things that prevent me from giving it 5 stars.
Fingerprint sensor is slow compared to other phones
Curved display prevents you from installing a decent tempered glass screen protector
No face id (why google ? ) Pixel 4xl had this and cheaper phone have this . (Hopefully they will add it with a software update)
Gets hot ( I have noticed this phone gets very hot when charging and sometimes during normal use)
Doesn’t come with a charger. (Really google?)
No gesture swipe feature (pixel 4xl have this)
I honestly feel that if google would have kept some of the features from the pixel 4xl like the face id and the gestures , leaving the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone instead of underneath the display and having a flat display instead of the curved waterfall display, I would definitely would have considered this phone the best android phone you could buy but the fact they missed out on these feature , I can say that there are some other alternatives that feel more premium for the money you pay for this . I would still recommend this phone to anyone who wants to be in the Android ecosystem but have some of the support like people who own apple devices cause this phone will continue getting updates just like the iphone does.
If you are on the apple ecosystem already , it would be hard for me to recommend this phone for you but if you are an android user who wants the pure android experience with a few compromises , then yes this is the phone for you . If you don’t want to spend $900 on this phone , you can always get the pixel 6 for $599.00 or get the pixel 4 xl which goes around for $350 on ebay and amazon.
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Design, Features
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Hardware, Awesome Camera, No Storage Options
I bought my last "flagship" phone about two years ago, so it was time for a new one, which is why I jumped as soon as an opportunity to test the Pixel 6 Pro from Google came up. I'd never owned a Pixel phone before, so I wasn't sure what to expect other than unlimited Google Photos cloud backup (which was awesome since I was just about full after having the same Google account for almost 15 years).
My Pixel 6 Pro arrived just before Halloween offering me the chance to try out the upgrades to the light filter allowing for night photos. On my old phone which boasted a top-of-the-line camera pre-Covid would take pictures at night or in low lighting that appeared to be dipped in sand, grainy and had colored specks all over them. With the Pixel 6 Pro that is not an issue, much to my surprise and excitement! The pictures come out vibrant and clear, only showing some blurring if you zoom in close. It boasts a 50MP rear camera and the daytime pictures are incredible, not that I'm a great photographer. One of the Pixel 6 line's selling points was its suite of editing tools which would adjust skin tones, deblur automatically, and a Magic Eraser to remove photobombers or unexpected background subjects. Deblur works to varying degrees, I used my kids as test subjects and while some of the pictures are still blurry there were a handful that auto corrected and look great. Magic Eraser....hoo boy, this is a neat idea but for me it just doesn't work. Its listed as being best used outdoors, unfortunately being in the Pacific Northwest now isn't a great time to hit the beach or park. It’s also not available in every photo, but I found a shot of my grandson which had a child sneaking up behind him and my son-in-law in the background. Not a great or textbook example but it had the Eraser icon, so I gave it a shot....and it blurred both figures replacing them with colors or patterns from nearby objects.
Other features of the phone are a security mode that detects car crashes and alerts a series of emergency contacts you set up. There's also a mode that lets you tell your emergency list what you’re doing and if you don't check in after a set time it will alert them something is wrong (for example if you were walking home from work at night through the bad part of town...neat but I won't use it I don't think). Material You is what they're calling a feature that, when you turn it on, kind of color matches your Google icons and clock to match the wallpaper. I had my lock screen set to green slime from my favorite 80s movie and it changed the clock to a matching but different shade of green. This also worked with other images to change icons a blue/gray for predominantly blue/gray images, pinks to match reds, etc. It’s neat! Direct My Call transcribed menu options and let me tap to navigate, Hold For Me lets you put the phone down and Pixel will hold the line until it’s your turn then ring so you pick up only when someone is ready to talk with you (none of my toll-free numbers I tried had a hold that let me try this unfortunately).
Hardware wise the phone is just beautiful! The iconic camera band across the back didn't take me anytime to get used to at all and the slight raise also allowed me to have reference for holding the slick smooth glass body (beautiful as it may be, case will be encouraged to avoid shattering this slippery phone!). The 120hz refresh makes everything so smooth and the colors pop on the 6.7 OLED screen with just the slightest curve on the edges. There is no headphone jack, so beware anyone still hardwiring for their music. Since it also doesn't have a memory slot you will be stuck with the space you have on the internal storage, so choose wisely. This is probably also a great place to confirm and inform anyone who isn't aware: Pixel 6 Pro is the first Pixel to NOT give you unlimited Google Photo backup, a huge disappointment given how great this camera will make photos look. Really this is the biggest downside to the Pixel 6 line, and I would love to have them reverse this later. Yes, you can upgrade your Google Drive storage for a fee but personally I have enough subscriptions each month I don't want to add another.
So bottom line this is a solid phone with an awesome set of hardware and some neat Google features packing an incredible camera and a beautiful unique look! If you just need a phone this is one of the more affordable "top line" phones out there now and worth a look. If you're a longtime Google user or simply a serial downloader then the lack of unlimited photo storage and no expansion slot for more memory is going to be a reason not to buy. Head to Best Buy and play with one of these phones, give it a test drive and see if its right for you. I think I'm going to love it.... I just gotta take the time to clear out a few gigs of Google photos/files first.
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Design, Features
Fingerprint reader, Use with apps
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Sharp and snappy, fun to use
Tested the Google Pixel Pro 6, Stormy Black, 128GB series. The phone is sleek from first looks, in the box there’s a SIM pin, charging cable, and a USB to C adapter for transitioning from your old phone. No charger, as part of the whole “green” effort, will have to invest in the higher wattage charger to test the 30-minute quick charge to 50% capacity. After about a week of use, still intrigued to continue use.
From start to setup, at most it took about 5-minutes without moving any current data or restorations from previous backups. Performing a restore and start setup again, restoring my actual profile data and apps did take a little longer, but it was noticeable the advantage of using both the 5G & WiFi together to boost the restore. The camera bar is good as it allows you to set the phone down and still be able to view the phone comfortably. The curved edges are going away in current model phones. The fingerprint reader is laggy at times and doesn’t react as quick as other available phones. Have registered additional prints and re-accomplished the prints. Seems it may just be a sensitivity things that could be adjusted a bit.
The new Tensor Chip is very response is impressive as it seems to continually know what’s going on around you, keeping you up to date on what’s going on. Transcript, “Speech-to-Text” is excellent in recording all of your word and lectures into text, placing proper punctuation where necessary, and learns from its mistakes if you have corrected it once, it remembers. Battery-life compared to other flagships is roughly 3.5-4.5 hours under normal use and by the end of the day having to charge at least one-time throughout the day to be able to continue use while around and outside of the office before touching the nightly charge for the next day.
The various cameras integrated into the phone are amazing, it does a great job in isolating the various subjected in the images. The “Action Pan” works very well, but there are times where the app would freeze, not often. It does hurt when trying to capture something you cannot reproduce. The colors a vivid and very natural looking. The “ultra-wide” is amazing as it allows you to capture more of a tight area at times giving you more than expected at times. The magic eraser is great at removing any object you did not intend to have in your photo. Works best with fairly simple backgrounds to intermediate.
The Google Design Team has placed a good amount of thought into how the phone operates and reacts to touch. The OS is very snappy and responds to everything with no lag or stutter. From performing searches for contacts, apps, and settings built-in the phone to help ease finding what you’re looking for it immediately highlights it to easily find and select what you’re looking for. “Quick Phrases”, is up and coming, it removes the “Hey Google” and you can simply speak direct to what you’re trying to do. When you want to answer a call, just say “Answer” of “Decline” a call and just saying “Snooze” to snooze that alarm. Looking forward to be able to use this more as the options increase.
Recorder, while many may not use it, it has come a long way. Highly recommend it becomes a part of your life where possible, especially if you’re a student and not always in the mood to take notes or just need to be able to review meeting topics later. The transcription is amazing and picks through all the words with a breeze. Amazingly, it’s very accurate.
Privacy Dashboard. Privacy is big, especially today with how everything seems to report. This dashboard tries to place it all in one place by allowing you to see what apps and sensors are doing. Places you in control of everything, think of it as a one-stop-shop for determining your privacy levels. Personal Safety is another feature found within, allowing you to set your emergency contacts and even have Pixel check-in on you after a set time, even start sharing your location and emergency share in the event there is not response.
Overall, the phone is amazing and really enjoy using it, even with the slight cartoonish feels at first and some theming to make it feel like “me”. Initially until a case was put on this phone, I felt as though it was going to be dropped with how sleek the phone is, but most new phones have this look and seem to be harder to hold without a case. The camera bar does help, but once a case was on this thing, felt more comfortable running around with it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Design, Features
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Google's benchmark; the new standard
Things I want to get out of the way immediately and will expand upon later on;
- Yes, the finger print sensor is a little troublesome at first. You can improve it *very easily*. Chances are it is the save file for your finger, not the tech/sensor itself.
- Yes, the Pro flavor is *massive* relative to previous Pixel offerings.
- It may be massive, but it feels premium relative to those same aforementioned devices.
- Camera ridge on the back, while awkward/weird at first, *will* become a non-issue once accustomed to it. Or you put a case on it.
Straight out of the box you will certainly notice this is not your usual Google Pixel phone (aside from the fact you don't get a charger, only a type-c to type-c cable and a USB to type-c adapter). It's huge and it feels premium. As in, actually premium, not just your brain reminding you how you've heard and read for months leading up to this moment about how the device you are currently holding is supposed to be the flagship Google offering. This time it finally feels like that namesake is justified. There is a heft, a fit and finish, and an overall look to the 6 pro that screams "I'm not like other (Google) phones..."
Side note; awesome job on Google's behalf for not including a single piece of plastic in the packaging for this device. I'm sure they do a lot of other things (bad) that more than make up for it, but at least it's a start and a practice I hope to see other products (regardless of manufacturer) follow.
As stated above I am coming over to the 6 Pro from a Pixel 5. Before that I used a 3 XL while my daughter currently uses a 4a. The Nexus 6P was my first Google-branded/marketed phone in the summer of 2015 and tested the Google Fi (Project Fi at that time) network before it all went public in early 2016. We have been on Fi with all of our devices ever since. I mention all of this because my devices all have given me little to no fuss whatsoever during the setup process, but seen as how I am on Fi and only ever used a Google phone on Fi, I can not speak for how well/smooth this process can/will be if you are on Verizon/T-Mobile/Sprint etc etc etc
The interface itself is beautiful and extremely intuitive. Some of the features trickled into my daily routine in the last couple of updates (11 and 12) which I had done on my Pixel 5, so I will also point out that swipe gestures and a few other things were already part of my muscle memory by time the 6 Pro landed on my doorstep. Defaut fonts and layouts are less edgy, with a more rounded-corners and a flow aesthetic that is much more on the softer side of things, something my eyes didn't know they were longing for. And that's just the aesthetics of the Google/Android software, which itself is (and always has been, imo) amazing. There's no bloatware, no unnecessary items, and anything you want to remove *can* be uninstalled or not even installed in the first place.
Speaking of rounded; the screen itself trails/rounds off on the sides. Leading up to my own review I noticed many others not caring for this "feature". Knowing that the gesture/swipe controls on my Pixel 5 (non-rounded sides) were kind of infringed upon (especially with the case on, which elevate the sides even more for protection) when attempting to do them, I'm thankful for the smooth transition my finger is able to make (even with a case on) when telling the device I want to close something or go back. It's less jarring and my fingertip welcomes it. No, you don't have to start all the way off to the side to initiate the swipe in order for the movement to be recognized, but more often than not I do and it (the feeling on my finger) is something on the 5 I noted before ever having the 6 Pro in my hand.
Sticking with the screen you get 4K and 120hz refresh capability. While not all apps/games are supporting 120hz, more and more are making the necessary improvements/changes to do so. The screen real estate itself is massive, with very little bezel or unused screen percentage tied up with notches or cutouts. Nearly the entire front is active, usable screen and it's beautiful. It's huge but not annoyingly so. The picture is beautiful and sound is a drastic improvement over the 5, with speakers on each end that provide plenty of oomph when needed. As it is part of the screen, I will quickly go into the finger print sensor.
On previous offerings this sensor was on the back of the phone and worked quite well, if I do say so myself. Having it on the screen I was a little, not concerned, but maybe just a little worried about how well it would work in relation to the in-body design from older generations. After doing one finger and then another other (you can add additional fingers like in years past via the security settings menu) I noticed a little bit of a lag (or an outright refusal to unlock) with the #1 finger. I left it be and would either give it multiple tries or use my pin to unlock. A couple days went by doing this before I noticed that when I picked up the phone with my other hand and unlocked the screen (thus using my #2 finger) that the screen would unlock on the first attempt every. single. time. With that in mind I went back into the settings, deleted finger #1, and re-established it by doing the touch-release touch-release all over again. 30 seconds later and no more problems. I simply hadn't adjusted my finger enough and had a finicky save for my finger print. So it was user-error, not the tech itself. A few days later and the phone still unlocks with either finger first time every time.
Onto the body which, as I quickly noted above, feels premium. Very very premium. I have the Stormy Black colorway and the backside of the phone at the very top above the camera/sensor (the "eyebrow" for lack of a better term) is a slightly lighter color than the body. At first I didn't even notice it, then I thought it was a mistake that I was rather found of, only to discover it was intentional and supposed to be that way all along. The camera/sensors do stick out quite a bit and will take some getting used to as far as feel in your hand and when setting the phone down. But, having said that, I really liked this design layout within 24 hours of using the phone as my daily driver. My index finger naturally hits right at the base of the "pod" which allows the phone to sit/balance perfectly. Once my case (a Moment photography case, which I've used on all my phones) arrived the size of the jut is much less pronounced, but still present enough so that you can continue to use your finger(s) if you want.
Battery life, thanks to a whopping ~5000mAh capacity, has been a non-issue after a week of solid use. I kept the 6 Pro off a charger for an entire day putting it through my usual routine and by time I got back home (~11 hours later) it was sitting at 32%. This included two 30 minute Waze sessions along with YouTube Music going on at the same time, podcast listening for 5 hours, a dozen photographs, random/intermittent IG and texting, as well as a little bit of time killing via games. Most days I will cycle the battery down to at least single digits before putting it on a charger, so I knew after an entire day of typical use that the battery was going to be a non-issue with the 6 Pro. I'm sure throwing a bunch of movies at it on a flight or something more video-heavy back to back to back to back would certainly drain it quicker, but that isn't what I usually do on a daily basis, so I can't comment on it. Other reviewers have noted poor battery life, but that isn't something I've noticed given my usage habits.
Considering the weather and quickness with which I need to get this review posted I only had a single weekend to go out and get photos. I did add some older photos to mess with the Magic Erasure Tool, which is absolutely awesome. Yes, other apps/software have something comparable, but the auto-mode for it does a great job with the click of a button. The fact you can also manually go in and do it to either support the auto-mode or take on yourself with no help is very welcome. Reviews are limited to 6 photos, so I can't show everything, but I loaded an older Pixel 5 photo and did auto-mode for the Magic Erasure. In 5 seconds the photo was cleaned up and ready to share. In years past I would have to share it to any number of apps, either pay for a subscription to utilize a similar feature, or manually go in and painstakingly select the areas to remove. 5. seconds. FIVE. And it was done. That right there is nearly worth the price of the phone itself if you take a lot of photos. Sometimes I don't want to get rid of EVERYTHING in the background, sometimes a photo just needs a little less clutter going on, and this is where the manual mode comes in handy.
All in all, this sets a new standard for Google as far as them slapping the "flagship" moniker on something. For the money this is such a bang for the buck compared to the $1500+ alternatives out there from other brands (coming with an MSRP of $899 for the 128GB flavor). If you are on the fence and looking to go with a premium offering, you really can't go wrong with the 6 Pro or the 6 for that matter. The 6, while not having the materials for the body/chassis nor the same camera setup, offers just about everything else the Pro model does only with a much smaller body, something a lot of people prefer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Camera, Design, Features
Use with apps
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great phone with weird design decisions.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has been a great upgrade for me and overall is a great phone with a lot of great upgrades, however, there are also some very weird and annoying decisions that were made.
My previous phone was the Google Pixel 4a and the transfer process coming to the Pixel 6 Pro was simple and easy to complete, the phone has a great process of teaching you all of the new features by showing you simple and easy to understand examples and directions of the new features. The new Google Tensor processor is amazing and has made it possible to add many new features that work amazingly fast on-device, the ability to translate text and pictures, faster more responsive voice controls, and new camera features really show some of the capabilities of Google's new processor and they are great. I also really like the use of Google's Material UI and the ability to customize a color theme for the entire phone by simply choosing a primary color and the phone will take care of the rest of the process of picking accent colors, text colors, and more to give you a customizable and good looking interface for your phone. The adaptive and battery-saving features are great at ensuring that you have many hours of use with your phone by adjusting things such as screen refresh rate and killing off background processes that you aren't using, the phone learns your favorite apps and will keep them loaded while killing off processes that you aren't using frequently.
The one decision that has been the most frustrating for me with the Google Pixel 6 Pro is Google's decision to round the screen at the edges, it makes the phone thinner and more difficult to hold around the edges and makes it so that your phone is constantly picking up touch signals from the edge of your phone which prevents you from being able to click apps, type, scan your finger, and a myriad of other issues caused by ghost touch signals when you are holding the phone too close to the curved edge. The combination of the slick back and the curved edges make it very difficult to hold the phone and I have had it slip out of my hand on several occasions. I also am not a fan of the camera bar on the back and do not like the way it looks and would have preferred for them to make the phone slightly thicker to accommodate the camera sensors and to make the phone easier to hold. I also am not a fan of the new under-screen fingerprint reader and I feel that the old design on the back of the phone worked better since it was in the perfect location to quickly and easily unlock with your index finger on the back of the phone and it also worked much faster, it is quite common that the new fingerprint reader is very slow to unlock or doesn't unlock at all due to the curved edges causing issues with touch signals at the edge of the screen while trying to unlock.
While I think that Google did a great job with a lot of the new features on the Pixel 6 Pro, I also feel that they made some really bad decisions when it came to the actual physical construction of this phone, while some of these issues can be solved with a phone case to hide their design decisions, the curved edges of the phone have caused the most issues and frustrations for me and are issues caused by Google's bad choice to use something that hasn't worked for other phone manufacturers in the past. The curved screen has been done and failed before and Google didn't exactly do anything to make it better so I don't know why they bothered.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about camera, design, usability and price. Editors are less positive about portability and battery and have mixed opinions about durability. 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 99/100 = Excellent quality.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Jordan Palmer on December 20, 2021
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A:AnswerYes I'm still waiting. I called support. The person literally told me that they accept as many preorders as they can, and then tell Google how many they need. Despite knowing that they would not be able to get all of them, they still accepted preorders. They essentially have the worst customer service and dumbest business policies. This is my last phone I will order from best buy, I should have gone with Amazon.
A:AnswerBecause in typical Bestbuy fashion, they over sold they're available inventory, and even some of the people who could pre-order are being told their order is delayed because they don't have them. Why they make promises they can't keep is getting really old. This has happened to me multiple times now. Google is in the same boat, and oversold.
A:AnswerThey aren't going to restock it for a long time, and the ones that ordered it from here are left out in the cold as their promised delivery date comes and goes. I would order it from anywhere else.