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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    The best phone ever launched with some problems

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    ~TL;DR version~ Pros: • 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 Cons: • 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 ~Long version~ 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. ~Complaint department~ 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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features
    Cons mentioned:
    Charging

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    So many features!

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    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. 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. BATTERY LIFE 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. - OVERALL 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. SETUP 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. USER INTERFACE 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. FINGERPRINT SCANNER 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. GOOGLE ASSISTANT 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”. OVERALL THOUGHTS 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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the top contenders this year

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    Google pixel 6 pro, is an impressive phone . You get so many features at a reasonable price. All my other things that I have backed up on my other Android phone, were transferred over although being a different brand. You can even transfer your iphone files and other data/ settings to the pixel with the included dongle . Connect the iphone to the pixel and it will begin the transfer. Super easy to setup follow the directions given and you get a nice tutorial when you first start using the phone that helps explain in detail and shows you video clips on how it's done . I appreciate all that Google did to make my experience a favorable one. I definitely love that they (Google) send out updates pretty fast. The fingerprint scanner is much faster now after the update . The camera is amazing plus the advertised features like magic tool that help erase things in your photos that you don't want and it looks like it was done professionally. Super easy to do. The live translation is pretty good as well having signs or notes written in another language translated on the go and works fast . You have live captions while you’re talking on the phone it’s a hit or miss depends on the accent or the way certain words are pronounced but it’s very helpful especially for those who have trouble hearing . The sound is good from the 2 bottom speakers it's loud . Phone calls were clear and the signal was better than expected. I barely get signal in the basement, with this phone I at least get 4g LTE. Battery life is nice with this phone I still have over 50% after 8 hours and using it to text and browse the web and see a video or 2 . unplugged my phone at 6am it's now 5pm I'm at 56%. The night time charge mode is nice while you’re asleep it will slowly charge it and have it at 100% when I wake up. You don't get a charger plug with the phone but I used other ones I had and it works fine. The phone is a dual simm card slot. No SD card slot . I also use bedtime mode which reminds me that I should be in bed and I play some relaxing ocean waves to help me sleep and drown out any outside noise. Trust me living in the city you get tons of outside and bothersome noise so this feature is one of my favorites. I can adjust how long the sound will play and it will turn off . I use my Samsung gear watch and it works 99% for my notifications I'm still working on getting my alarm to work properly on the watch . Bluetooth was good I had no issues . I do save some passwords on Google and were saved and installed when I started installing my streaming apps later on after my phone was setup , it was like I had the Google pixel from the beginning of the year so even if during the beginning of using your phone you forget to install an app this will still help you once you install those other apps . Wifi settings were already setup as well like the ones in my friends house and relatives . Banking app , and other frequent apps I used were mostly setup once installed I did forget to mention this in the beginning of this review . I have the adaptive battery mode on, helps extend battery lif. Now if you want the phone to run at 100% you can turn this off . So far very little issues with my notifications. It is definitely worth taking a look at this phone there is no retina scanner but the thumbprint is fine . Watching movies is nice automatically goes from 60hz to 120hz . The colors are good . You can always change the colors to what you like. Definitely take a look in settings and search for PIXEL TIPS, if the tips widget goes away. This is where you learn how to use all the phones features . Which is pretty good if you forget how to do something you can always go back there and learn it again. All the buttons are on the right side and they have this feature to screen shot by double tapping the back of the phone which I love cuz now I can keep using just one hand. So if you’re looking for a good affordable and dependable phone with tons of features don’t hesitate to give the Google pixel 6 pro a chance.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Pixel to date with a few compromises .

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    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 Pros: 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. Cons: 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.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features
    Cons mentioned:
    Charging, Fingerprint reader

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Google's benchmark; the new standard

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    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Features, Photo quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lives up to hype and then some!

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    It’s hard to start any review of the Pixel 6 Pro without superlatives. Best cameras ever. Best version of Android ever. Best price for a flagship phone, ever. And while all of that IS true, one of the best things about the Pixel is that is truly the best Google phone experience ever. Because for the first time, Google has developed both the hardware and the operating system to work in concert with each other. That finally puts the Pixel line in the realm of Apple’s iPhone instead of just a “work for hire” hardware piece – and it shows. The onboarding experience was well thought out on Android 12, much better than previous versions and Google branded phones. My Google Fi eSIM activation was flawless and each step of onboarding is explained clearly with options to get more info. The included transfer cable brought over my apps and data and marked apps that needed to be updated or downloaded, so phone was ‘ready to go’ in minutes. Even my home screen layout with all my favorite widgets in place and working. Android 12/Material You gives rebirth to the original slogan of Android; “Be together, not the same.” It’s all about making the user experience more personal while enhancing privacy. While it is a fine line to tread the Pixel6Pro and Android 12 shows that it CAN be done. Centering the UI customizations around wallpaper was a stroke of genius on Google’s part. You look at this picture all day, so you obviously see yourself in it in some way. Material You bases its color palette on this throughout the UI. If it’s a personal picture, you may be the only person in the world with that photo – meaning you may also be the only person with that particular color palette. I do wish they would allow you to pick an accent color that ISN’T distinctly extracted from the image, but I can forgive that small omission. The thing about the Material You widgets though is that I think many folks are either going to love them or hate them. While I don’t actively dislike them, I do think that that they use way too much whitespace which limits your screen real estate (even on a display this large) so I find that I’ve gone back to using my third-party widgets. Hopefully this is something that Google will address in future software updates. The phone itself is sleek and distinctive. The camera ‘brow’ is a great new take on the “lens bulge” common on newer phones and ensures that if you put the phone on a flat surface, it isn’t wobbling around and it gives something to anchor your fingers against while holding it. It just feels better in my hands than my previous phones. The display is magnificent and sharp and the variable refresh on the Pro makes transitions and switching through screens smooth as silk when you need it but then steps down to save battery when you don’t. The Google developed Tensor chip makes this – and many other magic things – possible. This is a bigger deal than many people realize; having the ability to tune the software to the chip and vice versa makes it not only a brilliant phone, but a preview of what may be possible with the chip added to other Google devices. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Tensor show up in a future line of Google Home display speakers; in fact, this may be a primary reason that Google has been rolling out the Fuchsia OS to current devices. What it allows for with the cameras is nothing short of magic though. Things I’d previous have to do in post processing with Photoshop, like content aware erasing and slow exposure photography are now done simply, in camera and in the moment. I’ve been a photo buff for decades and the cameras in the Pixel 6 Pro take better photos than my DSLR or even my current digital camera. I can see this phone becoming my primary camera which is important because there are many times I wished I had my cameras with me and having cameras of this quality in my phone means I’ll be less likely to miss a great shot. I even purchased a selfie stick/tripod with a remote so that I’ll be able to take advantage of the Pixel’s low light and astrophotography settings. Great artistic photography is less about capturing the reality of a scene (that’s photojournalism) and more about a depiction of a feeling, a memory. The range and flexibility of photography (and videography) that the Pixel 6 Pro affords will allow me to be more creative – and most importantly, whenever the mood strikes, or the opportunity presents itself. As awesome as the hardware is, the software here competes to be the star of the show. Little things like the Calling Assistant make life so much better by taking advantage of Google’s reach and breadth. I had to call Ring yesterday to change one of my plans over to a new camera I’d purchased from Best Buy and before I even pressed call, above my dial pad was a chart showing the peak times for Ring’s customer service along with an estimated wait time if I called now. And once I put the call through, I was able to have the Calling Assistant take over, showing me the menu options and even stay on hold for me, signaling me when a CS rep picked up. As someone who spends a lot of time in call queues with vendors, this is amazingly helpful. The Tensor chip also makes live transcription and translations not only more effective than ever before, but it is almost magical. I have Taiwanese neighbors who were glad to help me test this out and they were amazed that not only were the translations accurate, but they also made sense grammatically. It’s incredible to watch; I accidentally activated a live transcription session while I was watching TV and marveled at how the Pixel was following along, at speed and incredibly accurate. This would be a neat little tool to use at meetings or college lectures! However, the Tensor chip’s most important features may be the ones that the average user won’t see or even think about much – privacy and security. While I won’t get into a boring discussion of chip architecture here, suffice to say that security and privacy have been built into the chip as much as into the OS. Things like the live transcribe feature I just mentioned are all done ON THE CHIP, without the data ever going to the cloud via an open source ‘sandbox’ called the Private Compute Core. This and other processor sections like the Tensor Security Core help make the Pixel 6 platform one of the most secure phones on the market at the time of this review. You can see some of this privacy forward thinking at the user level though via Android 12’s new Privacy Dashboard that allows you more control than any previous version of Android. Here you can adjust all those settings both on the phone and in your Google account. Things like on-device anti-phishing protection locally scan potentially malicious phone calls, SMS text messages, emails - even links sent through partner apps like WhatsApp, Instagram DMs, and Facebook Messenger Light – and will warn you if something seems off. You can be notified via icons on the screen when an app is accessing your camera or phone and easily turn them off if need be. Some of these features will make it to other phones that get upgraded to Android 12, but none of them will work as well as the Pixel 6/6 Pro with the Tensor chip. To say that this is a revolutionary phone may sound superlative, but it really isn’t. This phone is truly worthy of being called Google’s “flagship” and everyone else is going to have to play catch up now. I couldn’t recommend it more highly and at the price, it is the phone to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Pixels we've been waiting for.

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    The premium Pixel you have been waiting for. The design itself is very unique and gives you that standout feel. It's not the typical boring design we have been seeing from phones over the years. Google really added a lot of thought into its appearance from inside and out, hardware to software. Which is where I will transition into software to go deep with this review. Material UI (AKA Material You) as Google likes to call it. Because it is just that, an extension of YOU. From the widgets, to theming the icons and dynamic colors you can choose, you almost spend the first 30 minutes on the phone just messing with all the different themes you can come up and colors you choose depending on the wallpaper you select. I really like how integrated the personalization is with Materia UI and Android 12 as a whole. It feels very immersive. One of my favorite minor updates I love is with the widgets. A lot of them were refreshed with a more simplistic cleaner look. The clock and weather widgets along with many others really add to the Material UI theming integration. What does everyone know Google best for? Search. We have grown spoiled with being able to go to Google.com and search for any and everything. They now have given you that spoiled feeling with ease of search on your phone now. With a swipe up from your home screen you can start typing in the search bar for things like Apps, People, Settings and it will start filtering to whatever it is you are searching for. If I type “Fantasy” it’ll show me all my fantasy football apps I have as well as search within other apps, like Reddit for the fantasy football sub reddit I am subscribed to. While having an in-display fingerprint unlock option is nice and matching tech of others flagships, I feel that google had a great spot with the fingerprint unlock being on the back in previous generations, your finger would just always rest naturally on the back where it was. This is still great to have however. My one recommendation for when setting it up is set up the same thumb multiple times. Having 2 to 3 profiles with the same thumb, in my use, allowed for much faster response and recognition. I love this screen. The colors pop, it’s bright and it is buttery smooth. The 120hz refresh rate on here just...feels different from other phones I use. When I say different, I mean better. This feels smoother than any other 120hz screen I’ve used so far.. And with the LTPO Technology allows it to adjust to lower the refresh rate as low as 10hz to save battery. Speaking of battery, it is also pretty good on this phone. You should be able to get a day to a day and half, depending on your usage. I am heavy user and I could get a full day out of this with typically 6-7 hours of screen on time. Google seems to have put a lot of focus in remembering that, even with all the bells and whistles this device has, that it is a Phone after all. Google has added a lot of really neat features here with their calling assistance software. From assisting with wait times when you call a business to avoid a wait, to directing your call where Google Assistant will transcribe automated menu options for you. But my favorite of the features is the hold for me. Nothing worse than when you call a place only to be put on hold for who knows how long.. Well, Google has added this option where if you are put on hold, Google will wait in line for you and give you a call back once the place you called takes you off hold. No more tying up your line or holding your phone for 30 minutes or more waiting for someone to assist, Google will handle the waiting for you! We all know that Google is king when it comes to voice typing and translating, but the new Tensor chip takes this to another level. It's faster, smarter. Live translate is really great for those who work in an environment where they deal with a lot of clients/customers who speak different languages or have language barrier. Fortunately, I don’t face this issue in my everyday life, however I did find myself using this for the first time thanks to my 6-year-old. She had told me that a girl in her class was speaking differently to her parents. I used Live translate to say things like “How was your day in school today? “And used it to translate to different languages to see if my daughter recognized one of them. I am sure it all sounded confusing for her, but seeing how it worked in real time and how useful this feature can be was really cool to experience. Now, I think it speaks for itself based on Googles history with the Pixel line, but once again the cameras continue to shine here. Google has given you a lot of flexibility here with the camera, from hardware with the 4X Optical zoom, Ultrawide selifies, the 20x SuperRes zoom to all the other software features. I’ll bring up my favorite here which is Magic Eraser. This tool will allow you magically erase whatever unwanted subject/object that might ruin a rather otherwise perfect shot. There are many other modes to mention but I won’t go into detail. Motion mode, Face Unblur, Real Tone. Google has given a lot to work with here. They have definitely stepped up their game in the video camera department as well. We have 4K recording on both front and rear cameras here, Live HDR+ Video and Speech enhancement. Speech enhancement is definitely noticeable. This really allows you to bring focus, regardless of the noise surrounding you, to the person you are recording or if you are recording yourself and what is being said. You have a lot of other added benefits here, with personal safety features, Anti Malware and Phishing protection, as well as more transparency with the privacy dashboard. There is just a lot of great benefits here that you wouldn’t expect in the software until you really play around. All in all, this is by far not only my favorite Pixel to date, but favorite Android phone to date. Google has hit it out of the park and I know it can only keep getting better with updates and feature drops.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pixel6: Huge Tech leap plus AI working at its best

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    Google really made a daring and gigantic technology jump with the google Pixel 6 pro. There are so many features I found that I wasn’t aware they exist until I got it and started to play with it. I felt overwhelmed at the beginning, but satisfied. And after I started to learn how to get the best of this phone, I ended up more amazed and impressed. And even now while I am writing this review, I am still continuing learning about what this phone is capable of. Compared to my Samsung Galaxy phone, the Pixel 6 pro makes it looks like it belongs in the stone age. Without getting into a full detail of all this phone has to offer as new and advance technology let me tell you just a few important remarkable findings I found. With a display of 6.7 diagonal measured, LTPO OLED curved screen, refresh rate of 120Hz, a 1,440 x 3,120 resolution, 4K UHD 60fps which gives it a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, it offers crystal clear video with vibrate colors. I was so pleased to see my movies streaming in Netflix and My Vudu account not only colorful but vivid. The size of the screen was perfect to enjoy my videos as well as the sound. Another cool thing I found out about this phone, is that not only has a super-fast wireless charging, but it also has reverse wireless charging, and what it does is that it turns the google pixel 6 into a wireless charging pad so you can charge other devices that support wireless charging. This is awesome, I didn’t know that was possible until I got this one. So, you go the Settings/Battery/Battery Share, turn on the feature, and the back of the pixel 6 will be you charging pad. I used it to charge my daughters Iphone 12 even with the case and it worked flawlessly. You can also configure how much of the Battery level you want to use. Battery lasted around a day, the charging process was really fast, I would say that in about an hour will do a full charge, it was at 10% of Battery when I placed it in my wireless charging pad, and it took just a little bit less than an hour to do a fully charge. At last I can have the under screen fingerprint reader in a phone, with the option to create more finger profiles for the same finger just in case it doesn’t recognize the original finger profile. A Triple rear camera with 50 mega pixel and 4x optical zoom. The pictures look more natural and detailed with improve dynamic range in color and lighting. Usually I ask my daughter to take the pictures with her Iphone 12, but in this case the pictures with the Google Pixel looks great from one shot, 4x zooming is a must. The camera app includes motion mode, magic eraser, real tone, cinematic pan. It doesn’t have Face recognition. The front camera is 11.1 mega pixel The Magic Eraser app included is great. You can erase, retouch, color people or objects in background, I didn’t need to use photoshop for what I was needing to edit. However it only works for pictures taken with the Google pixel 6 pro. If you import or download a picture taken with other camera you won’t be able to edit it. Off line life translation is very useful and accurate, it is like using the Google translate app, and the “Hold for me” feature, very clever way to let you know once somebody finally answer the call other that an automated operator. Fast Speech to Text or lets say dictation feature is wonderful, very accurate, and fast. The Google Pixel 6 Pro uses 12GB RAM, and mine came with 128GB of storage. 5G (obviously) with mmWave Technology that offers super fast speeds in short range and Google decided to go in this model with its own chip: Tensor. It comes in an elegant case, with glossy edges made of stainless steel. Mine is all black, with a metal unibody, curved corners and rounded edges, and a feature that I like the most, Gorilla Glass! (front and back). A feature that I have had in other cell phone with excellent performance. All of these great features would not performed as well if it is not because of the AI Technology that works with the Tensor Processor included in this phone. Either for the Camera, videos, apps, etc. The AI learns faster how to do it and even will correct your choices preventing you to make mistakes, and that is what I found to be the real reason why everything works way better than other Android phones. Finally I left the best thing for last, setup is really simple, I moved my tmobile sim card from my Samsung to the Google Pixel, the rest is very intuitive, quick and guided. It will ask you to set up the finger print, the wifi connectivity, pin etc, all the usual stuff. It comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable with a USB female to USB-C male adapter. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the way to go, comparing to its apple competitor Iphone 13 pro, the benefits, features and affordability surpasses Apple.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features
    Cons mentioned:
    Charging, Fingerprint reader

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Google experience

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    This is the pinnacle of the Google experience. Fast and smart AI, beautiful design, impeccable build quality, a fantastic screen, and the best camera system I’ve ever used - Google has nailed it. BUILD QUALITY This phone has some heft, in the best possible way. Previous Pixels have felt almost plastic-y (some have been actual plastic), but there’s no mistaking that this is a premium phone. The glass front and back makes it feel like the flagship that it is. I’m still not sure what to think about the curved edges, however. It certainly looks beautiful, but there have been a few unwanted touch inputs because of how I’ve held the phone. I’m sure I’ll get used to it with time, but all things considered...I think I prefer the straight edges of previous versions. The fingerprint reader is perfectly located under the front glass as well. It only took a day of use before my thumbs could find it without the on-screen prompt. The fingerprint reader is a touch slow, but it’s not enough to dampen the experience. Something I didn’t realize I would like is the camera bar on the back of the phone. It still looks odd compared to just about every other phone, but the fact that it spans the entire back of the phone means that it’s the perfect place for me to rest my index finger when holding it. The phone is slippery because of its glass back, but this camera bar allows me to hold it securely. SCREEN The screen...oh, this screen. The colors are bright and precise, and the 120hz refresh rate makes everything feel buttery smooth. As alluded to earlier, the only thing that’s a little concerning about the screen is the curved edges. I’m hoping that once the case I ordered arrives the unwanted touch inputs go away, but we’ll see. CAMERAS For as long as I can remember, the one thing that most people know about Pixel phones is that they have incredible cameras. I can report that the camera legacy is intact. All the shots I’ve taken have been crystal clear, and I’ve been legitimately shocked by how good the 4x zoom is. In the past, every phone camera I’ve used has struggled with a lot of visual “noise” when zoomed in fully, but that’s not the case one bit here. My favorite camera feature is actually the selfie camera and its ultra-wide mode. I’m impressed with just how much I can get in a shot with that lens. There are also some great software features with the 6 Pro. I’ve only dabbled with the Magic Eraser, but what I’ve seen has been, for lack of a better word, magical. You can draw a line around anything in the background that you want removed from the picture, and the AI does a great job of clearing it away. Obviously, it works better with simple or repetitive backgrounds, but I’ve been surprised with how close it gets with complex shots. There’s also Face Unblur, which I’ve used on shots of my pets. 9 times out of 10, it reconstructs the shot exactly as I want. PERFORMANCE I was very curious how this new Google Tensor chip would perform. The answer in a nutshell - it’s fantastic. I’m sure that there are some other chips that may benchmark faster, but in the 5 days I’ve had the 6 Pro, I have not seen it slow down, lag, or hiccup one single time. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing a game, scrolling through a website with a ton of content, or watching a YouTube video picture-in-picture with another app in the background, everything’s been as smooth as can be. BATTERY LIFE Unfortunately...all of the “great” of the Pixel 6 Pro comes at a cost, and that cost is the battery life. The big, high-refresh screen and the fast performance does mean that battery life takes a hit. I generally need to plug in around 5pm to top the phone off for the rest of the day. It charges very quickly (usually 5-10 minutes plugged in is enough to get me through until I go to bed), but I do wish the battery lasted all day. OTHER FEATURES There are a few other “miscellaneous” features that make the Pixel 6 Pro a great phone. My favorite is the call screening capability. When I get a call from a number that’s not in my contact list, there’s a “Screen Call” button that when pressed, has the Google Assistant answer the call for me. It shows a live transcript of the call, and I can decide whether or not to pick up. Google Assistant will also wait on hold for me - I had to deal with a banking issue this week and spend some time in a phone tree, and I was so glad that the Assistant gave me a list of all the phone tree options in real time, and I could navigate the menu within the call transcript. The other Google Assistant feature of the Pixel that has been transformative in the way I use my phone is the live voice typing. I’ve shied away from using voice-to-text in the past because it’s always been *almost* good enough, but not quite there. The Assistant on the 6 Pro, though? It’s perfect. I imagine it has to do with the Tensor chip being Google-engineered, because it’s like nothing I’ve ever used before. 5 days into using the phone, and I’m almost exclusively using my voice to compose text messages.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best ever

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    I’ve owned quite a few cell phones, from iPhones and Windows phones, to numerous Android phones. I work in IT and just feel I need to stay on the cutting edge. And I’ve owned some really nice phones. But the Pixel 6 Pro is hands down the best cell phone I’ve ever owned. Let me begin with the hardware. Google’s custom Tensor processor is fast…very fast. And the screen operates at anywhere from 90Hz to 120Hz. Combining these 2 things makes for the best Android experience I’ve ever had. There isn’t even a hint, not even the idea there is anything you could do on the phone that could cause lag. I’m sure the 12GB of RAM it ships with doesn’t hurt either. That’s 4 to 6GB more than anybody else offers! Not only does it make the phone faster, but it also helps to future proof this phone, which Google has promised updates for until 2026! The AMOLED screen is gorgeous. It’s a Quad HD+ display that supports HDR, and with rich blacks and vivid colors it’s amazing for watching videos. And with 2 speakers, the stereo sound is phenomenal and the best I’ve ever heard in a cell phone. As previously mentioned, it’s refresh rate is 90-120Hz. And it makes a difference, especially in games. Motion couldn’t be smoother. The cameras are amazing. Google’s algorithms have always been able to get more out of a single lens camera than everybody else’s multiple lens setups. Only this time Google has put 3 separate lenses in the Pixel Pro 6 —50 MP wide, 48 MP telephoto, and 12 MP ultrawide, which gives you lots of options for getting great pictures. The new camera also lets in more light, in part because of the larger sensor. I’ve been blown away with how good low-light pictures are…just phenomenal. Seriously, amazingly good. Most cell phone cameras can take decent daylight photos, in many cases they oversaturate the colors. The Pixel Pro 6 takes incredibly sharp, accurate photos, but the colors are actually accurate, giving photographers the option to post-process if richer colors are desired. I like taking great pictures, and I can with the Pixel Pro 6, but the best feature of the camera has to be the 4x telephoto lens. Yeah, you can zoom in with any cellphone camera, but digital zoom is used on most phones. You might have noticed there’s a huge quality hit the more you zoom. The 48 MP telephoto lens gives you 4x OPTICAL zoom—that means no loss of quality. None. You can’t always get closer, but with the Pixel Pro 6 telephoto lens you can. 4 times closer. I never thought there was much of a point to having an under the screen fingerprint sensor, but the Pixel Pro 6 has proven me wrong. At least for my thumb it’s perfectly placed and easy to get to (see picture). The sensor is accurate and fast with only the rare misread. How about the battery? It’s over 5000 mAh! I could easily get 2 days usage, but I’ve missed the Glance feature from a previous phone and I have it enabled. As long as the phone is in your pocket, the screen stays off, but as soon as you bring it out, it shows the date and time, as well as notifications (see picture). It uses more battery, but it’s very handy and worth it for me. The Tensor CPU, with its emphasis on AI, opens up lots of software possibilities. I haven’t had a chance to use the Live Translate feature, but I’m planning to go back to Italy again next summer and can hardly wait to use it to supplement my poor Italian. Communication in other languages gets translated on the fly. AI also makes another amazing feature possible. It’s called Magic Eraser. And it IS magic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken pictures that have power lines in them. Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Magic Eraser finds the power lines and makes them disappear. I posted a couple of pictures I took on Maui recently while I was driving on the West coast. In one picture you’ll see power lines, and then you don’t see them. Magic Eraser found the lines, then got rid of them. Like magic! And with the swipe of a finger you can get rid of pesky people that don’t belong in your pictures. What don’t I like? This is a hard one, but if I had to come up with something, I would say the phone is very slick. I’ll be getting a case as soon as possible because I know a drop is not if, but when. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this phone. Google has in the past concentrated on making great phones at a decent price, but I would never have considered any of them cutting edge. With the Pixel Pro 6, this is the first time they’ve made a genuine flagship phone. And they pulled out all the stops. Super-fast custom processor with advanced AI, beautiful screen, amazing 3 lens camera, excellent battery life, great sound, extra security, etc., ect., .… etc., etc. Everything about this phone shouts quality. In my opinion, it far outpaces anything else on the market, yet still manages somehow to be less expensive!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Features, Photo quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Headed in the right direction

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    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Features

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh battery, tap-to-wake problems

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    Google added many features to the Pixel 6 Pro to catch up to flagship competition. While nothing stands out as particularly groundbreaking, it does offer a decent set of features for its price tag. [ Cameras ] Finally, this model gets a telephoto camera sensor—a first for the Pixel line. This is *the* reason to consider this phone over the base Pixel 6 model, in my opinion, allowing capture of much more detail in zoomed-in shots, especially in low-light conditions. The ultrawide rear sensor seemed rather lackluster; its field of view doesn’t feel significantly greater than the main sensor, and it had trouble picking up detail in low light conditions compared to the primary and telephoto rear sensors. The front (selfie) camera provides a good field of view, but gets blurry with close shots and loses more detail in low light conditions than the rear main/telephoto sensors. For the most part, the optical and electronic image stabilization performed really well, though I did occasionally have blurring issues in Long Exposure mode (due to unintentional phone movement, not due to moving objects). With the introduction of the Tensor chip, Google added live HDR processing into every frame of recorded video up to 4K 60FPS, which provides tremendous improvements over previous Pixel models. Frames grabbed from videos look crisp and vibrant, comparing very well to photos taken with the standard camera mode. Overall, the new modes and features of the camera app feel very gimmicky and not worth using. Action Pan, which applies blur to the background of moving objects, trips up heavily when there are multiple moving subjects in the scene and can be a bit weird about the parts it decides to blur. Face Unblur is a hard pass for me. Sure, it can add facial detail back into the photo, but for the most part, it looks so unnatural and awkward in the context of the entire scene that I’d much rather just reshoot with less subject movement. Magic Eraser really isn’t that magical; removing small objects against fairly uniform backgrounds can have passable results, but most of my test cases just looked outright terrible. This feature would have been much more useful if we could use multiple images or perhaps video to fill in the missing image data. I could see myself potentially using Long Exposure mode, but unfortunately, there’s no user control over exposure duration, and the duration chosen by the app varies widely based on the scene, so the results may not be what is hoped for. A feature I feel Google should have implemented (but didn’t) is focus bracketing/stacking. With the decreased Depth of Field of the main and telephoto rear sensors, close-range shots with considerable depth can have an extreme amount of blur which could have been largely alleviated by such a feature. [ Battery / Display / Speakers / Fingerprint Sensor ] Early reviews of battery performance really need to be considered carefully and it’s still too early for me to make a final judgment. When I first got my Pixel 4a it would get about two days' worth of standby time (turned on, but not actively used) with Battery Saver mode on. Now, many updates later, it gets around 7 days. Similarly, my first-generation Pixel XL got 8 days of standby time though it started off worse. For the first couple of days of having this Pixel 6 Pro, I was getting about 24 hours of standby time (Battery Saver active, LTE/4G, Smooth Display off for all battery testing). Seven days in I’m getting slightly more than two days of standby time which I’d still rate as pretty bad. I’ve also seen reduction/improvement in how user activity drained the battery over that duration, which as of now is passable but could be better. It’ll take some time yet to see where the battery life lands. The display seems quite vivid and bright, and the adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz is nice if perhaps a bit overboard (90Hz on a phone is fine for me). Throughout my testing, I’ve had severe problems with tapping the screen to wake the phone (a setting I have enabled), with it often taking many taps to wake up, and even having to resort to using the power button at times. I’ve not had this problem with any of my previous Pixel phones, so this was odd and frustrating. The curved screen seems like a silly gimmick that needlessly distorts the edges of the display, makes it more difficult to gesture-swipe from those edges, and doesn’t add any value to me. Personally, the way I use phones, I preferred the rear fingerprint sensor of the previous Pixel models. While there are certainly some use cases that would favor a front sensor, I found it to be very noticeably slower than the rear sensors, and it was made downright maddening to use with the tap-to-wake display issues I experienced. Being a glass sandwich, this phone is extremely slippery and very dangerous to carry around without a case. Cases were sold out and back-ordered pretty much across the market, so I was unable to acquire one by the time I had to finish my testing. Sure enough, this thing slid out of my pocket and crashed hard onto cement causing permanent damage to the side of the phone. I had never caused visible damage to a phone prior to this incident. Google: giving the TIN reviewers a case would have been a swell idea, and I know you did this with the Pixel 4a. The speakers have good volume, but the audio quality isn’t particularly impressive. The top speaker seems to emphasize low (bass) tones while the bottom speaker emphasizes high (treble) tones; this is fine for many cases, but when listening to music or watching a movie with widely varying channel inputs, this can noticeably throw off the experience. [ Misc. ] Geekbench computation benchmarks were reasonably competitive but not great. 3D Mark Wild Life benchmarking was exceptionally, chart-toppingly high. Gaming was a very smooth experience and the display was very touch-responsive for on-screen control use. The placement of the bulky sensor bar on the rear made it difficult for me to get a comfortable double-hand grip for landscape-orientation gaming and too easily resulted in me adding smudges over the sensors. The addition of the Tensor Security Core, matched with the updated Titan M2 chip, provides an important layer of extra security. Side-channel attacks are a serious threat to privacy, with a fairly recent explosion of research into and discovery of speculative execution and similar vulnerabilities in a wide array of processors, creating new attack vectors to leak critical system and user data. With their new hardware, Google has increased security update support from three years to five years. While this is great for end-users, tying these two things together the way they have is marketing nonsense. Google recently brought many new and interesting features to Android. The addition of the Privacy Dashboard that allows you to see which apps are actively using various permissions. New call assistant features include a display of wait times, automatic creation of menu option buttons based on live audio transcription, and ‘hold for me’. The recently added live translation features sound incredibly useful, and major kudos to Google for the offline translation support they threw in. The model I tested—G8VOU—has both 5G mmWave and Sub-6GHz support which is nice for maximum portability and futureproofing, but I’ve read that an older modem is used which is rather power-hungry while in 5G mode. Though I tested 5G on the T-Mobile network and verified it worked, I felt like I needed to stick to LTE/4G mode because of the already poor standby battery performance. [ Photo Attachments ] Unfortunately, due to TIN’s photo size upload restrictions, I wasn’t able to attach my most colorful and detailed shots. With a maximum of six attachments, I also wasn’t able to show off nearly as many of the features I wanted to. I chose to compare the different fields of view of the rear sensors in images 1 through 3, long exposure mode in 4, frame grab in 5 from a 4K video where I was slowly panning upwards, and 6 highlights how the shallow depth of field can cause extreme blurring which could have largely been alleviated if Google had implemented a focus stacking feature. [1] 0.7x (ultrawide) Lake and fountain [2] 1x (main) [3] 4x (telephoto) [4] 4x Waterfall, long exposure mode [5] 4x Waterfall frame grab from 4K video [6] 1x Flowers and statue, very shallow depth of field with lots of blurring

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
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    Camera
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    Display Quality
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome little phone

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I've run this phone both rooted on a custom OS (via xda-devs) and using the stock OS, both of which work wonderfully. Display is vibrant and sharp, and nearly uses the entirety of the screen's surface area. Works great on Google Fi network. Geekbench 5 results attached for your review.

    Features

    Battery Life
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    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Features, Screen quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Unlocked Phone at a fair price

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    Where do I start? I guess let go with this is my first PIXEL. I do come from another ANDROID platform. So the transition wasn't bad. Just had to adjust to a few navigational changes. And the race was on!! You can go grab all the specs yourself. I have the PRO model. As for size, it is a big phone. I have pretty big hands and can't really one hand this without shuffling up and down. Although the swipe navigation provides some advantages. Otherwise, it has your typical build profile. The cameras do stick out and could be exposed to scratches if you don't utilize a case of some sort. This is both my personal and work phone - so lots of apps. Constantly running in the background. I get a full day's usage from the battery and that is under a heavy workload. If I stay off social media, I would say the battery would last a good 2 days on standby. As for charging, I use my 20W and it charges quickly till the last 30% and it then trickles. I typically charge to 100% overnight so I don't utilize quick charges often. This phone is supposed to operate up to 30W but no wall block is included in the box. This is a Google phone, so it's all about search. In the app sub menu, this works great for finding apps. I do wish I could group apps like on the home screen. But the search function goes beyond just the apps and searches for contacts/Settings/Tips/etc This phone has a front glass fingerprint scanner. I have read reports of this being slow. And maybe it is compared to my other phone. But honestly, it hasn't been a factor. I do LOVE how they illuminate the scanner area. I sometimes miss the mark with my paw and have to adjust! Overall, works well, and I've mapped both thumbs for easy access. I had some trouble with my tempered glass protector but found that was the tempered glass and not the scanner. The display was good - this particular supports up to 120Hz refresh, defaulting to 90Hz. This isn't really a factor for me except for reading work emails and documents. I don't really watch any media on my phone. But I did a test and it looks clean, crisp, and smooth motion. I did find the screen to lean to a dimmer option(maybe to save battery) but you can easily increase this with the pull-down system menu. So something new to this phone that I wasn't aware of was "calling assistance" options. This was a great time saver. The ability to see business wait times for call-in support. This can help level out the support queue and provide a better experience. In my testing, this worked for 800 but not an 855 number to my phone carrier! But the best feature here is the annotation of the automated phone selection menu. It transcribes this and puts it on your screen!! How many times did you forget what option #2 was and had to listen to them all over again! Simple but effective! A feature built into the phone is translate. This function works with both messaging and Pictures/Video!! It can detect the original language and translate it to your preferred output. I didn't really use a lot with messaging but we do use it a lot at the grocery store!! My kids are into anime and currently anything Japanese, so we had a good time deciphering the text on the snacks we bought! No more guessing what we are eating! Hahaha A neat feature you may have noticed using Google Mail is the notification of upcoming calendar events. This information is now displayed on the home page to keep you informed of the events. This can range from weather/alerts/flights/calendar events/etc. This feature pulls my work calendar and prompts me for upcoming calls I need to join! I no longer have to jump into the mail to see when my next meeting is! Great feature! Let's talk about the camera - the large protruding feature on the back! So it works like most every other Android phone camera. I do like that the onscreen adjustments color temperature, brightness, and exposure are there for an immediate adjustment. You don't need to snap, edit, save as anymore. Make those on the fly!!! Get Photobombed! No problem!! Magic eraser works so well and you simply circle the undesired object in the picture and it does the rest. This worked so well it was MAGIC!! Overall, really been enjoying the device. Not a major adjustment from my previous one. Really like the contour and the new features. The price is cheaper than my previous one and the device has all the bells and whistles. GREAT BUY!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Features, Photo quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, Awesome Camera, No Storage Options

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    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Features, Screen quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sharp and snappy, fun to use

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    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
  • Pros mentioned:
    Camera, Features, Photo quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great phone with weird design decisions.

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent phone

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Nice phone with some cavities. Recommend for people warn to experience pure android. Battery can be better.

    Features

    Battery Life
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    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Camera, Photo quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Fingerprint reader

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The One I've Been Waiting For

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    I’m a Google fan, I’ll state that at the outset of this. I’ve bounced between Android and iPhone over the years, but have mostly stayed on the Android side and when I have I’ve always gone with whatever Google is offering. I’ve owned several Nexus and Pixel phones and while they’ve never been the ‘best’ phones, the unbloated software and the timely updates has always kept me coming back. The Pixel 6 Pro feels a lot more like Google is trying to fit into that ‘best’ phone category than previous phones and I think it ticks most of the boxes in that regard. In the box you get the phone, a charging cable, and a data transfer adapter. No charger is included unfortunately, but that’s the way of the world now. My first impression seeing the phone in person was ‘meh’, which I was not expecting. The camera bar or visor or whatever they’re calling it looks unique, but feels bolted on to what seems to be a pretty pedestrian phone design. It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t have much personality. That’s never been a strong suit of the Pixel line, but the older ones at least had the colored accent button and even that’s missing here. I thought it would grow on me over the week I’ve been using it, but it hasn’t. At the end of the day though I’m putting a case on this like any other phone, so the point is somewhat moot. And I would definitely not recommend carrying this thing around without a case. It’s slippery as heck and the corners look like they’re just asking to get cracked (I’ve seen as much from other reviews). I’ve seen a lot of reviews commenting on how big this phone is, but coming from the 4XL I did not notice much difference in the size. Getting the phone turned on the next thing I noticed was the display, which fills almost the entire front of the phone. It’s an OLED with an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz and it looks great. It doesn’t get as bright as my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but it’s plenty bright enough in most cases and I had no issues seeing it outdoors. The 120Hz refresh rate combined with the fast processor makes moving around the phone and pulling up menus very snappy. The display does curve off into the edge of the phone, which I’m personally not a fan of, but it’s not an egregious curve and I only really notice it when I’m looking for it. Using this phone on a day-to-day basis, I have zero complaints about the performance. Google’s Tensor processor feels as fast as any phone I’ve used. Apps launch quickly and I’ve seen no stutters at all in the interface. One area of my day-to-day usage that I have noticed though is the fingerprint sensor, and not in a good way. It’s an under display reader and it has not worked great for me. It takes about half a second for the phone to unlock most of the time, and that’s if I get a good read on my thumb. It’s much slower than the face unlock I used on the 4 and the fingerprint readers on Pixels prior to that. It’s one of those things that didn’t seem like it’d be that big of a deal to me at first but when it’s the first thing I do each time I take it out of my pocket it starts to grate on me. Hopefully it can be improved with updates later, but I’m not holding out hope. I found the battery life to be good, but not remarkable. It easily gets me through my typical day, but I’m usually at 25-35% by the time I get to bed. I do really like the new Android 12 on Pixel 6. It’s a big change visually and I love how the theme matches the color scheme of my wallpaper. The bigger menu elements are nice too and sliders are much easier to grab onto. Photos have always been a high point of the Pixel series for me and the 6 Pro doesn’t disappoint. The main camera takes amazing pictures with a lot of natural bokeh due to the large sensor. The telephoto camera is also excellent. I found the wide angle camera to be a little bit worse comparatively, but it’s still more than usable, especially in good lighting. The new magic eraser function is pretty cool, but its effectiveness was hit or miss for me. Video quality was also very good, though I don’t do video as much as I do photos. I’ve always been happy with the photos I got out of my Pixel 4XL, but it’s nice to see Google finally moving on to a new sensor. Overall I’m really happy with the Pixel 6 Pro. It’s the phone I’ve been waiting for for a while now and besides my issues with the fingerprint reader it’s a home run for me. It may be worth considering the standard Pixel 6 though as you really don’t lose a whole lot with it compared to the Pro and you save $300 in the process.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best phone in the market... Just wish Bestbuy had

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Great phone, great price, ordering was easy, product came packaged nicely with no damage!

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Camera
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend