We look at the new Google Pixel 6, freshly released by Google.
Google Pixel 6, reviewed
It looks different from what came before, and also from some of it’s rivals. The standard vanilla Pixel 6 is priced well, to challenge and make an impact of the possible iPhone and Galaxy purchasers. The Pixel 6 pro is closer in price to them, but the 6 aims to offer clear water between this phone and other competitors. We have been using and reviewing Pixels since the 4, and it has been interesting to see how Google have upped their game and shown that they are serious about remaining as a serious player in the phone market. It is bigger than its predecessors, which is something that many people have a few opinions about.
Personally we liked the compact nature of the previous Pixels, and the 6 is not going to fit nearly as snuggly into your pocket. For all the power that the phone now brings to your photography, and the smart things that the voice activated software can do, perhaps you will just need to rethink how you hold, use and carry the Pixel 6. The hardware has been updated to now keep up with the improvements in what their competitors have been able to capture, allied with the already ahead of the game software this does mean that the photos are coming in quite well.
You will also have to get used to the fact that, behind the scenes you images are being sharpened up while you review them. This means what you think might be a less than perfect image is quickly improving. As software updates may or may not happen too, this does mean that your Pixel 6 images may become even better over time, but it is still a slight work in progress.
The Pixel 6 Pro does more, as you would expect, but you get the impression that, in terms of bang for your buck, it is the Pixel 6 that will probably sell more copies, and also the one that will bring new users into its ecosystem too. iPhone users may feel that the Pixel 6 is not quite in its league, but the fact that it has all of Google’s wider innovation and software chops behind it, and it feels like it is rapidly reducing the distance between them both.
The increased size will require some adaption for existing users, but for new users who have already worked out the best way to carry the Pixels this may not even be noticed at all. The battery will more or less get you through the day, but this will depend on how much you are using it. It doesn’t come with a charger, but at this stage who doesn’t have the ability to charge a phone. We’re not sure how much this will be an issue or an annoyance to anyone.
Overall it is a fun and positive upgrade on what has come before. It continues to nudge the bar in terms of what you can capture on your phone, and the AI is sharp and smart enough that you may find yourself using speech commands more and more. The phone is fun to play with, easy to use, and a good challenge to what is out there, at a competitive price. Check it out.
More details about the Pixel 6
Powered by Google Tensor, Google’s first-ever processor, and shipping with Android 12, both phones are fast, smart, secure and designed to adapt to you.
Pixel 6 is an outstanding all-around phone and it starts at only $599. If you want all the advanced capabilities and upgraded finishes, Pixel 6 Pro is the right phone for you, starting at $899.
Powering the new Pixel lineup is Google Tensor, a mobile system on a chip designed specifically around Google’s industry-leading AI. Google Tensor enables entirely new capabilities for your smartphone, and makes Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro more helpful and more personal.
New Pixel, new camera
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have the most advanced cameras we’ve ever built. The entire camera experience is improved from the hardware to Pixel’s revolutionary computational photography.
Both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a new 1/1.3 inch sensor on the back. This primary sensor now captures up to 150% more light (compared to Pixel 5’s primary camera), meaning you’re going to get photos and videos with even greater detail and richer color. Both phones also have completely new ultrawide lenses with larger sensors, so photos look great when you want to fit more in your shot.
Pixel 6 Pro also has an amazing telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x zoom with an improved version of Pixel’s Super Res Zoom. There’s also an upgraded ultrawide front camera that records 4K video. You can make use of that wider front camera in Snapchat’s new ultrawide selfie feature. Plus, for instant Snapchat access, the new Quick Tap to Snap feature is coming exclusively to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this year.
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