There is pretty much everything for everyone

There is pretty much everything for everyone

Google recently launched the Pixel 7 series with its latest processor, a great camera setup and a few other upgrades.

I used the Pixel 7 Pro which takes on some of the most powerful devices on the market today, including the iPhone 14 series. Priced at Rs 84,999, this is a flagship smartphone and I wanted to see if it lives up to expectations. Let’s find out how it goes in this review.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Build and design

The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes a cue from the Pixel 6 series in terms of looks and design, but there are several meaningful upgrades here. Overall, the design philosophy is the same as previous Pixel phones; it has a clean and simple look and there are no bells and whistles, but all you have is a premium phone.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro is available in Obsidian, Snow and Haze color options. I had the Obsidian variant which looks beautiful without a phone cover with the camera bar on the back giving it a distinct look. However, the camera line is quite thick.

There is a hole in front of the selfie camera, we will talk about that later.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

There is a volume rocker and power button on the right edge. I felt that the buttons are quite difficult to press, although they are placed in the right place as the thumb can easily reach. The only thing is unlike most Android phones these days, the volume rocker is right below the power button, it will take some time for a user to get used to it.

As much as I loved using the phone without a back cover, I feel that a user would be forced to use a good phone case, as the phone is quite slippery in the hand and prone to falls. I had to be extra careful with the phone most of the time, especially outdoors.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro

On the bottom is the Type-C port for charging and the speaker grill. The slot for the SIM card is on the left edge.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Screen

On the front, you’ll see a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with up to 1,500 nits of peak brightness and negligible bezels, and it looks beautiful, to say the least.

You get Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection for protection. Although it looks solid, it remains to be seen if the screen will be able to handle any shocks.

That said, it’s one of the most beautiful displays on a phone right now. I loved the overall experience which includes a lot of reading (e-book), streaming HD content on OTT platforms and gaming.

Speaking of gaming, the 120 Hz refresh rate comes in very handy.

The only problem I encountered was the unlocking of the front screen, which is quite erratic. I finally had to rely on the pattern to unlock the phone.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Performance

There’s pretty much anything you can throw at the Pixel 7 Pro, and it’ll handle it with ease, all thanks to the Tensor G2 chip.

The phone has a Tensor processor along with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. I feel that 128GB of storage is too less, considering that apps and games take up too much space on the phone, on top of that is app data. Also, you want to take high-quality photos and 4K videos at 30 or 60 fps, which are quite heavy files. But most importantly, this is an expensive flagship phone and at least 256GB of storage space should be provided to the users.

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You can juggle between apps, stream content on OTT platforms and even play heavy games like Call of Duty and the phone is capable of handling it with ease.

There is no stuttering or lag anywhere in normal use, but you can feel heat when playing games for a while.

However, the overall experience is still nice and you get a flagship phone experience.

The stock Android experience on the Pixel 7 Pro is something you’ll really love.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Camera

The Pixel series is popular for its camera, and the Pixel 7 Pro has pretty much everything in its arsenal – tweaks, filters, multiple modes and settings.

The triple camera setup includes a 50MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 48MP telephoto camera.

The processing takes a few seconds, but you can see how the images come out after you click on something.

The Pixel 7 Pro takes great pictures, provided you know how to play with the settings, but even a novice can take good pictures, all thanks to the powerful camera setup supported by effective post-processing. And if you’re still not happy with the result, you can also edit.

The images are sharp and detailed, and the colors come through very well.

You can also use 5X zoom and even go beyond that to capture things far away. I mostly used it from my terrace to click buildings far away, and the pictures come out well.

I was very interested in taking pictures in low light and I loved the pictures the phone takes.

I’m not a fan of selfies but I took some and here again, the phone ticks all the boxes.

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Overall, this is a versatile camera setup and you’ll enjoy using it.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Battery

The 5000 mAh battery in the Pixel 7 Pro lasts for 7-8 hours with moderate usage. I skipped a few shows on Netflix and there wasn’t much of an impact on the battery. However, heavy games like Call of Duty drain a lot of battery.

You get a charging cable, but you have to find a suitable power adapter.

The phone takes more than an hour to fully charge, but what I noticed is that it heats up a lot while charging. I also changed the power adapters but the heat was still there.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: verdict

You get a true flagship experience with the Google Pixel 7 Pro, but you have to pay Rs 84,999 for it. The phone is expensive, but it brings a rich Android experience, a versatile camera setup and good performance.

The Pixel 7 Pro offers a fresh experience for those looking for a performance-centric flagship Android phone.

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