Why you should get a phone
We recently reviewed the Google Pixel 7, which has excellent photography performance. The smartphone was released alongside the Pixel 7 Pro, which we tested in tandem with the Pixel 7. The device also features the latest Android 13 operating system, Tensor G2 chipset and better camera performance. So here is our in-depth review.
Pixel 7 Pro review: Design and display
Like its sibling, the Pixel 7 Pro also has an aluminum camera bump that makes it stand out. The phone has a unique camera bar and the standard Google logo in the middle. We have a darker color option which is a fingerprint magnet and we had to wipe it off. So keep a microfiber cloth handy. If you want to use one of these phones without a case, we recommend choosing lighter color options. It also boasts polished aluminum sides as opposed to the matte aluminum sides of the Pixel 7. The Pro model has a very premium and sophisticated look.
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The smartphone has glass back panels made of Gorilla Glass Victus, as well as front displays of the same type. The volume controls and power button are on the right side, while the SIM card slot is on the left bezel.
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At the bottom is the USB Type-C port as well as the primary speaker and microphone. Like the standard IP68 device, the Pro Edition is water and dust resistant, which is a plus.
Another thing that could be better is the placement of the power button at the top and the volume rocker down on the right side. This resulted in many unwanted key presses when trying to lock the phone. We understand that you get used to it over time, but it took us a while to get used to it.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch 4-HD+ LTPO OLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It is bright enough outside and the colors are vivid. The smartphone bezels are incredibly small. While the Pixel 7 feels more comfortable in the hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is much larger. As a result, we had trouble reaching apps located in the farthest corners of the screen with one hand. The curved edge of the Pixel 7 Pro display makes it look and feel more luxurious than the Pixel 7’s flat display.
Regardless of whether we were in Natural or Adaptive mode, we found the display to be a bit dim. Just looking at it everyday is fine, but compared to other flagships, this is where you’ll see the difference. This could be due to the use of a first generation LTPO panel. However, the refresh rate was excellent and smooth, and the display quality for media viewing was satisfactory.
Pixel 7 Pro review: Performance and camera
Despite their different prices, the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro both feature the new Google Tensor G2 processor. While using the camera or playing games, the gadget heats up a bit, which is most noticeable near the camera module, but we can’t call it a heating issue.
As we mentioned in our Pixel 7 review, the new Tensor chipset falls well short of Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line flagship processor in terms of performance. Game performance is good and COD: Mobile can be played on maximum settings. As mentioned before, the 7 Pro tends to get a bit warm when playing games without it suffering performance. Even at max settings, gaming on this phone was fantastic.
If you want to game on your phone, we mentioned that performance was amazing, but due to the build quality and slipperiness, we wouldn’t recommend this phone for extended gaming. The solution is to make a good case for it.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro has several improvements such as Super Intelligent Speech Detection, which we think is the best. In addition, some software enhancements like Photo Unblur are very useful, which allows you to blur blurry images while optimizing the software.
We believe pure Android will outperform all Android devices, and it’s not because Google made Android; rather, our preferred alternative is Samsung’s One UI. However, having Google Home in the menu and choosing basic color themes based on the wallpaper features seem like simple features, but we love it for that reason.
And knowing that there are three years of software upgrades and another two years of security updates is a major reason to consider the Pixel 7 Pro.
The cameras on the Pixel 7 Pro are truly incredible. Unlike the Pixel 7, which has a dual rear camera setup, the Google Pixel 7 Pro has a triple-camera setup that includes the Pixel 7’s 50-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (with a 126° field of view), and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens (with 5x optical zoom and up to 30x SuperRes zoom). The selfie camera has a 10.8 megapixel lens, similar to the normal model.
The Pixel 7 Pro’s primary camera produces high-quality, detailed images. The Pixel 7 Pro’s colors are natural in both primary and ultra-wide-angle photos. The image from the main camera with a resolution of 50 megapixels looks fantastic. The ultra-wide lenses were fantastic for point-and-shoot photography, but compared to the S22+, it’s a completely different story.
The Pixel 7 lacks macro features, but the Pro model includes them, which is appreciated. Macro photos are detailed and sharp. Best of all, the Pixel 7 Pro now lets you take macro shots with Auto Night Sight, though you’ll need a tripod or steady hands to get the best results.
In an effort to compete with the iPhone, Google introduced a new Motion Photos feature that includes long exposure and action panorama, both of which can be used at 2X or 5X zoom. Action blur, as the name suggests, adds motion blur to the background.
The additional capabilities of the Pixel smartphones are very practical, but when it comes to quality, they fall short of the incredible quality of the Samsung camera. The image quality is not bad, but we also reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S22+, which has a great camera performance in this price range.
When it comes to selfies, the Pixel 7 Pro takes sharper and more detailed selfies. Selfies also have natural-looking color tones and portrait selfies have perfect edge detection. Low-light photos reveal the same story: the Pixel 7 Pro excels at noise reduction in low-light photos.
The Pixel 7 Pro performs admirably in terms of overall image processing.
Moving on to video, it also looked fantastic, with excellent dynamic range and image stabilization for both prime and ultra-wide lenses. That being said, it also has a Cinematic mode, but the main issue we found with the Pixel 7 Pro is that it lacks that Cinematic mode on the front camera, which is available on both the Samsung S22 Ultra and the iPhone.
Even movies shot on the S22+ are in focus, but the Pixel offers better video quality than the S22+’s slightly oversharpened video. The Pixel also offers industry-leading 4K video recording, which is currently only available on Samsung phones. Image stabilization was also quite good. Despite this, we think the Pixel 7 Pro has a great camera, unless you’re comparing it to other premium smartphones, as it’s ultimately a matter of personal opinion.
The phone’s battery life, which gives us an average of 7 and a half hours of intensive use thanks to its massive 5,000 mAh battery, is the main reason why you should probably get it. As far as the Pixel’s battery life goes, it was pretty much expected.
So in a nutshell, grab the Pixel 7 Pro for software, battery, games and cameras. However, the phone’s hardware needs a boost While we enjoyed the phone’s haptics and the design looks cool and modern, the performance is quite similar to the Pixel 6.
So, now that we’ve covered all that for you, what do you think about getting the Pixel 7 Pro? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. Also check out our Pixel 7 review.
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