Dare I say it’s the “perfect” Google phone?
I don’t want to waste anyone’s time with a 5,000 word review. There are plenty of other reviews where you can find all that word vomit. With this review I want to introduce you to the facts you need to know about it Pixel 7 Pro from Google if you happen to be on the fence.
Fact 1: The device looks killer, especially in this Hazel color option. Fact 2: The camera is amazing. Fact 3: You should probably buy it if you’re a Google fan. Now, if you need a a little more convincing and insight into why I feel this way, let’s continue.
This is our Pixel 7 Pro review!
What I like
Display – I thought the Pixel 6 Pro’s display was a solid pixel panel to look at last year, but I had a bit of a problem with brightness levels. It wasn’t a very great device. Google directly discovered this problem with the Pixel 7 Pro, claiming that this screen gets 25% brighter (even in sunlight). I can confirm that the screen is now quite bright (1500 nits peak brightness), still with rich colors, black depth that can only be seen on OLED panels, and of course, support for refresh rates up to 120Hz. Although it’s large compared to smaller devices, the 6.7-inch QHD+ screen is easy to manage and the screen edge isn’t as drastic as you’ll find on some other curved glass phones.
Specifications – Priced at $899, the Pixel 7 Pro comes with almost everything a user could need. Well, as long as you don’t mind the lack of a headphone jack and expandable storage. I’m sorry, but we stopped counting those things. Anyway, here’s an overview of what Google has packed in here. There’s a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Tensor G2 chipset, 12GB RAM, 128GB+ storage, 5,000mAh battery, stereo speakers, triple rear camera system (50MP wide + 12MP ultra-wide + 48MP telephoto). , front camera 10 , optical in-display fingerprint reader, face unlock, eSIM support, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, wireless charging, wireless power sharing, IP68 rating and Android 13. That’s a lot of good stuff.
Software and performance – Pixel phones are always the Googlest of Android software experiences, given that Google wants the hardware to show off all its Google stuff like Google Assistant, Google apps and Google services. Fortunately, Assistant has only gotten better and more useful over the years, Google apps are some of the most used apps around the planet for both Android and iOS, and Google services are also extremely popular around the world. When you have a company that makes a phone that uses these softwares and programs, you should expect it to work without any problems. In the case of the Pixel 7 Pro, powered by a Tensor G2 chip and 12GB of RAM, it performs almost flawlessly. In my day-to-day use, I honestly haven’t come across a single moment Jan, which is a relief considering I can’t stand stuttering in performance. Animations on the 7 Pro are smooth, swiping through apps is fast, and the 120Hz screen is very noticeable when you’re multitasking on the phone.
On the software front, I’d say things get a little more subjective, simply because it’s perfectly fine if someone prefers the look of Samsung’s One UI over the Google Pixel Experience. However, what I hope we can all agree on is Android 13 in general. It’s been a wonderful iteration of Android so far, with dynamic themes playing a big part in why I enjoy it so much. Being able to easily change the wallpaper and get a whole new vibe for the device is great. Android 13 feels so mature too, with easy access to smart home controls, smart media recommendations and a concise settings menu. Years from now I know I’ll look back on Android 13 the same way I did on KitKat. It was a big leap forward back then and while those leaps may not seem so big now, this is a really solid and good step for Google’s Android team.
For those who need the latest and greatest version of Android, Google guarantees 3 years of Android OS upgrades (until October 2025), plus 5 years of security patches (until October 2027).
Camera – This. Camera. Is. Fantastic.
It’s no shock to me, but Google brought the heat (🔥) with the Pixel 7 Pro, offering a new macro mode (powered by an ultra-wide sensor), a 48MP telephoto lens with 30X Super Reszoom, and a cinema mode for video taken from the main wide-angle lens of 50 megapixels. Now, not only can you master shots of the cosmos with Night Sight, but you can capture beautifully detailed shots of objects sitting right next to you with Macro Mode. This was a great introduction to the feature, which automatically turns on when the phone detects an object close enough. And yes, the 30X zoom also works amazingly, somewhat similar (but not as strong) to the Space Zoom feature we’ve seen from Samsung in the past.
Most importantly, the triple rear camera system is extremely versatile, meaning you’ll be able to get a good shot in almost any condition the average user might find themselves in. Photos turn out with brilliant colours, stunning contrast levels and Google-adjusted white balance and exposure levels are unlikely to disappoint. The phone always seems to know exactly what the shot calls for, and if you’re in a rush to get a shot, that’s all the user can ask for. This phone could easily have my favorite camera system to ever run on a smartphone, and in the 12 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve tried a lot of phones.
Here are some samples, untouched. However, their size is changed and compression occurs.
Face unlock, improved biometrics – The Pixel 6 Pro, at least in the opinion of many of its owners, does not have a great fingerprint reader. It’s been improved since launch via software updates, but it’s never been as good as many had hoped. With the Pixel 7 Pro, Google solved that problem and I found the phone’s fingerprint reader to work incredibly well. I rarely, if ever, get that failed text that isn’t recognized by the device’s fingerprint after a failed read attempt. This phone? I put my finger down and boom, it unlocks 99% of the time. Yes, thanks, Google.
In addition to the improved fingerprint experience, Google has included Face Unlock, something we’ve been waiting for years on these devices. Now that it’s here, is it doing well? Yes! It works really well, even for someone who always wears a different hat and whose facial hair is at different (but all horribly uneven) levels throughout the week. In the face unlock settings, you can opt for the “Require eyes open” option as well as the option to skip the lock screen when you have successfully unlocked. It’s really quite handy, however, Google warns that with face unlock there’s always the risk of accidentally unlocking by looking at the phone, someone holding the phone up to your face and your evil identical twin being able to use their face. So evil.
Hardware – This. Telephone. Is. Wonderful.
Sorry for all the big and bold statements, but when I’m passionate about something, I have to try to get it across. I’ve seen a lot of good looking phones, but this phone is really nice. What helps me with that is this Hazel color with subtle champagne gold trim and camera body. What an elegant look this phone has. Would I like the back to be matte and maybe a bit textured instead of the slightly slippery glass? Yes, but I will live well. For those afraid of size, go big. The larger size also means a larger screen for media consumption and a larger battery, which is never a bad thing. I’m not a huge fan of super large phones, but the Pixel 7 Pro is a really good size, almost identical to last year’s Pixel 6 Pro. If you’re coming from that device, you probably won’t notice any difference with it in your hand. With all that said, just look at this phone. It’s hot, isn’t it?
What could be better
Battery – If I could ask for something to be a little better, it would be the battery. I average 3-4 hours of screen time and I always go to bed under 20% battery. My schedule is usually from 7am to around 10-11pm. It’s perfectly fine for me, but I’m curious how gamers and power users will fare. All I did was a lot of browsing Chrome, watching TikTok, watching YouTube and taking photos. I’ve played almost no games on my phone (I use my G Cloud for that now), so I’ll look around the web to see how others fare in the battery department. But again, for my use, the Pixel 7 Pro is more than adequate.
What would also help is a faster charging solution. Google is never generous in this department, so we’re not shocked. While OnePlus and others offer stupid fast charging, the Pixel 7 Pro maxes out at 23W, and you’ll need a compatible charger for that. Google claims you’ll get around 50% battery on a 30 minute charge, which is fine, but it could still be a little better if they want to invest in that area. And as a side note, the phone works no it comes with a charging adapter, so you’ll need to provide your own.
- Speaker performance — The stereo speakers on the Pixel 7 Pro sound great. I enabled the Adaptive Sound feature and I really like it. It works fine.
- Call performance — Can you believe it, I made a few calls with the Pixel 7 Pro over the T-Mobile network. The calls sounded nice and the people on the other line heard me well. The phone works well as a phone. Task accomplished.
- Wife Impressions — I don’t have a quote to share, but her main takeaway is that the look of the device was very popular. She loves Hazel. However, she says it felt a little big in her hand and prefers the feel of the smaller Pixel 7.
- Photo Unblur — Google has launched a new Photo Unblur feature on this device and it works extremely well. I used it on photos that my mom recorded it in the early 90’s and it’s pretty cool. He can be subtle at times, but that’s what I like about him. Definitely try some of your ugly, blurry photos and see what it can do.
Prices and availability
The Pixel 7 Pro is priced at a ridiculously reasonable $899. That is if you don’t have a replacement. With a trade-in, you can ask for an even more reasonable price. Compared to other high-end flagships, the $899 price tag seems perfect. This phone offers almost everything that every other high-end device offers, but it has a camera system that puts many others to shame. It has a good list of specifications and Google intends to support it over the next few years with Android OS upgrades and security patches. This phone is worth the investment.
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I keep getting asked if the Pixel 7 Pro is worth upgrading from *insert any phone here*. I’ll put it super simple for everyone — yes, it is! This will probably be my vote for POTY, which is a surprise even to me as I’m a big, big fan of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Still, it’s the camera for me. This phone makes me want to take more photos, using the night vision, macro mode or telephoto lens. Everything works so well that it’s a real joy to take it out and use it. The phone’s software and performance are incredibly smooth, plus this hardware is so easy on the eyes. This is a 9.5/10 device right here. Google destroyed it. I highly recommend it to all Android users, not just Google lovers.
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