Pixel 7 somewhat smaller than its predecessor, shaving off a few millimetres in every dimension.
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Google's smartphone goals were completely rebooted with last year's Pixel 6 series. The firm unveiled a completely new hardware design, including the now-iconic visor camera bulge, a redesigned UI that changes colours based on your background, and a special Google Pixel 6 Pro variant that looks and feels different from the ordinary model.
Networking difficulties have plagued many Pixel 6 and 6 Pro units since Google moved to their proprietary Tensor SoC (and the Samsung-made modem within it). Personally, I haven't had any big connectivity difficulties with my Pixel 6 in the year I've had it, and I'm pleased to say that the Pixel 7 is the same. The device includes an upgraded Samsung modem, which should make things better for individuals who had more serious issues with their handsets.
2. Google Pixel 7: Design
The Pixel 7 iterates on the design established by Google with the Pixel 6. When you compare them, the similarities are obvious, but the Pixel 7 looks to be a more polished version of its predecessor—exactly what a second-generation design should be. The new Pixel phone has the visor-style camera array with the bar across the back, but this time it's made of aluminium rather than glass. Because it's made of the same material as the phone's frame, the visor seems to effortlessly curve into its edge.
With its larger 6.3-inch screen, Google made the Pixel 7 somewhat smaller than its predecessor, shaving off a few millimetres in every dimension. That makes the Pixel 7 a little easier to use. For me, it fits better in one hand and is more comfortable to hold, all while preserving screen size.
3. Google Pixel 7 : Display
The Pixel 7 has a similar display experience as the Pixel 6. As previously discussed, it is somewhat smaller at 6.3 inches diagonally rather than 6.4 inches. You might not see the change until you hold the two phones side by side. What irritates me is that, while the bezels on the sides and top have shrunk, the bottom bezels have remained same, making the phone look much larger. This occurs at a time when other Android makers are finally figuring out how to create bezels that are uniformly proportioned on all sides of the screen.
However, there are some significant improvements over the Pixel 6. The Pixel 7 screen can achieve a maximum brightness of 1,400 nits, giving you more visibility when you're out in the sun. The Pixel 7 is claimed to attain up to 1,000 nits of continuous brightness while viewing HDR content. That's almost the same as the max brightness of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro (1,100 nits), so you'll be able to watch entertainment on your screen for longer periods of time when you're outside. Google promises a 25% boost, and holding both phones side by side, the difference is evident.
4. Google Pixel 7 : hardware, performance, and what's included
The slight increase in screen brightness sets the tone for the rest of the Pixel 7 hardware. It's similar to what we saw on the Pixel 6. The Pixel 7 comes with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, depending on the price you're prepared to spend. The Tensor G2 processor is a minor enhancement over the original SoC Google offered with the Pixel 6 range. It has largely the same cores and the same super-huge, big, and small structure as the previous chip, however the cores are significantly faster. We're looking at two super-large ARM Cortex-X1, two large A78s, and four little Cortex-A55s.
The Pixel 7's packaging contents are as simple as you'd expect. The compact box contains simply the phone, a charging cable, a USB-A to C converter, the standard SIM ejector tool, and a little handbook; there is no charger, like with last year's phone. I'm pleased to see that Google has removed nearly all plastics from the package. Even the screen protector used for transportation is made of paper, with just a thin layer that contacts the screen that is not made of paper. This may not appear to be a significant environmental step, but considering the number of phones supplied each year, a move like this can end up saving tonnes of plastics.
5. Google Pixel 7 : Software
The Google Pixel OS is the flavour of Android that we cover the most, and the Pixel 7 naturally takes use of all the features that make Pixel phones so amazing. Material You and (some) customised icons for your home screen, rapid system and securityupdates, dictation and Assistantfunctions, CallScreen and phone spam protection—all of which we've come to expect from the Pixel series. The Pixel 7 adds a few more to this collection, but not as many as you might anticipate from such a large new launch.
When it comes to sleep monitoring, the Pixel 7 can't compete with a sleep tracker, fitness band, or the second-generation Nest Hub, but it does provide a nice overview of your most vital information overnight. You'll be able to see when and what you used your phone for during your allocated sleep period, as well as when and how long you coughed or snored. While Google doesn't do much to assist explain and evaluate this data, it may be a useful tool for finding signs if you have any problems, such as sleep apnea, a condition in which you can't effectively breathe at night.
6. Battery life and charging on the Google Pixel 7
First and first, let me state the obvious: The Pixel 7 features a lower battery than its predecessor, with a capacity of 4,355mAh vs 4614mAh on the Pixel 6. That makes sense considering that the new phone is smaller in every dimension, with the battery accounting for the majority of the volume. I'm still amazed at how long the battery lasts. Google appears to have made the Tensor G2 processor more efficient than the previous generation chip, and the somewhat smaller display might possibly play a role.
The charging scenario remains same from prior Pixel generations, which is unfortunate if you prefer not to charge your phone overnight. The Pixel 7 offers 21W fast charging (Google claims it achieves these rates using a first-party 30W adaptor available separately), which is far slower than the competitors at this time. We can corroborate Google's claim that the Pixel 7 charges from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes, which is plenty for a quick charge before venturing out at night. It still pales in contrast to what the OnePlus 10T delivers with its 150W charger, for example (125W in the US).
7. The Google Pixel 7's camera
Google'sPixel range has always been the peak of mobilephotography, and the Pixel 7 is no exception. In reality, the Pixel 7 greatly improves the camera game, particularly when it comes to night shooting, while preserving the camera configuration Googlelaunched with the Pixel 6. The new phone comes with a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera.
When capturing night mode images, the Pixel 7 is considerably quicker than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro thanks to the Tensor G2 processor. Google promises a 50% speed boost with no loss of quality, and my side-by-side comparison confirmed this. The Pixel 6 and 7 provide almost same quality and brightness, with the 7 capturing and processing photos far faster than the 6.
However, the Pixel 7 goes a step farther. When it detects a dark environment, it displays a little timer in the bottom right corner of the viewfinder, indicating how long it will take to record a photo in order to deliver a clear image.
8. Should you consider the Google Pixel 7?
The reintroduction of the Pixel 7 series is enticing. These gadgets are meant to highlight the finest of Google's Android and come with a lot of promises. The Pixel 7 excels in a number of critical areas. It is one of the greatest cameras available in this price range. The performance is adequate, albeit it may not be as powerful as other flagships in a comparable market.
What irritates me is the charging pace and the minor software flaws that need to be resolved. Google should also be more outspoken and explicit regarding after-sales assistance, which has been a source of worry in the past.
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