Google Pixel 7 review: Is it an all-round phone?
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have now been released in India. It took almost four years for the company to make its premium smartphones available to Indian customers at the same time they were launched globally. The Pixel 7 has been launched in India with prices starting at around Rs 59,999. It seems expensive at first, but we’ll walk you through this review. One feature that stands out when it comes to Google Pixel devices is the camera capability. As a result, the Pixel is consistently rated as one of the best gadgets for photography performance. So after a month of using this product here is our review.
Google Pixel 7 Review: Design and display
The design of the Pixel 7 hasn’t received any significant changes from Google, but we don’t mind at all. The front and back of the device is secured with durable Gorilla Glass Victus and the camera module has an aluminum construction. In addition, it has matte metal frames on the sides. In addition, the gadget has an IP68 rating, which is excellent in this price range, as most phones in this segment still do not provide any IP rating. The color we have for review is Snow, but the device is available in two other variants – Obsidian and Lemongrass. Since we have a lighter color option, it does not attract fingerprints.
The Pixel’s camera module, which makes it stand out and easily recognizable, is one aspect of its design that we really appreciate. Compared to other places, this camera module is raised, but it does not wobble when placed on a flat surface. Unlike most phones, the ones with raised camera bumps are very shaky. The disadvantage of the camera module is that it tends to collect a lot of dust, which requires regular cleaning.
The Google Pixel 7 is also somewhat bulky, but its compact size made it comfortable to hold in the hand. It has oddly placed buttons on the side; we accidentally hit the volume button when unlocking the phone because it’s positioned a bit higher than where our thumb normally rests.
As for the display, the bezels on the sides give it the look of a mid-range phone as they are rather prominent. With a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, the phone has a 6.32-inch full-HD+ OLED display. The device supports HDR 10+, which performs admirably across all streaming services. It’s also remarkable how accurate the colors are.
The overall quality of the display is decent. It is very bright as the maximum brightness is 1400 nits. Unfortunately, the screen only refreshes at 90Hz and the display wasn’t as smooth as we expected. We expected a 120Hz refresh rate, just like the pro edition, for extra smoothness. We also enjoyed typing on the Pixel 7 thanks to excellent tactile feedback.
Google Pixel 7 Review: Performance and camera
Moving on to performance, this year’s new Tensor G2 chip, which was created in collaboration with Samsung, is more than capable of handling everyday tasks.
The Tensor G2 can play games with higher graphics settings and good stability, but it still has a long way to go to match the performance of the Qualcomm chipset.
The Pixel 7 runs Android 13 out of the box, and Google also guarantees the Pixel 7 with three years of OS updates and five years of security patches. Here you get a pure Android experience and several features exclusive to Google.
Many of Google’s most notable AI-related features include reducing background noise while you’re still on the phone. It also allows you to fix blurry photos and extract text and messages from photos.
The Pixel 7’s cameras are undoubtedly the best available in its price range. Most photos will give you the best possible photography experience with amazingly natural color science. Dynamic range is great and white balance is consistently accurate.
The Pixel 7 maintains the high level of color fidelity that the Google Pixel is known for. The colors in the images are neutral and kept in their natural state; they can be further enhanced in the edits according to the viewer’s preferences. The dynamic range is perfect and delivers excellent images, and the highlights and shadows are equally accurate. One thing we’d like to point out though is that since the focus tracking isn’t very excellent, you’ll end up with blurry pictures of your dogs and flowers.
Portrait photos are simply excellent from the primary sensor. In this department, Google once again excels with its stunning portraits. When it comes to edge detection and skin tones, the photos you receive are excellent. This is without a doubt one of the best in the field, with facial detail appearing completely natural. In this setting, Google also supplied 2x, which in our opinion is not optimized and results in soft photos.
Moving on to detailed photos, we noticed excellent details and images with excellent colors that are true to life.
The quality of selfies is a bit behind what the main camera can do. However, the front camera provides sharpness and great detail all around. The skin tone is almost natural, which we find appealing. Although edge detection seems adequate, we wouldn’t describe it as exceptional. The same goes for photos taken at ultra-wide angles. The field of view seemed a little limited to us.
Since the ultra-wide sensor is smaller than the prime lens, it sometimes struggles and requires a bit of extra time, especially in low light.
Long exposure photography can also produce pleasing effects and original images. Plus, there’s a creative Action Pan mode that lets you capture fantastic panoramic photos.
For the price, we also think the Google Pixel 7’s videos are acceptable. They have nice consistency and good colors, which we think is great for shooting Instagram reels. In terms of resolution, the front camera provides both Full HD and 4K quality. While 4K and HD movies can both reach 60 frames per second, only HD offers an Auto option.
Cinematic Mode allows you to shoot videos in HD resolution, not in adequate 1080p, but not in 4K. In this setting, focusing is extremely accurate and fast. However, we weren’t too impressed with the edge detection.
Considering the price, the speaker quality is standard. We appreciate the overall sound system despite the fact that it is not particularly loud. Clear vocals, good highs and slightly noticeable bass are produced.
When it comes to battery life, it is quite average as it comes with a 4,270 mAh battery. When we used mobile data for normal use throughout the day, we always had to charge the phone before going to bed. The smartphone only supports 20-watt charging, which charges the phone from zero to fifty percent in about 30 minutes and from fifty to one hundred percent in another 45 minutes.
The Pixel 7 is a fairly well-built phone in terms of design. The Pixel 7’s battery life isn’t particularly impressive. Despite a few downsides, the Pixel 7 is still a fantastic mid-flagship device for us. Anyone looking for great camera performance at this price point will not be disappointed with the camera as it is so amazing. The Pixel 7 will likely be a great upgrade for anyone looking to upgrade from a mid-range device. Also, keep coming back to our website as we will be posting another in-depth analysis of the Pixel 7 Pro soon.
Google Pixel 7 Pro
- Great display
- Android 13
- Exclusive Pixel feature
Disadvantages of Google Pixel 7
- Fast charging is missing
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