Pixel 6 Pro review: Google's flagship is a top iPhone rival in 2022

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November 2021

Editor’s note, November 12: The Google Pixel 6 Pro’s solid all-round performance and excellent camera make it a great high-end Android phone that’s worth your money, which is why we gave it a Nerdshala Editors’ Choice award. The original review is as follows.

Launched in late 2021, the Pixel 6 Pro is not only the best phone Google has ever made, it’s also one of the best phones you can still buy in 2022. Its strong performance, great software additions, unique design and excellent camera system Make it the biggest rival to Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra,

That is, until we see what Samsung’s next flagship is going to be, Galaxy S22, when it launches potentially in February. With rumors pointing to a newer, faster processor and improved camera specs for the S22. Maybe the Pixel 6 Pro is still the better of the two phones, but if you’re looking for the latest, greatest phone tech it’s a good idea to wait at least a few weeks to see what Samsung has. Is. Before taking any decision.

But the Pixel 6 Pro manages to offer its winning combo of specs and design a really low price to its main rivals. The 6.7-inch base 128GB model costs $899 (£849, AU$1,299), which is a hefty price tag from the 6.1-inch. iphone 13 pro Priced at $999 and $1,099 more than Apple wants for the bigger 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.


google pixel 6 pro


  • best cameras
  • solid all-round performance
  • neat android 12 interface
  • attractive design

do not like it

  • Battery is good but not great
  • Fast charge is not that fast
  • no face unlock

while last year’s Pixel 5 Best viewed as a mid-range phone with some high-end touches, the Pixel 6 Pro is premium in all respects. From its glass and metal design to its high-resolution display and its stunning triple cameras, there’s a lot to like here. then there is tensor processor – A chip custom-built by Google for the phone – that delivers enough power for all your daily needs, better security features, 5G connectivity, and a slick Android 12 interface. Battery life is good – certainly above average – but not great, with the iPhone 13 Pro putting in a strong performance.

It’s the best Android rival right now Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Which has some neat camera additions (that 10x zoom, for one thing) but it costs more and the Pixel 6 Pro offers a more user-friendly experience. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max offer great all-round use, but come at a high price and if you’re already engrossed in the Android ecosystem, it’s probably worth switching over and buying all those apps again. Not there.

Those who are looking for the best all-round Android experience should totally look towards the Pixel 6 Pro. But remember Galaxy S22 can be launched in February.


Pixel 6 Pro or Pixel 6?

Stepdown $599 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 6 The Pro packs the same Tensor processor and lovely Android 12 software for $300 less than the Pro, but there are some compromises to come at that affordable price.

It has a smaller and lower-resolution 6.4-inch display that lacks the curved finesse of the Pro. Its battery is smaller, has 8GB instead of 12GB of RAM, and it lacks the 4x telephoto zoom lens found on the Pro.


The Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch display while the Pixel 6 measures 6.4-inches.

But it’s still a good phone worth considering. It offers the same benefits as the Pixel 6 Pro at a much lower price point, especially if you don’t care about the top-end performance offered by the flagship. As my colleague Patrick Holland said in his review of the phone, “For the price, I just can’t think of a better phone to recommend.”

A fresh design that stands out

I didn’t like the look of last year’s Pixel 5. The matte, rubberized back gave the phone a more budget feel than its $699 price tag. Pixel 6 Pro is a world apart. The rear is all glass — tough Gorilla Glass Victus, in fact — that curves at the edges to meet the 100% recycled aluminum frame.

The glass on the front curves at the edges, as does the display under it, making it not only look more premium, but it actually feels like a flagship device when you hold it in your hand. However, it’s big enough to pack in a 6.7-inch display, which would make it more cumbersome than the 6-inch Pixel 5 or 6.4-inch Pixel 6. That glass also makes it slippery, so consider one of Google’s protective cases if you’re nervous about dropping it.


The Pixel 6 Pro is surrounded by the iPhone 13 Pro (left) and Pixel 5.

It’s IP68-rated for water resistance, which means it can withstand being in 1 meter (about 3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. No, that doesn’t mean you can take it swimming, but it does mean that it should be able to shake off the weird beer spilled on it by your clumsy companions.

An interesting design option is the large camera bar that protrudes at the back. It protrudes about 3mm from the phone, so it doesn’t lie completely flat when you lay it on the table, but neither does it move from corner to corner like a phone with a side camera bump (like S21 Ultra). I love the look of the phone and it definitely stands out. One tip though: Get the sorta sunny Orange-Peachy color, if you can find it in stock. The black-and-gray option, Stormy Black, looks dull by comparison.


The camera strip protrudes about 3mm from the phone. As a result, it will not lie flat on a table.

The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner seen on the Pixel 5 has been removed, replaced instead with an in-screen scanner, which I found works accurately and quickly most of the time, although Patrick has replaced the Pixel 6’s scanner. Got a lot of hits and misses. in his review. There’s no face unlock capability, which is a bit of a shame, but as masks are still a necessity in many indoor areas due to COVID-19, having a fingerprint scanner is arguably more useful anyway.

three great cameras

That big bar on the back hides three cameras: a 12-megapixel ultrawide; a 48-megapixel telephoto that offers 4x optical zoom; And a main camera that uses the larger 1/1.3-inch sensor, which Google says captures 2.5x more light than the Pixel 5. Pixel phone cameras have always been excellent, and this new generation is no different.

Images from the main camera lens are stunning. They’re vibrant, they’re full of detail and a wonderful balance of exposure, with bright skies kept under control and shadowy areas easily visible.


Pixel 6 Pro, main camera.

The golden hues of the leaves are captured beautifully here, behind which a rich blue sky is visible.


iPhone 13 Pro, main camera.

And here is the same image taken on iPhone 13 Pro. There’s little to choose between them, but if I was being hypercritical, I’d say that the white balance on the Pixel 6 Pro results in a warmer, more orange tone on the tree trunk, which I think looks better. . You can see how the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera really stacks up against the iPhone 13 Pro in my photography shootout,


Pixel 6 Pro, main camera.

This view overlooking the beautiful Edinburgh Castle is a challenging shot, with dark shadows and an extremely bright sky beyond the trees. The Pixel 6 Pro handled this well, though maintaining a beautiful exposure overall.


Pixel 6 Pro, main camera.

And it’s pretty much the same here, with bright blue skies, great displays, and plenty of detail.


Pixel 6 Pro, Ultrawide camera.

By switching to an ultrawide lens, the scene maintains rich colors and exposure. Zoom in and it’s clear there’s less detail overall, but it’s still a lovely shot.


Pixel 6 Pro, Ultrawide camera.

Another from the Pixel 6 Pro’s ultrawide lens. But check out the iPhone 13 Pro:


iPhone 13 Pro, Ultrawide lens.

The iPhone offers a wider view that lets you capture more of the scene. They’re both excellent wide lenses and both do a great job packing in those lovely colors, but I’d like to see the Pixel offer a slightly wider view.

The 4x zoom lens is amazing too, providing tons of detail thanks to its high resolution sensor. I think 4x is a great zoom level for a phone too; This allows you to find compositions that would be out of reach at lower zoom levels, but it’s not as restrictive as the 10x zoom you’ll find on the Galaxy S21. It’s a zoom level that I think I’ll use a lot on my travels and have already taken a few 4x shots with the phone, so I’m really pleased with the artistic images.


Pixel 6 Pro, 4x Zoom.

This zoomed-in image is so sharp that I can actually read the headline of the newspaper. It’s a really impressive lens that doesn’t force you to make any compromises on quality to achieve those zoom levels. In comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro…

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