The Google Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t deserve its bad reputation

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Google Pixel 6 Pro hasn’t had the best month in terms of promotions. A broken software update in December 2021 caused problems before it stopped, but it only added to the issues owners already had with the phone. Check Twitter, Reddit, and other online places, and you’ll find that a number of disgruntled Pixel 6 owners voiced their frustrations with the device, including many High-Profile YouTubers,

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Has Google’s beloved Pixel fallen from grace? Are we ready to remove this “Editor’s Choice” badge in our review? no not yet. While people clearly have a legitimate gripe about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, there are also many who have no issues with the phones. I know, because I am one of them.

what’s the problem?

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s Android 12 software appears to be the root of the now widely discussed problems, which were made worse by Google. pausing the December software update Its because of reports of call drops on some devices. A new software update with fixes promised for the end of January, But despair has started to push the owners over the edge.

Pixel 6 (left) and Pixel 6 Pro (right).
Pixel 6 (left) and Pixel 6 Pro (right). Andy Boxel/Nerdshala

Popular YouTuber Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee Tweeted on Jan 12 That he can no longer recommend the Pixel 6 Pro because it has become “so small since launch”. “Combined with the latest botched update, it’s just been a bad experience,” he said. Another safwan “supersafe” Ahmadmiya said out of 2,300 answers that he had Pixel 6 Pro abandoned In December for similar reasons.

Many agreed with the opinions of Brownlee and Ahmadmiyya, but actual details on the problems are usually not revealed. Reddit’s Pixel 6 Subreddit . post on Provide more information with owners reporting problems with app instability, fingerprint sensor, auto-rotate function, Bluetooth disconnect, slow auto-brightness, and dropped cellular and Wi-Fi connections. It doesn’t sound cool at all, and certainly not what you would expect from a $900 smartphone manufactured by one of the biggest names in tech.

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Pixel 6 Pro must die in the water, right? Not necessary. As always there are two sides to this story. Since my review, I’ve used the Pixel 6 Pro as my daily-use Android phone several times, usually for at least a week or more, since its launch last year. Recently, I’ve been back in it for the past week or two. What issues have I faced? Well, not many. Apps for me are stable, the camera works as it should – including the selfie camera – Bluetooth stays connected, and battery life is surprisingly solid, too.

In my original review, I noted a number of issues—the unreliable fingerprint sensor, 120Hz refresh rate screen jitter, and flaky cellular connections—and these are still somewhat present, but have become less of a disappointment. I’ve become accustomed to pressing the fingerprint sensor for longer than usual, which makes it seem to work more often, the 120Hz jitter after the November software update has reduced to the point where I don’t notice it that much, and the cellular connection doesn’t work as much. The bar didn’t fall as much as it did once. No, it’s not perfect, but the important thing is that it’s not spoiled.

I’m even ready to forgive its flaws – every phone has them, after all – due to the absolutely great camera, the overall charm of Android 12’s Material U’s design, and the great performance and various useful features. I love Google Photos’ Magic Eraser and Action Pan mode, and I use Google Assistant’s voice typing feature often. The positives outweigh the negatives for me, especially after turning off brainless adaptive brightness.

it’s not just me

I know what you’re thinking. I may be one of the lucky few who is blessed with a fully functioning Pixel 6 Pro, but it doesn’t appear that way. Nerdshala staff writer Adam Doud has been using the Pixel 6 and has this to say about his running experience:

“I’ve been using the Pixel 6 since I bought it in November 2021. Recently, I took the Pixel 6 on vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida, where I took it on my only two days of travel with the iPhone 13 Pro. Used as a phone.. Throughout this time, I’ve had a few issues with the Pixel 6. No bugs, slowdowns, or otherwise that I can report, and there’s certainly nothing that would sway my opinion. Turns out this is one of the best phones to buy.”

Google Pixel 6 Pro from behind.
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Michael Allison, author of Nerdshala Told me his Pixel 6 is “Well and works as it should. The fingerprint sensor works for me just as I used FaceID/Touch ID this year.”

Like my Pixel 6 Pro, Doud’s and Allison’s Pixel 6 phones both have the November 2021 software update installed, not the December update. However, even with the December update, not all phones have been difficult. Photographer and tech YouTuber Gavin Fabiani-Laymond told me on twitter That his phone equipped with December update is fine. “It is proving to be a great phone. The camera is hitting them out of the park too,” he said. Similarly, another Pixel 6 Pro owner, Godfrey List, who has owned the phone since its launch, replied to me on twitter, saying, “There are no bugs with my Pixel 6 Pro with the December update.”

anecdote? Sure, but we can’t pick and choose. These positive reports, and many others discussed on Reddit about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are more or less anecdotal than the negative ones, regardless of who is saying it.

So it’s all good?

all good then? No, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are causing headaches for some owners, that’s clear. But equally, it is performing as expected without any problem for others. The solution, I hope, is for Google to send out its next software update soon, before the Pixel 6 Pro gets too badly hit with negative opinions, which is arguably not entirely deserving. Solid software fixes will also fix bad press, but only if it all goes according to plan. That way, Google can get itself back on track by moving to regular, defect-free Pixel software updates.

Will all this sudden negativity put you off buying the Pixel 6 Pro? Most of the problems being reported seem to be software related. This means that in the near future, there is a very good chance that they will be fixed when Google updates the phone. Remember, it hasn’t yet delivered on its “end of January” arrival claim. Also, the shipped phones won’t come with the apparently buggy December update anyway. you want to be really alertWait until the software update arrives before purchasing.

However, if you decided earlier that you could live with the issues highlighted in the first round of reviews and still be happy buying a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, I see no real reason to change your mind. If you receive the phone and the hardware disappoints, or has other unforeseen issues, you can return it just like any other phone you can buy. However, there is also a good chance that the phone will be exactly what you expect, and you will be too busy enjoying it to worry about anything else.

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