Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro Review: Which device should you pick?

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Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro Review: Which device should you pick?
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Review

After the release of the Pixel 3 in 2018, Google stopped offering its premium Pixel phones in India. This year, a sudden and unexpected development occurred. The business just unveiled the Google Pixel 6A, a popular Pixel phone. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have now been introduced to India, and not only have they been introduced here, but they have also been introduced concurrently with their US launches and at consumer-friendly rates. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the greatest phones available in India at their respective price points.

In India, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are currently for sale. The MRP for the two phones is Rs 59,999 for the Pixel 7 and Rs 84,999 for the Pixel 7 Pro. But there are bank discounts available, and knock approximately Rs 7000 off the prices that most buyers will spend. There is also a discount if you are swapping an outdated phone.

These phones are worth their asking prices even at their MRPs, as this review of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro reveals. Although they don't completely outperform the iPhone 14, they do so in regards to things like camera performance. Naturally, they are less expensive than the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro offered by Apple.


Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

The majority of Android phones currently on the market share a gloomy aesthetic. There is a trend, such as a square camera module, a round camera module, or a certain flare, and everyone immediately adopts the same design language. Google offers something unique with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The horizontal bar that spans the back of the two Pixel phones sold in India—along with the Pixel 6a, of course—gives them the most distinctive appearance. The raised strip on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is composed of metal and is an integral component of the phone's frame, unlike the similar raised strip on earlier Pixel phones like the Pixel 6a. The entire metal component is a single piece. The metal's finishing differs from that of the rest of the phone. While the metal frame of the Pixel 7 employs brushed aluminum with a matte finish, the Pixel 7 Pro's is glossy, like that of steel. The boldness of the entire design is noticeable. I think the majority of users will also like it.

The Pixel 7's metal frame provides a greater grip in terms of use. In contrast, the Pixel 7 Pro's sleek surface is really slick. However, both phones are probably used by consumers with a case, therefore I don't think this is a problem.

The Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7's metal and glass designs are flawless in my opinion. It is so expertly constructed and finished that I believe it to be the best Android phone now available. However, in terms of build quality and how it feels in the hand, Apple's incredibly expensive iPhone 14 Pro is a cut above.

The Pixel 7 phones have an IP68 rating, making them suitable for usage in light rain or close to a swimming pool. Obsidian (black) and snow (white) are the two common colors. Additionally, while the Pixel 7 Pro is available in Hazel, the Pixel 7 comes in Lemongrass (a pale green yellow) (sort of grey).

There is no doubt that Google worked hard to perfect the design and craftsmanship of the Pixel 7 phones. It can be seen on the front as well. Both phones have a front camera with a punch-hole and narrow bezels. Even if Google didn't reach the same symmetry as the most current iPhones and the Nothing phone, the gap between the top and bottom bezels is incredibly small. The company even sought to do rid of the chin on the bottom bezel.

The Pixel 7 comes with a 90Hz screen, while the Pixel 7 Pro enables variable refresh rate with up to 120Hz. There is little to no difference between the two in practice. The Pixel 7's 1080P display is adequate despite its low resolution. The 6.7-inch screen of the Pixel 7 Pro has a 1440P resolution. To conserve battery, it runs in 1080P mode by default, but for this review, I used the phone's full 1440P resolution.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro's screens display excellent color and brightness. Furthermore, both phones are still readable in direct sunlight. This is not a problem with the relatively dim screen that I had with the Pixel 6a.

Google is still using warm colors on its phone screens. When I set the Pixel 7 Pro next to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, a device with probably the best-tuned display, I always felt that Google's tuning was too warm. By selecting "natural colors" and turning off adaptive brightness in the display options, the problem can be slightly alleviated. However, that is not a workable solution.


Google Pixel 7

Google has kept it straightforward in contrast to many other Android phones. There is an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option for the Pixel 7. Similar to the Pixel 7 but with 12GB RAM. Alternatively, you can have any model as long as it has 128GB, in the immortal words of Henry Ford. The two phones are powered by Google's Tensor G2, which on paper represents a modest improvement over the Tensor G1. When using the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, I discovered that they are highly fast phones that run cool, in addition to being extremely quick.

Both of the new Pixel devices have face unlock and integrated fingerprint sensors in their displays. Previous Pixels' problematic fingerprint scanner seems to have been fixed. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro's ultrafast sensor unlocks the phone quickly and painlessly.

Stereo speakers are included with the two phones. Although they are powerful and produce a full sound, I have heard better. When I played Sia's Unstoppable and Impossible Dream, sung by Elvis Presley, for instance, the soundstage on the iPhone 14 Pro was noticeably superior than that of the Pixel 7 Pro.

When connected to a 5Ghz Wi-Fi, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro both had outstanding network speeds of about 200 mbps. Although both phones enable dual SIMs, only one of them can be a physical SIM card. The second one must be an eSIM. For 4G connectivity, I utilized an Airtel SIM in the phones, and I saw no cellular performance issues. The Pixel 7 phones are 5G capable, but a patch to make it available in India is in the works.

There is a 4355mAh battery within the Pixel 7. The battery in the Pixel 7 Pro is 5000Mah. I believe the Pixel 7 Pro has the best battery life among high-end smartphones.

The phones may be charged with any USB C charger, however fast-charging of 30W is only supported with chargers that can produce at least that much power, therefore charging times are on the slower side for an Android phone from 2022.

Android 13 is the operating system of both phones.

It also has a ton of features, with Google's AI powering a variety of options and enabling users—particularly power users—to do more with their phones in a way that is possible with just Google goods. It will take some getting accustomed to if you go from iOS. However, if you are a native Android user, you will fit in quite well.

Camera Review

Google Pixel 7 Pro camera

A 50-megapixel main back camera is included with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In all lighting situations, it takes beautiful pictures. The photographs have the usual pixel appearance, which includes an enormous amount of information, a slight underexposure to retain detail, fantastic and rich colors, a good dynamic range, and excellent low light performance.

For a camera of its kind, the Pixel 7 Pro's 5X optical zoom camera produces decent results. Google has successfully optimized Zoom, which is challenging to do. However, a 30X optical zoom is only adequate for taking grainy pictures that you might wish to keep "for the record" rather than for aesthetic reasons.

  • One of the better wide-angle lens cameras I've seen in phones, the wide-angle lens camera is quite good.
  • Although the Pixel 7 Pro's Macro mode is entertaining, I doubt that it will be used very often because, despite what the name might imply, it's not designed for photographing small insects and flower pollen.
  • The new 10-megapixel selfie camera performs admirably in bright conditions but barely passably in dim ones. Smoothing is apparent in low-light images, and the high standards set by the Pixel's rear cameras are not met by the details.

Overall, I believe that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have the best phones' cameras now on the market.

Best Android phone in India

The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro are the greatest Android phones you can buy in India, in my opinion, after using the two devices for a few days.

The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro are great options even at their respective MRPs. The new Pixel 7 and the 7 Pro outperform prior Pixels in every category, including display and design. So, go ahead and purchase the Pixel 7 or the Pixel 7 Pro if a high-end Pixel has been on your mind or if you simply want the best Android phone. However, that 128GB storage option is the only one offered in India.

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