Google Pixel 6 review: This phone is everything I wanted

Google Pixel 6 is Google’s most significant phone upgrade yet, and we can’t think of a better phone to recommend.

The Pixel 6 is a showcase of the best of Android. It’s an upgrade of significant magnitude to the Pixel line, with one more year of software updates at launch. Now that phones are more expensive and feel more like appliances, I think it’s great that took this approach with the Pixel 6. The phone comes with Google’s Tensor chip and new cameras that can sense depth like never before. And, its two-tone design is only one of its sleek features. All of these changes come while keeping the Pixel 6 at a midyear $599 price, which easily washes away the bad taste left by the understated Pixel 5.

It seemed like Google’s phones were pretty competitive in the midtier market but never positioned to compete with more premium devices.

The problem is that Pixel phones haven’t sold well-which reminds me of the early days when Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls. At the time, they were not yet winning championships. The same thing is happening with the Pixel6–Google is trying to establish a reputation for higher quality and more expansive services, but it will take more time for them to be able to achieve. It’s like when the

Instead of relying on Qualcomm processors, the Pixel 6 has a special Tensor Chip that can handle AI calculations and other computations locally, so information will be processed faster than before. Tensor allows you to use a huge range of new features that Google couldn’t implement with a different processor.

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Google has now increased the OS and security updates to five years. They are available both through Google & all major carriers in the US. They even have a new subscription program similar to Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, called Pixel

The Pixel has been Google’s flagship device for years and now it’s better than ever with upgraded hardware & lenses. The phone even comes with a new AI camera that automatically adjusts to the subjects in a photo and Google Lens, which lets you search information about things in front of your lens. We’ll see if the Pixel can finally win (without mentioning its name).

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Pixel is a phone I always wanted from Google. I spent over a week with the new Pixel 6, and it lives up to a lot of the internet hype. The Pixel 6 starts at $599 (£599, AU$999) and comes with 128GB of storage. For that price, there’s not going to be any better phone than this one

If you’re interested in the specific features of the Google Pixel 6 Pro, I recommend reading my colleague Andy Hoyle’s review. It retails for $599 and has tons of great features.

The Pixel 6 Design

The Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch, 1080p screen. It can be set to automatically switch from 60Hz to 90Hz depending on the content onscreen. There are thick Sharpie-like bezels – similar to those of many other models – that protect the screen for a selfie camera at the top of the device and hide its lights when not in For reference, it reminds me of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 which also had a similar-looking bezel. I know it’s not popular but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

The screen is covered by Gorilla Glass Victus. Underneath it, there’s a fingerprint reader. It used to work for me half the time, which was frustrating and not a very good experience.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the glass panel of the display. The Galaxy S10+ has a more advanced technology with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, but the regular Galaxy S10 is still pretty good. When it works, it’s great, but my experience was that it only worked half the time, which is frustrating and not a very good experience.

I was really frustrated at the start of the week, but registration wasn’t an issue anymore. I only need to place my thumb on the screen and it’ll work.

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Hands down, the phone’s back is one of the most attractive features. It’s made of Gorilla Glass 6, has a two-tone color scheme and my review unit is called Sorta Seafoam, meaning that while the bottom part is light gray or light blue depending on what. The top back strip is a light lime green, which contrasts nicely against the deep black of the camera bar. The camera bar on the Pixel 6 resembles that of the Pixel 2XL & its panda color. I like this look!

The horizontal camera bar that spans across the back looks daring and different. The camera bar isn’t just there for branding; you can put your phone on a table without a case and it won’t wobble!

The iPhone X is a beautifully designed phone, but one of its more daring changes is the horizontal camera bar that spans across the back. The camera bar isn’t just there for branding; you can put your phone on a table without a case and it won’t wobble!

Overall, the Pixel 6 is really nice and I’m pretty happy with my purchase. Plus, if you happen to buy the $300 more expensive Pixel 6 Pro model, you can see how it has a couple of small extra premium differences that are worth spending the extra $300 for.

The Pixel 6 is an incredible phone. It has a nice, sleek design and has some amazing features that have blown me away. I’m not going to bore you with all of the specs and what’s new because it can be found on Google’s website. I’m just going to tell you about my experience with it so far.

The Pixel 6 takes amazing photos

For me, the best change was undoubtedly the updated camera in the Pixel 6. With its higher spec lenses and sensors, it is fantastic for taking great photos.

The camera in the Pixel 6 is undoubtedly the best camera out of all the other phones. The images are crisp and vibrant, with wide dynamic range that is unmatched by any other phone.

The phone is still a phone. DSLR or mirrorless cameras are still better for taking better photos in a wider range of lighting conditions. But people don’t always want to carry those around, so we made sure

The Pixel 6 is the most premium smartphone in the market. It has a 12.2 MP camera and many other features that make it a great device.

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It has a 12.2 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and an optical image stabilization (OIS) feature which makes it easier to take photos in low light conditions without using the flash, or when you need to take sharp photos without shaking your hands.

The Pixel 6 also has a new Night Sight mode that takes amazing photos even in the dark, so you can capture all those moments that would have been lost to darkness before!

The Pixel 6 comes with a 12.2 MP camera, which is one of the best in the market. The camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and features OIS and EIS for better stabilization.

The Pixel 6 has a great front camera with a 8MP lens, the aperture of which is f/2.2. It’s one of the best in its category for taking selfies and this makes it perfect for selfie lovers

The Pixel 6 has a main camera and an ultrawide-angle lens as secondary. The two rear cameras are the same as on the Pixel 6 Pro, offering a 0.7X magnification with ultrawide photography. Overall the ultrawide monitor isn’t great. Details in photos is a bit lacking, without much sharpness.

The ultrawide monitor is a popular choice for designers who work on multiple screens. The biggest complaint about the ultrawide monitor is that the images are not as crisp and sharp as they would be on a traditional widescreen monitor. There are also some complaints with the colors and viewing angles.

The Galaxy S10 has a triple-lens camera, with the main lens being a 12MP sensor at f/1.5-2.4 aperture. You’ll also find the 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens on the phone.

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Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, has a triple-lens camera that can capture impressive photos in all conditions. The main sensor is a 12MP lens with f/1.5-2.4 aperture for beautiful shots both day and night. You’ll also find the 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and 16MP ultra-wide angle lens on the S10

The Galaxy S10 boasts an upgraded front camera, packing in four sensors and supporting 10x optical zoom.

I took the following pictures with the secondary camera on my ultrawide.

I personally prefer how wide angle cameras on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro are, check out this comparison below.

Pixel 6 has an excellent camera. The main camera is made up of a 50-megapixel sensor and uses pixel binning to create 12.5-megapixel pictures that are always clear, sharp & detailed.

There are so many Pixel 6 camera

Tensor chip on Google Pixel is what makes the camera at the best in its class or even better than some competitors. It allows to use more camera modes and tools, among which is Night Sight.

There’s a new ‘Motion’ mode. It has two options – Action Pan and Long Exposure (this one is fun). It won’t bring a camera to its knees like other modes but try it out

The second Motion mode is Long Exposure, which mimics a long-exposure photo. There are apps that do something similar but I got some decent light trails from traffic and some silklike water from a fountain. Again, it’s fun. It doesn’t replace doing long exposure photography on your own, but it’s certainly worth trying.

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But that’s not all. On top of offering a number of other editing options, Google also provides a convenient “Magic Eraser” tool. Simply select an object, person or various parts of your photo and watch as it disappears into thin air. In Photos, you can find a suggestion that might aid in removing the person out of the background. Or, when editing, tap on Tools to see the feature.

Magic Eraser finds & identifies the silhouettes of people in your background so you can remove them. It does this well, but there’s still room for improvement. Sometimes I got perfect results like removing the people from this photo below of a pedestrian walkway — though you can still see some blurry patches on closer inspection.

Other times, like in the picture above, certain cutouts looked a little off. If it removed some people from the background of the photo, it also appeared to mess up the hand of the woman to the right.

The Pixel 6 camera

One improvement Google talked about was Real Tone, which was a major rethink and exploration about how photos, specifically Google’s algorithms and engineers, handle people with different complexions. I would love to see the photo editing process improve, but I’m generally pleased with the filters and quality of those photos I took that had dark-skinned friends in them. Often, when I share a photo of someone doing something mundane, they ask for a copy.

Below is a photo taken with harsh backlight. Admittedly, this isn’t a great way to take a photo, but I wanted to see what would happen. said the Pixel 6 handles stray light better. See how it did against a photo taken with the iPhone 13 below.

The differences between the two photos aren’t drastic, but Eric, who is the subject, preferred the photo from the Pixel 6. He liked how it handled the color and highlights in his skin. You can really notice this in his arms.

Videos from the Pixel 6 are better

The Pixel 6 records the best video from any Pixel phone. Details and color accuracy are better. In terms of comparing the image quality between photos and videos, there is a smaller difference than there has been on prior Pixels.

The Pixel 6 records the best video from any Pixel phone. Details and color accuracy are better. In terms of comparing the image quality between photos and videos, there is a smaller difference than they were in previous models.

The Pixel 6, Google’s newest phone, has been getting praised by many people for its video quality. The Pixel 6 records the best video from any Pixel phone. Details and color accuracy are better. In terms of comparing the image quality between photos and videos, there is a smaller difference than there was with the previous Pixel models.

When recording video in medium and low light, image noise is pretty apparent. Also, the improvements Real Tone brings to photos are unmatched with how videos handle different complexions.

Improvements in the latest iPhones include two new features: lowlight video recording and Real Tone photographs. Lowlight video recording has a wider dynamic range than before, reducing noise and creating brighter, more detailed videos. Real Tone photographs use machine learning to adjust color for different skin tones.

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Take a look below at some sample videos I recorded with the Pixel 6. I want to show you how great the Pixel 6 is. The camera is fantastic and I’m not just talking about the hardware. I’m talking about the software, which provides me with some really cool features like editing videos in-app, creating virtual content, and even adding soundtracks to my recordings!

On the front, the Pixel 6 has an 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1,080p video. The Pro has a wider selfie camera that can record 4K. Selfies photos from the Pixel 6 are good but in medium and low light start to look noisy.

The Pixel 6 is the latest flagship device from. It offers an 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1,080p video. The Pro has a wider selfie camera that can record 4K. Selfies photos from the Pixel 6 are good but in medium and low light, selfies can be grainy which is one of its few flaws.

The Pixel 6 is defined by Google’s Tensor chip

The Pixel 6 doesn’t run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip found in nearly every other flagship Android phone like the Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Instead, it runs on Google’s Tensor processor. It’s the first chip Google has made and was specifically designed by Google for the Pixel.

Google’s Tensor processor is a more power efficient chip than the Snapdragon 888. In order to reduce the risk of accidental overcharging, Google’s chip will stop charging your phone when it reaches 100%.

I found the Tensor chip and the 8GB of RAM made the phone fast to use. Opening the camera app is quick, app animations look smooth, and it handles games well.

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The camera on the Honor 20 Pro is one of the best around. The camera app opens quickly and it doesn’t take too long to snap a photo. The night mode does a great job of reducing noise and smoothing out any graininess in dark photos.

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In terms of performance benchmark tests, the Tensor chip doesn’t set any new records. In fact it’s largely on par with the Snapdragon 888 and that’s OK. The advantages Tensor brings are its security and on-device machine learning and AI.

The Tensor chip is a chip built on the 10nm architecture and is design to be the next generation AI processor. The chip was built by the company nVidia, which has been in the graphics card industry for several decades. The Tensor chip is design to be a high performance AI processor that can perform complex operations such as neural network computations.

Google quotes a day on a fully charged battery and in regular use I’d say that is accurate. But in heavy use, like shooting lots of photos and videos, it had a battery life of more like three-quarters of a day.

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I am going to compare the Google Pixel battery to other phones on the market today. I will use a lot of data points and comparisons so this intro will be much longer than what is usually recommend.

During the 10 days I tested the phone, the Pixel 6 averaged a screen-on time of 6 hours, which is good, but not great.

The Google Pixel 6, the newest phone from, has received mixed reviews. While many reviewers say that the camera has improv and it is a good upgrade from the last model, many are disappoint with battery life.

Android 12 is solid on the Pixel 6

Android 12 is a delight to use. I like the big obvious buttons and sliders. The overall look of Android 12 is welcoming and prioritizes clarity over animations. I like that its system colors can match and complement my phone’s wallpaper.

Android 12 combined with the Tensor processor provides a number of welcomed privacy and security upgrades. The Pixel 6 comes with several of its own Android 12 special features, some of which are power by Tensor. A standout for me is voice recognition. I found there to be a lot of improvement with translation, especially when I had a conversation with a Portuguese speaker. Translations were fast and accurate. For voice typing in particular, it seems to understand context better and punctuate more accurately and it’s easier to command it and clear mistakes.

I tested the Pixel 6 on Fi, T-Mobile and Verizon here in San Francisco. There are special carrier versions of the Pixel 6 that also support mmWave 5G and start at $699 instead of $599.

Google improved the Pixel 6 in many ways

With all of the upgrades to software and hardware, you have to wonder if that will be enough to make the Pixel 6 successful. And that’s really the only thing I can’t answer. I can say this is the best phone Google has ever built. As tempting as the Pixel 6 is, for $300 more you can upgrade to the slightly more premium Pixel 6 Pro, which adds a telephoto camera; a 6.7-inch display with curved edges, a higher resolution and high refresh rate; more RAM; an ultrawideband chip and Gorilla Glass Victus on the back. But if you have $600 and are looking for a new phone, the Pixel 6 is my recommendation.

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