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Google Pixel 6 and 6 pro Reviews

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GOOGLE PIXEL 6

GOOD STUFF

  • Snappy performance
  • Smooth screen
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Excellent value

BAD STUFF

  • Only comes in Big
  • Slow fingerprint scanner
  • Very slippery

GOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO

GOOD STUFF

  • Snappy performance
  • Smooth screen
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • Good value

BAD STUFF

  • Big and unwieldy design
  • Slow fingerprint scanner
  • Very slippery
  • A lot more expensive than the Pixel 6
  • Fit and finish not as nice as other phones in this price range

The front of both phones is hard to distinguish from lots of other big Android phones on the market; they mostly resemble a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note 20 to my eye. And while the back has a distinctive bar toward the top that houses the cameras, the whole thing reminds me of a TCL phone.

The Pixel 6 is available in three two-tone colors — black, red, or green — while the Pixel 6 Pro is only available in more staid variations of black, white, or gold. The aluminum sides of the regular 6 are chunky and matte black, while the 6 Pro’s sides are thinner and polished to a shine. Between the two, the 6 is certainly more fun, while the 6 Pro doesn’t quite match up to other phones within its price tier in terms of design or fit and finish.

Both models support wireless charging and fast wired charging, but neither come with a charger in the box.

Even if you do use a powerful enough charger, neither phone charges particularly quickly. Google aggressively slows down charging once it’s past 80 percent to preserve the battery cells’ longevity, and since these batteries are so large, getting to a full charge can take a long time. Fortunately, thanks to the long battery life, you will likely only have to charge when you’re sleeping anyway.

Both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have proper, dual stereo speakers that pump out a satisfactory amount of volume and sound clear for both streaming music or video and taking speakerphone or video calls. Good riddance to the vibrating screen pseudo-speaker Google used in the Pixel 5 last year.

Google is advertising 5G connectivity for both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but the details around it aren’t quite that straightforward.

The Pixel 6 Pro is the first Google phone with a wide, ultrawide, and telephoto camera.

TheThe Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s camera systems are wholly new, with new sensors, new lenses, and new capabilities. Google has finally upgraded the camera hardware in the Pixel line for the first time since 2017, and it’s gone big — literally. The new main camera sensor is much larger than the one used in the Pixel 5 and earlier, and the Pixel 6 Pro is the first in the line to have ultrawide, wide, and telephoto cameras.