Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is an "A" grade premium flagship phone made by Google.  This is the highest-end phone they make, and it shows. The device has a high specification sheet and a high price tag to match.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro features a lot of hardware goodies as well as some unique software capabilities courtesy of the exclusive Google Pixel Launcher. In my review, I will be going over them in detail, as well as testing the various aspects of the device to find out if this is truly an "A" grade premium flagship or not. Let's start with the design first shall we?

Google Pixel 6 Pro - Design

Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a rather interesting rear design, with triple cameras stacked horizontally in the center. The back is actually made of glass now instead of plastic so there's no need to worry about breaking it unless you drop it from very high elevations onto hard surfaces. It ends up looking sleek which isn't surprising given that this is a "Google" phone after all - it will have excellent design just like their other devices. 

The only downside I can see here is that being made of glass means that fingerprints, grease stains, and minor scratches will show easily if not cleaned frequently. On the front side of the device, you have your selfie camera along with the speaker, the now infamous center punch hole for the front-facing camera, and of course, an always on display. There are no capacitive keys as Google has decided to only have the on screen navigation bar visible by default so you can free up some more space for the "expanded" status bar.

Google Pixel 6 Pro - Display & Battery 

The Google Pixel 6 Pro's display is a high-quality AMOLED panel with 1440 x 3120 pixels of resolution resulting in a pixel density of ~512ppi (pixel per inch). Blacks are incredibly dark and colors pop out at you when viewing media content. The contrast ratio between light and dark will leave you admiring your favorite pictures or videos with satisfaction, given how deep blacks truly are here, while the very bright whites make sure that sunlight legibility is pretty good too when outdoors. 

The Google Pixel 6 Pro's battery size is an interesting one; 5000mAh is huge when compared to most of its competitors around this price range! This helps a lot of course considering how much hardware does run through this device for a new flagship model of 2021. Judging from my experience, I feel like this battery will last a full day and then some with your typical usage pattern involving the Pixel Launcher, the Assistant, Google Photos storing all of your pictures and videos in the cloud, Spotify, or other music streaming services. You name it; if you're an average person who uses their phone for browsing social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram, checking emails, listening to music via YouTube Music or Soundcloud while also snapping photos here and there throughout the day...you won't have trouble making it through a full workday on one charge with 30% to spare - which is pretty awesome.

Google Pixel 6 Pro - Performance & Memory

Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro features Google Tensor coupled with 12GB RAM for its standard base model. This is the highest amount of RAM you can get on a phone at this time and it sure shows its worth when using this device! 

It's very rare to find an app that will lag or take more than 1 second to open up. Animations are buttery smooth most of the time, even with all the special features enabled through the launcher such as always on display, swipe gestures for cards in multitasking view, smart lock screen shortcuts, etcetera. Of course, these animations aren't perfectly fluid 100% of the time - but they're close enough for me not to complain about them considering how much hardware does run through this device. 

I ran some benchmarks on my Google Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 out of box for your viewing pleasure. It's no secret that the Pixel 6 Pro is one of Google's best performing devices to date, so there really isn't much surprise here for me personally - just take a look at the screen captures below:

Google Pixel 6 Pro - Audio Quality & Connectivity

Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro features stereo speakers with 1 front facing speaker & bottom firing speaker. Both are premium quality speakers with clear highs and mids while also featuring very decent bass considering how small they are! My only gripe is that these speakers tend to get muffled when you place your palms on them while gaming or watching videos...so it helps if you've got a Bluetooth headset around! 

Connectivity-wise, I have almost no complaints whatsoever. The Google Pixel 6 Pro does not have a headphone jack so  you will need to use a USB-C dongle or Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. 

This phone also has all of your connectivity needs covered with support for Gigabit LTE speeds, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 LE & EDR (low energy).

Google Pixel 6 Pro - Camera

Google Pixel 6 Pro Review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro features a triple camera set up at the back; this is very common these days among new flagship devices with the current trend. Google is sticking with a 4K 60fps video recording capability, the ability to shoot 120fps slow-motion videos at 4k & 1080fps super-slow motion at 720p.

Google has done a great job with their camera software as per usual! While I was writing this review, I truly felt like I had an expert photographer following me around through my day taking pictures of food, people doing stretches in the park, buildings downtown, and more! They were all taken within 2 hours by the way...

Of course, you can manually adjust settings such as white balance or exposure if you desire. 

The results from these photos are simply stunning too. The Super Res Zoom feature makes it seem as though you have a telephoto lens attached to the camera while the HDR+ mode ensures colors and details pop out. 

I also feel like Night Sight is one of Google's best software features to date! Granted, it will take a few seconds for your images to process in low light conditions, but what you get at the end of that short wait is some amazingly clear photos with very little noise or graininess! 

The front-facing selfie camera is amazing too! Whether you're snapping an image up close with Portrait Mode or taking a wide-angle group photo, you're going to get some really good shots! 

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