If you love photography, you can’t go wrong with this one
After a long wait of almost three years, Google has recently launched a flagship series of smartphones in India. Well, the new Pixel 7 series is good news for all Android lovers who had to switch to Samsung due to lack of options and for Pixel loyalists who still hold on to their Pixel 3 series handsets! Also Read – Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro series leak hint on Tensor G3 chipset
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For the uninitiated, the tech giant is selling its mid-range Pixel 6A handset in India, which is available now at Rs 34,199. so high can consider buying the new Google Pixel 7 which has debuted in the Indian market at a price of Rs 59,999. Also Read – How to Schedule a Text Message in Google Messages: A Step-by-Step Guide
Has the Pixel 7 managed to get back into the hearts of buyers, or is it just here for its five minutes of fame? Find out in my detailed review below.
A large phone with a striking design
Google had introduced its horizontal camera strip and a two-tone back with its Pixel 6A in India, but with Pixel 7 the company has refined the design, and it just got better. The aluminum metal band, polished edges and plain glossy back give it a quite refreshing look. In a market saturated with rectangular camera module designs, this one is sure to stand out. Due to the thoughtful design language, the phone does not wobble like so many other high-end smartphones when placed on a flat surface. It is available in white, black and lemongrass color variants.
Although the handset looks like a stunner, but it’s not exactly a goldilocks situation when it comes to design. The top edge of the silver band is the home of dust and debris. But using the white color variant helped the fingerprint fest, and the dust wasn’t very noticeable.
The Pixel 7 weighs just 197g and although it’s a tall phone (6.3-inch screen), the slim bezels (8.7mm) make it more practical and practical. As mentioned earlier, the phone has a glossy back, so it can be a bit tricky to handle. Now I’m not as elegant as Daphne from Bridgerton, quite the opposite to be honest, so my recommendation for those who are even slightly clumsy, is to throw in a back cover. When it comes to button placement, Google has tried to be the rebellious child by placing the volume rocker below the power button, which is quite the opposite in other phones. So, it might take you some time to get used to this aspect of the design.
For protection, Pixel 7 comes with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back. The Pixel 7 also carries the IP68 water and dust resistance rating, so it can survive a dip in the pool!
The power button and volume button are neatly placed on the right edge of the phone. It comes with a Type-C port for charging and ditches the headphone jack, due to the trend.
As for the display, the bezels are slim, but not as sleek as you’d like, especially the chin. The Pixel series has therefore not yet entered notch-ville, unlike others like Apple which has redefined the notch design also with its new “dynamic island”. With Pixel 7 you’ll still have a small punch-hole camera placed in the top center of the screen, not that I’m complaining!
Overall, the smartphone turns heads with minor issues.
Stunning display with an all-new processor
Google Pixel 7 has a massive 6.3-inch display with Full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels), HDR10+ support and 90Hz refresh rate. Although not the best specs on paper compared to the Samsung Galaxy S22. It offers good color accuracy and the refresh rate also makes it smooth. The smartphone offers a remarkable brightness of up to 1400 nits.
As for the in-screen fingerprint sensor, it’s quite responsive, but I’ve seen faster sensors on other phones.
Moving on to the processor, the smartphone is powered by the Tensor G2 chipset, the same as the Pro model. Now the SoC offers great performance when it comes to tasks like switching between apps, endless scrolling on Instagram, playing Asphalt 9, or editing photos or videos . The last smartphone we saw didn’t perform well, but with the Pixel 7, Google is finally putting money in its mouth.
That said, don’t expect super-fast performance, but that won’t matter once you start using the phone. The smartphone offers 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage, and that’s it. The handset does not offer expandable memory.
Android 13 is just the icing on the cake. With a few apps on the home screen and a rest in the app drawer, it’s cleaner and uncluttered to use. And there’s no bloatware, unlike many on the market that are stuffed with unwanted apps. With Material You, users can change the font size, color theme, and more on the phone, making it even more fun!
Camera: something that will tip the scales
Let’s be honest, if you hear of a Pixel phone, the first thing that comes to mind is its camera! With the internal Tensor G2 chipset, Google has proven that means business. The Pixel 7 comes with a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
In daylight, captured images are crisp and detailed with excellent color accuracy. The camera takes great photos with superb dynamic range, without losing detail.
Compared to the Galaxy S22 camera, the Pixel 7 produced much sharper images than its competitor, which says a lot about the camera’s capability and the smartphone’s software optimization. But the Galaxy S22 had a head start when it came to color balance. In my opinion, Pixel 7 tends to capture a lot of shadows and contrasts.
What a pleasure to see that Google has not lost contact! This also applied to interior lighting and portraits. The separation of subjects was also impressive.
In low-light environments, the camera manages to produce a good image, however, in some cases I could notice blurry details. As they are quite bright and colorful, these images are also passable for posting on social media. Light exposure when capturing nighttime images was hit or miss, but on some images the saturation was quite noticeable.
Google Pixel 7 has a few camera tricks up its sleeve this time around, including the infamous Cinematic Blur for videos, let’s talk about taking on Apple! In this mode, the video keeps the subject in focus while blurring the background when recording video, just like we see in portrait mode. This mode is definitely fun to use!
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Battery: could have, should have, should have been better
Google Pixel 7 houses a 4,355mAh battery that supports 20W charging. Now you won’t really struggle to get through the day, but it won’t be enough on a long day. Also, I would suggest sitting near a tap point if you’re playing a game or streaming videos for a long time. Make sure to avoid battery-hungry apps and features like 90Hz refresh rate and always-on display to get the most out of it.
It’s a decent enough battery, but the charging capability is slower than the competition like the Galaxy S22 Ultra which supports 45W fast charging or the OnePlus 10T which comes with 125W charging speed. The battery department is something that I would consider a weak point of the Pixel 7.
Google doesn’t offer an adapter in the box, instead you’ll get a USB Type-A to Type-C adapter and a Type-C to Type-C cable.
Verdict: The moment of truth!
With excellent camera capability, stunning design, Tensor G2 chipset and capable software at Rs 59,999, Pixel 7 seriously competes with iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22.
I would easily recommend the Pixel 7 to any Android user who wants an affordable flagship phone with great camera capability and is willing to compromise on the battery aspect.