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Google Pixel 7 smartphone: a polished gem (review) 

Rather than a huge leap forward, the Google Pixel 7 continues to improve the great Pixel experience.

Given how short Google has been when it comes to developing and then giving up many of its products and services, the longevity of the Pixel range of smartphones speaks volumes about how central it is to Google’s grand plan. It’s an opportunity to showcase the strengths of both the Android mobile operating system and Google’s Tensor chips. The result was some pretty cool smartphones.

With the Pixel 7, Google continues to iterate on a form factor that has remained consistent since introducing the rear camera bar with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro last year. Under the hood is the new Tensor G2 chip, which helps the smartphone stand out from Android devices.

Details: Google Pixel 7

Price (RRP) $999
the creator The Google
product page Google Pixel 7
a guarantee Two years
country of manufacture China
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First impressions

The premium design and glossy gloss of the Google Pixel 7 make a great first impression. While that rear camera strap is an acquired taste, the switch to aluminum means it feels less out of place. The design still definitely helps you stand out from the crowd, though the polished glass body makes it a bit slippery lollipop.

The 6.3-inch 2400 x 1080 screen is actually a little smaller than the 6.4-inch on last year’s Pixel 6, but it’s not enough to complain about. In contrast, the phone is smaller and lighter in weight.

The 20:9 aspect ratio means the phone feels a bit tall, although this is becoming more and more common these days. Combined with the camera bar, it does make the phone a bit heavy, but not so much as to be a concern and it quickly grows on you.

The screen maintains a 90Hz refresh rate, which helps onscreen motion remain silky smooth but falls short of the best-in-class 120Hz found on some competing Android devices including google pixel 7 pro, which starts at $1,299. For the extra money, the 7 Pro gives you a 3120 x 1440 pOLED display which is a bit brighter.

Power the Pixel 7 and the OLED display ensures a vivid picture, and it’s 25 percent brighter than its predecessor. While this makes the screen easier to read in direct sunlight, it also helps make the most of HDR support — which extends to your photos and videos as well as streaming services like Netflix.

The white balance on the screen is very nice and the colors are a bit saturated, because the colors are set to “Adaptive” by default, but you can easily change this to “Normal” if you wish.

Flip the phone over in your hands and you’ll find the power and volume buttons to the right of the screen, easily accessible with your thumb. At the bottom is the USB-C port, accompanied by a speaker and microphone. The phone uses the upper earpiece to produce stereo sound when you view it in landscape mode.

You won’t see the fingerprint reader, because it’s built into the screen, plus Google has reintroduced support for Face Unlock.

Around the back, you’ll find a dual rear camera array in the camera bar, consisting of a 50MP primary and 12MP ultra-wide, along with a flash. You miss the third lens on the Pixel 7 Pro, which is a 48MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.

At the front, there’s a 10.8MP selfie camera – featuring a wider field of view and a larger sensor for better night photos.

Google Pixel 7 specifications

Screen size 6.3 inches, 2400 x 1080

OLED screen technology, 90Hz refresh rate

Android 13

CPU Google Tensor G2

ARM Mali G710 MP07 GPU

8 GB RAM

4355 mAh battery

Storage capacity 128 GB or 256 GB

Rear cameras are 50 MP (f/1.85) main; 12 MP (f / 2.2) ultra wide

Front Camera 10.8 MP (f / 2.2)

Connectivity USB-C 3.2 Gen 2

Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) 2.4GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz, HE160, MIMO

Bluetooth v5.2

NFC

5G Sub-6

Dual SIM (single nano-SIM and eSIM)

IP68 hardness (dust and water resistance)

Dimensions: 155.6 H x 73.2 W x 8.7 D (mm)

Weight 197 grams

Obsidian, snow, lemon colors

Features – Hardware

The Google Pixel 7 still runs with an ordered flavor of Android 13, like its predecessor, with Android 14 not set to be released until 2023. That’s okay when Google promises three years of operating system upgrades and five years of security upgrades for the Pixel 7.

While the Pixel 7’s design is sleek with minor screen improvements, the new Tensor G2 chip is the real standout hardware feature. It offers plenty of grunt, with Geekbench scores of 1,055 single-core and 3,276 multi-core — a respectable step up from the Pixel 6’s 984 and 2665.

Fortunately, that doesn’t take additional battery losses, although the capacity is just 4,355mAh, down from the Pixel 6’s 4,614mAh. You should still get through your longest day, with the Extreme Power Saver mode promising up to 72 hours if you’re working on fumes.

When you’re feeling spoiled, it supports 30W wired fast charging with USB-PD PPS, along with 15W wireless charging.

Features – Software

Most of the notable new features of the phone are software based, which makes using this new chip smart and a good grunt.

For starters, Google Assistant gets an upgrade on the Pixel 7 with faster and more accurate dictation, typing and translation on the go. You can also feel that the fingerprint reader is faster when you unlock the phone.

The most obvious improvements focus on the camera, as we’ve come to expect from the Pixel range.

The title feature is a new Photo Unblur that uses AI to try to salvage out-of-focus photos, similar to how Magic Eraser removes distracting people and objects from your photos.

As you’d expect, the phone takes an informed guess while taking advantage of machine learning, so results can vary. It does its best job on faces that are a little out of focus, possibly helping to save a family work shot. But do not expect miracles. The phone sometimes focuses its blurring efforts in the wrong areas, to produce unnatural looking images, but fortunately you can dial the blur effect up and down to find the right spot.

Google has also improved the Super Res Zoom, a computationally supported digital zoom for the phone that attempts to compensate for the lack of true optical zoom. It certainly puts traditional digital zoom to shame, but then again your mileage may vary, and some photos end up looking sharp but slightly over-processed.

Meanwhile, Night Sight can take great low-light photos more quickly, as Google has also enhanced True Tone algorithms that aim to accurately represent every skin tone with nature. This speed boost is a small hit depending on the lighting conditions, but the results offer a noticeable improvement on the Pixel 6.

When it comes to video capture, Cinematic Blur adds a shallow depth of field to your videos to help them look more polished. Active stabilization is an advanced form of video stabilization to help compensate for restless hands.

GadgetGuy takes

The Google Pixel 7 is a worthy addition to the rating, especially given that it maintains a sub-$1,000 price tag despite all that is going on in the world. It’s a compelling proposition for Android owners, and it offers a host of improvements over the Pixel 6, though perhaps not enough to convince you to ditch last year’s model. Especially when you consider that most of the improvements are software-based, which means they may eventually come to previous Pixel phones.

If you’re in the market for a new Pixel, also keep in mind that the Pixel 7 Pro isn’t actually much more expensive. If you care about things like the improved Pixel 7 Pro display, extra RAM, phone lens, or 5G mmWave, you might well consider spending extra money.

Do I buy it?

Yes, if I’m sure I don’t need a Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 smartphone: a polished gem (review) 

With a lot of iterative improvements over its predecessor, the Google Pixel Pro 7 is a great addition to the Pixel lineup.

Positives

elegant design

Gorgeous OLED screen

Face unlock and improved in-screen scanner

Enhanced camera features and Google intelligence

Negatives

No optical zoom / telephoto lens

Display refresh rate 90Hz only (not 120Hz)

Only sub-6 5G, no mmWave

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