Review: Google Pixel 7 Pro

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At first glance, there’s very little about the Pixel 7 Pro that sets it apart from its 2021 predecessor – the Pixel 6 Pro.

The dimensions are nearly identical (the 7 Pro is actually slightly smaller), while there’s only a 2 gram difference in weight.

The only real external giveaway is the fact that the protruding strip on the back of the phone – which houses its camera lenses and flash – is now an all-metal affair, replacing the model’s glass-based strip. last year.

Under the hood, the differences are slightly bigger – this year’s processor packs more punch, while the screen is considerably brighter than before.

But these iterative steps are relatively mundane in the grand scheme of things. What’s worth noting, though, is how Google puts that extra power to good use.

The phone’s interface is fast and smooth, with all that processing power letting you open and switch between apps without delay.

The crisp screen also makes everything look more vibrant, even if you’re using the phone in direct sunlight.

But more than anything, Google has worked hard to integrate its smart assistant technology into every aspect of the device.

This of course includes the ability to set reminders and calendar appointments via voice commands. But the Pixel 7 Pro goes even further.

The likes of the “At a Glance” feature does an outstanding job of pulling out the useful information you want or need to know throughout the day.

Users can set up call screening on their device, while having their voicemails converted to text (and vice-versa, of course). Google’s voice recording app also offers a remarkably accurate automatic transcription feature, underscoring how well the company knows what you want.

Of course, the usefulness of these features will heavily depend on your connection to the Google ecosystem and your willingness to share your data with the company.

But Google’s AI/machine learning technology continues to far outpace Apple’s Siri, meaning this device comes closer than any other to giving users a “true” virtual assistant in their pocket. .

But smart technology is also showing its use in other areas.

This includes the camera, which intelligently blends images from its three lenses to create a smooth image as you switch from ultra-wide to 10x zoom (the camera can switch to 30x zoom, but the image becomes quite grainy at this stage) . The lenses are also cleverly combined with creative algorithms to produce even better images in dark and low light conditions.

The clever camera tricks also continue with the resulting image, with Google’s clever technology also allowing users to fine-tune blurry photos after they’ve been taken. This can even include photos taken on other devices.

But for all its smarts, there are very basic ways the Pixel 7 Pro frustrates.

It offers face and fingerprint unlocking – the latter done via a sensor under the display – but both are prone to failure with an annoying degree of regularity.

The face unlock feature struggles in low light, which will only become more apparent as the darker winter sets in. Meanwhile, the fingerprint reader often simply refuses to accept the authenticity of the user’s digit.

Physically, the phone itself is also quite bulky – and it’s a bit difficult to use with one hand. But it’s on par with larger screen alternatives from Apple and Samsung, and the tradeoff is that significant screen real estate and very generous battery life.

The Pixel 7 Pro also takes a price advantage, with Google choosing not to pass on current inflationary/currency pressures like others have.

That means the device starts at €899 here – compared to the €1,029 Apple charges for its smaller entry-level iPhone 14.

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