It’s embargo day! Which means that a little bit ago, a wave of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro reviews went live from some of your (other) favorite Android websites. We’re still waiting to get our hands on both of these devices, so you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see what we have to say. But in the meantime, here are some highlights of what you can expect when the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro finally hit your doorstep this week.
The Pixel 6 Pro is a phone I’d describe as refreshing. For Google, it marks a new chapter in not just the company’s smartphone lineup but also in its hardware ambitions as a whole. The Tensor chip inside is a huge bet for the future, and as far as it looks right now, it seems like the odds are in Google’s favor.
Google has never quite managed to deliver a pure winner with its line of Pixel smartphones. Each iteration has suffered some small issue holding it back. With the Pixel 6 Pro, Google has come perhaps as close as it ever has to dialing in the right mix of form, features, and functionality to appease fans of flagship phones.
Score: 4.5 / 5
After years of fatal flaws and stagnant design, Google has finally given us the shock-and-awe upgrade we’ve been waiting for. Tensor’s AI prowess makes most Assistant features feel magically fast. Major camera updates for both hardware and processing give us significantly better photos, especially when photographing people of color and moments of action.
This time around, Google pulled out all the stops for the Pixel 6 pro, offering up a full-tier flagship phone at a compelling price. Using its own in-house silicon and a bevy of AI-powered features, the Pixel 6 Pro rockets itself to the top of the must-have list of smartphones this year and proves that Google still has what it takes to remain the camera king.
Score: 4.5 / 5
With a great primary camera, fast performance, and a fun, fresh UI, Google’s Pixel 6 is an absolute triumph in the upper-mid-range space. At $599, it’s an extremely easy recommendation.
Score: 9.5 / 10
Whichever version you’re considering, the Pixel 6 series is a superb return to form. Google is clearly aware that its strengths lay in smart software and excellent photography, and those are the areas where the Pixel 6s deliver most. The company also didn’t neglect basics like battery life and display, and though I wish the fingerprint sensor was faster, there’s little to complain about. Best of all, Google is offering you all these flagship features for hundreds less than the competition.
Score: 91 / 100
The Pixel 6 Pro is the best phone Google has ever made and one of the best phones you can buy right now. With strong performance, some great software additions, a unique design and an excellent camera system, it’s got everything you’d look for in a flagship phone in 2021.
Score: 9.0 / 10
Which Pixel 6 did you order?
Assuming you were able to get you pre-order to go through, which model did you go with? Are okay with sacrificing the telephoto camera in favor of a smaller display? Or did you swing for the fences and get the best of the best that Google is offering?
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