Why I Upgraded to the Google Pixel 7


Google’s newest smartphones are finally here, and like a ton of other Pixel enthusiasts I decided to get one for myself and upgrade from the Pixel 6 and 6a. With that said, upgrading isn’t for everyone, but personally I had to see for myself what Google had in store for this year’s Pixel phones. Maybe you’re still on the fence about whether or not the Pixel 7 is right for you, in which case you might want to take note of some factors that you should consider – let’s check them out.

Refined Design

The Pixel 7 comes in a design that feels both new and familiar at the same time. The phone retains the same rectangular build as its predecessor, with Gorilla Glass panels on both the front and back, the signature camera window, and an aluminum frame that goes around the sides of the device. With that said, there are some differences this year – the screen now comes in at a slightly smaller 6.3 inches, although it retains the AMOLED technology on its predecessor.

The frame now comes in more colors, and seamlessly melts into the camera window, which is now more of a camera “bar” due to the solid aluminum block that goes around the camera. The Gorilla Glass panel on the back now gets upgraded to a Victus panel – and this entire design is surprisingly lighter than the Pixel 6, which combined with the slightly smaller screen, makes for a more compact and easily-handled smartphone.

Camera Performance

Pixels have always been known for their terrific cameras, and this one is no different. While the hardware might seem very familiar this year (50MP and 12MP main and ultra-wide combo on the back), there are some new things to look forward to.

For one, the front-facing lens has now been upgraded to an ultra-wide lens, meaning that you can squeeze in more people for your selfies, video calls, and such. There are also new improvements in terms of camera software – Night Sight photos now take a lot faster to process, meaning you won’t have to wait for the phone to finish processing your low-light shot unlike on earlier Pixels. There’s also the addition of Cinematic Mode for videos, which essentially adds portrait mode to your video clips.

A Smarter Tensor

A quick search online should show you that the Google Tensor G2 – the chipset found inside the Pixel 7 – doesn’t offer tremendous amounts of power over its predecessor, and instead focuses on smarter AI capabilities and machine learning. That’s not to say that the performance on the G2 is anything to scoff at though, as it is still a flagship chip capable of offering smooth day-to-day usage, as well as running graphically intensive games.

But going back to the “AI” bit earlier, I’ve seen some improvements when it comes to the built-in “smart” features on the phone. Functions like voice detection and speech-to-text for example are better than ever, and it’s this kind of functionality that makes the Pixel such a unique smartphone in its own right.

Consistent Pricing

One pleasant surprise that the Pixel 7 comes with is that it retains the same pricing as last year’s Pixel 6, coming in at $599. This makes it considerably more affordable than other 2022 flagships like the iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S22, for example. This sub thousand-dollar pricing has always been one of the most appealing traits of Google’s flagship devices, and it’s great to see the trend continue on the Pixel 7.

Final Thoughts

With that said, the Pixel 7 so far has proven to be a great choice for me, at least when it comes to my personal smartphone needs and usage requirements. Of course, it’s going to be a different scenario for everyone, but for the most part the Pixel 7 manages to bring over what made its predecessors so great – and it’s going to be exciting seeing how this phone fares in the long run.

Mike Viray
A writer and content creator with a love for tech and music, Mike is also an avid gamer as well. He and his wife are big fans of Mario Kart.

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