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– Key options of Pixel 7 Pro for considerably much less cash
– Premium construct and design
– IP68 ingress safety
– Excellent major digicam
– Best Android 13 expertise; extra updates assured
– Sharp show
– Good general efficiency

– Slow charging; no charger within the field
– Ultra-wide digicam doesn’t have auto-focus
– Temperamental fingerprint scanner

Rating: 4/5
Price: Rs 59,999

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is a superb all-round telephone that comfortably made it to our ‘Best phones of 2022’ checklist, courtesy of its nice digicam efficiency and clean software program expertise. Despite the optimistic expertise, it isn’t precisely an reasonably priced telephone for a overwhelming majority of consumers. Lots of people don’t care about options like a curved show or QHD decision. For most Pixel telephones are primarily concerning the digicam high quality and sooner software program updates.

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If you assume on related strains, the Google Pixel 7 could swimsuit you higher. It retains plenty of goodness of the Pixel 7 Pro that features the primary digicam in addition to the software program expertise, and in addition the processing {hardware}. Yes, it misses out on the additional telephoto digicam and a better refresh fee show amongst different issues, however saves you an excellent Rs 25,000. Time to determine if it certainly interprets into higher worth for cash.

Google Pixel 7 Design: Feels premium with a sturdy construct and simply the best dimension
The Pixel 7 feels rugged in hand and appears premium courtesy of an aluminium body and glass again. The IP68 ranking for mud and fluid resistance has been retained right here, which is nice to see. The curved display screen on the Pro has been changed with a flat one right here, which is appropriate. The show and again are protected in opposition to scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The fingerprints and smudge marks are barely seen on the Snow White variant that we acquired for assessment. The mixture of a white physique and metallic gray borders appears to be like elegant.

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Design
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The metallic gray extends to the trademark digicam band on the again. The design is kind of much like that of the 7 Pro however with one much less digicam. While it makes the telephone design extra placing, the protrusion makes the telephone look bulkier, and there’s a noticeable quantity of mud accumulation at its base. Due to the comparatively smaller display screen, the telephone feels nice in hand. The weight has been stored beneath 200 grams too.

The quantity rockers in addition to the facility button are positioned alongside the best edge. The placement of the in-display fingerprint scanner is ideal, and one can entry it with out stretching the thumb a lot. The scanner stays moody although, and at instances simply doesn’t recognise your fingerprint and asks for the pin or sample. The SIM tray is situated alongside the left fringe of the telephone, whereas a USB-C port and a speaker are current alongside the underside edge. A reminiscence card slot and three.5 mm headphone jack are absent.

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Bottom edge
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Google Pixel 7 Display: Sharp show however with 90 Hz refresh fee
The Google Pixel 7 has a compact 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED show with a peak brightness of 1400 nits. The HDR10+ compliant display screen is kind of sharp with glorious color copy and distinction. Just like in case of the Pro, you don’t get elaborate color changes right here. You simply get two modes – Adaptive and Natural. The former makes the colors look barely extra vivid whereas the latter retains issues pure. Try each and select one which fits your style. 

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Display
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Google has been stingy with the refresh fee right here, and it has been restricted to 90 Hz. It isn’t a deal breaker but and considerably smoother than 60 Hz, however this isn’t precisely a price range telephone and the corporate ought to have opted for 120 Hz for my part. Phones promoting for lower than half its worth provide 120 Hz AMOLED shows. As I discussed earlier, you don’t get a curved show right here, and we’re completely superb with that. Always on show is on the market should you want it. 

Google Pixel 7 Performance: At par with that of the Pixel 7 Pro
The Pixel 7 is powered by Google’s second era Tensor 2 processor that powers the Pixel 7 Pro too. As we concluded within the 7 Pro assessment, it isn’t as highly effective as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips in artificial benchmarks, and solely incrementally sooner than the primary Tensor chip. The uncooked efficiency of the Tensor 2 is much like Qualcomm’s earlier flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, which isn’t dangerous in any respect. But one mustn’t overlook its AI crunching capabilities that well-liked artificial benchmarks don’t compute.

You get only one variant of this telephone in India with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage. We would have most popular a 256 GB possibility, however even the corporate’s flagship hasn’t been blessed with that. The Tensor 2 breezes by day-to-day duties like accessing social media or chat apps, watching movies, looking the web, opening a number of tabs or switching between them. Things had been equally clean in images and gaming. The telephone typically stays cool and solely will get a bit of heat after half an hour of gaming. 

We ran just a few artificial benchmarks to gauge its efficiency. I gained’t bore you with the numbers this time however we will safely state that the scores are actually neck and neck with the Pixel 7 Pro with lower than 2% variance at most. Even the body charges in 3DMark Wild Life and Wild Life Extreme benchmarks are actual. Benchmark scores aside, the Pixel 7 managed to run each sport we tried on it easily at excessive settings with no stutter.

This telephone has two audio system, one behind the earpiece and the opposite on the base of the telephone. Collectively they produce a reasonably loud sound output with good stereo separation. The telephone is Bluetooth 5.2 compliant and has tri-band WiFi with help for a/b/g/n/ac/6e requirements. The name high quality and reception had been completely superb through the course of our testing.  

Google Pixel 7 Battery efficiency: Decent battery life with no actual quick charging
The battery backup on the Pixel 7 is fairly first rate. Despite a lesser capability 4355 mAh battery as in comparison with the 7 Pro, it lasts a bit of longer than the Pro courtesy of its smaller and decrease decision show. It stays powered for near 30 hours of reasonable use, which is ok for the phase. The charging instances stay poor compared to the competitors although. Google doesn’t embody a charger within the bundle; only a USB-C cable. 

If you employ a generic 10W charger, the telephone takes shut to three hours to cost totally. That holds true even for well-liked Super VOOC/ Super DART quick chargers from Oppo or OnePlus that may solely ship a 5V/2A output for the Pixel 7. The telephone does help 20W quick charging utilizing USB-PD 3.0 chargers. So we acquired a few suitable chargers from Stuffcool, together with their Neo 45 that may ship 20W and 25W USB-PD output. 

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Charger
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The quickest time we clocked for charging the Pixel 7 from 1% to 100% was 1 hour and 35 minutes. Using a good sooner USB-PD charger didn’t velocity up issues as the facility draw is capped for this telephone. While its greatest charging time is nowhere near the proprietary options from most manufacturers lately, it’s nonetheless half of what commonplace 10W chargers take. So should you don’t have one already, it’s advisable to purchase a charger that helps 20W USB-PD output no less than.

Google Pixel 7 Camera efficiency: Flagship grade major digicam in all circumstances
You get two cameras on the again as in comparison with three on the Pixel 7 Pro. The 50MP main digicam with Laser auto-focus and optical picture stabilisation (OIS) is strictly the identical as on the 7 Pro and performs as properly. The 48MP telephoto digicam has been omitted right here to have some factors of differentiation between the 2 telephones. The 12MP ultra-wide digicam, although appears related on paper, misses one essential component. While the marginally narrower 114-degrees FOV is just not a difficulty, the dearth of auto-focus is. Due to its absence, the ultra-wide digicam can’t double up as a top quality macro digicam as on the Pro. 

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Camera
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The major digicam captures some glorious photographs in shiny in addition to low mild circumstances. The colors are correct, and just about like that of the particular topic. The distinction is great, which has been a trademark of Pixel telephones through the years. The digicam captures nice element in pictures with spectacular dynamic vary. The identical is relevant for low mild images too. 

The telephone mechanically switches to Night Sight mode when the sunshine is low and that brightens up the picture with out going overboard or compromising on the element. However, the purple shades really feel barely softer with Night Sight enabled. The Pixel telephones have been nice at capturing portrait photographs, and the Pixel 7 is not any completely different with glorious edge detection and close to good background separation. A 2X zoom possibility in Portrait mode is on the market right here too, and is kind of helpful. 

Speaking of zoom, whereas a devoted telephoto digicam is lacking right here, you continue to get 2X to 8X zoom choices that are principally digital. The 2X output feels nearly as good as optical zoom, and issues are nearly usable as much as 5X. Beyond that pictures really feel too comfortable and lack element. The 12MP ultra-wide digicam is kind of good when the sunshine is nice, and the colors and dynamic vary are similar to the primary digicam. But when the sunshine is low, it’s best to stay to the primary digicam. As I discussed earlier, the ultra-wide digicam lacks auto-focus, and therefore you don’t get a macro mode right here.

The selfie digicam is similar as on the Pixel 7 Pro. The 10.8MP entrance digicam does an excellent job with selfies with pure pores and skin tones. It has a reasonably broad FOV and helps portrait photographs too that come out fairly properly. This telephone can document 4K movies at 30 and 60 fps, and might go as excessive as 240 FPS for 1080p movies. You get OIS and EIS help to compensate for the shakes. A ten-bit HDR possibility is on the market for movies too. You can document 4K movies at 30 or 60 FPS with the entrance digicam as properly. The recorded movies from the rear cameras are sharp and stabilised and fairly good for this phase. 

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OS and consumer interface: As good as its will get on Android
There is completely no change on this division as in comparison with the Google Pixel 7 Pro, and also you get one of the best Android 13 expertise for the time being. The Pixel 7 runs the most recent iteration of Android 13 with the February 2023 safety patch, and one can count on extra periodic updates. As with all Pixel gadgets, you get pure Android expertise with none bloatware, and with the Material You design language. The consumer interface is fluid, completely lag free and void of any main bugs. 

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review User interface
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As now we have mentioned previously, Pixel telephones are as a lot concerning the software program expertise because the {hardware}. And that additionally contains the digicam picture processing along with some cool instruments for picture modifying. The Magic Eraser and Camouflage choices are greater than helpful, with the previous letting you take away objects or people from the photographs by merely circling or highlighting them. It produces completely acceptable outcomes after a few makes an attempt. 

The face unlock on the Pixel 7 remains to be work in progress, and never in the identical league as Apple’s Face ID but. You get a bunch of helpful instruments on this telephone to play with that gained’t beg in your consideration, however the software program and AI algorithm quietly do their job within the background. Be it object recognition utilizing Google Lens or speech recognition/ voice typing, issues simply work. Often we take the software program side without any consideration, and solely discover it when it malfunctions. So credit score the place it’s due for such a seamless expertise. 

Final phrases: 
The Google Pixel 7 is priced at Rs 59,999 in India with a one 12 months guarantee, which makes it an excellent Rs 25,000 cheaper than the Pixel 7 Pro. It can typically be noticed for Rs 5,000 to 10,000 decrease in on-line gross sales. What one must let go of for that worth distinction is a better decision curved show, a devoted telephoto digicam (the one on the 7 Pro is kind of superior) and auto-focus on the ultra-wide digicam, thus forfeiting its macro capabilities. 

Google Pixel 7 Long-term Review Back
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For 25K much less, I can dwell with out them provided that we nonetheless get the identical main digicam, the identical processing {hardware} and the precise software program expertise right here. Add to that, quick and periodic software program updates for the foreseeable future, making the Pixel 7 a wonderful all-round telephone beneath 60K. Yes, chances are you’ll must spend extra on a related quick charger should you don’t have one already, and even then the charging instances are something however quick for this age. Despite that, the Pixel 7 is a robust possibility on this price range.

As for alternate options, there are fairly just a few on this price range, however relating to pure Android expertise and major digicam efficiency, there are none. I might nonetheless prefer to advocate a few choices that supply some extras in different departments. Firstly, the Realme GT 2 Pro with highly effective processing {hardware}, a wonderful show, good cameras and quick charging. And secondly, the newly launched powerhouse, the OnePlus 11 5G is arguably probably the most highly effective telephone on the market for the time being with versatile cameras, a good higher show and sooner charging. Choose one relying on the options that attraction to you extra.


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