A Week With the Google Pixel 6 Professional

A Week With the Google Pixel 6 Pro

We’re free to speak concerning the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional beginning as we speak, so put together yourselves for a wave of content material. There’s a lot to speak about with these telephones, in the event that they dwell as much as the hype they’ve created, how the cameras carry out, if Tensor is a game-changer, and if we plan to proceed utilizing both going ahead.

We’ll most definitely have opinions of every cellphone up earlier than the tip of the week with extra full ideas, however as you’re nicely conscious, the assessment embargo ended as we speak and I’m positive you wish to hear a few of our preliminary ideas. So, that’s what I’ve right here to offer you a little bit of a style of how I’m feeling after utilizing the large man, the Pixel 6 Professional for the previous 7 days.

This publish gained’t go into quite a lot of element and is as a substitute extra of a fast hitter. I’m hoping it’ll feed that urge for food earlier than telephones launch in a few days.

Efficiency (Google Tensor)

Google’s first smartphone processor is Tensor and there shall be loads of processor discuss from the fellows who know processors inside-and-out. I’m not that man, so apologies now for those who had been anticipating a breakdown of cores and what issues when and with a collection of benchmarks. That’s not my experience.

What I can let you know about Google Tensor within the Pixel 6 Professional is that while you use this cellphone, you gained’t cease usually and surprise what that hiccup was from or why that app or the Assistant is loading slowly or why it’s now burning your hand after enjoying a recreation. What you’ll discover is how snappy and polished every little thing feels from one activity to a different. The processor right here is doing the proper quantities of labor when obligatory to depart you feeling like this cellphone can do all of it.

The digital camera masses and snaps immediate photographs in a method I haven’t seen since that one on-stage Galaxy Nexus demo. Each app I would like is prepared proper once I want it with out hesitation. The minimal quantities of video games I’ve run have had no points and I haven’t seen the cellphone getting further sizzling or heat like a few of the latest Snapdragon 888 telephones.

For one more comparability, know that I’ve been largely utilizing an iPhone 13 Professional for the previous couple of weeks and this Pixel 6 Professional feels on-par if not smoother than Apple’s greatest cellphone. There’s a softness to the contact and the way in which Android 12 strikes from an activation you get from finger to movement by means of this show that’s unmatched proper now.

I do know there’ll doubtless be unflattering benchmarks for this cellphone due to the combination of outdated and new that Google has used, however I’m telling you this cellphone hasn’t slowed in my week with it. I haven’t for a second stopped and thought, “Nicely, this new processor was a foul transfer from Google.” Google Tensor is off to an awesome begin.

Digital camera

Now, I want I might sit right here as we speak and let you know that I’ve put this digital camera by means of all of the exams and that it’s the very best digital camera setup ever put in a smartphone. Nevertheless, we’ve been destroyed by “bomb cyclones” for the previous a number of days and it hasn’t precisely been pictures climate.

My preliminary impressions of the 50MP x 12MP x 48MP digital camera on the Pixel 6 Professional are that Google has a winner, however I have to spend extra time in numerous conditions. The digital camera is silly quick, it has a few enjoyable new motion-related modes I wish to play with, and I’d like to shoot the celebrities if Portland would ever let me once more.

For as we speak, I’ll go away you with a number of samples and let you know to “keep tuned” for rather more from the digital camera both as we speak or tomorrow.

Pixel 6 Pro Camera Samples

Battery life

The Pixel 6 Professional packs a big 5000mAh battery and has 30W quick charging, in addition to 23W wi-fi charging (from the brand new Pixel Stand which isn’t out there but). In my testing, battery life has been fairly common if not barely disappointing at instances.

My greatest day was day 1, the place I grabbed a screenshot at 11:30PM and had 15% battery remaining and 4 hours of display screen on time. I did have one other heavy use day with 6.5 hours of display screen on time and 13% battery left at 9PM. However then someday I used to be right down to 14% at 7PM with 4 hours of display screen on time. There have been others the place I undoubtedly grabbed a charger for an hour, simply to ensure we had been good.

If something, this cellphone nonetheless feels prefer it’s studying my habits and which apps it may possibly shutdown to additional broaden it utilizing its “Adaptive” expertise. The apps that present as utilizing probably the most battery from daily preserve altering, a few of that are apps I’ve barely touched.

  • UPDATE: As a result of my battery life has been so bizarre, I’m manufacturing unit resetting as I kind this to offer it a contemporary go. I’ll see the place the brand new outcomes take me once we get to the total assessment.

I don’t wish to say battery life has been getting worse, however possibly extra complicated. That’s partly why we’re nonetheless testing and never posting our opinions as we speak. At this level, battery life is a blended bag of fine and unhealthy.


The show, at the very least thus far, is fairly nice. The 120Hz is stupidly easy, contact responsiveness is prime notch, colours and low-end brightness are glorious (Additional dim!), and viewing angles are nice. There isn’t loads to complain about with this large 6.7″ QHD AMOLED panel.

Want me to complain about one thing? Yeah, the curve is pointless and I want Google had realized that individuals not need curved shows in 2021. It’s not probably the most obnoxious curve ever, it’s simply that it may be annoying in conditions the place you could entry contact factors close to the sting of the show. At the least Google did attempt to finish the show about mid-way by means of the curve, so I haven’t truly run into many points with it.

Oh, so far as brightness goes, Google mentioned that this cellphone has a excessive brightness mode and I’m unsure that mode could be very vivid. Pixel telephones are identified for being a littler dimmer than the remainder of the telephones in the marketplace and that positive appears to be the case once more right here. At full brightness, even in a lowly lit area, this cellphone barely makes my eyes say, “Ow, that’s vivid.” I want I might let you know the way it carried out in daylight, however (once more) it’s been pouring for days in Portland and we’ve got zero solar.

General, the show could be very good. Sure, it will be good if there wasn’t a curve, however this isn’t the worst curve I’ve used.

Pixel 6 Pro

Design, measurement, {hardware}

For probably the most half, I just like the look and design of the Pixel 6 Professional, with its multi-shade bottom, the burden of it in hand, and the curves from entrance to again and again to entrance that provide you with a easy contact expertise as you utilize it. That’s about the place my likes finish, although.

The huge digital camera bar on the again is probably going going to be an acquired style and it doesn’t utterly offend me. My largest concern with it’s while you pull it out and in of a pocket as a result of it may be a ache if it catches from both course. Utilizing a case ought to assist right here, I’m simply not a case consumer. I additionally don’t love the gloss end all over the place from the again to the perimeters, as this black mannequin I’ve is consistently coated in smudges and fingerprints. It’s speculated to have a fingerprint resistant coating, however…lol.

The true concern, which you most likely guessed as a result of that is me writing, is the dimensions. This is a gigantic cellphone, with its 6.7″ show and ridiculously lengthy physique. It matches up nearly an identical to my spouse’s Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely. Whereas I do know so many individuals love a big-screened cellphone, I’m fairly unhappy that Google didn’t give us huge and small choices this yr for the Professional. As an energetic human, the previous week has seen me go away the Pixel 6 Professional at dwelling usually if I have to go for a run or exercise, as a result of this monstrosity simply isn’t constructed for these sorts of actions. It feels fragile, it’s too huge to make use of with one hand, and it’s form of slippery.

The Pixel 6 Professional additionally offers me anxiousness each time I set it down. It has Gorilla Glass overlaying every little thing, however I’m coming off utilizing the Pixel 5 for a yr, a cellphone that I completely tossed round with out hesitation as a result of it lacked using rear glass. Glass is unhealthy on the backs of telephones, if that wasn’t clear. It’s a horrible materials that’s fragile and solely seems fairly for a couple of minutes earlier than you contact it.

The Pixel 6 Professional is definitely a novel cellphone from prime to backside that may standout in a crowd and I can recognize that. I’m glad that Google went just a little bizarre with the design. Small cellphone lovers, this one isn’t for you, sadly.

Pixel 6 Pro

Another notes:

  • Fingerprint reader: It’s fairly unhealthy in the intervening time. It’s an optical reader that lights up an space as you utilize it to scan your finger, such as you would see on a OnePlus cellphone. The reader is generally sluggish, generally takes further seconds to determine that you’re scanning, and errors out usually. One thing concerning the slowness and errors really feel software program associated, so I’m hopeful that Google can dial it in to make it extra usable. I’d additionally love a face unlock choice to associate with it. Both method, Google’s first in-display reader is off to a poor begin.
  • Android 12: This latest model of Android from Google is such a rattling pleasure to make use of on a regular basis. Like, if there was one factor I want everybody might expertise on their very own from this cellphone, it will be the software program. Android 12 is the very best pores and skin within the scene, seems lovely, and has me so excited for the way forward for the platform. Google has lastly put collectively an extremely polished model of Android that solely its Pixel telephones get and it’s a main promoting level.
  • Pricing: The pricing for these telephones is absurd…in a great way. At $899, I can’t consider a greater cellphone for the cash. I’m additionally fairly excited to modify over to a daily Pixel 6 after this to see what $599 will get me, as a result of it ought to be comparable.

Alright, that’s all I’ve bought for the day. Tell us when you’ve got questions.

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