The Google Pixel 7 Pro is the company’s best phone to date, and it has a lot of features that make it easy to recommend.
Both the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 6a are excellent, well-priced smart phones, and they have a few of the features that make the Pixel 7 Pro such a strong phone. There are a few key differences though.
So is the Pixel 7 Pro the right phone for you? Here’s my breakdown on what makes it so appealing.
For $1,079 in Canada, and $899 in the U.S., it’s tough to beat the price of the Pixel 7 Pro. Compared to the other recent Android phones, the Pixel 7 Pro is anywhere from $100 to hundreds less.
Only the OnePlus 11 is priced slightly cheaper than the Pixel 7 Pro, and while I do like that phone a lot, the Pixel 7 Pro tops it with a features that I’ll get to below.
The phone has 128 GB of storage, and for $1,209 you can get 256 GB of storage, making it perfect for anyone who shoots a lot of photos and videos.
Photos, videos and editing
My favourite thing about the Pixel, and what I’ve loved about every Pixel phone over the years, is the photography and the cameras. In particular, the Pixel 7 Pro includes a remarkable 5x zoom, and a 2x zoom that captures some of the best portraits on any phone. The colour is also the most accurate, with good brightness, contrast, and detail.
The 5x digital zoom delivers great results, and then there’s Astrophotography, Cinematic Blur for video, Photo Unblur, and Magic Eraser.
While the hardware delivers the exceptional portraits and zoom, the Pixel-only software provides the rest of the awesome features, so you can create striking images and video. If you take a shot that ends up with something distracting, it’s easy to remove small details or even people in the background with the Magic Eraser tool.
More than that though, editing images in Google Photos is also breeze, and it gives you quick controls to enhance shots, or full control to adjust everything from sharpness and contrast, to tint, brightness, or adding a vignette.
It’s a great overall package that’s easy to use, and doesn’t require a big learning curve to use.
The Pixel 7 Pro also captures 4K 60 fps high definition video on the front and rear cameras, with an option to enhance speech so it’s clearer, and it offers 10-bit HDR.
Pixel-only Android features
When I recently told a few people about some of Android’s latest features that are only available for Pixel, they were very surprised. Unless you’ve tried a recent Pixel phone, you may not know these features are even possible.
First off, there are two great features for calls: spam call filtering, as well as call screen. Filtering will warn you when calls are coming from suspected or known scammer, so you can skip answering, and call screen transcribes what the caller is saying on the screen before you pick up, so you can decide if you should answer.
Direct my call works when you call businesses that have a number of menu options. The phone will tell you what numbers to press for which option, so you don’t have to keep repeating the menu.
And then you can use hold for me, and the Pixel 7 Pro will let you know when your wait is over so you can speak to an agent.
For anyone who has a lot of meetings, and for journalists too, the Pixel 7 Pro also creates automatic transcriptions for your recordings and voice messages, making it really easy to review what was said.
Processor and performance
Google’s Tensor G2 chip powers the Pixel 7 Pro, and thanks to machine learning and AI, it makes all of the phone’s best features possible, like the automatic transcriptions.
The overall performance is very good for video editing, multitasking, and quick processing of images in Google Photos or in Adobe Lightroom.
Recently, Google also released updates for the OS that have not only made the battery last longer, it also cleared some issues I had with charging. I can get anywhere from 12-15 hours of use with the phone now, even including video editing, watching video on TikTok, and doing a few battery-intensive things during the day. On days when I’m not watching as much video or video editing, I can easily get 15+ hours with one charge.
Build, design, and experience
Phone design matters, and the Pixel 7 Pro offers a great build, with excellent materials, and it’s very comfortable to hold. It’s easy to reach everything, the screen isn’t too big or too small, and I appreciate how the camera bump protects the lenses better than many phones.
The OS, layout, and overall Android experience are also excellent and much simpler than the competitors. I love the way the colours intuitively adapts to your wallpaper, including with themed icons, and the “At A Glance” feature on the home screen offers a lot of information quickly, without hunting around for what’s next in your calendar.
The Pixel 7 is a very, very close competitor to the Pixel 7 Pro, and if you don’t care about the larger battery or camera zoom on the Pro model, you can save some money with the regular model.
For the photographers, content creators, or anyone who wants more versatility, the Pixel 7 Pro is absolutely worth the upgrade. The 5x zoom is sometimes the difference between getting an okay photo, and a great shot, including with video and even portraits.
Battery life will vary by users, but I do find overall that the Pixel 7 Pro lasts slightly better, thanks to the larger battery.
The Pixel 7 Pro has been my daily driver for months now, and it’s very easy to recommend since it’s so versatile, effortless, and dependable.
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