One of the fans' favorite things about Pixel phones is how they look. They are simply very different from the rest of the mobiles that we find on the market. Google goes from bright and flashy colors to rectangular photo modules located in the upper corner of the screen.
The company, on the other hand, offers a more original aspect, and proof of this is the extravagant, but successful, back of this Google Pixel 7. In this, the camera area stands out, which is made up of an aluminum module that reaches from edge to edge and merges with frames in the same tone and material. The back glass also stands out, with a slightly shiny finish and very successful pastel colors.
The Pixel 7 has a very continuous design with respect to the Pixel 6. It maintains the essence of Google, but with small changes that seek nothing more than to offer an aesthetic that reflects maturity compared to its predecessor. There is, however, a change that Google has not talked about - the construction.
The Pixel 7 is not only visually more premium than the Pixel 6, but it also feels like one. It is more robust than last year's model, and its materials are of higher quality, which is expected in mobile of this price range. It is, unfortunately, something that we could not say about the Pixel 6, whose manufacture is more similar to that of a mid-range mobile. Therefore, it is appreciated that Google has improved this point.
There is also another area where Google has put its hand to improve it compared to its predecessor: the front, and more specifically, the screen frames. These are now a bit thinner and make the Pixel 7 a bit more compact. Its screen, yes, is slightly – very slightly – smaller than that of the Pixel 6.
This phone has a 6.3-inch OLED panel. It maintains the Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, although it is, according to the company, up to 25% brighter.
The truth is that the screen of the Google Pixel 7 is very good in terms of interpretation of colors and brightness. Its resolution also offers excellent sharpness, and its refresh rate, despite not being as high as that of its competition, provides that extra fluidity that is so much appreciated when navigating the interface.
For that fluidity that we see on the screen, and above all that good experience when navigating the interface, we can also thank the processor, Google's Tensor G2. Although it is not the most powerful on the market and does not improve drastically compared to last year's Tensor, it does make the Pixel 7 able to perform any action without any cutoff or slowdown.
Now, if Google's SoC is not as powerful as, for example, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, why does the company implement it in its smartphones? The truth is that having your own processor, however less powerful it may be compared to other models, has several advantages. And these, in addition, affect other sections of the smartphone that go beyond performance. In this case, Google is betting on Tensor for its capabilities in machine learning and what it is capable of doing both in additional functions and the photographic section. But let's first talk about the extra features that this chip can offer and that are, above all, complemented by the software.
One of these features is the possibility of transcribing audio messages to text or, in a similar way, making the device convert what we say into writing so that we do not have to type when, for example, we are walking or have our hands full. In the latter case, the Google Pixel 7 is even capable of recognizing the descriptions of the emojis so that when they are said out loud, they are included in the text. This feature is only available in English. In the future, in addition, the Pixel 7 will be able to detect external noise that could cause annoyance during calls, such as the sound of traffic or construction work, and minimize it so that the recipient of the call can hear the voice correctly.
The Google Pixel 7 has a 4,355 mAh battery, which allows us to get to the end of the day as long as we make moderate use of the terminal. Fortunately, the 90 Hz on screen, as well as some additional features, such as dark mode, help the battery not to drain quickly. Otherwise, it would be difficult to finish the day even with not-so-intensive use.
This year there are two ways to unlock the Pixel 7: through the fingerprint reader on the screen, which works correctly, and, as a novelty, through facial recognition. The latter also works correctly. On some occasions, however, it takes a while to recognize the face and unlock the device. It happens, above all, when there is not much light.
The Google Pixel 7 arrives with Android 13 and the Pixel Launcher, Google's own interface. Of course, all the new features that the company announced during the I/O are added, as well as different customization options.
The Google Pixel 7 can be purchased for $599 in its version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. It is, curiously, the same starting price as the Pixel 6. Now, is it a recommended option considering its few new features compared to its predecessor?
Definitely. And it is, mainly, because the Pixel 7 solves some of the small problems that we saw in the Google Pixel 6, a model that, until now, has been one of the best Android on the market. The new generation retains that aesthetic so characteristic of Google, but with more sophisticated materials that make it feel more premium. It maintains an excellent screen, although it is true that many would have liked to see that 120 Hz once and for all. The performance, as well as the interface, are still excellent considering the price.
The photographic section, on the other hand, also remains somewhat conservative, and although in other smartphones it could have been a negative point, in this Google Pixel 7, it’s great. The Pixel 6 camera is one of the best, and this new version, in addition to inheriting those excellent results that we can obtain with the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera, adds very welcome additional features. The 2x zoom does a very good job and the focus modes or blur mode in the video can be very useful in some situations.
The Pixel 7, therefore, is an ideal option if you are looking for a high-end mobile and prioritize, above all, the camera. Of course, we continue to see small negatives, such as that 90 Hz that could have been 120, or a processor that, in terms of graphics performance, is not as powerful as the rest of its competition. But there is no other Android with this camera, and considering the price, it is fantastic.