Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Skipping the new Google phones because the Pixel 6 gave me Pixelphobia

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Skipping the new Google phones because the Pixel 6 gave me Pixelphobia

as you may know, Google has already removed the covers from the . file Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro during Google I/O. Before we continue, in case you want to dig deeper into Google’s decision to show off its flagship phones about half a year before they hit shelves, head over to “Google solves the leaks by “leaking” the story of the Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Tablet.” In short, Google’s plan behind the early unveiling of the Pixel 7 appears to come with two primary goals:

  • Discouraging further leaks and setting the tone and expectations on the company’s own terms
  • Building anticipation, plus social media presence around the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (eg, Hypetrain rides)

And now it’s time to give you a warm warning about this “huge activity” that took off in 2021 when I wrote several stories about the Pixel 6 series before its launch… As the leaks continued, we saw more and more of the Pixel 6 design (Google previously announced this too) I got more and more excited and finally pre-ordered the flashy Pixel 6 Pro! I know.To be fair, the phone still looks like it belongs in a museum – the Sorta Sunny color scheme is exceptionally tasty, but unfortunately that’s not the whole story…

Google Pixel 7: Why I might not pre-order a new flagship Android product again, even if it looks as good as the Pixel 7 Pro

As a tech writer and someone who’s been using the Pixel 6 Pro for about seven months now, I can warn you about three red lights related to the Pixel in general:

  • Outer beauty may not match what’s inside (aka phone reliability)
  • Pixel 7 series hardware upgrades may be scarce compared to the Pixel 6
  • The Pixel 7’s resale value won’t touch your iPhone anytime soon

In my view, these three points will apply to almost any other Android phone as well, because (unfortunately) no Android device is immune to these challenges. But let’s break it down…

What if the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were software and hardware bugs wrapped in beauty — like the Pixel 6 Pro?

First things first, of course, there’s no way I’m going to miss warning you about bugs. Why am I telling you about Pixel 6 errors? Well, because… the Pixel 7 isn’t guaranteed to be perfect, if there’s something its predecessor has to go through…

Sure, when buying the Pixel 6 Pro, I was getting a nice pane of glass that indicated an excellent experience, but as you know from dozens of news stories we’ve reported, the software (and hardware) experience on the Pixel 6 Pro has been anything but top notch, especially at launch. I won’t go all wrong since I’ve already done it a million times here at PhoneArena, but two things stand out:

  • Pixel 6 bugs were / were too many to ignore
  • took google Long It’s time to confront it or it’s not completely fixed

For example, I find the five-year-old’s iPhone 8’s auto-brightness more reliable than the Pixel 6 Pro’s. In addition, the fingerprint reader under the screen of the three-year-old Huawei P30 Pro is noticeably more responsive than the all-new Pixel. Both issues are software related And Devices, and both are something you use all day and every day.

Pixel 6 fingerprint reader gets a huge improvement but only a year later?!

Ironically, to clear up my frustration with Google’s way of handling bugs, I’m happy to report that we’ve heard tSignificantly improved performance of the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android 13 Beta 2.

We still have to wait for the final version of Android 13 to make sure this is still fixed, but what makes this case great is that even if Google Is that true It fixes the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and this will happen literally a full year after the phones were released. That’s because the last public version of Android 13 will be released alongside the Pixel 7 in October.

Yes, this fix will come significantly later, but it will also show that poor fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was already a thing. can It is stable, but for some reason, not until a year after the launch of the phones?!

Anyway, let’s get our fingers crossed for a relatively bug-free Pixel 7 because the Pixel 6 took a well deserved hit from the media, and that’s not great marketing.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are not expected to bring many upgrades

The title on this speaks for itself, but let me clarify…

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were already bold big leap for google. For starters, the Pixel 6 Pro has completely reimagined the company’s previous efforts by introducing a completely new design – front and rear. Complete redesign is a rarity in today’s phone market, even if we add Samsung and Apple is in the mix, so it’s already a notable achievement on Google’s part.

Moreover, he gave us the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Tensor – Google’s first in-house processor, handling Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Apple’s A-series chipsets with plenty of smart features, albeit with less impressive raw performance on paper.

After that, the cameras on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were a huge leap for Google. Take the Pixel 6 Pro for example, which made headlines with four completely new sensors compared to its predecessor. The thing is, based on Google’s history, you better believe the company will squeeze every drop in performance out of these shooters, which tells the broader story.

I certainly don’t expect Google to upgrade the camera hardware on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Although if you ask me, the Pixel 6 series’ ultra-wide-angle shooter is in dire need of an upgrade, just like the poor 1080p selfie shooter on the vanilla Pixel 6. So, I hope I’m wrong there.

Finally, I don’t expect the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to look much different than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. I know because we’ve already seen the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and so do you. And for the record, I also Don’t expect the second-generation Tensor to outperform the Snapdragons or the apples of the world, at least when it comes to raw performance.

All that said, Pixel 6 aside, Google has never been a company to rely on flashy hardware upgrades, so I think we’ll see more smart software and camera features thanks to Tensor 2 and Android 13. Just like I think the cameras on the Pixel 7 will improve Indeed, as Google will learn how to make the most of the powerful camera sensors already on the Pixel 6.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: More bad-value Android versions on the horizon?

Now for the big one…

although Some reports about the resale value of the seemingly good Pixel may be floating around the internet, and I’m here to bring you back to (my) reality. Keep in mind that I currently reside in Germany, so my results are derived from browsing the German eBay site. However, my Recent experience looking at numbers for the Galaxy S22 resale market in the UK and the US showed similar results, so… we’re talking about it. They will depend on the state and whether you’re shopping on eBay, eBay Kleinanzeigen (for Germany), or elsewhere in the UK or US:

€300-400 for the Pixel 6, down from €650 at launch
550-650 euros for the Pixel 6 Pro, down from 900 euros at launch

To give you an example, I was able to negotiate the price of a used Pixel 6 down to €300, i.e. brilliant If you are the buyer and just Sad If you sell the machine. That’s more than half the price of a six-month-old flagship phone from Google.

And since I have first-hand experience putting the Pixel 6 Pro on sale, I can tell you that eventually, I may need to settle for €700 and that’s if you’re willing to include a brand new pair of Bose 700 headphones I got with my Pixel (for pre-order), Which means that the phone itself will come to 500-550 euros. Starting at €900 at launch.

My advice to those who like to buy, sell and upgrade often or annually would be:

  • If you are going to buy a brand new Google/Android, keep in mind that this product will drop in value in no time.
  • Don’t fall in love with Google bundles (unless you’ve seen some reviews about the phone and really need the freebies added)

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Cautiously optimistic (instead So excited as in 2021)

In the end, this is the only takeaway…stay cautiously optimistic About the Pixel 7 series, rather than being so excited Like I was in 2021 for the Pixel 6.

I still think Google can make a reliable phone that takes better photos than your Galaxy/iPhone, but this time around, I’ll definitely wait to see if it’s reliable in all other respects before paying the $1,000. Moreover, you are better off waiting two months to save up to $300 on your new flagship Android phone anyway. Pro tip: This is especially true for Samsung phones.

So, even if I decide to buy a Pixel 7 Pro, I will definitely wait for a good eBay deal, for example, I go back to my old ways of shopping for phones. The Pixel 6 Pro was the first flagship phone I bought at launch, and it could be the last.

Unless…look…how do I say it… Well, unless the iPhone USB-C debuts with an all-new design and periscope zoom camera, which holds its value much longer than any Galaxy or Pixel phone debuts next year?


2022-05-18 13:10:11

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