Google Pixel 6 Professional

MSRP $899.00

“The Pixel 6 Professional has the very best digital camera on a smartphone immediately, a vibrant display, the newest and best-looking model of Android put in, and sufficient energy and long-term help that it will final you for years.”

Professionals

  • Unbelievable digital camera
  • Enjoyable digital camera options and enhancing instruments
  • Vibrant, colourful display
  • Android 12
  • Lengthy software program help

Cons

  • Unreliable in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Flaky mobile connection in some conditions
  • 120Hz display can jitter

The Pixel 6 Professional takes Google’s Pixel telephone vary in an thrilling and much-needed new course. By its third era, Pixels had turn into midrange, boring-to-look-at smartphones for geeks and picture takers. The Pixel 6 Professional, then again, is a flagship telephone with a hanging design and new tech inside. Plus, it has a unbelievable digital camera, the newest software program, and a worth that gained’t hit your checking account too laborious.

Does this make the Pixel 6 Professional a telephone for everybody, and one that may really compete with the very best from Apple and Samsung? Sure, but in addition not fairly.

Design

What a fantastic-looking smartphone the Pixel 6 Professional is, with its high-fashion coloration scheme, high quality supplies and really feel, and distinctive type that makes it unimaginable to mistake for the rest. After a stream of lifeless, purely useful cellular units, Google has given the Pixel 6 Professional a design to match its clear and delightful software program. It’s up there with the best-looking telephones launched this yr.

Google Pixel 6 Pro from the back.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

All carried out? Nothing however reward? Nicely, no. The Pixel 6 Professional is very large, and nearly similar to the opposite monster telephone of 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely. At 8.9mm thick, it’s not slim both, and the 210-gram weight means you all the time comprehend it’s in your pocket. It’s removed from being appropriate for one-handed use. The metallic and shiny glass don’t present a lot grip both, so should you don’t maintain it tightly, there’s the potential for a big, costly accident.

Even once you’re not holding the telephone, the potential for catastrophe is just not eliminated, because the telephone’s slippery nature means it tends to slip about on many surfaces. A case is advisable to maintain it secure, and I additionally discovered myself ensuring it was display up on surfaces, as the massive digital camera module on the again can work as an anchor. The only, raised module strip stretches throughout your complete again and is roofed in black glass edged with gold trim on the Sorta Sunny model within the accompanying photos. This edging is raised barely and will cease the glass and lens from getting scratched.

Side view of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Being massive and slippery is just not one thing distinctive to the Pixel 6 Professional, but it surely’s a disgrace the non-Professional Pixel 6 isn’t a lot smaller, or any much less prone to make a break for freedom because it’s constituted of the identical supplies. Sadly, the similarity in measurement means neither Pixel 6 telephone shall be ideally suited for somebody who needs a small Google telephone. Over the past couple of weeks with the Pixel 6 Professional, I’ve lastly adjusted to the scale and weight of the telephone, together with the quirk of the facility key being set too excessive on the chassis. When you’re coming from a smaller telephone, be ready for the telephone to not really feel as pure as chances are you’ll hope these first days.

Display

On the Pixel 6 Professional, you have a look at a good looking 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 side ratio, a 3120 x 1440-pixel decision, and a 120Hz refresh price that’s coated in curved Gorilla Glass Victus. That is the place it differs from the Pixel 6, which has a smaller, flat display with a decrease decision and a 90Hz refresh price. The curve is delicate and doesn’t bend a lot display over the telephone’s sides, and it’s largely taken up by noticeable bezels.

Google Pixel 6 Pro wallpaper.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

It’s extremely brilliant with excellent viewing angles, and you may watch video with the telephone flat on the desk with out shedding any high quality or coloration. The viewing expertise is extraordinarily near the iPhone 13 Professional, with only a slight discount in distinction once you evaluate them straight. Watching Carfection’s video on the Ferrari 250 SWB reveals chic colours and knife-edge sharpness. The Pixel 6 Professional is a video viewing powerhouse.

The stereo audio system are intelligently positioned, with the speaker on the underside of the telephone accompanied by the principle speaker on the prime of the display. Though sound is pushed ahead, it nonetheless has a large soundstage. It’s loud, however the bass is missing, though the immersion from the intelligent placement of the audio system nonetheless makes the Pixel 6 Professional sound glorious in nearly all conditions.

The Pixel 6 Professional is a video viewing powerhouse.

All good to date, however there are two severe screen-related points which have actually annoyed me. The primary is the in-display fingerprint sensor, which is garbage. The issue is it’s gradual and unreliable. I’ve reregistered my print a number of occasions, and it doesn’t change the scenario. I’ve used my PIN code to unlock the Pixel 6 Professional greater than every other telephone, and there’s no face unlock out there to bypass the annoying fingerprint sensor. I’ve labored round it a little bit with Android’s Sensible Lock characteristic, the place the telephone stays unlocked when it’s in my pocket or after I’m at house. Nonetheless, it’s not particularly dependable, both.

One Handed Mode on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.One-handed mode Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Secondly, there’s the 120Hz refresh price. It’s switchable between 60Hz and 120Hz, moderately than being dynamic just like the display on the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and whereas plenty of the software program could be very clean, there are apps that merely usually are not. Twitter is a wonderful instance, as scrolling by my feed is like wading by mud in comparison with the iPhone 13 Professional. I’m pretty positive it is a display refresh challenge as a result of after I manually drive a 60Hz price, it scrolls freely, albeit with extra blur. Excessive refresh price screens cut back eye pressure and make viewing web sites and scrolling content material extra pleasurable. This isn’t all the time the case on the Pixel 6 Professional for the time being.

Each these points are at odds with the Pixel 6 Professional’s polished exterior design and never belongings you anticipate from a brand new, high-end flagship telephone from an organization of Google’s scale. The refresh price inconsistency may very well be cured in a software program replace, and the fingerprint sensor’s unreliability might also be improved in the identical means. Nonetheless, for now, each are fairly vital downsides that separate the Pixel 6 Professional from its dearer rivals.

Digicam

You get a 50-megapixel fundamental digital camera, a 48MP telephoto digital camera with a 4x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide digital camera. The Pixel 6 Professional additionally makes use of Laser Detect Autofocus, optical picture stabilization on the principle and the telephoto digital camera, and shoots as much as 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps), plus there’ss an 11MP selfie digital camera in a hole-punch cutout on the top-center of the display.

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera module.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

I’ve already straight in contrast the Pixel 6 Professional’s digital camera to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely and the Apple iPhone 13 Professional, and it has overwhelmed each these established digital camera superstars. All the pieces you’ve heard concerning the Pixel 6 Professional’s digital camera is true — it truly is that good. Stills are energetic, coloration, and element. I’ve but to actually discover a scenario the place it takes a photograph I must edit a lot, if in any respect, earlier than desirous about sharing it, and the vary of cameras gives versatility so I can have enjoyable and get artistic.

It’s the simplicity with which you’ll take gorgeous pictures that makes it so thrilling. Regardless of whether or not it’s night time or day — or if the topic is transferring or stationary or close to or distant — the 6 Professional kinds all the pieces out for you. You simply press a button and get an excellent image.

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There are a number of unique Pixel digital camera modes to strive. Motion Pan allows you to take pictures with a blurred background movement impact, which is good for motion pictures of vehicles and different issues transferring at pace. You simply take a photograph as regular and Google’s software program provides the pace impact. Lengthy Publicity mode does the identical factor, and also you don’t have to trace the item, however I haven’t discovered as many conditions the place it really works in comparison with Motion Pan mode.

All the pieces you’ve heard concerning the Pixel 6 Professional’s digital camera is true — it truly is that good.

Magic Eraser is present in Google Images, however solely on the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Professional, and it really works by digitally eradicating undesirable issues out of your picture. It’s efficient and simple to make use of, and with just a few swipes, random individuals and objects disappear from the background in your pictures. It even works with previous pictures, and with pictures not taken by the Pixel 6 Professional. It’s a part of Google Picture’s intensive photo-editing suite, which fits far past simply tweaking the HDR or saturation. You possibly can even change the look of the sky in your picture with only one button faucet.

Something that’s not so nice? The big sensor makes close-up pictures tough, and there’s no macro mode to compensate. I’ve additionally seen some odd distortion from the principle digital camera the place objects look like a unique form than they really are. This apart, you get enjoyable picture and video modes, transformative enhancing instruments, and a digital camera that takes superb pictures no matter your talent and the atmosphere. The Pixel 6 Professional’s digital camera is at present the very best you will get on a smartphone.

Software program and efficiency

The Pixel 6 Professional makes use of Google’s new customized Tensor processor is paired right here with 12GB of RAM. There’s the choice of both 128GB or 256GB cupboard space. I’ve been utilizing the telephone usually, hung out taking part in Asphalt 9: Legends, and brought near 500 pictures over a few weeks. By all of it, the telephone has been a prime performer. I haven’t seen any distinction utilizing the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 Professional in comparison with a telephone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor in relation to basic on a regular basis use.

Gaming on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Google has used the Pixel 6 telephones to debut Android 12. The largest distinction you’ll discover coming from one other Android telephone is the Materials You design. It makes Android cleaner than ever earlier than and a little bit extra customizable, too, because the accent colours all through will be set to match your wallpaper. There are some fairly new widgets of various levels of usefulness, with the YouTube Music widget being essentially the most useful for me, and the brand new clock widgets essentially the most enticing.

The fast entry buttons within the notification shade are bigger, simpler to press, and have new performance. I can’t say they made any vital distinction to my day by day use, however they’re actually fairly to take a look at. I just like the “bounce” constructed into vertically scrolling pages within the working system, however one-handed mode isn’t superb because it doesn’t allow you to scroll by the working system and is as a substitute made to make use of a single app. That’s not very useful on such a giant telephone. I additionally just like the Google Assistant Voice Typing mode, which totally works in Messages and WhatsApp, so you may kind and ship messages hands-free. It’s correct and quick — I exploit it most days.

Live Caption mode on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

The Tensor chip is meant to enhance on-device translation of different languages, and it’s undoubtedly quicker than earlier variations I’ve used on older Pixel telephones. Dwell Caption provides textual content subtitles to movies in just a few different languages, together with Japanese. Whereas watching one in all AKB48 singer Yuki Kashiwagi’s current YouTube movies, the interpretation was ok to know what’s happening, but it surely does take some time to hit its stride. It’s going to nonetheless make errors, particularly when the dialog is brisk, and also will completely mishear what’s being stated, but it surely works nicely total and is speedy sufficient to maintain up.

Though I’ve learn some feedback on-line about Android 12 having its justifiable share of bugs, nothing stood out throughout my time with the telephone, at the very least not associated to basic utilization. It runs all of the apps I put in, and hasn’t crashed or carried out something that irritatingly interrupts my day by day duties. I’ve discovered the Assistant doesn’t all the time go off directions to Google House, although, and can generally act upon the identical instructions, too. For instance, Assistant stopped taking part in a YouTube video after I requested House to cease taking part in a radio station.

I discover Android 12 to be comfy and speedy to make use of, however there’s a small studying curve. Google doesn’t all the time floor cool options once more when you’ve checked the intro information. The useful Pixel introduction playing cards that present up once you first set the telephone up, guiding you to notable new options, will finally taper off, and it’s important to dig into the Settings menu to activate them. It’s a disgrace, as you may miss out should you don’t take time to actually learn to get the very best from Android 12.

Battery and connectivity

Outfitted with a 5,000mAh battery, quick charging to 50% in half-hour with a USB-PD 3.0 charger, and Qi wi-fi charging, Google states the Pixel 6 Professional will final for about 24 hours earlier than needing a recharge. After testing, I anticipate the Pixel 6 Professional to final at the very least so long as promised, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the battery life contemplating the scale and specs of the display, and the 120Hz refresh price being energetic on a regular basis.

Charging port on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

For instance, on a single day with three hours of GPS use, 100 pictures taken, apps open, social networking, and some different easy duties, the battery nonetheless had round 30% remaining within the late night. With mild to average day by day use, it’s been uncommon the battery has fallen beneath 50% at midnight. Nonetheless, the telephone took about two days and two fees to start to adapt to my use, earlier than which the battery labored so much more durable. As soon as that interval of adjustment was over, the battery life improved so much.

Side view of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

It is a 5G smartphone that connects to both Sub-6 or mmWave networks, relying on which model you purchase. I’m testing the telephone within the U.Okay. on the 4G and Sub-6 5G EE community. I’ve discovered the connectivity will be flaky, and on a number of events it has failed to take care of a knowledge connection, regardless of displaying a 4G or 5G hyperlink. I’ve seen it has particularly carried out so after I’ve been driving, which can recommend it’s struggling to change between cell towers, and probably 3G, 4G, and 5G as nicely. It’s not on a regular basis and might also solely occur in areas with poor protection, but it surely’s one thing to notice.

As soon as that interval of adjustment was over, the battery life improved so much.

In any other case, name high quality is superb, with clear voices and a loud speaker (though it’s a little bit awkward to seek out the candy spot towards your ear). I’ve additionally had no issues connecting Bluetooth earbuds or casting YouTube to my TV.

Worth and availability

The Pixel 6 Professional begins at $899 and is accessible now by Google’s personal on-line retailer, in addition to numerous networks. Within the U.Okay., the Pixel 6 Professional begins at 849 British kilos. Be ready for a wait should you go to order one proper now, although, as demand has been excessive and provide low.

Our take

The one factor stopping the Google Pixel 6 Professional from being an absolute, hands-down must-buy is the in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s the one technical characteristic that lets the entire thing down, and since there’s no face unlock to make use of as a substitute, it means entering into the telephone takes longer than it does on each different prime smartphone out there immediately. It’s an actual disgrace, as when you’re in, it’s an excellent expertise.

Android 12 appears to be like nice, the display is colourful and vibrant, and the digital camera is the very best I’ve used on any telephone for some time. That it’s important to resort to hacky workarounds to unlock the telephone and get entry to those fantastic issues borders on cruelty. Exaggeration apart, I hoped that after the Galaxy S20 and Observe 20 Extremely debacle, we’d handed the stage of constructing safety annoying on smartphones, however sadly not. Fortuitously, the digital camera does make up for it. The final digital camera I loved as a lot because the Pixel 6 Professional’s was the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely’s, and I do assume the 6 Professional’s pictures are higher in some ways than the S21 Extremely’s.

The Pixel 6 Professional’s many upsides imply I’ve discovered to reside with the fingerprint sensor’s inadequacy and different comparatively minor annoyances, and the worth is extraordinarily aggressive. too. If I have been advised it was $1,000, I wouldn’t assume to query its worth. It scores an 8/10 right here, and that may rise to a 9/10 if the display points are solved and connectivity improved in an replace, however this quantity maybe doesn’t actually replicate simply how good the remainder of the Pixel 6 Professional is, which is why there’s an Editor’s Selection award hooked up to it.

The Pixel 6 Professional is undoubtedly the very best Google telephone of current years, and it’s so highly effective and nicely supported that it’ll final you for years.

Is there a greater different?

If you’d like the very best digital camera telephone out there, our assessments present the Pixel 6 Professional is the telephone to get for the time being, though the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely and iPhone 13 Professional are nonetheless glorious and do have some distinctive options that set them aside. These two units are the Pixel 6 Professional’s fundamental competitors, and we recognize the S21 Extremely’s large characteristic set and delightful display, and the iPhone 13 Professional’s energy, capacity, and glorious software program. You gained’t go fallacious with any of those three telephones.

How lengthy will it final?

The Pixel 6 Professional display has Gorilla Glass Victus over it, the again is roofed in Gorilla Glass 6, and the telephone has IP68 water and mud resistance, so it’s capable of face up to a good quantity of tough remedy. Nonetheless, as a result of slippery physique, I do nonetheless advocate placing it in a case.

Google guarantees main Android software program updates on the Pixel 6 Professional till October 2024 and safety updates till October 2026. This is among the longest replace schedules on any Android telephone, beating even Samsung’s beneficiant 4 years of safety updates on its newest Galaxy telephones. The Google Pixel 6 Professional will simply final three years earlier than it is advisable to contemplate upgrading, however for a lot of, it might stretch out to 5 years with out a downside.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The fingerprint sensor will annoy you, however the digital camera and efficiency are so good, and the worth so cheap, you’ll overlook it.

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