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Google Pixel 7 review: Reborn and mature, hard to beat

Google launched Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in our market, compared to last year, the two smartphones immediately reach Italian users and to tell the fact that they have already been sold out since the opening of pre-orders. We have seen the Pixel 7 Pro review, now I will tell you about the base model, Google Pixel 7smaller and cheaper, but In some ways the more interesting of the two.

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Quality design and manufacture

The first aspect that matters to the Pixel 7 is its size. He’s not pressed, for heaven’s sake, but positioned so close to Big Brother, the proportions look completely different and, I dare say, more human. Work environment is a crucial point For this product because smartphones without frying pans can be counted on the fingers of one hand (you can find them in the gallery below).

It is well built, water and dust resistant with IP68 certification and Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back, perfect anti-oil treatment, it can be held in the hand without much effort and those 197 grams, very concentrated, express solidity and durability. Yes, that’s it, it is a very heavy smartphone for its size, like the iPhone 14 Pro.

The design is very different from its predecessor, the Pixel 6, and immediately appears as a file More duplicate productsalso streamlined at the front with asymmetrical but lowered frames and a satin aluminum chamber rail.

Personally I find it more beautiful than the Pixel 7 Prowhich has chrome borders and chamber bars, but tastes are tastes.

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Pixel 7 screen is a file 6.3 inch FullHD + OLED In 20:9, supports HDR10+, and Refresh rate up to 90Hz, not LTPO. Advertised peak brightness is 1,400 nits, just below the Pixel 7 Pro’s, actually putting them side by side is a big difference.

Just like the Pixel 6, the 7 also suffers from blue shifting, meaning it shows blue and red reflections when you look at it out of portrait, and it does so in a particularly prominent way, beyond the usual. In consultation with some colleagues, I realized that this is most likely a problem with my unit, at least with this guide.


It’s a good show, nothing too striking but discreet, definitely not the strong point though there is anyway Some improvement over last year’s model. While I was highly critical of the handling of the Google Pixel 7 Pro’s screen, nothing can be said here, it’s not a variable refresh rate display and the software dynamically handles it between 60 and 90Hz exactly as it should.

Audio and multimedia

Pixel 7 can be counted on Powerful and fairly full stereo speakersIt doesn’t particularly sparkle but is in line, even here but there has been a slight improvement over the Pixel 6. However, we must consider that we are talking about a 649 Euro smartphone, it is clear that there are better products but it cannot be that its direct competitors, he said. They have better cards to play. It is always nice to have the “Adaptive Audio” function that adapts the sound according to the acoustics of the environment in which the smartphone is located and does this by analyzing the echo with the surrounding microphones equipped with it.

On the visual side, there is HDR10 +, the screen is not very bright but the color profile is correct and faithfully reproduces the color profiles of the visual contents.

software

I don’t have much to add compared to what was said in the Pixel 7 Pro review: Pixels are also bought for constant and permanent updates (3 major updates and 5 years of security patches) as well as timely and above all other smartphones with green Android.

The user experience is very pleasant, with attention to graphics and backed by haptic feedback present with many degrees of sharpness. Everything is intuitive and easy to understand even if it’s not completely automatic, like many AI functions that learn from user habits and improve consumption, performance, and safety.

If you’re looking for great features and extreme OneUI completeness, this isn’t the smartphone for you, but personally I haven’t heard anyone come back after trying the Pixel (Aside from the disastrous beginnings of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro).

Here, it is important to say, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are not as full of bugs and glitches as their predecessors. On the other hand, Google considered it an iterative development of the sixth generation, so they can count on all the burden of improvements and fixes released in the past 12 months. They are mature smartphones.

data sheet

  • Show: 6.3 inch FHD+ OLED, 20:9, 416ppi, refresh rate up to 90Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, always, 1.000nit (HDR), 1.400nit (max), Contrast >1,000,000:1, HDR, 16 million colors 24 bit
  • Healer: Google Tensor G2 with Titan M2 Security Processor
  • memory:
    • 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
    • 128/256 GB Internal UFS 3.1
  • Security updates: at least 5 years
  • safety: Google One VPN (Coming soon at no additional cost)
  • Connection: 5G, WiFi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB-C 3.2 gen2, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS
  • With two slices: Yes, Nano SIM + eSIM
  • Function for phone calls: Clear call to reduce environmental noise such as wind and traffic through machine learning
  • My voice: Stereo speaker, 3 microphones, noise canceling
  • fingerprint scanner: bottom of the screen
  • Face unlock: yes
  • resistance: IP68
  • cameras:
    • Front: 10.8 MP, f/2.2, 1.22 µm pixels, FF, field of view 92.8°
    • rear:
      • 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer, f/1.85, 1.2um pixels, FOV 82°, 1/1.31″ sensor, OIS, EIS, Super Res Zoom up to 8x
      • Ultra-wide angle 12 MP, 1.25 µm, f/2.2, 114° FOV, lens correction
      • LDAF, OIS, EIS
      • Video up to 4K at 60 fps, 10-bit HDR
  • the battery: 4.355 mAh with 30W charging (up to 50% in 30 minutes), Autonomy of more than 24 hours (up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver), Qi certification, Battery sharing, Wireless charging
  • Material: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus with matte aluminum frame
  • Colors: Obsidian, Snow and Lemon
  • Dimensions and weight: 155.6×73,2×8,7mm for 197g

user experience

While the Pixel 7 Pro has received marginal improvements in terms of user experience, the same cannot be said for the Pixel7, and it really is. Born again last yearactually configure itself as a A completely different smartphone.

We’ve already said about display and sound, but now the fingerprint reader and haptic feedback are also linked to improvements, and now they’re the same as the Pro’s, so they’re completely flat. A welcome novelty is the unlock with 2D facial recognition, which is very fast even if not as secure as a fingerprint reader.

All parts of the phone and connectivity are also good, the reception is more than good, you support a physical chip and an eSIM. Everything is fine with WiFi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2, there is also video output on Type-C, which is a pity because Google has not developed a real desktop mode at the moment.


performance and independence

Google Pixel 7 is equipped with the second generation Google Tensor, a SoC that follows the first Tensor by partially modifying its components. The X1 performance cores remain, the mid-cores change with an upgrade from Cortex A76 to Cortex A78, TPU and GPU regeneration, now Mali G71 to MP07.

It is undeniable that there has been some downsizing in terms of raw power and the standards confirm this. However, unlike what happens on the Pixel 7 Pro, here The low resolution and low refresh rate of the screen makes the job easier for the GPUso in everyday experience there are really no significant lag, lag and frame loss in games, despite the smaller RAM size.

Ironically, the Pixel 7’s lower specs are its winning weapon: fewer pixels, fewer display updates, less RAM, and therefore fewer apps in memory, and less background consumption. the result is An autonomy that actually matches its older brother despite a much smaller battery.

About 5 and a half hours of active viewing, the day ends and giving up AOD goes even further. Charging by cable instead goes up to 30W, 20W wireless, which aren’t excellent values, and there’s not much to add.

cameras

The Google Pixel 7 has a more standard photographic sector than its bigger brother, yet it is able to bring impressive improvements over the Pixel 6, especially on the all-new front camera. Instead, the two 50MP rear cameras with 12MP fixed focus optical stabilization and 114-degree FOV are confirmed.

Level selfies as well as the main camera and ultra-wide camera have been confirmed as acesSure, thanks to Google’s software that has been optimized over time to extract all the potential from these new sensors. The real advantage of the Pixel 7 is the market access with all the experience of the predecessor, so from day one, the offerings are solid and reliable in the Pixel.

Even videos are more than good, no TV but with 2X digital zoom there are no major quality losses, higher stabilization and reference image quality. There’s still the shadow noise issue, who knows if Google will be able to find the box.

As in the flagship, there are also new AI functions such as image blur, skin tone optimization, 2X lossless digital zoom (and up to 8x Ultra HD), oriented selfies, and improved image processing algorithms at night.

Finally

Google Pixel 7 is suggested for €649 from the list price for the basic 8/128 GB kit, up to 749 euros for the 8/256 GB version. Prices that have not risen since 2021 and smartphones that put the turbo instead in terms of quality will present all the flaws of the previous model among other things, and come significantly closer to the bigger brother Pixel 7 Pro.

In fact, the photographic and display sector partly changes between the two models, but in the top model it is not properly exploited. And I tell you, 7 Pro is a great smartphone but I had to give you honest advice, I would definitely say Pixel 7.

Google has bundled a beautiful, reliable and mature product with all the offense to ensure a truly enjoyable user experience.

Final vote for and against

Final vote: 8.7

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