i was so close to throwing this thing out of the window but i had to make a video for it so you know i didn’t but you know what i did i actually bought myself an iphone good people this is the google pixel 6 pro i was really excited to get my hands on this device for two main reasons the first one being the upgraded camera sensors compared to its predecessors because if you know me well i’m always fond of pixel’s computational photography ever since the launch of the pixel 2 i mean that phone just changed the whole smartphone camera game the second reason was google’s custom design soc called tensor because we all know google makes the software for android smartphones so why not just make the processor to run that software to optimize the experience even better kind of like what apple does with their iphones now google has had a pretty interesting track record with their smartphones over the past five years it’s just so inconsistent to a point where i can’t even tell which demographic these phones are catered towards with the exception of the pixel a series of course take the pixel 4 for instance that was launched back in 2019 you had the standard 800 model and the 900 xl model both of them had so many issues with motion sense and it also had pretty poor battery life so a year later they launched the pixel 5 at 700 it was a completely different approach with the design and specs and it was priced less than the pixel 4.
I honestly love the compact form factor the flat display great camera and solid battery life i thought google wanted to play it safe and compete with the mid-range sub 700 smartphone market and now we’re here with the pixel 6 at 600 and the pixel 6 pro at 900 dollars now i don’t have the regular pixel six so i’m gonna slowly focus this video on the pixel 6 pro because for its price it’s back in the league to compete with the big boys from samsung oneplus and i guess you can also include apple now i got this phone back in october last year i transferred my sim card and all of my data from the pixel 5 and i started to use it as my daily driver the first thing that stood out to me right away was the massive form factor compared to my pixel 5. i mean this thing is huge we’re talking a solid 0.71 inches of difference in screen size which is a lot it made handling super uncomfortable even though i have super sized hands it sticks out like a sore thumb when you place it inside your jeans reaching the top icons with an app required a little bit more effort and on top of that the entire back is made out of gorilla glass victis with this glossy finish which is the ultimate recipe for an affair with your fingerprints the aluminum rails are glossy and i just didn’t feel confident getting a grip of this phone even after a month into testing build quality is solid the buttons are nice and tactile essentially this is just a glass sandwich with an aluminum frame in the middle that desperately needs a case for protection although the rattling noise from the voice coil motor on the telephoto camera was really bothering me i mean take a listen to this seriously google for a 900 phone come on that being said the camera bump is pretty unique though the black strip housing the sensors extends all the way across the phone and prevents the device from wobbling when you place it on your desk also i think it has daf fun written all over it now aside from the stormy black finish you can also pick it up in sort of sunny and cloudy white interesting choice of colors google but you know what would be colorful taking a quick look at today’s video sponsor don’t have the time to wait for parts and build your own gaming pc nzxd build has your back navigate through their simple ui choose the games you want to play pick a
budget that works and the configurator will do its magic by offering some options built just for you or choose from one of their awesome pre-built setups want something more custom go crazy building your own dream pc from the ground up all of these are backed with a two-year all-in-one warranty on parts labor and ram overclocking save your time and start gaming right away with nzxt build now available in australia as well the display on the pixel 6 pro spans across 6.71 inches and the resolution is quad hd now unlike the regular pixel 6 this one actually curves around the edges honestly it’s not what i was looking forward to since i had numerous issues with ghost touches while scrolling through twitter youtube or instagram i just don’t get the deal with current screens i mean just give us a flat functional display and call it a day now the quality of the screen is really good you are getting an amoled panel with deeper blacks and rich colors and there are three color modes that you can choose from i guess one of the positive aspects of having a larger screen is being able to enjoy watching content in landscape mode especially if you netflix a lot it also features ltpo meaning the refresh rate adapts between 60 and 120 hertz to extend battery life my experience has been pretty smooth with a few occasional stutters within certain apps especially with youtube but the recent update with the software fix that problem uh if you do want to force 120 hertz full time there is an option within the developer settings to do so but be prepared to sacrifice your battery life speaking of which was actually pretty good on the 6 pro you see google jammed a massive 5 000 milliamp
hour battery inside this massive phone and given that they designed the tensor processor there is that power efficiency factor to consider while running native google applications initially when i started using the phone i was averaging between five and a half to six hours of screen on time and over the course of these past three months a few software updates have improved that slightly but not by online much sometimes i’ve had this thing last for a solid two days without having to plug it in but keep in mind that i do have dark mode enabled so that could be a contributing factor it also supports fast charging up to 30 watts wireless charging up to 23 watts which is how i use up my phones and it also has reverse wireless charging if you want to juice up your low powered wireless devices so overall i wasn’t really worried about battery life using this thing day in and day out although it still sucks that it doesn’t come with a charger in the box welcome to 2022 people the fingerprint reader has been shifted from the back to the front underneath the display and initially had a hard time getting this thing to work you see it is an optical reader which requires light to shine through the glass to read your fingerprint but i was out of luck 50 of the time it was honestly so frustrating that i had to rely on the pattern unlocked to get in now when it did work the reader was actually pretty slow to log in and that’s coming from someone who has used faster sensors on oneplus smartphones and even the ultrasonic tech built into samsung devices fortunately the latest software update addressed the accuracy issue but it’s still pretty slow and sometimes it’s a hit or miss for me the speakers are pretty big upgrade on the 6 pro compared to the pixel 5.
You now get a dedicated earpiece at the top and bottom facing drivers and with that combination you get a stereo effect the output is very rich in trebles but it does lack a little bit of bass honestly for phone it gets the job done call quality was also good but the haptic motor inside is very poor i’ve missed so many phone calls when i had this thing in my pocket so that really sucks it’s actually much weaker than the haptics on the s21 from samsung and i guess now is probably a good time to talk about some of the major bugs that i encountered while using this device and i might get furious as i’m talking about them so bear with me for a bit the first thing was that i’ve had numerous countless call dropping and disconnecting issues while i’m in the middle of an important phone conversation i kid you not guys when i get a phone call i’ll answer it and the next second it disconnects so i re-tell the person who called me out of courtesy of course and it does the same thing five seconds later so i felt like i was being disrespectful to the person on the other end but it clearly wasn’t my fault it was the freaking phone i mean it didn’t happen every single time but you know when it just happens to be one of those most important conversations it decides to screw up the next bug that i had was pretty hilarious actually when i’m actually on the phone with somebody um the screen actually manages to somehow pull the notification tray and turn the flashlight i’m not kidding i’ve had friends who’ve looked at me and just said hey dude your flashlight’s on i’m like what what’s really going on so yeah i mean it doesn’t make any sense and then there’s the double tap to wake feature which never really worked even though i had enabled through settings even running google maps on pip was buggy as hell it wouldn’t expand if i tapped on it and let alone it
wouldn’t even jump into google maps in full screen mode but that’s more of an android 12 issue i mean the list just goes on and on if you’re on reddit reading through posts from people who are on the same boat as i am the good news is that it did take google a few months to address some of those issues through software updates in december and january but you know it still got its own problems performance on the other hand was pretty fast now i’m not gonna bore you with benchmarks but if you’re a gamer this phone will get the job done and for everyday use it’s pretty fluid and responsive uh multitasking works really well thanks to 12 gigabytes of ram that’s the most that i’ve seen on a pixel smartphone as for storage the base model comes with 120 gigabytes but if you’re willing to pay more you can go up to half a terabyte shifting gears to android 12 and what can i say this is probably the biggest visual overhaul that i’ve experienced in a while i’ve created a separate video going over the new operating system so you know make sure to check that out but in a nutshell you get a new lock screen with some cool animations when you log into the device the notification tray is redesigned with everything being bigger and bolder and somewhat cluttered in my opinion i’m still disappointed that i can’t access my wifi and data toggles at the same time customization is still pretty limited on this
phone with icon shapes and colors but google is shifting that direction to something that adapts to your lifestyle they call it material u and it basically shifts the color palette of the entire ui based on the wallpaper that you choose it’s pretty cool but after three months into testing their themed icons is still in beta mode like what the hell google there’s still a lot of fine tuning that needs to be done and i can’t believe i’m saying that for a phone that’s been out for more than three months listen i’m not completely bashing this ui i love features like now playing where it picks up the music playing at a restaurant or any other setting and it displays that on your home screen google assistant is fast and really good at managing my smart home devices assisted voice typing is pretty dope it’s scary how accurate it is there is a dedicated privacy dashboard for that extra layer of security if you want to know whether an app is accessing your camera or your microphone in a way i think google designed the tensor chip inside this phone to process these tasks efficiently and faster so if you still love that vanilla pure android experience this is it actually this is the only thing you can get the last thing i want to go over is the camera performance this is probably the biggest upgrade in the sensor department since the pixel 2.
you are greeted with a triple camera setup featuring a 12 megapixel ultrawide a 50 megapixel standard wide and a 48 megapixel telephoto with four times optical zoom i’ve been dreaming for this setup on a pixel smartphone for years and the results are really good the ultrawide has great dynamic range with the color shifting a bit towards magenta especially if you examine the shadows it’s not as detailed as something like the oneplus 9 pro but i certainly prefer the look of the pixel over samsung for instance in the ultrawide department side note you also don’t get a wider field of view compared to something like the iphone 13 pro but if you switch gears to low light man this ultra ultrawide is bananas i’m shocked at how good this phone can capture details while also giving you vibrant colors the main
camera also exhibits great detail but keep in mind that google is binning these results to produce 12 megapixel images to reduce noise but that didn’t stop me from capturing beautiful sunrises and sunsets also the results when you switch to night mode are more realistic compared to previous generations i never thought that i would be able to capture a photo like this on a smartphone i will say google’s hdr processing has gotten a little aggressive this time and you can tell when you examine the shadows given that this is a larger sensor expect that fringing around subjects this is a known issue with every smartphone boasting higher pickles so keep that in mind the addition of a telephoto camera is pretty sweet and you can get away with some really cool compositions this is probably my favorite style when shooting portraits speaking of which portrait mode is still here even though you don’t really need one considering that the main sensor gives you that natural bokeh i can’t really tell if there is an improvement with subject separation compared to previous pixel smartphones but overall i think it manages to get the job done even in low light environments they’ve also added motion mode that allows you to create long exposure it tries to compete with what an actual camera can do and sometimes it’s a hit or miss switching to the front-facing camera and you do get some pretty cool images uh there is great detail but i did wish if there’s a little bit of saturation but other than that it’s really
good as what you would expect from a pixel smartphone all right i think it’s time to answer the million dollar question that’s probably in your mind right now should you buy the pixel 6 pro no don’t spend 900 on this you see this phone is half baked in so many areas i mean the bugs that i encountered using this thing every day made me go completely insane and it still got issues after the recent updates it’s also really big and quite frankly not practical for me i love smaller phones with flat displays and something that just works as i mentioned earlier this phone was the reason why i went out and bought myself an iphone and i just don’t see myself switching back to a pixel the software still needs a few refinements maybe in a few months google would address everything that’s wrong with this phone but as it stands it’s not worth 900 guys unless if you ignore all of what i said for the cameras because the quality is absolutely incredible on that note thank you so much for watching i hope you were able to take away everything that you needed to know about the pixel 6 pro if you have one let me know what your experience has been so far stay tuned for my thoughts on the iphone 13 pro i’ve been using it for a while and i actually really really enjoy it so that should be a fun one and yeah as always spend responsibly