Google Pixel 6 Review: Is it worth buying now?

The Google Pixel 6 isn’t the most powerful phone, but its new Tensor chipset improves its photography. While it lacks a telephoto lens and its battery life isn’t great, it’s a huge phone with a 6.4-inch display, a radical new style, and pricing that can beat competitor Android phones.

For the Pixel 6’s pricing, that’s OK. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and a 4,612mAh battery. The 6.4-inch Full HD (2400 x 1080) OLED display is bigger than most flagships and delivers smoother browsing than phones that top out at 60Hz – however 90Hz is the least we’d expect to see on a premium-midrange phone.

Design of Google Pixel 6

  • unique and distinctive design
  • Quite heavy
  • headphone jack absent

Google Pixel 6’s fresh appearance was unveiled months before launch. Perhaps this was to preparing the audience for the drastic revamp over the more generic-looking Google Pixel 5, which featured a single-color back characterised only by a discreet fingerprint sensor and square camera block.

The Pixel 6’s back is two-tone and separated by a horizontal camera block. It’s a striking look, to be sure, and the jest parallels to Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge are many. It’s distinctive and may turn off folks who prefer a smaller camera array. The Pixel 6 will need a separate case, which seems essential.

Google Pixel 6: Display

  • 6.4-inch vibrant screen
  • Refresh rate of 90 Hz

The Pixel 6’s 6.4-inch OLED display is the largest on a Pixel phone, beating even the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL from 2019.

Full HD Plus 2400 x 1080 resolution (not QHD) is 441 ppi, on par with comparable phones in this price range (and even with some pricier options such as the Samsung Galaxy S21).

In side-by-side tests between the Pixel 6 and its costlier Pixel 6 Pro sibling, we couldn’t see any difference in detail viewing similar material (a 4K YouTube movie scaled to each phone’s resolution). When we were centimetres apart from both phones, we could hardly tell them apart.

Google Pixel 6

Cameras of Google Pixel 6

  • 12MP ultra-wide and 50MP wide-angle rear cameras
  • ability to take beautiful pictures

The Pixel 6’s camera suite has been improved with higher-megapixel cameras and software, which Google says is powered by its Tensor processor.

The Pixel 6 shoots better shots than the iPhone 12 Pro or the Pixel 5a. More subtlety in colour, shadows, and temperature represent genuine situations.

The Pixel 6 sports a 50-megapixel primary camera with 82-degree field of view and f/1.85 aperture and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 114-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture.

Google Pixel 6: Battery Life

  • 4,614 mAh of power
  • 30W charging

Google’s new phones won’t have poor battery life, so that’s a relief. The Pixel 6 features a 4,614mAh battery, compared to the Pixel 5’s 4,080mAh and the Pixel 4’s 2,800mAh.

The Pixel 6 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Pixel 6 Pro has 5,000mAh. Google promises the phone will last 24 hours, or 48 hours with Extreme Battery Saver mode, but we predict less.

The Pixel 6 supports 30W fast charging, but no plug converter is supplied. Google has joined other phone manufacturers in the e-waste fight, so you’ll need to find one.

Purchase it if..

  • You want a powerful phone at a value price: The Google Pixel 6 isn’t the quickest or most expensive phone, a happy medium.
  • You want great photos at any light level: The Pixel 6 captures vivid images in daytime and at night.
  • You want the latest Android on the fastest phone: The Pixel 6 is the quickest Android phone after the Pixel 7.

don’t purchase it If…

  • You want to take photos of things far away: Pixel 6 produces fantastic images, but not of distant scenes. Pixel 6 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are better for zoom photography.
  • You want a small phone: Pixel 6’s 6.4-inch screen is big. If you prefer a compact Android, choose the Asus Zenfone 8 or iPhone 13 mini.
  • You want a longer-lasting phone: The Pixel 6’s battery lasts a day at most. If you want a gadget that lasts longer, choose one with a larger battery, like the 6,000mAh Asus ROG 5.

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Phil has been an avid gamer ever since he was a kid, and he now spends most of his free time reviewing and testing video games and other forms of consumer technology. When he's not out and about in Los Santos, that is.

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