The Pixel 6 is Google’s mid-range flagship, but is it worth it? Hey’s what the Pixel 6 reviews say…
Many people consider the Pixel line of smartphones to be the “iPhone of the Android world.” What they mean by that is that the Pixel phone’s hardware and software are designed by Google–just as Apple designs the hardware and software of the iPhone.
That’s why many people feel that if you want to have the maximum Android experience – the Android experience as Google envisions it – you’ll want to pick up a Pixel smartphone as your next Android handset.
Such is the reason that whenever a new Pixel is launched, Android fans understandably get very excited. And there was perhaps no greater excitement around the Pixel line than when Google introduced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last October.
While the Pixel 6 Pro is the ultimate Pixel you can currently get, many people flocked to the Pixel 6 due to its price-to-feature ratio. But what were the professional Android reviews saying about the Pixel 6? Read on…
Pixel 6 Specs
- Display: Full-screen 6.4-inch (163 mm) display. FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED at 411 ppi.
- Battery: 4614 mAh. Over 24 hours battery life. Or over 48 with Extreme Battery Saver. Wireless charging.
- RAM: 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
- Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB
- Biometrics: Fingerprint reader
- Processor: Google Tensor
- Rear camera: 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera
- Front camera: 8 MP
- Cellular: 5G
- OS: Android 12
- Colors: Light green, coral, or black
Specs & Design Analysis
Google’s Pixel 6 tagline is “Completely reimagined, inside and out.” And for the most part the Pixel 6 lives up to it. Much of that is thanks to the Tensor chip that’s inside the phone. Besides powering all the normal features of a smartphone–apps, streaming, camera snaps–the Tensor chip adds some advanced features to the Pixel 6.
Those Tensor-enabled features include the ability for the Pixel 6 to recognize and translate text with the phone’s camera as well as enables robocall screening–so you get fewer annoying phone calls. However, while the tenor chip does allow for some cool features, reviewers generally say its speed and processing power don’t really match the latest Snapdragon.
What many reviewers say is disappointing, however, is the limited storage. The Pixel 6 only comes in 128 GB or 256 GB storage options. That’s a bit disappointing as many Android flagships offer 512 GB models or larger.
But reviewers are also generally in love with the Pixel 6’s large display. Its full-screen 6.4-inch OLED FHD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 at 411 ppi looks beautiful. However, its refresh rate is limited to 90Hz, which may disappoint avid mobile gamers. Phones like the OPPO Find X5 Pro sport a 120Hz refresh rate.
And while most reviewers celebrate its dual-lens camera system, which sports a 50MP sensor, they lament that its ultrawide camera is stuck at 12MP. Yet, many wish Google would have opted for a triple-lens system, which is more common on Android flagships. Reviewers say the lack of a telephoto lens is disappointing – but then again, that’s what the Pixel 6 Pro is for.
Let’s check out what some of the biggest reviewers are saying about the Pixel 6…
Pixel 6 Reviews
Is The Pixel 6 Worth It?
Despite its drawbacks – the lack of a telephoto lens, higher storage options, and just average battery life – most reviewers say the Pixel 6 is an excellent phone for those who want a mid-range Android flagship. Because Google designed both the hardware and software, there are few Android phones that meld better with Android 12 than the Pixel 6.
But another reason reviewers seem to love the Pixel 6 comes down to price. When considering its price to the features the Pixel 6 offers, the Pixel 6 can look like a steal. That’s socially true since Google lowered the price of the Pixel 6 (as of the time of this writing).
The Pixel 6 original started at $599, but can now be bought for just $499. That price is particularly enticing when you consider that Apple’s mid-range flagship, the iPhone 13, comes in at $699 for the same amount of storage. Coming is $200 cheaper than its iPhone competition really highlights the bang for the buck you are getting with the Pixel 6.
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Michael GrothausApple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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