Pixel 6 long term review │STILL the BEST base model!
Our long term review of the entry level made by google flagship phone for 2021 and most of 2022 thanks for watching 95 google here on youtube, remember to thumbs up hit, subscribe and then tap the bell icon to be among the first to watch our upcoming videos. So after using this phone for a long period of time, the biggest outright compliment i can pay. The pixel 6 is that when using another review device or testing out, another android phone im actually always itching to get my sim back in this phone. I love to say its the fusion of the prior pixel designs that have me clamoring to get back in reality, though its the combination of a flat screen and those matte side rails because of that im, often using the pixel 6 without a case, but with a Screen protector fitted and its those two things that make it such a comfortable phone to use on a day to day basis, thats important as coming from the pixel 4a, my main device for the majority of 2020, the pixel 6 series wholesale is a big change. At least in terms of usability, small phones are seemingly off googles. Product roadmap moving forward and the pixel 6 is a beast. All things said, i think in terms of design. You also offered bolder playful and distinctly more googly colors than the elijah premium model, and that is one of the reasons why i really like coming back to this phone.
Although i do have a case, i just prefer to use the phone without it as i get to admire that stunning sort of scene from colour which is much more muted than i actually originally expected it to be ahead of launch. It almost looks blue in certain lighting conditions, and i do often cast an envious glance at the kind of coral model and then wonder if i made the right color choice, but i think sticking with salt or seafoam was the right one for me. Despite your diversions, though, it feels more in line with previous generations than the pro does. The pixel 6 lacks the overly curved edges and sides that i lamented in my long term review of the pixel 6 pro which you can check out down in the description below and overall, its just more approachable. Because of that its heavy though and thats. One of my only major criticisms of the design here, its only actually three grams, lighter than the 210 grams pixel 6 pro for me, its a slab but its a comfortable one at that, because the pixel 6 pro itself is such a behemoth. The pixel 6 at just a few millimeters smaller actually feels positively dinky compared to it. Make no mistake, though this is still a large smartphone that almost needs two hands to manage properly and at 6.4 inches. I think the full hd plus panel here is clean. Its sharp has deep inky blacks that also help elevate all video content and content in general that i consume on it.
Most importantly, for me, though, as i mentioned its flat, that means great viewing angles, easier, handling and better edge detection for your taps, swipes and touches. I can deal with the 90 hertz refresh rate, as well as it heightens the smooth android 12 experience, but id be lying. If i didnt often wish it was as smooth as a 120hz pixel 6 pro panel, then i realized that im actually not frustrated enough to give up a flat screen and make peace. With my flat screen decision, i will say that the fingerprint scanner was initially quite a big source of frustration for me, working 7 out of 10 times and even less once i put a screen protector on, i ive had no such issues, though, with the pro model, But the december 2021 update resolved my scanner problems and, while i will say its slower than i would like its reliable, unless my thumb is greasy or wet now, i still register my thumb multiple times on both hands to ensure the unlock process remains seamless and its Something i would highly recommend for anybody out there whos still experiencing problems, but if you are, unfortunately, i cant really help that the vibrations and haptics on this phone theyre also a small step down from the pixel 6 pro, but i still think theyre superb theyre, not Quite at the upper echelons of android, but theyre, very, very close to the best, and on top of that, the speakers theyre not quite a return to form that i had personally hoped, for.
I will say theyre fairly solid, but dont quite hit the same heights as the galaxy s22 series id like the speakers to just get a little bit louder overall. But i cant complain too much as theyre great for watching and consuming content, especially as you have that earpiece speaker, and that downward firing in tandem working really great things when youre looking at the performance. Android 12 has to be talked about as its been a fairly divisive upgrade, at least according to the online tech community. But i think it feels tailor made for the pixel 6 series and the changes result in something unlike previous android releases, and that certainly suits this device, and the pro model itself has two of the most important releases in the series. Today, while i will say that running android 12 on any pixel device has been pretty buggy since launch a number of massive bug, fixing patches, particularly aimed at the pixel 6 and 6 pro appear to have relieved or at least fixed a lot of those lingering problems. Theyre now under control and its something i cant necessarily give a negative mark at this point in time. Ill also say that material. U has a lot of alterations specifically for these phones and tweaks that make a lot of sense for a smartphone operating system that has seen little real major change since the pixel 3 and android 9.. A wallpaper based theming system is something that i think certainly makes this phone feel yours, but the admission of several popular customization features like fonts and icon shapes is something i really will hope return in the future.
It took me a little while to get used to android 12, but its an excellent experience and the reinvention of what a pixel should look like and feel like when you use has been something ive definitely enjoyed in the six months or so that ive used the Pixel 6. doing things like simply switching out your wallpaper is just enough to change the look and feel of your entire system, and i think it helps keep things fresh and im, often trying to find the perfect wallpaper just to fit the way im feeling at a Specific point in time, seeing all of your widgets apps keyboard and other little os intricacies alter as youve changed. This is sublime and im excited to see it develop further with every upcoming android build. Although i would have liked a little bit more tuning catered towards the red end of the spectrum, as this colour can be a little more muted. In my experience than many other hues that you will adhere to your phone, much has also been made of the capabilities of the google tensor processor ahead of launch and at no time since then have i felt disappointed, frustrated or at least inhibited, by what its been Capable of even side by side with other flagship phones, utilizing the qualcomm, snapdragon 8gen1 tensor hangs in there really well – and i cant say with any certainty how it will fare in the long term, but ill likely revisit this view.
Should the pixel 6 performance levels really start away, everything that i would ordinarily do on a smartphone is catered for, and even when i decide to play some high end mobile games, i think its a very pleasant experience. Raw performance has never or has not been a core tenant of tensor, but other benefits such as the stupendously, accurate voice, typing and better processing times for images. Courtesy of the return of the pixel neural core definitely feel very much like google focus points and are right at home here. These are the kind of things that wow non tech people out there more so than someone who knows the difference between the qualcomm snapdragon 888 and the 8 gen 1. For what its worth, i dont think with the pixel phone. You necessarily need the best processor, but one that just handles the pixels daily needs is going to be more important. Moving forward after a solid entry, google can now start to flex its muscles in the mobile chipset space. After proving its first generation effort is viable for modern high end smartphones. Tensor itself offers the power that the pixels 5 series was missing, but its a leap to a 50 megapixel iso cell gn1 sensor that, in my opinion, has been the biggest and probably the most important upgrade on the pixel 6 and, by extension, the pixel 6 pro. Those 50 megapixel swaps, theyre, actually pixel bin down to 12 megapixels, with no ability to shoot at that full raw level.
Look a little closer or compared directly to older models, and i think youll start to see important improvements in key areas. The pixel series has never really struggled in many lighting conditions, but the boosts of this bigger sensor make for sharper more detailed shots out of that camera system. I will note that there is a minor over sharpening issue that i have noticed, maybe one in 30 shots. Maybe every so often im using my camera and notice it, but this feels like a remnant of the processing algorithm, trying to account for the smaller sony imx 363 sensor that you will find on older pixel phones. But what its worth, though, i had this issue for a few months and it was far more common but its become less and less prevalent recently. I think this is probably gon na be due to a google camera update, but i got ta say im actually not entirely sure, and the problem is so minor that you, if you take multiple photos, you may maybe see one in fifty one and thirty, like i Said its not a big deal whatsoever, the thing is: im just always happy with the images from this dual camera system and in the six months since ive used it. I just love going out and taking pictures its important to note, though, that the ultra wide is quite a step down over the main wide lens things here are much softer, because its only 16 megapixels and in many cases it actually doesnt gather as much light as It is a smaller sensor, but i will say its still a good ultra wide sensor.
All things said to have at your disposal. I dont want to lament the omission of a telephoto zoom lens here too much, though, as ive actually kind of come to terms with that somewhat over the past few months. On the other hand, i would have preferred this setup to actually be similar to that of the pixel 4, with a 2x telephoto but ill likely be in the minority. There im sure. Of course, i know that it would have been impossible for google to put a 4x telephoto into pixel 6 and keep that price down under 600 and as much as its supposed substitute, the digital crop. Doesnt actually ruin images too drastically. As you have a bigger sensor to play around with, if you stay below that 3x zoom range and cropping in and let super res zoom take care of the rest, i think images look pretty much fine beyond that range, though, and things do start to fall apart. Quite drastically, this larger sensor also helps light gathering in the popular night sight mode and low light. Photography is now even easier than it has ever been before, and i say easier as you dont actually need to stand or hold quite as still to capture photos when using this mode. Google has also added a suite of new modes for the pixel, 6 and ive got to say, ive been lying. If i said, ive used any of these more than once of those new additions, though only the long exposure mode has captured my attention for more than one usage in the six months that ive used this phone.
I just prefer to take normal photos with no added effects, unless i personally add them in post. That said, some of these features like face on blur will be really really good for people with young families out there and maybe pets and family members that just simply cant sit still for years. Weve complained of battery longevity issues on pixel phones, but that seems to be a thing of the past. There is a sizeable 4614 million power battery tucked inside the pixel 6 and for me it powers me through a day with plenty of headroom to spare. I will say that my usage pattern is fairly lightweight most days and im, almost always at my desk, which means i often charge once every couple of days during the week set and then head to bed with 30 to 45 battery remain on average im always connected To a vpn service and predominantly use light mode during the day beyond that, im mainly browsing using social media on my pixel, with some light photo taken from time to time so thats my general use case for what its worth so your mileage may vary quite drastically. I will say, though, even when moving through the gears and navigating using google maps for several hours, or even going out and taking hundreds of photos, im, never actually worried about having to find my nearest power outlet to top up and thats something i couldnt ordinarily say About previous pixel phones, what is a minor gripe, though, is the charge speeds you can attain with the pixel six youre limited.
If you dont actually pick up the official google 30 watt charger as there is no charger in the box, now whats more annoying than not having a charger in the box, is that this actual optional extra isnt even available at true 30 watt speed, youll get amounts To what is 23 watts of power via the cable, which is actually marginally faster than the 18 watt in the box, charger found on the pixel five and most of the time? I just use that – and this poses another problem as when youre hitting single digit battery percent figures in it, takes around two hours to fully charge the pixel six internal cell, even with a little bit of wear and tear of six months of daily usage. Because of that, i tend to just charge little and often to stay above that 50 threshold as it seems to suit my usage patterns quite nicely, and then i charge to full every now and again using the pixel stand and overall i cant lament the battery too Much as it is an all day, performer, the pixel 6 pro is the best phone that google has made for some time, but were not actually here to discuss that as it isnt up for debate. When looking at the regular old pixel 6, though it feels like the most sensible phone that google has made since the pixel 3a and the pixel 4a, it leverages all of the good areas of previous pixels and then distills.
Most of the pixel 6 pros best bits down into a marginally more manageable package at 599, its a steal, the early bugs appear now to be eradicated with updates, and even when running the recent android 13 beta, its a stellar experience each and every day. Many will be looking to the upcoming pixel 6a and wondering is that going to be a better buy? Well, given the proposed specifications and likely hardware downgrades the pixel 6 still might end up being, or at least offering a better value proposition for prospective buyers. This particular phone defies its price point at times, and often you forget that its the base model in the pixel 6 lineup for 599 dollars. You get an entry into the flagship, pixel series, not unlike the way the a series opened up the pixel camera to the affordable space, but there were fewer compromises here and now, fewer bugs to boot. That is the pixel six. After six months, many major problems have been dined out and theres, a few that still need to be kind of fixed up, but its still a great buy at under 600 in the us, and with very little competition within that market. I want to hear from you, though, do you agree or disagree with these sentiments? Do you love the pixel 6, or do you just flat out hate it? Let us know down in the comments section below, but until next time i hope you enjoyed this long term.
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