- Apr 12, 2016
That's pretty much how I feel about it. I got my Pixel 7 yesterday. I can't really comment on features much since I'm just not a phone connoisseur. My previous phone was a Pixel 3a XL, which was ~3 years old and no longer getting security updates so I figured it was time to update. Aside from being "end of life" it was fine. I thought about getting a Pixel 6a but decided I wanted wireless charging this time around.My initial impressions going from a 3XL to a 7 are good. Nothing major, faster, more snappy UI. Four years was worth the wait.
I suspect you might have tried this, but try registering the same finger more than once. That can improve the chances of getting in the first time. Shouldn't be necessary, of course, but it can make life easier.That's pretty much how I feel about it. I got my Pixel 7 yesterday. I can't really comment on features much since I'm just not a phone connoisseur. My previous phone was a Pixel 3a XL, which was ~3 years old and no longer getting security updates so I figured it was time to update. Aside from being "end of life" it was fine. I thought about getting a Pixel 6a but decided I wanted wireless charging this time around.
So far my only complaint about the thing is if you miss fingerprint unlocking twice it tosses you over to the enter a password/pin screen. Sorry, need a few more tries. The 3a XL allowed unlimited tries. That can be fixed in software. Hopefully it'll be better about not pocket emergency dialing than the 3a XL was. Damned thing would wake up and start beeping in my pocket, then I'd take it out and find a string of random characters typed in on the emergency dial screen. At least it never actually dialed. So far I haven't had that issue with the Pixel 7, so fingers crossed.
It's a fixed-focus camera, so there's only so much Google can do even with its AI wizardry. I do question why Google cheaped out in that area; an upgraded sensor wouldn't be that much more expensive or space-consuming.Has anyone noticed how blurry the front camera is? It is picking up way less detail than what it should be capable of. Trying to do video calls is very blurry and undetailed. It is about equivalent to a mid-range phone from 5 years ago. Do you think they can fix this with software or is this what Google chose to cut corners on? Why do they have to cut corners on things? Just put flagship hardware in every aspect of the phone and just charge slightly more. People will be happier. Cutting corners worked with Nexus line because that's what they were built for. Good/ok specs with good software. With the Pixel's it's supposed to be flagship, but yet they always skimp on something. Pixel is supposed to be known for top cameras. The rear camera is great and the front camera sucks donkey balls. Why did they blow off making the front camera as good as rear camera?
Pretty sure it's camera+soc improvement with the custom AIIt's been a week and no pocket almost dialing so far. Huge improvement over the Pixel 3a XL I had. Other than that the biggest improvement I've noticed is that QR code recognition is massively better. I'm thinking it probably has something to do with the hardware unless maybe there's a big difference between Android 12 and 13 in this regard. Maybe the AI hardware helps? With the 3a I pretty much had to get a QR code straight on and line it up square, while the 7 seems to grab them quickly at off angles and not entirely in focus. I might hate scan the QR code for the menu in restaurants a little less now. I'll still hate it, just maybe a bit less.
Sums up why I did not trade 😉 not worth the hassleI traded in my pixel 6 for a pixel 7. I took the trade in offer on google store. I perfer lighter smaller phones. I find the Pixel 7 to be a little bit quicker and the finger print reader to be a little bit more accurate for me than pixel 6. There isn't a huge different between the phones except slight changes to weight and dimensions which seem to make the pixel 7 more enjoyable to use than the pixel 6. This is my review.
Yup, why I'm still not trading my 5 for the 7 too. Gave my 6 to my son because the 6 is still too big and heavy while getting considerably worse battery life. So the 7 still wouldn't get the same or better battery life and still has a worse fingerprint scanner as well. Performance has never been an issue on my 5 either and I still have a similar 90hz 1080p display and the same amount of RAM.Sums up why I did not trade 😉 not worth the hassle
I went from the 6 Pro to the 7 Pro. Minor upgrades, but worth it if you get a good trade-in price. The 7 Pro is smoother, snappier, has a better screen and none of the frequent screen freezes and random app closings I had on my 6 Pro.I've been contemplating the same P6-P7 trade-up. Almost seems like a no-brainer for ~$100 (plus tax) once the trade-in is factored in. Yeah, migrating is a pain, and I'd need a new case as well, but that's minor.
If I had a 5 I wouldn't have upgraded to the 6 or 7, particularly after trying out the 7. I had a 3a XL which is out of support so it was time, but the on screen fingerprint reader annoys me. It just doesn't work as well as the back mounted one and it's less convenient. The old back mounted one was pretty close to right where my finger landed when I was just holding the phone naturally. The 5 was the last one to have it mounted on the back. The fingerprint reader is really my only complaint though, at least with the hardware. One time I had to reboot my shiny new Pixel 7 because it was going through battery too fast. That seemed to fix it. That's almost certainly a software issue though, so hopefully whatever caused that will be fixed in a future update.Yup, why I'm still not trading my 5 for the 7 too. Gave my 6 to my son because the 6 is still too big and heavy while getting considerably worse battery life. So the 7 still wouldn't get the same or better battery life and still has a worse fingerprint scanner as well. Performance has never been an issue on my 5 either and I still have a similar 90hz 1080p display and the same amount of RAM.
So now I'm concerned Google won't make another decent small phone like the 5 or 5a again now. 😑
I just saw this BF offer too. I'm curious if they keep the same trade-in ? I thought black friday was nov 25th ?If you're contemplating getting a P7 or P7Pro, maybe wait a week and a half. Google is dropping the price $100/$150 for Black Friday on Nov. 17.
I'm curious as to whether they'll alter trade-in values at the same time.
I thought black friday was nov 25th ?
About what my wife gets on her 6 Pro and a couple hours short of what I still get on my 5. Really hope Google/Samsung can compete with Qualcomm at some point on their SoCs, esp. on power efficiency.i get 5.5-6+ hours give or take depending reception and whether on 5G or wifi
I saw that. They're Offering me $300 for my Pixel 4a, which technically only cost me $216, so it's very tempting. I may bite, even if my 4a is currently in perfect condition because I've only had it for a year or so.
Pixel 7 Pro delivered, moved things over, super smooth, fast and an obvious improvement over my 4a.Fuck it, went for it.
$150 off + $300 trade in + $85 (10%) rebate as store credit turns the $999 Pixel 7 pro down to about $464 or a little under $20 a month. I'm good with that. Probably worth it considering I paid $216 for my Pixel 4a.
Gonna miss that headphone jack though. =(