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Professional Cloud Network Engineer
A Professional Cloud Network Engineer implements and manages network architectures in Google Cloud Platform. This individual has at least 1 year of hands-on experience working with Google Cloud Platform and may work on networking or cloud teams with architects who design the infrastructure. By leveraging experience implementing VPCs, hybrid connectivity, network services, and security for established network architectures, this individual ensures successful cloud implementations using the command line interface or the Google Cloud Platform Console.

The Professional Cloud Network Engineer exam assesses your ability to:
- Design, plan, and prototype a GCP Network
- Implement a GCP Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- Configure network services
- Implement hybrid interconnectivity
- Implement network security

1. Designing, planning, and prototyping a GCP network
1.1 Designing the overall network architecture. Considerations include:
- Failover and disaster recovery strategy
- Options for high availability
- DNS strategy (e.g., on-premises, Cloud DNS, GSLB)
- Meeting business requirements
- Choosing the appropriate load balancing options
- Optimizing for latency (e.g., MTU size, caches, CDN)
- Understanding how quotas are applied per project and per VPC
- Hybrid connectivity (e.g., Google private access for hybrid connectivity)
- Container networking
- IAM and security
- SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS services
- Microsegmentation for security purposes (e.g., using metadata, tags)

1.2 Designing a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Considerations include:
- CIDR range for subnets
- IP addressing (e.g., static, ephemeral, private)
- Standalone or shared
- Multiple vs. single
- Multi-zone and multi-region
- Peering
- Firewall (e.g., service account–based, tag-based)
- Routes
- Differences between Google Cloud Networking and other cloud platforms

1.3 Designing a hybrid network. Considerations include:
- Using interconnect (e.g., dedicated vs. partner)
- Peering options (e.g., direct vs. carrier)
- IPsec VPN
- Cloud Router
- Failover and disaster recovery strategy (e.g., building high availability with BGP using cloud router)
- Shared vs. standalone VPC interconnect access
- Cross-organizational access
- Bandwidth

1.4 Designing a container IP addressing plan for Google Kubernetes Engine
2. Implementing a GCP Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
2.1 Configuring VPCs. Considerations include:
- Configuring GCP VPC resources (CIDR range, subnets, firewall rules, etc.)
- Configuring VPC peering
- Creating a shared VPC and explaining how to share subnets with other projects
- Configuring API access (private, public, NAT GW, proxy)
- Configuring VPC flow logs

2.2 Configuring routing. Tasks include:
- Configuring internal static/dynamic routing
- Configuring routing policies using tags and priority
- Configuring NAT (e.g., Cloud NAT, instance-based NAT)

2.3 Configuring and maintaining Google Kubernetes Engine clusters. Considerations include:
- VPC-native clusters using alias IPs
- Clusters with shared VPC
- Private clusters
- Cluster network policy
- Adding authorized networks for cluster master access

2.4 Configuring and managing firewall rules. Considerations include:
- Target network tags and service accounts
- Priority
- Network protocols
- Ingress and egress rules
- Firewall logs

3. Configuring network services
3.1 Configuring load balancing. Considerations include:
- Creating backend services
- Firewall and security rules
- HTTP(S) load balancer: including changing URL maps, backend groups, health checks, CDN, and SSL certs
- TCP and SSL proxy load balancers
- Network load balancer
- Internal load balancer
- Session affinity
- Capacity scaling

3.2 Configuring Cloud CDN. Considerations include:
- Enabling and disabling Cloud CDN
- Using cache keys
- Cache invalidation
- Signed URLs

3.3 Configuring and maintaining Cloud DNS. Considerations include:
- Managing zones and records
- Migrating to Cloud DNS
- DNS Security (DNSSEC)
- Global serving with Anycast
- Cloud DNS
- Internal DNS
- Integrating on-premises DNS with GCP

3.4 Enabling other network services. Considerations include:
- Health checks for your instance groups
- Canary (A/B) releases
- Distributing backend instances using regional managed instance groups
- Enabling private API access

4. Implementing hybrid interconnectivity
4.1 Configuring interconnect. Considerations include:
- Partner (e.g., layer 2 vs. layer 3 connectivity)
- Virtualizing using VLAN attachments
- Bulk storage uploads

4.2 Configuring a site-to-site IPsec VPN (e.g., route-based, policy-based, dynamic or static routing).
4.3 Configuring Cloud Router for reliability.
5. Implementing network security
5.1 Configuring identity and access management (IAM). Tasks include:
- Viewing account IAM assignments
- Assigning IAM roles to accounts or Google Groups
- Defining custom IAM roles
- Using pre-defined IAM roles (e.g., network admin, network viewer, network user)

5.2 Configuring Cloud Armor policies. Considerations include:
- IP-based access control

5.3 Configuring third-party device insertion into VPC using multi-nic (NGFW)
5.4 Managing keys for SSH access
6. Managing and monitoring network operations
6.1 Logging and monitoring with Stackdriver or GCP Console
6.2 Managing and maintaining security. Considerations include:
- Firewalls (e.g., cloud-based, private)
- Diagnosing and resolving IAM issues (shared VPC, security/network admin)

6.3 Maintaining and troubleshooting connectivity issues. Considerations include:
- Identifying traffic flow topology (e.g., load balancers, SSL offload, network endpoint groups)
- Draining and redirecting traffic flows
- Cross-connect handoff for interconnect
- Monitoring ingress and egress traffic using flow logs
- Monitoring firewall logs
- Managing and troubleshooting VPNs
- Troubleshooting Cloud Router BGP peering issues

6.4 Monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting latency and traffic flow. Considerations include:
- Network throughput and latency testing
- Routing issues
- Tracing traffic flow

7. Optimizing network resources
7.1 Optimizing traffic flow. Considerations include:
- Load balancer and CDN location
- Global vs. regional dynamic routing
- Expanding subnet CIDR ranges in service
- Accommodating workload increases (e.g., autoscaling vs. manual scaling)

7.2 Optimizing for cost and efficiency. Considerations include:
- Cost optimization (Network Service Tiers, Cloud CDN, autoscaler [max instances])
- Automation
- VPN vs. interconnect
- Bandwidth utilization (e.g., kernel sys tuning parameters)

Professional Cloud Network Engineer
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With the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Google has taken two of the best phones from last year and made them even better. Refined designs, better camera performance, and some new software tricks help make for some of the best Android phones you can buy today. Of course, with such a wide price difference between these models, we've found ourselves again with a tough question: should you buy the Pixel 7 or the Pixel 7 Pro?

Starting at $600 and $900, respectively, it's a difficult decision for anyone to make. Luckily, we've broken down all of the differences between these phones. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution this year, so here's everything you need to know before you slap down your credit card for either one of these devices.

Phone Google Pixel 7 Pro Google Pixel 7
Chipset Google Tensor G2 Google Tensor G2
Storage 128, 256, 512GB 128, 256GB
Display 6.7-inch QHD+ (1440x3120, 19.5:9) LTPO 120Hz, 1,500 nits peak brightness, Always-On Display, Gorilla Glass Victus 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080x2400, 20:9) 90Hz, 1,500 nits brightness, Always-On Display, Gorilla Glass Victus
Battery 5003mAh, up to 23W fast charging, up to 23W wireless charging with Pixel Stand 4355mAh, up to 20W fast charging, up to 20W wireless charging with Pixel Stand
Rear Cameras 50MP f/1.85 primary (82° FoV w/OIS); 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide with autofocus (125° FoV); 48MP f/3.5 5x telephoto w/OIS; LDAF, Spectral and flicker sensor; 5x optical and up to 30x Super Res Zoom 50MP f/1.85 primary (82° FoV w/OIS); 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (114° FoV); LDAF, Spectral and flicker sensor; Up to 8x Super Res Zoom
Camera Features Magic Eraser, improved Real Tone, Face Unblur, Macro Focus, Photo Unblur, Cinematic Blur, 10-bit HDR video Magic Eraser, improved Real Tone, Face Unblur, Photo Unblur, Cinematic Blur, 10-bit HDR video
Front Camera 10.8MP f/2.2 (92.8° FoV, fixed focus) 10.8MP f/2.2 (92.8° FoV, fixed focus)
Connectivity 5G (mmWave supported in the US), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra-Wideband, Dual-band GNSS, Dual SIM (nanoSIM + eSIM) 5G (mmWave supported on select models), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra-Wideband, Dual-band GNSS, Dual SIM (nanoSIM + eSIM)
Dimensions 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm, 212g, IP68 certified 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm, 197g, IP68 certified
Biometric unlock Face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner Face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner
Software Android 13 Android 13
Software Support Will receive OS updates until October 2025 and security patches until October 2027 Will receive OS updates until October 2025 and security patches until October 2027
Colors Snow, Obsidian Black, and Hazel Snow, Obsidian Black, and Lemongrass
Price Starting at $900 Started at $600

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Design

For the past year, Google has stuck to the same base design for all of its phones, regardless of price point. At first glance, you might mistake the Pixel 7 or 7 Pro for either size Pixel 6, though with one crucial change to the camera bar. Google has ditched the uncovered glass for an aluminum shell that extends off the frame. The Pixel 7 uses a matte finish, while the Pixel 7 Pro features polished aluminum.

Despite an attempt to make the Pro feel a little more premium over its sibling, the regular 7's matte metal is a much cleaner look, acting as an accent for the glossy glass back cover. We've also noticed some early scratches already appearing along the bottom of an uncovered Pixel 7 Pro's camera bar, suggesting the polished finish might not be scratch-resistant.

Otherwise, the significant design difference comes down to size. The Pixel 7 uses a 6.3-inch display, compared to the Pixel 7 Pro's 6.7-inch panel, and it feels much smaller in hand. While it's tough to call it a "small" Android phone — it's certainly bigger than, say, the Asus Zenfone 9 — the regular Pixel 7 should make those with smaller hands pretty happy. The Pixel 7 Pro, meanwhile, fits in among devices like the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Even those among us with big hands will struggle with one-handed use.

Oh, and of course, we can't forget about colors. While both phones come in black and white, Google gave the Pixel 7 a "lemongrass" exclusive, while the Pixel 7 Pro gets hazel. Both look pretty great, even if they're relatively subdued in person.

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Display

The Pixel 7's 6.3-inch display is a 90Hz 1080p panel, and it looks fantastic. At this screen size, there's no reason to push the resolution any higher — even pixel peepers will find noticing individual pixels on the screen difficult. The Pixel 7 Pro uses a 6.7-inch 120Hz 1440p LTPO panel, which allows it to scale as low as 10Hz in certain situations. That said, Google ships the phone running at 1080p, not its full resolution, to help preserve battery life. Aside from text, the 1080p and 1440p modes on the Pixel 7 Pro look identical to my eyes.

Comparing the phones, I had difficulty noticing any difference between the two panels, despite the difference in resolution and refresh rate. Either way, you're getting an excellent display, equal parts bright and vivid. That said, it's worth noting the panel on the Pixel 7 Pro seems to have some early issues, including scrolling problems and high levels of battery drain in direct sunlight. We'll continue to monitor these problems as Google pushes out updates.

In comparing the displays, you'll also find the other big design difference between the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Google continues to use flat edges for the smaller, cheaper device, while the 7 Pro retains its curved glass. Although the rounded display is much less severe than its predecessor, it's still uncomfortable to hold when you aren't sitting upright. Anyone who slaps these phones in a case is unlikely to notice a huge difference, but if you prefer going caseless, the Pixel 7 is much easier to hold.

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Camera

By far, the most significant difference between these two phones comes down to the camera array. Both phones have identical primary lenses, a 50MP f/1.85 shooter capable of taking some fantastic shots with a 12.5MP output. It also supports 2x images by cropping, which look equally stunning. You'll also get access to all the expected camera tools, like Night Sight — which is now better than ever — and Photo Unblur, which can bring your older memories back to life through some fantastic digital trickery.

Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have ultra-wide sensors, but they're not identical. While the Pixel 7 keeps the 114° FOV seen on its predecessor, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a much wider field of view, just shy of 126°. The results are evident as soon as you hold the two phones side by side. In fact, the Pixel 7 Pro's ultra-wide output makes its smaller sibling's photos look like they've come from the standard sensor.


Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 7 ultra-wide.

That improved ultra-wide lens on the Pro also grants it a new Macro Mode, though honestly, early impressions are mixed at best. It's great for taking photos of flowers and other objects outdoors in bright light, but the output gets noisy and grainy once it's no longer in "ideal" conditions. Google's processing attempts to remove those artifacts, but it's not perfect. The ultra-wide camera is good overall, but you shouldn't upgrade to the Pro just because it has Macro Mode.

Really, the Pixel 7 Pro's biggest advantage is, once again, the telephoto lens, something missing from the Pixel 7 altogether. This year, Google's using a 48MP 5x optical zoom lens, and it's mighty impressive. Between 2x and 5x, the Pixel 7 Pro will combine images from the primary and telephoto sensors, while the telephoto takes over from 5x and beyond. It's not as impressive as the 50MP lens in low light — in fact, sometimes Google will prefer using it for its aperture, depending on lighting conditions — but the detail it's able to capture at 5x is astounding.


Pixel 7 Pro at 5x vs. Pixel 7 at 5x. The difference speaks for itself.

Super Res Zoom is available on both phones, using the physical hardware and some impressive processing to create impressive images from far away. That said, the Pixel 7 Pro blows the smaller model out of the water. It can capture photos at 30x, compared to just 8x on the Pixel 7. And while those 30x images aren't always as impressive as we'd like, there is a sweet spot around 10x where images look excellent, despite using a 5x telephoto lens.


A Super Res Mode 30x success vs. a 30x failure. The detail in the building is kept intact, while the statue ends up looking like an oil painting.

On the video front, both devices offer 4K60 from all available lenses, along with 10-bit HDR video and a Cinematic Blur mode for making your next vlog look a little more cinematic. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro also use identical 10.8MP front-facing cameras capable of recording at 4K60. These lenses also support face unlock, though only on the lock screen.

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Performance and battery life

Performance between the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro should feel nearly identical in day-to-day use. Both phones run on Google's Tensor G2 chip, providing some modest improvements over their predecessors. While these devices can't quite measure up to, say, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in benchmarks alone, they're plenty fast for anything you could throw at them.

That said, both devices run hot, not just when gaming. Browsing the web or doomscrolling through Twitter can also heat up the back of each phone. It's less noticeable if you're rocking a case, but nonetheless, these phones run hot.

Really, the only performance difference between the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro comes down to their RAM allotments. The Pixel 7 only has 8GB of RAM, while the more expensive 7 Pro has 12GB. Certainly, more memory is good, especially if you're planning on holding onto these devices for three, four, or even five years. That said, I don't think it's worth spending an extra $300 on the Pro just because it has more memory. For most buyers, it won't affect how you use either phone.

As for battery life, both devices are perfectly fine, though neither will get you past a day in regular use. The Pixel 7 has a 4,355mAh battery, while the Pixel 7 Pro sports a much larger 5,000mAh cell. Either way, we've only just made it to the end of the day without topping up on both phones. If you're planning on heading out for a late night, you'll need to make sure it's charged up before you go. Unfortunately, neither of these phones has particularly speedy charging, either. The Pixel 7 Pro can hit speeds as high as 23W, while the Pixel 7 will only hit 20W.

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Pricing

Like last year, there's a whopping $300 difference between these phones. You're definitely getting more "phone" with the Pixel 7 Pro — if that isn't obvious by now — but that doesn't mean the Pixel 7's price tag isn't alluring. $600 for this level of performance is nearly unbeatable, and that's before you account for the usual round of sales that could hit as soon as Black Friday. That said, $900 isn't unfair for a phone like the Pixel 7 Pro — it's just not as shocking of a deal.

As for availability, both phones are ready to buy in 17 countries, making the biggest launch for a Pixel phone yet. You can grab the Pixel 7 or 7 Pro in the US, Canada, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK. In the US, both phones are on all three national carriers, as well as some select MVNOs and, of course, as an unlocked device directly from Google.

Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Which should you buy?

These two devices are awfully similar in almost every way that matters. If you're considering one over the other, it's really going to come down to three factors: size, camera performance, and price.

Although it's clear that the Pixel 7 Pro is, without a doubt, the more feature-packed phone, the Pixel 7 is undoubtedly a better fit for anyone with smaller hands. It's hard to call it a "small" phone, but with a matte aluminum finish around the frame and a flat display, it's arguably a better design than the Pro. That said, the larger, sharper display and the bigger battery on the Pixel 7 Pro will be tough for power users to ignore.

As for the cost of these units, not everyone should spend $300 extra to jump up to the Pro. The core specs are nearly identical, making it tough to justify the price increase if you're solely focused on speed alone. That's where the cameras come in. Really, the choice between the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro depends on whether the telephoto lens is worth it. I won't underplay it — the telephoto lens is really fun to shoot with, and we'll never stop begging Google to bring it to the smaller phone. But if you aren't much of a photographer or can settle for Super Res Zoom at up to 8x, it's hard to beat the Pixel 7's price.

Whichever one you pick, don't forget to grab a case or two to protect your investment. They'll keep that glass back from shattering into a million pieces and even improves some of those design issues on the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7

The Pixel 7 is Google's latest flagship, and it's every bit as great of a deal as its predecessor. For just $600, you're getting excellent performance, an impressive camera array, and an enhanced version of Android — not to mention five years of security updates.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro makes the most of its camera potential with an improved ultra-wide sensor and an impressive 5x telephoto lens. Its curved 6.7" display is perfect for streaming movies, but it's not quite as refined a design as the smaller Pixel 7 — plus, it's much more expensive.

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Killexams : How to check the eartip seal on the Google Pixel Buds Pro

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro (we called them the best earbuds for Android) are packed with Google’s version of the latest earbud technology, including active noise cancellation (ANC), Google Assistant support, wireless charging, and more.

Right now, we want to talk about a particularly important trick and one of the most unique features on the Pixel Buds Pro – the ability to check their eartip seal. The ear seal indicates how well the eartip is fitting inside your ear, how effective the passive noise cancellation is, and generally how comfortable the Buds Pro feel. Here’s everything you need to know about using this feature.

How to check your ear seal in the Pixel Buds Pro

Before we start, make sure your Android operating system is updated. This shouldn’t be an issue for many since the ability to do this was added in Android 10, but it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re working with the latest version of Android to get all the latest features.

Step 1: Out of the box, your Pixel Buds Pro come with the mid-sized silicone eartips attached. Two other eartip sizes are included, one bigger and one smaller. You can also choose memory foam eartips for a tighter fit if you’ve had trouble with eartips in the past — Google even sells some in its store. Pick the eartips that seem like the best size for you. Ears can be weird: Sometimes, a different-sized tip in each ear works best.

Pixel Bud Eartips.

Step 2: Place the Pixel Buds Pro in your ears, and give them some light twists to make sure they are firmly in place.

Step 3: Open your Android phone. If you are using one of Google’s Pixel phones, go to Connected devices. If you haven’t already paired your Pixel Buds Pro, you’ll need to go through the pairing process before beginning this step. Find your Pixel Buds Pro in your Connected devices, and select the Cog icon to visit your settings.

If you’re using a phone that’s not a Pixel, then you should have downloaded the separate Google Pixel Buds app during setup. Open this app to see similar options.

Connected Devices on Pixel.

Step 4: In the settings, find and select Eartip seal check.

Eartip Seal Check in Settings.

Step 5: The Pixel Buds Pro will now run the Seal Check and play some test audio samples while you wait for the program to complete playing. This will do a couple of things, including adjusting ANC to better fit how you wear your earbuds. But the most important part is providing users with a pass/fail result for their eartip seal.

If your Seal Check fails, that means it’s time to adjust your earbuds. Try switching to different eartips and trying again — larger tips, in particular, may be able to Boost the seal. Work at it until the Seal Check gives your buds a passing grade.

Eartip Seal Check in Progress.

Troubleshooting the ear seal check

If something's not quite right with your eartip seal, here are a few things to check.

Step 1: If the Eartip Seal Check doesn’t seem to be working at all even when you think you have a really good fit, you should check that the Google Pixel Buds app (on non-Pixel phones) is updated. Update and reboot it, then try again.

Step 2: If that doesn’t work, reset your Pixel Buds Pro entirely. Tell your phone’s Bluetooth to forget your Pixel Buds Pro entirely, and place them in the charging case.

Leave the charging case open. Press the Pairing button on the back of the case while it’s open and hold it for 30 seconds. The status light will blink, then eventually stop blinking to indicate it's resetting. The status light will then blink different colors for a while before going back to a pulsing white, indicating the reset is complete. Pair your earbuds and try again.

Step 3: Like we said, ears can be weird. Sometimes tips just won’t have a good fit depending on the size and shape of your ears. We mentioned memory foam eartips as an alternative, which may help. But ultimately, keep in mind that this is just an optimization process — your Pixel Buds Pro experience isn’t ruined if you can’t make it work. ANC and other features will still work.

Step 4: Lastly, if you’re disappointed with your Pixel Buds Pro experience, you can go through Google’s service site and see if you can get the earbuds replaced or exchange them for another model.

If you haven’t already taken a look, you should check out our list of Google Pixel Buds Pro tips and tricks.

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Killexams : Pixel 7 Pro Review: Google's Best Flagship Phone Gets Better

Google's $899 (£849, AU$1,299) Pixel 7 Pro only has a few changes from last year's Pixel 6 Pro, but that's because a complete overhaul isn't something the company needed to do this time. The Pixel 6 Pro won my CNET Editors' Choice award pick in 2021 because it was a superb bit of kit, showcasing a major design shift from the Pixel 5, Tensor-powered performance and great cameras.

Instead of needlessly replacing everything Google achieved with the 6 Pro, the company instead made subtle refinements this year, tweaking and poking here and there to make the 7 Pro even better. 

And it is better, with improved cameras, some new neat tricks and dare I say it, an even more attractive design. And of course it's packing the second generation Tensor G2 chip, Google's homemade processor. It's very much evolution over revolution, and the $599 Pixel 7 is taking much the same track. It's a small step, so if you have a Pixel 6 Pro already, this isn't a phone to consider upgrading to. 


  • Stellar camera with awesome new features
  • Design refinements look classy
  • Android 13 is bliss to use

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But if you're using an older Pixel phone -- or any phone from before 2020, for that matter -- then you'll get a lot from the Pixel 7 Pro. It's powerful enough for demanding gaming, it can take stunning photos from its three rear cameras and the Android 13 software is slick and enjoyable to use. 

And it does all this while undercutting Apple and Samsung on price, especially compared to the $999 iPhone 14 Pro and the $1,199 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. And sure, the Pixel Pro isn't cheap, but if you want to put cutting-edge flagship mobile technology in your pocket, it's a superb option.

Subtle tweaks make for a beautiful Pixel 7 Pro design

The design is similar to last year's 6 Pro but refined. Google has kept the characteristic strip along the back of the phone that houses the multiple cameras. But it's now a recycled aluminum strip that blends seamlessly with the metal surround of the phone, which I think gives it an even more luxurious look. 

The back is still glass and the front still curves nicely at the edges. But if I'm nit-picking -- which I am -- there's a bit of a lip between the curved display and the metal surround, so the two don't blend seamlessly together. It's definitely noticeable when you hold it, but does that actually matter in everyday use? Of course not. 

The Google Pixel Pro 7 against a yellow and purple background

The design updates give it a stylish look.

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It's IP68 rated for water- and dust-resistance, so spilled drinks are no concern. I do worry, however, that the shiny aluminum strip could be susceptible to damage -- in the short time I've been using it, several small hairline scratches are visible on its surface and over time that could become more pronounced. Whether that's a problem remains to be seen. It could even develop a nice patina, like aged brass tools, that actually enhances the look.

The display measures 6.7-inches and has a 3,120x1,440-pixel resolution -- exactly the same as the 6 Pro. It's sharp, bright enough to easily see outside and it's got bold, punchy colors that I found lent themselves well to vibrant YouTube videos, but still managing not to look overly saturated or unrealistic. There is a "Natural" color mode if you do want to tone that down, though. 

There's no question it's a big phone, which is great if you love big-screen gaming or watching a lot of videos on the move. But people with smaller hands -- or who simply prefer smaller phones -- could find it cumbersome, especially when holding it one-handed. You can opt for the smaller Pixel 7 with its 6.3-inch display, but you'll also make tradeoffs by not having a telephoto camera. Speaking of which…

Close-up of the Google Pixel Pro's camera bar and cameras

The camera bar houses three lenses.

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Pixel 7 Pro: Superb cameras, with welcome upgrades

The cameras on the Pixel 6 Pro were superb, capable of taking gorgeous images that rivaled any of the top phones around and I'm pleased to see that Google hasn't lost its touch here. The Pixel 7 Pro's 50-megapixel main camera takes stunning photos, with beautiful dynamic range and vivid colors. It's grouped up with a dedicated 48-megapixel telephoto lens that's exclusive to the Pro, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera.

It's taken some glorious shots on my test photo walks around autumnal Leith, Scotland, with vivid blue skies being captured perfectly and tons of detail recorded by that high-resolution sensor. 

An image showing colorful trees,  river and a blue sky.

I love the vibrant colors, crisp detail and spot-on exposure in this shot from the standard lens.

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It's capable of taking some gorgeous snaps as you document the changing seasons.

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The optical telephoto zoom has been given a boost from 4x zoom to 5x. That might not seem like a huge difference but it gives that extra reach in its zoom to help you crop tighter in scenes and find more interesting compositions that'll be lost to your iPhone 14 Pro-packing friends with their 3x max zooms. 

An image showing a boat on a river with buildings behind.

At 5x optical zoom, this image remains pin-sharp, with perfect exposure and colors.

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An image showing a cobbled street leading towards old buildings.

I love the more interesting compositions you can get with the 5x zoom lens.

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Like the main lens, the telephoto zoom captures images with spot-on dynamic range and little noticeable color shift when you switch lenses. The 48-megapixel resolution means that images look pin-sharp, but it also gives some scope to further digitally zoom in. Personally I love the telephoto zoom here; it's a great sweet spot between the iPhone's 3x zoom and the Galaxy S22 Ultra's 10x zoom that means I'm more likely to actually use it. 

Switching to the ultrawide lens lets you pack much more into your scene and I'm impressed that there's again almost no noticeable shift in colors between lenses, with the deep blues of the sky and the warm tones on the buildings of Leith looking almost identical, whatever zoom mode I was using. 

An image showing a riverside scene with an old street light.

The ultrawide lens packs loads more into the scene, but maintains the accurate colors and great exposure balance.

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The ultrawide lens's new autofocus system brings a neat new macro photography feature. You can now focus within a couple of inches, which lets you get super close up to the more tiny things in the world like bugs or flowers. It works well too, automatically switching to macro mode when it detects a close up object and focusing quickly. It offers the same solid image quality as the lens provides on any regular wide-angle image too. Sure, it might not be a must-have feature for most people, but it's a fun addition on those occasions when a fancy-looking bug wanders your way and you want to capture a close-up shot for the 'gram. 

An image showing a close up of a flower.

The macro mode works well and is great fun to play around with when you find a neat-looking subject like this flower.

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Night time images are good too, with the Night Sight mode able to take 6-second exposures, capturing huge amounts of light, even in dark conditions. Night shots are bright and crisp, although I've found issues with flaring if there are street lamps dominating in the image, which sometimes spoils the look. Against the competition, night shots from the Pixel 7 Pro look brighter and sharper than from Samsung's S22 Ultra, but the iPhone 14 Pro's look brighter still. 

An image showing a night-time street with cars parked on the left.

The Pixel 7 Pro can take some great photos at night.

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An image showing a night time street with lens flares from a street light.

But bright lights, like this street light, can sometimes cause problems with flares in the lens.

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Google has continued to make a variety of AI improvements to the camera software too, with updates to its Real Tone algorithm for better capture of darker skin tones. My colleague Lisa Eadicicco put that to the test in CNET's Pixel 7 review by taking photos with the Pixel 7, the iPhone 14 and the Galaxy S22, then having the people in the photos pick their favorites -- you can check out that review to see how the phone fared. There's a new Guided Frame feature that uses audio cues to help blind and visually impaired people take selfies. A neat new trick is the Photo Unblur tool which, as the name suggests, attempts to sharpen blurry or out of focus images. 

An image showing a blurry self portrait and a less blurry self portrait.

The Photo Unblur tool actually worked quite well in this selfie from several years ago.

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I tried it on a handful of older photos from my library and the difference can be noticeable, with the definition improving significantly in some shots after the tool has done its magic. It didn't seem to make that much difference to others, however. So if your image is simply a blurry mess, no amount of software tinkering is going to rescue it. 

The Pixel 7 Pro's camera system is superb overall that'll suit both keen mobile photographers and casual snappers equally well.  Those zoom shots in particular are a favorite of mine and it's that zoom that's one of the bigger upgrades of the 7 Pro over the base Pixel 7, along with the macro mode. For me, that's enough reason to spend the extra, but you'll have to work out for yourself how much of a priority zoom is in your photography.

Pixel 7 Pro has solid performance and slick software

The phone runs on the second generation of Tensor G2, Google's homemade processor. It was a bold move for Google to create its own chip from scratch, rather than use one from the likes of Qualcomm, but in practice it makes little difference to your experience using the phone on a day-to-day basis. The Pixel 7 Pro functions like any other Android phone and it's got more than enough power to run beautifully. 

Pixel 7 Pro phone showing Android 13 screen

The Pixel 7 Pro arrives with the latest Android 13 software on board.

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Navigating around the interface is swift and lag-free. High-resolution videos stream without issue, switching between open apps is immediate and demanding games like Asphalt 9: Legends and Genshin Impact play at max settings without any noticeable issues. In short, this phone packs a lot of power, but it's the behind-the-scenes stuff that Google says has been boosted with the new processor. 

The chip is built with AI and machine learning, with Google saying it's better at AI tasks such as speech recognition, face unlock, object detection in imagery and background noise reduction when you're taking calls. 

It's running the latest Android 13 software, which offers a clean and uncluttered interface which I really enjoy using. It's got no bloatware or preinstalled apps on board, which helps it feel streamlined. And, as with Android 12 on the Pixel 6, you can change all the system fonts' color automatically to match the image you've set as your homescreen. Google calls this Material You and it just makes it easy to give your phone a personal touch. 

So what don't I like about this phone? Well, battery life could be better. After one hour streaming a YouTube video on Wi-Fi with the screen at max brightness, the 7 Pro's battery dropped from full to 95%. The Pixel 7 dropped to 97% in the same time while both the older Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6A dropped to only 98%. After a further hour, the 7 Pro dropped to 87% and was down to 80% after a third hour -- still below the 83% of the Pixel 7 after 3 hours. 

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The base Pixel 7 performed better than the 7 Pro in our battery tests.

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Is battery life bad? No, not at all. It's fine. It's just not as good as it could be. But it'll still comfortably get through a day of mixed use. Like pretty much all phones, it'll need a full recharge when you put it on your bedside table at night. But if squeezing every drop of battery from your phone is important then the battery life is worth keeping in mind. 

Pixel 7 Pro: Bottom line

The Pixel 7 Pro might not have the same pizzazz the Pixel 6 Pro had last year, but it still offers plenty of improvements to result in a superb phone. The $300 premium the Pro carries over the $599 Pixel 7 is well-reflected with the phone's 48-megapixel telephoto camera, along with the same, larger screen brought over from the 6 Pro.

There's little else I can say that I don't like about this phone, but it's worth mentioning that many of the Tensor-specific features like Photo Unblur, improvements to Real Tone and Night Sight are shared with that cheaper phone. But the hardware exclusives the 7 Pro does have make it just as deserving of carrying that "flagship" status alongside the best from Apple and Samsung.

Google Pixel 7 Pro specs vs. Pixel 7, Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Pixel 7 Pro Pixel 7 iPhone 14 Pro Max Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display size, resolution, refresh rate 6.7-inch LTPO, 3,120x1,440 pixels, 120Hz 6.3-inch OLED, 2,400x1,080 pixels, 90Hz 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR, OLED display, 2,796x1,290 pixels 6.8-inch AMOLED, 3,088x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 512 ppi 416 ppi 460 ppi 501 ppi
Dimensions (millimeters) 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85mm 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 7.5 oz; 212g 6.9 oz; 197g 8.47 oz.; 240g 8.08 oz; 229 g
Mobile software Android 13 Android 13 iOS 16 Android 12
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 48-megapixel (telephoto) 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 48-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 108-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 10-megapixel (telephoto) 10-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 10.8-megapixel 10.8-megapixel 12-megapixel 40-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Google Tensor G2 Google Tensor G2 Apple A16 Bionic Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage/RAM 12GB + 128GB, 12GB + 256GB, 12GB + 512GB 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 8GB + 128GB; 12GB + 256GB; 12GB + 512GB; 12GB + 1TB
Expandable storage None None None None
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,355 mAh Undisclosed 5,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Under display Under display No (Face ID) In-display
Connector USB-C USB-C Lightning USB-C
Headphone jack None None None None
Price (USD) $899 $599 $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB) $1,200
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Killexams : Pixel 7 Pro vs. iPhone 14 Pro: Which Has the Better Camera?

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET's collection of news, tips and advice around Apple's most popular product.

Google's Pixel 7 Pro has already seriously impressed me with its slick new design, its streamlined Android 13 software and, of course, its excellent triple camera setup on the back. But the competition is fierce, with Apple's latest iPhone 14 Pro also packing some potent specs and a set of cameras that can take truly superb images. 

So which one does it best and which one should you consider if you're looking for the best photography phone around? I took both phones around the stunning Edinburgh suburb of Leith to find out. 

It's an interesting matchup as both phones have similar camera offerings with a main standard lens, an ultrawide lens and a telephoto zoom. And both have already proven their photographic prowess in our full reviews, with rich images and excellent dynamic range being delivered on both sides. 

Photograph of a boat on a river

Pixel 7 Pro, main lens.

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Image of a boat on a river

iPhone 14 Pro, main lens.

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Take a look at the photos above from the Pixel 7 Pro's 50-megapixel and the iPhone 14 Pro's 48-megapixel main camera lens. Both scenes are well exposed here, with controlled blue skies and plenty of detail to be seen in the more shadowy areas. The iPhone's color balance is a bit warmer, which I think suits the scene well, although the Pixel's image is arguably a touch more natural looking. 

A wide-angle image of a boat on a river

Pixel 7 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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A wide-angle image of a boat on a river

iPhone 14 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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Switch to the ultrawide lens, and again both phones have done a great job in capturing this high contrast scene above. There's very little to choose between them, but I think the Pixel 7 Pro's more natural color tones might give it the edge.

An image showing riverside buildings and moored narrowboats.

Pixel 7 Pro, 5x optical zoom lens.

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An image showing riverside buildings and moored narrowboats.

iPhone 14 Pro, 3x optical zoom lens.

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Things change when we switch to the zoom lenses though, most notably because the Pixel 7 Pro's 5x offers a much closer view than the 3x optical zoom of the iPhone 14 Pro. I love a longer zoom as it helps you find different photo compositions in a scene that would be lost to those who only have wide angle lenses. Using the zoom lens for the photos above let me capture a totally different scene, but I didn't have to physically move to get it.

That extra reach is noticeable on the Pixel's shot, with a much closer zoom on the buildings in the distance. Both phones have achieved a good exposure however, and while the Pixel's image is noticeably warmer (particularly on the buildings themselves), I like the color balances of both shots. 

An image showing riverside buildings.

Pixel 7 Pro, 5x zoom lens.

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An image showing riverside buildings.

iPhone 14 Pro, 3x zoom lens.

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Again, that extra zoom on the Pixel let me get a tighter composition on the buildings next to the river in the images above, and it's a better-looking photo as a result. That said, I prefer the tones and exposure of the iPhone's shot, with brighter whites and a more vibrant pop of orange visible on the central building and richer blue tones in the sky.

Wide angle image of a riverside scene

Pixel 7 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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Wide angle image of a riverside scene

iPhone 14 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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The ultrawide photos above are more mixed however. While both phones achieved a generally decent exposure, they both have slightly blown out highlights visible in the distant clouds. And while I prefer the more natural blue sky of the iPhone 14 Pro, the Pixel 7 Pro has achieved more vibrant color tones on the buildings and trees toward the center of the frame. It's tough to make a call on which is "better" here. 

An image showing trees around a river

Pixel 7 Pro, main lens.

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An image showing trees around a river

iPhone 14 Pro, main lens.

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Back to the main camera lens, and there's again very little to choose between the two pictures above. There's tons of detail in both, and the overall exposure is spot on. If I were nitpicking -- which I am -- I'd say the Pixel 7 Pro's sky has a bit too much of a purple tinge in it and it's a slightly more contrasty scene overall. While that's resulted in deeper orange hues on the fall leaves, it's less representative of the actual colors of the scene. It's largely down to personal preference, but I'm marginally erring toward the iPhone's shot here.

A wide angle image showing trees around a river

Pixel 7 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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A wide angle image showing trees around a river

iPhone 14 Pro, ultrawide lens.

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The photos above show the same scene but from the ultrawide lens this time. To my eye, it's an easier win for the iPhone here. The overall color balance is more natural. And while the iPhone kept a decent contrast in the darker area in the bottom left, the Pixel has tried to brighten this area artificially, resulting in a weird-looking grey patch that I'm not keen on. 

An image showing a close up of a flower.

Pixel 7 Pro, wide-angle lens with macro focus.

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An image showing a close up of a flower.

iPhone 14 Pro, wide-angle lens with macro focus.

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With the Pixel 7 Pro now packing auto-focus on its ultrawide lens, it's able to offer macro photography as it can focus within a couple of inches of the lens. It's something Apple introduced on the iPhone 13 Pro, and it's great fun to experiment with. 

In the macro photos above, I prefer the image from the Pixel 7 Pro's camera. The white balance has resulted in more vibrant -- and more accurate -- blue-purple tones on the flower's petals. The leaves in the background also have more of an emerald tone, rather than the yellow-green tones seen on the iPhone's shot. 

A close up image of a dandelion in grass with a cloudy blue sky behind.

Pixel 7 Pro, wide-angle lens with macro focus.

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A close up image of a dandelion in grass with a cloudy blue sky behind.

iPhone 14 Pro, wide-angle lens with macro focus.

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And it's much the same in the pictures above when I used the phones to get a low-down shot of this dandelion, with the blue sky behind it. The Pixel 7 Pro's shot has much more vibrant green tones in the grasses around the subject. The iPhone 14 Pro captured a warmer scene, with more yellow tones seen in the grasses that I personally don't like as much. 

A selfie of a man wearing a hat

Pixel 7 Pro selfie camera test.

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A selfie of a man wearing a hat

iPhone 14 Pro selfie camera test.

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The Pixel 7 Pro is packing a 10.8-megapixel front-facing selfie camera, which is slightly below the iPhone 14 Pro's 12 megapixels. It's not a huge difference, there is slightly more detail visible when you zoom in. Both shots are generally solid, however, although I think the Pixel has gone a bit too "HDR" by reducing the highlights on my face too much. Personally, I prefer how I look in the iPhone's image. 


Pixel 7 Pro wide-angle selfie test.

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iPhone 14 Pro wide-angle selfie test.

Both phones have a wider-angle option for the front-facing cameras, which is helpful if you want to capture more of your surroundings or want to squash more of your friends into the picture. I took the photos above in this mode, and the Pixel actually has the edge slightly in terms of fine image details. But again, I prefer the exposure and contrast from the iPhone as the Pixel's HDR has flattened the tones in my face a bit too much for my liking. 

A night time image of a pub on a cobbled street.

Pixel 7 Pro, night mode.

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A night time image of a pub on a cobbled street.

iPhone 14 Pro, night mode.

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When switching to night mode on both phones, I had to give an early win to the iPhone in the photos above. Its white balance produced a nicer-looking shot without the overly warm orange tone seen in the Pixel's image. 


Pixel 7 Pro night mode, 100% crop.

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iPhone 14 Pro, night mode, 100% crop.

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It's also clear that the iPhone's image is sharper when cropping in to 100% on both images, with the Pixel's shot showing some motion blur, particularly on the pub sign. Look at the spotlights on the wall sculptures above; the Pixel's shot hasn't been able to capture the dynamic range here, resulting in blow-out areas, while the iPhone has done a much better job of keeping those bright tones under control. 


Pixel 7 Pro, night mode.

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iPhone 14 Pro, night mode.

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There's not as much to choose between in these night-time shots above that I took overlooking Leith Shore. Both have similar color tones, exposure and only marginal improvements on the iPhone's shot when viewed at 100%. 


Pixel 7 Pro night mode, 5x zoom.

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iPhone 14 Pro, night mode, 3x zoom.

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Switch to the zoom mode, and there's a bigger difference between the two phones. In the images above, the Pixel's shot is brighter and more vibrant but suffers hugely from motion blur, despite that fact that I stabilized myself against a bridge wall when taking the shot. I took three images here and this was the best I could get. 


Pixel 7 Pro, night mode, 5x zoom at 100% crop.

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iPhone 14 Pro, night mode, 3x zoom at 100% crop.

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You can really see how blurry the Pixel's image is when cropping in to 100%. Sure, the iPhone doesn't have the same reach with its 3x zoom. But its shot is much sharper and clearer, and it easily takes the win here.


Pixel 7 Pro, night mode.

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iPhone 14 Pro, night mode.

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I also found that the Pixel 7 Pro is particularly susceptible to lens flare at night when shooting towards bright light sources like the street lamp shown in the pictures above. While both cameras suffer from lens flare, the Pixel's is particularly problematic since most of the night sky is filled with red-pink flares surrounding the light. It's a shame because this would otherwise have been a nice night-time scene. 

Both phones took some truly superb photos during this test, and it's not easy to give either one the definitive win. Some elements of what makes a "better" photo will come down to personal preference. In well-lit outdoor shots, I found that the Pixel 7 Pro achieved a more natural color tone from its main lens than the iPhone managed. But its colors weren't as good in some wider-angle shots. Of course, you can set up different photographic styles on the iPhone to customize how the camera captures photos and make them look more natural if that's your preference.

At night the iPhone is the clear winner though, with better colors, crisper detail and a superior ability to handle bright light sources -- both in terms of exposure and lens flare. However, the Pixel 7 Pro absolutely takes the win with its superior zoom skills, with its 5x zoom letting you snag beautiful, crystal-clear images that are simply out of reach of the iPhone's 3x zoom. I also preferred the look of the Pixel's macro images in all of the tests I shot. 

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So which is "best" will come down to what you want most from your phone camera. If night photography is important, then go for the iPhone 14 Pro. If you want zoom skills to find creative compositions in your landscapes and street photography, then the Pixel 7 Pro is for you. 

If you just want a great all around camera to snap vibrant shots of your kids at the beach, your friend's food at a local market or some stunning woodland scenes on your next hike, then either phone will suit you incredibly well. Your bigger decision will instead come down to whether you want to go with iOS or Android as your operating system and whether spending the extra hundred bucks or so on the iPhone 14 Pro is worth it. 

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Killexams : Google Pixel 7 Pro: 1x to 30x telephoto zoom, tested
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High-quality zoom remains the last major challenge for smartphone photography. Unlike traditional cameras, most phones simply do not have the space for lenses with variable focal lengths. While some manufacturers like Samsung have tried to solve the challenge by tossing in additional lenses to fill the gap between focal lengths, Google’s approach is slightly different. Starting back with the Pixel 3, Google opted for computational smarts to increase the reach of its smartphones with what it calls Super Res Zoom. The latest Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro build on this foundation. This time around, Google is expanding the Pixel 7 Pro’s reach even further with a new-fangled 5x telephoto lens and increasing the overall reach to 30x.

Can the combination of machine learning, an AI-optimised chipset, and good ol’ optics help the Google Pixel 7 Pro keep up with some of the farthest-reaching camera phones in the business? Android Authority took the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 on a trip around Paris and Luxembourg City to try out its zooming chops. Here are the results.

Solving the challenge of zoom

Pixel 7 Pro hazel rear of the phone on a book

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Google’s Super Res Zoom algorithms work by capturing multiple frames, compositing them, and adding in data using machine learning algorithms to compensate for softer details. One of the key advantages of using a high-resolution camera sensor is the ability to crop in losslessly and get a closer shot. For its 2x zoomed-in shots, the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro crop into the 50MP primary sensor to extract a 12.5MP image. This image is then re-mosaiced and further enhanced with HDR+ algorithms.

Relevant reading: How optical, digital, and hybrid zoom work

Beyond 2x, the 7 Pro uses ML fusion to combine data from the primary and telephoto cameras to Boost quality. Right up to 5x, which switches back to a purely optical zoom and is further enhanced by pixel binning to Boost low-light sensitivity, as well as Google’s HDR+ algorithms to Boost detail and dynamic range. Moving onwards from 5x, we are once again in the software zoom territory, using a combination of machine learning algorithms all the way through 10x zoom.

Next up, Google’s 10x zoom implementation takes a center crop from the 48MP telephoto camera and, once again, applies software magic to Boost the quality of the shot. Finally, when shooting between the 20-30x range, Google claims to use Super Res Zoom with the Tensor G2 processor’s new ML upscaler models to produce a crisp image. 

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2x zoom

Google Pixel 7 Pro 2x center crop

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Google Pixel 7 Pro 2x zoom 1:1 crop

For our first shot, we zoomed in on a standard cityscape. Overcast conditions, as in this situation, reduce the amount of light falling on the smaller pixels. This can have a dramatic effect on the final picture quality. However, the Google Pixel 7 Pro manages very well and outputs a shot that would be ready to go on social media or even small-scale prints.

The Pixel 7 Pro produces presentable shots at 2x zoom, but pixel-peeping reveals signs of color distortion and noise reduction in large blocks of similar-looking material.

However, pixel-peeping tells us a bit more. A closer look at the 100% crop shows clear evidence of softness due to the software-enhanced zoom. Moreover, there are some traces of color distortion as well. As is often the case, the camera struggles to retain details in large swathes of similar-looking objects. The stone and mortar wall, for example, has significantly reduced details.

Pixel 7 Pro 1x to 2x

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Pixel 7 Pro 1x to 2x 100% crop.

For our second shot, we aimed the Pixel 7 Pro at a setting with dense foliage. Noise reduction algorithms and upscaling algorithms both tend to struggle with large blocks of color, making it the perfect test of the Pixel 7 Pro’s abilities.

As was the case with our first image, the overall shot is presentable, but the limitations of software upscaling become very apparent the moment you zoom in further. Large splotches of leaves have been turned to smoothened-out blocks of green, and the algorithms also struggle with the monotone browns of the tower. Detail is significantly reduced, and you observe some signs of fringing along the spire.

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Pixel 6 Pro vs Pixel 7 Pro 2x. 100% crop

Compared to last year’s Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 7 Pro is a clear and marked improvement. We shot the same scene with both phones, and the difference is night and day. These 100% crops reveal much more definition in the building and tower when shooting with the Pixel 7 Pro. Google’s latest also shows reduced artifacts in the green cover. Interestingly enough, the Pixel 7 Pro consistently exposed brighter than the Pixel 6 Pro in our tests, indicating a shift towards brighter tones in color processing.

2x to 5x zoom

Google’s machine-learning magic truly comes into its own when shooting beyond the 2x setting. Unfortunately, this is also where the differences between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro become much more apparent. But before looking at a comparison, let’s explain why.

For its 3x and 4x zoom settings, Google fuses data from the primary and telephoto sensor to Boost the image. New machine learning algorithms further reduce noise and enhance image quality. Since the regular Pixel 7 does not have a telephoto sensor, it relies on standard Super Res algorithms to Boost zoom further. Predictably, the level of detail suffers.

Pixel 7 Pro 1x vs 4x

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Pixel 7 Pro 1x vs 4x 100% crop

Switching up from 2x to 4x above, the Pixel 7 Pro pulls in data from the telephoto lens to reduce softness and the expected drop in picture quality. Looking at 100% crops, there are telltale signs of softness and upscaling — if you know what to look for.

The Pixel 7 Pro produces well-detailed, evenly exposed shots by fusing data from the primary and telephoto sensor.

However, for the most part, the shots look incredible, and the Pixel 7 Pro will more than suffice for casual zoom and shoot situations.

Google’s use of image fusion to spice up details and amp up sharpness is much more apparent when placed next to the regular Pixel 7. Since the regular Pixel 7 does not have a telephoto sensor, it relies on standard Super Res algorithms to Boost zoom further. Predictably, the level of detail suffers, as you can see below.

Google Pixel 7 vs Pixel 7 Pro 3x crops

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Pixel 7 3x vs Pixel 7 Pro 3x 100% crops

Set to 3x zoom, text and lines around the bottle of wine are significantly sharper on the Pixel 7 Pro. This is expected behavior, as even the best software algorithms can’t compensate for the lack of optically-sourced data. The Pixel 7 doesn’t fare too bad, but the Pixel 7 Pro is clearly miles ahead.

Pixel 7 vs Pixel 7 Pro 4x outdoor

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Pixel 7 4x vs Pixel 7 Pro 4x 100% crops

That lack of detail and ensuing issues with software upscaling get magnified when dealing with large blocks of monotonous colors. Case in point, this shot of a building. Neither phone does a poor job at it, but the Pixel 7 displays clear signs of softness around windows. Moreover, the roofing comes through as a large swath of grey due to the combination of upscaling and noise reduction.

The Pixel 7's zoom capabilities start falling apart once you step beyond 2x. The Pixel 7 Pro fares much better.

The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, can upscale accurately by factoring in data gleaned from the telephoto lens. This results in a single sharper image and an accurate representation of the roof.

5x zoom

Google has done an exceptional job at ensuring that there is no untoward color shift between lenses, and the Pixel 7 Pro maintains excellent exposure metering and dynamic range even when zoomed in. Noise levels are also kept fully in control. In overcast conditions, there is some loss of detail in similar-looking regions like the stone wall and foliage, but that comes with the territory, and image quality is generally on par with the best in the business. In fact, I’d go ahead and say that the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto shots are fairly unremarkable due to their general excellence.

10x zoom

Between 5x and 10x, the Pixel 7 Pro falls back to standard Super Res algorithms, and there is a rolling drop-off in picture quality until you get to 10x zoom. Photos clicked at 10x zoom go through the exact same processing as the shots clicked at 2x and are generally very good. Like 2x shots, the camera takes a 12MP crop from the center of the 48MP sensor, re-mosaics the shot, and applies HDR+ scaling to Boost detail across the board. Google claims that these shots are as good as optical zoom, but, in our experience, that might be pushing it a bit.

We observed that images clicked at 10x were generally very usable, but the standard rules of photography apply even more when clicking these. You’ll need ample light and a stable subject to maximize the quality of shots. Since the phone relies on a 100% crop from the sensor, it doesn’t enjoy the benefits of pixel binning to increase sensitivity. As a result, low-light shots and subjects in motion tend to look blurred out. While the photos shot at 10x tend to be usable, there is a noticeable softness, and signs of smoothening to even out noise levels are very visible.

Photos shot at 10x look solid but have an obvious softness and signs of smoothening.

Nitpicking aside, it is quite remarkable to see Google’s machine-learning algorithms at play, and most users would be happy to put up the shots on their social media channels.

Beyond 10x zoom

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Google Pixel 7 Pro - 15x

The limits of software-based zoom become much more apparent once you cross the 10x threshold. We’ve previously observed this on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra where small pixel sizes and software upscaling just can’t deliver a very usable shot at long zoom lengths. It’s much the same case with the Pixel 7 Pro.

Related: Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Even in good light, 15x is about as much as most users would want to push the Pixel 7 Pro. Between the very obvious softness, noise reduction-related smearing, and diminishing color accuracy, the shots aren’t going to win any photography awards.

Pushing it further to 20x broadens the gap in picture quality and noise artifacts, and chromatic aberration becomes even more evident.

For the sake of completion, we’ve included a few 30x zoom samples as well, but between the clear degradation in image quality, significant softness, and noise, we wouldn’t recommend going that far with the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Zooming ahead with confidence

Pixel 7 Pro hazel in hand

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If our walk through Paris and Luxembourg City didn’t make it obvious, the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto sensor nails the brief more often than not. It’s not particularly surprising, but Google’s ML chops handily make up for a relatively normal focal range on the Pixel 7 Pro. The phone delivers optical zoom-like quality between the 2x and 5x zoom range. Pushing beyond to 10x, the results hold up extremely well by smartphone standards. It’s only when you go even further than 10x that the limits of algorithmic zoom start showing up.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro doesn't zoom the farthest, but a smaller focused implementation lets it take some of the best snaps we've ever seen.

Overall, focusing on a smaller but more usable zoom range has, arguably, helped Google Boost image quality in the focal range that people are likely to use. Highly advertised features like Space Zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have rarely lived up to the promise. The Pixel 7 Pro’s usable zoom might fall short of the competition’s numbers game, but the results don’t, and we expect most users to be delighted by the images it can capture.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Best Google camera • High-quality display • Big battery

The Pixel 7 Pro is the top-of-the-line phone on Google's roster.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes the best features from the Pixel 6 Pro, and makes them even better. Enjoy numerous camera upgrades and some fun new software tricks, all for the same cost as the last-gen Pixel phone.

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Killexams : Meet the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: Google tricks, better cameras, and fresher design
Google just announced its lucky Pixel 7 series during a hybrid digital/live event that left no stone unturned when it comes to the latest and greatest in mobile photography and cool Android phone design it can offer.

Pixel 7 pricing and launch date

  • Pixel 7 Pro price: $899 (128GB), $999 (256GB), $1099 (512GB)
  • Pixel 7 price: $599 (128GB), $699 (256GB)
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are up for preorder deals immediately, with a release date set for October 13. The base 128GB Pixel 7 Pro costs $899, while the 128GB Pixel 7 model starts from $599, just like last year.

The new Pixel 7 series design and body colors

While the cool camera "landing strip" on the back stayed, the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 now have much more visible camera lenses to go with it. On their predecessors one could hardly tell where the black camera strip plateau begins and the lenses end unless they are looking from up close.

On the Pixel 7, there is a contrasting strip hue depending on the phone's color to single out with the black oval of the main and ultrawide, as well as with the circle of the periscope zoom unit on the 7 Pro much better, bringing a clear separation of photographic prowess.

As for the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 colors, they both share the Obsidian (Volcanic Black) and Snow (White) ones. The Pixel 7 Pro, however, has a shiny, polished aluminum frame and camera strip, plus an exclusive Hazel (Sage Green) color, while the Pixel 7 makes do with a matte surface on those two, and a Lemongrass hue as an exclusive.

Google also ruminated over the more seamless edge blending while it kept the two-tone body design, so, while there are no drastic design changes, the refinements in the body make the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro stand out even when in a case thanks to the new steel-y camera strip looks with the watchful camera eyes of Google in them.

Pixel 7 series cameras

  • Up to 30x SuperRes Pro zoom levels (Pixel 7 Pro)
  • Optical quality similar to a dedicated 2x telephoto lens for Pixel 7 and a 10x telephoto lens for Pixel 7 Pro
  • Macro Focus mode (Pixel 7 Pro) - Pixel HDR+ photo quality from as close as 3cm
  • New Photo Unblur feature - sharpen blurry pictures (old photos too)
  • Improved Magic Eraser feature
  • Video Cinematic Blur, stabilization, and sound enhancements

The phones share a 50MP main sensor and 12MP ultrawide camera, just like last year's Pixel 6 series. This time around, however, the Pixel 7 Pro comes with a new ultrawide camera sensor with autofocus that also allows it to take excellent macro shots from up close, unlike the fixed focus ultrawide camera on the Pixel 7. 

The fresh 48MP optical zoom Samsung GM1 camera sensor on the Pixel 7 Pro has also gotten new periscope lenses that now allow it to zoom further at up to 5x optical and 30x hybrid zoom for breathtaking magnification detail.

Pixel 7 Pro vs Pixel 7 specs comparison

First things first, let's get the Pixel 7 series out of the way first, before we move on to the all-important software enhancements. As you can see, we only got a new Tensor 2 chipset, brighter screens, and new ultrawide camera sensor, while the rest is mostly what their predecessors offered, which is still a lot.

The Google software tricks on Pixel 7

The Tensor 2 chipset improves the AI and image processing algorithm departments, allowing for exclusive Pixel 7 features, just like the Pixel 6 Pro features include Speech Recognition and Live Translate, for instance, all possible like never before thanks to the Tensor processor.

Centralized privacy and security setting thanks to the Tensor 2 are now coupled with an exclusive free VPN that will come on the Pixel 7 phones first and other Pixels later on.

There is now a Macro Focus camera mode, for instance, as well as a greatly improved Magic Erase option, all the while the phones run on the latest Android 13 with the fastest guaranteed update to Android 14.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro battery life

With a 5000 mAh and 4355 mAh batteries, one should expect wonders from the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel battery life endurance, despite that their predecessors didn't shine in that respect with those same capacities. 

Google, however, has introduced new battery-saving and energy-efficiency algorithms, employed newer OLED display panel technology, and, above all, given leeway to apply AI optimization to cut on power consumption thanks to the new Tensor G2 with M2 co-processor computational prowess.

Pixel 7 announcement takeaway

In a nutshell, the new Google Pixel 7 series is faster, looks cooler, and takes better pictures than their predecessors, not to mention all the exclusive software trickery Google has thrown their way, so if you've decided on an upgrade, the new Pixel 7 phones are worth it with the generous trade-in deals in the next preorder week period.

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 02:21:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Google Pixel 7 Pro review: new camera champ undercuts competition

The Pixel 7 Pro looks to keep up Google’s newfound momentum in top-flight smartphones, offering a powerful camera and AI features for significantly less money than Apple or Samsung.

The Pixel 7 Pro costs £849 ($899/A$1,299) – the same as the firm’s top 2021 phone – while competing with devices costing north of £1,100. It leads Google’s phone line for 2022, which includes the smaller £599 Pixel 7 and £349 Pixel 6a.

From the front, the Pixel 7 Pro looks very similar to its predecessor, with a large, bright and great-looking 120Hz OLED screen that measures 6.7in on the diagonal. Flip it over and Google’s camera bar across the back is now wrapped in polished aluminium for a classy look.

The camera bar design still divides opinion but there is no doubt it stands out against the crowd. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

It is a very big phone but its relatively light 212g weight and curved sides make it a little narrower and slightly easier to hold than some rivals. It feels super-solid and well made.

Google’s latest Tensor G2 chip at the phone’s heart has similar general performance to last year’s version but with significantly faster AI processing. The phone feels very responsive, particularly when performing tasks such as dictating messages and other smart systems, which can be up to 2.5 times as fast as the already rapid Pixel 6, according to Google’s estimates.

Battery life is also similar to the Pixel 6 Pro, lasting about 34 to 36 hours between charges with the screen set to its default FHD+ resolution and actively used for about five hours. That is a little short of the competition but good enough for a day of heavy use. Turning off the always-on display increased battery life by about two hours.

The Pixel 7 Pro takes about 100 minutes to fully charge, hitting 50% in 33 minutes using a 30W USB-C power adaptor (not included). It also supports Qi wireless charging. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian


  • Screen: 6.7in 120Hz QHD+ OLED (512ppi)

  • Processor: Google Tensor G2

  • RAM: 12GB of RAM

  • Storage: 128, 256 or 512GB

  • Operating system: Android 13

  • Camera: 50MP + 12MP ultrawide + 48MP 5-10x telephoto, 10.8MP selfie

  • Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6E, UWB, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 and GNSS

  • Water resistance: IP68 (1.5m for 30 minutes)

  • Dimensions: 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm

  • Weight: 212g


Google does not provide an expected lifespan for the battery but it should last in excess of 500 full charge cycles with at least 80% of its original capacity. The phone is repairable by Google and third-party shops, with genuine replacement parts available direct from iFixit. Out-of-warranty screen repairs by Google will cost similar to its predecessor at about £200, and battery replacements about £100.

The Pixel 7 Pro is made with 100% recycled aluminium, accounting for about 19% of the phone by weight. The company publishes environmental impact reports for some of its products. Google will recycle old devices free of charge.

Android 13

New for this year is convenient but less secure camera-based face recognition, plus a faster in-screen fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Pixel 7 Pro runs the same version of Android 13 as Google’s other smartphones. The latest version introduced greater customisation options for theming and various other additions leveraging Google’s expertise in AI.

Exclusive features to the new phone include the ability to unblur faces and objects using AI in the Google Photos app. It is a little hit and miss but is almost miraculous when it works, and can process new and old photos alike in only a few taps.

It joins the “magic eraser” tool that deletes or recolours unwanted objects in photos from last year. You can also insert emoji by voice while dictating messages, while Google’s at-a-glance widget on the home screen can display new rain alerts, flight tracking and notifications from a Nest doorbell.

Google will provide at least five years of software and security updates, including at least three major Android versions. Samsung supports many of its phones for five years, while Fairphone is aiming for six years, and Apple supports its iPhone for up to seven years.


The new dedicated macro photography mode using the ultrawide camera can produce some really good shots but it is trickier to get consistently crisp shots with this than with rival systems. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Pixel 7 Pro has three cameras on the back, which it combines into almost one continuous zoom range from 0.5x to 30x.

The 12MP ultrawide camera produces good images at 0.5x magnification, with only a little distortion around the edges. The main 1x 50MP camera is simply excellent. It captures a tremendous amount of detail across a broad range of lighting conditions, producing images at 12.5MP. But new for this year is the ability to “zoom” to 2x optical magnification by using only the centre pixels of the sensor, which works surprisingly well, matching what you would typically get from a 2x optical zoom on rivals. Apple used a similar technique for the iPhone 14 Pro.

Shots taken between 2.5 and 4.9x blend data from multiple cameras to produce better images than simpler digital zooms typically applied at these intermediate distances.

Zooming further, the 48MP telephoto camera takes over with its 5x optical magnification, producing excellent images with good detail and sharpness at 12MP. Google repeats the centre-of-the-sensor trick for a 10x optical zoom, too. From there, Google’s Super Res Zoom technology digitally magnifies to 30x zoom. Images at 15x zoom are still very good but start to look overly processed closer to the maximum.

The combined system is impressive, going further than others in blending multiple cameras into one smooth zoom range, while out-zooming all of the competition bar Samsung’s S22 Ultra, which has four separate cameras to achieve similar. I still got the best results by using the native magnification of each camera, so 1x and 5x, but having the 10x optical zoom meaningfully closes the distance on those faraway objects. The selfie camera shoots excellent 10MP images in a variety of lighting conditions, too.

Google’s low-light mode is still the best in the industry and is now significantly faster. Astro-photography mode is still brilliant. Video captured up to 4K at 60 frames a second in HDR was good, while the phone features various new tricks, including portrait blurring for videos and more control over white balance, exposure and focus.


The Google Pixel 7 Pro costs from £849 ($899/A$1,299) with 128GB of storage.

For comparison, the Pixel 7 costs £599, the Pixel 6a costs £349, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra costs £1,149, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max costs £1,199.


The Pixel 7 Pro builds on the success of last year’s model, with meaningful upgrades to its camera that put it on a level with the most capable and expensive models from Samsung.

It is a well-made phone with a great screen, good performance and reasonable battery life. The faster fingerprint scanner is welcome, as is the fast but less secure face recognition for unlocking the phone. Google’s smart systems from in-line dictation to unblurring tech are thoroughly impressive, and you will get at least five years of software support from release.

But really, the Pixel 7 Pro is all about the camera. The 10x optical zoom puts it in a class that only Samsung’s very best £1,149 phone can match, and at a price that thoroughly undercuts the competition at a time when prices are rising because of weak currency rates.

It might seem odd to call an £850 phone excellent value but that is what it is. You won’t find a great phone with a camera this capable anywhere near it.

Pros: class-leading camera, 5 and 10x optical zoom, good screen, good performance, solid battery life, recycled aluminium, five years of security updates, Android 13, impressive local and photo AI features, undercuts rivals on price.

Cons: face unlock option not as secure as some rivals, no big bump in general processor performance, battery life short of best-in-class, fairly slow charging.

Wed, 12 Oct 2022 18:02:00 -0500 Samuel Gibbs en text/html
Killexams : Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Which one should you buy?

With the Pixel 7 Pro, Google has refined a tried-and-tested design with updated internals and a few new software tricks. But how does it stack up against competing devices like the Galaxy S22 Plus, which is universally regarded as one of the top Android flagships? It’s a close race, so we pit the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus to find out which one deserves your money.

Here is how Google and Samsung’s sub-$1,000 flagships for 2022 hold up in terms of display, compute power, cameras, and more.

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Design, durability, and display

pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus back standing

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The Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Plus look a lot like their respective predecessors, but that’s not a bad thing. Their designs are still among the best you’ll find in the smartphone market and don’t look dated by any means.

Comparing the two phones, the S22 Plus ekes out a small lead in terms of durability with Gorilla Glass Victus Plus protection on the front and back. Google, meanwhile, has opted for the slightly older (but still competent) Gorilla Glass Victus on the Pixel 7 Pro. Both phones feature IP68 ratings and stereo speakers but lack a headphone jack.

Even though the general silhouettes of both phones remain largely unchanged from last year, the S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro boast brand new colorways. This time around, however, Google has done away with the iconic dual-tone colorway. Instead, we get a metallic strip in a silver or gold finish that runs the length of the horizontal camera bar. Moreover, the Pixel’s limited color variety may steer you towards the Galaxy S22 Plus and its eight color options, but more on that later.

google pixel 7 pro vs samsung galaxy s22 plus home screens

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On the display front, both smartphones pack Full HD+ AMOLED panels with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. However, not everything is equal. The Pixel 7 Pro is the only one that gets an LTPO display, which means that it can dial down the refresh rate to conserve battery. You may also notice the S22 Plus get brighter as Samsung has bumped the brightness to 1,750 nits this generation.

We don’t have exact brightness numbers for the Pixel 7 series yet, but Google claims a 25% improvement over last year’s measured 800 to 1,000 nits figure. That’s good enough for HDR playback, but not ideal if you’re trying to read outdoors on a sunny day.

The Galaxy S22 Plus has the brighter display, but the difference is subtle at best.

Going from the base Galaxy S22 to the S22 Plus, it’s hard to miss the 0.5-inch display size difference between the two smartphones. This naturally translates to a larger overall volume, but it’s still smaller than the Pixel 7 Pro and its 6.7-inch display. Moreover, the S22 Plus’ slimmer bezels help it feel a bit smaller in the hand than the screen size would suggest.

There’s also a subtle difference between their aspect ratios — the 19.5:9 aspect ratio on the S22 Plus is ever so slightly wider than the Pixel’s taller 20:9 display. There’s also a sizable weight difference between the two smartphones. The Pixel 7 Pro weighs 212g, nearly 10% more than the Galaxy S22 Plus’ 195g.

Performance, battery, and charging

google pixel 7 pro vs samsung galaxy s22 plus ports

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Google and Samsung have taken somewhat opposing angles to under-the-hood hardware changes this generation, at least in terms of raw compute power.

As we’ve come to expect from Samsung every year for the past decade, the Galaxy S22 Plus includes the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 chipset, depending on the region. The Tensor G2 in the Pixel 7 Pro, meanwhile, looks like it will only offer incremental improvements over the original Tensor SoC. While Google has claimed better power efficiency numbers, we’ll have to wait for benchmarks and our review to draw any concrete conclusions.

Google's in-house Tensor G2 chip continues to prioritize AI performance over raw compute horsepower.

Having said that, Google’s primary priority is the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), which got significantly improved this generation. The TPU handles AI-based workloads like real-time dictation and translation and is also responsible for the Pixel’s signature computational photography features like Face Unblur. If those features are important to you, the Tensor G2 may offer tangible benefits over Samsung’s choice of chips.

pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus ports

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The Galaxy S22 Plus features a smaller battery than its predecessor, but the difference may not be as obvious as you’d think. Efficiency improvements in the SoC department could translate to similar full-to-empty times. However, the Pixel 7 Pro didn’t lose any battery capacity this year. Given that, you’d expect the Pixel 7 Pro to handily outperform the Galaxy S22 Plus but you’ll have to keep an eye out for reviews and independent testing to get the full picture.

When you need to fill up those batteries, however, the Galaxy S22 Plus pulls ahead. With Samsung’s 45W Super Fast Charging, a full charge takes exactly one hour. Meanwhile, Google doesn’t seem like it’s in a hurry to push the envelope as it continues to recommend a 30W adapter. And if the Pixel 7 Pro mimics the real-world 23W charging power of the Pixel 6, it could take nearly two hours to fully charge up. Both smartphones are capable of wireless and reverse wireless charging.

Charge up quickly: Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus fast chargers


pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus cameras

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On the imaging front, you get capable 50MP primary shooters on both, the Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro. The primary cameras have plenty of resolution to capture fine details, even if that 50MP figure doesn’t sound impressive against the larger 108 or 200MP smartphone cameras we’ve seen of late. Moreover, the Pixel 7 Pro holds onto the same Samsung GN1 sensor that produced excellent results last year.

You’ll also find a 12MP ultrawide lens on the back of both smartphones, but that’s where the similarities end. On the Galaxy S22 Plus, you get a third lens in the form of a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro tries to one-up its predecessor and the competition with a 48MP telephoto lens capable of 5x zoom. You can also use the ultrawide lens on the Pixel for macro photography, thanks to a new autofocus system.

The Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro boast similar cameras on paper, but only one offers a flourish of features.

Specs aside, though, you’d be hard-pressed to find fault with the performance of either device’s camera setup. Which smartphone’s images you prefer could very well boil down to the image processing and software features. The Pixel 7 Pro has a lead here, thanks to Google’s signature post-processing and features like Face Unblur, Real Tone, and upgraded Night Sight. The same applies to video recording, although you’ll have to get the Galaxy S22 Plus if you care about 8K video recording.

Pricing and colors

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus side edges

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Google Pixel 7 Pro (12/128GB): $899
Google Pixel 7 Pro (12/256GB): $999

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/128GB): $999
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/256GB): $1,049

Google and Samsung didn’t rock the boat with pricing this generation, so the value proposition remains largely unchanged from last year. The Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899 while the Galaxy S22 Plus launched at $999.

If you need more storage, you’ll need to pony up an extra $100 for the 256GB variant of the Pixel 7 Pro. However, the same upgrade costs just $50 if you go down the Samsung route. While you do get 12GB of RAM on the Pixel 7 Pro vs the Galaxy S22 Plus’ 8GB, most users won’t notice the difference.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Snow back

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In terms of color options, Google opted for a more subdued color palette this year compared to the playful colorways of the Pixel 6 series. As such, your only options are Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel. The first two — white and black — represent your staple smartphone colors. If you want something more eye-catching, Hazel brings a splash of color with a greenish-gray color and a gold metallic accent.

By contrast, Samsung has taken the kitchen sink approach with the Galaxy S22 Plus’ colorways. At most retailers, you can pick from Pink Gold, Phantom White, Phantom Black, and Green. Samsung also offers four more color choices exclusively via its own online store. The exclusive colors, namely Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, and Violet, feature a two-toned look that emphasizes the Contour Cut camera bump.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (256GB)

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (256GB)

Excellent display • Great performance • Fantastic software support

The best sofware support on Android phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus sits between the smaller Galaxy S22 and the more feature-packed S22 Ultra. It's a premium device that outperforms its siblings in a few key areas. The performance is top-notch, the camera system is impressive, and the software support is the best you can get on an Android phone.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Best Google camera • High-quality display • Big battery

The Pixel 7 Pro is the top-of-the-line phone on Google's roster.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes the best features from the Pixel 6 Pro, and makes them even better. Enjoy numerous camera upgrades and some fun new software tricks, all for the same cost as the last-gen Pixel phone.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Google Pixel 7 Pro


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (48Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate

Google Pixel 7 Pro

6.7-inch LTPO pOLED
3120 x 1440 pixels
1500 nits
Up to 120 Hz refresh rate


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

US, India, Australia: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Tensor G2
Titan M2 security


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus


Google Pixel 7 Pro



Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

128 or 256GB
No microSD card support

Google Pixel 7 Pro

128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

3,700mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
No charger in box

Google Pixel 7 Pro
5,000mAh (typical)
23W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
21W wireless charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
Battery share

No charger in box


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
- 50MP wide (1.0μm, ƒ1.8, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
- 10MP telephoto (1.0μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)

- 10MP wide (ƒ2.2, 26mm, 80-degree FoV)

Google Pixel 7 Pro
- 50 MP main sensor (f/1.85, 1/1.3", OIS, 82 FoV)
- 12 MP ultrawide (f/2.2, 1/2.9", auto-focus, 125 FoV)
- 48 MP telephoto lens (f/3.5, 1/2.55", 4.8x optical zoom)

- 10.8MP wide (f/2.2, 93°, 1/3.1")


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
- 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
- 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

- 4K at 60fps

Google Pixel 7 Pro
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm port

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Stereo speakers
Triple mics
No 3.5mm port


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support

Google Pixel 7 Pro

5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
5 years security updates

Google Pixel 7 Pro

In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years security updates


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Android 12
One UI 4.1

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Android 13
Pixel UI

S Pen support

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus


Google Pixel 7 Pro



Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Gorilla Glass Victus front
Gorilla Glass Victus back
Aluminum frame


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

IP68 certified

Google Pixel 7 Pro

IP68 certified

Dimensions and weight

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm

Google Pixel 7 Pro

162.9 x 76.55 x 8.9mm


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Snow, Obsidian, Hazel

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Which should you buy?

pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus selfie cameras

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With the specifications and numbers out of the way, it’s time to crown a winner. Picking a favorite in the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus battle is no easy task. Both are incredibly well-rounded smartphones and represent the best of what the smartphone industry has to offer. Ultimately then, picking one over the other will require you to understand what you need from your next smartphone.

The Pixel 7 Pro delivers the consistent and reliable camera experience we’ve come to expect from Google smartphones. If you want top-notch image processing and color handling, the Pixel 7 Pro is your best bet. And thanks to the Tensor G2 chip’s machine learning strengths, it also includes a bevy of unique software features like call screening, Now Playing, live translate, and real-time dictation. Google takes home a few hardware wins too, thanks to the upgraded telephoto lens and above-average battery capacity.

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Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Plus packs a brighter display, faster charging, a smaller and lighter build, and more color variety than the competition. While Samsung’s One UI software skin isn’t as playful or novel as Google’s Material You design language, it still offers a cohesive and smooth experience. Going with a Samsung flagship also nets you an additional year of software updates compared to the Pixel 7 series. That may be an important value consideration if you care about using the same smartphone for years to come.

It’s still worth noting that the Pixel 7 Pro is cheaper — at least on paper. Samsung’s second-best flagship is only a dollar short of $1,000. Meanwhile, the Pixel’s $899 price tag manages to undercut most flagship smartphones in its class. That said, the Galaxy S22 series launched earlier in the year. This means that you’re more likely to find Samsung’s smartphone at a deep discount, potentially narrowing or even eliminating the price gap.

Keeping that in mind, have you picked your next phone? Let us know which device won the Galaxy S22 Plus vs Pixel 7 Pro showdown below.

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Fri, 07 Oct 2022 22:10:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Review: Google Pixel 7 Pro

On the face of it, there is very little about the Pixel 7 Pro that distinguishes it from its 2021 predecessor – the Pixel 6 Pro.

The dimensions are almost identical (the 7 Pro is actually fractionally smaller), while there is a mere 2 grams in the weight-difference.

The only real external giveaway is the fact that the protruding band on the back of the phone – which is home to its camera lenses and flash – is now an entirely metallic affair, replacing the glass-based strip from last year’s model.

Under the hood the differences are slightly bigger – this year’s processor offers more punch, while the display is considerably brighter than before.

But these iterative steps are relatively unremarkable in the grand scheme of things. What is of note, however is how Google puts this extra power to good use.

The phone’s interface is snappy and buttery smooth, with all that processing power allowing you to open and jump between apps without delay.

The sharp screen also makes everything look more vibrant – even if you’re using the phone in direct sunlight.

But more than anything, Google has worked hard to bake its smart assistant technology into every aspect of the device.

That, of course, includes the ability to set the likes of reminders and calendar appointments through voice commands. But the Pixel 7 Pro takes things even further.

The likes of the 'At a Glance’ feature does a remarkable job at pulling out the useful information you may want or need to know through the day.

Users can set up call screening on their device, while they can also have voice messages converted to text (and vice-versa, of course). Google’s voice recording app also offers a remarkable accurate auto-transcription feature, highlighting just how good the company is at knowing what you want.

Of course, the usefulness of these features will depend heavily on how tied in to the Google ecosystem you are – and how willing you are to share your data with the firm.

But Google’s artificial intelligence/machine learning technology continues to far outpace Apple’s Siri – meaning that this device comes closer than any others to offering users a "real" virtual assistant in their pocket.

But the smart tech shows its use in other areas, too.

That includes the camera, which cleverly blends the images coming from its three lenses to create a smooth picture as you shift from ultra-wide mode to 10x zoom (the camera can go to 30x zoom, but the picture gets quite grainy at this stage). The lenses are also cleverly combined with creative algorithms to produce even better pictures in dark and low-light conditions.

The clever camera tricks continue with the resulting picture, too, with Google’s smart tech also allowing users to sharpen up blurry photos after they’ve been taken. That can even include photos taken on other devices.

But for all its smarts, there are some very basic ways in which the Pixel 7 Pro frustrates.

It offers face and fingerprint unlocking – the latter being done through an under-the-screen sensor – however both are prone to failure with an annoying degree of regularity.

The face unlock feature struggles in lower-light conditions – which is only going to get more apparent as the darker winter sets in. Meanwhile the fingerprint reader often simply refuses to accept the authenticity of the user’s digit.

Physically the phone itself is also fairly bulky – and one that’s a bit of a struggle to use with one hand. But it is on a par with the larger screen alternatives from Apple and Samsung, and the trade-off is that significant screen real estate, and some very generous battery life.

The Pixel 7 Pro also takes the edge in terms of price, with Google opting not to pass on the currently inflationary/currency pressures like others have done.

That means that the device starts at €899 here – compared to the €1,029 Apple is charging for its smaller, entry-level iPhone 14.

Sat, 15 Oct 2022 22:59:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Good first attempt at Pro TWS earbuds

With the latest Google Pixel Buds Pro, Google has finally taken the plunge into the flagship wireless earphones segment. Priced at ₹19,990, the Pixel Buds Pro takes on heavyweights from brands such as Sony, Apple, Bose, Sennheiser, and others. Equipped with Active Noise Cancellation, Google Assistant integration, and Pixel Buds app support, the Pixel Buds Pro attempts to carve its spot in the cutthroat market. With its compelling features and Google Assistant integration, the earbuds look promising on paper, but do they deliver on the hype? Here’s everything you should know in our detailed Google Pixel Buds Pro review.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Build, design, and comfort

The Google Pixel Buds Pro looks nearly identical to the original Pixel Buds and the newer Pixel Buds A-series (review). It has a Tamagotchi-esque charging case with Qi wireless charging support. The case is pocketable and looks premium enough. The egg-like oval design also stands out amidst the crowd of similarly-designed TWS cases in the market. The oval case houses the USB-C charging port at the bottom, an LED indicator on the front, and a pairing button at the back.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Build and design

A simple flick of a thumb will open up the case with ease, which we really appreciate. The case is also extremely compact and will slip into most pockets and purses with ease. The case’s hinge seems robust enough but isn’t reinforced with metal, so the durability may not be the best in this price range.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Build and design

The buds themselves are diminutive in size and quite lightweight, however, they lack the silicone extensions or wings that were present on the Buds A-Series. This means they don’t feel as snug in the ear as the Buds A-Series. We wouldn’t be comfortable going running with these buds because they do feel like they may slip out accidentally. There are three sizes of ear tips provided – S, M, and L – but none of them gave the reviewer a tight, snug fit like what you get from the premium Jabra and Apple TWS earphones.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Fit

The buds have a matte texture and dual-tone design that makes them look aesthetically pleasing though. The back of the bud houses the Google logo and the capacitive touch sensor. The touch controls respond well but there are a few misinterpretations from time to time. You also get IPX4 water resistance on the earbuds and an IPX2 rating on the case, which is fantastic.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Features

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is adequately feature-rich, but not as feature-rich as a TWS should be when it’s priced at almost ₹20K and competes with all the segment leaders. The onboard controls are incredibly intuitive and Google has even included swipe volume controls, something that is often missing on even premium TWS earbuds in our experience. Unfortunately, though, the earbud controls are not fully customisable via the Pixel Buds app, which is quite disappointing. You can only customise the long-press control to switch between Voice Assistant or Noise Cancellation control. 

Speaking of the Pixel Buds app, you can use it to access various features such as checking battery levels, performing firmware updates, checking ear tip fit (which seems to be broken because it always says good fit, for some reason), setting up handsfree Google Assistant, and toggle features such as Audio Switching, Volume EQ, and others. It has Multipoint connectivity which allows you to connect two devices simultaneously and Audio Switching is a new feature that can intelligently switch between Android phones and tablets. Both features worked without a glitch during our testing period and are extremely convenient. 

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Features

Sadly, there are no customisable EQ or EQ presets available, which is very disappointing. The app only features something called Volume EQ that adjusts the frequencies automatically depending on the volume levels to maintain a balanced, consistent sound signature irrespective of volume levels. The app is not available for iOS devices though, so you will have to make do with the buds’ default settings if you’re using them with an iOS device. Also, Pixel phones can access the app’s settings by just going to Settings > Connected devices, and then tapping the gear icon next to the Pixel Buds Pro name.

Other features include Google Fast Pair support, in-ear detection for auto pause and play, Find My Earbuds feature, IPX4 water-resistant earbuds and IPX2 water-resistant case. According to Google, spatial audio is coming soon as well but we’ll only be able to comment on that when we get the update in the future. 

Of course, it also comes equipped with Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode. Google introduced something called ANC with Silent Seal. Silent Seal is a technology that adapts to your ear shape and delivers noise-cancelling that best suits your individualist ear shape. The earphones also house sensors that measure the pressure in your ear canal and work to relieve it as much as possible. We found the ANC to be pretty effective – especially with low-end, constant sounds such as an AC’s hum or airplane’s drone. Higher-frequency sounds aren’t silenced as effectively as the AirPods Pro or the Sony WF-1000XM4 (review). Transparency Mode pleasantly surprised us with how natural and clear it sounded.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Features

The best feature of the Pixel Buds Pro is deep Google Assistant integration. We will talk about the performance of this feature in the next section.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Performance

We previously reviewed the Google Pixel A-Series which boasted handsfree Google Assistant, and the newly-launched Pixel Buds Pro also comes packing this nifty skill. All you need to do is say Hi Google or OK Google to activate Assistant on these buds and you can follow that by any command you please such as asking about the weather, calling a contact, playing music, reading notifications, and more. You can also press and hold the left earbud to trigger Assistant. Not just that, you can also use the buds to translate 40+ languages. This worked pretty flawlessly when we tried Translate Conversation Mode in languages such as French and Spanish.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Sound quality

Uncompensated frequency response graph of Pixel Buds Pro (Purple) vs Flat response (Dark Green)

Moving on to sound quality, the Google Pixel Buds Pro house 11mm dynamic drivers and supports the SBC and AAC audio codecs. It’s disappointing to see a lack of hi-res codecs such as aptX or LDAC since most competitors come with these. The Pixel Buds Pro come with a V-shaped sound signature with slightly boosted bass and highs, and slightly recessed mids. This is a very common sound signature that is found on numerous buds in the market. 

The boosted bass sounds punchy and full-bodied and the highs have good enough clarity but the mids are slightly drowned in the mix. Vocals in tracks such as Popular Monster by Falling In Reverse aren’t as detailed and clear as heard on similarly-priced buds such as the Sony WF-1000XM4. In some tracks such as Dream About Me by The Depreciation Build, the kick drums sound a bit too boomy, which can take away from the song. However, these are tiny nitpicks and for most users, these details won’t matter too much.

However, if you are an audiophile or someone who enjoys a more neutral sound signature, we’d suggest alternatives such as the Sony WF-1000XM4, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 (review) or even the cheaper Oppo Enco X2 (review). However, if you’re okay with a V-shaped sound signature, the Google Assistant integration is fantastic for everyday use and the wireless connectivity is also stellar with Bluetooth 5.0.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Sound quality'

Uncompensated frequency response graph of Pixel Buds Pro (Purple) vs Sony WF-1000XM4 (Blue) vs AirPods Pro (Green)

Now, let’s talk about the buds’ microphone performance. The Pixel Buds Pro features three microphones in each bud paired with voice accelerometers and wind-blocking mesh covers. The caller’s voice sounds clear in most cases, especially if you’re using these indoors, in an office, for Zoom meetings. However, it doesn’t do too well with wind rejection and there were times when excessive wind would get picked up, sometimes more so than the caller’s voice.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Battery life

The Google Pixel Buds Pro’s battery life is fantastic, right up there with the competition. The buds alone are rated at 11 hours of playtime and you get 31 hours of total playtime with the charging case, with ANC turned off. Turn ANC on, and you get 7 hours on the buds alone and 20 hours in total with the charging case. These numbers pretty much match up with all competitors such as the AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM4, and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Battery Life

We tested the buds’ battery life for ourselves and recorded 6 hours and 35 minutes of playtime on the buds alone with ANC turned on and the volume set to 70 per cent. The case adds two extra charges. Not just that, the earphones also have fast charging support where a mere 5-minute charge will provide an hour’s worth of playtime. Also, the case can be charged on any Qi wireless charger, which is pretty convenient.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Review: Verdict

Google’s first attempt at Pro TWS earbuds is a successful one, in our opinion. Priced at ₹19,990, the Pixel Buds Pro has fantastic handsfree Google Assistant integration, great battery life, and decent Active Noise Cancellation. The sound quality is quite pleasant as well with detailed lows and highs. It sounds good with just about any modern genre of music such as pop, rap, hip hop or Bollywood. 

However, if you’re looking for the best ANC or sound, this may not be your best bet. The AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4 are on a whole different level when it comes to ANC effectiveness and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 has fantastic sound quality with support for high-quality audio codecs. Also, the fit of these earphones is not as secure as we’d like, so we wouldn’t suggest them to those who want to use their TWS when working out. So, if you’re okay with these compromises and want something that works well with your Android device with deep Google Assistant integration, the Pixel Buds Pro could be a good option for you.

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