The Pixel 7 will demonstrate whether Google takes its premium smartphones seriously

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Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom of the page: Would you buy a Google phone in the future, knowing about the issues people are experiencing with Pixel 6? For the record, I was very enthusiastic when I pre-ordered my Pixel 6 Pro, and despite the bug infestation, there was (and there still is) plenty to like about Google’s premium flagship (most of which also applies to the vanilla Pixel 6, which I ordered for my cousin): The design is simply beautiful – sophisticated, yet it stands out (I have the Sorta Sunny color).

Okay, everyone. I must be completely open! The Google Pixel 6 Pro is currently a generally decent phone. Yeeey! That is correct! Nine months after their debut, Google’s flagships are finally beginning to resemble the kind of phones that one may suggest buying (on eBay because it’s far less expensive). The issue, though, is that… I spent $900 on a product that would only become “excellent” after I bought it. And it in no way makes me a satisfied consumer.


  • And why did my cousin’s Pixel 6 have a (quite literally) unfunctional fingerprint reader for months before Google pushed an update to fix it? That shows that even the bugs on the Pixel 6 series were inconsistent, as the fingerprint reader on my Pixel 6 Pro always worked, despite being sluggish and spotty. And why do the widgets on Android 12 still need to reload from time to time for no apparent reason? And why does the camera still have problems with processing photos, and shows a black screen when you want to view the picture you’ve just snapped? Google’s reputation as a phone-maker is severely damaged

  • The Pixel 6 Pro has an excellent camera system, which includes my favorite camera (ever) on a phone – the 4x periscope lens. The great display and speakers make for an even greater multimedia experience – I don’t need an external speaker to listen to music, and I can watch videos without reaching for my MacBook But how can I overlook the fact that the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is only just getting good-ish? Sure, users who are testing the Pixel with Android 13 beta say the fingerprint experience will get even better. But why? Why with the next version of Android a year later?

But you don’t need to take my word for it… As reported, Google’s Pixel devices have plunged drastically in popularity, and over 35% of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users in the US now consider buying a new phone from a different brand, because they’re unsatisfied with the current maker of their phone with their current. In fact, even LG, which literally doesn’t make phones anymore has scored -12% on the survey (vs -36% for Google).

Unfortunately, I can keep listing Pixel 6 bugs, but the point is that if Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and even the soon-to-be-released Pixel 6A don’t show an immediate improvement in Google’s attention to the things that make a smartphone good and usable, I’d be hesitant to ever recommend you to pre-order a Google phone at launch again.

For the record, TradingPlatform’s survey lacks meaningful indicators, let alone evidence, but honestly – I don’t need to see it to know that people are unhappy with the way the Pixel 6 series has been performing since day one – I’m not and my cousin isn’t either. Moreover, you can find dozens of Reddit and Twitter threats related to “Pixel 6 bugs” with a simple Google search. This “statistic” isn’t any less valuable than a survey…

I hope the countless news stories on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s sluggish fingerprint readers have already managed to convince you that this one needs to be replaced because, at this point, it’s not even a question… The good news here is that Google is already working on this. Kinda. According to AndroidCentral, “a different in-display fingerprint sensor than the one used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro” is coming straight to Pixel 6A! Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of devices and services at Google, has confirmed this to our colleagues from AC, but we don’t know if the new fingerprint reader is from the ultrasonic variety or just another optical one.


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