Pixel 7 Pro review: Google knocks out Apple

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Like every year, Google presented its new Made by Google products in early October. Among them, the Pixel 7 Pro comes up against Apple's iPhone 14 Pro Max. We tested it.

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We've been using Google's Pixel 7 Pro daily for more than a week. On paper, the promise is beautiful. The Pixel 7 Pro is offered at a much more affordable price than its direct competitors in the ultra-pretium segment.

However, he has nothing to envy them. New chip, camera more promising than ever, revised and corrected design, new functionalities… You will have understood it, the Pixel 7 Pro is envy. But can it compete with the behemoths of Apple and Samsung?

Google believes in it. In France, the brand has succeeded in gaining linear shares in stores, a first for years. The general public will therefore see the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro on the shelves, will be able to touch them, try them. Sellers will also be able to advise them since Google is deploying a sales force with its partners (including the three major operators).

To accompany the launch, the American is offering attractive exclusive offers and setting up a campaign large-scale advertising. You will therefore see the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro everywhere, at bus stops, on television, on the internet, social networks etc.

Google is sure, its new smartphones have something to seduce. The Pixel 7 Pro is aimed at the most demanding users, professionals or even creative people. For the general public, the Pixel 7 is there, with its even more attractive price.

As we explained previously, on paper Google has a boulevard in front of it. Provided that his smartphones provide daily. After several days of testing, here is what we think of the Pixel 7 Pro, the brand's most advanced model.

Summary

  • Pixel 7 Pro price and availability
  • Quick and stylish
  • New in-house chip
  • Exclusive features
  • The Pixel 7 Pro, the new king of photography
    • Magic Features
    • What about video?
  • Dramatically improved battery life
    • Slow charging
  • Our opinion on the Pixel 7 Pro

Price and availability of the Pixel 7 Pro

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The Pixel 7 Pro is available at a price of 899 euros in a 128 GB version. It is also available in a 256 GB version at 999 euros. Available in three colors (Sage Green, Snow and Volcanic Black), it therefore does not cross the symbolic bar of 1000 euros. Above all, it is much more affordable than its direct competitors, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 Ultra.

For the launch and while stocks last, Google is offering an exceptional offer. For any purchase of a Pixel 7 Pro, a Pixel Watch (worth 379 euros) or Pixel Buds Pro headphones (219 euros) are offered to you.

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What a pleasure to find the new Pixels every year. If there is a brand capable of taking risks when it comes to design, it is Google. If he sometimes broke his teeth, the American seems to have found the right compromise between elegance and originality.

Last year, the Pixel 6 Pro had already caught our eye but proved to be too massive over time. With the Pixel 7 Pro, Google is taking what we liked best about its predecessor and improving what we were upset about.

Thus, the Pixel 7 Pro is thinner, a bit lighter, slightly more slender but above all much better designed. It will have escaped no one, after having physically concealed it (as if to display its software work), Google seems to want to show that it has worked on the hardware, so it sports now its three lenses.

The Pixel 7 Pro looks great in its beautiful case made from more than 80% recycled materials. Of course it remains imposing, of course it is difficult to use with one hand. This is the lot of all smartphones equipped with a screen larger than 6.5 '', such as the iPhone 14 Pro Max or the Galaxy S22 Ultra, its two main competitors.

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The screen, slightly curved at the edges, greatly contributes to the premium aspect of the Pixel 7 Pro . Using OLED LTPO technology, it displays content with QHD+ definition and has a variable refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Let's not mince words, the Pixel 7 Pro's screen is a marvel.

We won't bore you with the numbers, they're on par with the best models on the market, including the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Very bright, it displays infinite contrasts and onion-like colorimetry. An everyday treat.

It should be noted that the Pixel 7 Pro is now aimed at a wider audience. The few aesthetic changes, the choice of colors, the smoother lines are all assets that will allow you to reach profiles other than that of the “geek”. The Pixel 7 Pro plays in the big leagues, and it shows it.

New in-house chip

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Since the Pixel 6, Google's smartphones have integrated a chip of its own. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro therefore inaugurate Tensor G2, the second generation of in-house chips. It is associated with 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage.

Unlike the vast majority of manufacturers, Google has chosen not to compete for performance. Like the first generation, the Tensor G2 does not explode the scores on the various benchmarks. And as my philosophy teacher used to say”We don't give a damn about the haunch of the grasshopper” (yes it was an original).

So yes, the Pixel 7 Pro does not shine by its raw performance. But on a daily basis, it perfectly meets the needs of any user. Are you looking for productivity? He rocks. Are you more of a photographer or videographer? It also manages.

Maybe you enjoy playing the most demanding 3D games? No problem either. Well almost. Some titles like Fortnite, for example, run at only 30 fps and can cause a little heating. Apart from die-hard gamers, this is not a big problem on a daily basis.

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Because Google seems above all to have optimized its chip for its software. You won't encounter any bugs and will enjoy Android 13 up to ” its substantial marrow “ according to Rabelais in Gargantua (definitely this philosophy teacher…).< /p>

Finally, the Tensor G2 improves the digital processing of images in photography and video, but also offers new features specific to Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

Exclusive features

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Exactly, let's talk about software. The Pixel 7 Pro therefore embeds Android 13 with the slight overlay specific to Google smartphones. The manufacturer promises a five-year follow-up, which makes Pixel 7 and 7 Pro the most durable Android smartphones, almost at the same level as iPhones (up to 6 years).

This new Android is not a major update to the OS but is still the best version of Android available on the market, by far.

Google strengthens security with the Titan M2 chip and stores more data locally. Moreover, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro offer two unlocking methods: 2D facial recognition (faster) and the fingerprint reader under the screen (more secure). The welcome little novelty is the integration of a (native) VPN. This little extra is normally part of the Google One 2 TB offer (paid). We couldn't test it since it will be available“soon”.

The customization possibilities are almost endless, the interface is fluid and intuitive, all Google services are of course fully integrated into the software. In summary, if you like Google services, you will love the Pixel 7 interface.

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It has almost become a tradition at Google, each release of new Pixel results in the launch of new software features.This year, the most interesting is undoubtedly the transcription of voice messages. Very fashionable, these messages do not always arrive at the right time (in a meeting for example). Google therefore offers (for the moment only in the Messages application) to transcribe them into a written message with a simple gesture. Impressive.

In France, the dictaphone is finally adopting the latest updates, including transcription (you speak, the telephone writes). Voice dictation in messages is improving: you can now control the corrections by voice. Besides, you can send a message from A to Z thanks to Google Assistant. Practical and efficient.

Finally, and this is a shame for French consumers, some new products remain exclusive to the American market or to an English-speaking public. For example, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro can integrate emojis spoken by voice, but this does not work in French.

The Pixel 7 Pro, new king of photography

Long qualified as an algorithm professional, Google is going all out this year on photographic equipment. On the program three optics ensuring the Pixel 7 Pro the versatility that its predecessors lacked. See instead:

  • a wide-angle lens (f/1.85 – field of view 82°) with 50 Mpxl sensor (1/1.31'' – 1.2 µm photosites)
  • an ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.2 – field of view 125.8°) with 12 Mpxl sensor (1.25 µm photosites)
  • a telephoto lens (f/3.5 – field of view 20.6°) with 5x optical zoom and < strong>48 Mpxl sensor(0.7 µm photosites); Super Des Zoom up to 30x
  • on the front an ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.2 – field of view 92.8°) with 10 sensor, 8 Mpxl (1.22 µm photosites)

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Those who know Pixel smartphones know that Google is capable of achieving feats with modest optics. By equipping his Pixel 7 Pro with state-of-the-art optics, the American is raising his new smartphone to the rank of king of photography.

Yes, the engineers have succeeded in optimizing the algorithms so that they best exploit the potential of the sensors. The result is high-quality photos, day or night.

In almost every area,the Pixel 7 Pro outperforms its direct competitors.But it is especially at night that we observe a real gap between the Google model and its rivals. The magic of algorithms, again and again.

So, yes, some will prefer the more natural look of the photos of the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Others the more flashy colors of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Pixel 7 Pro is in between.

Pixel 7 Pro review: Google knocks out Apple

Pixel 7 Pro test: Google knocks out Apple

Pixel 7 Pro review: Google knocks out Apple


He could have completely forgotten the models of Apple and Samsung if he had been more precise in the exercise of the portrait. If the results are often just as convincing, he sometimes falls into the classic traps of failed clipping (blurry locks of hair, imprecise outlines, etc.). Nothing too disturbing, but since at this level it's all about the details…

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Ultra wide-angle

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Wide-angle

The Pixel 7 Pro, although gifted, remains a small notch below the Galaxy S22 Ultra in the exercise of the remote photo. The 5x zoom is stunning, up to 10x it is convincing. Beyond that, it's mediocre. We can therefore go further with the Samsung model.

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The magic features

At Google, the photo experience also involves editing. The tools offered by Google are still impressive, especially the magic eraser. This year, the American inaugurates the “deblurring”. Thanks to the power of the Tensor G2 chip, it is possible to correct blurry photos with a simple gesture. Better, we can correct old blurry photos available in Google Photos. Bluffing.

The Pixel 7 Pro also extends its accessibility options to photography. Thus, a function allows blind and visually impaired people to be guided by Google Assistant to shoot their most beautiful selfies.

And for video?

So far, Google has failed to match its competitors when it comes to video. The Pixel 7 Pro will not change things. If it is possible to film with the same quality (4K at 60 fps) with impressive stabilization (as on most ultra premium smartphones this year), its cinematic mode does not convince.

This very fashionable new feature (like a video portrait) is not as well finished as on the latest iPhone 14. The clipping lacks precision, the bokeh is unnatural. Also, the software struggles to switch the focus from foreground to background. An update will probably fix the problem, but at the time of this writing, there is still some work to do.

Significantly improved autonomy

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The case of the Pixel 7 Pro is undoubtedly one of the most surprising. According to the results of our 01Lab test laboratory, its autonomy is more or less identical to that of its predecessor, ie 14:07 in general-purpose use and 14:26 in video streaming. Fairly average scores.

However, our daily experience does not reflect these results. Indeed, usually users of an iPhone 14 Pro Max, we have more or less used our Pixel 7 Pro with the same intensity. And we were pleasantly surprised by its endurance, ultimately very close to that of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

In general-purpose use, we lasted a day and a half. At 3 p.m., we had 20% battery left. We cannot therefore say that the Pixel 7 Pro is as good in the field as the iPhone 14 Pro Max or the iPhone 14 Plus, but it rises to the top of the basket.

So why so many differences with lab results? According to the laboratory manager, this can be explained by the variation in the refresh rate of the screen, which consumes a lot of energy during laboratory tests depending on the panel used.

The Tensor G2 chip may also have its share of responsibility. Indeed, during the tests, some cores of the processor are more stressed than during use in real conditions. This is also why we combine laboratory tests and daily experiences.

Slow charging

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Like the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the Pixel 7 Pro doesn't shine by its recharging speed. It reaches 50% in 33 minutes with a 30 W charger (while it tops out at 23 W) which is rather average. Allow 1h40 for a full charge. Again, we have seen much better, especially on the side of OPPO or Xiaomi.

The Pixel 7 Pro is also compatible with wireless charging and reverse charging. Essentials for a premium model.

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Our review of the Pixel 7 Pro

As you will no doubt have understood from reading this test, the Pixel 7 Pro won us over. Elegant and original, it has all the features expected of a premium smartphone. Efficient, enduring, it has a polished and intuitive interface.

But who says Pixel, says photo. And once again, Google outclasses its competitors in this area. With great algorithmic blows, it shines where its rivals are struggling.

So yes, the Pixel 7 Pro has some flaws. It would benefit from being even more enduring and accompanied by a faster charging system. We would also like it to be as good in video as it is in photos.

But there is a significant point that makes us accept these little weaknesses more easily: its price. Google is not increasing its prices compared to last year and still offers its most premium Pixel under the 1000 euro mark.

The Pixel 7 Pro is marketed from 899 euros when its Pommé counterpart, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, costs 1,479 euros! The Galaxy S22 Ultra cost 1260 euros when it was released. So if there was only one premium smartphone to recommend to you this year, it would be this Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

899 €

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9.2

Design and screen

9.5/10

Performance and interface

9.0/10

Autonomy and recharging

8.0/10

< h3>Camera

9.5/10

Value for money

10.0/10

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We love

  • Elegant and original design
  • Gorgeous screen
  • King of the photo
  • Improved battery life
  • Low price

We like less

  • Adequate performance with certain 3D games
  • Autonomy still perfectible
  • Slow Charge
  • Portra its and cinematic mode to work on
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