Pixel 7 Pro Review: After 1 month of use, it’s still a delight

When Google Pixel 7 Pro was first released, I was impressed with the cameras, updated design and smooth performance. I’ve been using this phone regularly for a month now, and a lot of what I initially thought is still true, but some things stand out. I’ll start with the good stuff.

I immediately liked the design, and it has grown on me even more over time. It’s very similar to the Pixel 6 Pro, but it’s changed just enough to look fresh. It feels great in the hand and the hazel/gold color of my test model has a very stylish edge.

I still don’t like the sharp edge where the metal strap meets the screen, and I definitely noticed that when I had the phone – and my hand – in my pocket. It’s no more of a deal breaker now than when I first reviewed it, but it’s a disappointing little thing that could have easily been fixed before launch. That said, if you have your phone in a case, you won’t notice it anyway.

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I’ve shot a huge variety of shots in all conditions over the past month, taking on its main rivals, including the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra. For the most part, it’s performed exceptionally well, with excellent color and detail, and while hybrid zooming don’t reach the levels of the S22 Ultra’s 10x zoomI found the 7 Pro’s 5x optical zoom more useful in everyday life; it’s the phone I wish I had in my pocket more often. In fact, CNET editor Stephen Shankland found it gave his pro DSLR a run for its money.

Image with a road and trees in autumn foliage.

The Pixel 7 Pro’s camera can take beautiful photos with perfect lighting and amazing colors.

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Image with a view over Edinburgh

The 5x zoom lens is razor sharp and offers a great way to find interesting compositions in your surroundings.

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‘at night, it doesn’t perform as well as its competitionwith the iPhone and S22 Ultra both delivering brighter, clearer images – although the long exposure mode will add some spice to your nighttime city shots.

In general use, I found the Pixel 7 Pro a joy to use. It has more than enough power to make everyday tasks a breeze, and it handled image editing and gaming without a hitch. The clear nature of the Android 13 interface makes it particularly pleasant as a smartphone for everyday use.

The battery was something I mentioned in my review. It’s not that the battery life is bad – it’s not – it’s just not as good as it could be. And I find that in more demanding tasks, like gaming or video streaming, it drains a little more than I’d expect. Still, it’s easy to get a day’s use out of it, so battery life certainly isn’t an issue here.

Images of the Pixel 7 Pro phone against a white and pink background

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Overall, I still think Google did a great job with the Pixel 7 Pro, and it’s an excellent option to consider if you’re looking for a really slick, top-end Android experience, especially since it’s slightly cheaper than some rivals.


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