The Google Pixel 7 Pro is every bit as good as the best smartphones from Apple and Samsung. It looks great, takes amazing photos, and stands out in a crowd. Google made lofty promises for this phone, and it delivers on the most important, even though some features aren’t as good as we’d hoped (and others have yet to arrive). Google implements software features as art, and the Pixel 7 Pro improves the smartphone in areas we’d forgotten needed improvement.
Intuitive and easy to use
Photo Unblur truly fixes older photos
Snappy and responsive interface
Lacks the deep feature set of best competition
Battery and charging time could be better
Macro Focus didn’t blow us away
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When the Google Pixel 7 Pro launched, Google didn’t just say it would be the best Pixel phone ever, as it has with previous Pixel phones. This time around it said the Pixel 7 Pro would be the best smartphone you can buy, period. It would also, somehow, cost less than the best.
Editor's note: The Pixel 7 Pro has been surpassed by the Google Pixel 8 Pro. If you want to know if that phone is worth your consideration, do go and check out our Google Pixel 8 Pro review, and also take a momnet to read our Google Pixel 8 review.
Our list of the best phones you can buy is predictably topped by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, with its superlative cameras and refined design. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro comes next, with its helpful software and extreme performance. Can Google really top Samsung’s cameras and Apple’s software, without jacking up the price with expensive components? Yes, it can – but in a way that’s different than we’d expect.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes amazing photos with ease, night and day, but it also takes the photo experience further than ever before – it actually made our photos from older phones look better. For now, that’s something you can only do with a Tensor G2-enabled phone like the Pixel 7, Pixel 7a or Pixel 7 Pro; in fact, there are quite a few things the Pixel 7 Pro can do that none of its competitors even attempt.
The Pixel 7 Pro, with its Tensor G2 chipset optimized for Google-specific AI tasks, listens better – literally. It recognizes speech more accurately, making Google Assistant more useful. It translates foreign languages faster. It doesn’t just make photos better, it makes them more clear, and more inclusive, using Real Tone technology to enhance skin tones. It will soon make phone calls sound better.
We’re finally seeing the benefits of Google developing its own processing platform to match its OS. The Tensor G2, with better graphics capabilities than its predecessor, is unhesitating and smooth while running the Android 13 interface. Android feels mature and complete on this phone, and it’s intuitive and snappy, enabling us to jump instantly to wherever we needed to be.
While Samsung adds more and more features, and Apple keeps making things more streamlined and simple, Google takes a step back, and uses its software prowess to improve some of the very basic things that phones have been getting wrong for a long time.
Google Pixel 7 Pro price and availability
- Starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299 for 128GB version
- Less expensive than iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Available from October 13, 2022
The Pixel 7 Pro price starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299, which gets you 128GB of storage. The price rises to $999 / £949 / AU$1,449 for 256GB of storage, and $1,099 / AU$1,599 for 512GB – that model isn't available in the UK. Each Pixel 7 Pro model comes with 12GB of RAM no matter how much storage you opt for.
Google likes to price its phones just a bit cheaper than the competition, and the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7a continue this trend. The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749, which means the Pixel 7 Pro is not only cheaper, but UK and Australian buyers won’t see the same price hike that iPhone fans saw compared to last year.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G is even more expensive, at $1,200 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, and that phone comes overloaded with hardware. The Pixel 7 Pro lacks stylus support, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a pen built in. The Samsung phone also has five cameras, including a 10x superzoom. It’s truly an amazing phone, but you pay for amazing. Samsung generally launches new Galaxy S phones early in the year, so this phone should be replaced before long.
We should note that Google is not rigid on pricing, and we see sales and price drops for Pixel phones throughout the year. Google also likes to launch a mid-year refresh, though often this is a budget phone and not a Pixel 7 Pro competitor. We have heard rumors of a Pixel 7 Ultra with even more cameras, but nothing specific enough to say that such a phone is definite.
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Looking for the perfect audio pairing for the Pixel 7 Pro? Check out our review of Google Pixel Buds Pro.
- Value score: 4.5/5
Google Pixel 7 Pro design
- Distinctive camera strip
- Hazel, Snow, and Obsidian color options
- Refined, curved-edge display
The Google Pixel 7 Pro has a distinctive design compared to the rest of the smartphone market, and we like the overall look; but it’s not our favorite phone to carry and show off. The camera band makes the phone seem more balanced and symmetrical, but the glossy finish is fingerprint-prone, and the colors seem a bit yesteryear.
Google likes to talk up its color options, but really there’s only white, black, and colorful. We prefer colorful. The ‘Snow’ white looks nice, but this year’s black, ‘Obsidian’ is even more dark and glossy than before, and we’re not fans. It picked up fingerprints like grandma’s piano.
The Pixel 7 Pro is water-resistant to a meter of depth with IP68 protection, and the display uses the same scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass Victus you’ll find on all of today’s top smartphones. There’s a USB-C port for 30W charging, and of course no headphone port. Large stereo speakers fire out of the bottom.