Google Pixel 7 Pro review: A strong camera and an attractive price

The Pixel 7 Pro is Google's flagship smartphone for 2022 (Credit:

The Pixel 7 Pro is Google’s flagship smartphone for 2022 (Credit:

Google’s latest flagship builds on what makes Pixel phones great while undercutting the cost of its rivals.

The starting price of £849 for the Pixel 7 Pro is more attractive from the start than the £1,099 price of the iPhone 14 Pro. That’s with the same 128GB base storage, mind you.

And you get a lot for your money. There’s a great-looking 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED screen protected by Gorilla Glass on the front and an upgraded triple-lens camera system on the rear.

In truth, the Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t look much different than last year: it still has the distinctive camera bar on the back. And it’s still a big phone with dimensions of 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm. Google has tried to mitigate this by giving the glass a slight curvature to make the phone appear less big than it is.

Nevertheless, the weight is light at 212 g – so it feels comfortable in the hand, even if you have to stretch your thumb a little to use it. The aforementioned camera bar now has a polished aluminum finish to give it a slightly more premium look.

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both come in white and black, as well as Lemongrass and Hazel (Source: Google)

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both come in white and black, as well as Lemongrass and Hazel (Source: Google)

On the right are the power button and volume rocker, while a single punch-hole cutout in the center of the screen houses the selfie camera. You can unlock the Pixel 7 Pro with either a PIN, Face Unlock, or an under-display fingerprint scanner, which is mostly accurate, albeit a bit slower than the physical ones used on Pixels in the past.

At the heart of the phone is Google’s Tensor G2 chip. It’s obviously faster than last year’s version, but the extra punch has gone into the AI ​​processing. Given that Google is a software company, this makes sense. The voice-controlled Google Assistant is more responsive and the image processing has also been improved.

Using the phone for everyday things: swiping through menus or typing messages or searches is fluid and effortless. That’s partly down to the size and quality of the screen, but the Tensor chip, supported by 12GB of RAM, means it’s not stuttering when launching apps or multitasking.

The prominent camera bar on the back comes from the Pixel 6 Pro (Credit:

The prominent camera bar on the back comes from the Pixel 6 Pro (Credit:

The Pixel 7 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery that lasts around 35 hours on a single charge. If the screen is set to full brightness and there’s a lot of use, you’ll probably still go to bed with a little bit of leftover capacity – I’ve got about 20% on average.

Unfortunately, while companies like OnePlus are moving forward with 80W and 120W fast charging, the Pixel 7 Pro is limited to 30W. That goes to a maximum of 23W if you charge wirelessly.

If you want to try to save battery, you can make changes, e.g. For example, turn off the always-on display or reduce the resolution from the native 3120 x 1440 pixels to 2340 x 1080 pixels.

Ideally, you want those pixels to enjoy the best part of the Pixel 7 Pro: the camera.

Google has opted for a 50MP main camera alongside a 12MP ultrawide option. There’s also a 48-megapixel telephoto lens and a 10.8-megapixel selfie camera up front.

The triple camera system on the back of the Pixel 7 Pro performs well in all situations (Credit:

The triple camera system on the back of the Pixel 7 Pro performs well in all situations (Credit:

The main camera is excellent, capturing a lot of detail in a variety of conditions. As usual, the low-light performance is excellent and there are some nice software effects to take advantage of.

Photo Unblur improves your blurry images, while Magic Eraser Cinematic Blur is Google’s version of Apple’s Cinematic Mode that gives videos a blurry bokeh effect. There’s also the excellent night mode for shooting in low light, and a long exposure option to turn running water into white streaks or car taillights into a river of red light.

While experienced photographers can capture all of these effects with the help of a decent DSLR and a Lightroom or Photoshop subscription, the Pixel 7 Pro puts them in the hands of regular snappers like you and me.

My only caveat here is that the Pixel 7 Pro is a bit slippery to hold. I nearly dropped it once or twice while trying to take a picture. Check out the images below to see how the Pixel 7 Pro stacks up against the iPhone 14 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro (L) takes a slightly darker and denser photo than the iPhone 14 Pro (R) (Credit:
You get richer tone from the Pixel 7 Pro (L) but more detail from the iPhone 14 Pro (R) (Image credit:
The Pixel 7 Pro (L) mutes the lighting effect compared to the iPhone 14 Pro (R) (Credit:

There’s also an improved 30x Super Res zoom for taking photos from a distance, and at the other end of the scale, a new macro mode for extreme close-ups.

In summary, the Pixel 7 Pro has all the camera options you’re likely to need for most situations.

Google is cleverly positioning the Pixel phone as the center of its expanding ecosystem. Apple has been playing this game for a long time, but it no longer has a monopoly on it.

Thanks to excellent add-on products like the Google Pixel Buds or the Google Nest Hub – not to mention the Pixel Watch – it’s possible to have a consistent experience across the phone for all of these products.

Google’s Pixel 7 Pro is a great upgrade over last year’s 6 Pro in all the right places. It doubles down on things that worked well: an eye-catching design, a great camera, and top-notch performance.

At the same time, it manages to keep the price well below the other flagships from Samsung and Apple.

Add to that the convenience and accuracy of Google Assistant, quick pairing with Pixel accessories, and a beautiful screen that’s 25% brighter than before, and you’ve got a winning formula.

There are downsides: the phone might be too big for some, charging is slower than the competition, and not everyone will prefer the curved screen to a flat one.

But it’s the camera capabilities that impress most of all, and if you’re looking for the best that Google has to offer then you’ve come to the right place.

Pixel 7 Pro: the details

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will go on sale October 13 (Credit: Google)

The Pixel 7 Pro is available in three colors: Hazel, Snow and Obsidian (Credit: Google)

Surname: Pixel 7 Pro

Price: £849

What is good:

  • Brilliant camera
  • Impressive screen
  • Affordable price

What is bad:

  • Slow loading speed
  • Very slippery

Where can I buy one? Google sells the Pixel 7 Pro here through its online store.

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