Google is gearing up to fully reveal the Pixel 7 series next month, and we’re expecting more of what made the Pixel 6 series so great. So that means great cameras, handy AI-powered features and a well-rounded spec sheet.
Regardless of how good the devices look on launch day, you should probably wait a bit before buying Google’s latest phones.
A history of starting problems
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Google’s phones have had a number of issues at launch, with the Pixel 6 series being the most recent example. The Pixel phones were initially launched with extremely slow and inaccurate in-display fingerprint sensors. But that wasn’t the only Pixel 6 issue on day one.
The Pixel 6 range also had bugs where calls were auto-rejected, Wi-Fi turned off randomly, and the refresh rate got stuck at 60Hz. Most of these have been fixed by subsequent firmware updates, but we still have lingering issues like the Tensor chipset overheating and the wireless connection, which is terrible after all this time.
The Pixel 6 range had a lot of problems at launch. Previous Pixel versions weren’t without their problems either.
Previous Pixel phones weren’t immune to problems either. Highlights include the non-working on-device sensors of some Pixel 5 devices, the screen that switches to 60Hz when below 75% brightness on Pixel 4 series phones (as well as the crappy battery life of the standard Pixel 4), and the camera app occasionally fails to save photos on the Pixel 3 series. This was in addition to battery swelling on some Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 models. However, most of these problems pale in comparison to the problems that the Pixel 6 series faced.
Needless to say, you should probably wait a bit before boarding the Pixel 7 train. This gives you time to look at real reviews and allows Google to roll out system updates that fix inevitable problems. The wait also has the potential side effect of getting a cheaper device, especially with Black Friday coming a few weeks after the Pixel 7 series release.
Google is not alone in this when serious problems arise during the launch.
Not just a Google problem
The most recent high-profile example of boot window issues was Apple’s flagship. People who bought the new phones at launch found that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max’s rear cameras shook and made an annoying rattling noise when using the camera in third-party apps. Apple has since confirmed the issue and released a firmware update to fix the issue.
Android OEMs have also seen their fair share of problems. Most recently, some models in the Galaxy S22 series (namely Exynos variants) suffered from no GPS signal, making it virtually impossible to use apps like Google Maps and Waze effectively. Some Galaxy Z Flip 3 owners also reported that their foldable screens were cracked for no apparent reason. Of course, we don’t need to remind users about Samsung launch flaws either, such as: B. Galaxy Fold screen shatters and Note 7 catches fire.
Google isn’t alone when it comes to launch window issues, but the Pixel 6 series has arguably set a new (poor) standard.
Aside from Samsung, we’ve also seen some OnePlus 8 Pro devices suffer from “black crush” display issues at launch, as well as various Xiaomi devices that suffered from extremely buggy software in the first few months after their release.
The Pixel 6 series may still represent the nadir of launch window issues on Android, so we caution against buying or pre-ordering the Pixel 7 series at launch until the extent of these bugs is clear. After all, the last thing you want is a smartphone struggling with cellular and Wi-Fi connections.
Are you holding off buying a new phone?
On the other hand, Google has a habit of offering some tempting pre-order bonuses for its Pixel phones in Europe. For example, the Pixel 5 came with a pair of $350 Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones. The Pixel 6 series also came with $400 Bose NC700 headphones. So we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to take advantage of the inevitable offers.
The Pixel 7 lineup also looks like it’s more of an iterative upgrade than an entirely new line of devices, and that’s not a bad thing at all. An evolutionary approach means Google can focus on optimizing things before launch, but that’s far from guaranteed. What is guaranteed, however, is that reviewers and other users will discover most serious bugs if you decide to wait it out.
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