Google Pixel 6 Re-Review | Six Months Later…

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Reviewing Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone again six months later and ahead of the Pixel 7 launch, with long term thoughts on the camera tech, gaming performance, battery life and beyond. Google’s phone has received many Android updates in 2022, including slick new features like call screening. But the Pixel 6 also has strong competition from the Oppo Find X5, Samsung’s S22 series phones and the Xiaomi 12.

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Google’s flagship is still one of my favourite camera phones, thanks to the simple point and shoot nature. On auto mode you’ll get great looking photos even of moving subjects, pretty much every time. Of course the ultra-wide lens isn’t as impressive as rivals, while the Oppo Find X5 is hot competition for the Pixel 6 in low light.

Gaming seems to be a smoother, more enjoyable experience after some Tensor fine tuning or other background updates. Genshin Impact plays with a more stable frame rate on higher detail settings. And while battery life isn’t quite as good as six months ago, the Pixel 6 still happily lasts a day on a single charge with around 6-7 hours of screen on time.

Have you been using Google’s smartphone as your full time blower? Let me know your own experiences below.

Google Pixel 6 Long Term Review Chapters:
0:00 – Skip this bit
1:07 – Design
2:53 – Android updates & features
5:51 – Display & audio
6:44 – Tensor performance & gaming
8:29 – Battery life
9:30 – Cameras
12:04 – Verdict

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so i would say it’s a bit ridiculous that google’s pixel six flagship phones came out a whole half a year ago already but frankly time has had absolutely no meaning since 2020 i mean what even is time what was also quite strange is that some high-profile people here on the youtubes didn’t seem to like it very much i used the pixel 6 as my full-time phone for almost a fortnight when it first launched and i thought it was proper good not a perfect blower by any means but one of the better flagships out there and more affordable than many of its rivals but of course six months is a bloody long time when it comes to tech even if those months seem to slip through our fingers like grains of sand covered in lard and in those six months not only has the pixel six itself received several updates and new key features but also lots of big rivals have launched including the likes of the xiaomi 12 the oppo find x5 and the real me gt2 pro now in between my other phone reviews i have been using the pixel 6 on and off for the past six months and i thought because it’s half a year let’s revisit it full time have my sims slapped in there for again close to two full weeks to do another in-depth review and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers so first up yeah i’m still gutted that google went bigger with the pixel 6. compact phones are proper rare now in 2022 although the excellent xiaomi 12 is one that i would recommend if you want something for one-handed use it is significantly more manageable compared with this here pixel but still the standard pixel 6 isn’t exactly massive it’s not exactly a chore to wedge into your shorts when you’re done with it unlike the s22 ultra the iphone pro max or indeed the pixel 6 pro and after six months of on and off use including plenty of occasions where i’ve chucked it in a backpack in order to do photo comparisons and the like the pixel 6 still isn’t looking too battered that victor’s screen is a little bit scratched up but nothing too horrific while the gorilla glass 6 arse is only lightly dusted with tiny wii nicks overall pretty good especially considering i constantly forget just how bloody slippery this thing is basically you shouldn’t ever leave this thing on the arm of a sofa because it will be hurling itself off within seconds and i still reckon the pixel 6 looks rather lovely although i would prefer one of the lighter color options despite the slightly daft names every time i see it kind of coral or sort of c form a little bit of vomit just kind of inadvertently holds itself into my mouth and it is kind of a shame that google hasn’t spat out any fresh new color options for the pixel 6 in the past few months but who knows maybe they’re saving that for google i o i’m definitely holding out for a predominantly purple or a comparatively cream no issues with the water resistance here on the pixel 6 either that screen is actually impressively responsive when it’s damp i found that even if i’m chilling in a lovely hot bubbly bath catching up on my frankly horrendous inbox situation the screen still works absolutely fine with damp mitts and condensation all over the thing and on the software side gotta say still a massive fan of that android 12 which is still pretty damn easy to get on with but packs in loads of great new features one of the best new tools wasn’t actually available when i first reviewed the pixel 6 and i’m talking about the invaluable call screening feature this is perfect for pretty much anyone who gets constant calls from private numbers which i’d imagine is basically everyone these days just hit that call screen and feature the caller will be asked what on earth they really will want and then you’ll get a full transcript of their response you can decide whether to answer or tell them to bugger right off and thanks to google’s ever dependable transcription feature this tends to work pretty well even with like really strong northern accents and the like occasionally you can get a little bit confused especially when it comes to slang and the rest but not to the point where you can’t actually figure out what’s being said and the rest of version 12 is rather pleasant from the improved ui customization to the nifty privacy tools and that live translation feature used in the camera is also invaluable when you bugger about abroad which is actually a thing that happens now in 2022 hooray a shout out to the haptics here on the pixel six as well which are subtle enough so you barely even notice them most of the time and absolutely whisper quiet and of course because this is a google handset you’ve got those dependable os and security updates coming through reasonably regularly there have been a couple of delays here on the pixel 6 series smartphones most likely down to the fact they are using that tensor chipset role than just bog standard snapdragon and i know quite a lot of people have been affected by annoying bugs here on the pixel 6 series smartphones i think i’ve just been luckier than most i did see quite a lot of weird quirky little bits of behavior in the first month or so when the phone launched and subsequent update seems to have crushed most of those bugs thankfully one little weird bit of behavior i saw on the pixel 6 these past two weeks was a couple of times the always on display the battery charge wouldn’t actually update on so i’d wake up in the morning and check the charge it would still be at like 12 percent as it was the night before i’d freak out i turned on the phone and it was actually at 100 it was fine a couple of little weird ui quirks as well and obviously it’s not great to still be seeing the occasional little bug six months or half a year into a smartphone’s existence but at the same time nothing too traumatic and if you are after a fun for the long haul while you’ve still got four and a half years of security updates promised here on the pixel 6 so it’s definitely good for the uh for the foreseeable oh also that in display fingerprint sensor has had some updates post launch but it can definitely still be a little bit ropey compared with some rivals and although google is still reportedly beavering away on its very own form of face recognition that still hasn’t transpired here on the pixel six so occasionally i will find maybe a couple of times a day the fingerprint sensor craps out on me so i have to enter my pin instead and while i’m griping about stuff other apps and features here on the pixel besides the face recognition include that micro sd support and i’m pretty much at capacity here on the 128 gigs of internal storage so that’s kind of when i’m gonna have to start deleting stuff soon and also there’s no headphone jack here either but to be fair most of the pixel 6’s premium priced rivals also lack the expandable storage the headphone jack and all that good stuff luckily i’ve got no complaints when it comes to the bluetooth audio streaming i’ve been testing the pixel 6 in super busy central london areas now that social distancing is basically a distant memory super dependable no judders or anything and you’ve also got a pretty beefy stereo speaker set up on here as well so fine for you know kicking back with some youtube or whatever and even the screamiest of soft player venues as for the screen tech well no real updates whatsoever on the pixel 6’s 6.4 inch 90 hertz oled panel that auto brightness is responsive enough and clarity is good even when it’s super sunny outdoors and you’re rocking some shades contrast is sharp colors are poppy like most flagship phones out there it is a proper belter now of course one of the biggest changes as far as the hardware is concerned on the pixel 6 compared with previous generations was google’s introduction of its very own tensor chipset and of course google promised an awful lot from its tensor soc but as with the first generation of any kind of tech it’s best approached with the kind of caution usually reserved for an angry badger with a severe case of piles it does sound like a lot of optimization has happened in the background with these various google updates but the pixel 6 can still get pretty bloody toasty at times especially when it’s in constant use on quite a warm day so for instance just the other day hop down to the seaside because it was actually sunny used the phone as a sat now for about an hour hour and a half while also streaming music to my car stereo and at the end of that one it felt like molten bloody lava probably not held by the fact that it is of course all black but the good news is that it certainly seems to be much better at gaming these days certainly likes of gentian impact you can play on those higher detail settings at 60 frames per second and the pixel 6 doesn’t absolutely shut the bed these days it’s actually a nice smooth satisfying experience to rival most of the flagship smartphones out there and yeah that arsene does still get quite warm but not like horrifically toasty like it used to back when it first launched so that’s a plus or no real updates that also fresh new gaming mode either you’ve got a small selection of tools including the likes of a do not disturb when you are gaming and hopefully with future increments of android that will expand and grow even more great new features and tools over the past six months i’ve had absolutely no issues with the networking side of things either i have heard people complaining about the wi-fi connectivity i’ve got to say it’s been absolutely perfect absolutely flawless for me no dropouts in connection or anything like that and the 5g support has worked to charm too as for the battery performance well that battery life doesn’t seem to be quite as good as it was when pixel 6 first launched as well as degraded slightly but i still managed to get all day player out of a full charge of this thing no worries the drain is next to nothing when the phone is idle i still find i managed to get around sort of six hours of screen on time before the battery is fully drained so certainly competitive compared with a lot of its rivals as for the recharging speeds well that does seem not quite as strong as some of the competition out there the wired recharging speeds tops off at 30 watts which it’s pretty lethargic compared with the opposite and the real means of the world which generally top off 80 to 100 watts for the majority of the time it’s not really an issue especially if you’re used to charging your smartphone overnight for instance but it’s quite useful to just bung in a cable and in 10 minutes time have enough charge to see through a full evening when required as you can’t really do that here on the pixel 6. that said at least you do get wireless charging support here on the pixel unlike some rivals like the xiaomi 12 the real me gt2 pro now one of the most obvious reasons to buy a pixel 6 over rivals is still that mightily impressive camera tech although google’s blower does have some fierce competition now in 2022 its biggest rival is more certainly the oppo find x5 which boasts that fresh new mara silicon chip for excellent low light photo and video capture definitely go check out my review of that beast to see more but like the pixel 6 it is just as good at faithfully reproducing any scenario day or night these here pixel shots are outrageously close to what you’ll see with your peepers so anyone who’s serious about photography should be plenty happy and in the evenings you’ll enjoy crisp results with fine detail and minimal grain it’s pretty much neck and neck between the pixel and the oppo and both are slightly ahead of the standard samsung s22 and s22 plus one of the other strengths of the pixel 6 is capturing living breathing subjects especially those who happen to be off their tits on sherbet even in portrait mode this one does a bang-up job with zero blur when there’s lots of flapping and bouncing about the place involved gotta say i haven’t really noticed any real difference in the photo and video quality here on the pixel 6 in the past half a year and certainly not beyond those first couple of updates right back when the pixel 6 first launched it still hits really hard on full auto mode so if you simply want a point and shoot device zero stress zero effort and good looking shots 19 times out of 20 well the pixel 6 will do the job outside of that the pixel 6 isn’t quite as successful as some rivals that 12 megapixel ultra wide angle shooter can’t match the fine x5’s 50 meg imax 766 sensor or other rivals like vivo when it comes to color accuracy and detail even in lower light likewise there’s no telephoto zoom option here on the standard pixel 6 you’ll have to upgrade to the pro for that but that’s fairly standard at this sort of price point like the xiaomi 12 the real me gt2 pro also do not bother with the telephoto zoom and some of the new camera features like the motion mode are still cac although magic eraser is a proper game changer and something i make regular use of to remove other pesky humans from my family picks fear horror movie needs the pixel 6 in as good as samsung’s expensive flagships and it does peel in comparison to the find x5 at night but i’m still more than happy enough with my 4k memories here including the excellent audio pickup and the dependable stabilization so as usual you can move and shoot as much as you like and also that eight megapixel selfie shooter still produces hit and miss results it’s dependable enough in bright conditions even coppenwell when the sun is right in your view although in ambient light you will often get more grinny or warmer shots and there you have it there’s my full six month re-review of google’s pixel 6 flagship smartphone and i do very much like it i get on really well with this thing enjoy having my sim in there that’s for sure gotta say though strong competition in 2022 definitely check out the likes the real me gt2 pro the oppo find x5 and the xiaomi 12 as well all around that sort of six to seven hundred pound mark but if you’ve also been rocking the pixel six in your pants or pocket or whatever for the past few months be great to hear your own mini review down in the comments below let me know what you think and stay tuned for some hot pixel 6a action hopefully coming imminently please do book subscribe ding that notifications bell and have yourselves a bloody lovely rest of the week cheers …. foreign

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