Google’s Pixel has gained many admirers over the years – it’s one of the best Android phones you can buy (read C). At Google’s headquarters we spent an hour with the latest Pixel – version 6 – to see if it’s evolved from the first version to ensure it remains one of the best smartphones out there.
The Pixel 6 is all about evolution. Its biggest improvement over its predecessor is how it handles photos. Its slow down in delivering images in speedy succession reflects a firm belief that, over time, a smartphone will develop a more fluid capture process. The result is that, while the original Pixel made excellent photos, the camera app remains simple and intuitive, rather than trying to cram too much into it.
Using the battery is also faster: if you were last year’s Pixel and want to see exactly how your battery life has fared in comparison to its predecessor you’ll only find that out by opening the battery icon on the bottom-right of the phone and taking a look. To fully pinpoint your battery problems you need to open the Camera app.
The Android features that have been added along the way – Pixel Launcher for more intuitive navigation, GIFs in the gallery, powered by Google Photos and the upgraded ‘Googlesight’ – are also worth keeping your eye on.