The Google Pixel smartphone series has been around for a long time in the category of low-end devices that are obscured in the excitement of more reliable, better performing alternatives.
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The Pixel phones did enough to satisfy those (stares at the Google Pixel 4A) looking for a phone that meets all the essentials for an affordable price. However, this line hasn’t exploded since its introduction in 2016.

But all that is changing with Google’s Google Pixel 6 line introduced this year. In October of this year, the Android developers launched Google’s Pixel 6, 6 Pro and Pixel 6 and 6 Pro as a total redesign of what Google’s smartphones could be.

The many changes that the Pixel 6 brings start at its core: the processor. Google has discarded its Qualcomm Snapdragon chip favouring a brand new chip called the Google Tensor. The Tensor is a brand new direction for the company since it has never created an entirely new chip.

This is one of the most appealing features of the phone, particularly concerning app performance and the essential camera features. The apps open with a click, and the visual performance stands up against processors of similar quality, even though the display was not upgraded to the max. Combined with its base 8GB of RAM, the Pixel 6 is an excellent option for gaming on the move.

The place where the Tensor chip shines is its ability to complement Google’s impressive camera collection. The Pixel 6’s brand new two-tone design can fix the rear 50-megapixel wide-angle and ultrawide 12-megapixel lens with a tactile bar pleasing to the eyes and the fingers. These cameras have a massive range of options thanks to Tensor, which has created a photo suite that will please any user with its features, such as Long Exposure, Night Sight and Action Pan.

The most appealing improvements for the photo editing options are likely to be Magic Eraser and Real Tone. Magic Eraser lets users take out people in the background of photographs by identifying silhouettes and let users manually eliminate portions of them at any time they’d like. Natural Tone is Google’s response to criticisms about phones cameras’ ability to take darker skin tones and skin tones.

Tensor is also a great way to strengthen the security of the Pixel 6 well as by performing a lot of its processing functions internally on the device instead of by utilizing a lot of cloud storage. This, in conjunction with the advancement of machine learning, accelerates operations on the device and provides an extra layer of data security due to less frequent data transfer.

The battery life is good; However, tests conducted since the phone was launched have revealed that Google’s claim that its Pixel 6 lasts all day with a single charge is short in the actual usage. It’s still able to stay for most of the day, even with the heavy use of video and photo applications that are great for most users.

The only real complaints so to date are about the charging speed and the display’s fingerprint reader. An analysis by Android Authority of the Pixel 6’s charging performance does not fully utilize Google’s USB-C charger that’s 30W which is maxed out at 22W. The phone’s charging performance is behind other devices to an astonishing extent, even when using its maker’s software. The fingerprint sensor has drawn a lot of complaints from customers for slow reading inputs or even not taking them in any way. Google recently unveiled a patch to address issues with fingerprint readers, but Google’s blog post about the patch didn’t include any specific language explaining how the patch was made.

However, despite these issues, the Pixel 6 stands as the first real competitor Google has put forward in the smartphone market. It comes with several of the trappings and features of its competitors, using in-house tools to help it work and work with Android better than the majority of phones that run the OS. And all this without increasing the cost by keeping the base price at $599.

The sales numbers will reveal how well this Pixel 6 lives up to its promises; however, the phone quickly becomes one of the top smartphones at a reasonable price.