June 18, 2024

Google has made it extra clear than ever for 2023 that they promote a single “Professional” cellphone, one other non-Professional cellphone that’s nonetheless good and solely a step under being a flagship, after which a finances cellphone of their ongoing A-series line of gadgets. Whereas they’ve had Professional and non-Professional telephones earlier than the Pixel 8 Professional and Pixel 8, that is the yr they determined to completely promote that concept.

Now, we’ve talked about this at size already by stating the entire variations between the Pixel 8 collection telephones and likewise by sharing our ideas on which you can purchase. With these two write-ups in thoughts, it’s time to dive deeper in after nearly two weeks of testing. Will we nonetheless suppose the Pixel 8 Professional is the cellphone to purchase this yr from Google? Effectively, yeah we do, however there’s nonetheless fairly a bit to get into right here.

That is our Pixel 8 Professional evaluation.

Google Pixel 8 Pro - Review

What do I like concerning the Pixel 8 Professional?

Show. I like to think about myself one of many earliest within the recreation to name out curved shows for being unhealthy, so once we first realized that Google was going fully-flat on the Pixel 8 Professional, I might need poured a number of celebratory beers. This factor is flat. It’s lovely to have a look at and use. It’s quick. It’s wonderful.

The 6.7″ LTPO OLED show that Google used right here has a refresh fee from 1Hz to 120Hz (so it’s tremendous clean and environment friendly), is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2, and weighs in with a decision of 1344×2992. Google calls it their Tremendous Actua show, which actually simply looks like a goofy advertising time period as a result of Google hasn’t really outlined what the hell meaning. It would imply that it will get ridiculously vivid, as a result of at 2,400nits, this factor is certainly vivid (particularly outside). It’s additionally lots colourful and correctly tuned, holds viewing angles, and may be very, very conscious of the contact. I’ve zero complaints right here and would argue that this show is pretty much as good as any utilized by Samsung’s finest telephones.

Oh, and once more, it’s flat. The flat show brings not one of the points a curved show would, so you should utilize the system navigation gestures with out problem, not stare at annoying glares the place the show bends, and match circumstances or display protectors correctly on it. I actually hope that Samsung and OnePlus take be aware from the Pixel 8 Professional, you could construct a beautiful flagship cellphone with out curving its show.

Google Pixel 8 Pro - Display Review

Design. There are occasions that I can’t determine if I like Google’s Pixel design language or not, however I believe there isn’t a denying that the Pixel 8 Professional is one of the best wanting of this current period with the digital camera bar. Google flattened the show, added a matte look to the again and put the cameras all right into a single lens cowl, whereas launching in three beautiful colorways and including a refined colour trace to every model’s polished body. It’s so very Google and exhibits a maturity we don’t typically attribute to Google {hardware}.

The again has a refined curve that helps it sit in your hand comfortably, as a result of it’s a massive cellphone. The buttons are super-duper clicky, there’s good stability to the cellphone as you maintain it (even with the massive digital camera up high), and it one way or the other doesn’t really feel that heavy. If I had complaints, it might be within the polished body that actually must be cleaned every so often. The matte glass on the again can also be semi-slippery, though the slipperiness varies from cellphone to cellphone in my expertise. The Porcelain, which I examined for many of this evaluation, may be very slippery to my hand. The Bay (blue) model I purchased for my very own private use isn’t as slick. Tim says his Obsidian (matte black) 8 Professional feels just like the blue model. I additionally had my spouse do a blind slipperiness take a look at of Bay vs. Porcelain and she or he mentioned Bay was extra slippery, so who is aware of. Ignore all the things I simply mentioned there, however know that the matte isn’t essentially a texture – it’s simply the end beneath the glass.

Google has saved with this type for the Pixel for 3 years now and I form of hope they maintain it going. It’s changing into an iconic Google design, even when solely as a result of it’s totally different than everybody else’s telephones, with the corner-set digital camera housing. a Google Pixel whenever you see it and that’s an excellent factor.

Google Pixel 8 Pro - Camera Review

Digicam. The Pixel 8 Professional has what Google refers to as “absolutely upgraded cameras and never-before-seen modifying.” These “upgraded” cameras embody a brand new 50MP primary sensor, new 48MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 48MP telephoto lens. Now we have the entire tech in these, like OIS and EIS, huge subject of views, and enormous aperture as much as f/1.68 in that primary digital camera. It’s a correct flagship digital camera that’s now paired with handbook or professional controls, much-improved digital camera app, and a number of other new modifying instruments that may flip actual images into one thing not-so-real.

While you open the digital camera, it’s quick sufficient to load, however feels further fast to focus and get you prepared for that first shot. And whenever you determine it’s time to take an image out of your life, this digital camera can do it at any time. For those who snap the entire meals and beer footage, like I do, it’ll accomplish that with unbelievable bokeh and depth, and assist your topics be the star of their present. It’s good at panorama pictures, because of the three lenses and a number of other focal size choices. It’s killer at evening or when indoors in odd lighting, like whenever you go to snap an image in the back of your soiled desk in nearly darkness of a Jigglypuff toy that desires to sing you to sleep earlier than discovering a Sharpie. It’s good at snapping pics of individuals and pets and nearly the rest you may consider.

It produces contrasty photographs which are not often overexposed, however that do get punchy most of the time. The Google picture type is right here because it at all times is, nevertheless it’s a method that appears interesting to most eyes and absolutely transfers nicely to the social media worlds that dominate human life. It’s macro mode is superior, I nonetheless imagine Google’s Portrait mode is one of the best, there’s an choice for high-resolution photographs, and even the brand new handbook/professional controls are so available that I thought of messing with them. This digital camera is superb in all of the methods you want it to be.

Beneath, I’ve added a bunch of samples which were resized for this put up, however you will discover all of them and extra in full decision at this Google Photographs album.

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Pixel 8 Pro - Night Sight

Digicam modifying instruments. I don’t truly know the place to place this part, however we have to speak about it and so doing so subsequent to the digital camera felt proper. So yeah, the Pixel 8 Professional has a bunch of AI-equipped modifying options that you could be or might not ever use. I can’t truly consider many use circumstances for them in my very own life, however Google certain thinks they’ll turn out to be useful. I’m speaking about Magic Eraser, that allows you to take away undesirable objects out of your photographs. We additionally now have Magic Editor, that’ll allow you to nearly re-create a complete picture in the way in which you need it. There are video instruments too, like Evening Sight video and Video Enhance that may take your movies, ship them to a cloud server, try to enhance them, and ship them again so that you can use. Since I’m no videographer and infrequently take video, I’ll depart that stuff for different reviewers to deal with.

For the Magic Eraser and Magic Editor, once more, I’m unsure these are for me, however I needed to indicate you a few examples that can assist you see the capabilities. These is probably not one of the best of examples, though I did attempt to make the AI right here work arduous to see how good it might do in robust eventualities. On the left is the true photograph and the faux model is on the precise. Not unhealthy, proper?

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Pixel 8 Professional – Magic Eraser

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Pixel 8 Professional – Magic Editor

Software program. What’s to not like about Pixel software program? The Pixel 8 Professional takes Google’s Pixel expertise, presents all of its finest elements, after which provides on a bunch of AI stuff and a full 7 years of software program help. I already most well-liked the Pixel software program over different Android skins, however Google has one way or the other made it extra likable.

Earlier than we get into options I really like, let’s first dive into help. Google introduced 7 full years of Android OS model updates, safety patches, and Pixel Characteristic Drops for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Professional. I do know there are some within the {industry} who don’t need to imagine Google will fulfill their promise right here, however they’ve proven a historical past of offering extra help for Pixel gadgets than was even beforehand promised. Google may kill off bizarre facet tasks like Stadia or Inbox, however they don’t fiddle in terms of software program updates on {hardware}, from Chromebooks to Pixel.

So yeah, the Pixel 8 Professional will see updates int0 2030 and that’s wild. Whereas we don’t count on that it’ll get model new options from the most recent Pixel telephones every year, we do care that it’ll see Android variations, these safety patches I discussed, and a few type of Characteristic Drops. Lots of people don’t even personal vehicles for 7 years and but Google has dedicated to supporting their $1,000 cellphone for that lengthy. It’s fairly wild and is completely one of many 8 collection’ largest promoting factors.

As for the precise software program expertise, we’ve Android 14 out of the field and the primary Pixel Characteristic Drop scheduled for December. The UI is snappy and poppy and colourful and works as Android ought to. Google has actually loaded up Pixel with tons of helpful, but not-in-your-face options too, like Clear Calling, an additional improved always-on show and lock display, type customization all through the system UI and apps, higher Close by Sharing, and extra. There are all types of built-in AI or Assistant-powered objects too, like name screening the place the Assistant talks to folks for you or internet web page summaries that thus far have been spot on. And that is all along with the digital camera modifying software program I talked about above, a lot of that are unique to the 8 Professional.

The Pixel 8 Professional has one of the best software program expertise in Android and it solely will get higher with every new model and Characteristic Drop launch.

Battery life. The Pixel 8 Professional doesn’t have a dramatically bigger battery (5050mAh) or quicker charging (30W wired, 23W wi-fi), however it can final you thru the day with out fear. The mix of the Tremendous Actua show and Google’s new Tensor G3 chip look like fairly environment friendly after two weeks with this cellphone. I don’t suppose I ran right into a scenario the place I wanted to top-off earlier than going to mattress outdoors of a single day, the place I threw in some further juice realizing it is likely to be an additional lengthy, further heavy utilization night.

Virtually each evening I went to mattress with the Pixel 8 Professional by my facet, I had 30% battery remaining. Whether or not that was with 3 hours of display on time or if I used to be pushing nicely previous 4 hours, that’s about the place I completed my day. I’ll take that realizing that when testing, you play with a cellphone greater than ordinary and doubtless put a bit of additional pressure on a battery.

My mixture of use usually features a bunch of Chrome, Instagram, Google Information, Gmail, YouTube, and a few Threads. If it’s the weekend, there’s typically plenty of Pokemon Go in there, in addition to the digital camera, and no matter video games my child performs if we hop round city. Once more, 30% is basically what I used to be left with it doesn’t matter what I threw on the Pixel 8 Professional. That’s nice.

Google Pixel 8 Pro - Software Review

Efficiency. Within the Pixel 8 Professional, we’ve a Tensor G3 chip, 12GB LPDDR5X RAM, UFS3.1 storage, and the tremendous quick 120Hz show I raved about earlier. This cellphone is fast, even when it gained’t win any benchmarks, and hasn’t heated up as rapidly or as typically as I bear in mind from the previous two Pixel telephones. I’ve used this cellphone in bizarre 80-degree October warmth with the display continuously on and a recreation working for a 2-mile stroll and the battery didn’t drain, nor did it decelerate. I don’t actually know what else I might throw at it to attempt to drive it to fail, however that exercise actually didn’t do the trick. Will the Pixel 8 Professional play probably the most intensive video games available on the market as effectively as a Galaxy S23 Extremely may? In all probability not. Will it deal with all the things else? Up to now it has.

The long run. You may make the argument that purchasing a cellphone with the promise of future options is a foul thought, as a result of an organization may not observe by. On the flip facet of that, you might purchase a cellphone just like the Pixel 8 Professional with its 7 years of help, realizing the long run must be brighter than ever. I’m going to pitch that concept, at the same time as a ordinary pessimist, as a result of Google is already speaking closely about what’s to come back simply within the subsequent couple of months. Extra AI is coming. There was a considerably shocking concentrate on utilizing cloud servers to reinforce media (like with the Evening Sight video and Video Enhance) and there may very well be an growth of that concept. USB lossless audio is coming. On-device AI is going on like by no means earlier than on a cellphone, and it might imply additional enhancements. You may be capable of take your individual temperature quickly, which is lol. There’s a lot approaching high of the 7 years of updates and it may very well be big.

What’s bugging me?

Mobile connectivity. It’s clear that I don’t have many complaints concerning the Pixel 8 Professional and that I believe it’s a cellphone everybody ought to think about. It’ll possible be the cellphone I run within the pocket for months and months going ahead as a result of it’s that good. Nevertheless, Google seems to be working the identical shit Samsung modem on this cellphone that they had been in previous years and it sucks.

This modem struggles mightily to handoff between towers or from WiFi to mobile after I depart my home every day. I needed to play the Airplane toggle dance a number of occasions over the weekend when transferring by Portland as a result of I both noticed the no-data connection exclamation mark on the mobile sign icon or it mentioned “5G” and simply wouldn’t do something. I misplaced my feed as I completed the Geese’ choke job in opposition to Washington in an Uber that took me by downtown Portland, I simply misplaced sign strolling from my entrance porch (on WiFi) to a mobile connection on the backside of my driveway, and I’ve seen a number of occasions that it’s gradual to change from T-Cell’s 5G to 5G UC in areas I’m used to different telephones doing so rapidly.

Look, all the things else is admittedly nice about this cellphone, however mobile connectivity may very well be one other space of concern. Fortunately, most of my day is sitting at house on WiFi, although I do fear for many who aren’t on this scenario or who might get sick of utilizing their Airplane shortcut so typically.

Fingerprint reader. It’s the identical optical fingerprint reader from earlier telephones and it’s positive, however not nice. For those who don’t line your finger up completely, it’ll absolutely gentle up a darkish room and likewise not learn your finger. While you hit it correctly, it’ll unlock your cellphone quick sufficient, however the factor simply isn’t constant. Fortunately, Google built-in correct face unlock this time that’ll even present entry to issues like your password locker. In different phrases, you utilize the fingerprint reader on the Pixel 8 Professional lower than earlier than. Yay.

Temperature sensor. That is unfair as a result of the temperature sensor that Google put subsequent to the Pixel 8 Professional’s digital camera just isn’t bugging me, I simply don’t know what the purpose is. Google shipped it with out the flexibility to take a human temperature, so you’re left to take the temperature of objects. The pitch right here is to see how scorching your boiling water or your espresso is or if the ice cream in your freezer is chilly sufficient. I’m unsure this can even be helpful when you may take your pores and skin temperature. It’s only a factor Google put of their cellphone and it’ll in all probability go away within the Pixel 9 Professional. Don’t get hooked up to it.

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Must you purchase the Pixel 8 Professional?

The Pixel 8 Professional is $100 greater than the Pixel 7 Professional, bringing its beginning worth to $999. Since this cellphone will probably be supported for 7 years, you in all probability don’t need the $999 model, which solely has 128GB storage, so meaning you’ll possible pay for 256GB. That will carry your beginning worth to $1,059. That’s lots for a smartphone. The factor is, a smartphone this good with that quantity of storage continues to be priced beneath the iPhone 15 Professional Max ($1,199) and the Galaxy S23 Extremely ($1,199). I’d take this cellphone earlier than each of these even when the worth matched.

Google is supplying you with a best-in-class digital camera that has just a few distinctive tips up its sleeves, their best-in-Android software program expertise, improved {hardware} with a stunning matte glass, and the flat show we’ve been begging for. All of that’s then surrounded by a best-in-industry degree of software program help, all at a worth beneath the competitors. This looks like the best smartphone purchase shortly.

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