Google Pixel 6 review: The smartest, best-value Pixel yet

That’s because, despite the price, the Pixel 6 doesn’t lack key features. The flag-bearer for the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 12, the Pixel 6 is as good as it gets. It’s filled to the brim with flagship trappings, with a handful of one-of-a-kind extras dotted along the way.

Google Pixel 6 Review: Price And Competition

There’s no doubt that the Pixel 6’s killer feature is its cut-throat price. Starting at just £599 for the 128GB version (I don’t yet have prices for the elusive 256GB model), the Pixel 6 is remarkably cheap. Put it next to the iPhone 13 (£779) and Samsung Galaxy S21 (£769) and I’m sure you’ve already made your mind up.

Pixel 6 Specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano+eSIM) Google Pixel 6 runs on Android 12 and features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) OLED display that has a 90Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on top. The display also has a 20:9 aspect ratio and 441ppi of pixel density. The phone is powered by Google's Tensor SoC, along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It comes with a dual rear camera setup that houses a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.85 wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The rear camera setup is coupled with laser detect autofocus (LDAF) and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The Pixel 6 also carries an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.0 lens.

The Pixel 6's Bold Two-Tone Design Makes Me Swoon

The Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch, 1080p screen. It can be set to automatically switch from 60Hz to 90Hz depending on the content onscreen. There's a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera and the screen is flat with thick, Sharpie-like bezels that bleed into the matte-finish aluminum sides. For comparison's sake, it reminds me a bit of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, which also had similar bezels and rounded sides, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

In use the screen is pleasant. The resolution is good, but the Pixel 6 Pro's is better.

Simply A Good Display; Nothing More, Nothing Less

The display in between those bezels can be described similarly; it’s fine. The 6.4-inch 1080p display is an AMOLED panel that’s sharp and bright enough for outdoor use, but there’s nothing particularly spectacular about it. You can definitely tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p when putting the Pixel 6 and the Pro side-by-side, but on its own, the 1080p panel holds up just fine.

Camera

  • Two main cameras on the back, including a new 50MP main sensor
  • Night Sight mode returns, as do many other nice additions

Arguably the most important piece of the Pixel 6’s jigsaw is the camera. Pixel phones have stood out from the crowd in the past as a result of their awesome photo skills and it’s often the thing that has kept me coming back. Pixel phones have often topped our best camera phone lists in the past, because of this.

The Pixel 6 has a duo of cameras on its rear. There’s a big 50-megapixel main wide sensor (1.2μ pixels, f/1.85, 1/13in sensor) and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide with a 114-degree field of view. These hardware features are paired with Google’s very good photo-processing algorithms.