Google Pixel 7 Review | Trusted Reviews


The Pixel 7 offers a charming and impressive all-round experience, with a particularly impressive camera system, making it very good value for its asking price.


  • Great camera
  • Good screen
  • Stylish design


  • Few upgrades from the Pixel 6
  • No telephoto camera
  • Slow charging


  • UKRRP: £599
  • USARRP: $599
  • EuropeRRP: €649
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaRRP: AU$999

  • Dual camera systemThe Pixel 7 has a similar dual-sensor set-up to the highly-rated Pixel 6

  • Unique designThis handset’s appearance, and especially the metallic camera bar, is likely to turn heads

  • Android 13This is one of the first handsets to run Google’s latest operating system out of the box


The Pixel 7 has been out for a number of months now and it’s managed to set itself apart as one of the best choices around, especially with the consistent barrage of deals available.

Even with big 2023 Android devices now on shelves, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Xiaomi 13, the Pixel 7 still manages to offer an impressive array of features.

However, things got a lot more complicated with the introduction of the Pixel 7a, which is essentially a slightly smaller version of the Pixel 7 complete with the same overall look, 90Hz refresh rate and Tensor G2 chipset at a much cheaper price tag. That makes the flagship a lot less tempting.

Read on for our full look at the Pixel 7, including an in-depth delve into its camera skills and plenty more, and take a look at the Google Pixel 7a review for more on the latest mid-ranger.

Design and Screen

  • Suave-looking design
  • Clunky camera bar
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Good quality screen

Just as a high-performing camera is a signature of the Pixel range, so is an eye-catching design. This generation has seen a significant makeover from its predecessors, with a nice shiny metallic camera bar now replacing the somewhat characterless black bar of the Pixel 6. The glossy back panel both looks and feels highly attractive, available in a trinity of alluring colours (Obsidian, Lemongrass, Snow) while feeling very smooth to the touch.

Google Pixel 7 rear panel
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However, whilst it certainly looks good, I did feel annoyed by the camera bar in general, precisely because of its perpendicular edges. While many other phones have a smooth bump to the camera module (best exemplified by the Oppo Find X5 Pro), this one has corners that are so geometric as to be almost sharp.

It makes it a tad less comfortable to hold, it collects small traces of dust in the corners which detract from the visual appeal, and I found it can even snag on jean pockets when you’re taking your phone out. Therefore while the Pixel 7 certainly does look good, I think it could have done with a bit more thought into its ergonomics.

Google Pixel 7 camera module
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Another slight grumble along these lines in the positioning of the power and volume buttons. On most phones, you find these nearer the top and the bottom respectively, but this phone reverses the order and so can take a little getting used to; for the first few weeks of using it, you might accidentally blow out your eardrums when trying to switch off the screen, or turn off a video when you’re trying to hear what someone is saying.

You also won’t get any handy little “optional extras” as far as hardware is concerned; no 3.5mm headphone jack, no SD card tray, and no physical dual SIM capability (though there is eSIM support). None of these are particularly surprising though, as Pixels left these features behind a while ago.

Fortunately though, the Pixel 7 is a robust device. It’s got an IP68 rating, so it is well protected against water and dust, and it’s also constructed from Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and the back, so will not be prone to scratching or cracking.

Google Pixel 7 lock screen
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The AMOLED screen measures 6.3-inches and therefore is a touch larger than the Samsung Galaxy S22 (at 6.1-inches and the iPhone 14 (6.1-inches) but it remains very easy to use with one hand, and the display is still plenty big enough to watch videos on and use your apps as normal.

The resolution of 1080×2400 is sharp at this size, the contrast is very strong thanks to its AMOLED tech, and it’s bright enough to be able to be read under direct sunlight.

One slight potential shortcoming is that its maximum refresh rate is capped at 90Hz, while many rivals, including the Pixel 7 Pro, have reached a refresh rate of 120Hz; this means that it is less smooth when you’re scrolling, as the display renews itself significantly fewer times per second. In practice, I found that the screen was more than smooth enough.

I certainly found the screen to be detailed and punchy, and while you might want a larger panel if you’re watching a lot of videos or playing a lot of games – and you might particularly want a higher refresh rate if you’re keen on the latter – I think that most users will be more than satisfied with the screen’s good qualities.


  • 50-megapixel main camera
  • 13-megapixel ultrawide
  • No telephoto lens
  • Excellent photos overall

Of course, the starring feature of Google’s Pixel phones is typically its camera. These handsets are often seen as the key Android camera players, perhaps even eclipsing Samsung, so the pressure is on to see whether the Pixel 7 can keep up those lofty standards.

The camera system here seems highly similar to that of the Pixel 6, at least on the rear where you’ll once again find a 50-megapixel main camera and a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens (with a telephoto lens being reserved for the more expensive Pixel 7 Pro). On the front there’s a new selfie camera with a 10.8-megapixel resolution, meaning that it’s now capable of shooting 4K footage.

I’m pleased to say that I was certainly very happy with the camera during my time using it, across various different lighting conditions.

Images taken with the Pixel’s rear cameras can at times be jaw-droppingly good; punchy yet not unnaturally vivid, highly detailed, and versatile enough to give you a few different shooting options. Friends noted at the quality of the pictures, even those who are not particularly into photography.

Below is a selection of shots from the main camera, including close-ups of food, and portrait shots, to show its quality and versatility:

Google Pixel 7 main camera image Alcazar gardens
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Google Pixel 7 main camera view from Ronda
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Google Pixel 7 main camera picture of coffee
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Google Pixel 7 main camera Alcazar palace courtyard
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Google Pixel 7 main camera picture gallery Alacazar view
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Some of the above pictures were taken under very strong sunlight yet did not appear washed out (though there was occasionally some lens flare), and this quality held up under darker conditions as well, with colour being restored to the image effectively but not overwhelming it:

Google Pixel 7 night mode image of building in Seville
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Google Pixel 7 ultrawide image of Seville river at night
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The ultrawide sensor (which took the image directly above) packed some extra versatility into the package, letting you squeeze more into the frame, which was particularly useful when in mountainous regions and trying to give some idea of the scale of the surrounding scenery, or if trying to shoot a large looming building:

Google Pixel 7 ultrawide image of Cadiz cathedral
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Google Pixel 7 ultrawide image of view from Caminito del Rey path
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As you can see, while these images were taken with a lower resolution sensor than the main one, they still remain impressively detailed.

There’s no dedicated telephoto sensor on board this phone, so if you want to zoom a little closer to your subject then you’ll have to count on the digital zoom capabilities of the main sensor. Set by default to 2x, this still functions well; the below pictures were taken of the same bridge, from the same position using the ultrawide, main camera, and 2x digital zoom for a side-by-side comparison:

Google Pixel 7 ultrawide image of bridge in Ronda
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Google Pixel 7 main camera image of bridge in Ronda
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Google Pixel 7 digital 2x zoom image of Ronda bridge
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Selfie photos were also generally appealing, with sharp and punchy images that accurately reproduced the textures of skin and hair:

Google Pixel 7 selfie picture
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Finally, I was also very impressed with the video capture capabilities. Able to take 4K footage at 60 frames per second, the video we took with this phone on these settings (note that the default is 1080p @ 30fps) was very sharp and smooth.


  • Good CPU and GPU performance
  • Attractive and useful software

The Pixel 7 runs on a Tensor G2 chip. This is the sequel to the Tensor, which was Google’s first-ever own-brand mobile processor and made its debut on the Pixel 6.

In our review of that device, we noted that the chip didn’t pull up trees in terms of its CPU and GPU benchmarks, but that it did however still perform very well when it came to image processing and smart features. This seems to hold true for the Tensor G2’s performance as well.

The below scores show its CPU scores (according to Geekbench 5) and the GPU scores (according to 3DMark), compared to competing Android flagships:

Google Pixel 7: Benchmark comparison tests

Geekbench 5 single core

Geekbench 5 multi core

3D Mark – Wild Life

As you can see, the CPU scores are very similar to those of the OnePlus 10T but fall behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22, but the Wild Life GPU score is generally a step below its rivals. However, it maxed out on the Sling Shot tests, so there are no comparison scores available.

While performance overall was smooth and fluid, even when running demanding apps or multitasking, the phone did crash at one point – and this was actually when running that GPU benchmark test. Last year we encountered quite a few bugs when using the Pixel 6, but fortunately, these did not recur during my time using the Pixel 7.

Google Pixel 7 browser
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In fact, the light-touch software added to the pre-existing charm of the Pixel 7, and I enjoyed my time with it. You’ve got the familiar suite of Google apps here of course, and there’s little else besides.

While pre-installed voice recorder apps are rarely cause for celebration the Pixel’s one is particularly good, and can transcribe the sentences you speak into text; even though there were often some mistakes here and there in the transcript, it’s still a very helpful tool that allows you to search through recordings and write up the results much more easily.

Most of the software tricks, however, are reserved for the camera. Effects such as Magic Eraser mean you can quite effectively snip objects out of the frame if you don’t want them there (though this is best done for things in the background rather than the foreground), while Photo Unblur allows you to sharpen up images from your Google Photos library if there’s motion blurring. Again, this works best when you just need a subtle sharpening rather than a complete rehaul, but it’s a useful tool that does make some difference to previously underwhelming photos.

On top of these features, the Pixel 7 supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and tri-band Wi-Fi, thereby offering good connectivity options.

Battery Life

  • Good endurance
  • Slow charging speeds

While most of us expect a few healthy upgrades from one phone generation to the next, in this case your hopes might seem to be dashed; while the Pixel 6 had a…

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