Google Pixel 7 review: a capable and cost-effective camera phone

The Google Pixel 7 is a safe bet smartphone that's well-priced with its strong camera and fresh Android 13 UI

A photo of the Google Pixel 7
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Google Pixel 7 is a safe phone that gives you a great experience despite not costing the earth. It's not necessarily the best at any one thing, but it doesn't drop the ball in any significant way. While the battery is its weakest area, and we would have liked more powerful secondary cameras, after a week with the phone, it's already lasting longer than it was in the first three days, and everything else from the camera to the design, screen, performance, and charging capabilities are on the money for the price.

Pros

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    Great main camera

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    Supports wireless charging

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    More premium design than Pixel 6

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    IP68 water resistant

Cons

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    Battery life can be inconsistent

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    Ultra-wide lacks autofocus

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    No telephoto camera

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    No manual photo mode

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The Google Pixel 7 succeeds the very good Google Pixel 6, refining the formula in key areas for 2022 without costing more (even in the UK, where prices have been on the up lately). Shipping with identical camera hardware, though, would you be better off saving some cash and opting for the 2021 model?

Now that's a good question – and there's no right or wrong answer. And they aren't the only very good Pixel phones you've got to choose from. The Pixel 6a, which we reviewed recently, costs even less while still cramming in great features like water resistance and Google Tensor power inside. 

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