Finally, the Google Pixel 7 made me give up my iPhone

Apple’s iPhone has been the quirky iOS phone for the longest time, and many of us have wanted the Android equivalent for years. And while there are quite a few amazing Android phones that have made and continue to offer some solid competition to the iPhone on multiple fronts. But I’m talking about a different kind of iPhone competitor here. One from Google, a pure Android experience that’s cohesive and smooth and has at least some of the charm of the ecosystem.

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Google phones have come in a variety of flavors over the years. We had the Nexus lineup, which was great, but it wasn’t TRUE google phone. Then there were the Google Play Edition devices, which were also great, but it’s a bit of a cost increase to get a phone without a lot of bloatware. The latest in this line is the Pixel range, which is finally the Google phone we’ve always wanted. With the latest Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google has created a device worthy of attracting iPhone loyalists. This is the reason why I gave up my iPhone.


The iPhone vs. Android dilemma

The big iPhone vs Android debate is probably as common on the internet as cat pictures, but there is no answer to it. It all boils down to preference. As someone whose smartphone obsession started from tinkering with custom firmware on phones back in the Symbian days, Android was my first choice for a smartphone operating system. However, over the years, as iPhones have become more compelling and my smartphone use has grown to require very little tinkering, I have come to enjoy iPhones.

After two below-average Android phone experiences, I ended up sticking with the iPhone. There are a lot of compromises with the iPhone, but it worked better for my use, and hardly hit any hiccups, which isn’t something I can say about Android phones I’ve owned in recent years, from which a variety of brands have come. As such, I was dead set on continuing to use iPhones, that is, until the Google Pixel 7 Pro came along.

Why the Pixel 7 Pro is the most enticing yet

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For someone like me who loves Android’s versatility but also wants a “it just does: phone,” the Pixel series has always caught my eye. It’s remained elusive, even though I’ve switched back and forth between iPhone to Android phones. However, with the Pixel 7 Pro, Google is making an offer you can’t refuse.

Do you top the list of specifications and standards? no. There are plenty of other Android phones out there for that. Instead, it takes a near-perfect phone that the Pixel 6 Pro had and improves upon just about every minor complaint we had with Google’s 2021 flagship. In a Google Pixel 7 Pro, you get a more refined design, improved cameras, and a powerful fingerprint sensor. So far, the Pixel 7 Pro is also off to a much smoother start than its predecessor, and we’re cautiously optimistic that Google has successfully ironed out all the bugs from its 2022 phones.

The Pixel 7 Pro came at a time when I wouldn’t have thought of moving away from the iPhone 13 Mini, but it managed to make a good impression. Finally, the design looked complete, especially with that cool brown finish. Improved performance and heat, and most of all, wider availability and reasonable price.

Why did I give up my iPhone 13 for a Google Pixel 7 Pro

To be honest, availability played a huge role in my decision to consciously disengage from the iPhone 13. This is the first time in a while that Google has made a Pixel phone widely available. For my home market, India, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Pro were the last Pixel flagship phones we saw officially launched. And after 4 long years, Google is finally in the market – initially with the Google Pixel 6a debuting in India in the summer of 2022, and then with the Google Pixel 7 series a few months later.

Phone pricing in the US was already attractive, and Google didn’t inflate India prices much. Moreover, there were offers for pre-order, which made the phone’s price slightly lower than the $899 price for India, which is not all that popular, and about $124 cheaper than the iPhone 14 price in India, for Apple. The least expensive model. This is a great deal when you consider that the Pixel you get at this price is the flagship Pro model.

It seemed like a value-for-money bargain, and so far, through my use, it’s proven to be exactly that. The Pixel 7 Pro is a phone for the price. The hardware is top quality, the software is the cleanest and smartest I’ve seen in all my years of using Android, and the camera doesn’t make me miss my iPhone, which is saying a lot.

Not having a lot of HomeKit-enabled smart home gear also means the home experience on this phone is better for me. The AI ​​bits are also somewhat useful, and I’ve had an overall better experience with them than with their Apple counterparts. For the most part, this phone works.

There are a few bugs, but the Google Pixel 7 Pro is worth the switch

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Google Pixel 7 Pro and Android aren’t perfect, so there are a few things I miss after saying goodbye to the iPhone 13 mini. My biggest issue with the platform is Android Auto: Compared to CarPlay, Android Auto offers a mediocre and inconsistent experience. Although the latest Android Auto update with split screen looks promising, I’m not getting my hopes up until I get a chance to try it out.

My other issues with the Google Pixel 7 and Android are much easier to look back on. Charging is slow compared to most flagship Android phones, but it’s pretty much on par with the iPhone. Video performance could be better, but it’s perfectly fine for my use. All in all, the Pixel was great, and for the first time in a while, I don’t miss owning an iPhone very often.

The Google Pixel 7 series offers the best of Android at an affordable price point, and I just hope Google can keep up. It seems to have a solid formula at work here and a phone that feels like it has a specific identity rather than being a generic option. If Google keeps this up, it will only mean good things for Android phones in general.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is a great successor to 2021’s Pixel 6 Pro. The high-end design and improved cameras are its main selling points, though several smaller tweaks make for a near-perfect smartphone.

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