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NewDev4IOS

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Google Pixel 6 Pro
This pixel has two things I hate on phones, curved displays and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

However this is still much better than Samsung's bloated software, it's full of bloat and you feel it slow down and it's only fast and smooth for 1 year, then after that it starts lagging and act slower and slower eventually it will become unusable, Samsung does have some nice features but, I enjoy being able to root my phone especially for adblock on a system wide level where you don't have to turn on a VPN specifically for adblock. also root for special theming and tweaking. Also the pixel has much better spam protection than Samsung in my opinion and also enjoy the phone telling me what songs are playing nearby is something I find really useful (lately though haven't really had to root for as much since most features I've wanted to root for are either implemented already or not as important to me now)
 

Excessiveidling

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So I was extremely anxious to order the pixel 6 pro. I went through the turmoil of the google store page and I managed to get a pixel 6 pro 256gb ordered day one. Received it I think on the 29th.

I was coming from a Samsung S20 FE 5g 128gig with a 256gig sd card, so very similar specs. I am on T-Mobile in the Cleveland Ohio area. My previous pixel experience was a pixel 3 and I loved it.

Initial setup of P6P was smooth and the haptics caught me off guard how well they were. The phone was heavier than my S20FE5g but that was to be expected. I, much like I did with my s20fe, registered my fingerprints 5 times and had NO issues with the fingerprint reader(yes I did update prior to registering my fingerprints). The phone is EXTREMELY slippery and not having ordered a case I babied the device. I continued through the initial setup noting the bottom left/center of the phone getting rather warm, much warmer than my S20 ever did or pixel 3 for that matter. I figured this was initial setup, downloading of apps the usual so I looked over that. I downloaded all my apps, got my google voice setup on the phone for my work phone number and got all my other apps I use on a day to day basis loaded.

Day two. I still noticed the phone getting rather warm (especially on 5g as opposed to wifi) from doing minimal type tasks such as playing spotify or even browsing through webpages/facebook. I again thought little of it as I assumed the phone is continuing its optimization. Sending texts/messages with voice input is a dream. The voice to text translation is rather amazing. The warmth of the phone kept coming up though so I installed a battery monitor. Peak temp I saw was 40c watching a video from hulu. I did the same thing with my s20fe and it rested at 37c but did not feel hot unlike the P6P.

I drove through my various work areas taking notice of the 5g signal and saw little to no difference from my s20fe. I went to a few halloween parties (after having acquired a case...which didn't minimize any feeling of the heat nor make it worse) took some pics and the camera is beautiful and quick. The responsiveness of the device overall quick but the warmth was still there. The accuracy of the screen touches (not fingerprints) seemed a little off though this could have been me not used to a curved screen again. Lastly, I noticed while using either of my wireless buds (the pixel buds I got for free, or my jaybirds or even sony wireless headphones) I had to turn the volume up MUCH higher than with my s20fe. I DID go into dev options and tried the 'disable absolute volume' on or off and the issue was the same. This was somewhat of a killer to me unfortunately as I listen to music quite a bit.

TODAY:
I'm back to my s20fe 5g. Why? I'm paying roughly 900 or so (600 if I were to trade in my s20fe 5g) for a new phone....which didn't feel much newer than what I already have. I don't have to disable 5g in order to last a day, though I didn't have battery issues with the pixel 6 either on 5g.

Is the pixel 6 pro a good phone? YES overall. The heat it generates does concern me somewhat and the curved screen takes some getting used to...but I guess I was expecting more of a phone, better 5g service not just the same...I was expecting a little more. So while I'm not going to bash on the pixel 6, I think perhaps it was hyped a little too much, either by myself or by media.
 
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Nozzla99

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Biggest issues for me so far.

1. The fingerprint sensor is garbage. Far too slow and doesn't respond at all sometimes.
2. If you're in an app and click a link which takes you to chrome or somewhere else you don't get an option to go back to the original app. That needs adding
3. Charging isn't fast enough. Needs sorting

Apart from that it's a great phone.
 

Izy

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Biggest issues for me so far.

1. The fingerprint sensor is garbage. Far too slow and doesn't respond at all sometimes.
2. If you're in an app and click a link which takes you to chrome or somewhere else you don't get an option to go back to the original app. That needs adding
3. Charging isn't fast enough. Needs sorting

Apart from that it's a great phone.
Had no finger print issues with it being slow.

Sometime even did a side by side test with 21ultra and they unlock same speed about 1ms between.

Also I can't replicate apps not going back after entering chrome they work fine

Can't say much about charging since only got a 15w and my 45w power bank is none pps
 

Nozzla99

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Had no finger print issues with it being slow.

Sometime even did a side by side test with 21ultra and they unlock same speed about 1ms between.

Also I can't replicate apps not going back after entering chrome they work fine

Can't say much about charging since only got a 15w and my 45w power bank is none pps
So how do you get back to the app if you get linked to another one? On iOS you get a link in top left corner of screen.
 

craznazn

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I have to say the battery life on the 6Pro is amazing! I am on my third day now with 14% left. I use it no different than my old Galaxy S9+ which never lasted more than a day and a half. I think my gripe is more with Android 12 than the hardware. The OS is just gimmicky garbage and I don't understand the hype at all.
What are you guys doing to get 3+ days of usage? Mine drained 30% in 12 hours (overnight, with 8 minutes of SOT).
 

funnycreature

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What are you guys doing to get 3+ days of usage? Mine drained 30% in 12 hours (overnight, with 8 minutes of SOT).
The better question might be "what are you not doing". I do not go outside a lot for example because I work from home so my signal should always be the same, meaning no network searches all the time. I also don't usually watch videos on my phone and play only occasionally.
What I did do is to activate night mode but I did that with my S9+ too. Battery saver is off, AOD on.
That's likely to be a specific app on your phone causing that. Mine drops 3-5% over night
Agreed. I have about the same apps installed as on my Samsung but I'm sure there was a lot of bloat involved that cut my battery life. Battery drop is at most half of what my Samsung had, in line with simminstones's 3-5%.
 

funnycreature

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This was my battery last night after the 2nd day before going to bed. At noon today it was at 12% when I finally hooked it up to the charger.

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Morgrain

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why does the screen sound/feel like plastic when I tap it?
I was wondering the same thing! At first I was trying to remove a screen cover that sometimes sticks to new phones but there was none... it definitely feels and sounds like a cheap phone but I've gotten used to it.
That question was probably answered 50 times already here:

It has to do with the bonding of the screen to the edge of the chassie, it's "normal". It's a design choice and - by the way - also present on every new IPhone 13. And with alot of other phones, especially with Gorilla Glass Victus. It can be a bummer if you dislike that feeling, but be rest assured, it's not a Pixel thing-y, it's present in many newer phones.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of it, but after using the phone for a while, it doesn't bother me anymore.
 
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funnycreature

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That question was probably answered 50 times already here:

It has to do with the bonding of the screen to the edge of the chassie, it's "normal". It's a design choice and - by the way - also present on every new IPhone 13. And with alot of other phones, especially with Gorilla Glass Victus. It can be a bummer if you dislike that feeling, but be rest assured, it's not a Pixel thing-y, it's present in many newer phones.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of it, but after using the phone for a while, it doesn't bother me anymore.
I remember having read this somewhere on here. It was just really confusing in the beginning to have a glass-back-and-front phone that feels like plastic :D I think since I put it in a case, it's a lot less noticable.
 
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    So 2 days in, some real life testing and me not liking. Here's why:
    1. Firstly, I noticed that the screen is yellowy, it's not pure white like you'd find from the S21 phones for example. It's minor but it bothers - like a niggling suspicious this phone can't manage the basics. White isn't white. Reality is overrated.
    2. Secondly, taking photos of white surfaces in darker rooms and white turns blue. I don't mean, faintly tinged, I mean blue!
    3. The phone is well balanced in the hand (unlike the S21U), however it feels very plasticy and cheaply built. Something about putting the power button above the volume rocker is not nice after 3 years with Samsung phones which are the other way around.
    4. So, the camera AI is good, photo's look on the surface to generally be good quality. Noise is well handled by the AI but zoom in and you seen there's a lots of smoothing on a minute level. This is the sole Pixel win over the S21U in my opinion.
    5. The 5G modem, ow god, this is awful. I know, because I have a Samsung with the same modem and good look having working connectivity where the 5G signal is sub par - the phone should drop 5G and revert to more reliable 4G but it doesn't. You just end up with a dead connection. Walk around and experience disconnection from your digital world.
    6. Why the feck can I not turn off 5G, I mean the preference option just isn't there. In no way. If your carriers 5G or 4G network flakes out, you are screwed. How dare you think of manually swapping to another technology to stay connected. Silly, stupid, user. Google (and your carrier) knows best... ergh
    7. VoLTE/4G calling seems flaky on some networks - EE UK - well, you can't. They blame Google, Google blame EE. Good luck with that.
    8. Make sure to cover your eyes when using the finger print reader in the dark too - it's optical/super cheap so it is the brightest light you'll ever see. I have notice one of my blood vessel is bit blocked. Great medical device. A++

    I really wanted to love the Pixel 6 Pro. I have lived with a sub par S21U for 9 months. I thought it was lots of marketting spin and less substance. I was wrong. I'm a Samsung fanboi forever now. They can throw me their *(£" and I'll happily lap it up after this massive disappointment.

    It'll improve with software updates. Just hold on. These are just the typical usual new problems.... yeah, after 5 years of hearing the same old crappy excuses by manufacturers, I think I'll go with my gut this time.

    Hey, Google, where's my refund?!
    I got my P6 Pro today and would like to add something to a few of your points

    1. My screen white is white, maybe your panel sucks?
    2. Jea, the blue tint is well known in low light shots. Also visible in several reviews. Many phones go yellowish, googles algorithms goes blueish.
    3. I actually prefer the power button above the volume rocker, so that's personal taste.
    4. The smoothing comes from the Super Rez Zoom algorithm
    5+6: Not sure if it's your provider, but I can set my preferred network, I can tell the phone to prefer either 5G, 4G, 3G or 2G.
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    my screen was yellow until i changed wallpaper settings to basic colour options and it became white.
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    Funny how people can view the same thing so differently but some of these are simply not true.

    You can change network type away from 5G, first thing I did.

    Samsung panels are absolutely not colour accurate to compare against.

    Some of the other things are subjective. Build quality I think is great, my unit is as well built as any Samsung, iphone or One Plus I have owned.
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    First impressions of this post - not great.
    The Samsung lover is strong in this one.
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    Lol that post about not turning off 5g! Seriously...look at what you can actually do before mentioning something so basic.
    Secondly power button location different to Samsung is not a fault it's a design choice and your preference. All my OnePlus phones had power above volume also.