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skimminstones

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Got my Sunny Yellow one delivered this morning so been playing with it most of the day. Initial impressions are very good, some are listed below. Feel free to list your own.

The fingerprint scanner was a little off but after an update came in i deleted my fingerprints and re-did them and its been fine ever since. Couple of times it hasnt worked but i think thats because the screen is so smooth/slippery that my thumb slipped on the screen as it was trying to read it.

I dont have a 5g plan or even 5g signal where i am to test but so far 4g speeds are exactly the same as my pixel 2xl and oppo reno 2 ive come from.

I dont really like having the "internet" tile, id prefer having them seperate the wifi and mobile data tab. Just seems strange to add a further click to enable/disable wifi when i want to instead of just hitting the tab.

On the home screen if you make a folder then the apps slightly overhang the edge of the circle which just looks odd to me, i wish they were all within the folder.

I wish there was an option of disabling the big clock on the lock screen. I have a picture of my partner on my lock screen and when picking up the phone id rather see her than her face covered by a huge clock

The phone got very hot when setting up and transferring apps/data from my old phone but has been fine since.

I love the screen and how smooth everything flows. I dont see any issue with brightness personally. Ill see how battery life performs over the coming days
 

ozzjim1

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Hollow screen sound is a bit strange

Nova launcher crashes which is a shame because I don't like the search bar forced at the bottom of the screen on the pixel launcher.

Camera is brilliant

Power button is in the wrong place and should be swapped with the volume buttons is.

Lack of screen protectors available to get delivered is frustrating but not Google's issue.

It's fast, smooth and had a great camera. The rest I am still get used to. Prefer it to my S21 ultra, maybe not loving it as much as my Mi 10 Pro.
 
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96carboard

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The camera hump on the back really exposes the glass to potential damage. If I were designing the thing, I'd make the entire back stick out higher than the camera glass, and fill in the space with more battery.

The rounded edge screen is pretty terrible. There are optical distortions along the sides. The radius of the edge should be reduced to around 1 mm.

A little more width on the screen would be nice. This is 71.5mm. Nexus 6 was 74, which was a lot nicer. 80 would be a dream.

A little bit of border around the screen would also be nice so you have somewhere to actually hold the thing. Function should be paramount, not form, and especially not goofy/ugly form like these have. A bit of border above the screen would make space to get the camera out of the screen instead of the ugly hole. I also hate the rounded corners on the screen. Software rounded corners are ok, because you can disable them, there is no reason to force it with paint on the inside surface of the glass.
 

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The camera hump on the back really exposes the glass to potential damage. If I were designing the thing, I'd make the entire back stick out higher than the camera glass, and fill in the space with more battery.
feel the same way with filling up the space with more battery... but then you have ppl complaining about how fat the phone is
 

danw_oz

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Love it so far, so fast and fluid. As mentioned above it gets real hot, and was still discharging while using old pixel charger.
Camera is amazing the details captured are stunning.
Phone is very slippery to hold and would be easy to drop with the top weight of the camera hump. Tried to buy a case for grip and protection, and was told that they can until tomorrow because that was the day the phone was supposed to be delivered, but because of our crap postal service they sent a day early so that people would or should get them by that date
Real time translation works very well, even with the new update still seems a little buggy
Screen for me is fine for brightness I have high brightness mode widget and it is much brighter than the 4xl
I could buy pixel charger which I might take back because it doesn't seem to charge an faster.
My wireless car charger for the pixel 4xl charges this phone at about the same speed as the old wall charger, need to see if it throttles for heat though..
 
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swieder711

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This is concerning "Nova launcher crashes which is a shame because I don't like the search bar forced at the bottom of the screen on the pixel launcher." Hopefully there will be an update to Nova soon.

All the negative feedback on the rounded edges are making me consider the Pixel 6 versus the Pro. I think the base RAM on the 6 is fine. Giving up the Zoom is tougher to consider.
 

96carboard

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I agree, but it also would be heavy
There as a day when heavy meant PREMIUM and light meant junk.
My laptop (lenovo), not even old, actually had some weights added into it to make it feel more substantial.

And so what if its a little heavier as long as it isn't burdensome. You can easily carry around several pounds without it being burdensome.
 

96carboard

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This is concerning "Nova launcher crashes which is a shame because I don't like the search bar forced at the bottom of the screen on the pixel launcher." Hopefully there will be an update to Nova soon.

All the negative feedback on the rounded edges are making me consider the Pixel 6 versus the Pro. I think the base RAM on the 6 is fine. Giving up the Zoom is tougher to consider.

If you were referring to the rounded CORNERS, there will be kind-of software solutions for the rounded corners. Right now you can run "wm size 1440x2890" to reduce the display area (persistently). This brings the display area past the camera hole and past the rounded corners. Now normally, there would be a system property available to adjust the corners, however this one has multi-radius corners which are set in a config for systemui, therefore will actually require a rebuild from source to fix, but once that is unset, it should have square corners.

However the side effect of course, will be a slightly smaller display area. Still wider than the non-Pro, but less than it is now. Not that you need all that height for any practical purpose.

And for that matter, you could use the same "wm size" command to reduce the display width to work around the rounded edges. "wm size 1300x3120" pulls the display area all the way into the flat part and eliminates the optical distortions. You could probably establish a better balance that lets it in just a little bit and probably gives the same width as the non-Pro.
 
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mikemod

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Hollow screen sound is a bit strange

Nova launcher crashes which is a shame because I don't like the search bar forced at the bottom of the screen on the pixel launcher.

Camera is brilliant

Power button is in the wrong place and should be swapped with the volume buttons is.

Lack of screen protectors available to get delivered is frustrating but not Google's issue.

It's fast, smooth and had a great camera. The rest I am still get used to. Prefer it to my S21 ultra, maybe not loving it as much as my Mi 10 Pro.


Nova Launcher was crashing for me but it seemed to be a clock widget I had previously and it wasn't displaying it.

I deleted the widget and rebooted the phone and it has been perfect since and all day today.

My screen now looks like my 3XL only longer, faster, smoother :D
 
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ozzjim1

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Thanks for the tip on Nova, might rebuild my screen from scratch with it too ID the issue. The pixel launcher without some custom apps and grid sizes is a bit of a jarring experience. Search at the bottom is all wrong too.
 

roirraW "edor" ehT

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Not sure what is up with my unit but it as buggy as hell

Not impressed so far if I am honest
Have you gotten the small 70 MB Android update yet? Mine was buggy with Nova Launcher Prime, in particular, but after the update, all good.

I like the fingerprint reader better than the ultrasonic in my Note 10+. It's working much better and faster for me so far. Here's hoping that stays true.
 

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    How is P6P is $600 less than s21u?
    Come to Canada. You'll find out.😜 To your point it's closer to $500 might have been slightly exaggerating for dramatic effect.😅
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    ..... The lockscreen clock is ugly and huge, the toggles are also huge. I wish they would have cut them in half so you could see more without having to scroll over. I like to decrease the size of the UI by changing the minimum width and now everything remains huge.
    I find the lock screen a great improvement. Android 12 now gives me a legible time read-out when my phone sits on its charger at night. Being 75 might have something to do with it. Us old folks don't do small!
    My P6P 256Mb arrived yesterday and it is all good so far. Hot yes, initially; but it was workng hard transfering data from my old phone. I must say this has been the sweetest new phone install as it was so easy. Took a good while to update though.
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    It's not that the design itself doesn't make sense, I just wish it could be made smaller. I'm that person who hates any type of light in the room when I'm sleeping 😁
    Now that might change. I find slight illumination invaluable for avoiding obstacles during frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom! ;)
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    The fanois will stomp all over this I'm sure; but there appears to be a general consensus that the phone simply isn't all that good!

    It's certainly not a "flagship device" - it doesn't get even close to some of the Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus devices out this year, let alone anything else. In fact, it shows up just how *bad* stock Android can be for lack of customisation. (if we wanted to be dictated to, we'd all be using an iPhone, right?)

    Mine went back in it's original delivery packaging and is already on it's way back for a full refund. Both the hardware and software on the Pixel 6 Pro simply don't cut it in late 2021!
    You clearly don't know the meaning of dictating or freedom. Freedom doesn't mean Google is bloating you with 10000 features, it mean's its making it easy for you to get whatever feature you desire, by making bootloader unlocking easy, by making root easy and by enabling apps even without root to customize your experience.

    You know what Samsung does, when you try to customize your phone? When you dare root it? When you dare go custom kernel or ROM? They block your ****ing camera. That's what Samsung thinks about customization and "freedom".

    If "flagship device" means "I need 5000 features out of box", then no, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is not a flagship device - to you. It was never meant to. Google Pixels are loved for their ease of use and lightweight UI and OS.

    Of course it's your personal decision to turn your back on this device because you feel like you miss on features - but remember that this is a very subjective decision. And not entirely accurate, considering that Pixel devices are one of the very few native supporting AOSP devices and therefore fully customizable, down to the last line of code.
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    My first impressions are alright to be honest - Hopefully its useful for some.
    I've come from a Oneplus 8 Pro, so far what I've noticed, which is worst but not a deal breaker are the following,
    Under display fingerprint reader - slower but works fine
    Speakers - Not as loud but don't distort (notable imbalance between top and bottom)
    Screen - not as bright and feels like there is space behind the display (strange feeling - also holow :S) but its so smooooth! Also the 120hz with the new animations is so much smoother which is nice compared to the Oneplus.
    Bluetooth - Had a bug the day after i took delivery flying to Prague, after playing one song, it would refuse to send audio (fixed this by turning on AOD - maybe a bug with the CPU and services managing the bluetooth?)
    Android - some changes seem to require more steps to complete the same task compared to Android 11
    Cannot change from 5G back to 4G, its missing and lack of EQ but my Pixel 3 years ago didn't have these nor did my Pixel 1 Xl.
    Apps - some of my internet banking apps seem broken, however but this will likely be fixed with a update at some point.

    Overall though, quite happy. Even my preorder (UK Google Store) was good, preordered on the day and got it on the 26th Oct first thing (Got it in the "Sorta Sunny" colour).
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    Got my Sunny Yellow one delivered this morning so been playing with it most of the day. Initial impressions are very good, some are listed below. Feel free to list your own.

    The fingerprint scanner was a little off but after an update came in i deleted my fingerprints and re-did them and its been fine ever since. Couple of times it hasnt worked but i think thats because the screen is so smooth/slippery that my thumb slipped on the screen as it was trying to read it.

    I dont have a 5g plan or even 5g signal where i am to test but so far 4g speeds are exactly the same as my pixel 2xl and oppo reno 2 ive come from.

    I dont really like having the "internet" tile, id prefer having them seperate the wifi and mobile data tab. Just seems strange to add a further click to enable/disable wifi when i want to instead of just hitting the tab.

    On the home screen if you make a folder then the apps slightly overhang the edge of the circle which just looks odd to me, i wish they were all within the folder.

    I wish there was an option of disabling the big clock on the lock screen. I have a picture of my partner on my lock screen and when picking up the phone id rather see her than her face covered by a huge clock

    The phone got very hot when setting up and transferring apps/data from my old phone but has been fine since.

    I love the screen and how smooth everything flows. I dont see any issue with brightness personally. Ill see how battery life performs over the coming days
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    The camera hump on the back really exposes the glass to potential damage. If I were designing the thing, I'd make the entire back stick out higher than the camera glass, and fill in the space with more battery.

    The rounded edge screen is pretty terrible. There are optical distortions along the sides. The radius of the edge should be reduced to around 1 mm.

    A little more width on the screen would be nice. This is 71.5mm. Nexus 6 was 74, which was a lot nicer. 80 would be a dream.

    A little bit of border around the screen would also be nice so you have somewhere to actually hold the thing. Function should be paramount, not form, and especially not goofy/ugly form like these have. A bit of border above the screen would make space to get the camera out of the screen instead of the ugly hole. I also hate the rounded corners on the screen. Software rounded corners are ok, because you can disable them, there is no reason to force it with paint on the inside surface of the glass.
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    I sold my 16/512GB S21 Ultra for the Pixel 6 Pro and I'm so underwhelmed, considering returning it.

    My 0.02:
    - Optical FP. This is very slow compared to the S21 Ultra. Did I mention it's optical?
    - Limited customisations. I can't find a way to change the ugly ass lockscreen clock???
    - No light up notification options at all besides third party apps
    - No Dolby Atmos or even any audio EQ for that matter
    - Some apps don't run at 120Hz like Telegram which is locked to 60Hz. No issue on my Samsung.
    - No option for fullscreen apps / games so you get an ugly black bar at the top. Pokemon Go for example.
    - Mobile data seems unreliable. I have to quit and reopen apps for them to work.
    - No WiFi QS toggle
    - Device can get uncomfortably warm
    - No ambient display options
    - No AoD options

    This phone's offering is average at best and is riding on sheer hype peddled by reviewers.
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    Screen for me is fine for brightness I have high brightness mode widget and it is much brighter than the 4xl
    Whoa! There's such a thing? Please, the name of it.
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    According to Goggle I have a defective unit and they are going to swap it out