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hexxor93

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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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xdaweaver

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No option to disable/force 4G is a little frustrating (looks like it's carrier enforced - EE UK). 5G around where I live is a little patchy - especially inside. Takes the phone a while to drop back to 4G when 5G service is poor -especially indoors.
Not a massive issue, but the option to force would be good - especially in cases where signal is present but poor.
Agreed and same here (ee)!
 
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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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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.
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 😁
 

henihazbay

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Like you I sold my 512gb S21U and in the same boat even though my phone hasn't arrived yet. I'm running Android 12 right now on my Poco F3 and my initial impressions of Material You aren't good for some of the same reasons you listed. 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. It reminds me of EMUI which I hated.

I'm gonna give the 6 Pro the trial run and make a decision but at least from running Android 12 already I know what I'm getting into. The S21U was a good phone but definitely not my favorite. I actually like the Poco F3 more.
Haha exactly my path. S21u, and now on poco f3.
Never really liked S21u and really enjoying pocof3. But how did you install android 12? It's not officially available yet.
And my p6p will be delivered next week hoping I won't miss my poco f3
 

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Haha exactly my path. S21u, and now on poco f3.
Never really liked S21u and really enjoying pocof3. But how did you install android 12? It's not officially available yet.
And my p6p will be delivered next week hoping I won't miss my poco f3
There are plenty of custom roms for Android 12 now. I liked the Poco so much I bought two of them. I've had them for a few months. I stopped using the S21U not too long afterwards. My P6P should be here tomorrow according to FedEx after it was delayed yesterday but I'm not getting rid of the Poco's.

Well FedEx rescheduled my delivery once again. It's ok though because I already never use them because of issues like this.

Now that might change. I find slight illumination invaluable for avoiding obstacles during frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom! ;)
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kondi10

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I've received my phone and since I move from Pixel 2XL, so many generations ago, I really like the new 6 Pro. There are some issues though, definitely not to send the phone back, but some slight annoyances.

First of all, the phone is slippery, and the original case, even though being nice in touch, it's slippery too. I'm going to use the ring holder which I bought because I was afraid the new P6P will be huge. Actually in comparison to P2XL it's not bad at all, only slightly bigger, but some form of holder will maybe help. Or I will just replace the case.

I'm not the fan of curved screen. It is not a deal breaker since I had to replace my previous phone (the usb slot sometimes works, sometimes not), but it is annoying. At least now at the beginning. I feel like my fingers do not get where I want them to be when it needs to get somewhere closer to the edge. The fingerprint scanner is not as bright as I was afraid after reading some posts here. I'm happy I've read about the camera noise, when I shake the phone it's not bad, but it's there, so I would definitely be stressed. And the screen sound is not that hollow as some people's impressions.. Oh, and I have 2 pixels, one mine, one belongs to my husband, it's same with the screen.

Regarding colours, the white one sucks, and not in a right way. I was expecting more of a pandaish, this is almost purely white!. The second one is black, my husband prefers it this one (our 2XL were black), and it's okish, I think I would order sunny for me though. Both are 128, the smallest ones.

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oh, and when it comes to 5G - I cannot say anything, I do not have coverage in my area, maybe when I go to central London tomorrow, I'm with 3 mobile.
 

Morgrain

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I've received my phone and since I move from Pixel 2XL, so many generations ago, I really like the new 6 Pro. There are some issues though, definitely not to send the phone back, but some slight annoyances.

First of all, the phone is slippery, and the original case, even though being nice in touch, it's slippery too. I'm going to use the ring holder which I bought because I was afraid the new P6P will be huge. Actually in comparison to P2XL it's not bad at all, only slightly bigger, but some form of holder will maybe help. Or I will just replace the case.

I'm not the fan of curved screen. It is not a deal breaker since I had to replace my previous phone (the usb slot sometimes works, sometimes not), but it is annoying. At least now at the beginning. I feel like my fingers do not get where I want them to be when it needs to get somewhere closer to the edge. The fingerprint scanner is not as bright as I was afraid after reading some posts here. I'm happy I've read about the camera noise, when I shake the phone it's not bad, but it's there, so I would definitely be stressed. And the screen sound is not that hollow as some people's impressions.. Oh, and I have 2 pixels, one mine, one belongs to my husband, it's same with the screen.

Regarding colours, the white one sucks, and not in a right way. I was expecting more of a pandaish, this is almost purely white!. The second one is black, my husband prefers it this one (our 2XL were black), and it's okish, I think I would order sunny for me though. Both are 128, the smallest ones.

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oh, and when it comes to 5G - I cannot say anything, I do not have coverage in my area, maybe when I go to central London tomorrow, I'm with 3 mobile.
The "original" Pixel 6 cases are a dirt-sensitive, ill-fitting, ill-protecting, ill-touchy joke and as far as I can see, no reviewer with a mind set on reasoning dared to recommend those. They are just not good and even for a price of $10, they would still not be recommendable. For the price that Google wants... lol. No way.

I can definitely recommend Caseology Vault case, it's grippy and slightly textured, reminding me of the Google Cloth cases from my P2-P4. Costs 10 $ (Amazon).

Jea, they killed the panda. But that was clear from the beginning. There were enough discussions beforehand, that this is not a "white" but a more milkish-lightgray. The black is also a joke (have that one myself), considering that it's more of a darkish-gray than true black. And no idea why Google though it a clever idea to smash a ridiculously lighter gray on the top portion. It just looks hideously and just out of place. There are so many beautiful colors available and Google opted in for dull, strange and sad. No idea who thought that was a clever idea over there at Google, but he needs to get demoted, or fired - immediately, before he can ruin another generation.

I miss my old Panda so much :/

I mean at the end of day it matters little, cuz I'd never use a 1k $ phone without a case - but knowing that what lies below, looks bad (in terms of colors), well. It sucks. Especially considering that our premium P6 Pro has the worse colors (Pixel 6 at least had red and green, even though also dulled down...).
 
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Morgrain

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I'm really surprised that the "magic eraser" works on my older pictures taken by 2XL, that's amazing!
Jea, that feature is awesome. It works on nearly everything, not only living beings like humans or animals, but also on objects, fences or entire buildings. If you go away from "obvious" motives like humans or dogs, quality can certainly vary, but it' still impressive. It works best if the background has sky or grass, then it's almost perfect.
 

apprentice

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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.
I also had the Nova Launcher crashing, but I put it down to using a backup settings restore. I set up from scratch and it appears to be working normally now.
 

davidguy

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I'm also not 100% happy with my P6P coming from OP8 Pro.

- Haptic: Build quality top although very slippery. Vibration motor very satisfying. But the "hollow" screen really bugs me and the power button feels bad and is hard to click - especially when you want to double click to open the camera.

- Screen: It's definitely more yellow than my OP. Compared side by side the OP just looks better. Brighter, true whites and overall better colors.

- Performance/120hz: Performance is top BUT I often have the problem that it switches to 60hz or something.. especially telegram and twitter are very laggy. I wish I could force 120hz all the time.

- Fingerprint: Fine for me, faster than OP8. I miss face unlock a lot though.

- Camera: So much better coming from OP8Pro. Pictures are mostly very good but a bit overprocessed.

- Battery: Average. Pretty much the same like OP8 but charging is way slower.

- Software/Android11: I like Android 11 but it's very buggy.
-- For example when I draw down notifications bar it's black but sometimes you still see the background - which looks very nice. I can reproduce this by drawing it down once and changing screen brightness. After that background only gets blurred instead of turning completely black. pics:

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-- Sometimes I get some weird pop ups on the lock screen for a millisecond after unlocking - looks like a figure??:

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-- double tap to wake but not to sleep?


So overall it's a lot of small things that should be fixable with software updates.. but OP8Pro just feels better right now except for the camera. I'll try to get used to it for a few days but I'm very much underwhelmed.
 
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Yensid eno

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settings, display, lock screen, turn off "always show time and info"
I have had mine since Wednesday, and biggest negatives:

How about ads on this site keep blocking me from clicking send/submit and hide last row of text typed.

LTE reception is horrible. I was out driving through neighborhoods last night with my family to check out Halloween decorations and my phone kept losing access for the maps. It was happening all over our area and I notice the same thing on Wednesday night. I normally have great reception with my former Pixel 4a 5G and my wife's Pixel 4a. Even now at my house where I usually have great reception I have zero bars. Other phones show full signal and since I couldn't keep Google Maps running, it is not just the bar graph, it is a hardware or software problem.

Fingerprint sensor on front, how ridiculous. It was exactly where it should be, in the back, with other Pixels. Front is awkward and glitchy at best. Checked but no updates still.

Did I mention ads are annoying here. I know bills have to get paid, but really, they block middle of screen above keyboard and every once in awhile a big one falls from the top.

Curved screen, just not a fan. I keep hitting letters on edges of keyboard and have to tap again.

Keyboard is glitchy, sometimes enter button does not move cursor to new line.

Positives

Everything that works like my past Pixels. I just expect things to work and be great, so nothing stands out. I am replacing my 4a 5g that every once in awhile would freeze in black screen while on a call and would not resume screen visibility and reset, power off would not fix. Known issue and did not want refurbished phone as replacement.
 

TiltedAz

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Still looking where to disable autoplay in Android 12. Android 12 Settings search comes back with no hits on autoplay.
 

digthemlows

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I'm in the same boat and looking to upgrade from the N20 Ultra. Can you compare the two overall especially battery life?

So, it's only been two days and I'm not sure about battery life yet. I'll say the the initial drain is slower than the Note. Meaning, when I take it off the charger, go make coffee, browse FB, IG, email. etc. my note would be down to 91% in the first hour of the morning where the Pixel is showing 98%. But, after that, it seems to be almost the same. That's all I have for battery. Size and feel in the hand is pretty damn close. I think the Pixel feels better, as it feels less narrow, even though it's not. This is really a subjective part, and I can't place why, probably contour of the edges??? The Pixel performs so much better with my pixel buds. The Note never kept a solid connection to them, and that seemed to change with every months security update. Now, it doesn't seem super fair to talk about performance between the two due to the software differences (I don't know what Android 12 will be like on the Note) but I will say that the over all feeling on the Pixel vs. the Note is smoothness. The Pixel feels smooth, and makes a lot of sense, where the Note always felt clunky and too rigid. Camera is better by miles on the Pixel. Shots looks better, it works faster, it's just better in every way.

That's all I have for now
 
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digthemlows

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Just wanted to chime in, coming from Note 20 Ultra..... The finger print sensor on the Pixel is waaaay better. It's faster, the haptic is amazing, the light helps, and for 2 days of tons of use I've never had to hit it twice.
 

stuclark

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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!
 

Morgrain

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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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stuclark

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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 bootlocker 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.
I'm trying to see where any logic is in this post; alas I'm failing!

"ooh, lets bang on about whether I can unlock a bootloader. Lets complain if a company doesnt make their camera libs available. Let's pretend inferior hardware is better because it may not include so many bundled apps"

.... Um.... pointless!
 

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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