The Google Pixel 7 finally made me give up on my iPhone

Apple’s iPhone has been the only iOS phone for a long time, and many of us have longed for a worthy Android equivalent for years. And while there have been quite a few incredible Android phones that have offered and continue to offer 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, smooth, and has at least some of that ecosystem charm.

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Google’s phones have come in a variety of flavors over the years. We had the Nexus lineup, which was great, but not one WHERE Google phone. Then there were the Google Play Edition devices, which were great too, but it just feels wrong to pay a hefty premium for the luxury of a phone without tons of bloatware. The latest in line is the Pixel lineup, which is finally the Google phone we’ve always wanted. With the latest Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google has created a device worth scaring away iPhone loyalists. This is why I threw away my iPhone.


The dilemma of iPhone vs. Android

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The great debate of the iPhone versus an Android may be as common on the internet as cat pictures, but there’s no answer to it. It all comes down to preference. As someone whose smartphone obsession started with tinkering with custom firmware on phones in the Symbian days, Android was my top choice for a smartphone operating system. Over the years, however, as iPhones became more compelling and my smartphone use required less and less tinkering, I’ve come to enjoy iPhones.

After a few sub-par Android phone experiences, I stuck with the iPhone. There are a lot of compromises with the iPhone, but it worked the best for my use, and I’ve hardly ever had any problems, which I can’t say about the Android phones I’ve owned over the years, which come from a variety of brands. As such, I was determined to keep using iPhones, that is, until the Google Pixel 7 Pro hit the market.

Why the Pixel 7 Pro is the most enticing yet

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For someone like me who loves the versatility of Android, but also wants an “it just works: phone”, the Pixel series has always caught my eye. However, it has remained evasive even as I switched back and forth between iPhone and Android. With the Pixel 7 Pro, however, Google makes an offer you can’t refuse.

Is it at the top of the spec sheet and benchmark race? No. There are plenty of other Android phones for that. What’s needed instead is a near-perfect phone, the Pixel 6 Pro, which improves on almost every little gripe we had with Google’s 2021 flagship. With the Google Pixel 7 Pro, you get a more refined design, improved cameras, and a solid fingerprint sensor. So far, the Pixel 7 Pro is also off to a smoother start than its predecessor, and we’re cautiously optimistic that Google has worked all the bugs out of its 2022 phones.

The Pixel 7 Pro came in at a time when I wasn’t thinking about moving away from my iPhone 13 Mini, but it made quite an impression. The design finally looked complete, especially with that gorgeous Hazel color. Performance and thermals improved, and, greatest of all, increased availability and reasonable price.

Why I ditched my iPhone 13 for the Google Pixel 7 Pro

To be fair, availability played a big part in my decision to consciously unplug from my iPhone 13. This is the first time Google has made a Pixel phone this widely available in a while. For my home market, India, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Pro were the last flagship Pixel phones we saw officially launched. And after 4 long years, Google finally re-entered the market – first with the Google Pixel 6a making its Indian debut in Summer 2022, then with the Google Pixel 7 series a few months later

US pricing for the phone was already attractive, and Google hasn’t inflated prices in India too much. In addition, there were pre-order offers, which brought the price of the phone slightly below the $899 price tag for India, which is not that common, and about $124 cheaper than the price of the iPhone 14 in India, for Apple’s cheapest fashion model. That’s a great offer when you consider that the Pixel you’re getting at this price is the flagship Pro model.

It seemed like a value for money deal, and so far in my use it has proven to be just that. The Pixel 7 Pro is a great 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 keeps me from missing my iPhone, which is saying a lot.

The fact that I don’t have a lot of HomeKit-enabled smart home devices also means that the home experience on this phone is better for me. The AI ​​bits are also quite useful, and I’ve had a better experience with them overall than the Apple equivalents. For the most part, this phone works.

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

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The Google Pixel 7 Pro and Android aren’t perfect, so there are a few things I miss after saying goodbye to my iPhone 13 mini. The biggest issue I have with the platform is Android Auto: Compared to CarPlay, Android Auto offers a mediocre and inconsistent experience. While the latest split-screen Android Auto update looks promising, I won’t get any hope until I get a chance to try it.

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

The Google Pixel 7 series offers the best of Android at an affordable price, and I just hope Google can keep up the momentum. It seems to have a solid formula at work here and a phone that feels like it has a clear identity rather than being the 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 an admirable successor to the 2021 Pixel 6 Pro. Refined, refined design and improved cameras are its main selling points, although plenty of smaller tweaks lend themselves to making this a near-perfect smartphone.

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