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Google Pixel 6: Top-notch even without the highest score

The Google Pixel 6 impressed us in the test with its bright OLED display, strong cameras, and decent battery life, but it still didn't manage to get a top score. Read on to find out why this is and why it's still a very good smartphone.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

Compared with its predecessor, the Pixel 5, the Google Pixel 6 emerges from the mid-range and aims to conquer the premium segment. In the process, Google opts for a successful mix of an unusual design, a strong dual-camera setup, a fast high-end SoC, a large battery, and a bright and color-accurate OLED panel that works at up to 90 Hz. Last but not least, Google offers major updates for its smartphone for at least three years and security patches for at least five years.

But then why wasn't it able to get a very good rating? There are several reasons. The camera loses a few points when it comes to natural color reproduction and its weak zoom capabilities, since optical zooming is reserved for the Pro model and digital magnification reaches its limit at 7x. Furthermore, the runtimes in our real-world Wi-Fi battery test are still good, but some competitors last much longer in this area. The comparatively high weight also brings the rating down a bit, so that the overall rating is "only" good, even though this "good" is pretty close to "very good".

Last but not least, update cycles haven't been included in the rating system so far, which is certainly a big plus for the Pixel 6. It also supports wireless as well as reverse wireless charging and is both resistant to dust and water according to IP68. This means that it's not only protected against unfavorable conditions, but it also promises a long product cycle, which is something unusual for an Android smartphone at the moment.

All in all, we would definitely recommend buying the Google Pixel 6. Google has succeeded in creating a smartphone that its owner will be able to enjoy for a long time.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 439 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-12- 4 (Update: 2021-12- 4)