Why would I (reluctantly) give up my Pixel 6 Pro

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I’m going to miss the Google Pixel 6 Pro, I really am. On its good days during the nine months I worked as my daily driver, it was one of my all-time favorites. But the constant issues finally weighed me down, as the last straw came in the form of several hair-pulling issues during a recent vacation.

It’s time for something new, something more reliable.

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During my recent trip, I regularly encountered the dreaded connection issue my colleague Rita described last week. My Pixel 6 Pro doubled with a pathetic HSPA+ strip while my wife’s Galaxy S20, on the same network, sat quite happily with two 4G strips. Not great while you’re responsible for a DJ trip on the road or trying to find places nearby to enjoy dining.

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Like many of you, I haven’t traveled much in the past year, so I haven’t noticed this problem yet – I’m at home often, where the connection is slow but stable. Although to be honest, I don’t remember having connectivity issues in the first few months when I spent some time roaming in and out of 5G areas without a problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google has broken something during the update in the past six months.

Connection issues and overheating make me yearn for a more reliable phone.

This was far from my only problem. While driving, I often used Google Maps’ “stop” feature to draw more scenic views for driving or dodging local traffic hotspots. An hour into the flight, my Pixel 6 Pro was already running hot and slowed to switching between Maps, Signal, and Spotify (don’t worry, I was the passenger). Just as the maps changed to the next coordinate, the app stopped indefinitely. I had to shutdown, losing my waypoints in the process. This is annoying enough in the middle of nowhere, but a problem exacerbated by the phone already struggling to carry a signal.

If these issues had occurred in isolation, I would have reverted them to bad luck or a one-time thing. But I’m constantly ignoring stuck Wi-Fi connections, a slow fingerprint scanner, a particularly non-scratch-resistant screen, high temperatures during video calls, difficult wireless charging speeds, and auto-dimming screen issues in the past nine months. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve told myself that these are prices worth paying to stay in first class on Google Express. But finally the illusion was shaken – the experience does not match the brochure.

I was telling myself that this was the price of sticking to a top-notch Google experience, but I finally rocked that illusion.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that Google has been improving the Pixel 6 experience since its launch but has yet to fix several underlying issues. We’ve seen quality of life improvements such as VoLTE roaming support and reworked camera performance as well as brand new features like Pocket Operator and digital vaccination cards. But the fact that many customers are still experiencing issues that were reported months ago indicates that these issues cannot be fixed or that Google is simply not prioritizing them.

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What are the alternatives?

Comparison between Google Pixel 6 Pro and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Truth be told, we (we) learned that the phone wasn’t perfect while writing our second Pixel 6 Pro review in November. My primary motivation for getting around these bugs was the Pixel 6 Pro’s flexible camera assembly. It’s still hard to beat a setup, though, as I’m tired of the phone’s heavy handling and super-fast capabilities. The camera selfies and additional Google Photo editing tools are really great and an experience I will struggle to replicate elsewhere. I’m also a sucker for the design freak and the 120Hz screen is equally great, but that’s no longer enough for me to continue living with the phone’s other flaws.

It’s still hard to beat Google’s Pixel 6 Pro for the price but there are alternatives out there.

The problem is, what else is there? A great main camera is a must for me, but the Google Pixel 6 Pro remains in a league of its own in its price category. For a comparable shooting experience, you have to turn to much more expensive alternatives like Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Sony Xperia 1 IV or Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. This isn’t a very attractive prospect for my wallet, given that their price tags all start north of $1,100.

I’m lucky enough to have a Galaxy S22 Ultra sitting at my desk that will take over soon (perks of the job), but I’ve been keeping an eye out for a Galaxy S22 or S22 Plus at the more expensive Pixel to buy as a long-term solution. Both are in all respects great, have powerful cameras, and most importantly they will save me from all these issues mentioned above. A small part of me still wants to get rid of it with the great but flawed Pixel 6 Pro and I hope Google will eventually fix the issues, but I need to get this fixed.

Lesson for Google: A premium phone can’t have issues being a phone.

The lesson from the upcoming Google Pixel 7 is that an excellent long-term purchase can have no issues being a phone. Great cameras, live subtitles, and long-term upgrades tick all the right boxes, but losing a signal on the checkout trip or crashing apps when you need them quickly leads to buyer’s regret.

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