The time has come: WANT is back on video. Then again, compared to the arrival of the Google Pixel 7 Pro in the Netherlands, of course, this is dwarfed.
Indeed, Google does a number of things differently with its smartphones than other Android devices do. To give you a good idea of that, WANT editor Mark Hofman lists five of those unique features in this article.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: unique in this way
The Dutch market has another challenger in addition to Samsung, OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi, Vivo and Motorola. The Google Pixel 7 Pro.
But why should consumers really go for that phone, when there is already so much choice? Well, because it does a number of things that no other Android phone does.
#1 Tensor G2: unlimited power
First, the device features Tensor G2: Google’s proprietary chip that manages to optimize both hardware and software.
Simply put, the Google Pixel 7 Pro makes the most of this. The battery lasts longer, security is tiptop, and features like Night Sight and Photo Unblur work better.
#2 Google Pixel camera features
Photo Unblur, by the way, is one of the unique camera features. Shaky photos are brought back into focus through this way, even if they are a few years old by now.
The Magic Eraser is another great example. With a simple press of a button you can easily remove people and objects from your photo.
Something that a photo, combined with the function Air, of this, for example:
(Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)
Can transform into this:
(Image: Mark Hofman / WANT)
#3 Stock Android
Unlike other smartphone brands, the Google Pixel phones feature Stock Android. A bare-bones version of the operating system that usually comes with a fairly present shell.
Personally, I’m a fan of the look and feel of this version. Especially how it combines with the hardware and Google services to do its job.
Only downside is the lack of a separate Gallery app, leaving you to rely on Google Photos. The first 15GB is free, but combined with Gmail and Google Drive, you’ll be fighting with a limit in no time.
So a subscription to Google One, starting at €1.99 per month, is something to consider.
#4 Google Pixel 7 Pro with free VPN
By the way, you break even on that cost by using Google VPN. Normally part of Google One, but available for free on the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro later this year.
A VPN not only makes your Internet use more secure, it simply makes it more complete. For example, you easily expand your favorite streaming service’s offerings by setting the VPN to America.
(Image: Mark Hofman / Unsplash)
#5 Google Assistant unleashed
By the way, you can activate such a VPN by using the Google Assistant. Simply by yelling “Hey Google, turn on my VPN.
But the Pixel phones, for certain actions, kick that up a notch with Quick Phrases.
Does your alarm clock go off in the morning? Simply say “Snooze! Called by an unwanted number? Say “reject.”
All without having to use the whole “Hey Google” action. Pretty nice.
Google Pixel 7 Pro review
Last week I used the Google Pixel 7 Pro as my daily smartphone. Fair is fair: not very easy for someone stuck in Apple’s ecosystem.
But there was a lot of enjoyment. What exactly caused that? I’ll tell you in the review below: