Last year, Google didn’t give shoppers a hard choice when it came to the difference between Pixel and Pixel XL. In fact, it was one and the same device, but in different sizes due to different screen sizes. But now the company has really split the flagship and not quite the flagship. So it’s not just the screen that makes the difference between the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 XL. Considering that Google still does not have any plans for sales in Russia and it will not be possible to come to any store and touch each of the models, you need to clearly understand how they differ. Still, the difference in size and cost is very significant, and not everyone will be overpayment justified.
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So, 5 reasons to go with the Pixel 6
In short, the budget-friendly Pixel will be the better choice for most this year. It has all the basic characteristics of a flagship, it will have all the software features that Google puts in its vision of an Android smartphone, while it is more affordable and more compact in size. So if you are interested in the Pixel as a smartphone from Google, you can go for the Pixel 6. Here’s why:
1. There is no real difference in performance
All smartphones in the Pixel 6 line from Google are powered by the same top-end Tensor processor, released by the company in collaboration with Samsung. In day-to-day use, this means you’ll be roughly on par with the Pixel 6 and the Pro in terms of performance. Whether you are playing games, flipping through Twitter, or using unique AI capabilities such as live streaming, a smaller, cheaper smartphone will work just as well as its dear sibling.
In terms of screens, although the Pixel 6 Pro has a higher 120Hz refresh rate, there won’t be much of a difference in perceptual performance compared to the Pixel 6. Even if we compare the two devices head-on, the regular Pixel 6 feels nimble. This is not surprising given that performance drops typically occur when going from 90 Hz to 120 Hz.
2. The same excellent camera – in most parameters
The biggest difference at this point is the lack of a telephoto camera in the regular Pixel 6, which is available in the Pro version. And also a little weaker is the front camera, which does not have the ability to shoot wide-angle selfies – a small loss for most. There’s a good chance you can do without those two, and the Pixel 6’s large 50-megapixel main sensor allows you to take great pictures at 2x or 3x thanks to its huge resolution. Plus, for portrait shots, you’ll use the main sensor at around 2X anyway to capture close-ups with blurred backgrounds.
In all other respects, the photographic part in the devices is practically the same. The Pixel 6 has the same 50MP main and 12MP ultra-wide cameras as the Pro. So on both devices, you can take equally cool pictures using the same AI features such as motion blur and the ability to remove facial blur.
3. Smaller and less slippery apparatus
The Pixel 6 is not that small, but it is inferior in size to the imposing 6 Pro. For some users, the difference between a 6.4-inch and 6.7-inch screen will mean the difference between relative comfort and pain when using the device with one hand. Comparing the regular and Pro versions, the thicker bezels and smaller size make the Pixel 6 more comfortable to use with one hand.
This is partly due to the use of a flat screen in this model. Like all smartphones with curved OLED screens, the Pixel 6 Pro leaves less room on the sides for grip, exacerbating the aforementioned problems with reaching anywhere on the screen. So, unless you are a fan of very large phones, the smaller Pixel is for you.
4. Much cheaper
The $ 300 price difference between the base Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is quite significant. On the other hand, it is half the price of the regular Pixel 6. From this point of view, the Pixel 6 Pro is a bargain and, in fact, it does much more than many well-known flagships on Android. But given the hardware similarities between the Pixel 6 and the Pro version, it’s understandable for those who decide the difference isn’t worth $ 300, because with the regular Pixel 6, you get a full user experience. So, in terms of value for money, the regular Pixel 6 certainly wins.
5. More color!
If color matters to you when choosing a smartphone, the regular Pixel is definitely for you. This year, he exclusively got interesting colors. Of course, you can always choose a black Pixel in any version, but suddenly you will like one of the Pixel 6 options – white (“sorta seafoam”) or orange (“kinda coral”).
And 5 reasons to go with the Pixel 6 Pro
It would be strange if the Pro version of the smartphone was worse than the basic version. Another thing is that sometimes manufacturers raise the price tag, but give little to the buyer in return, except for the even greater premium of such an ultra-flagship by definition. With Google, this worst-case scenario does not repeat itself, the company really “reported” a high cost to the device. So it will be a good choice if you need a large 120Hz screen, more battery life, faster charging and the “best camera on the market”. In general, the device is called “the first flagship smartphone” for a reason, and if you have the opportunity to pay extra 50% of the price tag of the base model, then there will be some sense in this.
1. The same camera
The biggest difference in the Pixel 6 Pro is the main camera module. While the regular Pixel 6 includes the same main and ultra-wide-angle cameras, the Pro also comes with a 48MP 4x telephoto sensor from Google. Not comparable to the hybrid zoom in the main camera of the standard Pixel 6. The regular camera does a good job at about 2-3x magnification, but for high magnification shots, the Pro periscope camera is simply irreplaceable.
The main sensor of the regular Pixel 5 maxes out at 7x hybrid zoom, while the Pro can zoom up to 20x thanks to its telephoto lens.
A telephoto lens with good zoom capabilities will change the way you think about smartphone photography. Scenes that could not have been captured while maintaining an acceptable level of clarity are suddenly available. And the relatively large telephoto sensor also allows for bokeh effects in portrait shots taken with the zoom.
2. Bigger screen
The Pixel 6 Pro’s screen outperforms the standard model in almost every way. While the refresh rate increase from 90Hz to 120Hz is not particularly noticeable for any user, the increase in resolution to Quad HD + in addition to the increased screen size cannot be missed.
The increased size and resolution of the Pro’s 6.7-inch screen means you’ll see more content that looks better. Of course, not everyone likes curved screens, and on the Pixel 6 Pro, that curvature is more pronounced than some of the competition. However, this allows you to visually reduce the frames, which are already minimized.
3. More RAM – for the future
Now 8 GB of RAM is more than enough for everything you are going to do on your smartphone. But the Pixel 6 lineup will support Android security updates until the end of 2026. By that time, most likely, Android and the applications that run on it will become heavier and require more memory.
The Pixel 6 Pro’s 12GB RAM provides a good head start if you plan on using your phone for a few years. This may not be an important excuse if you plan on swapping your phone for the Pixel 7 in a year. But if you are buying it for the long term, this is worth considering.
4. Better selfie – wider muzzle angle
Another significant upgrade to the Pro is the selfie camera. The 94-degree field of view is almost as wide as the famous Pixel 3 front-facing lens, which allowed you to fit more friends or the landscape (or both) into your shots. It’s like a built-in selfie stick, which means you don’t have to stretch out your hand every time you want a wider view of your surroundings.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro’s higher resolution selfie camera – 11.1 megapixels versus 8 megapixels – means you can take a sharper photo with the same level of detail as the regular Pixel 6 selfie camera. pixel on the sensor – 1.22 microns versus 1.12 microns – will allow you to get brighter images in low light.
5. And again about flowers!
Yes, of course, all this is taste. But two of the most interesting color schemes went to the Pro version. The “sorta sunny” and “cloudy white” colors are only available on the Pixel 6 Pro in combination with glossy bezels. A great replacement for the dull colors of last year. And while the more vibrant colors go to the regular Pixel 6, the Pro version definitely looks more stylish.
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