Google’s Pixel 6 is a great smartphone, one of the best Google has ever made. It fixes the issues we saw in older Pixels, from outdated and weak hardware to boring designs. All things considered, it’s brilliant – and our reviews say so. At the same time, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been lashed out by both critics and fans since its release. More on the r/GooglePixel subreddit, many would chafe at anyone having a good experience with the Pixel 6, while prominent reviewers like Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) save them.
It’s not that the Pixel 6 is a bad phone from where I’m sitting – the reviews say as much, my personal experience lines up, and my colleague Andy Boxall offers a more measured take on the problem from the perspective of the user. It’s a really good phone, and it does what it says it’s supposed to do, with few complaints from me.
“It’s certainly possible that Google has widespread quality control issues, but it’s not something I’ve seen directly (anecdotally, my Pixel 6 review units performed well),” said Avi Greengart of Techsponential to TechToSee via email. “However, even if the Pixel 6 is bulletproof, it still has to contend with a market that relies heavily on Apple and Samsung, and in Europe is inundated with low-cost competition from Chinese brands. .”
But it’s also true that these bugs – network issues and battery drain in the first place – do exist and have been documented by a growing number of reviewers and users. This will work against Google if not dealt with quickly.
Updates can still change things
It’s not just Pixel phones that are having a hard time, but Android 12 phones in general. The edge attributes this to a mix of the new platform and the tight deadlines engineers face. They might be right – we already know Google is working on Android 12L and Android 13 as we speak.
The company’s December update, which was supposed to fix many of these issues, now has a draft version. January 17 release date. Sure, it might not have the best word-of-mouth coverage right now, but Google is generally good at offering bug fixes that fix software problems. And most issues with the Pixel 6 right now are software-related.
The Pixel 6 is still an important phone for the hardware ambitions of Google and Android as a whole in many ways. The company understands that it can’t just do redesign after redesign before every explosive ad starts ringing hollow – as we’ve seen with its forays into messaging apps. If Google can iron out those rough edges quickly and deliver a message that resonates with customers — both those who are doing well and those who are feeling burnt out — then it still has a chance to change public perception of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6. Pro approx.
“It’s still too early to tell how consumers have accepted (or not!) the device since it’s been on sale for a very short time,” Marta Pinto, head of research at IDC, told TechToSee per E-mail. “[The] The Pixel 6 series is a leap from previous Google Pixel iterations and not just another update. It breaks with the past in terms of design, but also in terms of components, and opens the door to a whole new future of Google Pixel devices. That said, being the first of a “true” flagship, it is a learning tool in many ways: not only in terms of customer acceptance, but also in terms of marketing and product positioning, since Google now aims to compete with different players. like OnePlus, Samsung or Apple, and it takes gaming to a different level.
It’s not just Google’s skin in the game. According to Pinto, the manufacturer making the Pixel 6 a win would help its carrier partners, who would all be happy to see a new choice in the high-end market to break the duopoly. Apple/Samsung. If successful, there may even be second-order effects.
The Pixel 6’s processor choice, for example, would free up Qualcomm chips for other Android brands and help avoid chip shortages that arose last year. “Even though this first ‘true’ Google flagship isn’t a blockbuster, it sure is a new era for Pixel devices, and there won’t be any turning back: the new features are not going to be scaled back, innovation is on the move and will not be reversed. It will be up to marketing and the continued work of Google and its partners to bring this new device to consumers,” Pinto added.
A lot of noise for nothing?
It’s worth pointing out again that I personally bought a Pixel 6, and that’s fine. There are some minor issues, and the battery isn’t great, but it’s still pretty good when not stressed. The same goes for my colleagues at Pixels, as it does for other people if you check out the comments sections and Pixel subreddits. For many people, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are great devices that they are happy with. Unhappy people tend to make the most noise, after all. But if Google does its job right with the next update and saves the Pixel 6 from its bad reputation, the only way to know it’s succeeded is if it doesn’t hear anything at all.