The Google Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t deserve its bad reputation

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is not having the best month, publicity-wise. A broken software update in December 2021 caused problems before it was halted, but this only compounded the issues owners were already apparently having with the phone. Check Twitter, Reddit, and other online spaces, and you’ll find what appears to be plenty of disgruntled Pixel 6 owners voicing their disappointment with the device, including several high-profile YouTubers .

Has Google’s darling Pixel fallen from grace? Are we ready to strip it of its “Editor’s Choice” badge in our review? No, not yet. While people clearly have legitimate gripes about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, there are also many who don’t have any issues with the phone at all. I know, because I’m one of them. What’s the problem?

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s Android 12 software seems to be the root of the now widely discussed problems, which were made worse by Google pausing the December software update due to reports of it causing calls to be dropped on some devices. A new software update with a fix has been promised for late January . But frustrations have started to push owners over the edge. Pixel 6 (left) and Pixel 6 Pro (right). Andy Boxall/Digital Trends Popular YouTuber Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee tweeted on January 12 that he can no longer recommend the Pixel 6 Pro due to it having become “so buggy since launch.” “Combined with the latest botched update, it has just been a bad experience,” he added. Among the 2,300 replies was another from Safwan “SuperSaf’ AhmedMia saying he had abandoned the Pixel 6 Pro in December for similar reasons.

Many agreed with Brownlee and AhmedMia’s opinions, but actual details on the problems aren’t commonly revealed. Posts on Reddit’s Pixel 6 Subreddit provide more information, with owners reporting issues with app instability, the fingerprint sensor, the auto-rotate function, Bluetooth disconnects, slow auto-brightness, and dropped cellular and Wi-Fi connections. That doesn’t sound good at all, and certainly not what you’d expect from a $900 smartphone produced by one of the biggest names in tech. Bad Pixel

The Pixel 6 Pro must be dead in the water, right? Not necessarily. There are, as always, two sides to this story. Since my review , I’ve used the Pixel 6 Pro as my daily-use Android phone multiple times , usually for at least a week or more, since it launched last year. Most recently, I have returned to it for the last week or so. What issues have I encountered? Well, not many at all. Apps for me are stable, the camera works as it should — including the selfie camera — Bluetooth stays connected, and battery life is surprisingly solid as well.

In my original review, I noted several issues — the unreliable fingerprint sensor, the 120Hz refresh rate screen jitter, and the flaky cellular connection — and these are still present to a certain extent, but have become less of a frustration. I have become accustomed […]

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