TL;DR: Yes, but you might want to wait.
We were pretty excited when Google’s flagship Pixel 7 Pro debuted last year. It didn’t much outperform the Pixel 6 Pro that came before it, but it did get enough hardware and design updates to win the coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award. However, it was a year ago, and technology has advanced swiftly. Is it still worthwhile to choose this phone over alternatives like the iPhone 14 Pro?
Yes, but you might want to hold off.
There are many advantages to the Pixel 7 Pro. It looks fantastic. The multicamera array on the back produces stunning shots that can easily compete with those from Apple’s top smartphone, and its Android 13 operating system is a joy to use. Its processor may not be the most potent one available, but it has more than enough strength to handle any workload you’re likely to give it. And it’s unlikely that you’ll ever notice the power differential between it and any of its main competitors.
It is a phone with exceptional performance across the board and has earned the moniker “flagship.” It accomplishes all of this while also undercutting its rivals’ prices. Its starting price of $899 (£849, AU$1,299) is a little less than the $999 (£1,099, AU$1,749) Apple is asking for the entry-level iPhone 14 Pro and even more affordable than the $1,000 a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will set you back. Samsung reduced the price of the S22 Ultra from its initial $1,200 (£1,149, AU$1,849) asking price to reflect the imminent release of the Galaxy S23 and S23 Ultra. The Pixel 7 Pro is now even more cost-effective to buy thanks to carrier rebates and trade-in incentives, making it a more practical option to put cutting-edge flagship technology in your pocket.
Even so, I would still advise you to hold off unless you are truly in a rush to purchase a new phone right soon. Right now, the Pixel 7 Pro has a lot of benefits over its rivals, but as OnePlus and Samsung prepare to unveil their upcoming flagship models for 2023, things could change. With some impressive specifications, OnePlus has already debuted its OnePlus 11 in China. A wider rollout is anticipated for February. Although Samsung hasn’t yet provided any information regarding the S23 range, we anticipate its unveiling in February and have great expectations for the S23 Ultra to be yet another potent piece of technology.
It’s reasonable to anticipate that both phones will be powerful beasts with a genuine focus on photography. Given that it is predicted that the price ($1,200) for the most recent model won’t change, the S23 Ultra would likely not compete on price. But given that the fantastic 10 Pro was just $899 at launch and is now only $799, the OnePlus 11 might be more affordable. Although it’s uncertain whether OnePlus will be more aggressive with its pricing this time, it might be worthwhile to wait until February before making a significant buy.