Why the Pixel 7 ruins all other Black Friday phone deals |  Digital trends

Why the Pixel 7 ruins all other Black Friday phone deals | Digital trends

There’s a lot to consider when buying a phone during Black Friday, including screen size, processor speed, camera quality, and more. Some Black Friday phone deals are exceptional. Others… not so much.

While you can spend time crunching numbers and comparing specs – to the point of wanting to tear your hair out – you can also just buy the Google Pixel 7 and call it a day. It’s the phone that jumps out at me after scrolling through Black Friday deals all morning, and if you’re in the market for a new phone, this is the one you should almost certainly spend your money on.

What makes the Pixel 7 so irresistible

Back of an obsidian black Google Pixel 7.
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The Pixel 7 is already one of the best Android deals when it’s not on sale, so its Black Friday promo makes it even more tempting. If you’re ok with the base model that comes with 128GB of storage, the Pixel 7 can be yours for just $499. If you need to upgrade to the 256GB model, you’re still only paying $599. That’s $100 off the usual MSRP and puts the Pixel 7 on a value pedestal that no other smartphone can match this year.

I say this for several reasons, the first of which has to do with the hardware and specs of the Pixel 7. The Pixel 7 is just a Damn beautiful smartphone. The camera bar is incredibly sleek, the metal/glass construction is exceptional, and it all comes in an easy-to-use, one-handed package. On the front of the phone is a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It’s bright, colorful and moves with excellent fluidity.

The rest of the specs are solid too. Google’s Tensor G2 chip easily handles most apps and games, 8GB of RAM enables reliable multitasking, and you get wireless charging support for convenient refueling. Battery life was also surprisingly long, with Andy Boxall of Digital Trends claiming it could go two days on a single charge.

Camera quality is another strong point of the Pixel 7. Google equips the phone with a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera and a 10MP selfie camera, 8MP. In typical Pixel fashion, the Pixel 7 delivers deliciously vibrant photos that are full of great color, loaded with detail, and pleasing to the eye in every way imaginable. It’s not the most technically impressive camera system on paper, but the results more than speak for themselves.

And then there is the software. The Google Pixel 7 comes with Android 13 out of the box and is promised three years of major Android updates in the future. That longevity adds some welcome peace of mind, but the software experience available today is near perfect, thanks in large part to all the useful AI features Google lets you go wild with. Calling your phone or power company and navigating complicated call menus? The Pixel 7 turns these automated menus into buttons you can read and press. On hold with a number? The Pixel 7 uses the Google Assistant to keep you online as you go about your day. Receive a voicemail from someone but have trouble hearing? The Pixel 7 can automatically transcribe that voicemail into text that you can read. You can’t use these features all the time or every day, but when you need them, it becomes really hard to live without them.

The Google Pixel 7 screen, held in a man's hand.
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Is there a reason why you should not buy the Pixel 7? Some users have reported pesky software bugs, some worse than others. Pixel phones have long struggled with this, and the Pixel 7 is no different. But even as someone who had a bug-ridden Pixel 7 Pro, I can’t think of any good reason for you to skip this year’s Black Friday sale.

$499 is an incredibly good price for a phone of the caliber of the Pixel 7. It looks great, performs beautifully, has a cheerful camera system, and comes with software that can legitimately make your life easier. Unless you are absolutely to have to If you’ve got an iPhone, the Pixel 7 is the best Black Friday phone deal you really shouldn’t overlook — and the only one you should seriously consider spending money on.

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