Google's Pixel 6 is more exciting than the iPhone 13 than its rival

Google's Pixel 6 is more exciting than the iPhone 13 than its rival ...

As much as I love Apple's big iPhone reveal every year, I'm more excited this year by what I am seeing about the upcoming Pixel 6. This is a relief for me, having been an iPhone user for years. In part, this perception comes from Apple's lackluster iPhone 13 updates. Don't get me wrong -- the iPhone 13 is excellent. Better screens? Yep. Better cameras? Yep. Longer battery life? It's there. A "free" iPhone 13 for trade-in? Sign me up right now. (Actually, I'm not a huge upgrader, and those carrier offers come with dozens of limitations.)

However, in terms of the iPhone 13, overall, it was a sleeper year for the company. Sure, that smaller notch is swell, but have you seen the incredible videos you can capture with Cinematic mode? I love those features, and I can't say I felt my skin tingle when I watched them in action. However, apart from the usual improvements to things like the processor and those features I mentioned earlier, there were a number of things that remained unchanged, including the overall design and dimensions for example. CNET's Patrick Holland stated in his iPhone 13 review that the phone isn't as different from the iPhone 12.

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On the other hand, Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro, on the one hand (both are huge leaps forward in terms of design, performance, and features), look to be a complete doozy. The Pixel event is set for Oct. 19, but a series of teases from Google and dozens of credible leaks and speculations have left little to the imagination. Google has displayed a prototype of the Pixel 6 in its new brick-and-mortar in New York ahead of its event, and it's certainly making Sense.

Here's why Google' s upcoming Pixel 6 has me looking ahead to the iPhone 13 (and why we think you should give Google '' Pixel phones another shot).

Splashy and bold Pixel 6 design: Spicy and bright.

You'll be surprised to learn that the Pixel 6 has undergone a major design change and glow-up. Gone are the squircle camera bump and the limited color palette of the Pixel 5. That design makes way for a camera bar that runs the entire width of the phone, with vibrant colorways and shiny metal highlights.

Google, a renowned mobile software developer, had previously designed its phones in such oblivion that the Android mobile operating system took center stage. The hardware was intended to fade into the background, serving as a purely Android-like device in the eye of the user. Google is however mulling over a bolder, more eye-catching look for 2021. I think the Pixel 6's hardware is visually distinctive, and I believe it'll be apparent that Google is competing with other high-end phones in the coming year.

Tensor SoC for the Pixel 6.

But the Pixel 6 may have more to it than meets the eye. Google claims it's equipped the Pixel 6 series with a special-built system on chip known as Tensor, which CEO Sundar Pichai describes as Pixel' s biggest innovation to date. It was developed in-house by Google engineers, so it's been tailored to Android -- much like Apple does with its own mobile processors.

Google has kept quiet about performance, and whether Tensor can keep up with Apple's chips remains to be seen, but I think it has a better chance now that it'll be relying less on Qualcomm chipsets. According to years of CNET's performance benchmark tests, Qualcomm' s top-of-the-line Snapdragon processors have consistently outperformed Apple'' own in-house silicon. Hopefully, it will also increase the number of years of software support with that control, allowing you to keep a Pixel 6 with security updates for longer. Prior Pixel phones have had three years of warranty, which is substantially less than the six years that the iPhone 6S has received or the four years Samsung is now providing Galaxy phones. This is another "seismic break from the past," as CNET's Brian Bennet put it. Don't forget that last year's Pixel 5 ran on the midtier Snapdragon 765G processor, which is a notch below the Snapdragon 865 found in flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20, to help Google keep 'em in control'.

Software version of Pixel 6 is Android 12.

Another thing I'm excited about is the software. The Pixel 6 will be equipped with Android 12, making it one of the first phones to sport the updated mobile OS -- and there's plenty to be excited about. You'll be able to take scrollable screenshots (finally!) and have a minute-by-minute privacy dashboard, as well as the OS's customization capabilities. But aside from that, Google has hinted that the Pixel 6 series will be heavily influenced by AI, and the Google Pixel6 could be the most AI-centric phone it has ever produced. That may result in things like better language translation and even better computational photography for Pixel's already excellent cameras.

Specs aside, Pixel may be more exciting this year than I was earlier because Apple has crossed that threshold of expectation, if not guaranteed, for greatness. Google, on the other hand, still has a lot to prove in the smartphone arena. Comparing the Pixel's market share to Apple'' iPhones, The Pixel has a small market size. Perhaps it's because the iPhone and iOS had an overhaul with the iphone X in 2017, while Pixel' s transformation is long overdue. But it appears Google is doing things we've been waiting for years. We'll have to wait until Oct. 19 to find out for sure, but I'm optimistic that Google's Pixel 6 has the potential to be the phone heavyweight I have been waiting for since 2008.

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 19th to watch live Google's Pixel 6 event. We've covered every Pixel 6 rumor we're hearing so far, three reasons we are excited to get our hands on the new Pixel, and whether it still makes sense to buy a Pixel 3, 4 or 5.

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