We spent 8 days with the Pixel 7

Google Pixel 7 is one of the most secure and privacy-friendly smartphones to date! The heart of your salvation is knowing that you are in control.

Every day, billions of people around the world rely on Google products that provide useful features, on mobile devices, smart home devices, health and fitness devices, and more. Google has always struggled with security, privacy, giving control… The regulation of governments around the world is forcing the giants to change, Google, with the Pixel 7, has created a smartphone that protects your sensitive data, all by letting you stay in control, even if it’s not perfect, it’s a big step forward.

You might be wondering, “what’s new about this smartphone?”, “doesn’t it look like the Pixel 6?” You are right in thinking that. The Pixel 7 doesn’t revolutionize the smartphone or radically change last year’s Pixel line. But what Google has done is start doing things right, especially with privacy 🙂

Pixel 7

  • Dimensions: 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7mm
  • 5G, Wi-Fi6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and GPS.
  • 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 90Hz
  • Google Tensor G2
  • 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage.
  • Water resistance (IP68 rating) and Victus Corning Gorilla Glass front and back
  • 25% more light outdoors, even in direct sunlight
  • Pixel’s adaptive battery (4,355 mAh) delivers over 24 hours of battery life
  • Fingerprint unlocking
  • Unlock by facial recognition

Policy

The Pixel 7 line was recently recognized as the highest score for security tests among other smartphones by a report from Omdia. Google’s Pixel 7 edged out Apple’s iPhone 14 and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 in Omdia’s annual mobile device security buyer’s scorecard. The ratings are based on hands-on testing by Pen Test Partners, combined with important ratings from a survey of 1,500 consumers in eight major countries in the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe.

The report shows that the smartphone can prevent new manually designed phishing attacks. Android devices may prevent users from accessing phishing pages deployed using common social engineering tools due to the heavy use of the Google Safe Browsing system. Although you can download on iOS and Android platforms through different methods, Android warns users about sideloading external apps onto their system. Avoid downloading outside the official store!

Tensor G2 works with our Titan M2 security chip to protect your personal information, financial information, passwords, personal data, photos, and more. The Titan M2 is certified according to Common Criteria PP0084: the international reference standard for hardware security components that are also used for bank card identity and chips. Google takes a comprehensive, end-to-end security approach with verifiable protections at every layer such as network, application, operating system, and multiple layers of silicon itself. If you use Pixel for your business, this method also helps protect your business data.

This certification took more than three years for Google. The certification not only requires that the chip material withstand invasive penetration testing, but also requires audits of the chip design and manufacturing process itself. The advantage to consumers? The now certified Titan M2 chip makes your phone more resistant to sophisticated attacks. On Android, Private Compute Core keeps your information private and AI-powered customizations with on-device processing. Data from features like Now Playing, Live Caption, and Smart Reply in Messages are all processed on the device and never sent to Google to maintain your privacy. And even backing up your device in the cloud is end-to-end encrypted using Titan in the cloud.

Google One

To give more people access to improved security, later this year Pixel 7 owners will be able to use Google One’s VPN at no extra cost. Get more protection no matter where you connect from. This feature is available in France. Pixel 7 users will receive at least five years of security updates. The Google One offer allows you to take advantage of 100 GB of storage space, you can configure a backup to back up your Pixel, cleaning allows you to free up space in Gmail, Google Photos, Google apps Drive simply, with Google One VPN, from the 2TB package (9.99 €), access to photo editing features.

VPN on Google One

Although the privacy and security benefits of VPNs are somewhat debated for the average user, Google One VPN will launch as an integrated service for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro at the end of the year for users who want to encrypt their network traffic. and protect their IP address from mobile networks and Internet Service Providers. Google remembers that historically, users who want to add a mobile VPN had to download a third-party option instead of having an optimized and integrated service. Google One VPN is open source and aims to solve some common VPN concerns by separating authentication and key management for encryption on separate servers that cannot access each other. Google does not log user browsing data, although the company says it does log some anonymous aggregate metrics.

Google Chrome

It can be difficult to stay safe from fraudulent sites that may try to steal your passwords or infect your devices with malware, which is why Google designed its browser to be secure by default. . Since Google Chrome is the most popular desktop and mobile browser according to the latest figures from Statcounter, this also makes the search giant’s browser an easy target for hackers. Although Google Chrome has many security features running in the background all the time, there are some that you need to manually enable to protect your data, devices, and Google Account. When Chrome detects that the user is trying to open a potentially dangerous site, the page won’t open and the browser is filled with a red splash screen warning “Fake site ahead”.

You should also remember to update Chrome when there are new updates, as they also contain security fixes. However, remember that you can always reset Chrome if you accidentally installed browser-hijacking adware or just want to start with a clean slate. How can I check if Safe Browsing is enabled? By going to Chrome, then the 3 small dots on the top right, then Settings, then Privacy and security, then Secure browsing, select Enhanced protection!

Android 13

Generally, Android has software overlays from many smartphone manufacturers that provide specific versions. There, the Android 13 experience on the Pixel is the cleanest and certainly the most fun you’ll get on any smartphone. The integration of Software & Hardware (& Tensor) reminds you of someone… So there are some nice features. There is a nice feature for journalists, podcasters and anyone who takes voice notes with a recorder that allows you to have a transcription, and therefore find in the search field of this app any content of a word, a person’s name, etc.

The voice assistant is not new, but remains a very important asset for the Pixel that can be effective in many situations. It triggers in different ways, for me the easiest is to press on/off on the right side. Google Assistant is artificial intelligence at your fingertips! it helps you in many situations like looking at your calendar for any day by asking the Assistant about these questions: Show me my appointments for Tuesday afternoon, When is my next meeting ? … Keeping up with news on the internet – one of Assistant’s most useful tools is its ability to get and manage contextual reminders. You can set a reminder for a specific time and day – just tell it to call any business or any of your contacts … However, it is endless … one last thing : what is the traffic like on the way to work? Protecting your searches requires assistant function settings (your assistant data) to understand what you allow Google to use your data or not.

Camera

Pixel 7’s dual rear camera system allows you to capture your memories in 4K resolution, vibrant colors and stunning detail. And thanks to cinematic blur, you can now shoot videos to make short films. The front camera now has a 92.8 ° ultra-wide-angle field of view for group selfies and backgrounds. With its larger sensor and more accurate lens, it allows you to take better photos in low light conditions. The image quality of High Resolution Zoom is similar to that obtained with x2 optical zoom, the zoom can go up to x8. But as usual, zooming on smartphones is useless because it produces pixelated images, including this Pixel 7!

  • 50MP Quad Bayer wide angle sensor with Octa PD technology
  • 12MP ultra-wide angle camera12 with autofocus
  • 48MP telephoto camera
  • 10.8 MP front camera

The Guided Framing feature helps people with visual impairments take better selfies. The framing of faces is guided by sounds and haptic feedback. There are many advanced settings around the camera as a warning if your lens is dirty to clean it.

Autumn photos

Conclusion

For $649, the Google Pixel 7 sits comfortably between the $459 Pixel 6a and $899 Pixel 7 Pro in the company’s lineup, which is the sweet spot for many smartphone buyers’ budgets. It looks very well made, it holds well in the hand, it keeps the horizontal bar of the camera on the back of the phone. Made from 100% recycled materials, with a matte aluminum finish. The excellent quality of the Google shell for €29.99 is effective as protection. The Pixel supports eSIM, but you can also have a nano SIM card. The overall experience is seamless in all aspects of the Pixel.

The Pixel supports fast Qi wireless charging. It can also share its battery wirelessly with accessories like headphones or connected watches. Stereo phone speakers are great for this range of smartphones, listening to a podcast, radio, youtube videos perfect for music you need a speaker or even headphones 🙂 No charger included in box, only one USB- C cable, when buying it you have to settle for 30 W maximum to recharge it in just one hour. It is great value for money with its premium look!

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