Review: Unboxing Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

As you may already know, Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are already available for pre-order since the 6th October 2022 in Singapore. You are now able to get them on the shelves (or online) from 9am on the 13th October. Thanks to Google, I managed to get both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro and their casing as review units a week ago.

Here is my unboxing experience, and my first impression of the devices. As there are more details in the video, I suggest you watch it first.

The Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro packaging is very simple. In the box, you only get a 1m USB-C to USB-C cable and a quick switch adapter (USB-C to USB-A converter), and a quick start guide. Do note that the SIM tray ejector tool is “hidden” inside the quick start guide.

It does not come with a charging brick or silicon casing. These are accessories that you will need to purchase separately.

Google Pixel 7

The review unit that I have is in Lemongrass color. It is very vibrant and nice (in my opinion). It is very different from the usual colorway.

For the Google Pixel 7, the front screen has lesser curve on the edge as compared to the Google Pixel 7 Pro. The front-facing camera is a key hole type in the middle as shown below.

The design is very similar to Google Pixel 6. From a glance, I believe many will be unable to differentiate the two.

As you can see below, it has a USB-C port and two speaker grille by the side.

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On the top, it has a microphone, and I believe there is a speaker here (not visible). I tried playing songs, and evidently, the music could be heard on both sides (top and bottom) of the phone.

On this side, you can see the SIM tray.

And on this side, it has the Power on/off button and the volume rocker switch.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The review unit that I had is in Snow color (basically white). And the camera module is in shiny silver. I would prefer a matte one as the shiny one is a fingerprint magnet.

The front screen is slightly curvier on the side as compared to the Google Pixel 7. It has the same keyhole front-facing camera.

The design is similar to Google Pixel 6 Pro. No one knew that I am holding onto a new device when I was testing it out in the public area.

On the bottom, it has a USB-C port and speaker grilles.

On the top, it has a microphone and speaker (invisible).

On this side, it has a SIM tray.

And on this side, it has the Power on/off button and the volume rocker switch.

Google Casing

This official Google casing is very well-built and thick. I believe it can protect your phone from the usual knocks. However, because it is opaque, you need to make sure that you choose a color that can complement you.

Here is the casing for the Google Pixel 7.

And this is the casing for the Google Pixel 7 Pro.

SIM Card Tray

For the Singapore version, there is only one Nano SIM slot. If you need another SIM, it has to be an eSIM.

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Here is a close-up of the SIM tray.

Summary

This is just the first look. Overall, they are very well built and to be honest, quite heavy. Initial test on the devices shows that Google has invested a lot of time in the software. With the built-in software (eraser, unblur, Portrait Blur, etc), I feel that any picture can be made better. For the Cinematic Mode or Active Mode, it is also using computing software to adjust. Therefore, there are some hits and misses.

Online pre-orders for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in 128GB and 256GB are available on the Google StoreAmazon SGCourts OnlineChallenger Online, and Shopee, and will be available online and in-stores from 13 October 2022. Any purchase of the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro will come with a coupon for SGD 250 on your next purchase on Google Store; additional partner offers can be found on their respective channels.

I will be uploading a new video on my hands-on experience and also an extensive review of the Cinematic mode and software editing. Do check it out in a week.

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