Phone Timeline

A walk–thru of the phones I’ve owned over the years. It’s interesting to see how the devices themselves have changed over time.

2022 — Google® Pixel 7 Pro

I had been using my Pixel 2 XL for 5 years and honestly it was still going strong. I still had very good battery life, things still functioned with great speed and having had 3 years worth of updates I was still running a relatively recent version of the Android OS. I had a desire to upgrade however it was a bit tougher decision given that I was still so happy with my Pixel 2 XL

I found myself looking over the rumors and the confirmed details of the Pixel 7 Pro as the release date loomed. I had been so happy with my current device that I was pretty sure I’d be happy sticking with the Pixel line. I was a little weary of the in–screen fingerprint reader as I had found the reader placement on the Pixel 2 XL (back) to be so incredibly convenient but, well, change is inevitable. An enticing change was that the Pixel 7 Pro would be guaranteed 5 years of updates. This pretty much ensured that I would be well supported for as long as I had the phone. Price, of course, for a flagship phone is still pretty high but when you consider the lifespan it becomes a bit more palatable.

Ultimately, I chose to go ahead and upgrade and was pleasantly surprised with such a noticible difference in performance. It only took a short time to become comfortable with the in–screen fingerprint reader and overcome the muscle memory of the rear mounted reader on my Pixel 2 XL. I love the new Pixel 7 Pro and honestly couldn’t be happier with the upgrade.


Specifications -

Device Type Smartphone
OS Android (13.0)
Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 6.41 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches (162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm)
Weight 7.48 oz (212.0 g)
Materials Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus); Frame: Aluminum
Resistance Yes; IP68
Biometrics In–screen fingerprint
Keys Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
Colors Hazel, Snow, Obsidian
Physical Size 6.7 inches
Resolution 3120 x 1440 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio
Pixel Density 513 ppi
Technology OLED
Refresh Rate 120Hz
Screen–to–body Ratio 88.23%
Peak Brightness 1500 cd/m2 (nit)
Touchscreen Capacitive, Multi–touch
Features HDR support, Scratch–resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Rear Triple Camera
Main Camera 50 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF)
   Specifications Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.31"; Pixel size: 1.2 µm
Second Camera 48 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
   Specifications Optical zoom: 5.0x; Aperture size: F3.5; Focal Length: 120 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 0.7 µm
Third Camera 12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
   Specifications Aperture size: F2.2; Sensor size: 1/2.9"; Pixel size: 1.25 µm
Video Recording 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
   Features OIS, HDR
Front–Facing Camera 10.8 MP
System Chip Google Tensor G2 (5 nm)
Processor Octa–core
Graphics Processor Yes
System Memory 12 GB LPDDR5
Built–in storage 256 GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable
Capacity 5000 mAh
Type Li–Ion
Charging Fast charging, Qi wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging, Reverse charging
Max Charge Speed Wired: 23.0W; Wireless: 23.0W
Screen Mirroring Wireless screen share
Speakers Earpiece, Multiple speakers
Headphones Connector USB Type–C (reversible)
Additional microphone(s) for Noise cancellation
5G n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n14, n20, n25, n28, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n258, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
UMTS Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(800), 8(900), 19(800)
LTE (FDD) Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 14(700 PS), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 30(2300 WCS), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
LTE (TDD) Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500), 46, 48(3600)
Data LTE–A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s
SIM Type Nano SIM, eSIM
Connectivity & features
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi–Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi–Fi 6); Wi–Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB Type–C (reversible), USB 3.1
   Features Charging
Location GPS, A–GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, Cell ID, Wi–Fi positioning
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
Other NFC
Hearing Aid Compatibility M3, T4