Google Pixel 8 Review: This is The Best Android Phone for Most People

Google Pixel 8 Review: This is The Best Android Phone for Most People

The Google Pixel 8 wows with its AI camera capabilities and offers a brighter display in a more compact design.


The Google Pixel 8 amazes with its AI-powered camera features, including Best Shot, Magic Editor, and Audio Magic Eraser. You also get a brighter display in a more compact, comfortable design. Seven years of updates have made this flagship almost never obsolete.The Pixel 8's performance still lags behind the competition, and the battery life, while improved, isn't the best in class. But all in all, it's a great phone.



+ Brighter 120Hz display

+More compact design

+Extended battery life

+Awesome AI camera features

+7 years of updates



-Performance still lags behind other flagships

-Some early bugs

- $100 more expensive than the Pixel 7


It's not often that a new phone feature forces huge interest. But the Pixel 8 has a few such features. For example, people were surprised by the effectiveness of the new "Best Shot" feature, which composites a better group photo by picking the best-looking face from a series of photos.


You can also remove background noise from videos, change a midday photo to a sunset, and easily move the subject in a picture - no Photoshop required. all thanks to the AI on the Pixel 8.


The Google Pixel 8 also comes with a brighter display and longer battery life. You even get seven years of software updates. Add it all up and you have one of the best Android phones to date.


$699 it's $100 more than the Pixel 7 and the new Tensor G3 chip still lags behind the competition in terms of performance. So is this "AI phone" for you? Here's a detailed analysis of all its pros and cons.


Google PIXEL 8: Specifications




Android 14

Processing Unit

Tensor G3




128GB, 256GB

Display Screen

6.2 OLED, 120Hz

Rear Camera

Rear Camera 50 MP Primary Lens (f/1.68) with 8x Ultra High Resolution Zoom, 12 MP Ultra Wide Angle (f/2.2)

Front Camera

10.5MP (f//2.2)


4K, 60 fps


4,575 mAh




5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches


6.6 ounce


② Google PIXEL 8 : Price and Release Date

The Google Pixel 8 goes up for pre-order on October 4th and goes on sale on October 12th.


The Google Pixel with 128GB of storage starts at $699. That's $100 more than Google was charging last year. At least it's still $100 cheaper than the iPhone 15 and Samsung Galaxy S23. If you want 256GB of storage, you'll have to pay $60 more, for a total of $759.


③ Google PIXEL 8 : Design and Color

If you put the Pixel 8 up against the iPhone 15 and Galaxy S23, it's likely you'll prefer Google's design, such as its rounded corners and contoured design, which makes the phone comfortable to hold. It also helps that the Pixel 8 is smaller than the Pixel 7, thanks to Google shrinking the screen on its flagship phone from 6.3 inches to 6.2 inches.


The Pixel 8 measures 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches and weighs 6.6 ounces, while the Pixel 7 measures 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and weighs 6.9 ounces. The only downside to the design is that it has thicker sides due to the huge camera strip.


The Pixel 8 comes in Rose, Light Brown, and Obsidian colors. The back glass is polished, unlike the matte finish of the Pixel 8 Pro. The matte finish is actually a better finish, but the Pixel 8's fingerprint resistance is generally good.


Google PIXEL 8: Display Screen

The so-called Actua display on the Pixel 8 is one of the phone's biggest upgrades to date. It's dramatically brighter, which is good news because the Pixel 7's OLED panel was too dark when viewed outdoors in direct sunlight.


HDR content on the Pixel 8's 6.2-inch screen is rated at 1,400 nits and 2,000 nits peak brightness, while the Pixel 7 is rated at 1,000 nits and 1,400 nits, respectively.


In real-world use, the Pixel 8 reaches 1,349 nits when displaying HDR content and 1,224 nits with Adaptive Brightness turned on. the Pixel 7 reaches just 961 nits with Adaptive Brightness. That's a pretty big change.


By comparison, the iPhone 15 reaches a slightly higher 1,401 nits and the Galaxy S23 reaches 1,340 nits. the Pixel 8's OLED display produces more DCI-P3 color space than the iPhone 15, but lags behind the Galaxy S23. the Pixel 8's Color Accuracy score is very good, if not the best in its class.


Google PIXEL 8: Camera

The back of the Google Pixel 8 still comes with dual lenses, but it adds a new trick in the form of a new macro close-up mode via the ultra-wide-angle camera. There are also tons of impressive AI camera features - albeit sometimes problematic.


The Pixel 8 features a 50MP main wide-angle camera that provides more advanced image processing to bring out more vibrant colors and details in images. It comes with a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a larger field of view than the Pixel 7 (125.8° vs. 114°).


The Pixel 8's front-facing camera has a slightly lower resolution of 10.5 MP compared to the previous 10.8 MP. But you do get a wider field of view with the newer Pixel (95° vs. 92.8°).


What's really unique about the Pixel 8 camera are the actions that can be performed after the shot is taken. For example, Best Take can analyze group photos and use generative AI to produce the best-looking photo, which will really come in handy if someone blinks or has an awkward expression.


You can even click on the faces in the photo and select different poses if desired. The process takes a bit of time - some of the faces look a bit superimposed on the body - but overall, the best shots are pretty smart.


Magic Editor lets you manipulate the theme in new ways, and it also changes the look of the sky and lighting in your photos, so you can have your Pixel 8 change them into golden moments. After a few seconds, it turns a picture of a clear blue sky into a picture of near dusk, and even inserts a sunset into the picture. It's as cool as it is creepy.


In the selfie comparison between the Pixel 8 and the iPhone 15, they both rendered tons of detail and had the same convincing bokeh effect.


Don't expect the Pixel 8 to have maximum zoom. It's limited to 2x "optical quality," which means 50MP photos after cropping. You get 8x digital zoom, while the iPhone 15 has a maximum digital zoom of 10x and the Galaxy S23 has a 30x digital zoom.


Google PIXEL 8: Performance and Artificial Intelligence Features

The Google Pixel 8 features the new Tensor G3 chip, which promises to deliver better CPU performance and graphics, but the real boost comes from the Pixel 8's AI capabilities. In fact, Google says that the G3 runs twice as many machine learning models on the device as the original Tensor chip in the Pixel 6. However, I did run into one annoying issue during my testing.


A great example of the G3 Brain is the improved Call Screen screen feature.Google Assistant not only answers calls for you, but does so in a more natural voice.


The Pixel 8 is also smart enough to summarize any web page you're reading in seconds. All you have to do is long-press the power button and tap or say "summarize" and you'll get some key takeaways, and the Pixel 8 effectively summarizes Tom's Guide articles on what to buy and why to skip the Pixel 8 Pro.


Even the keyboard gets an AI enhancement with the new proofreading button. You simply press the button after typing and you'll see your acceptable suggestions highlighted. The keyboard effectively corrected my willful "them versus there" error.


In terms of overall performance, the Pixel 8's Tensor G3 chip is faster than the Pixel 7's G2, but it still lags behind rival flagship phones.The Pixel 8 did beat the Galaxy S23 in the single-core portion of the Geekbench CPU test, but it lagged behind the Samsung and the iPhone 15 in multi-core performance.


According to the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark, the Pixel 8 is way ahead in terms of graphics performance, clocking in at just 54 frames per second in the base Unlimited test. But I will say that gameplay on the Pixel 8 is smooth, whether you're playing Wild Ride 9, racing around a track, flipping through the air, or mowing down enemies in Diablo: Immortal.


We also calculated the time it took to transcode 4K video to 1080p. the Pixel 8 took the longest time in its category, completing the task in 1 minute and 12 seconds. the iPhone 15 and Galaxy S23 took less than 40 seconds.


Google PIXEL 8: Battery Life and Charging

The good news is that the Google Pixel 8's battery life is much improved over the Pixel 7. The bad news is that it still lags behind the top flagships.The Pixel 8 can last up to 9 hours and 50 minutes of continuous internet use at 150 nits of screen brightness with the screen in 60Hz mode.


In comparison, the Pixel 7 lasted just 7 hours and 30 minutes with Adaptive Smoothing turned off, and 7 hours and 17 minutes with Adaptive Smoothing turned on. This is a huge boost to the Pixel 8's battery life and is very close to the smartphone average.


But other flagship phones last longer. the Galaxy S23 and iPhone 15 both last over 11 hours, so the Pixel 8 is at least an hour behind its competitors.


The Pixel 8 supports 30W charging, and the phone reached 60 percent in 30 minutes, beating out the iPhone 15 (53 percent) and Galaxy S23 (55 percent).


⑧ Google PIXEL 8 : Android 14 and software

Pixel 8 is almost future-proof. That's because Google is promising up to seven years of OS and security updates as well as feature updates released every few months.


That's a big step up from the Pixel 7's three years of OS updates and five years of security updates. Samsung currently offers four years of full Android updates, while the iPhone typically offers five.


The Pixel 8 runs Android 14, which introduces a number of improvements. For example, there's a custom lock screen selector as well as the generation of AI wallpapers that can be used to customize your experience. The new Health Connect tool keeps all of your fitness and health data securely in one place, and there's a new magnifying glass feature that makes reading content easier for the visually impaired.


⑨ Google PIXEL 8 vs. Google PIXEL 8 pro

If you're torn between the Google Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro, it makes sense. Here's a quick summary.


The Pixel 8 Pro features a larger 6.7-inch display with a more dynamic 1-120Hz refresh rate and a frosted glass design on the back for easier grip. It also offers more RAM than the regular Pixel 8 (12GB vs. 8GB).


The Pixel 8 Pro also offers Pro Camera Controls in the Camera app, which lets you adjust ISO, white balance, and more; you also get a 5x telephoto zoom lens, while the Pixel 8 sticks to a digital zoom. Finally, only the Pixel 8 Pro supports Video Enhancement, an upcoming feature that optimizes videos you upload to the cloud.


However, the Pixel 8 is the better option for those who prefer a more compact design, and it's available for $699, compared to $999 for the Pro model.



The Google Pixel 8 shows that anything is possible when you have really smart hardware and software working together and trying to harness the power of AI. I was particularly impressed with the Audio Magic Eraser feature in video and best shots, even if it may take a few tries to get everything to work the way you want it to.


The Pixel 8 also benefits from a brighter display, a macro mode for the camera, and very nice HDR video. While the camera bump on the back of the phone is still quite large, the overall design is sophisticated and easy to use with one hand. However, the Photos app can be a bit unstable at times, which may be fixed with an update.


Even though it's $100 more expensive than the Pixel 7, the Pixel 8 is still worth every penny. It's $100 cheaper than the iPhone 15 and Galaxy S23, while offering almost all the features of its competitors. Overall, the iPhone 15 is superior because it has longer battery life and better performance, while the Galaxy S23 gives you a telephoto zoom lens. But the Pixel 8 is a great camera phone and an all-around flagship phone.


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