Google Pixel 8 Pro + Pixel Watch 2: The Whole Package?

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It took me seven weeks and two trips to tropical microchip conferences to figure out what to say about the new Google Phone … and even then, I had to rope in its sibling smartwatch and earbud buddies to summon anything of substance. Why? Well, as Daniel Bader said on a recent episode of the Android Police podcast about those microchips:

“Talking about these things is the equivalent of talking about drying paint.”

It’s not because they’re not impressive – in fact he was making the opposite point: that mobile silicon has gotten so good across the board that comparing it is ultimately futile if you’re talking to a mainstream audience. And folks: with smartphone reviews, we’re getting to the same exact point!

The Google Pixel 8 Pro lasts all day. Its display is bright. Its speakers are loud. It “feels good,” as they say, “in the hand.” It’s nearly everything a high-end smartphone should be, offered at a competitive price. To quote the Dismemberment Plan: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO SAAAAYYYYYY?”

And that’s good news for the Pixel 8 Pro! Two years after the risky reinvention of the Pixel line, Google has blended boring iteration with buzzworthy innovation to produce a phone that’s easy to recommend. But when you zoom out to include the Pixel Watch 2 and Pixel Buds Pro that complete the Google mobile ecosystem in 2023 … well, the Pixels get a bit fuzzier. Join me for the MrMobile Google Pixel 8 Pro Review / Pixel Watch 2 Review!


This review was produced following approximately two months with Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Watch 2 and Pixel Buds Pro review samples, all provided by Google.

MrMobile does not accept compensation from the manufacturers of the products he reviews in exchange for producing content. No payment was provided and no manufacturer or carrier was afforded a preview, editorial input or copy approval rights concerning this review. The lone sponsor of this video is dbrand.


00:00 Watching paint dry
01:33 Covalent bonds: the Google ecosystem
02:51 Pixel Buds Pro
03:45 Pixel Watch 2
05:48 Pixel 8 Pro [AI Features]
07:14 Pixel 8 Pro [Camera]
10:02 What do you want me to say? [The Basics]
10:52 Better phone than ecosystem (for now)
14:00 Shilling for robots
14:30 Disclosures



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