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Best Google Pixel Phone 2024: Top Pixels tested and ranked

Considering Google only released its first Pixel smartphone back in 2016, making the range fairly new to the market, the handsets have undoubtedly made a worthy impression.

With each new Pixel launch there have been incredibly useful upgrades and new features that have helped cement Google in the smartphone space. 

Almost eight years later, the Pixel range now has a strong variety of smartphone options that can best suit your needs. Whether you’re seeking a smartphone on a budget that can still keep you connected for less, a device that utilises AI to edit your images, or if you are finally looking to invest in a foldable phone, there’s definitely something for you in the Pixel range. 

To ensure we are give you the best advice, we transfer our personal SIMs to each Pixel device we test and use the phone as our own personal handset for at least five days, but usually much longer, in order to get the full experience. 

We also put the device through extensive use in order to fairly and accurately evaluate key areas that consumers will look for, like the camera quality, battery life and overall performance. Our review process also includes real-world tests and industry-standard benchmarks to help us get a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of the phone.

Below we have put together our list of the best Pixel phones we have reviewed and are currently on the market. The eligibility of the phones included is based on how well they scored throughout our testing process and how well we got on with using them. 

We’ve included the most recent additions via the Pixel 8 range, but if you’re still on the fence about siding up with team Google then you can also take a gander at our round-up of the best smartphones overall.

Best Google Pixel phone at a glance

How we test

How do we test Google Pixel phones?

Every Google Pixel phone included in the below list has been properly tested and used for an extended period by one of our product experts. We don’t review phones based purely on specs or a manufacturer’s claims – we use them as our everyday device for at least five days and usually for much longer.

Our review process includes a mixture of real-world tests, along with more than 15 measured tests and industry-standard benchmarks. We believe this gives the most rounded view of a device.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

The best flagship Pixel phone
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  • The bright, flat screen is stunning
  • Often incredible camera performance across all sensors and lenses
  • AI features offer unique software tricks
  • 7 years of updates


  • Uncomfortable to hold
  • Temperature sensor is pointless
  • Performance not as strong as similarly priced phones
  • Notable price increase over 7 Pro

Our pick for the best Google phone is the top-end Pixel 8 Pro. This is very much of a rival to devices like the Galaxy S23 Plus, offering a slicker software experience and one of the best cameras around, though its increased price tag means it’s not quite as budget-friendly as its predecessor.

All the phones featured here boast smooth, clean and frequently updated software. As Google makes both the phone and the underlying Android software, Pixel phones get updates as soon as Android releases them, so you’ll get Android 14 out of the box. That’s cool enough, but Google’s commitment to 7 years of OS upgrades with the Pixel 8 range – the best of any Android manufacturer – will see it through to the release of Android 21, with all new features included.

More specifically, there are a few reasons to go for the Pixel 8 Pro over the cheaper options in our list. First off, the 6.7-inch 120Hz LPTO Actua display is both smooth and impressively bright at 2400nits, making it larger and smarter than the Pixel 8, while boasting a serious upgrade in resolution and brightness compared to the Pixel 7a. It’s also a flat display this time around, which makes for a nice change from the curved displays of previous models.

There’s also a slightly updated design with a matte rear that, compared to the Pixel 8’s glossy finish, is much better at resisting smudges and fingerprints while also being a little grippier.

It’s also the only version of the Pixel 8 with a triple camera array. Both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have excellent main and ultrawide cameras, but with the Pro, you’re also getting a 48MP telephoto zoom. It’s not the very best telephoto zoom we’ve used, but it’s the best on the list, including the high-end Pixel Fold.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Google Pixel 8 Pro review

Google Pixel 8

The best mid-range Pixel phone
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  • Impressive camera performance with unique AI features
  • Solid 6.2-inch OLED display
  • All-day battery life
  • 7 years of OS upgrades


  • Dated design
  • No telephoto lens
  • Raw performance is behind other flagships

Right in the middle of Google’s smartphone range, you’ll find the Pixel 8. This device might not offer quite the same specs as the Pro version (most notably lacking a telephoto sensor and having a slightly smaller, non-LTPO screen), but it still packs quite the punch, especially given its relatively modest price tag – even if, like the Pro, it’s more expensive than the Pixel 7.

The camera, like with other Pixel phones, is the main highlight here, delivering gorgeously detailed and punchy images regardless of whether you’re using it during the day or at night. There are also fun AI smarts that allow you to swap out faces in group selfies for better options and even use generative AI to remove huge swathes of an image, but it’s not the only reason you might feel tempted to make one of these your own.

The 120Hz OLED Actua screen, measuring a slightly smaller 6.2 inches than its predecessor, is plenty capable with impressive peak brightness and great HDR support that makes watching Netflix movies a joy, and the design certainly looks sleek and feels premium to the touch as well. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t have the same matte finish as the Pixel 8 Pro, as it’s quite the fingerprint magnet.

It also gets the same long-term commitment as the Pixel 8 Pro, boasting 7 years of OS upgrades that’ll take it through to the release of Android 21, all new features in tow.

While the slow charging speeds and lack of a telephoto sensor are two obvious compromises, we certainly don’t think that these should be dealbreakers when a smartphone offers as good overall performance as the Pixel 8 does.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Google Pixel 8 review

Google Pixel 7a

The best affordable Pixel phone
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  • Excellent camera for the price
  • Plenty of upgrades over the Pixel 6a
  • Smart software
  • Some nice colour options


  • Middling battery life
  • Achingly slow charging

If you’re on the hunt for a small Pixel but want to keep the budget low, the Pixel 7a is a great pick. In many of the most important ways, it matches the (now-replaced) Pixel 7 and packs a number of features you won’t find on the Pixel 6a.

Those features include Qi wireless charging, 8GB memory, a faster 90Hz screen (the Pixel 6a is merely 60Hz) and an overall more durable body. The Pixel 7a is a much better phone than the 6a, and we’d recommend paying the extra for the newer model.

One of our favourite Pixel 7a features is the camera. There’s a new main 64MP sensor on the back that’s far larger than the one found on the Pixel 6a and it produces better images in all conditions. Skin tones are accurate, low-light performance is exceptional and Google has done a good job at ensuring colours are the same.

Inside the phone, there’s the same Tensor G2 chip as the Pixel Fold. While we would like a little more power in the flagship range, at this price it is perfectly adequate and a good performer in all of our tests. Tensor also powers many of the AI aspects of the Pixel, like the clever call screening features and excellent voice recorder.

The 6.1-inch 90Hz OLED is good, though the Pixel 8’s updated 120Hz OLED makes it feel like a more responsive option, and the Pixel 8 Pro still has the best screen on a Pixel.

Keeping the Pixel 7a away from top marks is the mediocre battery life and the slow charging. While our reviewer managed to get through the day most of the time, a quick charge was required on busier days with lots of screen time.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Google Pixel 7a review

Google Pixel Fold

The best foldable Pixel phone
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  • Thin when folded and unfolded
  • Some of the best foldable cameras around
  • Pixel software is unmatched


  • Very visible crease on inner display
  • Odd approach to app support
  • Very expensive

At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find the ultra-premium Google Pixel Fold, the only Pixel available in a foldable form factor. It’s extremely expensive at £1,749/$1,799, but if you want the Pixel software experience on a foldable, it’s your only option right now.

The book-style foldable is squatter than what you’ll find from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Honor Magic Vs, making the external 5.8-inch OLED panel much more compact and easier to use. It also means the internal 7.6-inch OLED display boasts a horizontal aspect ratio, compared to most other foldables that are taller than they are wider. Both displays are set to a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate, with the inner display boasting a crisp 2K resolution.

You’ll find camera hardware including a main 48Mp snapper, a 10.8MP ultrawide and 18.8MP 5x telephoto lens capable of delivering the famed Pixel experience, with vibrant, impressively detailed shots and access to AI-powered features like Night Sight and Super Res Zoom.

That AI experience also spills over into the general Android 13 experience on offer, with AI-infused Pixel-favourite features like the ability to screen incoming calls on your behalf all present and accounted for.

There are hints that this is very much a first-gen product, however; the crease on the inner panel is both wider and deeper than what you’ll find from most other competitors in 2024, and the hinge doesn’t completely open 180 degrees, leaving the phone to wobble on flat surfaces.

Google has also removed the ability to force unsupported apps to run in full-screen mode on the internal display – a feature of every other book-style foldable – severely limiting just how helpful it can be when general app support is hit-and-miss.

And, as with practically every other Pixel phone, the 4821mAh battery isn’t quite enough to negate that battery anxiety. It’d get to the end of the day – just about – but couldn’t survive into the second day. It also suffers from a rather slow 30W charging experience, though this isn’t that out of place in the foldable market.

If, however, you’ve got your heart set on a book-style foldable and simply have to have the stock Pixel experience, the Pixel Fold ticks most boxes.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Google Pixel Fold review

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Do these Pixel phones come with a charger, or do you need to provide your own?

None of the phones included in our Best Pixel Phone list comes with a charger in the box, so you’ll have to provide your own. They all come with a USB-C cable and work with the PD charging standard.

Is the Tensor chipset good for gaming?

Google’s Tensor chipset is very capable and plays games just fine in our tests. You will, however, get better GPU from more recent phones with Apple’s A-series chips or a recent 8-series Snapdragon version.

Trusted Reviews test data

You can see a summary of the test data we collected reviewing all the Pixel phones in this list in the table below.

Geekbench 6 single core
Geekbench 6 multi core
Max brightness
1 hour video playback (Netflix, HDR)
Battery drain 60-min (music streaming online)
Battery drain 60-min (music streaming offline)
30 minute gaming (intensive)
30 minute gaming (light)
1 hour music streaming (online)
1 hour music streaming (offline)
Time from 0-100% charge
Time from 0-50% charge
30-min recharge (no charger included)
15-min recharge (no charger included)
3D Mark – Wild Life
GFXBench – Aztec Ruins
GFXBench – Car Chase

Comparison specs

You can compare the core specs of all the Pixel phones in this list using the table below.

Screen Size
Storage Capacity
Rear Camera
Front Camera
Video Recording
IP rating
Wireless charging
Fast Charging
Size (Dimensions)
Operating System
Release Date
First Reviewed Date
Refresh Rate
Stated Power

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