I review Android phones for a living. This is the one to buy…

Someone is holding a bay blue Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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A big part of my job at is reviewing Android phones – A Very Of Android phones. I’ve tested and reviewed phones from Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, and other companies over the past year, many of which I’ve been extremely happy with.

But as I look ahead to 2023, one Android phone in particular looks special. That Android phone is the Google Pixel 8 Pro. It’s the best smartphone from Google yet, one of the best smartphones available today, and it’s got a significant discount for Black Friday 2023.

Home screen on Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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Usually available for $999, you can now buy the Google Pixel 8 Pro for just $799. That’s a savings of $200, and it’s available for all three colors of the phone (Obsidian, Porcelain, and the gorgeous bay blue seen in the photos in this article). That $200 discount also applies to all storage configurations, meaning the discounted pricing works as follows:

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It’s great to get $200 off one of the best Android phones of the year. But what is it specifically about the Pixel 8 Pro that makes it worth buying? Perhaps a better question is, “Why shouldn’t you buy the Pixel 8 Pro during Black Friday?”

For me, the Pixel 8 Pro makes a great first impression with its design. With its rounded corners, ever-so-slightly curved display edges, and matte glass back, the Pixel 8 Pro strikes an unprecedented balance of form and function that few other smartphones manage. Not only does it feel incredible in your hand, but it also looks stunning – especially if you choose the gorgeous blue color.

Using the Camera app on Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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And design is just the beginning. One of the main reasons I love using the Pixel 8 Pro so much is its camera system. With a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultrawide camera, and a 48MP telephoto camera, the Pixel 8 Pro has a camera for every situation. All three cameras capture beautiful shots, whether you’re shooting stills or videos. And when you combine that with Google’s groundbreaking AI photo-editing features, you get a camera suite unlike anything else out there.

The rest of the Pixel 8 Pro’s specs are equally impressive. The 6.7-inch OLED display is one of the best I’ve seen all year. Google’s Tensor G3 processor has been surprisingly good, providing fast performance and excellent thermals. And I like both in-screen fingerprint sensors plus Face Unlock to unlock lock screen, banking apps etc.

And then there is the software. The Google Pixel 8 Pro comes with Android 14, and it’s a lovely experience. The UI is clean and easy to navigate, everything runs smoothly, and you get dozens of useful AI features for managing spam calls, translating text seen through the camera, and more.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is sitting upright on a park bench.
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But that’s not even the best part. The best thing about the Pixel 8 Pro’s software is what Google promises Seven Years Major Android updates, security patches, and other “feature drops” that add new features every couple of months. That’s an unprecedented level of support as far as Android phones go, and it’s a big reason to consider the Pixel 8 Pro better than any of its competitors.

I could keep talking about why I love the Pixel 8 Pro so much, but I think I’ve made my point. Yes, $799 is a lot of money to spend on a new smartphone, but if you can make that kind of purchase, I can’t recommend any other Android phone more than the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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