Back in October 2023, Google launched the Pixel 8 series. While the Pixel 8 offered a ton of capabilities at a reasonable price, all eyes were on the Pixel 8 Pro. With the best camera hardware we’ve ever seen in a Pixel, a new chipset, and a slew of AI tricks, the Pixel 8 Pro was cool enough for me to pre-order my own unit on Day 1 (the free Pixel Watch 2 didn’t hurt, either).

Since then, I’ve used the Google Pixel 8 Pro exclusively as my daily driver. With six months gone since that launch — and our subsequent Editor’s Choice award and best smartphone of 2023 win — I thought it was the right time to tell you my thoughts on it. What’s aged well? What’s aged poorly? And, ultimately, is it still worth buying, even with the Pixel 9 series looming on the horizon?