Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

Introduction

Following months of leak after leak, Google has officially unveiled its smartphones Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Both handsets look exactly like what we saw in all the first photos and renderings, and although the element of surprise can disappear, we still have two awesome Android handsets to talk about. Here, all you need to know about the Pixel 3. Listen, 2018 is not the most exciting year for smartphones. Being polite is a year of refinement. The 5G is coming, a little in 2019 and a lot in 2020, and things will go crazy then. For now, enjoy a phone with a very nice camera that, hopefully, will call the electrician for you.

Google Pixel 3 promises to provide you with the best smartphone camera in 2018 – or at least that’s the bold title Google wants to claim with its smart camera. We were able to familiarize ourselves with the new 5.5-inch Android Pie phone, available in three colors and bearing names such as Clearly White, Just Black and the pink “Not Pink”.

It has a large OLED display rich in colors, practical dimensions, and a relatively reasonable price. This makes it the perfect size for most people looking for a new Android phone without stretching their wallet or case.

The highlight, however, is the 12.2 MP rear-facing camera and two 8MP front-facing cameras. The second selfie camera is optimized for wide-angle selfies, allowing you to shoot an entire group without removing people from the photo. To date, Google Pixel 2 still surprises us and the success of this success gives us great hopes for our next camera tests.

Design

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

The 5.5-inch OLED screen offers 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, and it looks great. It was bright enough to see with direct sunlight shining through windows, though we’ll need to take a better look outdoors. Colors are vibrant and paired with deep black levels in dark scenes.

Dual front-facing speakers make a return. Google says the speakers are 40 percent louder than last year’s Pixel 2. The difference is noticeable. We could hear Google Assistant even over the press event’s cacophony.  Speaking of Google Assistant, you can squeeze the phone to trigger Google’s helper, just like last year. There’s no headphone jack (again), but Google wins some points for including USB Type-C earbuds in the box, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

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Display

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

The 5.5-inch OLED display fits in modern times. It is big and large and is based on a phone smaller than expected, given the rumors about the size of the screen. The whole measures 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and weighs 148g. It’s about the same size as the Pixel 2, which had a smaller screen of 5 inches.

At first glance, the Pixel 3 screen looks richer than last year’s Pixel 2. There is significantly fewer scope thanks to the 18: 9 picture format rather than the dated 16: 9 look. We thought that last year’s oversized bezel was a big disappointment with the smaller 2017 pixel phone.

Oh, he still has a telescope. There is no hiding the two front cameras and speaker up and the chin down. But it’s the best we’ve seen with a phone with two front speakers and no deep notch (some would say ugly).

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Camera

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

Pixel Visual Core is a separate and dedicated chip that gives the camera this amazing factor. In combination with the 12.2 MP camera, we will see machine learning features that choose the best photo to avoid blur and closed eyes called Top Shot.

The f / 1.8 aperture of the rear-facing camera does not break a record among the fast apertures, but modes such as Night Sight are supposed to give Google Pixel 3 the advantage when taking pictures of the night. At the launch ceremony, Google showed how it can even beat the iPhone XS with poorly lit photos. It takes pictures with larger pixels of 1.4 microns and has an optical and electronic image stabilization. Video recordings in 4K at a maximum of 30fps.

When it comes to taking photos with a selfie, we really liked the idea of Group Selfie Camera, the second camera at the front. The two 8 MP cameras offer a normal 75-degree field of view or a 97-degree field of view. The apertures differ here: f / 2.2 for the wide angle lens and f / 1.8 for the normal selfie lens.

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Battery

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

A 2,915 mAh battery is towed, which is slightly larger than last year’s Pixel 2. That’s good, but we think Google could have increased its capacity. We expect nothing more than a full day of use. As the phone can charge wireless, Google sells a 10-watt wireless charging stand for $ 79. The Pixel stand holds the phone and offers many other integrations, such as connecting to Do Not Disturb Pixel mode and dubbing as a digital frame for your photos.

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Software

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

As you’d expect, Android 9 Pie runs on Pixel 3 and 3 XL from the first day. This is the same Android pie that we use on Pixel 2 phones, including new navigation moves, quick setup panel, and more.

The Pixel 3 brings a handful of new software, including the complete release of Digital Wellbeing outside of its beta state and a slightly updated user interface for the camera application. There is also a new call filtering feature that allows you to send your caller to a system asking them to provide information about who they are and why they are calling. What they say happens in real time and you can choose to hang up or resume at any time.

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Specifications

Google Pixel 3 Hands-On Review

The Google Pixel 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM. It is unlikely to be the fastest of the other phone makers who boast 6GB of RAM and whose Apple A12 chipset beats the Snapdragon 845. However, the possession of hardware and software by Google should prove beneficial for optimal performance.

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Price And Availability

The Google Pixel 3 costs $799 and pre-orders are open. It is officially on sale from October 18th. The phone is sold through Google and Verizon, but if you buy it on the Google Store, you can use it on all major US carrier networks. The hardware can not price, but there is no other phone with so many AI features. We will tinker with the phone in the coming days to find a final verdict, so stay tuned.

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