Google recently released two mouth watering smartphones into the market-the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Both devices have similar features but for this post I’ll be reviewing the Pixel 3.
Google has shown its strength again in the smartphone camera world with this latest device. The Pixel 3, just like other Pixels will be eligible for future upgrades and updates from Google, it’ll be among the first devices if not the first to receive Android Q.
If you are a lover of stock Android, then I think this review should be of interest to you. There aren’t much changes in terms of design, but the software has gone through a lot of changes with the introduction of Android 9.0 Pie. Some features has been added to the OS which should make you get it, you don’t get a smartphone this complete in terms of hardware and software synergy.
Below are some specs about Google Pixel 3
DIMENSIONS: 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
WEIGHT: 148 g
BATTERY SIZE: 2915 mAh
SCREEN SIZE: 5.5 in
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY: AMOLED
SCREEN: 2160 x 1080 pixels (439 ppi)
FRONT CAMERA: 8 megapixels
REAR CAMERA: 12.2 megapixels
ANDROID VERSION: 9 – Pie
RAM: 4 GB
INTERNAL STORAGE: 128 GB / 64 GB
REMOVABLE STORAGE: Not available
CHIPSET: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
NUMBER OF CORES: 8
MAX. CLOCK SPEED: 2.5 GHz
CONNECTIVITY: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0
With the specs in mind let’s dive into the review.
Google Pixel 3 Review
Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch 18:9 display, which has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels (FHD+). For color display, users can choose between “Natural”, “Enhanced” and “Adaptive” modes. A manual adjustment of the color temperature is not possible.
The display brightness is high enough to keep content readable even in direct sunlight, and in the evening hours the brightness can be finely adjusted and turned down enough not to be dazzled too much by the screen.
ABSENCE OF A 3.5MM HEADPHONE JACK:
For all you lovers of headphones and headsets, Google has ditched the headphone jack. Even though the wide display edges of the Pixel 3 look a bit old-fashioned, they do have one big advantage: they offer space for two front-facing stereo speakers. They also delivered good sound when we tried them out for the first time, and mid-range and treble seem to be well balanced. The audio volume level of the Pixel 3 is a little bit higher than the Pixel 2, this is according to Google. In addition, there’s a bass that makes the whole smartphone vibrate, but is less powerful than the large Pixel 3 XL. In my opinion, this is less disturbing, while other colleagues find the feedback quite good.
Like its predecessor, the Pixel 3 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack . So, if you own high-quality jack headphones, you’ll have to use the USB-C adapter. As an alternative, Google includes a USB headset in the style of its Pixel Buds with the smartphone. We prefer Bluetooth headphones though.
IT HAS ONE OF THE BEST CAMERAS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON ANY SMARTPHONE:
After Google showed other smartphone manufacturers last year that you can beat any current dual camera with just one main camera, the manufacturer is again focusing on the software this year and is using only a main sensor with 12.2 megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture in Google Pixel 3. But of course, Google has worked a lot on the software and wants to play at the top again this year. :
Google came out with a dual camera . However, this is located on the front and consists of two 8-megapixel sensors (f/1.8 & f/2.2 aperture), one of which is available for wide-angle shots.
Google has also improved the portrait mode(for selfie lovers) and wants to get more out of HDR recordings with better algorithms. However, 4K videos can still only be recorded at a maximum of 30 frames per second and Full HD recordings at 30, 60 or 120 frames per second are also possible. A time-lapse function is still missing. This camera can be said to be the best smartphone camera among other smartphones.
THE CAMERA APP NOW HAS NEW FEATURES:
Google has also worked on the camera app for the Pixel 3, where it now jumps through the various standard modes by swiping horizontally. Further modes “hide” in the More section. This is a bit more comfortable and more fluid than the side menu of the Pixel 2.
Almost all Google camera modes work with (AI) artificial intelligence to improve image quality. The Night Mode, however, is particularly outstanding and can make quite a difference even in very poor lighting situations.The new panorama mode, on the other hand, is modest and not only awkward to operate, but also rarely delivers satisfactory results.
IT HAS AN AVERAGE BATTERY
The 2,915 mAh, the Pixel 3’s battery is slightly larger than that of the Pixel 2 . But it must also supply a slightly larger display with energy. At the end of the day, The Google Pixel 3 offers only a similar average battery life as The Pixel 2.
But if you want to use your smartphone intensively every day and take a lot of photos, surf the internet, chat and so on, you will soon reach your limits with the Pixel 3. Especially if you want to go out with friends after a working day in the evening, you should recharge your Pixel 3 before you leave the house. This shows that no amount of software adjustment can compensate for the small battery.
The Pixel 3 battery is recharged via the USB-C port on the bottom and it also supports quick charging. If you don’t want to find a plug into the socket, the Google smartphone, thanks to the glass back, now also supports wireless charging.
So what do you think about the Pixel 3? Is it worth buying? If you’re a heavy user then the Pixel 3 might not be suitable for you. However, I’ll suggest you go for the Pixel 3XL. If you’re into stock android and like fluidity in terms of operation, then Google Pixel 3 is want you need.