Pixel 3 or the larger Pixel 3 XL, which one would you get?

Pixel 3 or the larger Pixel 3 XL, which one would you get?
There is a very distinct size difference between the larger Pixel 3 XL and the smaller Pixel 3, stemming from their new display diagonals. Since the vast majority of their remaining spec are virtually identical, save for the battery capacities being 3430mAh and 2915mAh, respectively, Google makes your choice of handset very easy.

The 6.3" panel of the XL model is with QHD+ resolution, putting an additional strain on the battery compared to the FHD+ resolution of the smaller Pixel 3, though the effect is likely to be significantly offset by the larger battery pack in the bigger Pixel.

These leave the exterior design and size as the only viable differences between the two handsets that would make you go with one before the other. This is why we wanted to ask if you would get the more compact Pixel 3, or are determined to go all the notch-y way to get your hands on the larger screen real estate of its big brother 3XL.

Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, which one would you get?

Pixel 3
Pixel 3 XL

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh



1. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I picked notchasaraus!!

5. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Wow. That's pretty corny.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012


2. middlehead

Posts: 476; Member since: May 12, 2014

I would get the normal sized phone, but google doesn't deserve my money. $900 for the 128GB can suck it. Even if they weren't removing features faster than Apple, that price is awful.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you damn right... the pixel 3 is too expensive... 650 is justifiable for the 64gb and possibly 725 for the 128.

4. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014


6. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Best-top-smartphones-cell-phones-Android-iPhone-to-buy-2018_id64576 So the iPhone XS/Max have not one but 2 more cons than the Note 9, yet scored higher. And of course you disable the comments. LOL, Phone Arena. LOL.

27. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

There were two different reviewers for the phones. Phonearena should use one reviewer to raise their credibility as a tech website.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

My money is my pocket, not going any where. Maybe next Samsung Galaxy line, however she must not remove anything on existent s9 and fingerprint need to be build in screen.

9. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

The notch is just so ugly, especially on this device. Thank God both pixel 3 have the same spec, at least buying the smaller of the too doesn't e clide you from specific features

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Pixel 3 XL w/o Notch please :)

11. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

note 9

22. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017


12. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

For those of you who complaining about the price, these are premium phones not welfare phones. Shop for Moto's or something else but quit moaning and groaning...SMH!

13. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Or neither

14. BGChicago

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

No headphone jack, no memory card slot = no sale Otherwise i could pick the small one, at $599 if it had the above features.

15. chbanks512

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Pixel 3, for very obvious reasons

19. libra89

Posts: 2337; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For me, it's smaller AND it looks better.

16. mel0524

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

How come phonearena didnt put NONE option :(

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If I have to choose I'll get the regular one . That hideous notch is unbearable holy crap.

18. Foxgabanna unregistered

To be honest the Note 9. The pixel series is just not good enough this year. We are keeping the PXL2 and switching to notes

20. bearballz

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

But dat notch!

21. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

im not doing this poll.. PROTEST........... PROTEST.....

24. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Not paying for notches

25. gamehead unregistered

I'll take the regular one

26. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Pixel 3 because it has smaller screen. I've had big screen devices for the better part of 5 years (all Galaxy Note devices) and kinda liked my few months with the smaller S7 (other than it being buggy and slow).

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would get the Pixel 3 over the XL, but I agree with everyone else, the prices are just too high. I'm just glad that Google Fi has alternative models available now.

29. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably the first time that smaller version beat plus version by big margin.

30. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Taking Pixel 3, only because of the hideous notch on the XL one...

31. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

IMHO smaller one is much more interesting. Sadly it records really poor sounding, mono audio - so for me, it's a no go as a daily driver.

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