Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Review


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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL denote search giant Google’s third set of premium smartphones in just as many years. While Pixel devices have become well-known for their smooth operation and enviable prowess in photography during this short period of time, Google has, over a longer period, established itself as an innovator. Being a software-first company in a hardware world has its advantages, and Google intends to not let us forget that.

This year Google came out, guns-blazing, in a war many think the company was already winning – a war for photographic supremacy in the smartphone realm. Virtually all of the improvements and features on the new Pixel’s camera come via software, specifically AI.

This too is the case with some of the most enviable, Pixel-exclusive features, including a call screening service for telemarketers, and the ability to have Google Assistant call restaurants and book reservations on your behalf.

By this time of the year, we have a pretty good idea what to expect with top-of-the-line Android hardware, so does Google’s smartest smartphone yet achieve supremacy through software?

In the box:

  • Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL
  • USB-C Pixel Earbuds
  • USB-C to USB-A Quick Switch Adapter
  • USB-C Charging Cable and Wall Adapter
  • USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter
  • SIM Tool
  • Warranty and Quick Start Booklets

Design



The Pixels come in three cheekily-named colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink. While Not Pink is clearly the new addition, Clearly White changes a bit too, becoming all-white instead of sporting last year’s black upper glass piece in back. Speaking of this, the backs of the Pixels are now constructed entirely of a single piece of glass with a matte finish on bottom and a glossy finish up top to achieve the distinct, two-tone Pixel look. This looks and feels nice in the hand; the frosted finish of the lower portion lends some texture to the device, much like the “hybrid coating” of last year, but with a distinctly more premium, less plasticky feel. The matte-finished glass, while not prone to fingerprints like most glossy backs, can become dirty with grease pretty easily, requiring a wiping with liquid, or a lot of elbow grease, to properly clean off.

Visually, the Pixels don’t look very different from their predecessors, at least in back. The most noticeable change is in the shape of the displays. On the Pixel 3, Google has rounded the corners of the display and shrunk the surrounding bezels significantly. While it still isn’t one of the thinnest bezels in the game (the stereo speakers no doubt have something to do with this), it’s a much better look overall for the Pixel 3.

The Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, introduces a rather meaty notch into its display. By no means are we notch-shaming – it’s 2018, and we all have to open our minds (and screens) to accept the notch – but if the iPhone XS has horns, then the Pixel 3 has some full-blown bunny ears. It’s a big screen, though, and as with any notched phone, it doesn’t technically get in the way of anything.

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

Dimensions

5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches

145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.7 x 0.33 inches

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.25 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches

158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

Dimensions

5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches

145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.7 x 0.33 inches

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XS

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.49 oz (184 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.25 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches

158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


As we’ve come to accept since the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3s have no headphone jacks, but do come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter and a set of USB-C Pixel earbuds to make you feel at home. Google also stepped up the dust and water resistance to the more robust IP68 standard.

Display


As mentioned, the displays on the Pixels are among the biggest design changes – the XL now sporting a brand new notch and the Pixel 3 finally rounding out the corners on its display. Both also have larger screens than last year, the Pixel 3 measuring in at 5.5 inches versus 5.0 on the Pixel 2, and the XL expanding to 6.3 inches from 6.0 on its predecessor. The shapes may have changed, but these are still vibrant, deep-colored OLED displays with high pixel densities and resolutions – FHD+ (2160 x 1080 px) on the Pixel 3 and QHD+ (2960 x 1440 px) on the XL. Both are very pleasant to look at – details are more than sufficient, and colors certainly pop, as hues on OLED screens have been known to do.


While not the brightest pair of screens on the block, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL aren’t too shabby in direct sunlight, but there is room for improvement.

Three color modes exist to tweak things slightly: natural, boosted, and adaptive. Natural, as one might expect, portrays more natural, flatter tones which may appear more realistic, while adaptive dials up the contrast to the maximum. Boosted lies somewhere in the middle of these two, but in totality there isn’t a world of difference between the three modes, so a three-step scale seems appropriate here for dialing in your tastes.

Interface and Functionality


Google, being the owner of Android, has a distinct advantage over other Android smartphone manufacturers. Not only do Pixels have the cleanest, most well-supported version of the mobile OS, but Google’s always managed to add a little extra seasoning to the pot when cooking up new Pixel phones. This year, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL bring some enviable, exclusive features to Android 9 Pie.

Call Screening and Duplex


Sick of automated telemarketing calls? Who isn’t? That’s why Google’s created a new feature called Call Screening. This adds a “Screen Call” option to the typical “Accept” or “Decline” when a phone call comes in. Choosing this new option will send your caller to a voicemail-like service which asks the caller to state their business. In real time, the Pixel will transcribe the caller’s response for you to see and choose how to respond, giving you a handful of preset responses such as “who is calling?”, “I’ll call you back later”, and “tell me more.” All of which are relayed to the caller, via the Google Assistant, to help you handle these calls properly. Of course, if you realize the call is spam, you can mark it as such and the Assistant will ask the caller to remove you from their calling list and end the call.

Call Screening works like a charm. The interaction is quick, easy, and effective, and although the real-time transcription isn’t always perfect, we never ran into a instance where this prevented us from properly handling the caller. This feature is currently exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL but will soon roll out to the rest of the Pixel line-up.

Duplex is another Google service aimed at handling a less-pesky, but still menial task for you – making restaurant reservations. This is again achieved through your Google Assistant by simply asking it to book a reservation for you at specific time and place. The Assistant then calls the restaurant, introduces itself as the Google Assistant (creepy) and proceeds to ask for a reservation. Once confirmed you’ll get a notification that your reservation has been made which you can then easily add to your calendar.

Rollout on this feature doesn’t have a specific date but should begin before the end of the year. It’s unclear if this feature will remain Pixel-exclusive when released, but it will only be available in select cities.

Digital Wellbeing


Similar to the Screen Time feature we saw from Apple earlier this year, Digital Wellbeing offers you a way to monitor and control the number of notifications you receive and the amount of time you spend in each app, as well as monitoring how often you unlock your phone. The idea, of course, is to help you be more mindful of your phone use.


More pro-active functions, like app timers, can be set to pause the function of chosen apps after a certain amount of time is spent on them within a 24-hour period, while Flip to Shhh and Wind Down mode limit the flow of alerts coming into your phone. The former works by simply enabling the function and resting your phone on its face to silence notifications, while the latter can be scheduled, and will turn your phone to grayscale, enable the blue light filter, and turn on “do not disturb” in preparation for bedtime.

Of course, all of these restrictions can simply be turned off at the flip of a switch, but at least they help encourage healthier habits when enabled. This is one feature that won’t remain Pixel-exclusive but is unclear when it will make its way to other Android 9 Pie-powered handsets.

Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Active Edge


Exclusive to Pixels, for now, Google Assistant can now be accessed on the lockscreen without using your voice to unlock, as previously needed. The Pixel 3 and 3XL can facilitate answers to general questions or functions, like “what’s the weather” or “set a timer” but will require you to unlock the device to see your schedule or message a friend, for instance. This can be prompted from either a “Hey Google” voice prompt or a squeeze on the Active Edge.

Yes, Active Edge is still employed on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. While its primary function is summoning the Google Assistant, it can now also silence alerts. Active Edge unfortunately still isn’t mappable to different functions as you’ll find on devices like HTC’s U12+ with its squeezable sides.

Google Lens also has some debut features. For the first time the Pixel’s regular camera mode utilizes Google Lens to recognize email addresses, websites, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes – no mode-switching required. This feature was a bit hit and miss as it could sometimes take a while, or even completely miss these bits of information whether in the regular camera mode, or dedicated Google Lens. At this point, it seems that most of the time, simply jotting down the information yourself is quicker and more reliable, but it’s nice to have when it works.

Pixel Stand


With the introduction of wireless charging on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google’s released a fast wireless-charging stand, simply named Pixel Stand. Priced at $79, this wireless charger will do a little more than just juice up your Pixel 3. When docked on the Pixel Stand, your phone’s Google Assistant immediately goes into an always-listening state, essentially transforming your Pixel into a smart screen device, a la Google Home Hub, complete with smart device integration, Google Photos’ Live Album slideshows, and even a Pixel-specific feature called Sunrise Alarm. This feature uses orange light to mimic the sunrise, on-screen, as a gentle way to wake you up. Then, when you’re awake, just like a Google Home device, you can say to your phone “Hey Google, good morning” and receive your daily rundown.

All of these are very cool, useful additions, which we’re sure will have their fans – us included. However, we’d like to see one very fundamental feature improve, and that’s on-device search functionality. Being made by the company responsible for the world’s biggest, most successful search engine, there’s really no excuse for us not being able to tap into the Pixel’s Google Search bar on the homescreen and search for an important email on the device – at least a contact name, or anything at all locally stored on your Pixel! The closest we get to this is individual search functionalities in specific apps, Gmail or Photos, for instance. For this search giant, this just doesn’t cut it. Let’s get that sweet machine learning voodoo centralized to help users find what’s important to them – their stuff!


Processor, Memory, and Performance


As far as top-of-the-line Android specs go, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have what you’re looking for with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship SoC paired with 4 GB’s of RAM. Starting storage capacity is only 64 GB’s, though, with 128 GB still an option.

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL don’t exactly bring the house down when you look at the benchmarks, but they are up there with most other SD845-toting devices. In day-to-day use, these somewhat underwhelming benchmark results prove to be largely irrelevant, though. Movement through the OS is very slick, as we’ve come to expect from Pixel devices. App switching is prompt and fluid, and juggling multiple intensive tasks won’t have you encountering any stutters or hangs.

Gaming on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL was also a smooth and pleasant experience, where we saw very few, if any, dropped frames.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 213926
Google Pixel 3 XL 236105
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 244787
Apple iPhone XS Max 336882
JetStream Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 40.415
Google Pixel 3 XL 76.06
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 63.24
Apple iPhone XS Max 265.74
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 38
Google Pixel 3 XL 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 26
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 30
Google Pixel 3 XL 33
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 56
Apple iPhone XS Max 59.3
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 1960
Google Pixel 3 XL 2260
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 3612
Apple iPhone XS Max 4821
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 7088
Google Pixel 3 XL 7623
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8927
Apple iPhone XS Max 11299

Some new silicon has also made its way into this year’s Pixels. The Titan M chip is a dedicated security module which handles device encryption and lockscreen functions so that personal data may be stored offline, securely. You won’t notice any differences in your day-to-day use here, but any hardware-level measure aimed at making your device and personal information more secure is a move we can get behind.

Connectivity


Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC are requisite connections we expect to find on flagship devices like these, but it wasn’t until this year that we finally received wireless charging on the Pixel series.

Launching as a Verizon-exclusive won’t keep the Pixel out of reach for anyone on other networks, thankfully. Unlocked versions will be available through Google with all the band support you’ll ever need.

Camera



The Pixel line has been well-known for its prowess as one of the best photo-takers in the game, leaving the Pixel 3s with a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the Pixel team hasn’t rested on their laurels here, instead aiming to drive home further the Pixels photographic supremacy via useful improvements and all-new features.

First, let’s take a quick look at the hardware. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both pack 12.2 MP sensors in back with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Google has again foregone the inclusion of a dual-camera setup, calling such hardware “unnecessary” due to what can be achieved with machine learning – i.e. portrait shots. Evidently, the company has a different perspective on the front-facing camera setup, opting to add a second 8 MP wide-angle camera to the other 8 MP regular front-facer on both Pixel phones – simply to improve group selfies, not portrait shots. A secondary wide-angle camera would be nice to have in back, but we won’t harp on it too much considering the top-level images you get from this single shooter.

Essential to the Pixel 3’s new features is one particular piece of hardware – Pixel Visual Core, Google’s dedicated image processor, first introduced in last year’s Pixel 2s. Initially utilized to enable HDR+ photo capture in third-party apps (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, etc.) this dedicated processor has taken a prominent role in the newest, AI-powered features and improvements found on the latest Pixel 3. Let’s take a quick run-down on what’s new.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 1.1
2
No data
No data
Google Pixel 3 XL 1.3
1.45
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 1.1
1.4
No data
No data
Apple iPhone XS Max 0.9
1.4
No data
No data

Top Shot


Top Shot aims to do something smartphone cameras have been desperate to achieve for years: capture that perfect moment even when something imperfect happens. When the dog moves, your friend blinks, or the wind blows away your kid’s balloon, those precious moments are lost forever because your shutter finger was just too slow. That is, of course, unless you have a Pixel 3 with Top Shot.

Using the power of AI (what else?), Top Shot detects movement in your scene and uses the Pixel’s ultra-fast shutter to take multiple shots, selecting and saving the best photo of the group. Enabling this is as simple as selecting Auto or On for the “Motion” toggle within the camera UI.


The Pixel 3 and 3 XL take excellent photos. Detail is abundant, and colors are accurate across most any lighting situation. Google’s application of AI, combined with HDR+, and quick shutter times, processed through the dedicated Pixel Visual Core processor, result in quickly, efficiently, and beautifully captured moments.

In low-light situations, most of this remains true, showing marked improvements over last year’s Pixels, even without the introduction of Night Sight. Dynamic shots, while well-exposed overall, can lose a little detail in the darkest of areas, but this nit-pick aside, there’s no question the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are contenders for best-in-class photography.

Smart, useful, and well-executed additions like Top Shot aid the user in capturing that perfect moment, while incremental improvements in image capture ensure some of the best results possible in mobile. Altogether, Google’s proving they can make it even easier to capture life’s fleeting moments with adeptness and authenticity, even when the situation, or even the user gets in the way.

Portrait Mode


Google says they don’t need no stinkin’ second camera for portrait mode, and with the results we’ve seen, we tend to agree. Bokeh application in portrait mode is extremely adept, on par with any of the best dual-camera applications. Machine learning does a superb job in not just applying background blur to your initial shot, but also separating and enhancing different aspects of the portrait with the Pixel’s manual, post-processing features. In here you can change the depth of the blur effect, the part of the picture to which the blur is applied, isolate the subject with a black and white background, and more. All of which is easy to do right within the Google Photos app via a set of sliders.

Selfies


Google did concede that a second camera is helpful for bigger selfies, though, and that’s also hard to disagree with. Pictures taken on the both the regular and wide-angle front-facing cameras show much of the same proclivities we saw with the rear sensor – commendable details, accurate colors, and effortless exposure. We were also pleased to find that differences in image quality between the two front-facers were negligible, something we can’t say about all front-facing, dual-camera setups.

Video Quality


Unlike photo capture, videos recorded on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were a bit of a mixed bag. The first thing you’ll notice is the incredibly compressed audio the Pixels seem to capture. News has come down the pipe that the phones will support external, Android-compatible microphones at launch, which we didn’t want to need, but may seem necessary if you’re serious about taking videos on your Pixel 3 or 3 XL.


Videos looked quite excellent in the day-time, portraying accurate colors and good detail, while also doing a stellar job with image stabilization. Capable of reaching 4K resolution at 30 fps, we weren’t too surprised by this. However, dynamic videos taken at night, such as a busy city street, a club, or a concert, seemed to have issues with artifacts when moving the camera. We’re hopeful these deviations from an otherwise solid media experience can be addressed quickly in a future software update.

Call Quality


Making phone calls on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL is always a pleasure. We had no issues with reception or sound quality to report on either end. The stereo speaker setup also makes speakerphone calls a breeze.

Media



On that note, it’s a good time to mention that the stereo speakers on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are 40% louder than on their predecessors – an upgrade achieved while also stepping up water resistance to IP68 certification. The media experience on the Pixel phones is a loud and pretty clear one. Whether watching HDR content on YouTube, or simply jamming out on your included 6 months-free YouTube Music subscription, the speakers on both Pixel devices will keep you pretty well-immersed.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 1.093
Google Pixel 3 XL 1.093
Apple iPhone XS Max 0.42
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 77.6
Google Pixel 3 XL 77
Apple iPhone XS Max 78
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 74.6

If you’re not the music-on-the-phone kind of listener (and who could blame you?) Google does bundle a set of USB-C Pixel buds and a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for more personal listening. We’re glad to see Google still bundling the adapter, at least, but the USB-C Pixel buds sound decent and have some pretty nifty features like full Google Assistant support and real-time translation in over 40 languages. So, you might want to at least check those out.

Battery Life


Battery life on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL isn’t too shabby, but not exceedingly impressive either. In our use, we found both the XL and the Pixel 3 to last around a day of moderate to intense use. This is more or less the standard, but perhaps over time we’ll see better results as the Pixel’s Adaptive battery feature, which prioritizes battery usage for the apps you use the most, learns our habits.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Pixel 3 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 3 XL 7h 39 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8h 56 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Pixel 3 113
Google Pixel 3 XL 123
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 109
Apple iPhone XS Max 209

Conclusion


Utilizing a ton of smart software, AI and machine learning, Google was once again capable to craft a pair of perfectly competitive smartphones that can easily go toe to toe with the best in the industry.

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL don’t seem to have any glaring weaknesses; instead, they performed commendably in all areas we tested them in. Most importantly, Google made sure to enhance the already strong camera experience further by introducing a number of smart features, such as Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight. Thanks to these features, you can just focus on the shooting, while the phone makes sure the results are stellar.


Performance-wise, Google doesn’t have anything to surprise us with. On the hardware part, the Snapdragon 845 is nothing we haven’t seen before, but the advanced software optimizations make sure this Android phone runs like no other.

Officially available on October 18, the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL start at $799 and $899, respectively. These prices seem bang on considering the competition and the kind of value that you get out of these devices, so we can’t be annoyed by the price increase from last year’s Pixels. For the Android purist, the Material Design appreciator, and the camera buff – these are the Android phones to get right now.

Pros

  • The Google Android experience
  • Superb camera
  • Buttery-smooth performance
  • Innovative features like call screening and duplex

Cons

  • Not the fanciest design possible
  • Video recording could be better
  • Verizon-exclusive

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

8.2
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31 Comments

1. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Not the fanciest design possible is a flaw? Hahaha... thanks PA. I always read one of your Android smartphone review summaries whenever I need a laugh and you never fail to provide one.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They just didn't want to say "horrendously ugly notch" and put it in more pleasant words...what's so hard to realize ?

9. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...what's so hard to realize?" That that wasn't the case, cause regardless of its design, a notch is still a notch. I'm sure by "Not the fanciest design possible" PA is referring to it being similarly designed to last years' phone, which.....never mind.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

...and, regardless of its design, a car is still a car, right ?

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If the "video recording could be better" for the Pixel 3's. Then you may as well say video recording needs to be better on the iPhone XS/XS Max. Especially since the Pixels video stabilizationn is superior to any IPhone. The notch was put down, but at least it can be hidden on the Pixel 3 XL.

23. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The Pixels don't even offer slow motion at 240fps1080p or 4k60fps. Even the OnePlus 6 can do more in terms of capabilities than the Pixel 3/XL.

2. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'm surprised it got a 9 here.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1379; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Just look at the things they marked it down on, it's about nothing else but not letting it be better than something made by Apple.

18. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

I'm surprised that there is no mention about the average battery life in the cons section. But don't worry, I get it. This phone deserves a 9, yet the V40 is a 7.7. This is so righteous. Is there a chief editor at PA, or the editors and reviewers just do what they want, and give scores what they want, despite they are nowhere in the neighborhood of consistency? Just wondering.

27. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Exactly the score is unbelievable. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 beats this in every way I can think of and looks 10x better than this horrendous looking brick.

30. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

You're funny lol the galaxy s9 doesnt have front facing speakers, has a worse camera, doesn't have stock android and has slow update support for only 2 years in comparison to 3 and has worse battery life. Yeah but sure the s9 is better in every way, personally I'd take the pixel 2 over the galaxy s9, not that the s9 is a bad phone but the pixel is just a superior phone whether you want to admit it or not.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 972; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

This should at least get a 9.5. You guys just don’t want any phone having a better score than an iPhone.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The notch is worth at least another .5 point.

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The Pixel 3 XL having the ability to use the notch or hide the notch is at least worth 1 point. So now it's a 10.

19. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

At least? What about at most?

25. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

9.5nfor what ugly desgin that comes with big notch and bigger forhead even if you hide the notch, 4 gig of ram and not the best camera overall so 9.5 for what it should be 8 only.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I’m looking forward to the regular pixel 3 but I’m also hesitant to potential bugs that google delivers with each software update. I’ll wait and see.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'm waiting as well. I usually wait a month or so and let the early adopters discover the bugs.

15. yalokiy

Posts: 958; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It seems to be seriously underclocked, but still should be plenty quick and smooth though.

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

SMH. PA's phone ratings are beyond a joke.

12. Whitedot

Posts: 776; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Horible timing for review. Its burried under multiply layers of Huawei phone. You don't think straight yo keep the flow of news coherent.

13. CellieCell

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

Interesting how it took phonearena there sweet time to do this review and the LG V40 just hours to release a review. So much for an unbiased Tech website. Question, did good pay you guys to do a thorough review?

16. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It's called an embargo. You should look it up.

17. OneLove123

Posts: 972; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

How is the Note 9 speaker loudness at 74.6? It's louder than My Note 8 for sure and that's at 74.6 from your test as well. I dont think you guys test the speakers at all.

20. tigmd99

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Supersaf comparison says it all...Xs owned P3 this year.

22. Poptart2828

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

How is it that PA is the only website that concludes that iPhone battery life is the best in the industry by far. Every time I walk into work, every one with an iPhone is charging their gadgets by noon time. I don't get it.

24. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

"Battery life on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL isn’t too shabby" and then it gets an "excellent"-rating?? 8:20h should be rated as "average"!

26. ManolitoMantoya

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 05, 2016

Why Samsung does not use the same Pixel Technology on Samsung Galaxy S9 with 1 camera that can take a good BOKEH shot?

28. bikrame

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

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