Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Review

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 smartphones yet achieve supremacy through software?
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31 Comments

1. brasstax

Posts: 543; 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: 1921; 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: 1921; 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: 1970; 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: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'm surprised it got a 9 here.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1436; 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: 1170; 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: 1583; 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: 2383; 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: 3109; 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: 862; 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: 1047; 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: 825; 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: 151; 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: 621; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

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

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1170; 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: 421; 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: 20; 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: 43; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

have you guys ever tested any phone better then iPhone ? this is not PhoneArena , its PhoneArena where every phone is compared and diminished in compare to iPhone.

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