Price: $ 799
Here's what we like
- Thin, unobtrusive body
- Amazing Camera
- Clean fingers for the Android software
- Loud Speaker
And what we do not  Poor value compared to Pixel 2
Third generation of pixel phones, after years of manufacturing best Android device e. Pixel 3 sticks to its commitment to software and hardware quality, but it's hard to recommend due to fierce competition and price.
The Pixel 3 is still the best Android device you can buy, assuming you want a "pure" software experience you are not impressed by some eye-catching features of Samsung. This is especially true if you are looking for an excellent camera: despite the only rear sensor, Google's optics and image processing are unsurpassed.
The starting price of $ 800 – a full $ 150 over the previous year's value – is a real big hit, especially if you're an old school Nexus fan who was at least a pretext of value. And if you're platform-independent, then Apple's latest iPhone X models (including one that's a bit cheaper) make a compelling case against Google's last flagship.
Note that we test the smaller Pixel 3 with 5.5 inches screen. The larger Pixel 3 XL features nearly identical software with a larger 6.3-inch screen, including an unsightly "notch" that allows the corners to rub directly on the phone frame.
Elegant look with a new glass back
The Pixel 3 looks very similar to last year's Pixel 2, with a few small but crucial differences. On the front, the screen of the phone has been stretched up and down, using the popular rounded corners to minimize glare, e.g. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. Fortunately, this does not mean that the stereo speakers are down because they are present and louder than ever. The combination is appealing, even without use and any tricks to bend the glass or the screen.
Speaking of glass, the back is now used instead of metal on the original pixel and Pixel 2. That's good news if you're a fan of the wireless store (which pioneered Google itself and was abandoned a few years ago, so Apple could make it a headline feature). The Pixel 3 and its bigger brother are all compatible with standard Qi chargers. However, the fast-charging feature that Samsung devices have provided for years is invariably reserved for Google's Pixel Stand and similarly licensed (and expensive) chargers. Google has highlighted the frosted glass at the bottom of the back panel to get the pixel's two-tone rear aesthetic, but it's impossible to deny that the phone is now more fragile.
Apart from the cheeky colored on / off button – on my white background phone – mint green – is the rest of the device quite unobtrusive. A curvy, 7.9mm thin case (if you rely on a full-glass phone with no case to handle) makes it easy to hold, and my average hands can easily reach any part of the screen. The Pixel 3 will not turn heads, but it will not dismiss them … which could be more than you can grab for the Pixel 3 XL with notches.
Sweet Cookie-Cutter Specs, but a Sour Comment  Google seems strangely hesitant to talk about pure hardware, perhaps because most of the flagship Android phones have almost identical internals at this point. However, the Pixel 3 uses a world-class Snapdragon 845 processor and a 2160 × 1080 pixel OLED screen for recording. This is slightly wider than the standard 16: 9 format, so videos can either be displayed with black bars or slightly enlarged. The onboard memory is 64 GB for the entry-level model, but it lacks the option to extend it with a MicroSD card.
There is a specification that is strangely low: the memory. At only 4GB, the memory of the latest Galaxy Note phone is only half of the memory. That being said, I have not yet seen the dramatic performance drop in others. While it can not hold as many programs in memory as my Note 8, those that need to be reloaded do so in about a quarter of a second. It's a kind of performance hit you probably will not notice if you're not looking for it – or you want to play the latest high-end games on your phone.
The Pixel phones stop at a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and why not? It's still amazingly fast and accurate, not to mention that it's easy to find on the frame of the smaller phone. Google has not improved this with any face or iris scan technology, but after testing both the Apple and Samsung implementations, I can not say I miss either. They borrowed an element of the competitor's design: the headphone jack is missing for the second year in a row. At least Google has a USB C-to-headphone adapter in the box, and this year there are also special USB-C headphones.
The Pixel 3 radio should work with any GSM carrier and the two major CDMA carriers in the US, Verizon and Sprint, work. Apart from Google, Verizon is the only place where you can sell a phone directly. However, there is no reason to let this trouble go if you can get the same device with the same interest-free monthly payments without unlocking
The best Android software out there … Mostly
Google's phones are thanks to the Priorities are the first to receive the software from Google. That would be Google's Android priorities and the competition – most smartphone makers barely admit that they still use another's operating system because it's under the interface layers of a pie. With a few happy exceptions, most new Android devices still use the old Oreo.
Android 9 "Pie" is amazingly fast on the new phones and Google's unobtrusive interface is easy to get used to, albeit a bit bland. One thing I did not like was switching from the familiar three-button Android control to two, with the button to swap the app replaced by a swipe or swipe to the side. Technically, it could save a few fractions of a second, but I found the daring switch between apps less accurate than was probably intended. (It's possible to reverse this behavior by disabling Google's Pixel Starter with ADB, but I've tried to stay as close as possible to a "camp" experience.) Between this and a less intuitive method For applications With two screens, this new implementation must work.
The Pixel phones also have some left over from their HTC design DNA: a squeeze-to-launch feature. Press the bottom of the phone together to varying degrees and you can start the Google Assistant. But that is uncomfortable at best and inadvertently at worst. I was frustrated that I could not tie this feature to something like the phone's flashlight – it's assistant or nothing. I turned it off after one day.
One of the exclusive features of the Pixel series is built-in call screening, which uses Google's voice-to-text magic to block unknown numbers, a robotic voice, and shows live what the Person (or robot) on the other end says. It's neat and tempting to receive a dozen spam calls every day. However, the feature still requires your attention when a call comes in. The only annoyance that really spares you is mechanical answering. A decent trick, but no game changer.
Android 9.0 includes some more features that you may not find on other phones if you find any that are still running it. The adaptive battery is a highlight and automatically adjusts the number of system resources assigned to specific apps to the frequency of usage. Theoretically, this is an exciting option, but not very user-oriented: it's hard to say if you really benefit from it. The Digital Wellbeing Suite is more interesting. You can know when you've used a particular app too often, and you can enter timers and alerts that prompt you to cool the app. If you're interested in getting rid of "device addiction", Pie is happy.
But overall, the clean interface and fast performance is the best reason to choose a Pixel 3 from a Galaxy S9 or similar is the cleanliness of the UI and the assurance that Google is updated almost immediately. Every Android competitor is still out.
The battery is just fine
The Pixel 3 is equipped with a 2915 mAh battery that does not sound very good. But considering that this is the smaller of the two offered pixel phones and less than 8mm thick, this is really a pretty impressive piece of technology. Unfortunately, it looks like the hardware is hungry for power anyway: I had a hard time getting my phone out all day without picking up a charger. This may improve with the Adaptive Battery software feature, but seems to be fairly consistent after about a week. I am sceptical.
At least it's not hard to get your juice back. The phone supports super-fast 18-watt charging via its USB-C port, which can get from "Oh God, I'm dying" to "I can make the last call" in about 20 minutes. But as someone who has been familiar with cordless charging for years, I can not help but be annoyed that Google has limited the rapid wireless charging of chargers to the chargers it snaps for. Among other things, the appeal of Android over iOS is that it can be used with a number of things that you do not necessarily need to get from the manufacturer. Google, trying to make its Pixel brand more exclusive, feels like a betrayal.
The Cameras Steal the Show
The third-generation pixels only have a 12.2-megapixel camera on the back, even on the larger XL model. This is surprising as an arms race is taking place right now and several rear sensors and lenses are the weapon of choice. Amazingly, despite this obvious handicap, the Pixels manage to hit or beat the latest Galaxy and iPhone models.
Google's camera software can capture clear, crisp photos with excellent color depth. And with the autofocus, which is incredibly fast, whether you are photographing landscape or just a few inches away. The photos of the rear camera are so good that you do not miss any zoom or wide angle options. The only lens means that some of the more popular features, such as B. a "bokeh" background blurring, in the software processing cheat technically. However, the results are so dramatic that you can barely tell the difference.
The "Night Vision" feature, which brightens shots with low light conditions and is not yet released technically to a surprising degree. But I got the chance to play with a leaked APK with it. It's impressive to be sure: With a steady hand you can get a shot in about a second, which is virtually Photoshop magic. It's not something you can not do yourself with the right tools. It's a big plus for people who take countless photos in every possible environment. Oddly enough, the pixels use two cameras on the front: a standard and a wide-angle camera, both of which use 8MP sensors. These are not quite as great as the rear camera, but are still among the best there is. Especially handy is the zoom in and out as well as the dynamic switching between the available lenses. Selfie lovers will appreciate it. The bottom line is, if you want to have the best cameras on any phone platform (and you're ready to pay for them), then the Pixel phones are just what you need.
The Pixel 3 is a good-looking upgrade over its predecessor and an indisputable leader in the field of high-end Android phones under six inches. But it's also eight hundred dollars. The improvements over the Pixel 2, namely a larger screen, wireless charging and some other amenities, such as wireless charging and louder speakers, do not justify a $ 150 price hike. The fact that other phones are also supplied with astronomical price tags, does not make the stomach easier.
 If you are looking for a clean Android software with quick updates or the best possible cameras that you can record in a phone this may be worth the cost. But if you're still using an Android phone from last year (and especially one that has cameras that are still brilliant), there is not much that needs upgrading.
Android die-hards on the fence may wait another year for a Pixel 4, or explore some interesting alternatives, such as the upcoming OnePlus 6T or the Razer Phone 2. For iPhone lovers, there is no undoubted reason to change, so cool like the camera and call waiting functions. Anyone else will probably have no reason to look at these phones a second time, unless they enter a Verizon store.
Here's what we want
- Thinner, more understated body
- Amazing Camera
- Clean Android Software
- Faster Fingerprint Scanner
- Loud Speaker