We are spoiled for choice when it comes to Android smartphones. Google has added another in combination with Pixel 3 XL, the ultimate version of Google's smartphone. It also happens that the first of the Pixel phones officially goes on sale in Ireland.
But Pixel 3 XL comes at an overpriced price, following trends for recent electronic devices to charge the equivalent weight of a mortgage piece for a device that will be replaced by a newer model year.
So worth it? Aesthetically, Pixel 3 looks very similar to the predecessor of most standard smartphones: a straight rectangle. If you are a fan of big phones, you will be lucky: Google Pixel 3 XL is similar to iPhone Xs Max. There is a glass back with a two tone effect, and a choice of three colors – black, white and blush pink. At this time, though, I've quite forgotten how it looks, because, foreseeable, it was in the case since I got it. I'm not ready to examine the power of that glass back.
Speaking of the back, there is a fingerprint reader set where your finger can naturally reach. But what is missing? Headphone jack. Pixel 3 XL has fired a 3.5 mm jack in favor of forcing us all to use a Bluetooth headset or USB-C connection.
The QHD + OLED screen is 6.3 inches, making it smaller than the iPhone Xs Max. Yet that's a close thing, and you're probably not missing that tiny part of the screen. What you will notice is a box at the bottom of the screen. Where the iPhone Xs Max screen is almost on the edge of the case, the Pixel XL 3 has a noticeable bottom frame. This means that a smaller size is essentially a similar size package. This is for accommodating one of the dual speakers of the phone at the bottom. At the top of the screen, you'll see that the comma appeared in Google's design. Like Apple and Huawei, the Pixel 3 XL is charmingly widening its eyebrows, making room for its double-sided front camera.
Talking about the camera, Pixel 3 XL is great. Although it can not afford Huawei's Mate 20 Pro in terms of low light, the 12 megapixel rear camera is good in most recording conditions. There are pre-set modes available easily – panoramic and portrait modes are on the camera's main screen, along with video options – with additional features such as slow motion, 360-color photosphere and AR mode that lets you drop all of Iron Man and the Star Wars Puppy signs and walking in the box so you can shoot your photos. The mode of photographic photography will capture photos as soon as the camera detects a smile or grimace as you clear your teeth.
A new beta feature of digital benefit that helps you manage display time
The two front-facing cameras – and 8 megapixels in resolution – are covered for selfie. The wide-angle lens comes with aperture f2.2, and the telephoto lens has an aperture of f1.8 – more light, better photos, better selfies.
On a video, you can move it up to 4K to 30fps in the back of the camera, but the 1080p video is excellent quality and video stabilization helps maintain the upturn. The front facing camera also reaches 1080p.
There are some interesting features on your phone. A new beta feature of digital benefit that helps you manage display time and the overall impact of your phone on your life. Go on the wind, for example. If enabled, it serves as a reminder that it is time to lower the device and prepare for the bed. Not only will you get an amber shadow screen to lighten the blue light, but the color comes out of the screen to let you know it's time to bed. Do not disturb is included to cut unnecessary notifications.
You can turn your phone around so that it does not disturb it by switching it and putting it face down. That's a small thing, but it's a reminder that phones do not need to be a feature of every awakening moment.
Good The camera is great, the life span of the battery is decent, and if it does not bother you, the screen is great.
Not-so-good There is no expandable storage which means that you will have to do with your choice of 64GB or 128GB. If you capture a lot of 4K video or high quality photos and want to keep them on the phone, you will eat it fast.
Residue On the inside, the Pixel XL 3 has a Snapdragon 845 chip with 4 GB of RAM. It also has wireless charging and push gestures – you can simply press the phone to activate the assistant or the silence of the alarm on the phone. Then it is perfect for early morning.
Judgment Google Pixel 3XL pushes right boxes – if you do not mind the screen comma.