Laurent Joly

Electronics, News, Smartphones

Getting Started with Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

You have no doubt seen the praise being heaped onto Google of late thanks to the well-received launch of its latest and greatest line of Android smartphones: the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. But how are these devices really, and are they really as good as everyone has been saying?  We will take a glimpse at the overall features and specs of these devices, and try to get to look at how to get started with these two premium devices.


 

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Functionality

  • Google Pixel 3

Google’s biggest selling point with the release of these smart devices is not so much about the hardware, like other manufacturers, but rather it focuses a lot on what its software can do. Google has been hard at work behind the scenes in recent years, developing and training AI systems to perform some impressive tasks. An example is with the multi camera experience on this device. AI helps to seamlessly stitch multiple pictures into a single image, giving professional cameras a run for their money.

  • Google Pixel 3 XL

It’s the same story here with the slightly bigger version of the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL. Software drives a lot of the capabilities of these phones, and it also helps quite a bit that the Android operating system is essentially a Google product, meaning that the software experience is really polished on both of these devices.

  • Improvements over Pixel 2 Devices

While there are many improvements over the last generation of Pixel devices, one can’t help but feel that the hardware aspect of these products could have maybe used a little more refinement and styling. The phones are attractive and well build, but there is something about the way that they look that makes them feel a little dull. This is totally subjective, but it is worth considering if you prefer to have a more flashy looking phone than a functional one, because the Pixel phones are highly functional if nothing else.

 


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How Do the Hardware Specs Look?

  • Google Pixel 3 Specs

Its number crunching time, so here are some stats for you to look over. The Pixel 3 is a 5.5”-inch device with an highly detailed AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2160×1080, with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen really squeezes in the detail with its 443ppi display density, and the screen to body ratio is impressive with 77.2% of the surface being covered with said screen. Toughness is a big feature of his device, thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, giving the phone all the armour it needs to survive daily use.

  • Google Pixel 3XL Specs

Having a slightly bigger device is essential for some people, and while the size doesn’t sound like much of an improvement over the standard Pixel 3, when you are holding the Pixel 3 XL it becomes very obvious how much bigger the device is. It measures at 6.3”-inches, has an AMOLED display but has much higher screen resolution figures: 2960×1080. The pixels per inch are also much higher, giving a much more detailed viewing experience on this device. As a result, the screen to body ratio is also substantially higher, coming in at 82.8%.

 


So, what’s our verdict on whether you should you buy either of these devices?

Android devices are all over the market, and with good reason. They feature a vibrant ecosystem of software and accessories, making them a good choice for the average consumer. Google takes this experience even further with its hardware and software designs, creating highly desirable flagship devices that meet the demands of modern smartphone users. The Google Pixel 3 is a decent device, with average size dimensions to fit smaller hands. This is still a great option for normal everyday use, but the smaller screen can be a hindrance if you consume a lot of content such as videos and movies on the device. For those that prefer a slightly bigger phone, the Pixel 3 XL is where the smart money is: it provides a better screen, bigger size and all of the same features that have made the Pixel line of smartphones such a success. How you decide on which device will ultimately come down to your budget and preferences, but one thing is for certain, you can’t go wrong with either of these devices as your next primary smartphone device.