We take a look at the Pixel 3 five months after its launch.
It’s been a couple of months since Google has released the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Despite the release of other more expensive and more extravagant flagships, the Pixel 3 still holds up well months after it was introduced. Here are the top reasons why it is still our choice as one of the best Android devices available:
The camera – We already know the Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras available. Even with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 or even the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that comes with multiple lenses you’d still get top-notch image quality from a single lens setup thanks largely to Google’s own AI post-processing technologies. Add to that functions like Top Shot or the equally impressive Night Sight that virtually brings pitch dark photos like it was shot with a flash.
The screen – We all know how bad the Pixel 2’s screen was, and we’re glad that Google has finally fixed those flaws and give us an awesome OLED screen that shows off the best darks, whites, and colors. While many still question Google’s inclusion of a rather deep notch for the Pixel 3 XL, it’s safe to say its one of the best mobile displays available.
The size – I prefer the smaller Pixel 3 more and the past few months I slowly realized how heavy my iPhone XS was compared to the Pixel 3. For the first time, I barely felt I was even bringing a smartphone in my pocket. How I wish all 2019 flagships should be like this.
The build quality – I’m a big fan of the Pixel 3’s two-tone design and while it scratches easily and is a fingerprint magnet, I still love the overall look and feel of it.
The operating system – It’s a Pixel phone, which means it’s always the first to get the latest and greatest Android flavor whenever Google releases it. It’s pure Android as well, meaning that there’s no bloatware or any random customizations that annoy me on other Android phones. What you have is a barebones operating system that gives you the freedom to customize it any way that you like.
Now Playing – I know that this feature debuted on the Pixel 2, but I only got to experience it on the Pixel 3. I love how the smartphone can quietly listen to the songs playing in the background and immediately give the name of the song and the artist who sang it. No need for apps like Shazam! to help you in identifying it – just open your phone, and a now playing list will show all the recognized songs that the Pixel 3 has heard while it was inside your pocket. Did I mention it works offline?
Fingerprint reader – In a world where smartphones have in-display fingerprint sensors and facial scanning technology, the Pixel 3 sits happily having a fingerprint sensor placed at its rear. Personally, I’d still prefer the older fingerprint authentication technique, it’s fast and unlocks the Pixel 3 in less than a second.
Google Pay – With Google Pay being officially available here in the UAE, I’ve now started using it as an alternative payment method so there’s really no need to bring my cards anymore. It works with nearly all the card machines in the country that support contactless payments, so you don’t have to worry about incompatibilities.
Google Assistant – As a previous iPhone user I’m a little jealous that Google Assistant has turned out to be one of the best virtual assistants I’ve used in years. Sure I can install it on my iPhone, but it’s on the Pixel 3 where Google Assistant really shines. From reminders to weather reports, you’d literally feel like someone from the other end is talking to you about your day. How cool is that?
What other features of Google’s Pixel do you like? Hit up the comments below and let us know!