It has been a while since we talked about the Google Pixel 3. It was launched in October 2018 and we have since launched a number of really impressive smartphones. The Galaxy S10 series impressed us in more ways than we thought and this year Huawei pulls everything out of the closet with its P30 series.
But how does the Pixel 3 fit into all this? Google still charges huge prizes for the Pixel 3 series, and many of you are probably wondering how well it will be held up over time.
I have been using the Google Pixel 3 since launch and here are my thoughts after five months of use.
At the launch, the Pixel 3 camera was announced by many as the best camera on any smartphone. I would say that it is still true even after we have reviewed the Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
I am not going to repeat everything that Kris and David have said in their full review, but my thoughts are more or less the same as theirs. The Pixel 3 is probably the simplest camera experience that delivers the best photos. Night Sight keeps shooting out of my mind every time I use it and I have found that Top Shot is also extremely useful.
It is worth bearing in mind that the Pixel 3's camera is perhaps the best, but not the most versatile. I don't think Google's Super Res Zoom function is a 1: 1 alternative to a real telephoto lens, and with companies that offer huge 40MP sensors and wide-angle lenses, the 12.2 MP sensor of the Pixel 3 can't handle the situation really keep up. versatility that others offer.
Still, I have no problem saying that this is the best smartphone camera, period. You point, shoot and get a good or great photo every time. Speaking of which, if you want to see some full-size Pixel 3 samples, go here.
Apart from perhaps the Essential Phone, the Pixel 3 is one of the first devices to receive monthly security patches. Google has also recently improved the software update process. The Check for updates button actually, really, finally checks for software updates. If one is available, your phone will start downloading it.
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Regarding the software itself, I like almost everything that is in Android 9 Pie. It stayed pretty quick for me (more on that later), although, like many of you, I don't like the way gestures work. I should agree with Vlad Savov (The Verge) sentiment here: Google's app switch capability is a drunk version of Apple & # 39; s app switch gesture. Fortunately, it seems that Google solves gestures in Android Q, which is the first to arrive on the Pixel 3 in Q3.
This can be a controversial point, but I have not encountered any problems with the build quality of the Pixel 3. Many Pixel 3 owners have reported that the devices can be easily scratched on the matte area at the back. My phone has a few scratches, but it is no more scratched than any other device I used after five months. My clear white model hides those scratches quite well – the Just Black version tends to show more scratches than any other color option.
If you are considering purchasing the Pixel 3 soon, I recommend that you use a case. This phone is so smooth.
The battery life is my least favorite part of the Pixel 3. Google has never been so close to the level of endurance of Huawei or Samsung, but I hoped that the 2,915 mAh cell of the Pixel 3, in combination with the screen With the lower resolution, at least it would be able to stay with me a whole day. Maybe I should have checked my expectations at the door.
I am by no means a powerful user. I work at home and answer all emails and phone messages from my computer. I only use my phone to view social media sites and stream podcasts during the day. Even with my limited use, my Pixel 3 works on vapors at the end of the day.
Like I said, I've been using the Pixel 3 almost exclusively since October 2018 and the performance has changed from month to month.
The whole time I used the Pixel 3, switching between apps, scrolling through social media – you know, normal phone use – was a breeze. However, the phone is not without oddities. I was one of the unfortunate people who would have let their podcasts stop playing if they had too many apps open at the same time. Google solved this problem a few months later and I am happy to report that I have not seen that problem since.
Until March of this year my Pixel 3 was bothered by double tapping the on / off button to start the camera. The camera app could occasionally be left behind after taking pictures and I know that many users have noticed a decrease in camera speed after installing the March 2019 security patch. I actually had the opposite experience – my Pixel 3 works beautifully after the last update.
Some of my other colleagues didn't have much luck. Andrew Grush has been dealing with general slowness for months, especially in Chrome.
This is why I have a hard time saying that the Pixel 3 is a great achievement. Many of the bugs I experienced had not been resolved for months, although now everything is working properly. I can't tell you if the performance issues are only due to the paltry 4 GB of RAM, but I'm sure some of these issues would be resolved if there were at least 6 GB.
The point is that Google intentionally doesn't build smartphones with over-the-top specifications – you won't get a Pixel device with 12 GB of RAM for a long time. The company provides just enough to survive.
I talked to a few Googlers about this: the fact that Pixel phones give you exactly what you need and not much in abundance. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I can't say, but it will attract a certain type of user: not the people who go after the Galaxy S10 Plus or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
I still totally agree with the sentiment from Kris to the Pixel 3 in his first review: it is the iPhone of the Android world. It is a phone that works well and in my opinion currently offers the best Android experience on any phone. It's not flashy, it's not for everyone, but it's still damn good.
Okay okay, these are just the thoughts of one person about the Pixel 3. Tell me what you think in the comments!