The Google Pixel 3 is offering a lot, and in a tighter package than most other flagship phones – the larger Pixel 3 XL included. Chief among them is the single-lens 12.2MP rear camera that delivers slightly better photos and, even more importantly, consistently usable photos compared to the competition. Samsung and LG camera phones occasionally exhibited blurriness or poor low-light performance, and Apple’s iPhone XS Max liked to using warmer than necessary color tones. The Pixel 3 delivered the best pictures each and every time. The one and only time it blurred the foreground subject (us) was when we were wearing sunglasses – it so relies heavily on subject recognition.
The Group Selfie Camera, part of Google’s front-facing 8MP camera duo, doesn’t revolutionize selfies. But it does help capture what you’re posing or who you’re posing with. It puts your selfies into context, especially when you’re with a bunch of friends or in front of tall, iconic buildings. There are noticeable funhouse-mirror distortion around the edges if you’re not careful with how your frame your Group Selfie Camera shot.
You will have to forgo the additional battery life that comes with larger phones when picking the smaller Pixel 3. That’s the one major issue we had with this smartphone, especially when photo-taking power users are the key audience.
We liked carrying around the Google Pixel 3 more than the larger Google Pixel 3 XL. This is the one-hand-friendly version of the Pixel 3 XL that your grip will appreciate, and you don’t have to worry about the notch cut out at the top. It’s also cheaper than most other flagship phones in 2018, even if it is more expensive than the Pixel 2. It’s not only Google’s best camera yet, it’s the best camera on any smartphone today.
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– Operating system: Android 9 Pie
– Display: 5.6-inch – 2220 x 1080 – OLED
– Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 710
– RAM: 4GB 4GB
– Storage: 32GB or 64GB
– Battery: 3,000 mAh
– Rear Camera: 12.2MP
– Front Camera: 8MP wide-angle
- Excellent camera and wide angle selfie cam
- Brilliant display
- Clever Assistant features
- Water resistant
- Wireless charging
- Largish top and bottom bezels
- Subpar battery life
- Not all software ready at launch
- Only 4GB of RAM
- Lacks expandable memory or a headphone jack
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