I don’t even know where to begin with this review: I bought the Google Pixel 3 XL and I don’t regret it.
I’ve talked about in previous videos that I was searching for a new phone, I ended up choosing the Pixel 3 XL because it met most of the criteria I needed in a phone. I may want to have the bleeding edge, but I settled for the Pixel 3 XL because I wasn’t going to wait until October/November to get a new phone. Simply put, I needed one now, not later, because as some of you may know I had a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that I had begun to have issues with.
Enough of the small talk though, let’s get into the review.
I never really understood why Google made the design choices they made, but nonetheless despite the big forehead the 3 XL has, I rather like the phone. It’s simple and functional. It’s got this soft touch class that is hard to explain in words. Simply put, it’s nice to see that Google is doing something different from other manufacturers. When I first held the device, I couldn’t help but feel like it was a little light, almost like it was a dummy unit, which is odd considering I paid quite a bit of money for the device.
The screen on the Pixel 3 XL is… Different. It has vibrant colors, something you would expect from an AMOLED display. It’s a odd 1440p display, sitting at 2960x1440 with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and notch aside it looks really good, but I can’t help but wonder if it is going to have issues with burn-in down the road.
The stereo speakers are fine, but considering what you are paying for, I can’t help but feel like it could be a little bit less treble heavy and more balanced. They work for most cases, but beyond 80% all quality goes to crap. I’ve seen devices half the price of the Pixel and have had better speakers then the Pixel does.
Android – Google’s way
Android, the way Google does it is fantastic, it’s smooth. Not to mention that you don’t get carrier software, or other custom software, it’s just Google services and that’s it. I love the stock Android experience.
The good news is, Google is committed to updating the OS for 2 years and 3 years for security updates, so if getting the latest and greatest version of Android is your cup of tea, you should definitely check it out and judge for yourself.
Google has gotten some flak for this, but everything I have done on my device hasn’t stopped the Pixel from doing what it’s supposed to. Simply put, it runs fine. Video playback in 1440p runs smoothly with no hiccups, and although I don’t do much gaming, the games I did test out run just fine.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but you’re going to hear it again, the Pixel camera is top-notch. Computational photography, more specifically Google’s AI does a really good job at making your pictures look great, and with the addition of special hardware, photos and videos look good in most conditions.
Night Sight is also good. In low light situations, your device will determine all the elements around you and used a combination of those images to produce respectable images in the dark.
The Google Pixel 3 XL is a really good device, price aside it is one of the best devices I have across so far. If you’re looking for a solid device and want a stock Android experience, the Pixel is the way to go.