Google Pixel 3 Review, Specifications, Price

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Hey guys, so as I’m gradually trying to catch up with all the relevant phones released in 2018, today we’ll be talking about the Google Pixel 3, as it is one of them.

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So the Pixel 3 was released back in October, 2018 and knowing Google being reliable, we had our arms wide open.

Now I wouldn’t really say the Pixel 3 is a “bad device” as it has some not so good reviews, but I will say it was built for a purpose.

Google Pixel 3

With that being said, let’s get to it.

Key Features

  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • 5.5 inch 1080 x 2160 P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU
  • Adreno 630
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB Internal Storage
  • 8MP + 8MP Front Camera and 12.2MP Rear Camera
  • 2915mAh non-removable battery
  • Single SIM

Design

The Pixel 3 may look plastic but it is a glass build.

Made with Gorilla Glass 5 which will keep your phone safe from scratches and occasional drops, it is also resistant to dust and water.

Google Pixel 3 5
Source: GSMArena on YouTube

Coming in three colors, you can either get the Clearly White, Just Black or Not Pink. Not really a range of colors going on here, could have just been white and black and still be good enough.

On the front you get a I would say decent look, not like most phones that were released last year, the Pixel 3 has an “old phone” look compared to them.

The Pixel 3 has two selfie cameras at the top and two front facing speakers (which give really good audio quality) at the top and bottom.

Turning over to the back, you get a single main camera, a dual-LED flash and a fast and reliable fingerprint sensor for all the security features it offers.

A crucial part that I have to point out is that the Pixel 3 has no headphone jack. You guys out there that love using headphones, well, it’s bad news.

Google Pixel 3

Although a dongle is provided, you may end up getting a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The thing with dongles is that you might end up getting your USB connector damaged with time.

The overall design gives the phone a “handy” look and makes it pocket friendly.

Display

The Pixel 3 comes with a P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with a screen size of 5.5 inches.

Not a very large display here. I believe the screen is this way to accommodate the speakers.

The phone has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, which is quite good for a phone its size.

Overall display isn’t really a problem besides the screen size, but that’s what you get for a pocket friendly phone. It is clear in or outdoors and is protected with Gorilla Glass 5.

Oh, and I should mention that it doesn’t come with a notch. Even though a lot of people don’t really have a thing for notches.

Cameras

Being one of the main reasons why this phone was built, I have to say the cameras on the Pixel 3 are a plus.

On the front you get an 8 Megapixel + 8 Megapixel dual camera setup. The cameras give a wide angled shot.

Google Pixel 3 2

In other words, taking group selfies won’t be an issue. You can be in the middle of 6 people and still take a nice group selfie as the cameras will be able to accommodate everyone.

You can still switch it back to the “narrow” mode so you don’t take single selfies that are too wide.

On the back is a single camera, now don’t let that make it seem like a bad thing because we live in a world where devices having up to three lenses are common.

As a matter of fact, the single rear camera is one of the best features of this phone.

Coming at 12.2 Megapixels, the camera is quick to capture pictures and give really good and accurate ones.

You know how pictures aren’t really accurate enough when there’s really bright light behind you? On the Pixel 3, you won’t be having problems with that. Pictures get processed to keep details visible regardless of the bright light behind.

Taking pictures in dark conditions isn’t a problem either. With Google’s Night Sight, you will get brighter pictures in very low light conditions.

Although I’m not an Apple fan, here’s a comparison between the iPhone XS and the Pixel 3 (which is on the right…obviously).

pixel 3 night sight
Source: Google

I don’t think I have to say much about the camera anymore, as you can see, it is awesome. Videos are also very clear and stable on both cameras.

The cameras on this phone are just the best things about the phone and if you’re into detailed photography, the Pixel 3 will definitely deliver.

Performance

The Pixel 3 runs on a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset and has an Adreno 630 GPU.

It also has an Octa-core CPU which is a combination of a 2.2 GHz Kryo 385 Gold quad-core CPU and a 1.6GHz Kryo 385 Silver quad-core CPU.

Running on Android 9.0 (Pie), you get to experience the latest features Google has to offer on Android without any bloatware.

Also, being a Google device, expect to get software updates fast.

While having all these features, the “Gesture” approach on the phone will need some getting used to.

Getting to your apps requires a double swipe up from the “home” button, dragging the home button left and right will show a list of your recent apps.

There are other things you could do with the gestures but we won’t be getting into them.

Besides getting used to navigating the phone, performance is pretty nice and will be for a while.

Memory

Although there’s been a few reports of apps closing on their own (especially when you start-up the camera), it isn’t a frequent thing.

With 4GB of RAM multitasking should be a smooth experience.

4GB of RAM is good enough for everyday tasks for now, and should be good enough for 2 or 3 years.

Don’t quote me on that though.

When it comes to internal storage, the Pixel 3 comes in two variants, a 64GB and a 128GB variant and both cannot be expanded with an SD card.

Storage usage depends on you as a user, 64GB should be okay, but 128GB is definitely better.

Unless you have somewhere to save your files like a computer, you should be really resourceful with how you manage your internal storage space.

Google Pixel 3 3

Battery

In my opinion, this is the major set back on this phone. I feel like the battery wasn’t really made for heavy users.

The Pixel 3 comes with a 2915mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery.

Although it supports both wireless and fast charging, heavy users may have to charge a couple of times a day.

Light users may also have to charge every night before going to bed.

Battery is not one of the best features on this phone, so keep that in mind before getting it.

Connectivity

You get a lot of great features such as 4G, 3G, 2G, but you are entitled to only one SIM slot.

In a world filled with dual SIM phones, you only get to use one on the Pixel 3. On this one, I feel like it’s just personal preference, could work or not.

It also uses a USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector which is an impressive feature.

You get WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0 etc. It doesn’t come with a radio, but you can always get one online anyway.

Price

The 64GB version goes for $799 | click here to order on Amazon click here to order on Jumia

The 128GB version goes for $899 | click here to order on Amazon

Conclusion

If you need a handy phone with a magnificent camera, latest Operating System and impressive performance, the Pixel 3 is a good phone on the list.

Google Pixel 3 4

But the lack of headphone jack, the not so impressive battery and having just one SIM card on the phone should be things to watch out for.


Okay guys, that’s all about the Pixel 3, what do you think about the device? Do you think it’s too expensive, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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With that being said guys, see you next time.

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