Google is back with the Pixel 3 XL, this phone is very fast and responsive, it possesses the best camera that you will find on a smartphone. In this in-depth Google Pixel 3 XL review I will tell you about the strengths and weaknesses of this phone.
Google Pixel 3 XL Introduction:
The Google Pixel 3 XL is a larger version of the Google Pixel 3 with the major difference being the screen size. Other features of the two phones are more or less the same.
This smartphone is the successor to the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 3 XL as well as the Pixel 3 features an upgrade of the Android OS from the former Android 8 Oreo to the latest Android 9 Pie.
Android 9 features several upgrades and changes. There are changes in the design and in the navigation system, the new navigation system is based on gestures of the smartphone user.
There is also a tool for editing munched pictures or screenshots. Artificial Intelligence controlled brightness as well as the battery life changes in the display during multitasking.
There is also a new feature called Digital Wellbeing; this feature gives you the ability to manage your smartphone usage.
With this feature, you can view the amount of time you spend on your phone’s display screen on a day-to-day basis and set limits for the time you spend using different apps.
For example, someone addicted to Twitter can set a limit for the amount of time he/she spends on Twitter.
There is a Wind Down mode which is a part of the Digital Well-Being suite of services. At the end of the day, this feature switches the color scheme of the display screen to greyscale and it enables the do not disturb feature.
This feature also does a great job of blocking all disruptions that may occur while you sleep thus making it easier for you to sleep. With this feature, you will have the ability to set a time for sleeping and a time for waking.
The Pixel 3 XL smartphone is one of the fastest smartphones out there, it is certainly the fastest Google smartphone.
It features an amazing, awe-inspiring camera that takes breathtaking, beautiful pictures and has the backing of Google’s AI technology which makes the entire experience fulfilling.
The phone’s design is simplistic with soft corners. Quite noticeable is the lack of chrome finishes. It also does away with the stainless steel finish.
This phone features a USB-C headphone the earbuds of which have a loop that can be adjusted to make them secure and feel more comfortable in your ears.
The Pixel 3 XL does away with the microSD card slot. This may be Google’s way of getting more people to make use of their cloud storage especially since they give you free and unlimited storage of pictures and videos without any loss of resolution until the year 2022 via Google Photos.
The Google Assistant has been significantly improved from that of its predecessors.
Some of the features of the Google Assistant on Google’s Pixel phones will not be found on other Android phones, they are exclusive to Pixel phones.
The Google Assistant on the Pixel 3 XL allows you to screen your calls and decide whether or not you would like to answer.
For instance, when you receive a call from an unknown individual, the Google Assistant will answer the call and speak on your behalf.
Then it will show you a live transcription of the conversation with that person then you can decide whether or not you would like to talk to the person.
This feature will help you to avoid answering robocalls and spam calls.
The Google AI has the ability to do this as a result of the partial integration of Google Duplex. Google Duplex is an AI service that simulates a human being.
It can answer calls for you (from numbers which you haven’t whitelisted), converse with the caller after giving an explanation and introduction of itself, and then transcribe the answers for you in real-time.
You can use your Pixel 3 XL like you would use a Google Home device, at least temporarily. This is possible when you use the phone in conjunction with the wireless Pixel Stand charger.
When the phone is on the stand, it will show a simulation of a sunrise when your alarm rings. It will update and let you know your schedule for the day and also play for your viewing pleasure, a slide of images that are dearest to you.
The Pixel 3 XL also gives you the ability to control AI controlled home gadgets.
The Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.6 inch OLED display screen with QHD+ resolution. The pixel density of the display screen is 523ppi. It has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and the resolution is 1440 x 2960.
The color accuracy and the color contrast are great. All these things working together means that the display screen is amazing and it will provide you with a rich, deep, and immersive visual experience.
You can choose from the HDR mode or three other modes offered by the phone which are:
- Natural: which approximates the natural order of things
- Boosted: this spots an increase in saturation.
- Adaptive: many users choose this mode because everything looks better in this mode.
The display screen on the Pixel 3 XL will provide a great user experience.
The Pixel 3 XL comes with the Snapdragon 845 processor manufactured and supplied by Qualcomm. This is a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 835 used in the Google Pixel 2 XL.
The Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) is Adreno 630 while the size of the smartphone’s RAM is 4GB. The Qualcomm 845 processor supports capture in Ultra HD Premium.
This supports wider color gamuts such as Rec. 2020, this means more colors and significantly more shades of existing colors in 10-bit HDR.
This is powered by the lower-power Spectra 280 ISP which is an upgrade over the one in the Snapdragon 835 processor.
The Snapdragon 845 processor makes video capture and playback significantly better in 4K, Qualcomm has been working on this for quite some time now.
Located at the back of the Pixel 3 XL you will find the primary camera which is a 12.2 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8.l
There is a dual camera setup located at the front of the phone, both cameras are 8MP cameras, however, one of these cameras is a wide angle camera.
And one of the cameras at the font has a fixed focus and an aperture of f/1.8 while the other, which is the wide-angle camera has an aperture of f/2 2.
One of the main factors that set this camera apart from cameras on the other flagship phones is the use of Google’s AI.
The camera can take multiple photos via the use of the Visual Core image signal chip as well as the artificial intelligence.
The camera on the Pixel 3 XL is far better than that of its predecessors due to software changes and tweaks not because of hardware changes.
The Pixel 3 XL’s ability to take great photos relies on Google’s AI technology. The AI technology utilizes the AI to enhance photos and make simulations of certain features such as the portrait mode.
Portrait mode gives you the ability to manipulate the depth of field of the picture so that you can then determine and set how much background blur would be perfect for you.
The best parts of the Google Pixel 3 XL’s camera are all incorporated into the application itself which is an added advantage as it enables ease of use.
The Top Shot mode automatically selects the best photo for you from a variety of photos you took. This mode takes an array of photos before and after you tap the shutter button, shortly after the best photo will be presented to you.
The Super Resolution Zoom mode mimics the lens of a telephoto in action. This gives you the opportunity to take great pictures even when you are befuddled and your hands are shaky.
This feature works by capturing more image data than usual and then using it to fill in whichever space you might have missed while capturing the photo.
The Photo Booth mode reads your facial expressions through a feature called the smartphone computer vision.
This feature can recognize when you are smiling or making weird faces and then snaps photos automatically without you having to press the shutter button.
The Motion Auto Focus mode gives you the ability to lock the camera onto an object when you’re shooting a photo or video if the object is constantly moving this normally results in a blurry, out-of-focus photo or video.
However, with this mode, once the camera locks onto the object the camera will track the object in real time while adjusting the focus as the object moves.
The Playground mode gives you the ability to take photos with characters of your choice such as Superman, Thor or a hamburger. This is possible by use of augmented reality.
The Google Lens mode is probably the most useful of all the modes on the camera application. This mode gives you the ability to identify an object by pointing the camera at it.
For example, you can identify a rare species of a plant or a particular edition of sneakers via this feature.