Hands-On With Google's New Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Smartphones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, which are designed to compete with Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

    MacRumors was in attendance at Google's fall unveiling event and was able to get some hands-on time with the new devices, and we did a quick comparison to the iPhone XS Max.

    The 5.5-inch Google Pixel 3, which has no notch, is similar in size to the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, while the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL is similar in size to the iPhone XS Max and takes some design cues from Apple's devices.

    As we saw in leaked images and heard in rumors leading up to the Pixel 3 XL's debut, it has a deep notch on the front housing its front-facing camera system. The rest of the display isn't quite edge-to-edge due to a chin at the bottom that's missing from Apple's devices.

    The Pixel 3 XL continues to use a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera system, but Google has implemented an HDR+ mode that's similar to Apple's Smart HDR for combining multiple shots into one much better image. Dual 8-megapixel cameras are available on the front of the device, and Google touted a new group selfie feature with a wide-angle lens able to capture 184 percent more than the iPhone XS.

    Inside, the new Pixel smartphones are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, 4GB RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. The Pixel 3 offers a 2,915 mAh battery, while the XL model has a 3,430 mAh battery.

    Google's Pixel 3 is priced at $799, while the Pixel 3 XL is priced at $899, making both devices more affordable than the iPhone XS and XS Max. The new devices are available for pre-order starting today ahead of an October 18 launch.

    What do you think of the iPhone XS's latest competitor? Stay tuned to MacRumors because we'll have a more in-depth comparison video pitting the Google and Apple smartphones against one another next week.

    Article Link: Hands-On With Google's New Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Smartphones
  2. Goldfrapp, Oct 9, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    It seems as if no other company (except Apple) has any idea what good design is. Like zero idea.

    I mean look at that hideousness.

    Don't even get me started on how all other companies are fighting over Apple Notch™ like baboons and macaques, and can't for the love of god decide what it should look like.

  3. jiggad369 macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2016
  4. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I continue to be astounded by the way people rail against the iPhone notch without acknowledging its functionality while giving notched screens like this one a pass without acknowledging how much more invasive and how much less functional it is. Just goes to show how many companies out there wait for Apple to design their hardware for them.
  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Google was able to save money by rushing these products to market and those saving got passed down to the consumer.
  6. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    It's kind of annoying that my $1500 phone has a worse camera than a $800 phone.
  7. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    Yep. It even loses to the Pixel 2/2 XL from last year.
  8. sualpine macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    Proof that Apple's pricing is purely based on greedy profits.
  9. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    How is it worse? Because they added an extra selfie lens? Please.
  10. krusnof macrumors newbie


    Nov 29, 2007
    Topanga, CA
    Pretty sure I see a notch...

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  11. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Not everyone agrees with that assessment. At this level of quality, it's very subjective as to which is better.
  12. sualpine macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
  13. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
  14. Kiorr macrumors member


    Dec 7, 2017
  15. chrismail627 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2016
    The 5.5 inch Pixel 3 doesn't have a notch...the XL does .
  16. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
    This review sounded like he wanted to say how awesome the Pixel 3 is but is bounded by a contract to not do so lol

    But really, I have to say as a long time Apple fan, the Pixel 3 is really much smarter of a smartphone than the iPhone. And it's more comfortable in the hand. Apple needs to forget about using "premium" materials that do nothing but make it more fragile and heavy, and get more utilitarian like Google.
  17. lec0rsaire, Oct 9, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018

    lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    The front camera is better but they have always been weak. I mean come on. A 720p cam on MBPs? I couldn’t believe it when I unboxed my MBP back in 2016 and it is even more shameful on the 2018s. iPhone fares a little better but far from where they should be for that sort of price.

    It’s indisputable. I’ve already seen several shots and sadly no iPhone matches those results even under the best of conditions. When it comes to the rear camera things are much more subjective.

    Now, in every other respect the XS and XS Max destroy the Pixel 3.
  18. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    Ugly Design - Check
    Worst Notch ever made - Check
    Biggest bottom chin in a phone - Check
    Higher price Tag than it's worth - Check
    No privacy courtesy of Google - Check
    Total iOS UI ripoff - Check
    Apple's Keynote copy paste - Check
    Camera software that could be used for the Pixel and Pixel 2 but won't - Check

    How can this phone even be justified? It's the worst release of the year.
  19. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    In other words, "As a long time Apple fan", even now you 100% don't understand Apple's business model.
  20. Baymowe335 macrumors 68030

    Oct 6, 2017
    This was done prior to iPhone XS...the XS is a far better camera than the X.

    DXOMark does testing with real data and agreed the iPhone XS is better than the Pixel 2.

    I'm sure the Pixel 3 is a great camera, but again....the phone runs Android and is hideous.
  21. stafil, Oct 9, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018

    stafil macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2017
    Your $1500 phone can run a decent OS. Also will not lock you out if you post a comment on YouTube that Google doesn’t like. Finally it will not spy on you in order to deliver ads.
  22. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    A notch AND a chin, it’s almost like they don’t know how to bend the OLED screen internally like Apple do so there is no need for the chin for the screen connector. The 3 has a massive chin and forehead. Like a skinny iPad, LOL.
  23. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2011
    Yea it does. lol.
  24. Baymowe335 macrumors 68030

    Oct 6, 2017
    Based on what? Haven't seen an extensive review of the Pixel 3 vs the XS.

    The XS has scored very well in DXOMark's testing and passes the eye test.
  25. JLD94 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2017
    Yes, and when the majority of quality reviewers say the pixel is the best, that makes your opinion in the minority. But yes it's subjective based on who you want to win.

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