Pixel 3 after a year… and a half …

Photo by Christian Lambert on Unsplash

I’ll admit beforehand that I am a big fan of Google, its products, its ideas and its innovations. (I’ll try to be fair in this review, but I can’t guarantee it)

Let’s start with the basics. For the ignorant or the forgetful ones, a reminder on the specifications of the phone.

Display: 5.5" P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels

Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Adreno 630

Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM

Primary Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF

OS: Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box (2 years of OS updates)

Additional Features: IP68 dust/water resistant, stereo speakers,
USB3.1 Type-C, QI wireless charging

I was a proud owner of the Nexus 5x in its heydays. Though I had it for only a year (after which I lost it to the notorious hardware bootloop issue), the Nexus 5x was my favourite phone, until the Pixel. It had an awesome camera, the latest Android, and Type-C long before it became the trend. No wonder I chose to come back to the Pixel lineup later.

When it released, Pixel 3 was the best Android phone in the market and also had the best camera you could find in any smartphone. A year and a half later, Pixel 3 is still a top-notch Android phone, second only to the Pixel 4 and it still has a mind-blowing camera. Proof below:

A temple walkway in Kerala, India

For more proof, You can take a peek at my Unsplash page.

Pros:

  1. Camera :
    After almost a year at the top, the Pixel still fares a robust 4th in the best smartphone cameras, which is commendable.
    Night sight is still a killer, and now also has the astrophotography mode — pure magic!
    Latest Google Camera updates have improved the AI and the user interface too.
  2. Google UI
    Smooth, simple and versatile (read Dark Mode)Android 10.
    Digital Wellbeing is a boon, the Google Recorder app is a welcome addition
  3. Waterproof
    Though almost every flagship has this feature, I have personally tested the Pixel 3 on several occasions and it has fared admirably well.
  4. Unlimited Cloud Storage
    Kinda an important feature, with Pixel 3 being a phone for the photography enthusiasts. Google has discontinued this feature in Pixel 4. So, point Pixel 3.
  5. Handy size
    Though most of the people prefer larger ones, Pixel 3 is a perfect fit for the niche group of smaller phone enthusiasts.

Cons:

  1. Display
    Though Pixel 3 has an excellent AMOLED display, it is a pain to look at it in direct sunlight.
  2. RAM
    The absence of an extra two gigs of RAM can be felt while running processor-intensive applications and sometimes even during normal usage.
  3. No face unlock
  4. Oops. The end…

Verdict

You might have already guessed it, but I’ll say it anyway.

Pixel 3 is still a great phone

With Pixel 4 getting a lot of negative reviews, Pixel 3 still remains the most popular Google phone. Retailing at $440 at Amazon today (Rs, 44,000 in India), Pixel 3 is still an excellent phone for the price. You get wireless charging, waterproofing, an excellent camera and the latest Android, all for the price of a mid-range smartphone. Also, you don't need to worry about your phone going out of date anytime soon, you are promised one more Android update and further security updates till 2022.

What more are you waiting for?

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