The Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL were released earlier this month, just in time to rival the new iPhones and the back-to-school scramble. The newest line of phones include a standard 5.5 inch display with the Pixel 3, or 6.3 inches with the XL, both of which come in either 64 GB or 128 GB of capacity and 4 GB of RAM.
The phone’s camera comes with some built-in perks, including a “Top Shot” function that takes multiple photos on each button press, automatically providing you with some options so you have a better chance of capturing that perfect shot. Unfortunately, this seems to save the other photos at a much lower resolution (likely to save space), for example, exporting at only 3 MP instead of the usual 12 MP. They clock in file size at only a single MB, while your original photo saves at a whopping 13 MB. There’s currently no option to change this, but at the end of the day it is just an added benefit anyways. Needless to say, you’d also run out of space on your phone pretty quickly, especially if you’re an avid photo taker.
On the brighter side, Google Pixel 3’s speakers are also much louder than their predecessors, up to 1.4x louder at max volume. Bear in mind that like most newer phones, there isn’t an audio jack, so be prepared to adapt to modern times and use either Bluetooth or USB-C instead. The screen is quite commendable at a 1080 x 2160 resolution, yet it’s still outmatched by the likes of even the best phones from the previous generation—namely the iPhone X or Galaxy S9 when it comes to brightness and contrast (but this is often indistinguishable to the naked eye). The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, and in a variety of colors spanning Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink, the latter of which is ironically pink.
Last but not least, difference between the Pixel 3 and 3 XL starts at its size, with the latter’s screen being almost an inch larger. The rest of the phone its largely the same, save for the battery, which is a bit worse in the Pixel 3, meaning you'll probably want to carry around a charger or portable battery pack. The XL also has a notable notch at the top of its screen, which might be annoying for those of you anti-notchers. At the end of the day, both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are sleek phones that offer great design for Android, reminiscent of the iPhone's design. The Google Pixel 3 starts at $999 CAD while the larger Pixel 3 XL variant retails for $1,129.