September 30, 2023

Prime Options

– Improved show

– First rate battery efficiency
– Greatest digicam in a smartphone

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s quick story, The Journey of the Dancing Males, Sherlock Holmes makes a pertinent comment, “What one man can invent, one other can uncover.” How apt Holmes’ comment is for smartphone cameras. Whereas it was invented a lot earlier, it’s Google that in its comparatively quick historical past has truly found it with the Pixel smartphones.

Being a tech behemoth, the smartphone enterprise isn’t actually the bread and butter for Google however type of a dessert. Maybe that’s why we don’t see them racking up spectacular gross sales figures however they’re all the time part of the smartphone discussions. Why? Firstly, Pixel smartphones have all the time been thought-about as an ‘very best’ Android smartphone, powered by everything-Google. Secondly, due to their digicam efficiency.

With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, Google has a extra highly effective providing by way of software program and {hardware}. However they arrive at a premium. You get the Pixel 3XL in two iterations based mostly on 64GB and 128GB, priced at Rs 83,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively. These are curiously the identical costs Google launched its Pixel 2XL at. Whereas that is excellent news for hardcore Google followers, it nonetheless will not be the selection for the lots. Now we have been utilizing the Google Pixel 3XL for greater than every week and the smartphone has shined in some areas however has some caveats as nicely. Right here’s our evaluate.

Google Pixel 3XL design

On the subject of Pixel smartphones, Google follows the KISS design precept – Preserve It Easy, Silly — which was propagated by the US Navy within the Nineteen Sixties. The Pixel 3 XL is only a minor improve over the Pixel 2 XL. You get the identical half glass-half steel again with a fingerprint sensor and a single rear digicam on the top-left nook. Being the larger-sized within the Pixel 3 collection, the three XL is of course not made for average-sized palms. Having mentioned that, you may nonetheless kind single-handedly.

Construct and dimension-wise there’s completely no change on this yr’s mannequin. The massive dimension is predicted from an ‘XL’ system and is nothing new for many of us. The system retains the 157.9×76.7×7.9mm dimension because the Pixel 2 XL besides that it’s a tad bit heavier however that’s hardly noticeable. Nonetheless, the Pixel 2XL was not a nasty expertise and the Pixel 3 XL too follows swimsuit. The usability issue does play an important consider smartphones and this new handset, though sporting the identical shell, has managed to save lots of itself from criticism to some extent.

The general impression it provides is that of the flagship smartphone however sadly, the steel and glass design implementation fail to convey that ‘premium’ essence what you get from the iPhone XS or the XS Max. The iPhones nevertheless are a bit extra cumbersome to hold round whereas the Pixel 3XL is light-weight and simpler to deal with. Out of the three color variants, we used the ‘Not Pink’ characteristic, which in our opinion, stands out from the group with its off-white color and the orange energy button. The White color mannequin has a mint colored button whereas the Black color mannequin is, nicely, Simply Black.

What may very well be a let down right here is the frosted glass coating on the again that may be simply scratched and break the look. We noticed OnePlus 6 with a frosted glass look as nicely however that was higher because it was underneath the layer and never a ‘coating’ per say. We haven’t scratched our ‘Not Pink’ color mannequin however based mostly on sure experiences on the net, it might spoil the look simply when in touch with keys or cash. We didn’t attempt it however we do suggest you to purchase a case anyway. The scratches may be seen probably the most within the ‘Simply Black’ color variant.

The entrance is all glass with that notch, which you simply can’t ignore. It has twin cameras a speaker grille. The second speaker grille is on the backside.

So, for those who place the Pixel 3XL in opposition to the worth tag it has, the design may very well be a significant purpose why you could need to skip it. Maybe it’s time Google ditches the KISS precept and ventures into one thing extra dynamic.

Google Pixel 3XL show

Google Pixel 3XL excels within the show division and left us with none complaints throughout our every day utilization. The smartphone’s 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display not simply renders colors with apt brightness and vibrancy however reveals crisp texts, pictures and movies. We did take pleasure in binge watching reveals and flicks on this. With a bigger display property, the gaming expertise is extra immersive than ever.

Though sporting a Samsung panel as talked about by iFixit, it’s nonetheless not as saturated as those utilized in Samsung flagship smartphones however is someplace between that and what will be known as as simply sufficient to not overblow the colors, making content material look ‘good’. The viewing angles will hardly provide you with a color shift. You additionally get a bunch of show options on-board to tweak the seems based on what you like.

These embody Adaptive Brightness that adjusts display brightness based mostly in your environment. You possibly can even modify the brightness slider at totally different lighting conditions so the handset can ‘be taught’ the sample and make the characteristic higher over time. The show will get brilliant and dim sufficient to comfortably view when in daylight or in a darkish room. ‘Evening Mild’ or blue gentle filter can also be there.

Like earlier Pixel fashions, you get an Ambient Show on this one together with the Mild, Darkish or Automated (based mostly on wallpaper) system theme choices.

What’s new are the color modes whereby you may select from ‘Pure’, ‘Boosted’ or ‘Adaptive’ choices. Whereas ‘Boosted’ will increase the color vibrancy by a bit, the ‘Pure’ mode retains it toned down. ‘Adaptive’ does practically the identical job as ‘Boosted’ by pushing the vibrancy degree. You’ll hardly discover the distinction although.

If there’s one factor that instantly catches your within the eye within the Pixel 3 XL is the gargantuan notch. That is the widest notch we’ve got seen in a smartphone display until date. Though it consists of twin front-facing cameras and a speaker grille together with proximity and ambient gentle sensors, it nonetheless doesn’t look fairly interesting. Nonetheless, it grows on you over time. You don’t want to fret about it blocking the content material on the display although. What, nevertheless, is annoying is the house that goes waste on both facet. You possibly can see 3-4 app notification icons on the sides and nonetheless some house above and under them left idle.

Nonetheless, there’s an choice to cover the notch underneath the developer choices. However once more, the whole width of the notch blacks out, making you surprise for those who have been actually high-quality with the notch or not. Additionally, you’ll nonetheless see as much as three notifications icons on both facet, which was a bit perplexing.

Nonetheless, the notch will not be the one issue that you could be not like. There’s no face recognition unlock system as nicely. Not even within the ‘Sensible Unlock’ part. That’s a bummer. Additionally, the larger query right here is that though there are different smartphones sporting a notch, has Google labored exhausting sufficient to make Pixel 3XL’s huge notch justifiable? It has twin cameras and a speaker however with no face unlock it leaves a giant query mark on the place is all that house getting used.

However then once more, due to the notch you get an even bigger display with a taller facet ratio. It additionally is without doubt one of the choices in Android Pie so not giving a notch in probably the most ‘very best Android smartphone’ would’ve made no sense. The notch show in Pixel 3XL could sound dangerous in idea, however with the curved display and a saturated OLED panel, it isn’t that dangerous. But it surely does beg the necessary query, why no face unlock when virtually each second cellphone is incorporating it.

Google Pixel 3XL efficiency

When it comes to efficiency, Pixel 3XL is true there alongside the high-end Samsung Galaxy, LG G-series or every other smartphone that makes use of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It performs nicely with all of the apps that you just use together with video games. It’s the quickest processor out there in Android gadgets for now and rightfully does the justice with every app. The apps load quick with flawless graphics and animation rendering. We didn’t face any delays or stuttering at any level whereas multi-tasking.

The credit score not simply goes to the processor alone but in addition the RAM capability, how briskly the storage chip works and the optimisation. Pixel 3XL has 4GB RAM, which is similar as final yr and will not be at par with different flagships that often carry 6GB RAM (base mannequin) underneath the hood. Nonetheless, as soon as you employ it, it’ll be clear that RAM capability doesn’t all the time imply every part.

Whereas few should desire a 6GB RAM handset — one other issue that isn’t flagship-grade — however ought to nonetheless be high-quality with many of the clients is the 128GB storage because the max capability. This comes at a time when the iPhones and Galaxies of the smartphone business are developing with 256GB and 512GB storage fashions. 128GB must be high-quality for you for those who preserve your photographs backed up on Google Images, contacts in Google or iCloud and all of the paperwork on-line.

Nonetheless, the efficiency speak doesn’t cease right here. The Google Pixel 3XL’s software-based options are one in all its key promoting factors this yr.

Being the ‘showcase’ Android smartphone by Google, the Pixel 3XL as anticipated is inventory Android from head to toe and is optimised very well, complementing the Android Pie implementation. Adaptive Battery (about which we’ll speak quickly), Adaptive brightness, App Actions and the brand new multi-window gesture which Google calls it – Intuitive Navigation amongst a number of others work nicely.

Digital Wellbeing is a superb initiative by Google to maintain smartphones from one thing that you’re hooked on. Whereas it is a broader time period, what it consists of is an upgraded Do Not Disturb mode, App Dashboard that provides you a every day view of how a lot time you will have spent on a specific app, and App Timers to allow you to set cut-off dates on an app. Whereas many could not use it for now, for some (specifically youngsters) this may very well be actually helpful. Having mentioned that, it is a characteristic that’s not simply unique to Pixel 3 collection of smartphones however can be out there on each cellphone operating Android 9.0 Pie.

With Android Pie, Google has made it easier to entry latest apps. One of many options for that is ‘App Actions’. We discovered it actually helpful at occasions. You see it within the app listing window and it permits you to immediately leap to particular options contained in the app.

The brand new gesture help or Intuitive Navigation will take you a while to get used to. After shifting immediately from iPhone XS to Pixel 3XL, the swipe up gesture to entry a number of window display appeared just like us however what’s annoying is that it’s a must to swipe from backside to half-way by the display to entry the complete app listing. We frequently discovered ourselves swiping up solely to see the multi-window display as a substitute of the app listing. Like most issues with Pixel 3 XL, this too grows on you and as soon as accustomed, it does make life simpler. Though we admire the cleaner look, the navigation slider on the backside stays on the display with each app. This solely vanishes if you begin streaming movies.

Nonetheless, the software program and the general efficiency of the Pixel 3XL collectively work flawlessly and wasn’t a disappointment for us. The animations are easy, apps launch rapidly and every part works because it ought to. So, there’s hardly any grievance on the software program entrance at the least.

Google Pixel 3XL cameras

The ace within the Pixel smartphone’s pack of playing cards has all the time been the digicam. As we talked about at first, whereas others might need invented – not within the literal sense – the smartphone digicam, it’s Google that has actually found it. Anybody that has used a Pixel smartphone will vouch for the superior efficiency its cameras ship.

The eminently witty American author Gore Vidal as soon as mentioned, “Fashion is understanding who you’re, what you need to say, and never giving a rattling.” That’s the message Google imparts with its specs and digicam efficiency. When it comes to specs, these would possibly sound barely spectacular however what they ship is probably peerless.

There is a single 12.2MP dual-pixel rear digicam with1.4um sensor dimension and twin pixel section detection. Like final yr’s mannequin, you get Optical and Digital Picture Stabilisation with f/1.8 aperture. It’s attainable to shoot full-HD video at 30fps, 60fps and 120fps. HD movies will be shot at 30fps, 60fps and 240fps. 4K video at 30fps.

Some caveats a buyer could witness spec-wise is that whereas different Snapdragon 845 smartphones help 4K video recording at 60fps, Pixel 3XL doesn’t. There’s no 240 or 480fps slow-motion video recording both. Additionally, there’s a single rear digicam within the period the place mid-range smartphones boast of 4 rear cameras.

Though there’s only one digicam with common sounding digicam specs, the software program optimisation and the picture processing strategies utilized by Google with that one digicam is much better than different flagships. In our every day utilization, the autofocus mechanism labored impressively and there wasn’t a single likelihood once we missed a shot.

You gained’t discover shutter lags whereas clicking in daylight however then it does take a few seconds to shoot the topic when in low gentle, even whereas utilizing the display flash. However because of this, you get close to picture-perfect photographs, a significant credit score if which fits to the Pixel Visible Core processing chip. It’s also there in Pixel 2XL and for those who already personal it, there may not be a lot you can be lacking on as many of the options talked about under will arrive in a software program replace.

This time you get some new digicam options together with Tremendous Res Zoom, Prime Shot, Movement Auto Focus, Evening Sight, Photograph Sales space, Playground and RAW file help. We’ll break it down for you within the shortest method attainable.

Tremendous Res Zoom, as one can anticipate, goals to click on clear pictures even after full zoom. This software program characteristic additionally takes the place of the secondary telephoto lens. The smartphone’s digicam algorithm captures a number of frames when absolutely zoomed-in, to ship one, last crisp shot. We did discover it higher than what you get from different smartphones. Nonetheless, the ensuing pictures are inclined to lose a little bit of element if you place it alongside the picture shot by the iPhone XS in full zoom. This can be a helpful addition however we do not see clients utilizing it a lot.

Evening Sight as touted by Google on the time of Pixel 3XL launch is meant to drastically brighten the photographs taken in extraordinarily low gentle utilizing AI. That is but to roll out to Pixel 3 and 3XL gadgets.

Photograph Sales space works on each entrance and rear cameras whereby it detects your smile or every other facial features to click on robotically. It really works practically each time you see an expression however then it takes a few seconds in between two pictures. So making faces one after one other gained’t work completely. We assume it is because every shot taken is processed individually earlier than the digicam will get able to click on the subsequent one. We hope it will get higher in future. Additionally, you may’t click on a ‘Portrait’ shot in ‘Photograph Sales space’.

Playground is actually Google AR Stickers with a brand new identify. It really works very well and may very well be one of the best device to maintain youngsters busy. Couple of minutes of utilization, nevertheless, makes the system heated up. That is anticipated given the quantity of AR processing.

Prime Shot takes a number of photographs earlier than and after you press the shutter and recommends you one of the best shot. Clients could have a minor difficulty accessing the characteristic as there isn’t any point out of ‘Prime Shot’ (as marketed) anyplace within the digicam options or settings. You possibly can allow it by switching on the ‘Movement’ characteristic that’s current on the high (or left facet if in panorama mode). It often works nicely each in entrance and rear cameras however the picture high quality is inferior to the one shot with out ‘Movement’ enabled. Additionally, that is totally different from ‘Movement Auto Focus’ characteristic.

Whereas Google has retained a single rear digicam in Pixel 3 smartphones this yr, it has added one other digicam sensor on the entrance. The twin 8MP entrance cameras embody a telephoto sensor and a wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture + DFoV 75-degree and f/2.2 aperture + DFoV107-degree respectively.

The wide-angled sensor is the highlighted one as a result of with this, Google is ready to implement Extensive-Angle Selfie, which works as anticipated and helps ‘Portrait’ mode as nicely. It gained’t be turned on by default. You would need to drag the zoom-in/zoom-out bar to maneuver between wide-angle to telephoto. A touch of hotter tone will be seen in pictures however nothing that must be bothering you in any method. Element-wise the ensuing pictures are higher than different flagships.

Like we mentioned above, in low-light conditions, the Pixel 3XL takes a few seconds to click on a selfie even whereas utilizing the digicam flash. The wait, nevertheless, is value it as the tip result’s pleasing. As in comparison with the iPhone XS, barely extra particulars are preserved however the highlight-level is decrease, giving a extra ‘pure’ look to the shot.

Among the different options embody improved Google Lens integration, which is true contained in the digicam app now and makes it simple to seek for content material on-line, and RAW file (.dmg) help that will get saved in a special folder in your Images app and takes extra house. However the enhancing flexibility it provides is rather more.

On the entire, we didn’t discover these software program options as mere gimmicks and one thing one can truly use to get one of the best of the only lens digicam. However greater than that, the common picture high quality shot by Pixel 3 or 3XL looks like a marginal enchancment however remains to be actually good. The main points within the shadowed space and the brightness/distinction ranges are balanced, providing you with not probably the most natural-looking shot however nonetheless a powerful picture. Color replica is considerable and the video recording with the identical ‘Stabilise’ impact works nice.

The front-facing digicam of the Pixel 3XL was equally good for us. It clicks a few of the finest Portrait pictures we’ve got seen in smartphones until date. Prefer it was the case with the rear digicam, the front-facing digicam can also be not a significant improve over the Pixel 2’s entrance digicam quality-wise however it provides a secondary wide-angle digicam that we frequently require for taking group selfies. Nearly the identical set of software program options energy the front-camera as nicely together with Prime Shot, Portrait, Photograph Sales space and extra. The sport, as Sherlock Holmes says, is as soon as once more afoot for Google Pixel and its digicam.

Google Pixel 3XL battery

The battery part is without doubt one of the most underrated options of the Google Pixel 3XL. The massive display system is backed by a 3430mAh capability, which is surprisingly lower than that of Pixel 2XL’s 3520mAh. These believing in numbers could discover it unimpressive as Google may’ve included the identical capability battery (if no more) given the thickness, size and width of the system keep the identical at 7.6mm, 158mm and seven.9mm. However in case you are a type of who believes ultimately outcome, the Pixel 3XL gained’t be a disappointment.

Though the battery capability has gone down, it nonetheless maintains the utilization time and display on time, due to a extra environment friendly processor, low energy consuming OLED show and the extent of software program optimisation.

In case you are a light-to-average person, the Pixel 3XL ought to run for nearly 10 hours. This consists of shopping social apps, clicking few pictures, enjoying video games for nearly an hour, streaming music, all whereas staying linked to Wi-Fi and an enabled 4G networks. After utilizing it for over every week, we received a median display on time of 7-8 hours, which is certainly on the optimistic facet once we examine it with different Android flagships available in the market. Heavy-app customers could possibly get roughly 5 hours of utilization time with 3-4 hours of display on time.

One of many key options that Google is touting for its Pixel 3 and 3XL is the ‘Adaptive Battery’. This makes use of Google’s machine studying prowess to foretell what apps you can be utilizing within the subsequent few hours and focuses on spending the battery energy extra in direction of these apps. The choice will be enabled from the Settings app.

When you speak concerning the distinction, utilizing the ‘Adaptive Battery’ characteristic gained’t actually have an effect on the apps’ energetic time. It doesn’t put any restrictions on the apps it is not focussing and will increase the general battery life barely extra. We didn’t see any main modifications within the battery efficiency however then it’s all the time a welcome addition.


The Google Pixel 3XL is all about enhancements. Not on the {hardware} facet although. It may come as a disappointment that for a smartphone that begins at Rs 83,000, it’s sadly not as flagship-looking as others. Including to it’s how simply it may get scratched. However we’re not saying it’s the worst available in the market. It nonetheless seems nice, specifically the ‘Not Pink’ color variant.

Though we don’t see a lot design improve in Pixel 3 or 3XL like we did between the unique Pixel and the Pixel 2 handsets, what the agency has focussed on as a substitute is the software program. Whilst you get all of the Android 9 Pie goodies on board, the Pixel 3XL additionally has some unique options that will make you need one. Majority of those are digicam particular. Now we have compiled a few of them right here.

If you’d like a digicam smartphone, the Pixel 3XL will probably be our first selection. It has among the best picture processing tech you will get in a smartphone. Many of the options listed here are software-centric, which does a very good job. The display has additionally been improved in a significant method as the standard has gone up together with the general display property. When you don’t thoughts the ‘notch’ after all.

Clearly, this yr Google has focussed extra on the software program facet of issues with Pixel 3 and 3XL and thus has a bunch of latest options – Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness to call just a few. When you assume software program upgrades usually are not sufficient for this yr’s Pixels, nicely it does make an enormous distinction. The collection is meant to create a benchmark for an Android smartphone and the Pixel 3XL does an incredible job in residing as much as that.



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