Google Pixel 3 review

Google’s Pixel 3 family of handsets features Google’s vision of what a pure Android should look like in 2018.

If you want a smaller handset with a lot of power, you have relatively few choices. Google’s Pixel 3 is powerful and uncluttered compared to its competition, which makes it a great choice for those who don’t like larger phablet-style phones, although it shares many of the same issues as the larger Pixel 3XL.

Quick Verdict

Google’s smaller phone in the Pixel 3 family is more affordable and a rare example of a small and powerful handset.

The good

  • Good battery life.
  • Camera works well.
  • Powerful for a small phone.
  • Android Pie onboard with updates to come.

The bad

  • Memory management issues due to low RAM.
  • Single lens is less flexible than competing handsets.
  • Active Edge only works for Google Assistant.

Design

  • Choice of colours.
  • Lacks headphone jack.
  • Notch-free zone.
  • Fingerprint sensor easier to hit on smaller phone.

Camera

  • Still a single lens camera.
  • AI-assisted photography can work well.
  • Smaller phone body makes it easier to take snapshots.

Performance

  • Snapdragon 845 provides enough power, but RAM is low.
  • Memory management is very aggressive for background apps.
  • Android Pie gives the Pixel 3 optimised performance.
  • Active Edge isn’t all that active.
Pixel 3 review

Battery life

  • Battery life is good for a small handset.
  • Rapid charging with supplied adaptor.
  • Wireless charging, and it’s even better with Pixel Stand.

Verdict

  • One of the best “small” Android phones you can buy.

Specifications

Google Pixel 3
OSAndroid 9
Display size (inches)5.5
Display resolution (pixels)2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI)440
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Height (mm)145.6
Width (mm)68.2
Depth (mm)7.9
Weight (g)148
Battery size (mAh)2,915
Wireless chargingQi
Internal storage64GB
128GB
MicroSD expansionN/A
Fingerprint scannerYes
RAM4GB
Water resistanceIP68
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Rear camera (1) resolution12.2
Rear camera (1) aperturef/1.8
Front camera (1) resolution8
Front camera (1) aperturef/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution8
Front camera (2) aperturef/1.8
Google Pixel 3
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speedCategory 16
NFC supportYes

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