Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3’s best new features lie in its software, which will ultimately mostly roll out to older Pixel phones. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth shelling out for an upgrade. The latest flagship’s gorgeous new display and exquisite build make your photos, videos and games look so good you won’t mind the $150 price hike.
- Brilliant display
- Powerful cameras
- Premium build
- Capable performance
- Clever Assistant features
- Cheaper than the competition
- Not all software ready at launch
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- 91AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsCNET90Google pairs an amazing camera with serious AI smaThe Pixel 3's truly exceptional cameras and AI-powered call screening give it a slight edge on the other great phones in 2018's crowded winners' circle.Android Authority90The Android iPhoneThe Google Pixel 3 takes what's good about the iPhone and applies it to Android. Whether you think that's a good or a bad thing, the Pixel 3 needs to be experienced to be fully understood. It is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now and quite possibly has the best camera available.GSM Arena80Google Pixel 3 reviewWe can't help but wonder what Google could have done with an extra camera on the back and if better thermal design would have meant sacrificing pocketability in a significant way. Well, the upside of having a cons list is that we still have something to look forward to in next year's model. Meanwhile, high on the list of things we're looking forward to is a discount on this very Pixel 3.The Verge90THE BEST CAMERA GETS A BETTER PHONEIf you want the best Android experience and the best camera you can get on a phone today, the Pixel 3 is it.TechRadar90Google Pixel 3 reviewThe Google Pixel 3 has the best smartphone camera you can buy today. Don’t let the raw specs fool you: its very ordinary sounding single 12.2MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture is enhanced by machine-learning software, Google’s secret sauce to making your photos better. The phone design doesn’t stand out and the battery life is underwhelming for power users, but Google does pack in a 5.5-inch screen and dual front-facing speakers into a one-hand-friendly phone. It’s Google’s best phone in a smaller size.Android Central90Fewer features make for incredible phonesI will have no hesitation in recommending the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL to anyone who asks me what the best Android phone is. I can recommend them without qualms or caveats, because they're just so good at doing the things everyone wants from a modern smartphone — whether they're a novice or an expert — without show-stopping issues, problems, or tricks to learn. That's the beauty of buying a Google Pixel.TrustedReviews90Google Pixel 3 ReviewThe Google Pixel 3 not only has the best camera I have ever used on a phone, but it has a lovely design and a handful of great features too.Expert Reviews100Google's answer to iPhone Xs tweaks the formulaSo, is the Pixel 3 precisely as expected? In short, yes it is, but even without the long list of leaks ahead of the launch, I would have reached a similar conclusion. Google is sticking to the same tried-and-tested release formula it’s conducted for the previous two years: slightly tweaking the core DNA, while offering a handful of mini-improvements, without radically altering the blueprint.Is that a bad thing? No, I don’t think it is. The Pixel 3 is still waving the flag for Android, delivering a further knockout blow to Apple, and it will be rocketing to the top of our smartphone hierarchy very soon.Digital Trends90Google Pixel 3 reviewSlick software, unique A.I. features, and a wonderful camera make the Pixel 3 irresistible.Alphr100A quietly excellent smartphoneIt may not be the flashiest Android phone on the market, but it’s level of understated style and usefulness clearly makes it one of the best.
- 72AVERAGE USER SCORE57 ReviewsMaja40December 4, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!When new, this phone is great. The camera is exceptional. I really wanted to stay on Android OS and Pixel 3, with it's great camera, deemed like a perfect choice. I have the phone less than 6 months and it started shutting down when the battery level reaches 50-70%. After only 6 months?!!!This is so disconcerting - I found bunch of posts about the same issues and it seems like Google has no solution for it. Pixel 4 has same issues.Google's support will send me replacement device as I'm still under warranty. But listen to this: the warranty on the new/replacement phone will NOT be for another year, but only until the initial warranty deadline. So, if my phone breaks up again in 9 months, I'm in trouble.I am very sad to say, but if I knew about how mishandled this issue was, I wouldn't have bought this phone.But, if you still chose to buy it, please buy a 2-year preferred care!!!Elizabeth80November 22, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Good product. Liked it until I tried to set a ringtone for a contact. Not happening - at least not easily. This should be a standard operation, cheap phones have done it for years. I will have to hook it up to my computer to see the content of the system ringtone folder and hope I can put my ringtone in. The standard ringtones a pathetic, can't hear them.!!Engadget Reader20September 22, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I own the pixel 3 and would give it 2 stars overall, but probably 5 if it had a better battery, (mine lasts about 5 to 6 hours normal use and everything optimized), and if it had an led for notifications, as well as a headphone jack. Also mine overheats if it's over 82 degrees Fahrenheit, not sure what that's all about but i contacted Google and although they couldn't fix it, they recorded it. Thankfully I'm within my 14 day return period at Verizon and am swapping it for a moto 7 power (supposed to have decent battery).Aeres70August 11, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetBrandon10July 24, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I don't normally write reviews but this I feel should be shared as it's very frustrating between Google and Best Buy. I am very unhappy with both google and Best Buy. We both got new phones as are contract was up and went with the GOOGLE PIXEL 3. Well in the process my wife had a baby that's in Nicu so we are both very busy and now my wife is with our baby all day and I travel back and forth. Well 5 days later of having the phones the common problem apparently all over the internet is we lose connection with one another. I can't even talk to someone 3 blocks down Every phone call we make to each other we constantly lose connection and it cuts in and out. Only way we can have a conversation is facetiming one another. Both google and Best Buy are aware of this issueAfter only a month and 6 days I had a chance to deal with this situation as it's very frustrating with difficult times we are having and can not communicate with one another. I have talked to Google and Best Buy the only result is Best Buy could only do something for me if it was in the 30 days and gave me a BS story. Google wants me to be without a phone for 5-15 business days before getting a new one.We have had terrible service with both as not only does my job consist of my phone but more importantly my family. THIS IS ARE FIRST AND WILL BE ARE LAST GOOGLE PRODUCT. We also would expect better service from Best Buy understanding we couldn't have the chance to get in there in time. We were willing to make something work but are just not able to be without a phone. VERY DISSAPOINTED IN BOTH COMPANIESJacquim10May 31, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Why can't you use an aux cord on this phone? It's necessary considering bluetooth doesn't work 100% of the time. I also have been missing important calls because they don't go through and having a bad connection to the internet. This phone disappointed me to be honest.Jeremy30May 30, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I upgraded from the Pixel 1 to the Pixel 3 and have been very disappointed. The first disappointment is the battery life. The battery life on my Pixel 1 was just as good as on the 3 and that phone is 2.5 years old. I expected more from a newer phone.The second disappointment is the screen. It does not go all the way to the top and bottom edges. The 3 XL does however. Why?The third and greatest disappointment of all is the durability. Within a month of owning the phone, all I did, literally, was take it out of my pocket and sit it down and the whole glass back cracked. I called Google to report this as a manufacturing defect but was condescended to and shuffled around an endless support loop that deliberately went nowhere.The final and perhaps greatest concern I now have is that I can't seem to find barely any negative reviews of this phone online, nor many places to leave reviews. This concerns me greatly and if you ask me Google has a team working to ensure it stays this way. Could I be the only one having a bad experience? Highly unlikely, especially given that they have been out of stock on the replacement back glass since November last year...Athena10February 7, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!DO NOT BUY! I've had a Pixel 3 for about 2 months now. My device is failing quickly. First the speakerphone quit working. Then the phone wouldn't ring, wouldn't play an alarm or notification sound. Then the lower speaker quit working altogether. Now the settings keep reverting back to factory settings despite me changing them more than once. What's google's response to my 2 month old phone beginning to completely fail that I spent $800 on? Send me a USED REFURBISHED ONE! I can't even get a new replacement for their defective device. They have the absolute worst customer service and are clearly sending out devices that they know are going to fail but don't care. It is not OK that customers are expected to accept a used phone when they just spent $800 on something that should still be brand new. I've been so very loyal to google, this is probably my fourth phone from them and I've recommended them to everyone. Not any more.JamesNot RatedFebruary 6, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Worst experience! When I ordered the device directly from Google, the system automatically populated my Google+ account address for shipping (even though I entered the correct address when ordering). When I realized what hadhappened I contacted Google to see if they could ship it to the correct address they said no. Thinking that since it was partially my fault that I didn't double-check the address that it was being shipped to I said, okay, just a simple mistake I'll go out of my way and drive all the way to the FedEx distribution center (over an hour away). I get the phone set everything up and after about two weeks with it, I notice a defect in the display, contact Google and get them to replace the phone. At this point I explained the previous issue and explicitly made it clear the correct shipping address. Sure enough I get the order receipt for the replacement an lo and behold the WRONG ADDRESS is on it. Open a chat with a Google rep, to verify and change the shipping address, she assured me multiple times that the device would be shipped to the correct address. Problem solved right? WRONG! GET THE SHIPPING NOTIFICATION FROM FEDEX AND STILL THE WRONG ADDRESS! WTF MAN! contacted Google AGAIN and for all intents and purposes they told me there's nothing they can do except stop shipment and reordering waiting even of my time! ABSOLUTE GARBAGE CUSTOMER SERVICE!Engadget Reader60February 5, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Apps like Snapchat and Instagram seemed to work much better on iOS. Pictures and videos will not always save in order to google photos and makes it hard to track when I'm looking for videos taken back to back. Camera quality is great, however sometimes the camera will freeze the first few seconds of video then glitch back to filming like normal. The first few seconds remain frozen though when I go back to look at the video. Phone unlocks every time you charge it if you don't have a password or fingerprint set for the phone and I don't see why my phone has to become vulnerable to people seeing and touching my home screen just because I plug the charger in. Don't see why it's necessary to manually lock my phone off the side every time I want to plug in the charger. Most of the problems end up going in depth with the apps however as that is mostly what I use and the Pixel has a range of problems from syncing my stored photos in my phone to snapchat rendering it unable to post stored videos to Instagram not shortening the length of my videos after cropping them using the in-app tool. It's like Google and several of these apps developers refuse to communicate with each other to establish a proper functionality within the phonebhjfhtg590December 10, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Headphone jack and open QI fast charging would have made this a 10/10Tom90December 7, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've been very impressed with this phone, having come from Samsung Galaxy S7 which experience old age sluggishness (despite numerous cleansings and factory resets). I'm also on 2nd Pixel 3 having dropped the first one after 3 weeks and required replacement (very glad I got the extended support plan). Replacement came in 3 days! Have not experienced many of the issues others have raised (knock on wood). It's been fast and reliable. Battery life is great! It will make it through the day on single charge (including 3+hours of Waze with my daily commute while listening to Podcasts). Also got the wireless charging stand (after it went on sale) and like the functions it provides. Even though I don't need to charge the phone, enjoy the photo displays while working. The camera is pure digital magic (especially Night Shot mode). I know picture taking is very personal issue but I'm enjoying this phones pictures more than my Samsung S7....and display is just as good as Samsung's (in my opinion). MY ONLY COMPLAINT: As an early adopter of Pixel 3, I bought it before any of the various special promotions :-(For those of us who support Google in this manner by quickly stepping up to purchase, our loyalty and support has been challenged. We will have many second thoughts about buying future devices so quickly.....especially when already such a significant cost/investment. Shame on Google in their marketing approach on this. In the future everyone will wait for promotions when new product comes out and Google will have to sit back and nervously wait to see if it will be a hit for their fans.Ashlee30December 7, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my pixel phone. I am by no means "techie" in anyway, I can’t talk in depth about the features of my phone or any other but I upgraded from a Nexus 5x and I love the look and feel of my Pixel 3. However, at this point I would not recommend this phone. The Pixel phone is having major issues with phone calls. My experience specifically is the person on the other end of the phone call not being able to hear me for 5-10 seconds after the call is answered. I am not the only one with this issue and google has been contacted many times. More experiences here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!msg/phone-by-google/Y4pNmLMVVdk/PCGezwWrAAAJ If this was not such a major issue I wouldn’t have a bad thing to say about the Pixel, I am really hoping this is a simple software glitch and once it gets enough attention Google will quickly resolve it. Once the issue is addressed and fixed I will be happy to change my "poor" rating for this phone.samagon90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!best camera on a phone.runesong100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetRosie80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!In general, I love my Pixel 3. However, I wanted to buy a phone and not a camera. I, like a bunch of other people, are suffering with the audio quality when making phone calls.I can hear my caller fine, most of the time, but to them, I often sound robotic or I cut out completely. I constantly have to repeat myself. Other times it sounds like the line has gone dead. It makes no difference whether I'm using the handset, Pixel buds, speakerphone, or Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones. It also makes no difference where I am on my call. I had absolutely no such issues when I had my Samsung Galaxy (or Nexus phones, for that matter!).I've gone through Support (like others) to clear various caches and then to do a factory reset. The issue still persists and there seems to be no fix from Google on the horizon. (I am convinced it's a software issue.)Phone calls aside, the Digital Wellbeing app is wonderful. I love having my phone "encourage me" to wind down.The battery life is spectacular! And my fingerprint reader has never let me down.I always tinker with all the settings and I'm happy with the options I'm provided to personalise the display and notifications. I do wish it was easier to copy ring tones and notifications to my phone. Thankfully, there is information online for people who were previously successful.Can't comment much on the durability as I immediately used an Otterbox Symmetry case for it. Still pretty easy to press the buttons with that case on.patdude12345667Not RatedDecember 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As much as I'd love to say that the Pixel is great yada yada, I cant. You see Google decided that New Zealand wasnt important enough to bother with so Googles phones, speakers and many other gadgets cannot be bought unless you're prepared to purchase through a parallel importer. Its a bit sh1t reallyEngadget Reader100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Don't love the nauch but overall a good phoneEngadget Reader100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetSam0sam90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Phone is very good- bugs kept me from giving it a bettter rating. Lost all my texts and they don't allow a restore from google backup- frustrating!Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had always used either Motorola Android handsets or Samsung, with my most recent being the Galaxy S6. I've always been a big Android fan, likely for the simple fact that it wasn't Apple. From the beginning, Apple products just felt very confining to me, with the ability to custom or change a phone to my likely distinctly absent. I started with the very first Motorola Droid, which was a phenomenal upgrade from my trusty Treo. From there I bounced between Motorola and Samsung, finding different things to be happy about, yet always finding a reason to complain.I've wanted a Pixel since the first one, and actually really wanted a Nexus when they first released. But the price tag always chased me away. With this year's incredible deals around Thanksgiving, I was able to convince my wife to upgrade both of our phones to the Pixel 3. By then, the phones had been out long enough to create plenty of buzz, both positive and negative. For the most part, the negative chatter was louder, and as I awaited my delivery, I began to have my doubts. Changing over to USB-C? That made me nervous. My first phone without my beloved 3.5mm audio jack? That scared me. I was also worried about the apparent lack of production quality control, with so many bad stories of bugs that render a phone unusable. Fortunately, all of that worry was for naught. I am truly blown away by this phone. It's construction is elegant, yet not overdone as is Apple. Everything just seems to make sense. The Gesture Control get's a lot of hate, but I find it quick and intuitive. I was worried about not having an indicator LED, but the "Always On" feature is ten times better. Everything from the camera to the phone's simple response time makes this purchase more with it every day. The battery life is excellent, allowing me to go an entire (average) day on a single charge. Even when my Galaxy S6 was brand new, I had to charge it at least once per day, and I'm probably a slightly less than moderate used. The Call Screening is life saving. The built in voicemail feature is wonderful. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about this phone. But if I were to pick one thing, it'd simply be the fact that this phone has more or less pure Android on it. If an app came on the phone that I don't want, such as Facebook, I can remove it. I'm not forced to disable it and stare in contempt at the storage it's soaking up. I bought my phone from Verizon, and even then the bloatware is absolutely minimal. My only complaint would be that, much like every other recent flagship phone, is that you really do need a case to handle it safely. Without a case it's akin to holding a wet bar of soap while riding an angry horse.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had a generally very positive experience since getting my Pixel 3 and I certainly do not regret upgrading from my old Nexus 6. However I do want to mention two quirks. First, the screen occasionally blinks. It's a left to right vertical blink. I haven't found any online videos yet showing the blink that happens on my unit but if you happen to be interacting with the screen when it blinks, it's a bit annoying. Second, while using Google Maps for driving/navigation, the app miniaturizes itself to the lower right of the screen every so often. It's weird and annoying and dangerous(!) to get the app back to fullscreen while driving.Engadget Reader100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Owner of original Pixel, this was an easy upgrade for me, but Google has made a phone with enough polish on Android to convince my wife to move away from her iPhone 7+. We purchased two given the Verizon BoGo offer, including two charge stands.Camera - As parents of three young kids we take a LOT of pictures. At times, the iPhone 7 took photos of similar quality to the Pixel 1, but in quick-shot daily use I consistently ended up with more usable pictures than the Apple. Now that we both have upgraded Pixels we can count on getting great shots at every big moment. The portrait effect is particularly effective. A lot of reviews compare photos in ideal situations with an experienced photographer. In my opinion the Pixel photo advantage is even greater in real world use.Durability - I am notoriously rough on phones, both in physical damage and in causing the software to crash. The Pixel 1 was the most durable phone I've owned since some original Nokia feature phones. No screen cracks for 'normal' drops. Far more reliable software than Samsungs I have owned. After a couple months I am confident the Pixel 3 is of the same mold. The screen seems particularly scratch resistant.Usability - this phone is a pleasure to use on a daily basis at all the things I use my phone for everyday that somehow don't get mentioned in most reviews. I use the phone as a phone (how shocking!) 4-5 hrs a day for my job and it is spectacular! Calls between my wife and I are louder and clearer than from her iPhone. The UI is intuitive and responsive. My wife has commented that now going back to her Apple everything seems to take 2-3 more actions than the Pixel. Call screen is great. Spam aware is great.Ecosystem - always a sticking point for me, I was never going to invest heavily in the walled garden ecosystem of Apple. I generally use apps and media that are platform agnostic. That said, as these phones become gateways to the internet of things or home automation I predict that Google will continue to grow their advantage over Apple. My wife has already commented that she used Google Assistant more than she ever did Siri. The active squeeze feature is more useful than it is given credit for. For some psychological reason I am much more willing to squeeze and speak my request directly instead of dictating the 'okay Google' prompt. I find it much quicker and easier to activate, which has increased my usage. As a side note we recently bought a Google Home Hub. It is great at casting Spotify and YouTube TV from the command post in the kitchen, answering questions, etc. It is already my wife's 'favorite piece of technology ever'. Obviously the integration will be optimized with the Pixel, but I can't speak to any specific advantages.The main negative seems to be a poor battery life. Switching a lot of apps to dark mode seems to have helped, quick charging helps mitigate the issue, but it is a definitely noticed negative to the iPhone 7 and, surprisingly, the Pixel 1. I hope this review helps with some of the day-to-day aspects of phone use. I looked really lustfully at a Note 9 and the pricing on the XR is awesome, but I am confident the P3 was the best phone for me, and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.Engadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far the phone has been pretty good. I have some gripes with the app notifications in Oreo but that is an Android thing and I'm working through it slowly as I find and fix them. My one complaint for the device has been standby battery life. I have the Pixel 3 and the battery life while using the device has been more than sufficient. I could easily see the 8+ hours that I've seen reported by others. Similary to other reviews, the phone burns about 1% per hour in standby if I leave it overnight. That equated to around 100 hours (4 days) which is different than the 12 days they advertise.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's such a fantastic phone. I am so glad that someone is still making high end phones that you can use with one hand. While I applaud Samsung's efforts to completely rewrite their UI to work with larger phone screens, it'd also be perfectly fine to just make a skinnier phone. The only true problem I have is with the all glass design; this phone is too beautiful to put into a case, but alas, I don't want to shatter my entire phone with one accident. Most software bugs seem to have been sorted out with the December patch (aggressive RAM management, OK Google hotword not working), the price came down to a reasonable $650 on Black Friday (I have a price adjustment being processed by my credit card company), and I am now nothing but elated with this phone. My only remaining gripes are the lack of Qi Fast Charging and the awful bandpass audio filter that Google insists on using for recorded video (which will hopefully be removed with a software patch in the future).Señor Gar70December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My first priority is photos. The Photos app for onboard storage (which I prefer) is disappointing in that my 70+ folders are not accessible and their 2000+ photo content is rearranged en masse by date making it impossible to locate a specific photo in my 10 year collection. However, my 70+ image category folders are still intact in memory and accessible through the Files/menu/Images folder so not all is lost. Also the Photos app will not allow image transfer between folders although the file folders will albeit far too many taps required to navigate through the layers.I have only had the phone for a few weeks now but one other annoyance is the lack of audible notifications which seemed present initially but, with what I perceive as very complex settings, they are now seriously muted or have mysteriously disappeared ??? Still working on that one.Ryan60December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Screen defect on my first unit, camera issues on my second, and spotty customer service getting the issues resolved make the pixel 3 hard to recommendEngadget Reader100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love it. I don't need to say what others have already said more eloquently, but this is a fantastic phone. The camera is great, the screen is great, the size is great - and the joy of unlimited space to store my photos is a pretty good deal, too.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Typed this review once and it didn't save, so this will be abbreviated. Phone call connectivity is not on par with my previous phone. The Pixel 3 drops call whereas my LG G6 would cut in and out maybe but maintain the call. I live in a challenging area for call connectivity and have several weeks now to evaluate the Pixel 3 vs the LG G6. Hands down not even close the LG maintained calls far better.Engadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I own the clearly white pixel 3 version. Previously I owned both pixel 1 and pixel 2 phones also. I really like the size and weight of the pixel 3 . Google nailed it here. Screen is gorgeous and speakers are loud and clear. The camera on this version of the pixel has been finicky for me despite being the crown jewel of the pixel line-up. There have been instances where the focus is slow and low-light photos aren't as good as what my pixel 2 was able to achieve. Full disclosure, I am basing these observations on the pre-December 5 update and so my perception of the performance of the phone in said areas may (hopefully) improve in the future. Battery life has been ho-hum and could be better but it does get me through 85% of my day and the fast charge capability makes it a non-issue. I have found that call quality to be fine although there have been a couple instances where the microphone randomly mutes during a call. This has been extremely frustrating as the only remedy is the end the call. Clearly this can be a real problem if the call is important (e.g. 911!). I have not come across any formal acknowledgement or intent to address this from the Google side as of yet. The last area I'll comment on is price. I'm an early adopter by nature and I love to get my hands on new tech straight away. As a member of this group I fully acknowledge and expect that bugs and issues are likely to be present in the early software/hardware experience of a product. What I didn't anticipate (like many others) in the case of the pixel 3 was the ridiculous pricing games (thanks to multiple Black Friday deals) that Google played so soon after launching this new product. In short it left me with a bit of buyer's remove. I get it, Google needs to move units and the 3rd iteration of the pixel family needs to show it can be a real performer from a "units sold" standpoint since the two previous generations exhibited lackluster sales. That's all well and good however it doesn't change the fact that Google really needs to do better in acknowledging and/or giving credit to the early adopters of their products. This year was especially tough to swallow due to the magnitude of the discounts that were given during Black Friday and Cyber Monday - this went a long way in negating the excitement of being one of the first to sport the phone. Essentially it feels like we got punished by the company for supporting the product so early in it's life cycle. Clearly Google needs to understand how to better manage its product launches because the pixel 3 was a pretty poor performance overall.Engadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'm loving this phone! I had an original Pixel for 2 years and finally upgraded for the 3 in November 2018. The phone is fantastic, I really enjoy the wireless charging, and it feels good in my hand. My only complaint would be that the glass back (which allows for the wireless charging) is extremely susceptible to deposition of material, making it appear that the back is scratched. A good scrubbing with a sponge and a dab of dish soap seems to have gotten rid of that, but overall the glass makes the phone extremely slippery to hold without a case. I'm enjoying all the features, including the Grayscale mode which turns the screen to shades of gray and white instead of the full color it normally is. I love this feature. All in all, this phone is amazing and I'll enjoy using it for the next few years.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It is like a solid and faithful partner. Not too flashy but immensely dependable!Kristopher90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Pixel 3, although a minor upgrade from the Pixel 2, has been a great upgrade and continues to capitalize on what makes Android great.Engadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The showstopper on this phone is of course the camera, and it doesn't disappoint in day to day use. From low light shots to portraits to shot selection, the myriad of photo features add up to a top tier experience.I came to the Pixel 3 from iOS, and I'm not sure I could ever go back. Android Pie is very userfriendly while allowing vast customization. The Pixel's ability to auto-detect my car's bluetooth and automatically turn on Android Auto is just one standout usability feature among many.The biggest drawback for me was the lack of durability. I used Google's Pixel case on my phone, then dropped it from pocket height. It landed face down, and two corners of the phone cracked to the point that glass fell away from the phone. There is a shortage of replacement screens in the wild. Google cannot fix the screen, nor can local shops find one to order. Looks like for the time being I'll be dealing with this screen. Frankly, I'm surprised the phone was unable to make it through this pretty low-impact drop.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My first Pixel! My old Samsung was showing its age, so I decided to take the plunge and pay full price for the Pixel 3. My elation came to an abrupt halt when I discovered the camera wouldn't work in any third party apps -- Instagram, Snapchat, my banking app, etc. All useless.Google Support led me on a merry chase to check permissions, restart, factory reset, bug report capture, factory reset again...and again. With each passing day, and with each email assurance that the problem would be fixed in a future update, my responses became more and more hostile. While others got RMAs and got working cameras, I got the runaround. After my RMA requests became demands, I finally got an authorization to return my phone. And then the December patch came out and my original phone started working in third party apps.Love the phone, hate the customer service.Engadget Reader60December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was an iPhone user for years so the pixel was a big change. But I love it! When it works that is. I've had lots of issues with the speakers, Google assistant rarely works for me, and some other odd occurrences.I really, really want to love this phone!!! I just wish it wasn't so buggy. If these problems get fixed then I'll be happy! But if not...may have to return to apple?Yugene40December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Most disappointing customer service ever! Contacted multiple times regarding various issues and no responses whatsoever. Seems like Google could careless about their customers. Sad.asha100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetRichard90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The camera software is certainly impressive, but I often got better pictures with my Moto X Pure Edition. The Moto's target "slider", for want of a better term, gave me a real-time preview of the picture, and frequently a very subtle shift of the target (experimenting by sliding it around) made a significant change in the exposure and contrast in the finished picture . The Pixel 3 camera only lets me tap on various spots in the picture: seeing the result of subtle changes is not possible, or at least not practical.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Coming from a Nexus 6p the smaller form factor of the Pixel 3 was very appealing to me. So after due consideration I pulled the trigger and ordered a Pixel 3 instead of the XL variant. First impression was very positive. The phone feels great in the hand! It's light, very well balanced and the frosted back feels entirely different to what I imagined. It's really soft and if I didn't know better I wouldn't guess that it was glass. While I haven't had any issues with it marking up in the week or so before I got a skin on it I can imagine that'll happen if it's tossed around a bit.Turning on the phone for the first time greeted me with a surprisingly bright and colourful display. Compared to my Nexus 6p the Pixel 3 has a much brighter screen and colours are much more vibrant without being oversaturated.Going through the setup proces was a speedy experience. For the first time I decided to use the data migration tool to migrate from the 6p. I've always been sceptical of such tools but it worked like a charm and left a good first impression.After the initial setup, which by now is about a week ago, I've been thoroughly enjoying my experience. Compared to what I'm used to the Pixel 3 checks every box. Some by a bit, some by a lot more than the final Nexus. In my week of using the phone a few things jumped out at me. First, the battery is really good in standby. I haven't tweaked any of the default battery settings like adaptive battery and it's been holding up great. I usually end the day with 50% battery and since I don't charge at night it gives me an opportunity to find out how much the battery drains overnight. To my surprise I consistently lose 3-4% over 8 hours with wifi and 4g enabled. Secondly, I noticed that the metal frame of the phone picks up fingerprints and grease a lot more than I expected. I found myself wiping the metal sides daily. On the other hand the glass has provided excellent protection against such oils as I haven't had to clean it for the several days I used it naked.While this is nowhere near a full review these are my first impressions of the device. I'm very positive about the phone overall. I didn't talk about the camera because I figured that by now everyone knows exactly how good it is. That and I haven't gotten to use the camera in challenging situations yet.Engadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I upgraded my Pixel 3 from a Pixel 2XL, realizing the Pixel 2XL was just too big for me. Screen was great, but the overall size was just too BIG for me. I was very excited when the Pixel 3 arrived. Perfect size and light, compared to the iPhone X. but months later things started to go down hill. Apps crashed and the black camera screen started. I was traveling abroad to Switzerland and every time I wanted to get a shot, black camera screen. God aweful. So bad I was about the chuck it out the window and go back to the iPhone X. I came back and immediately reached out to Google support. They asked me to wipe it and start from new. I lost all my text messages but the black camera started again. Frustrated. Then the Dec patch updates came out and I've been using it since and it seems to fixed all the problems. The phone feels more snappier and I think the black camera screen is gone. I hope. If it comes back, I'm going back to iPhone X. Google really dropped the ball on this one. Still think Android isnt as polished as iOS yet.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The hardware:As a glass sandwich, this device can only be so durable but does commendably anyway. The inclusion of wireless charging (finally) brings charging options back up to par even if high power wireless charging requires a proprietary dock (yuck). The rear camera's physical hardware isn't much different from the Pixel 2 and so most of the new tweaks will eventually trickle down. I'd happily accept a thicker phone if it meant a bigger battery.The software:The new camera features are pretty amazing for low light photography and enhanced zoom. Android Pie had some teething issues but they're now mostly sorted. Otherwise, it's another clean Pixel phone. Battery life has improved from the Pixel 1 but it's still not spectacular.Engadget Reader100December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader60December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Reception is ok, sometimes I have to restart the phone to reconnect to data. Electrical clicking/buzzing noise in earpiece when on calls.Camera overheats phone when I used it for a couple hours regularly on vacation.Battery life is only ok.Software is very very good, but I would say it's not worth the other problems.Engadget Reader70December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Buggy software...poor memory management...grainy pictures...low battery life...Bluetooth cuts in and out...audio options don’t always switch when selected...not ready for prime or anytime.rgeldr190December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I definitely really like my Pixel 3 but unless you're on T-Mobile and really care about their new 600/700Mhz coverage like me which the SD 845 provides, I would say it is not worth upgrading from the Pixel 1, let alone the 2. There is nothing else about it that makes it substantially better and certainly not relative to the rather large price increase from the 1/2. But the battery life and screen quality are probably the two best changes from my Pixel 1. But even there they're not huge differences, same resolution for instance. I haven't had any problems personally but I do have two bugs that I've had since at least my Nexus 5X, getting a notificiation and trying to reply to it can lock the screen and I have to turn it off and back on, completely "opening" the phone. The other is that fixing spelling in Chrome doesn't work, I select the suggested word and it doesn't apply it, also related double tapping space adds a space after the last letter and then enters the period. I also have a friend with the XL and it has overheated from watching video, shutting it down. This is a known problem apparently. Lastly, my overall rating was set to a 9 automatically but I'm bringing it down to an 8 do to the relative value.Engadget Reader60December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I switched from the Apple ecosystem to the Pixel 3 and was pretty disappointed. everything seemed to just not work as well. from the bluetooth in the car to the NFC payments, everything either needed more steps to make work properly or didnt work at all.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great phone. Coming from a Samsung Galaxy, this was an easy transition. Pros: Absolutely fantastic camera and screen. AI is very intuitive. Cons: Occasional electric feedback sound during calls from top speaker and no MirrorCast.Engadget Reader90December 6, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've literally had no issues with this phone. I was nervous because of all the publicized issues but I've had no problems. No issues with memory, losing pictures, bluetooth, anything.Engadget Reader90October 26, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 25, 2018Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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