Nick Tagataka, 01 Nov 2018Ah, so this is why Google decided to underclock Snapdragon 845 inside Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: ... moreSnapdragon 845 has some serious heating issue you need to check one plus 6 on YouTube heating issue even one plus 6T did the same .
Prabhat, 01 Nov 2018As usual, you posted a well balanced review of device.
However I believe you should have co... moreSony is becoming irrelevant and not everyone will be able to buy a Sony phone.
As usual, you posted a well balanced review of device.
However I believe you should have compared this phone with Sony Xperia XZ 2 Premium as well.
MdN8, 01 Nov 2018Night Sight is impressive, in some other reviews even more than here. I hope other makers star... moreActually, Night Sight isn't impressive. It's a noisy and blurry mess. You can replicate it in any cheap smartphone which has manual camera controls (which the obscenely priced Pixel phone doesn't have). Set ISO to 400 (or higher) and shutter speed to 1 second.(or higher) depending on how bright the scene you want to come out.
Ah, so this is why Google decided to underclock Snapdragon 845 inside Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: They skimped out on software battery optimisation and a proper heat pipe to save costs, so its battery performance would be simply atrocious and the chipset would throttle down to unusable level if they didn't underclock it. And GSMArena is kind enough to give it a score of 4.2 to this good-for-nothing(apart from its single camera) mess of a product. Seems legit.
The Pixel 3 is at the height of mediocrity in a flagship phone. 860EUR for a flagship phone that doesn't even have 4K 60fps, a dual rear camera, a micro SD card slot, a dual SIM, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reasonably sized battery.
You might as well buy a Mi A2 lite if you're after fast software updates and fluid, pure Android user experience. At least the 200EUR Mi A2 lite comes with dual sim AND dedicated micro SD card slot (NOT hybrid), FM radio hardware, IR blaster (master remote), and huge 4000mAh battery at LESS THAN 1/4th the price of the obscenely priced Pixel 3 (860EUR). Now if you must have flagship performance, the 300EUR Pocophone F1 will be a vastly better phone with the same SD 845 processor, 6GB RAM, huge 4000mAh battery, dual sim, hybrid micro sd slot, headphone jack, FM radio and versatile DUAL rear camera system. Software updates will not be as superfast, but they'll be fast anyway or at least arrive in a timely fashion, knowing how Xiaomi even updates their entry level $150 Redmi 4x phones to a major Android software update plus timely security patches. There, another Pixel phone market flop in the making.
Shanti Dope, 01 Nov 2018"The number of Pixel 3s sold will very likely be a fraction of the major competitors' figures,... moreIn that case Sony Mobile is more like a fat smartass who has rich parents trying to act like a talented one when he really isn't. And those "good-looking guy" you mentioned are actually studying a lot when they at home(but you can't notice it because they don't show it to other people) so they do great in all tests, plus they are also super friendly to other people and that's what makes them so popular. There are reasons behind some being successful when others aren't, and those who are successful generally have worked really hard to earn their respective places. Sony Mobile haven't, but instead is trying to use their parents' name to be popular.
Theres nothing to excites about this Pixel 3. Same old same old.
"The number of Pixel 3s sold will very likely be a fraction of the major competitors' figures, but does that make the Pixel 3 a bad phone? We reckon not."
So why can't the Xperia phones that are similar in this situation also be treated nicely?!
I bet there will be more Xperia XZ3 sold than Pixel 3, and sales or not, the former is clearly ahead of the newest Pixel phones, with a display that's easily competing with the best of Samsung and Apple, and a camera that's as competent as the Pixel 3's, yet they don't get the love and attention that it deserves.
Sony is like that always-bullied super talented young boy in school, but the other students and teachers will always notice that one good-looking guy (Samsung, Apple, Huawei, etc.) with less impressive talent and inferior academic performance.
What the hell is happened with the Audio Quality?
Noise Level -71db, Dynamic Range 83db?
How can they be below 90 as a 2018 phone?
Just not enough PROS for me to consider this phone..
I love the dimenions, pure android...
I don't like that the Camera has barely improved, battery life is pretty average, CPU throttling isn't great either since Android needs all the power it can get and means Google didn't want to spend any time coming up with a better thermal design, 4GB is pushing it IMO when we are about to enter 2019.
Its still a great phone, I think at 100-200 less both the 3 and 3 XL would price it perfectly.
And I felt like half of the photos shot on an iPhone XS were better than the Pixel 3, they had a more natural look, will be even better once they fix the smoothing issue.
I can't see the point of this phone, really. Average in all areas with a good camera and a price for which you can do a whole lot better.
Battery life. Google and their so-called optimizations. Pathetic! Never buy a stinking Pixel or iPhone! OnePlus all the way!
-Glass back - all have glass back now..don't know what are you talking...wireless charging ring a bell to you?
-Restricted wireless charging for non-google compliant wireless chargers - that's an wise decision. they can't tell if all chargers out there will not damage the phone, they need to be tested and certified. look at iphone cables...it will tell you that's not a genuine cable...and some it will ruin your iphone.
-Poor battery life - that's not true at all.
-Questionable hardware decisions like 128gb only, no mSD port, 3.5mm jack. they are pro cloud services they will give you unlimited space till 2022 what for you want more than 128Gb local storage? if you give 900 euros in this phone i bet in 2022 you will buy another phone so memory is not an issue here...again.
-And finally, the whole concept of a Google-branded phone - didn't get this one....
-Stock Android is still way more restrictive than Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi or most OEM Android tweaks - true, but still faster than the rest and will get updates sooner if you care about that..having 6month earlier than the rest or 1 year in most cases (pie only have 1% on android devices) of hundred of new features and tweeks that's a good thing not a bad thing in my book.
-Others have way better navigation and full-screen options than Google - that i agree, and normal. if not what's the point of tweeking an software if not for the best.
-Biggest con, update policy" - this you dont get it. they only give updates for 2 years because that way they are free to go in any direction of android in 2 years window. If they want to change radical android they can think ahead 2 years and make that decision and those decisions may not be compatible with existences devices, so will slow them down their decision. apple is same thing 10 years..same icons..90% same navigation (stole from BB10 swipes and meego) and it will be same thing 5 year more in this current update policy. so It will be same dull IOS that we all know and love/hate (that back button 10km away from the finger kills me).
Night Sight is impressive, in some other reviews even more than here. I hope other makers start working on their own versions, if they haven't already. It's the first camera-related breakthrough in a long time and it would be a shame if it remained available only on one phone.
Charge a premium price, expect premium experience. Underclocked 845, laughable 4gb ram, and absurd battery life. This is such a lazy effort.
I am not against single-lens cameras. If a single lens can match/better the results of dual and quad lenses, why not. Single lens at the back is aesthetically more pleasing than all those phones that look like mythical multi-eyed monsters.
That said, the Pixel 3 has way too many shortcomings for people in charge to have okayed it.
-Restricted wireless charging for non-google compliant wireless chargers
-Poor battery life
-Questionable hardware decisions like 128gb only, no mSD port, 3.5mm jack
-And finally, the whole concept of a Google-branded phone
If the Pixel line is supposed to be the showcase for Android it is severely flawed as an Android flag-bearer
-Stock Android is still way more restrictive than Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi or most OEM Android tweaks
-Others have way better navigation and full-screen options than Google
-Biggest con, update policy
Even budget to mid-range devices have two OS updates and two to three years of security updates, though they may not roll out on the very first day. So why does Google have to restrict Pixels to only 2 OS updates and three years of security updates, when a 2013 iPhone 5S gets the latest OS. The Pixels should have had unrestricted OS updates till the hardware can handle it.
It makes no sense to get a pure Android, made-by-Google device if Google itself refuses to support the phone for longer than 2 OS updates. Support your phones like Apple and then it has a case. Having Apple-like hardware compromises and prices doesn't make it an Apple competitor.
Why on earth would you even list Single rear camera under CONS? This single rear camera beats your dual or quad camera setups hands down and that's a CONS now? Is this a joke? Almost all the sites I have read review thus far, including sample shots on DPReview, it's quite clear that the camera is much better than the likes of Note 9 or iPhone Xs on most occasions! Something is wrong in the review, the tone of it was unnecessarily negative.