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The Google Pixel is a phone I’ve heard wonderful things about for years, but never gotten my hands on. So, when I was sent the Google Pixel 3 to review I was excited to see what it had to offer. To be completely honest, it took me a while to appreciate it. I felt like I was missing something. What was I not seeing? But after a few weeks I think I’ve finally figured it out. Here’s my full Google Pixel 3 review.
A Humble Blogger’s Google Pixel 3 Review
About the Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3 is small and compact. I’d forgotten how good a smaller phone could feel in the hand. It doesn’t feel like I might drop it or like I have to dislocate my fingers to reach certain parts of the screen. It has a 5.5 inch display and comes in three colours ( Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink). A bigger XL version is available but I’m testing out the Clearly White regular sized Pixel. If you’re a bit accident prone then fear not, the Pixel 3 has a rating of IP68, meaning it can withstand dust, sand and dirt as well as submersion up to 5ft/1.5m for around 30 minutes.
The battery isn’t the most impressive at 2915 mAh, considering the P20 Pro has a 4000 mAh battery. But it does charge fast and one charge will definitely last a full day with heavy usage. It is wireless charging compatible, which is something I never really previously saw the point of but now that I have the Pixel Stand, I LOVE IT.
The phone comes in a 64GB or 128GB model. I have been using the 64GB model. There is no option to expand memory which is a bit of a let down. However, with the free unlimited storage of photos on Google Photos the memory shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
The Google Pixel 3 is a Youtube Signature Device with dual front-firing stereo speakers, making it a fantastic device for watching videos. It has a very handy “Now Playing”, feature which you can set up. This will tell you the name of the song playing in your surroundings by rolling it across your lock screen.
One of the most talked about feature of the Pixel 3 is the Screen Your Calls feature. Basically it’s a very simple personal assistant. Once switched on it will answer your call, find out who is calling and why. You can read the transcript as this is happening and decide whether to pick up, mark as spam or call back later. Very handy!
For me, the best thing about the Pixel 3 is it’s simplicity. It is incredibly easy and intuitive to use. You could give this to your technophobe granny and she’d be a pro in no time.
The bright green colour of the power button is also such a simple, but endlessly helpful touch. Speaking of touch, there is, of course a finger print scanner on the back. I literally never even set it up because I don’t want anyone getting into my phone when I’m asleep, but the option is certainly there if you prefer the fingerprint to the traditional pin.
Camera and Photos on the Google Pixel 3
In the beginning I was super unimpressed with the camera on the Pixel 3. I just did not understand why everyone thought it was so fantastic. After testing the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, there just seemed to be a severe lack of options; no timelapse, no night mode. However, the Google Pixel 3 will eventually have a night mode called “Night Sight”. This should automatically be updated to the device at some point in November, though I haven’t seen any sign of it yet.
The Pixel 3 has two front-facing cameras, one of which is a wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens. There is a single rear 12.2MP dual-pixel camera. Hence, the Google Pixel 3 is a phenomenal phone for a selfie. It takes two photos and suggests the best one to you, but you have the option to keep both,one or neither.
It doesn’t automatically beautify you like a lot of the newer phone models. That can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you want. However, it does have beautify options if that’s something you want. I will say that the Google Pixel 3 is definitely my phone of choice for a portrait or selfie.
The in built editing options are limited but good. The “Colour Pop” option available for photos of people is great. It leaves the subject of the photo in full colour and turns the background black and white. Otherwise you can choose filters, rotate and edit the light, colour and depth.
When it comes to video the rear camera can shoot in 720p, 1080p or 4K. The front camera can shoot in up to 1080p. With the in built video stabilisation it’s a great phone for capturing smooth video. There is also a slow-mo function. The Photo Booth setting takes photos when it detects smiles. Top Shot is an incredibly handy mode that automatically kicks in when taking a candid photo in a situation with a lot of movement . It will take up to 8 shots and suggest the best photo for you so that you don’t miss the moment.
There are some more unusual modes such as Playground which you can use to insert 3D characters into your photos and videos. For the professional photographers out there it is possible to save photos in RAW format. Lens Suggestion is an impressive tool that ccan be used to scan QR codes, translate foreign text, show you similar products to what the camera is seeing at the time and more.
With unlimited storage space on Google Photos you’ll never run out of space to store your photos. It’s all incredibly simple and easy to figure out without reading the manual. That’s the beauty of it. Overall I would say that when compared to the rear cameras and the camera options of the most recent Huawei models the Pixel 3 definitely falters. But when it comes to front cameras it is in the lead.
How Much Does the Google Pixel 3 Cost?
Ah, the big question! Will Santa be able to afford this year’s big Christmas present? Well, maybe, depending on his budget. You can get the Pixel 3 from around €800 at the moment. Though if you buy it direct from Google it will set you back €899. It comes with earphones and a normal charger. You can buy the wireless charger, The Pixel Stand, separately for €79 plus delivery. In the wildly pricey realm of smart phones, this isn’t TOO bad actually. But then again I’d never be the kind to just pay outright for a phone, I’d always go for the monthly installments option. Whatever you choose, I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with the Google Pixel 3.
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