Google Pixel 3 XL review
Photography on a whole new level
Our Google Pixel 3 XL review delves into a smartphone with a remarkable camera. With machine learning and AI technology, the Pixel 3 XL takes your photography to dizzying heights.
The Google Pixel 3 XL was launched alongside the Google Pixel 3, which is the ideal choice if you want a more compact device with the same features.
A notch above the rest
The Google Pixel 3 XL has an impressive 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display with a notch at the top. This style of display with a notch has become increasingly popular across many manufacturers. The notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL holds two camera lenses for dual lens selfie shots and a pair of stereo speakers. Google has enhanced the sound from these speakers to deliver 40% louder audio than the previous model, the Google Pixel 2.
Premium build and powerful processor
The Google Pixel 3 XL has been built using an aluminium frame and a soft touch glass back. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the device is IP68 certified. This means the phone is water-resistant even if fully submerged, but we don’t recommend you test this. You can at least be assured that if you get caught in the rain or splash water on the phone, it can handle it.
Under the hood, you get an impressive 2.5GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. All of this power allows you to enjoy 3D and AR gaming and multitasking lag-free.
Google has had some fun with the names of the colours on these phones. You can choose from Clearly White, Just Black or Not pink which is, well, pink. The phone weighs in at 184g.
Phone Set Up
The Google Pixel 3 XL has a fingerprint sensor on the back cover, it is located in a natural position so you can easily unlock the phone. Google has taken it one step further with a Titan M security chip. This offers superb protection for the OS and your passwords.
Memory is important if you have a lot of photos and other content to bring over from your old phone or if you intend to save loads of photos and videos. The Google Pixel 3 XL is available in either a 64GB or 128GB memory variant.
The Google Pixel 3 XL has Android Pie on board giving you all the latest updates. These include Google Assistant which can be activated by saying “Hey Google “ or by squeezing the sides of the phone. The Google Assistant can help you with lots of tasks including playing music, doing web searches or controlling your smart home devices. There is also a new call screening option where the assistant will find out who is calling and why before taking the call.
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Digital wellbeing has become a focus of many smartphone manufacturers and OS developers. Android Pie allows you to schedule Wind-Down Time which will turn on Do Not Disturb mode and switch the display to greyscale.
Camera & Video
Mobile photography on a whole new level
The camera on the back of the Google Pixel 3 XL is a dual-pixel 12.2-megapixel lens. With this superb quality camera you can record 4K video and other features include:
Google Lens - You can get information on the things around you. Use the camera lens to get the details about landmarks or products that can be viewed online. The feature can translate text that you see on signs or posters too.
Top Shot - A number of photos are taken in quick succession and the best one is chosen. The feature will choose the image based on making sure everyone is smiling and has their eyes open.
Night Sight – This update will arrive later in the year as an over-the-air update. A number of photos are fused together and using an extended exposure to create amazing night shots. No flash required, this feature will create stunning night photos.
Dual selfie camera
The 8-megapixel dual-lens selfie camera has a wide angle lens making it perfect for Group Selfies or capturing more of your surroundings. AI Photobooth technology will recognise a funny expression or smile and activate the shutter for you, you don’t need to press the button.
Portrait Mode allows you to get professional looking images with background blur and other editing options. Google Photos is included so you can store your photos and 4K video online for free.
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The Google Pixel 3 XL has a 3,430mAh battery. You get a fast charger included in the box so you can get up to seven hours of usage time after a quick 15-minute recharge.
The Pixel 3XL includes wireless charging compatibility. Adaptive Battery software power usage is managed to make the most out of any remaining battery power.
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Written by: Carmel Brown