Design & Build
By the standards of 2019, the Pixel 3 could very well be called a small handset. Coming in at 5.5 inches, it may seem small compared to some of the giant flagship handsets from brands such as Apple or Samsung, but this compact model allows your hand to effortlessly reach all corners of the screen.
Pleasingly, the Pixel 3 doesn’t have the notch that so many competing handsets have added, instead choosing to continue with the top and bottom bezel that house a pair of front-facing speakers.
Overall, the Pixel 3 offers a minimalist look and feel, fitting nicely into the palm of your hand. It's not the flashiest phone on the market, however, Google has included a splash of their own personality by adding a coloured power button on the side. In a word, the Google Pixel 3 is simplicity itself.
Specs & Features
Performance & Screen
Screen performance on the Pixel is exceptional, with an OLED screen that offers bright colours and deep blacks. Details are perfectly crisp and Google has added HDR support which makes videos look exceptional.
The phone comes with 4GB of ram, which can seem a bit meagre in 2019, however, Google has eked every last drop of performance from it. Apps and games run smoothly but it can take slightly longer to open them compared to rival phones. This isn’t a massive difference but it might be important when trying to save time.
One thing that seems slightly odd here is that Google is holding on to finger authentication. They have yet to implement face unlocking systems like other smartphones. That said, the rear sensor that they have included is rapid, so this may not bother everyone.
The camera on the Pixel 3 may be the thing that impresses anyone who chooses it the most. It’s not that the camera offers photos that are a million times better, instead, the phone has been optimised to ensure that it takes the best photos it can – more detailed, sharper, brighter and warmer.
Indeed, one of the most impressive things about the camera is that Google has dedicated a chip solely to the camera – the Pixel Visual Core has machine learning software that helps the phone deliver some of the best photos on the market.
The battery life on the Pixel 3 may be the one thing that makes people nervous to go with it. It is the biggest downside of the phone, and although it may last you the full day with conservative use, you’ll probably find yourself needing to charge it throughout the day if you use it more heavily. However, Google has attempted to address this shortcoming with its adaptive battery setting. This way apps drain less power and help you save more juice throughout the day.
When it comes to charging, the Pixel returns with the 18W charger for the fastest charging speeds. This time around, however, the Pixel also comes with a glass back for fast wireless charging. They have also released the Pixel Stand wireless charger, which gives the phone the ability to act as a mini Google Home Hub, however, this comes at an extra cost.
The Google Pixel 3 price starts from around £739 for an individual unit though this can change depending on what deal you pick and who your provider is. You can grab a Google Pixel 3 from Vodafone, O2, and EE, amongst others. To find the best deal click here now, and Hoppy can help find the best Pixel 3 offering for you.