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Google Pixel 3 XL review: big is still beautiful

Google Pixel 3 XL review: big is still beautiful

This gadget gets the last known point of interest, with smooth execution, incredible camera and phenomenal screen 

The Pixel 3 XL is the best Android encounter you can get on an extra large screen. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

Google's iPhone XS Max contender brings an extra large screen, a major indent and a major glass body, yet is the Pixel 3 XL adequate to beat the phablet rulers? 

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The littler of Google's new Pixel cell phones is ostensibly the best little Android telephone going, and the Pixel 3 XL shares a considerable lot of its best qualities. 

The backs of the gadgets are a spitting picture of one another – two-tone glass, part cleaned, part scratched. The polished covered metal sides and glass back have a lavish, smooth feel in the hand. 

The carved surface shrouds the wreckage of fingerprints for the most part connected with glass-sponsored telephones, however is somewhat more elusive than the cleaned segment. Following two or three weeks it turned into somewhat less dangerous, however at 76.7mm wide the Pixel 3 XL is anything but a little telephone. 

Taking care of it one-gave is a test, yet its lighter 184g weight helps contrasted and the 208g iPhone XS Max and 201g Samsung Galaxy Note 9. 

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The status bar on the privilege is feeling the loss of a couple of symbols because of the indent, appearing rather a speck importance there are flooding into the notice shade. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

The 6.3in screen is excellent. Fresh, vivid and enhanced over a year ago. It's not exactly as eye-flying as Samsung or Apple's ideal, yet it is close, and the thing that matters is currently down to a matter of taste. 

There is, notwithstanding, a gigantic indent containing the double selfie camera and speaker. Tasteful discussions aside, it's essential to take note of that in light of the fact that the indent is so tall it takes up a major lump of the screen at the best, with the territory either side only being utilized for the status bar. 

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Accordingly, in spite of being 0.3in greater on the slanting than the Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 3 XL has basically just picked up a status-bar's tallness on the screen contrasted and a year ago's telephone. The usable screen zone consequently works out around 0.3mm taller than the Pixel 2 XL, as Android disregards the space either side of the indent in most full-screen applications, for example, Netflix, Amazon or most other video applications. YouTube and Google Photos are the most clear special cases. 

There isn't sufficient room either side of the indent for a large portion of the status bar symbols either. In the event that you have the battery rate unmistakable, the telephone associated with wifi and set to vibrate, on the off chance that you interface an arrangement of Bluetooth earphones you wind up with a dab in the correct side of the status bar showing there are a larger number of symbols required than can fit. 

The equivalent goes for notice symbols on the left, which need to fit in the little zone between the time and the indent. Google isn't the only one in having this issue, yet it is extremely articulated on the Pixel 3 XL. 


Screen: 6.3in QHD+ OLED (523ppi) 

Processor: octa-center Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 

Slam: 4GB of RAM 

Capacity: 64 or 128GB 

Working framework: Android 9.0 Pie 

Camera: 12.2MP back camera with OIS, double 8MP forward looking camera 

Availability: LTE, wifi, NFC, eSIM, Bluetooth 5 and GPS 

Measurements: 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm 

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Weight: 184g 

Multi day's battery 

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The sim plate is in the base of the telephone by the USB-C port. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

The Pixel 3 has Qualcomm's current awesome processor the Snapdragon 845, as utilized in the OnePlus 6 and most other current leader cell phones, except for the UK variants of Samsung's S9 and Note 9 and Huawei's telephones, the two of which utilize their own-image chips. 


The Pixel 3 just has 4GB of RAM, contrasted and 6GB or even 8GB in some best end Android contenders. While it may lose in a session of Top Trumps, it's not discernible in day by day utilize in light of the fact that the Pixel 3 is basically rich smooth in task, with choice gaming execution as well. 

I saw some forceful foundation application taking care of. In the event that you shoot 14 photographs in quick concession while tuning in to Spotify, the Pixel 3 XL will end Spotify out of sight, halting the music. I just experienced this conduct when effectively searching for it, notwithstanding. 

Battery life was like the littler Pixel 3, overseeing a little more than 24 hours between charges. Utilized as my essential gadget, sending and accepting several messages, messages and pop-up messages, tuning in to five hours of music with Spotify by means of Bluetooth earphones, watching 30 minutes of Netflix, and shooting around 10 photographs per day, the Pixel 3 XL made it from my 7am alert to around 7.30am the following morning. 

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Lighter utilization saw another couple of long stretches of battery life. Charging is quick by means of the included USB-C link, and through the Pixel Stand remote charger, however restricted to just 5W by means of current outsider remote chargers. 

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Android 9 Pie 

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Android 9 Pie's motion route catches and performing various tasks cards are obligatory on the Pixel 3 XL. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 


The Pixel 3 XL runs the most recent form of Android 9 Pie with Google's new compulsory signal controls supplanting the customary back, home and diagram route catches, and Gmail's new Smart Compose on portable, which makes composing dull messages less arduous. 

Google hasn't made any changes particularly for the bigger 6.3in screen on the Pixel 3 XL, yet Gboard underpins one-gave composing mode and the signal catch is anything but difficult to reach with your thumb. 

There are computerized prosperity apparatuses, including time trackers and Google's Wind Down, which enacts don't bother and sets the screen to monochrome to prevent you from utilizing it. 

By and large this is the smoothest, most refined adaptation of Android accessible on any cell phone, equaling Apple's iOS on the iPhone XS for smoothness. 

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Android 9 Pie: all that you have to know 


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The camera application is refined and simple to utilize. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

The Pixel 3 XL has precisely the same camera as fitted to its littler kin, and all things considered as really splendid, catching lavishly nitty gritty and dynamic pictures in for all intents and purposes any lighting condition with practically zero photographic ability required. 

New for the Pixel 3 is Google's Super Res Zoom, or, in other words computerized zoom that works extremely well, however can't exactly beat opponents with adaptive cameras at greatest amplification. The on-gadget AI-fueled Top Shot guide catches different casings when you hit the screen catch and banners when it supposes it has a superior picture than you oversaw physically. 

The picture mode is likewise extraordinary, in spite of the absence of another camera on the back. On the front there's a double selfie camera framework, one standard and one ultra wide-edge camera, which implies you can crush more individuals into a shot. 

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For more detail on the camera execution, if it's not too much trouble see the Pixel 3 survey. 

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The Pixel Stand just arrives in a delicate touch white plastic, and has a little lip on which the telephone sits upright to charge. Photo: Richard Drew/AP 

The Pixel Stand is a discretionary £69 remote charging stand that has two novel highlights for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The first is the capacity to remotely charge the new Google cell phones at 10W. Outsider Qi remote chargers can right now just charge the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at 5W, albeit affirmed Made for Google remote chargers will be accessible at the later date that can charge the telephones at the full 10W. 

The second is it transforms the cell phone into a representation Google Assistant savvy show, similar to the Google Home Hub. When you put the telephone on the remain with the screen off it dispatches Google Assistant mode, which either lights an encompassing showcase with time, date and notices like ordinary, with an additional Google Assistant box at the base, or shows a choice of your Google Photos. 

It additionally enacts the shrewd speaker-like continually listening mode that sits tight for the wake words "Hello Google", starting up Google Assistant yelping out answers utilizing the speakers and showing results on the screen. 

It can likewise go about as a dawn caution, illuminating the screen 15 minutes before your morning alert goes off in warm red to yellow tones, and lights up with a live feed from the front entryway in the event that somebody rings the Nest Hello doorbell you may have. 

It functions admirably enough, yet is costly for a remote charger and I presume few will esteem it a fundamental buy. 


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The mint-green power catch the white Pixel 3 XL is a pleasant little thrive of shading. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

You get an arrangement of USB-C headphones and a USB-C to 3.5mm converter in the container 

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The speakers are extremely very noisy and clear with truly great stereo division (in spite of the fact that the base speaker is louder than the main one) 

You can turn the screen look down to switch on don't irritate 

Haptics are great and punchy 

The telephone additionally has an eSim, which will be enacted through a product refresh in the not so distant future with EE affirmed to help it 

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You can press the sides to trigger Google Assistant 



The Google Pixel 3 XL is accessible for £869 with 64GB of capacity or £969 with 128GB of capacity, in a decision of dark, white or pink. 

For correlation, the 64GB Pixel 3 costs £739, the Huawei P20 Pro expenses £669, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costs £899, the OnePlus 6 costs £469 and the 64GB iPhone XS costs £999. 


The Pixel 3 XL is an extraordinary cell phone, yet not at all like a year ago's XL offering, it isn't really the best Google telephone – the littler, less expensive Pixel 3 is from various perspectives a superior telephone. 

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The Pixel 3 XL is a smooth, alluring and stunning inclination gadget, but at the same time it's truly huge and generally elusive, making it more hard to deal with than a year ago's Pixel 2 XL. Its lighter weight is leeway against adversaries in diminishing the potential hand torment caused by its size however. 

It has a breaking camera, and a wonderful screen, however the score may put some off. I didn't by and large notice its quality aside from when it blocked status bar symbols, which I discovered irritating. 

While £869 is certainly not shabby, it undercuts the best end, extra large screen opponents, for example, the Note 9 and iPhone XS Max by a little or a considerable measure. So on the off chance that you need an extra large screen and a super-refined Android encounter, the Pixel 3 XL is the one to purchase. 

Professionals: super smooth and liquid execution, extraordinary screen, squeezable sides, Android 9 Pie and 3 years of updates, water safe, incredible camera, remote charging 

Also Read:- Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step back

Cons: enormous score, no expandable stockpiling or removable battery, no earphone jack, no face acknowledgment, very huge and dangerous 

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The two-tone back is one sheet of glass, cleaned at the best and sides, while being scratched to make a tangle surface for the rest. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian 

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