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Jennifer Pilates

I will not throw technical data around in this review, others have already done that. Rather, I would like to express my personal impressions of the Pixel 3 XL.
I have been using the device for a good 5 months now and in general it can be said that the Pixel 3 (XL) is probably the most sensible smartphone for minimalists. Like an iPhone with Android. It combines solid hardware with perfectly tuned software. In contrast to the iPhone, however, you have all the freedom you need and don’t sit in an ‘Apple cage’.

The workmanship is almost perfect. A glass plate front and back, held by a coated aluminium frame. Gaps are very small or even non-existent.
I can’t say exactly what material the buttons on the side are made of. In any case they feel high-quality and have a firm, crisp pressure point. The firm pressure point is also very important to me, because I always use my smartphones without a protective cover and so there is the danger that you accidentally press a button while the device is in your pocket. No problem with the pixel.
The speaker covers are made of a very fine-meshed, moderately stable grid, which is also unfortunately somewhat susceptible to dust. This makes e.g. Huawei better. Apart from that they certainly offer a good enough protection.
You can certainly argue about the design, but as always it’s a matter of taste. In any case, a special focal point is this strange display recess at the top, also called notch in expert circles. The positive thing is that the thing isn’t as wide as on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, or iPhone X, so a few more icons fit to the left and right of it. Unfortunately, it goes quite deep into the display, which is probably due to the 2 camera lenses on the front. But for me it’s also a little bit incomprehensible, because there is no face-iris- or whatever recognition system was used. I got used to it, because it is a design element of the Pixel 3 XL. But if you don’t get used to it, you can hide it in the developer options and thanks to AMOLED, the display area to the left and right of it is really off, black, inconspicuous and doesn’t use any more power. Unfortunately, you’re giving away a bit of space again with this. So Google, just leave that thing out at the next pixel! Make the upper edge as big as your chin and match the upper speaker to the lower one. I don’t like borderless displays anyway, because then you can’t hold the smartphone without pressing somewhere and there has to be room for the front camera and speakers. In my opinion this is just a stupid trend, otherwise nothing. According to the motto: ‘Because you can’. Extendable front cameras with motor, croaking from the speaker or from the USB port (Huawei Mate 20 Pro) and all that with high-end devices… what a nonsense! br>The rest of the design is right so far. OK, you have to get along with the 18:9 display, which unfortunately, thanks to LG, is now standard. 16:9 or even 16:10 I always felt that it makes more sense. The partially etched glass on the back, the position of the camera, the rounded corners and edges and the continuous 2.5D glass on the front definitely look noble and timeless and contribute to the good haptics. By the way, the device lies very well in the hand. The frame is a bit smooth and the pixel is also a bit top-heavy, but this is often the case with other smartphones. The manufacturers certainly don’t mind if the smartphone regularly slips out of our hands and hits the asphalt. After all, they always want our best (in EUR of course). You have to get used to the arrangement of the buttons on the side, because the power button is located above the volume rocker, unlike usual. No problem for me, I’m flexible there.
The edge around the display is a bit wider than on some other high-end devices and that’s a good thing. At least this way you can grip the smartphone properly without accidentally pressing anything. Also, the edges of the display are only subtly rounded and there is no, in my opinion, ugly Edge Display, which, at least outside of the Samsung warehouse, doesn’t serve any purpose.

First of all, I’ll come to the points that I don’t like much:
>No Micro-SD support:
First of all, if it were up to Google, you should store everything in the cloud. On the other hand the internal memory is much faster and less error-prone anyway, but I do miss the flexibility of a portable storage solution a bit. Not the end of the world, but still a pity.

No real Dual-SIM support:
You generally use ordinary SIM cards. I can’t understand why Google doesn’t provide a combo slot for MicroSD card/DualSIM.

And now for the positive things:

The display:
Natural colors, great contrast, stable viewing angle, sharp and bright enough. This is probably the best way to describe the Pixel 3 XL screen. I didn’t really want to have an AMOLED display anymore, because white looked either yellow, green or blue and all colors were somehow too candyish. Especially when reading, this always bothered me a lot. With pixel 3 it’s all water under the bridge, because you can see at first glance how the technology has developed to the positive. Even in profile, the colors are still strong – typical for AMOLED – but not overdone and white is really white now, no matter in which angle. Thanks to the 2k resolution, everything is also very sharp. No more frayed edges. Especially if you read a lot on your smartphone, you’ll be happy with Pixel 3 XL. The brightness is also absolutely fine. Some testers say the display could be a bit brighter, but I never had problems with the brightness, even outside in bright sunshine. However, the brightness slider is always in the last third of my screen, even at night. Everything below is really a bit dark, even for my perception.

The cameras:
There are 2 cameras at the front. A tele- and a wide-angle camera. A step from Google that I can’t quite understand. On the one hand you say with the main camera, we can do what others do with several lenses with only one, but then we install 2 lenses in the front. Nevertheless it is still practical. You get much more stuff on a selfie thanks to the wide angle and people don’t have to have their noses operated smaller thanks to tele XD. A bit stupid is that the wide angle camera is not yet supported by third party apps, e.g. WhatsApp. There is probably an interface for it, but it is probably not used by the developers yet. Otherwise, the front camera (tele) is the same as the rear camera. Bokeh effects etc. work in front and back, and the resolution is equally good. All in all, the cameras take great photos anyway, thanks to sophisticated algorithms. Although the photos are not as good as from a good compact camera, especially when you zoom in it can look a bit slushy, you always have your smartphone with you. And you know that the best camera is the one you always have at hand.

The battery:
The Pixel 3 XL doesn’t have the strongest battery, but I get through the day with it under normal use. If you take a lot of photos or videos, the battery will of course run down faster. Especially the post-processing by the algorithms, after taking a photo, consumes a lot of power. Thanks to USB 3.1 Power Delivery, (Qualcomm’s Quick Charge is NOT supported, by the way!) charging is a fast thing. From 20 to 60% in about 20 minutes with the included quick charger. The smartphone can also be charged via wireless QI standard. I don’t want to miss it anymore, finally no more cable tangle!

The speakers:
The speakers have a strong, natural stereo sound and only overdrive a little at full volume. This was not always the case, it was fixed sometime during a software update. Especially with bass-heavy sound output the speakers had sounded distorted in some applications and the stereo image was not balanced. The narrow speaker at the top sounded much quieter than the wide one at the bottom. I can’t tell that anymore now. Everything seems to be in perfect order. Some people might find the vibration of the rear cover a bit annoying at low tones, but for me it’s absolutely no problem. With Huawei or Sony you would sell this as a feature… Ultimate Vibration Bass Feedback System, or something like that, but Google incomprehensibly refrains from this promotional measure XD.

The Vibration Motor:
This gives a particularly crisp feedback, especially when writing, pressing for a long time, or during activities in the launcher. Now I also use the vibration when I touch it regularly. With other smartphones, this was always implemented only half-heartedly and spongy.

Special features:
The pixel 3 supports eSIM (electronic sim card). A chip in the smartphone that stores SIM profiles from the network provider. I use an eSIM from Telekom and am very satisfied with it. You can switch back and forth between eSIM and ordinary SIM if necessary, even during operation. With Android 10 Q the dual operation of the two cards should be possible.
Furthermore the pixel has a special security chip called Titan M. It can fend off attacks, monitors the boot process (boot loader) and optimizes the encrypted memory without the user noticing anything. It also enables third-party apps to carry out secure transactions.

The software:
The pure Android was optimized and enhanced by Google for the pixel. Other camera software, pixel launcher, settings for e.g. wallpapers, sounds and some other things have been replaced with the pure Android for Google’s Ultimate Premium Pixel Experience. Of course the full Google program is pre-installed, but you can disable most of it if you don’t want to use it. Bloatware is not pre-installed. It looks all in one place, clean and tidy. No unnecessary frills, no unnecessary settings or inflated features. One gets along intuitively very well. If you need help, you can find small question marks in the settings and get more information about the Pixel Help app. The whole system works very fast. Scrolling is very smooth and without jerking. The data protection (backup) via Google should also be emphasized. Contacts, calendar, app data, settings and, exclusively for Pixel users, the arrangement of the apps in the launcher and call lists, SMS etc. are also backed up on the Google account. When you restore the backup, the system is restored almost as you left it. Exemplary! Also very useful is the Always On Display. It shows especially useful information such as notifications, time, day of the week, date, weather, battery status and, if desired, the music title it is listening to. The latter can be done without internet. The database is apparently updated monthly with every update of the security patch. So the lack of the notification LED is easily overcome. Also otherwise with the update of the security patch also still further things at the pixel are optimized and errors are fixed. It’s also worth mentioning that you are guaranteed to have the latest Android version for 2 years and the latest security updates for 3 years. Furthermore, there is unlimited storage space on Google Photos for all photos and videos you take with the pixel for 2 years.

The pixel is worth every cent in total and it’s incredibly fun to work with it.
My next smartphone will definitely be a pixel again!

5+
Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 19:46
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Kumar V.

The Google Pixel 3 XL was the first Smartphone with Android 9 Pie. It costs 949 € and 1049 € respectively and fights in the upper class against iPhone Xs Max, Mate 20 Pro etc. The successor of the Google Pixel 2 XL is available in the three colours black, white and a bright pink. There are two memory configurations with 64 or 128 GB. As there is no micro-SD memory slot, we recommend buying the larger model. However, with the Pixel 3 XL, the buyer also acquires an infinitely large storage space on Google Photos, so that photos and video can actually be deleted from the device immediately after uploading. The very large display (6.3 inch screen diagonal) of the Pixel 3 XL convinces with rich colors and excellent sharpness. It resolves with QHD+ and thus achieves a pixel density of 523 ppi. This is actually already exaggeratedly sharp, but one shouldn’t forget that Google offers its own VR solution with the Daydream platform, for which such sharp displays are necessary. The viewing angle stability of the OLED screen is also good and the blue cast, which was still criticized in the previous model, is no longer visible in the new model. However, the display isn’t particularly bright at around 450 candelas. Indoors this is of course no problem, but outdoors there can be problems with readability in unfavorable lighting conditions.

You need to know about the Google Pixel 3 XL
The Google Pixel 3 XL is equipped with the fast Snapdragon 845 processor and is accordingly fast on the move. 265,841 points at Antutu is a high-end value and also in practice there are no jerks or breaks. The 3,430 mAh battery is fast charging and the included power adapter also supports this function. Sounds natural, but it is not. Apple iPhone buyers, for example, must purchase a quick-charging power adapter. The battery life of the Pixel 3 XL is okay with just under 10 hours, but other smartphones last much longer. We didn’t like the included InEar headphones that much. They sound too low-bass to us, which is due to the way they are inserted in the ear. This, in turn, is very comfortable and can be adjusted for all possible ear sizes thanks to an adjustable loop. Better are the internal loudspeakers, which are designed for stereo at the Pixel 3 XL and radiate frontally to the front.

The cameras are also really good at the Google Pixel 3 XL. As with the Pixel predecessor models, Google is not going to go along with the development of several lenses. We are going for a single camera with 12 megapixel resolution. This has a fast F/1.8 aperture and has an optical and electronic image stabilizer, which together should ensure sharp pictures and videos. The Selfiecam, on the other hand, has two lenses with two viewing angles (97 and 75 degrees) and can thus take both normal selfies and groufies. The main selfiecam is also fast with f/1.8 and even has a phase detection autofocus. Accordingly, selfies with pixel 3 XL are very successful – see example photos below. Back to the main camera – it has a variable zoom, which is controlled by a slider in the photo app. Although this magnification is implemented by software, telephoto shots work surprisingly well. Super Resolution Zoom is what Google calls this feature.

All in all, the cameras convince all along the line. In a blind comparison with Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Pixel 3 XL emerged as the clear winner. All shots are crisp, well exposed and convince with an extremely natural colour reproduction. In our opinion, the Google Pixel 3 XL has the best camera in a smartphone. We are very curious to see if the colleagues from DXOMark will come to a similar conclusion. Sample photos and a sample video of Pixel 3 XL follow below.

We won’t forget that
The real highlight of Pixel 3 XL is the software. The smartphone is packed with useful functions, but always remains easy and intuitive to use. There is a useful Allways-On display, which informs about incoming messages, date, time and weather even when locked. Google has also taken great care with the animated wallpapers. There is a ship sailing across the screen, birds fly past a rock and a Swiss alpine pasture is light or dark depending on the time of day. You may dismiss this as unimportant, but it is an example of how sophisticated the Pixel 3 XL software is. Everything about this phone has its hands and feet and you are constantly discovering new functions that make it easier to use. Like the HTC U models, the Pixel 3 XL has a pressable frame. If you make use of this, the Google Assistant is started and can be used via voice control. This push-me feature also works when locked. With Android 9 Pie, Google offers a Digital Wellbeing App that informs about the use of the smartphone. You can see, for example, the time you have ever spent on your mobile phone. In addition, there are functions for rest periods and all sorts of knick-knacks, which should remind you that the world doesn’t only consist of Facebook &amp, Co. if you use your smartphone excessively.

Actually, the Google Pixel 3 XL would have deserved the leap to number 1 of our tariff tip smartphone best list due to its excellent usability. Unfortunately, battery life, display brightness and lack of memory expansion prevent this leap into the sun. Nevertheless, Google has succeeded in creating an extremely good smartphone with the Pixel 3 XL, which we can recommend without reservation. Of course, the price for this device is very high, but it is relative in comparison to the iPhone, for example.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:35
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Thomas Joseph

What is this? this is not a review but a copied test report! don’t understand that many people here rate this as useful! 

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:23
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G:L Jewett

You don’t have to buy it. Stick with your many small lenses. The future is AI. 

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:50
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Jerry Tomb

You don’t have to buy it. Stick with your many small lenses. The future is AI. 

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:50
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Nikki Schmeer

Design &amp, workmanship
One of the biggest criticisms this year of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Before I ordered it I have to say that I was also very afraid that the Notch would be disturbing. But already after a few days it doesn’t stand out that much anymore. It also looks much bigger on videos and pictures than it is in real life.
The workmanship itself is otherwise flawless. The device feels very high-quality. Whereby I prefer the glass design with the stainless steel frame of an iPhone XS for example. But that’s a matter of taste as always.
What bothers me enormously about the pixel: The arrangement of the buttons. With such a big device, the louder/quieter rocker with the on/off button should have been changed.

Display
The display is really one of the best I have ever seen. Sharpness is absolutely top. OLED typical the black level is perfect and the white level is also very good. Colors it represents approx. 10-20% more saturated than it is in reality, but you can easily adjust that in the settings. The only point of criticism would be the brightness. No question it is bright enough, but an iPhone XS or a Galaxy Note 9 is a bit brighter, which can be an advantage especially in the midday sun.) Sharpness is very good, colors look realistic and the portrait mode is absolutely top. 90% of all edges are detected cleanly. And Nightside is the absolute hammer. Where the human eye sees almost only black, the pixel conjures a bright picture. Despite the HDR function, videos are only average. They are good, but nothing special.

Performance
The smartphone is from Google. Android is from Google. It uses Stock Android. The performance couldn’t be better. Add a current Snapdragon 845 and it runs and runs. Until now I haven’t had a single micro jerk. Sometimes it is so fast, I miss the smooth animation of an iPhone ,)

battery life
battery life I would call good. A Mate 20 Pro is of course a bit better, but as a normal user I can get there in about 1,5-2 days with my smartphone. Thanks to quick-charging technology, it is recharged in no time at all. br>>br>Summary
I must say that I didn’t buy it here, but for 649€ at Saturn. For the current 799€ I would not take it personally either. It would not be worth it to me. But up to 699€ an absolute top phone. Whoever can make friends with the design will be happy with this. Top performance and a 1A camera. Plus some great features, like the Always On Display, which even shows all songs from the surrounding area offline and saves them in a list. Just like the fingerprint sensor, which reacts incredibly fast.

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Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 18:03
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Nick powers

Regarding the brightness. The device should have a kind of boost function like the pixel 2. The device has a brightness sensor. If the sunshine registers, the display turns up correctly. Since OLED ages fast with extreme brightness, this should be known. Therefore the boost function is only available when it is needed.

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Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 18:44
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Timothy H. Bellas

Actually a die-hard Apple disciple for years, I got my hands on this phone by chance – and what can I say ?! ……… Bought at a big electronics chain. Yes there are phones with more cameras, resolution, megapixels, slots, RAM etc. But the most important thing is how the phone feels and works. Unagitated, simple &amp, cool. Can only compare to the iPhone XS Max. What is built in is the same whether hardware or software works Apple-Like! Android was never an option for me, but this pure Google phone boots faster than my girlfriend’s (S10+) has no pre-installed apps, camera/pictures especially at night or in the dark…. Outstanding! I think this phone is by far the most adult Android has to offer! Even the marketing does without the usual image of an egg-laying wool sow. Conclusion: There are Android mobile phones, there are iPhones and even the Google. Skeptics like me were – maybe just take a look at them and test them for yourself. I deliberately did not go into specs because there are enough videos/test reports and also here recessions. Because you are provided with updates of any kind for at least 3 years and that was the first thing I had to do. Usually it was like that one gets an Android flagship for 600-1000 Euro and after 1-2 years the operating system is not updated anymore. Where even Apple iPhones from the smallest to the biggest have years of update security. Because the difference to the XS Max are at least 500 euro and I have to make no concessions to the iPhone with the Google Pixel 3XL as I was used to (concerning my demands)……I say finally in the 3 weeks it has – I have become a fan. LG Oliver

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Answer report comment December 23, 2020, 13:08
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niv ziserman

So far I can report nothing bad. With one battery charge I can get through the day well, but it always depends on the usage. I check a few messages at 6 in the morning and then use it sporadically until 5 for WhatsApp or similar. In the evening it gets a bit more busy on the sofa. Here and there I watch a video on Youtube, Facebook and play a little bit. And now I still have my battery until tomorrow morning at 6 o’clock. So that means 24 hours. Use it with a protective cover. But I like the pixel better without it. Photos are absolutely awesome.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 19:18
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Beers

The phone is also available on stock android and will be available for quick updates. All major problems are solved after the release in the upcoming 2 months with midday updates by Google. This phone does not have the latest and best specifications as Google has done in the software. This is to notice when making photos and videos with pixel 3 (XL). Despite the fact that the eighth is not a single lens, Google is able to display the results of the software with two or more lenses, which are available in other versions with 2 or more lenses.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 21:32
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Suzanne

The phone is hand friendly even for small hand people!!

The screen is perfect!!!

Battery lasts!!!

The camera is unique. I loved the selfie camera !

We made an unboxing video I am giving the link to watch it if you want in Greek language.

type on YouTube legriTV

I didn’t like the weight!! And the price! 🙂

I had Google pixel XL and I went to Google pixel 3 XL

You should buy this phone if you like to have the best camera and great battery . Official updates and stock android !!

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 22:05
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Ashley Traurig

Connecting to PC doesn’t work.
Ineffective software.
Volume button defect.
I expected more.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:24
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Deborah Johnson

If you want to connect it to the PC you have to set this on the pixel also under USB Settings under USB Use for ! Who can read is clearly in the advantage

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:25
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Zemeng

bought here? new or technically perfect? write mis… somewhere else

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:34
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Lory Masters

UIii how detailed it was described…. oh man

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 05:06
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alfred beatty

Your parents probably expected more from you.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 04:59
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Bob LaPlant

the Google Pixel 3 is a very reliable phone it runs very smoothly offers good quality and offers what you would expect from a high end device it does not have a face recognition sensor as this is only built into the Pixel 4 but this is less of a hassle as the phone has a fast reliable fingerprint sensor. and other features you can set up like a recognition mode that the phone does not lock when it is on the man and as far as it is put down the screen lock is turned on automatically.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 23:38
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Marilyn Houser

I decided for the Pixel 3Xl, because I wanted to use the latest Android and wanted a top camera, where especially the Google Cam App guarantees perfect snapshots at any time of day! That makes it perfect! There is only one drawback with the 3xl, the battery with 3450mAh lasts one day and has to be charged once a day, only the original charger is fast, all others charge with 10watt. Would buy it again.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 06:07
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LA Griffin

A smartphone that stands out from the monotony of other manufacturers. Good hardware, outstanding software. Due to the flexible Android software and the update guarantee for at least 3 years it is my daily companion. The camera is also very suitable for snapshots.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 03:08
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Emanuel Sas

I love Android stock, so this phone is the most great experience of Android stock. Very fluid in any operation. The plus is the camera: SUPERB!

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 23:39
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CHRIS REN

At current prices its really good value for money. If you prefer the Android ecosystem as I do, this is one of the best you can get.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 20:13
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Craig Hooks

Excellent product at an incredible price. The phone is accurate. Everything has arrived in the estimated time. Very happy.

5+
Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 08:13
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JoleneJolene

I like the device very much. It lies very well in the hand. I am very satisfied with it.

5+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:41
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Barbara A. Baus

Very good handling. Worth the money.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 20:01
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Wneedham

The phone is great as an idea but it lacks on the built and at very early stages it starts to be laggish.
I have expected more to be honest at this price range.

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Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 00:18
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Google Pixel 3 XL
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Google Pixel 3 XL
Main Camera
12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Google Pixel 3 XL
Storage
64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
Google Pixel 3 XL
Size
6.3 inches, 100.3 cm2 (~82.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Google Pixel 3 XL
OS
Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0