As far as the design of the phone is concerned, the users were divided between admiring their high feel and having concerns about their durability. Lyubomir says that 3 is "light, very well-balanced and the carpeted back feels completely different from what I imagined. It's very soft and if I didn't know better I wouldn't guess it was glass." Brett agreed that he "really likes the size and weight of Pixel 3. Google nailed it here." The user's mk2 felt that the 3's build quality was "much improved over 2XL, this thing is premium, through and through". The screen also received praise. Warren thought it was "absolutely wonderful", while Lyubomir said it had a "much brighter screen" and the colors were "much more alive without being supersaturated". mk2 said, "The first thing I noticed at 3XL is the huge improvement that the screen represented over my 2XL." But the users also experienced some minor disadvantages. Lyubomir said that the metal frame of 3 "picks up fingerprints and butter much more than I expected." Bryson agreed and noted the glass back "is extremely susceptible to deposition of material, which makes it seem as if the back is scratched." Nathan had a similar experience with his 3 XL, writing "The frosted glass can scrape easily which is a shame," while El said "my old 6P felt much stronger thanks to his aluminum body." A surprising trend among XL reviews was that no one seemed disturbed by (albeit large) hacks. David said it…
As far as the design of the phone is concerned, the users were divided between admiring their high feel and having concerns about their durability. Lyubomir says that 3 is “light, very well-balanced and the carpeted back feels completely different from what I imagined. It’s very soft and if I didn’t know better I wouldn’t guess it was glass.” Brett agreed that he “really likes the size and weight of Pixel 3. Google nailed it here.” The user’s mk2 felt that the 3’s build quality was “much improved over 2XL, this thing is premium, through and through”.
The screen also received praise. Warren thought it was “absolutely wonderful”, while Lyubomir said it had a “much brighter screen” and the colors were “much more alive without being supersaturated”. mk2 said, “The first thing I noticed at 3XL is the huge improvement that the screen represented over my 2XL.”
But the users also experienced some minor disadvantages. Lyubomir said that the metal frame of 3 “picks up fingerprints and butter much more than I expected.” Bryson agreed and noted the glass back “is extremely susceptible to deposition of material, which makes it seem as if the back is scratched.” Nathan had a similar experience with his 3 XL, writing “The frosted glass can scrape easily which is a shame,” while El said “my old 6P felt much stronger thanks to his aluminum body.”
A surprising trend among XL reviews was that no one seemed disturbed by (albeit large) hacks. David said it is not so great for an eye sore as you would expect. You do not notice 99 percent of the time. El consented and shared “after about an hour of real use, the booklet disappeared pretty much for me. It never gets in the way of any app I’ve used.”
Users were more divided over battery life. Some, like Stephen, thought it was phenomenal, while others like Matthew felt the “biggest negative” of the phone was its weak endurance. Dave said a single charge “will keep me all day with moderate use” and Tom added 3 “will do it all day with a charge (including three plus hours of Waze with my daily commute while listening to podcasts).” But Jeffrey “noticed significant battery drainage” leading him to assume “I’m not doing anything right.” Brett felt that the runtime was “ho-hum and could be better”, while Tim said his “one complaint for the devices has been standby battery life”.
But most users also appreciated the wireless charging. Chris considered it “a plus if you have the home base or a vehicle that has that capacity.” El was happy to “finally have wireless charge” and felt it “constitutes the glass body.” Opticron said that the wireless charging “gives the charging options up to a pair, even though the high-power wireless charge requires a docking station (yuck).”
On the software side, the camera entries were simply a component for the user. Vincenzo, a 3 XL owner, exclaimed “WOW. This is where the phone stands out.” Rob said the camera is “bang on awesome” and Stephen, a self-described former professional photographer, “doesn’t even take one of my good cameras to events with me” because of the powerful camera. Similarly, Pixel 3 users were impressed: Tom liked his photo features “more than my Samsung S7”, while Opticron said the new features were “quite amazing for low light shooting and improved zoom.” David found “from low light to portraits to shooting ranges, the plethora of photo features contributing to a top-level experience.”
Other popular software features included the gesture controls, which El considered “really easy to use”. David agreed and said “Gesture Controls gets a lot of hatred, but I find it quick and intuitive.” Another aspect of the handset that impressed the users was the press function to activate the Assistant, which Bill loved 3 XL and Matthew felt was “much faster and easier to activate” at 3.
A negative theme that runs through many of these user reviews was the presence of bugs and glitches before the December update was updated. Users found that their camera software was unusable over several apps; Alan said: “I travel abroad to Switzerland, and every time I wanted to take a shot [I saw a] black camera screen.” Meanwhile, Amy discovered “the camera wouldn’t work in any third party app ̵
1; Instagram, Snapchat, my bank app, etc. All worthless.”
Call quality was also a problem. Thomas noticed an “electric click / buzzing sound in the earpiece when he called”, while Jeremiah heard a “single electrical feedback sound during a call from the speaker”. Rosie complained: “I can hear my calling well, usually, but for them I often let the robot or I cut out completely. I have to constantly repeat myself. Other times it seems that the line is dead.” In the same way, Karamijt had “many problems with reception, with the incision of the phone in and out making it difficult to get a conversation on the phone that is longer than two minutes.” Beverly stated that she “had lots of problems with the speakers.”
Fortunately, it seems that the bug fixes in December solved most, if not all, of these problems. mk2 said their speakers “rattled a bit before the update” but with the latest update “sounds good.” David also noted the speech problems and memory management was fixed by the security patch. But there is no doubt about the issues that affect the ratings that users gave the smartphones: Ryan, who experienced a screen error and camera issues felt that 3 XL was “difficult to recommend.” And Beverly said she really wants to “love this phone !!! I just wish it wasn’t that buggy”.
Despite these snags many users felt that there was still plenty to love about the new pixels with 3 The user David claims “I came to Pixel 3 from iOS, and I’m not sure I could ever go back.” bassdude7 stated he was so happy “someone still makes advanced phones that you can use with one hand” and technologiq said they “liked my Pixel 3 XL far more than the Samsung S8 + and S7 Edge that I had before that.”
Bill said what he likes most about his 3 XL is “is that it has all the built-in apps” and kurohouou gushed “I love the vanilla Android OS and I know that I will always have the latest OS / security updates.” Rob was also enthusiastic: “I wanted a clean Android experience and Pixel 3 XL delivers it. It’s fast, clean and gives me the most what I’m looking for.” Truyen summed up his experience with 3 XL by saying “The Android OS experience on this phone is hard to beat.”