Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone

(upbeat music) – Here we go. It’s the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. These might be the most
leaked phones in history but nothing can replace
actually using the things for a week which I have and I can tell you right up front that they’re great and the resolve a lot of the small complaints
that people have had about the Pixel 2. There’s a lot to talk about here. There’s two sizes, a
camera that has to live up to last year’s Pixel 2. There’s a big notch on the Pixel 3. There’s the screens,
there’s wireless charging and there’s price for what
feels like a pretty small update compared to last year there’s a surprising amount of stuff to get into, so let’s get into it. First I wanna talk about what might be the most important
improvement on the Pixel 3. The one that’s gonna
have the biggest impact on your daily experience with it and that is the screen. The screen on both the
Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are massive improvements
over last year’s phones. We’re still looking at OLEDs here but they’re bigger on both phones and simply the biggest
most important change is the color quality and the brightness, especially on the Pixel 3 XL. Last year’s Pixel 2 XL felt like you were looking at colors through,
like, parchment paper but that problem is 100% gone now. The screen is brighter,
the reds are redder and everything just pops more. It’s not Samsung levels
of color saturation or iPhone Xs levels of
brightness and contrast but it’s finally where
it should be for a phone that can cost as much as $1000. The smaller Pixel 3 it
also has a great screen but it’s not as dramatic an improvement since the smaller Pixel 2 wasn’t so bad. Then there’s the notch on the Pixel 3 XL. Yes, it’s big, like super big and because it’s so tall
it makes the whole screen look sort of doofy. Doofier than it looks on the iPhone X and also it looks like a face? Okay, I’m sorry I’m not really gonna make you have
this thing on the video but I will tell you that it does sort of go away when you use the
phone and it does look much less annoying in person
than it does in photos but anyway, the game, the
whole game here is just this, did Google justify the notch with the features that you get for it? So let’s just go through what you get. First you get more screen, but
that doesn’t necessarily mean that you get more information. In fact if you look at the status bar you’ll see that you have to
turn off the battery percentage in order to see all the status icons and with the time on the other side you can only see two notification icons. Second, front facing speakers. Google really, really believes in stereo front facing speakers. Two speakers means that this phone also has a pretty big chin and it’s generally not very
symmetrical, which I don’t like. Now, Google claims that it’s speakers are 40% louder this year and I don’t know that they’re 40% louder but I will say that they’re 40% better. There’s much less
distortion at high volume. Third, you get a wide angle selfie camera. Yes, look don’t worry,
we’re gonna talk a lot more about cameras later but my basic attitude about that wide angle
camera is kinda, shrug. So, did Google justify the notch? Sorta, face ID to me seems like
a much better justification but after using the Pixel
3 XL for just a little bit I didn’t notice the notch too much and I really don’t think it’s a reason to not get the big phone
if you want the big phone because once again the screen
on these phones are great. This year the build quality
and just overall feel of the Pixel is just really top notch. I mean, okay it’s really good. Switching the back to glass
gives you wireless charging. Sure, but it also just makes the whole thing feel more refined. The seams around the
aluminum rail are minimal and the rear glass has
this etched matte finish that just feels awesome, although the glass does
make it feel a tad heavier. I’ve said a lot of nice
things about this matte glass but there is one very serious problem, stick this thing in your pocket with keys and it’s gonna get scuffed,
if not scratched right away. It happened to two of our phones, we weren’t rubbing the keys
or anything it just happened. You are absolutely going to
need a case with this thing. There are a ton of other just
really nice subtle touches. Like the haptics, they’re way better now. It’s not quite as good as the iPhone but the vibration is a lot subtler. Instead of feeling like you’ve got a hand buzzer or something. Now, in terms of overall hardware quality the Pixel 3, the small
one is a bigger change. It’s finally really great
now instead of feeling like the cheap little step
brother to the larger Pixel. Neither model is quite as
nice as say a Galaxy S9 but at least Google’s in the ballpark now and yes there is no headphone jack and even though that’s
the way things go now I still think it’s a
pain but the good news is Google’s finally including
USB headphones in the box, heck they even work with
the USB ports on my Mac. Wouldn’t it be nice if
everything was USBC? Okay, we can’t got there. That’s a whole other video. Let’s move on because I
know what you’ve really been waiting for. You’ve been waiting to
hear about the camera. Let’s do it. (upbeat music) The first thing to know is that when it comes to hardware specs Google didn’t significantly
change the equation on the rear camera, it’s
still a 12.2 megapixel sensor and there’s still just one of them. Honestly, it’s pretty
much the same as last year but that doesn’t mean that
the pictures are the same. Google’s made a bunch of software updates to improve how the photos come out. Google’s still doing its HGR plus thing where it takes a bunch of photos and then computationally combines them into a single better image,
but over the past year the company’s just gotten better at it and better at using the
dedicated pixel visual core image processing chip and
it’s using all of those images to create a whole bunch
of new camera features. Here’s the thing. We’ve seen lots of companies announce lots of weird camera features for smart phones and almost all of them
end up being gimmicks that you just try once and
then you ignore forever after. So the big question for the Pixel is whether these new
features are just gimmicks or if they’ll be something
you’ll actually use. Top shot, it uses machine learning to detect blinks and bad photos and will suggest better
ones from your bursts or you can choose one
later if you want to. It works pretty well in my testing and even though we’ve seen this feature on other cameras before I think Google does a better job of
recognizing good shots. Motion auto focus it works super well on both photo and video,
it tracks your subject and keeps a focus on them. We didn’t shoot a ton
of video but I will say as far as video goes I do
think the new stereo mics are better now than that awful mic that was on the Pixel 2. Next is super res zoom. From a technical perspective it’s wild. Google uses your handshake
to grab extra data when you’re zoomed in. They claim you don’t even
need a telephoto lens and I don’t think it’s quite as good as a proper telephoto lens. It’s better than the digital
zoom on the Pixel 2 for sure but it will get you something usable where before it was garbage, and usable doesn’t mean great. Another feature’s called, night sight and it seems technically impressive creating photos in the dark
that you’d never get otherwise but we can’t test it until
it comes out later this year. Then there’s all the stuff that I think is kind of
in that gimmick zone. Photo booth is basically a party game. You turn the mode on and
then you and your friends watch a progress bar expand and depending on whether
or not you’re smiling it will take a picture. Playground is just more AR stickers. And then there’s Google lens. It is super cool to copy
text directly out of an image but I do not plan on doing my shopping by pointing my camera at things. And then lastly the one
everyone’s excited about is group selfie feature. Well, it does let you get
more people into a selfie when you zoom out but you also end up with a
bunch of weird distortion from the wide angle lens
and that’s unavoidable but for me I think of this as
just another for fun feature. Some of these features you’re gonna use and some you won’t, but a lot of them are just built in instead of being in special modes so I think most of these
count as improvements that really will matter to you. But the real question,
the obvious question, are the photos better than
they were in the Pixel 2 which had already beaten the iPhone Xs? My answer is yes, but that they also have a different style. What do I mean? Well, it’s easiest to
just look at some photos so here’s three photos all lined up. What do we see here? First, we see the Pixel
3 is doing a better job than the Pixel 2 of getting
detail out of the shadows. But you can also see that the colors are a little bit warmer. Now, compared to the iPhone
Xs it does feel to me a little bit more true to life where the iPhone is just
doing everything that it can to light everything
evenly in a way that feels kind of overdone. Here’s another comparison
from the selfie cam. The Pixel 3 again has much more detail and the iPhone Xs really does look a little bit over smoothed, and the Pixel 2 it’s
right smack in the middle. Last here’s portrait mode and I think all three look pretty good but you can see that the
Pixel 3 is more willing to brighten up the shadows
and soften the highlights in the Pixel 2 but not
nearly as much as the iPhone. I prefer the Pixel 3
again because the iPhone, I think it makes my face
a little bit too soft but I will say that the
iPhone Xs does a better job at tricky portrait situations because it has that second lens. The Pixel 3 just straight
up duffed it on this photo. Bottom line, for most shots
the Pixel 3 is consistent. It screws up less often than the Pixel 2 or the iPhone Xs. On any given photo you might
prefer one or the other but on the whole I think the Pixel 3 has more restrained HDR
and better looking photos than the iPhone Xs. Most of all I trust the Pixel 3 more. The Pixel 2 was the best
camera for all of last year and it seems like the Pixel 3 is gonna be the best camera for all of this year. Alright, specs. The Pixel 3 is pretty standard
for high end Android phones. It’s got a snapdragon 845, 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. All the usual stuff. But the reason Pixel
phones are generally better isn’t about the specs,
it’s about the software and I think Google’s done a good job of optimizing here so far as I can tell. Everything feels fast and smooth and I haven’t detected
any real lag to speak of. Battery life though it’s
pretty middle of the road. You’ll get through a day with either phone but the big one should
last a little bit longer. There’s really no major
improvements here in other words. But you do get wireless
charging now and I love that. It’s a little thing but for me
it’s so much more convenient than plugging in. The Pixel 3 also ships with
the digital wellbeing software which helps you track
your smartphone usage and it has helped me cut
down on Twitter a little bit but mostly I just like that
you can get a quick setting right in your settings to turn
the whole screen gray scale whenever you want which is
kind of weirdly soothing. But the coolest new software thing is this new call screening feature. It has a duplex robot
answer your calls for you and speak for you and then you can read a live transcription of what’s being said on your phone so that you
can see if it’s a spam call and really I am totally (phone rings) impressed with how well it works. – [Phone] Hi, the person you’re calling is using a screening service from Google and will get a copy of this conversation. Go ahead and say why you’re calling. – Hey Deeter, it’s Neil. I’m calling because I wanna talk to you. – [Phone] Do you need to
get ahold of them urgently? – Yes. – [Phone] Just so it’s clear go ahead and say more
about why you’re calling. – It’s because I’m Neil. I’m you’re friend and colleague
and I’d like to talk to you. – [Phone] They can’t talk right now but they’ll give you a call later. – Thanks robot. – [Phone] Thanks, and goodbye. (beeping) – If you’re worried about
privacy you should know that all this happens locally on the phone and none of the transcripts are stored or sent to Google at any point. Just, you know what? Don’t use it on people you actually know ’cause that’s actually
kind of a jerk move. Here’s what I think Google
did with the Pixel 3. It made a list of everything that people were unhappy with on both the
Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL and then it tried to fix them. The camera’s less crunchy, the screens are way better,
the bezels are smaller and yes, there is a notch but still, the hardware overall
is dramatically better. That’s why I think this years Pixels are kind of like the
iPhone S year upgrades. They seem like small,
unexciting improvements but they make for a way better phone than anybody will give them credit for. These are simply great phones. If I have one major
complaint about the Pixel 3 it’s the price. It starts at 799 for the base Pixel 3 and the top tier, top storage
Pixel 3 XL is a 1000 bucks. Are they worth that much? Well, yes they’re top tier phones with great cameras and
specs and build quality but you can get a lot of
what these phones offer for way less in the Android world. Now, should you upgrade? Well, that depends on what you have now. If you have a Pixel 2 a lot of these features will come to you via software update, and
if you have an iPhone well take a long look at your blue bubbles and your iCloud photo groups and have a think about how
important they are to you. But if you want the
best Android experience and the best camera you
can get on a phone today the Pixel 3 is it. Thank you so much for
watching, really appreciate it. I had a lot of things to
say about the Pixel 3. Let me know in the comments, are you thinking about getting a Pixel 3 and what’s gonna make
your decision for you? And also Google announced
a few other things and we have a really great hands on with the Chrome OS Pixel Slate Tablet so you should check that out too.


  • The Verge

    October 15, 2018

    What would convince you to buy (or not buy) the Pixel 3 and 3 XL?

  • Dmytro Kostiuchenko

    November 3, 2018

    "blah-blah… but the major improvement is the camera"… aaaand it's done in software.
    And hey, seriuosly, never had an iPhone even once in my life, but its camera is simply better. Both in this video and in real life.

    I wouldn't buy a phone as large and as ugly as Pixel 3. But if all phones were as large and as ugly as Pixel 3, I wouldn't pay more than 299$ for it.

  • PingaPeete

    November 4, 2018

    this buy look like he going blind

  • Dianett Avalos

    November 4, 2018

    A should I get this phone?

  • Bethuel Bissem

    November 5, 2018

    Nice review… Talking about visual zoom though, you compared it to last year's and said it's useful but what about comparing it to other phones; especially phones with optical zoom?

  • Jahseim Taylor

    November 7, 2018

    Yes I plan to cop one

  • Pablo Kho

    November 7, 2018

    Great review!

  • Sebastian Ontiveros

    November 7, 2018

    First time watching a video from this channel. Great review! Very complete examination of the phone. Totally switching to Pixel 3.
    Congratulations guys, magnificent video

  • Thamis Bhasith

    November 8, 2018

    Wallpaper link pls

  • aditya bagve

    November 8, 2018

    Thanks for the video! Bought a pixel 3 yesterday. Still didn't get the night sight mode. However, am surprised i can't find the manual blur change option for portrait photos and the colour pop option, where the background is made black and white. Could you please help me with that?

  • Grumpy Cat

    November 9, 2018

    The Pixel phone is basically the iPhone for Android. It's clean, boring, fast, has a notch so big you can land a plane on it and overpriced.

  • Richard Lynch

    November 12, 2018

    The most leaked phone in history was the iPhone 4…

  • vedant sawant

    November 12, 2018

    That wallpaper😍😍

  • Julius Bodino

    November 13, 2018

    Review on nokia 7.1 please and compare them to pixel 3

  • MUZAMMILdesign

    November 14, 2018

    It's really top-notch !!… okay .. 🤣🤣

  • Charles Figueroa, Jr.

    November 14, 2018

    Video quality is terrible compared to iPhone and the smoothing issue is sorted.

  • Long Duong

    November 15, 2018

    dieter = best reviewer

  • Andrea Montemallor

    November 15, 2018

    So ur telling me that u can't hear to music using regular headphones Since I have an android phone, I won't be able to use the same headphones???

  • Cpl Aneel Nair

    November 16, 2018

    Well this is one of the real reviews that I have liked recently and I am now a bit more serious about picking up one. The pixel 3 clearly white. I like the size and believe it’s time to move to stock android for real.

  • M.Surya Andrian

    November 16, 2018

    Just Install GCAM..problem solved !!

  • Anthony fernando

    November 18, 2018

    That wallpaper 😃 where can you get it from ?

  • Miguel

    November 19, 2018

    yes! i want one, but heard you mention the price at the end… $1000 for a phone…the only reason i went over to android in the first place was to avoid paying so much for an iphone,

  • UntrainedPuppy

    November 19, 2018

    Duplex Joke Begins 10:47

  • Royed Dsilva

    November 20, 2018

    I fail to understand why reviewers don't talk more about battery life. The phone can be as good as it can be , but if it doesn't last long enough . It's a no brainer for me !

  • Mahesh Senapathi

    November 20, 2018

    Can you please send me that wallpaper used please please

  • Sn

    November 21, 2018

    Is this NYC?

  • shoman24v

    November 22, 2018

    Just bought this with the $400 off from Best Buy.

  • mcs3015

    November 23, 2018

    Great review. Convinced me to jump from iPhone. And amazing Black Friday pricing!

  • Aaron F

    November 23, 2018

    The notch looks awesome to me. It's different. That's a good thing in the world of smartphones in 2018

  • societywithin

    November 25, 2018

    What about the battery life of the Pixel 3? Everybody is just comparing the Pixel 3 XL for battery, but i can't find any reliable data on the normal Pixel 3's battery life.

  • Chayan Rodriguez

    November 27, 2018

    my next phone for 2018-2019, coming from an iPhone x

  • TS

    November 28, 2018

    Switched from the iPhone 6s to the Pixel 3. I couldn't be happier.

  • Rammy Momin

    November 29, 2018

    Your here for 5:03. 🙂


    November 29, 2018

    Love my pixel 3 XL

  • Sheikh RaiHan

    November 30, 2018

    Nice Review Dude…

  • Spirit Lee

    December 2, 2018

    How much does Google pay you???? I trusted your reviews and bought a Pixel 3 XL for over $1k!!! Compared with my previous OnePlus 5T, it's such a downgrade. The overall experience on Pixel 3 XL is horrible as the flagship!! It's not smooth especially when I switching apps and it uses data much faster! Reviewers like you should be ashamed, because you only review for $.

  • Asher

    December 3, 2018

    How did you get that lock screen?

  • Shaqiem Aaron

    December 4, 2018

    are the selfies mirrored on this phone?

  • Zem45

    December 5, 2018

    TBH I like the notch haha.

  • Jeno Nagy

    December 5, 2018

    Guys, I have the pixel 3 xl and I noticed some issues with the speaker quality they sound less even one is a lot louder I mean the bottom one 2 times louder. Plus it feels like the sound is coming from the basement I miss the high tones. My pixel 2 sounds a lot better. Any similar experience anyone?

  • Shrikant Radhanpura

    December 7, 2018

    I love the wallpaper on the phone!!!

  • Christabel Ogb

    December 8, 2018

    I waaaaaaaant the 3 XL 😩😩

  • John Rutkai

    December 9, 2018

    What about phone call quality? 4 of the last 5 reviews of the Pixel 3 did not discuss this

  • Di Pereira

    December 10, 2018

    Definitely thinking about getting the pixel 3. But I'm also torn between this and the Huawei mate 20 pro. Battery life on that thing is a beast and it has a killer camera too

  • Amine EL HAOUNI

    December 11, 2018

    If they remove the HJ, well at least put a second USB-c, so you justify the remove, but forcing us using bluetooth only, is not okey

  • Clarence Ray, Jr.

    December 11, 2018

    Pixel 3 has the perfect form factor without that notch.

  • Dimetri Drossos

    December 12, 2018

    I only disagree with you on your last statement "the best experience you can get on an android phone now, is the pixel 3" no, that honor goes to the note 9

  • Julio Mercado

    December 13, 2018

    I have the Pixel 2 which I love and switch it out with my Samsung S8. I'm very tempted to buy the Pixel 3 and trade in my Pixel 2 but I think I will be holding off for a while to see what updates they put out for my current pixel.

  • Kerfz

    December 13, 2018

    Which model is better? Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL?

  • Aman

    December 13, 2018

    I can't afford a pixel but I am satisfied with this wallpaper

  • m rivera

    December 15, 2018

    $100 off Pixel 3 or $150
    off Pixel 3 XL.

    Pixel 3 Promo code:

    Pixel 3 XL Promo code:

  • Jason Spencer

    December 16, 2018

    I just bought a Pixel 3xl a few days ago. As a photographer, the camera blows my mind! My only complaint is that there is no manual mode. I didn't use manual much on my last 2 phones (LGv10and LGv6) but I liked the option in certain situations.

  • Tammy Meyers

    December 18, 2018

    I am interested in the Position 3 XL! I just am not totally sure about the Trade In! I have a Droid turbo 2, in perfect condition! And it's definitely time to get a New Phone

  • sextionmirror

    December 20, 2018

    What is worse between thick bezzel on XR or Nice notch of pixel 3 ?

  • Allin 1

    December 25, 2018

    'cheap little step brother'😂😂😂

  • Sara Kendall

    December 29, 2018

    I switched from IPhone to the Google Pixel 2 XL last year and loved it! I've toyed with Android over the years with Samsungs and Sony but always went back to IPhone after a couple of months! However I loved the 2XL so much I had to make the upgrade to the 3 XL … It's not a huge jump in most of the improvements but the display is stunning !! I love it!! And the Notch isn't that bad !!


    December 30, 2018

    Where to download the wallpaper?

  • Jeuel Sapad

    January 3, 2019

    The scratches are from your keys being damaged by the glass

  • Aidan Aniciete

    January 4, 2019

    I can switch my pixel 2xl for a pixel 3xl…should I do it?

  • Molly Rose

    January 6, 2019

    HEAVILY contemplating getting this phone, but it’s such foreign territory compared to my iPhone

  • Ryelle Bunagan

    January 6, 2019

    U look like ewan mcgregor

  • tide7886

    January 8, 2019

    Wallpaper ???

  • stefan berindei

    January 9, 2019

    ive heard that the pixel 3 gets support for 3 years compared to 5 with the iphone. is that true?

  • Doug Weeks

    January 11, 2019

    Be aware broken screen is $276 to repair – making cost of ownership very high if you tend to break screens.

  • Muthu Krishnan

    January 15, 2019

    which is the worth to buy Pixel2 XL or Pixel3 XL ????

  • Rit Jokeriam

    January 28, 2019

    Wallpaper link pls

  • dapa

    February 3, 2019

    WHO puts a phone and keys in the same pocket?? Absolutely barbaric!

  • Kunj Chauhan

    February 9, 2019

    Love the wallpaper!

  • Clorox Bleach

    February 15, 2019

    Watching with my pixel 2 XL xd

  • Captain Obvious

    February 17, 2019

    Nice review bro 👍

  • subliminalvibes

    February 25, 2019

    Stop taking vertical photos!!
    The wide angle looks so much better in landscape mode,

  • Chris Pfirrmann

    February 26, 2019

    I'll never understand why people put their smartphone in their pockets together with a key …

  • Sneazy

    February 28, 2019

    Wallpaper please

  • JustSomeCringyKid

    March 2, 2019

    he sound like reggie tho

  • Xavier Brenneman

    March 4, 2019

    The most weak phones in history

  • Revo-Tech

    March 9, 2019

    If you didn’t notice the notch they you are using pixel 3 not the xl

  • Jeff Musgrave

    March 16, 2019

    This review is amazing.

  • Chris Brock

    March 21, 2019

    Love when Dieter gives any review he doesn't note me at all great review

  • Navageeth ev

    April 12, 2019

    Which is the good to buy pixel 3 or 3XL

  • Voyage Fest

    April 21, 2019

    Yup, they settle most complaints about the last generation while adding some new ones.

  • Aaron Castro

    April 28, 2019

    What game was he playing at 1:18?

  • iducatifan1

    April 30, 2019

    nilay is a better reviewer

  • Rae Bailey

    April 30, 2019

    yeah am definitely getting one


    May 6, 2019


  • Type 3 Kiryu

    May 7, 2019

    When the notch was on my screen I slapped it

  • Serdar Kurbanov

    May 18, 2019

    I m thinking which to choose Pixel 3xl or asus zenfone 6. I want the best camera with the best android experience.
    Can you compare these two phones, please.

  • The Natural Mama Method

    May 21, 2019

    This is the first video of yours I've ever watched. There's so many phone reviews out there. Really appreciate all the helpful info! Looking forward to getting the Pixel 3axl

  • Ra'afi Rezkia Pratama

    May 30, 2019

    Wallpaper please

  • Vishnu Lal

    June 13, 2019

    The selfie camera with a wide angle is a great deal if you have a lot of people to fill up, otherwise, you will have to adjust by stretching your hands, making everyone adjust so that everyone's in the frame. It is in the absence you start to realize how you miss it especially if you are a selfie person.

  • Cesar Rodriguez

    June 25, 2019

    I have an HTC 10 and it has battery issues where it sometimes dies at 30% or bellow so I don't know if I should switch.

  • FT Tech

    August 6, 2019

    What's the wallpaper?

  • matti systä

    August 8, 2019

    Keys in the same pocket as your phone? That is just silly.

  • Internot

    August 14, 2019

    Just bought mine on sale for $400 off!

  • Aman Kapoor

    August 29, 2019

    They can’t talk right now.
    Thanks…thanks robot

  • weberjcm

    September 4, 2019

    Is the camera in the xl the same in the Non xl?

  • Nicholas Spencer

    September 9, 2019

    I screen called my mom on my pixel 2 when the update was launched because I was curious with how it worked. She was not happy.

  • Chris Owens

    September 10, 2019

    I purchased the pixel 3 over the summer, and I like it. But I bought it for the phone. Do people really base their purchases on the camera? And why are are all these phones so expensive? My phone is more than my rent.

  • Jahid Sarkar

    September 10, 2019

    Most of the time..I found the Pixel 2 photos better….is it wierd…??

  • Susazeu

    September 25, 2019

    Software updates are my desition nowadays. I can no longer afford 300 bucks every year.

  • Ajay Paj

    October 6, 2019

    Giveaway bro advance Mary Christmas gift.. 🤗🤗


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