What are the differences between the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL?
Basically, you’re looking at two seriously powerful smartphones that are capable of driving your daily social media and taking some amazing photos - as is always the case when it comes to Google’s Pixel phones.
Both phones keep Google’s famous two-tone colours which are very stylish and have become quite a fashion accessory in their own right from the previous generation.
It’s all about the form factor and what suits your needs when it comes to the size and quality of that screen. The smaller Pixel 3 has a 5.4” screen, while the larger Pixel 3 XL comes with a screen size of 6.3”. Both have high-quality screens.
Battery life should be pretty good across both devices with the phones running the latest version of Google’s Android operating system (9.0 Pie).
At a glance, the main differences between both announced Google Pixel devices are the actual size, screen and battery. You’re still getting the same processor, RAM, camera and great screen across both smartphones. Add that you’ll also have Google Pay capabilities for tap and go at your fave stores.
For all the full specs, you can check out Men's Health Australia's comprehensive run-down here.
But with these two devices, it's all about that incredible camera. Let's check that out.
New features of the new Google Pixel
There were a couple of features that were announced at the Made by Google event, most of which focus on the improvements to the already amazing camera on the Pixel 2. These new shooting modes on photography leverage artificial intelligence.
Top Shot captures the perfect shot each time, according to Google. The camera on the Pixel 3 will take multiple bursts of the photo at very quick succession, picking the best one through on-device machine learning. Sounds rather technical, but the artificial intelligence will select the photo that captures smiles (not blinks) through a special prompt with the camera app called 'smart-capture available'.
Night Sight assists in low-light situations without the need for using a flash. The demo that was given during the keynote put the Pixel 3 against Apple's iPhone XS and the image quality was drastically improved. We'll need to wait for real world demos of this feature to back up those claims.
Group Selfie Cam makes use of the wide-angle front-facing camera which means that group selfies will be easier than ever to get everyone in the shot, without needing a selfie stick.
Playground overlays different augmented reality characters rendered on a scene and can interact with facial expressions on both photos and video.
Call Screen is an interesting (and useful) new feature. Simply tap 'screen call' when you're getting a call. Your phone will answer through the use of AI and transcribe the conversation in real-time so that you can choose whether or not you want to take the call.
Active Edge is back again this year, like in the previous generation Pixel 2. With this feature you simply squeeze the Pixel 3 for the Google Assistant, or you can also use it activate Google Lens. There are other multiple uses as well that you can setup within the phone's settings that could be quite useful.
Flip To Shhh is Google's way of helping you disconnect from the world, as part of their Digital Wellbeing initiative, by simply flipping over the Pixel 3 so that it’s face down to automatically turn off notifications.
Wireless charging is also included, so long as you have a wireless charger in your home. Or you could grab yourself the Google Pixel Stand, which will charge your device wirelessly.
On the Pixel Stand, when you place the phone on the stand it will turn your Pixel into a smart display with most-used features and always-on listening so you can use Google Assistant.
What is missing from the Pixel 3?
While it’s not really something that is missing, both Google Pixel 3 devices don’t follow the trend of multiple rear-cameras. There is simply just the single lens around the back.
We found on the Pixel 2 that the camera was quite capable without the secondary (or third) rear-camera, so we’ve no doubt that this year the Pixel 3 can hold its own when it comes to smartphone photography.
What colours are available?
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL comes in three colours: Clearly White, Not Pink and Just Black.
You can see them below.
Which one is better?
It really depends on what is important to you when it comes to your personal devices.
When it comes to the Pixel 3 versus the Pixel 3 XL, both phones have all the main features you’d probably want and use. You’re just looking at different phone sizes, and a slightly switched up design for the front of the phone. The Pixel 3 is all screen without any borders taking out part of the screen, whereas the Pixel 3 XL does have screen margin at the top (which is the same as the iPhone XS, and the ‘notch’).
It’s seriously going to come down to what grabs your attention most between the two phones, and it will probably come down to the form factor and how it feels when you hold it.
Either way, you’re going to get that amazing camera, and while we're yet to test it out in the real world, if it's anything like the Pixel 2 from last year it'll be a camera you'll want to use on your next trip abroad.
There are few devices that are available in Australia that set to battle it out with Google’s latest and greatest.
Apple iPhone XS / Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple’s latest phones are outright stunning in design, and with iOS 12 a bit more polished when it comes to what actually powers your device. Where the competition comes from with the Pixel is that this is Google’s answer to the iPhone.
Google create and design every part of the Pixel 3 in the same way that Apple do with the iPhone. It always comes down to personal preference, and what you’re actually looking at doing when it comes to your phone.
The latest iPhone's are also on the costly side of things, starting from $1,629 AUD.
The CNET review put it pretty simply. "Great phone. Nice camera. But wait for iPhone XR", which is considerably cheaper.
Huawei P20 Pro
There have been multiple glowing reviews for the Huawei P20 Pro. Ausdroid’s review called it “an amazing phone, but it’s not flawless”. From our time with the device, we found this to be completely accurate with some smart annoyances in the software and how sometimes the photos we took looked a little bit fake.
Outside of these little quirks, the Huawei P20 Pro takes some mostly incredible photos - especially with the night mode. The phone also has three rear-cameras so it’s no wonder it’s top of its class in photography.
It'll be interesting to see how the Pixel 3 competes when it comes to the camera once we get to take some snaps ourselves.
Oh, and did we mention that you can buy the P20 Pro for under $1000. Which when you think about what you're getting, it's pretty great.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 / Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung were a long time up there with Apple with their devices ranked very highly, however things have started to shift very slightly. That’s not to say that the Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S9 are bad phones because they’re not.
They’re both still very capable to take some amazing photos and are really snappy in terms of performance. But Google’s Pixel phones are really starting to create some pressure, not to mention Huawei and Apple.
Nothing really compares to Samsung's amazing S-AMOLED screens, after all, Apple thought they were good enough for their own iPhones.
What is the Australian price of the Pixel 3?
You can get your hands on the Pixel 3 64GB for $1,199 or the 128GB for $1,349.
Meanwhile the Pixel 3 XL 64 GB is $1,349 and $1,499 for the 128 GB version.
Where can I buy?
Both phones will be available from all the major telcos, as well as Harvey Norman.
When can I buy the Google Pixel 3 in Australia?
Pre-orders are now open with the Pixel 3 being released in Australia on November 1st, 2018.
We were invited to New York City by Google for the ‘Made by Google’ event.