Google Pixel 3 XL long-term review: Still the king?

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

So it's been about five months since the pixel 3 was released and as I'm sure a lot of you remember its release was pretty bumpy so I thought I'd take another look at it now that it's had some time to marinate so to speak even with it's not so clean slate its bugs

Performance issues and design quirks the pixel three excels still found its way into my pocket as my main phone for a large portion of the past five months call me crazy but here's why let's get the obvious out of the way the cameras

The pixel threes cameras remain my personal top pick and I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say this is still the best set of cameras for regular stills and selfies and it continues to impress with its a single

Rear facing camera and Google's software wizardry and yes I know there are some people that actually don't like the way the pictures come out on the pixel but there's no denying the sharpness and the detail and the ease of getting a great

Shot especially in portrait mode and the cameras aside the pixel 3 still has a number of things going for it it's screen is still one of the best on an Android phone the phone itself is made out of nice solid premium

Good-feeling materials it's one of the only flagships left with dual front firing speakers it's got the best haptics i've felt on an android device it's got a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and people think I'm crazy for

Liking this but hey it's comfortable and it actually works then of course it's got pure stock always up-to-date pixelized Android and all the things it has to offer like now playing call screening which I actually miss on other

Phones it'll be the first to get Android cue and unlimited backups to Google photos in original quality alas not even the cameras and the fact that it's running stock Android could save the pixel 3 from providing a rather

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Will get a free two-month trial so make sure you hop on that right away now I'm sure you guys remember the myriad of problems and bugs that accompanied the three excel during its launch multiple software and hardware issues

Remember that extra notch the tinny audio when recording video awful RAM management distorted audio playback and things like that but then those things got fixed for the most part couple software updates here and there seems to

Iron out the experience a little bit too bad those updates couldn't fix the design at the phone in my right I don't think I really need to go into all that but I'm pretty sure we can all agree this isn't the most aesthetically

Pleasing phone around now in my experience as time has gone on things have worked out just fine the design kind of disappeared and I was immersed into the rest of the phone I was getting five to five and a half

Hours of screen on time performance overall was pretty smooth and everything just worked as it should with few hitches and luckily I can still say the same today my pixel three Excel works just fine on the flip side however

Others haven't been so lucky a few tech reviewers and even some pixel users within our Android police family reported that their pixels were not performing well reports tweets and articles surfaced with people saying

That their pixels began to lag the fluidity disappeared stutters and hiccups began popping up applications would take their sweet time opening especially the camera application taking five to ten seconds

Until able to snap a shot battery life went bad and these things got so severe that it not only forced users to have to reboot the phone multiple times during the day but some have even been forced to factory reset their phones or even

Completely switched to something else it kind of makes you think back to the fact of the three excel only having four gigs of ram and we all knew from the jump it was not a good idea for Google to do that they tried to prove a point about

Android but they should have just played it safe and at least have gone with six now of course we got this software update for March which directly targeted the camera among other things it stinks that it took this long for it to come

Out but better late than never I suppose so this should have fixed everything right well not entirely the update did work for a lot of users while others reported that they have continued to deal with poor performance

Mainly from the camera while these issues luckily do not affect the majority of users they don't seem to be too widely spread there's still pretty serious problems nonetheless see these are things you wouldn't or atleast

Shouldn't have to expect from a phone running pure Android right especially straight from Google itself but the pixel phone track record is just loaded with weird stuff from strange design language both software and hardware

Issues – device longevity going through the floor for some users I know it's Google's 1/3 phone but I feel by now they should have these fundamental things taken care of so while my personal experience along with

The experience of many other pixel 3xl users has been pretty good over the past five months and I haven't really had any glaring issues with mine I can't excitedly recommend people go out and get a three excel right now especially

With new 2019 phones starting to come out I really wish I could sure these issues aren't widespread but it's not like I can guarantee that they won't happen to the next user I can't say that if by some miracle Google is able to

Truly truly fix all of these issues then yeah I think it might be worth a look you can find one in mint condition online for around six hundred bucks which i think is a good deal what with all these thousand

Our phones popping up Google's got some work to do I'm remaining hopeful for their next smartphone attempt and I expect it to be amazing as for the three well let's just look at it as another stepping stone to what will hopefully be

Pixel perfection so what are your thoughts on the pixel three excel five months later do you have one if so let us know your experience with it so far and whether or not you'll be sticking with it or switching to something else

We'd love to hear your feedback but anyway that does it for this video I hope you guys enjoyed if you did feel free to hit that like button subscribe to the android police channel if you are new that does it for me I will talk to

You guys later and thank you so much for watching you

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