Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

Last year Google presented the world its second generation Pixel, overshadowed by a questionable design in the model no XL, and a panel pOLED LG with few aspirations . Errors are learned, and virtually every one of the weak points of Google terminals have been improved in this generation.

Today, we come with the analysis of Google Pixel 3 , the return to Android of the high range in reduced size, a change in the paradigm of the already normalized phablets that were not expected in the current times. Despite their mistakes, the Google Pixel 2 left us with a great taste, so it’s time to check if this third generation is a worthy successor.

As we usually do in our analysis format, we will focus on the user experience and final printing with the terminal , rather than the technical section, which we will deal with just and necessary.

Google Pixel 3: features and specifications

Google Pixel 3
Dimensions 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm. 148 grams of weight.
screen 5.5-inch HDR OLED with Gorilla Glass 5, 443ppi, support HDR (UHDA certification). Contrast Ratio 100,000: 1
Resolution and density Full HD + (2,160 x 1,080 pixels). Format 18: 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core (2.5Ghz + 1.6Ghz) and 10 nm
GPU Adreno 630
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Storage 64/128 GB not expandable by microSD cards. Free and unlimited storage in Google Photos for 3 years
Cameras Rear of 12.2 MP f / 1.8 with OIS and PDAF. Photo boom mode, Night Shift, Top Shot and HDR + auto. Dual front 8 + 8 MP f / 1.8 and f / 2.2 (ultrawide)
Video [email protected] FPS and 4K @ 30 FPS. Slow Motion at 1,[email protected] FPS and at 720p @ 240 FPS
Drums 2,915 mAh with fast USB-PD charging and Qi wireless charging. Compatibility with Pixel Stand
Others IP68 protection, Pixel Imprint rear fingerprint reader with gesture support, Active Edge, Google Lens, Always on Display, USB Type C, unlimited storage in Google Photos, RGB notifications LED, Double Tap To Wake, adaptive audio amplifier, Pixel Visual Core V2, Now Playing, Chip Titan M
Connectivity 4G / LTE, NFC, WiFi 4 × 4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and Dual-SIM
Colors White (Clearly White), black (Just Black), pink (Not Pink)

The best of Google Pixel 3


Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

Although it is obvious, talking about a Google Pixel 3 is talking about your camera . Last year, Google was at the top of the picture with a camera that even generation 18 could not overcome. Some alternatives achieved better nighttime modes and, as always, they will have to prefer more overloaded options. However, no 2018 camera has achieved the detail, contrast and dynamic range of the Google Pixel 2 , as well as the final result of its rear and front portrait mode.

The processing of Google Pixel 3 is still the most prominent in the high-end. The management of highlights and contrasted photographs are its most outstanding features

Google offers this year a unique sensor of 12.2 megapixels with opening f / 1.8 and size 1.4μm, completely renewed with respect to the last generation. The key, however, goes through the software, and that is that we found notable improvements in HDR + management , as well as a much more complete camera application. Google Pixel 3 achieves clearer photos, which recover that information lost in the shadows that we suffered last generation.

The front camera improves remarkably thanks to a second sensor with an aperture angle f / 2.2 and an aperture of f / 1.8 in the main sensor – last year we had an aperture f / 2.4 in the Google Pixel 2-. Again, kings in back photography and selfie , something that we will develop throughout the analysis.

Google add-ons

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

To confuse the Pixel ROM with Android One or any other AOSP ROM with GAPPS is to commit a serious error. The ROM of Google Pixel 3 is personalized, and much , with the difference that instead of adding layers and bloatware to the system what we find are added quality functions.

The Pixel ROM should not be confused with AOSP + Gapps or Android One. It is a ROM customized by Google with exclusive functions and integration with other products of the firm.

In the first place, the integration of the Google Assistant in this Pixel 3 is superlative , bringing us a complete and really useful experience of Artificial Intelligence, beyond the marketing that has this term behind it. Thanks to the Assistant, we can turn Google Pixel 3 into practically a Google Home with the help of the Pixel Stand. Future features such as Call Screen will allow us not to waste time with unnecessary calls . The Pixel Launcher and its suggestions according to our use, clean menus but with personalization options, Active Edge, a simple dark theme, personalized camera options …

Google Pixel 3 is the sum of small parts that make up a winning set. Although in Android we always find ports , mods and other transfers of functions from one device to another, the exclusive functions of Pixel are only Pixel , and we can not find them in any other terminal.

On the other hand, we find integration with Pixel Stand, a charging base that will turn our terminal into practically a Google Home, and on the other, the Pixel Earbuds, which have surprised us a lot . Far from being the typical headphones that come in any terminal, these have integrated Google Assistant , so we can access all the options without even touching the phone.

Absolute balance

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

Google Pixel 3 checks all the possible sections. The design, although it does not have a plausible frontal use, has improved considerably in its construction quality . This year, the entire device has been manufactured in glass, with a matte coating to achieve two different shades and a more visual similar to aluminum, avoiding visible marks and scratches, at least in the white unit .

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The camera is beyond doubt, the autonomy is acceptable and finally we have wireless charging. The audio is the best we have tested on an Android device , exceeding Razer Phone in decibels, the size is perfect for the pocket and for all those who want a top of range that does not approach the 16cm that are the current standard, the software is the best that we found in any Android terminal …

It’s a mobile that it’s hard to get rid of – something we’ll do now – and that has an amazing balance. Google could have created the perfect terminal , we have no doubt.

The worst of Google Pixel 3

Frontal exploitation

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

The Google Pixel 3 is aesthetically pleasing, and has a construction to match its price . However, the frontal use remains its unresolved issue. We are faced with superior and inferior edges considerably greater than what its direct competition offers, and the justification of its existence based on two cameras and two speakers does not seem too convincing. Specifically we speak of a 77.2% ratio screen – front .

With the Google Pixel 3 in hand we feel that we are facing a terminal of the last generation.

Like Sony, Google seems to be conservative with this use , something we respect, but do not share. In full 2018 and with a price of 859 euros, making the most of the screen is a must have , and we hope that next year we will finally see the design change we have been waiting for for some time.

Scarce hardware

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

Google has taken the path of Apple in the sense that the best optimized software against hardware . The Google Pixel 3 flies , and is the most fluid Android phone we’ve ever been able to test. However, and again according to its price, a configuration of 6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of internal storage would have been more worthy of a flagship .

As we said there is nothing to worry about , since the Google Pixel 3 is beyond doubt, however, if we use heavy games, we may find them closed if we leave them to make another query , something that We have suffered in some loading screen of PUBG Mobile.

Finally, we also do not have dedicated hardware for facial recognition. Android has Smart Lock natively , and with minor modifications it is able to perform as it does in terminals such as OnePlus 6. We would have liked some inclusion or modification of this system, although the inclusion of the fingerprint reader replaces without any minor problem. lack.


Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

While the autonomy of Google Pixel 3 is not bad, we are again with similar data with respect to the previous generation. A difference of between 1:30 and 2 hours of screen if we compare with the Pixel 2 XL . In exact numbers we talk about 5h screen in a day of 16h. Something more if we use only WiFi, something less if we use the terminal intensively.

The autonomy of Google Pixel 3 is acceptable, but more is expected in a terminal of this price. If we use enough 4G connectivity, camera and speakers, switching from 4h screen will not be an easy task.

In the XL generation of last year we noticed how the battery endured the onslaught of games like PUBG, or long photo sessions in full sun with active 4G connectivity. In this case, the Pixel drinks more battery than it should when we use it intensively . Nothing worrying, considering the improvements that Android Pie will provide as we go using the phone, although we expected a somewhat more generous first impression with autonomy.

Photo proof

Google Pixel 3, that’s what your cameras are like

Google Pixel 3, analysis: a big surprise in small format

The Google Pixel 3 has a unique 12.2 megapixel sensor with aperture f / 1.8. Although we have this sensor renewed improvements are part of the software . The camera application is now easier to use, with options such as portrait mode more at hand, and with new modes. At the level of the final result, we are facing a camera very similar to last year , whose main improvement is through a better job with the lifting of shadows, at the hands of the HDR +. In the night section we also find improvements in the presence of noise in the image.

This year, we have exclusive news for Google Pixel 3 . First of all we have the suggestions of Google Lens . These allow direct access to phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses and QR codes just by pointing with our camera. We also have the new Top Shot modes, Night Shift -commonly-, photo boom mode, Super Res Zoom, Playground mode, autofocus in motion …

Finally, note that the Google Pixel 3 again incorporates the Visual Core, a chip that allows third parties access to HDR + , which translates into high dynamic range pictures in the native camera applications such as WhatsApp or Instagram, among others . In short, a much more complete camera that throws the results we expected, large shots regardless of lighting .

Day behavior, portrait and night mode

Take a picture under any situation and know that it will work out well . This is one of the strongest points of Google Pixel 3. We do not have to worry about light, in case the subject is moved … Google does everything for us . As a main strength, again, we highlight the HDR +, and the main disadvantage is the absence of a double camera , which translates into noticeable loss of detail when we zoom in – although we use the Super Res Zoom – and in some inconsistencies in the portrait mode.

Rear camera, day photos

By day we obtain the expected results. A dynamic range that nothing resists , contrast and sharpness by flag. The processing of Google is quite aggressive as usual, although it offers quite striking results. The interpretation of the color is good, although the white balance tends to neutral regardless of the situation. This causes that, sometimes, the photography is not faithful to the reality.

Sometimes, excess HDR + can play a trick on us , and that is because the terminal tends to raise the shadows a lot, but when contrasting photography on the other hand, we get a rather strange result.

Rear camera, night photos

As soon as the light falls, the Google Pixel 3 does not have too many problems to save the situation. We observe a notable improvement in the management of noise , and that despite the information that is recovered in the shot, the appearance of it is not frequent. Again, the control of the high lights makes nighttime Pixel photographs are of high quality, and that is that the extra contrast allows us to darken the skies and avoid plastered textures .

Rear camera, portraits

The portrait mode of Google is done using Dual Pixel, due to the absence of the double sensor. In our hands, we have managed to make quite successful portrait photographs, although with some mistakes in the cut. This year there have been changes in the processing of faces , and that is that we find a beauty mode activated by default, another beauty mode even more aggressive, and the possibility of not using either of them. Here you have the difference. In our opinion, the intermediate mode is the most appropriate , since it softens the skin slightly -nothing to do with the face wash that we do the new iPhone- without giving up the detail so characteristic of this camera.

When night falls, the differences increase with the rest of the high range . Taking pictures with the main sensor allows the Pixel to take the lead in the night portrait, since alternatives such as the iPhone XS use a smaller aperture in its second sensor. Although the results are not perfect, the trimming and the final result are still outstanding, even though the lighting conditions are not the best.

Front camera, selfies

The front camera of Google Pixel 3 is the best you will ever see in a phone , offering results quite similar to those of the rear camera. The dynamic range is excellent, even though we have the intense sunlight behind. This year, as a novelty, we have a second wide-angle sensor that offers 184% more field of vision.

The loss of quality with this second aperture sensor f / 2.2 is remarkable , although we thank Google that has provided the Pixel with this second sensor, since it can be quite useful in group photographs. Out of this situation, we do not see too much use of this second sensor.

As for the night section, we find more of the same. The Google Pixel 3 has no problems with low light conditions , and is able to make portrait photographs without any problem. The loss of quality is present, as expected, but we can save the photographs in quite extreme conditions.

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