Google Pixel 3 Xl Review: Everything We Love About the Pixel 3 on A Bigger Screen
Despite being one of our top picks for 2018, the Pixel 3 XL deviates from the norm for large-screen smartphones. For instance, there is only one camera lens on the back (and so, it costs less than $1,000, namely $899, £869, and AU$1,349). To compensate for the larger screen, the phone has a larger battery and a larger notch, but otherwise the experience is essentially equal to that of the smaller 5.5-inch Pixel 3.
The Look and Feel of The Pixel 3 Xl’s Display
Screen burn-in affected the Pixel 2 XL from the previous year, causing graphics to remain partially visible even after the screen had been reset. When I first started using this phone a week and a half ago, I observed that the home key picture would sometimes remain on the screen after I displayed a white or grey colour swatch.
After all, OLED screens, whether on TVs or phones, are more prone to the issue, and I haven’t had much time to get used to this Pixel yet. It’s vital to remember that any OLED phone screen is susceptible to image retention; yes, even Apple admits as much. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been spotted in the Pixel 3 XL just yet.
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Processing Speed and Battery Life
Comparative benchmarks show that the Pixel 3 XL is on par with other high-end Androids powered by the Snapdragon 845, such as the Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus 6T, and LG V40. Although the iPhone XS Max’s A12 Bionic processor was noticeably superior to the competition, all of the phones felt equally quick when performing common chores like opening apps and taking photos.
Tell Me About the Competition and How the Pixel 3 Xl Stacks Up
When comparing the Pixel 3 XL to the Pixel 2 XL, remember that even if the newer model has a better screen and camera, the older one is still an excellent device. Some of the features found on the Pixel 3 XL, such as the Call Screen, will eventually make their way to the Pixel 2 XL. Keep using your Pixel 2 until the next update comes out; I don’t think of the Pixel 3 XL as a “incremental” upgrade, and it hasn’t shown any of the burn-in problems I saw with last year’s model.
However, there are moments when the Pixel 3 XL’s camera is superior to the Galaxy Note 9’s, Samsung’s phone has a lot going for it. It can hold a lot of data, has good battery life, and can be upgraded. In addition, it has a built-in S Pen stylus that gives you access to even more software and productivity enhancements than the Pixel 3 XL.
Comparing the Pixel 3 XL to the OnePlus 6T, the former has a better camera and will receive software upgrades faster than the latter, provided you can afford it. Due to the fact that both the OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 6T ship with the same processor and a lightly modified version of Android Pie, the OnePlus 6T is a great cheaper choice.
Comparing the Pixel 3 XL to the iPhone XS Max, we see that the latter lacks features such as a headphone port and external storage expansion. However, it does have FaceID, which can be used to access the device and make digital purchases. And for the same price as the Pixel 3 XL, you can have twice as much storage space on the iPhone XS Max (256GB variant) compared to the Pixel 3 XL (64GB model). In contrast, I find the Pixel 3 XL’s camera and color enhancements to be superior, and it is more tightly connected to the Google ecosystem. (CNET’s comparison of the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS cameras provides more detail.)
Comparing the Pixel 3 XL to the LG V40, the latter is a better buy if you’re looking for a phone with a headphone jack and expandable storage for the same price. The front and rear cameras are both wide-angle, and it shares the same characteristics as Google’s phone. Despite the V40’s adaptability, I find that the Pixel 3’s battery life is superior, and I much prefer its camera.
Check out Lg’s C1 Line of Smartphones
The C1 series outperforms LG’s entry-level OLED TV, the A1, in terms of picture quality and screen size options. With only three instead of four HDMI ports and a 60Hz refresh rate, the A1 is lacking in comparison to its more expensive counterparts.
The C1 also comes in a wider range of sizes than the pricier G1 series, which features the same Evo panel along with a thinner, Gallery design that is best suited to wall-mounting. Unlike the G1, the C1 doesn’t come with a Next-Gen TV tuner or a far-field mic for hands-free voice.
The bulk of modern TVs, such as those made by Samsung and TCL’s QLED line, utilize LED LCD technology for their displays.
For comparison, the highest-quality images on the OLED TVs I’ve reviewed, such as the C1, earned a 10, while the best LCD TVs I’ve tested received a 9. The picture quality of the OLED TVs I’ve evaluated is better than that of the high-end LCDs I’ve seen, but the high-end LCDs are brighter (especially with HDR).
In comparison to LCD TVs, all OLED models are more prone to image retention, often known as burn-in. As for burn-in, we at CNET don’t think it’s a big deal and most customers shouldn’t let it deter them from purchasing an OLED TV. To learn more, see our primer on OLED burn-in.