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Google Pixel 3: Pixel Perfect or Dead Pixel?


Excuse My Pun

Welcome to the Smart Phones blog! We’ve been out of commission for about 2 years now but it’s time we (I) returned to writing. And what better time than tech-tober? It has been a wild month for smartphone releases, so let’s get to the most important one; the Google Pixel 3. I’m going to try and explain this in as much detail as I can for the tech-savvy people out there, but I’ll also keep it conscience and stick to common marketing terminology so the non-techy people who say “iPhone EXCESS” in the audience can understand what’s going on. (IT’S A ROMAN NUMERAL PEOPLE)

Who Are You? (Awww, You Care!)

My name is Nathan, I work for a company called Smart Phones Shop and I love technology. I’ve been in various roles here over the last 4 years; and now I am their writer/miscellaneous job man.

Why the Pixel is Fantastic Camera

That is achieved with nothing but a single good camera and software. Google realises that software is the future, and that’s an investment that is paying off immensely. A very important point that many people do not understand is that the specifications do not make the phone. I see many people say things like; “But this other phone has more RAM”. While hardware matters, in the smartphone market, software matters just as much. A new phone could have the latest processor, but if it isn’t optimized it won’t run well. A phone could have a fantastic camera, but without software and AI powering the photos, they’ll look average. Megapixels do not make a camera. Google’s 12.2-megapixel camera on the Pixel 3 far outshines other phones with 20+ megapixels.


No more horrendous screen! If you’re not tech savvy, just know the screens look great, they are on par with Apple and Samsung. No more disgustingly discoloured panels and blue-shifting. Good times for everyone.

New Features

Gonna get straight to the point on this one.

  • Wireless Charging
  • Top Shot (chooses the best frame of a photo for you!)
  • Group Selfies (wide-angle lens option means B I G selfies)
  • Digital Well-being (keep track of what you’re doing)
  • Brand new custom security chip for…more security
  • There’s more, but let’s save some for when I can review the phone.

Carrier Exclusivity

When a device goes to all carriers, that means one company no longer has a strangle hold on the price for the phone. Which means more competition. Which means cheaper phone for you. Everybody wins!

The Less-Than-Fantastic Parts

The Design

Okay this can be a bit subjective, personally I’m not huge on the design, it’s definitely not bad but it’s certainly not the sexy-glass-sandwich of the iPhone X/XS/XS Max or the curved tall beauty of the Galaxy S9. But hey, in terms of things to be not amazing on a phone, you would definitely rather it be this than anything else.

No Facial Scanning

Okay, this is a negative for me. I LOVE facial scanning. But no facial scanning is better than Samsung’s crummy facial scanning.

Is the Phone For You?

Do you want a flagship Android device that works and lasts a long time? If the answer is yes, the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is absolutely your only choice.

Are you on a tight budget? If so, while the Pixel is perfectly affordable it is still a premium smartphone. Unless you want an iPhone or you’re on a tight budget, the Pixel is your one and only choice. Take it from a guy that knows what he’s talking about, there’s nothing else that can beat it. Look forward to a full review.

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