Google Pixel 3 XL Review: Excelling in Every Sense

Google Pixel 3 XL is the true competitor for the iPhone XS with its jaw-dropping photography, attractive design, and the pure Android experience with no bloatware. While its processing capabilities come as an added benefit, the 4GB RAM does not feel sufficient while there is no superfast charging technology like Dash Charge. But the brilliance of the camera and its beautiful screen can easily blind you from seeing those flaws and accepting the Pixel 3 XL as the best Android smartphone.
Beebom Score
8.5
Design & Build
9.5
Display
10
Cameras
9
Performance
9
Battery
9
Software
8.5
Connectivity
Google Pixel 3 XL is the true competitor for the iPhone XS with its jaw-dropping photography, attractive design, and the pure Android experience with no bloatware. While its processing capabilities come as an added benefit, the 4GB RAM does not feel sufficient while there is no superfast charging technology like Dash Charge. But the brilliance of the camera and its beautiful screen can easily blind you from seeing those flaws and accepting the Pixel 3 XL as the best Android smartphone.
Comments 16
  • Rohan Chavan says:

    When we got to know exactly about the eSIM ???

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      The technology has been around for a while, but you’ll have to contact your operator’s customer care to be able to use it.

  • Bobburi Sri Raghav says:

    In cons, we can be able to disable notch by getting into the developer mode.

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      Surely, there is. But the option is not user-friendly.

  • Vivek huria says:

    The pixel 3XL does have an option to disable notch. Dear beebom, become a developer in your pixel 3. Then in the developer options. Go to an option called cutout. Or you can type notch on the search box and it’ll come.
    You’ll get the option to remove notch. Try it.

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      Yes, there is and we have already done an article on. But it is not the appropriate option as not a lot of users will be willing to go to Developer Option (and before than even enabling Dev options).

      • S.R JAYANTH says:

        4 GB of RAM and an underclocked SD 845 at the fag end of 2028 ! ????

      • Tushar Mehta says:

        Yes, that’s a bummer!

  • Uttam Bhuyan says:

    Hey beebom,
    Go to the developer setting, you can disable the notch.
    Anyway good details review by beebom.And We are waiting for camera comparison(s).

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      Yes, we’re aware of that. We have an article on it already. But that’s not a user-friendly way and we hope, like other companies, Google provides an easier option to enable or disable notch.

  • Meet says:

    As you have reviews Pixel 3 XL only and I am little more interested in buying the smaller Pixel 3 just to avoid the notch though I am not against , so I wish to know that there is just difference of Size and PPI of display so whether the smaller Pixel 3 will have the same display quality as the bigger sibling or it will be better to buy the bigger one just for those extra PPIs?
    I wish you could tell me comparing side by aise the same image that how it looks in Pixel 3 and in the Pixel 3 XL and whether the display size being smaller with lesser PPIs gives the same quality or ruins the view?
    Thank you in advance.
    Just few days back I came across this site and I must say it’s really one of the best sites for Android news.
    Thank you so much for that too.

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      Hey Meet! First of all thank you for your trust in us.
      Coming back to your query, the Pixel 3 has a lower pixel density of 443ppi. The display, too, is Full HD+ compared to QHD+ on the XL.
      I haven’t used the Pixel 3 yet so I can’t give you my opinions but having seen and used the Pixel 2, I can say that the display would not disappoint you.
      Moreover, since human cannot see past 300-320 ppi (and anything above that does not really matter) there’s no problem with the Pixel 3 either. We’ll be in a position to tell you more about it after the phone launches in India, i.e. Nov 1.

      • Meet says:

        Thanks a lot for replying.
        Okay cool I will wait for your comment regarding display comparisons between these two phones.
        Really impressed with the way such a detailed review is written.
        Almost decided buying it on reading ur review which covered all the aspects I was concerned about as such.
        Waiting for you to review the Xperia XZ3 too when it launches in India.
        That’s surely going to help me decide which phone to go for.
        Thanks again.
        Good day.

      • Tushar Mehta says:

        You too, have a good day or good night (depending on where you are) 🙂

  • Manan Mehta says:

    As usual, Beebom covers every aspect thoroughly with great detail.
    I have pixel 2 xl but after reading the review, I am slightly confused whethere I should go for it or not since most of the feature will be out on my phone as well in the future.
    Loved your take on pixel 3 xl review.
    Cheers !

    • Tushar Mehta says:

      The biggest upgrade is the new and highly improved display. The cameras feel slightly better too. Rest, everything is pretty much the same as last year.
      You can choose to upgrade if you can afford to but I think Pixel 4 will be a bigger and more noticeable upgrade. So, if the Pixel 2 XL floats your boat for you, you may stick to it.

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