The Pixel 3 is quite attractive, but looks dated with a fairly large forehead and chin containing the front-facing speakers making it decidedly not “all-screen”.
- Screen: 5.5in FHD+ OLED (443ppi)
- Processor: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- RAM: 4GB of RAM
- Storage: 64 or 128GB
- Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie
- Camera: 12.2MP rear camera with OIS, dual 8MP front-facing camera
- Connectivity: LTE, wifi, NFC, esim, Bluetooth 5 and GPS
- Dimensions: 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 148g
Pixel 3’s back is all glass; but four fifths of it is frosted, hiding fingerprints and scratches more easily than its polished competitors. It looks best in white and feels really nice in the hand.
It’s also one of the smallest and lightest phones that’s still of flagship performance and quality, with a great-looking 5.5in FHD+ OLED screen.
But what you buy the Pixel 3 for is the software experience, which is hands-down the best on any Android smartphone.
You get Google features first on the Pixel 3, such as Gmail’s Smart Compose feature, and the software is just smoother and more polished than any other Android, from operation to animation. The Pixel smartphones also receive both security and features updates before any other Android phones, guaranteed until at least October 2021.
The camera is also fantastic despite being a single camera on the back, offering zoom and portrait mode matching rival dual or triple-camera systems. Google’s Night Sight is class-leading too, producing some amazing photos in very low light conditions, rivalled only by Night Mode on the Mate 20 Pro.
Performance all round is excellent, but battery life is only just about a day of medium usage, which is about the only downside. The Pixel 3 has fast wireless charging and relatively fast cable charging.
Why should you buy it?
The Android software experience is unparalleled, you get updates first and guaranteed through October 2021. It’s camera is great and it’s arguably the best smaller phone on the market that doesn’t skimp on performance. Plus it goes for around N260,000, which may be a good price for many people.
Buy if: you want the best Android software experience in a smaller top-end phone
Don’t buy if: you want brilliant battery life