Google Pixel 3 XL
If I had to describe Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones with one word, it would be competent. They don’t dazzle with their exquisite design or wow you with a gaggle of four cameras, but that doesn’t change the fact that they still deliver a lot of what you’d expect from a flagship smartphone today.
The Pixel 3 phones also feel more premium in hand than their predecessors. I’m not a fan of all-glass backs, but now that Qi wireless charging has arrived on the Pixel 3, Google has finally ditched the metal body of the Pixel 2. However, instead of a single pane of glass that’s slick and shiny from top to bottom, Google has sanded the bottom three-quarters or so of the back to produce a lovely matte finish.
I dislike glass backs mainly because of how reflective they are and how easily they attract fingerprints, but Google’s approach seems to have addressed these concerns. The matte surface also comes close to approximating the feel of metal, which is quite nice.
In addition, the Pixel 3 XL is more durable as well. They now sport an IP68 rating, compared to IP67 on the Pixel 2, which means they can be submerged up to 1.5m underwater for up to 30 minutes.
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