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I’ve had a few days to use and assess the Pixel 3 XL and the following is what I’ve found so far. (Bear in mind that these are initial thoughts: a more thorough review will follow a little later.)

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The handset features an ‘almost all’ front side display, but keeps a small ‘chin’ bezel.

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The fingerprint sensor is on the rear of the handset and is a good distance from the camera lens, meaning I never confuse the two when reaching around to unlock the phone.

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It also now has an IP68 water resistance rating. That means that it can stay up to 1.5m under water for up to 30 minutes and still work fine. (The recently released iPhone Xs has a similar rating.)

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And there’s a decent portrait mode, though it’s not quite as clean as the iPhone Xs’s portrait mode.

There are some other interesting features for photographers. You can now shoot in a raw plus jpeg mode, meaning you’ll get more flexibility when you go to edit the files with software like Photoshop or Lightroom. (Watch out for the large files sizes when doing this, though you’ll fill up your camera’s storage much quicker.)

Rounding off the camera positives, it has two cameras on the front facing camera and these are used to great effect, with a wide angle selfie feature letting you get way more into a selfie shot than the usual 28mm field of view on most smartphones. This wide angle option also makes for an excellent video selfie camera.

But there’s one big camera feature missing: a second rear lens. Most other flagship models, from the top iPhones to Huawei to Samsung, have at least two rear lenses. That second lens can be critical: it’s an optical telephoto lens that means you don’t get pixelation or blurriness when you ‘zoom’ in on a shot. On those phones, you’re getting the full photo resolution when you zoom, not a cheap digital version of it. For me, this is important: I regularly take photos at from the zoom lens. Not to have it feels like a step back to me, something asking to reintroducing bezels on all screen phones.

Google itself understands the utility of a second lens it put an extra one on the front for a variety of selfie shots.

cheap Canada Goose I know that this may not bother most people. But it counts as a drawback to me. For this reason, I can’t recommend the Pixel 3 XL as the ‘ultimate’ cameraphone, unless you only want wide shots. cheap Canada Goose

As an aside, I can’t imagine that Google’s next top phone won’t have a second rear camera: it’s now a fairly standard flagship feature.


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One of the reasons for this is that Google is arguably starting to pull away with some of its AI based features.