Fortunately, those who want more of Google's Pixel phones don't have to wait long. We expect Google to release Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in October 2019. Here we want to see Google improve with its next few flagship phones.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL offer very important upgrades on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. The most obvious is the performance, especially in the quality of OLED panel used in the Pixel 3 XL. It offers brighter, more accurate colors, but both Pixel 3 and 3 XL screens are dull. They only offer about 400 brightness buttons, making them hard to see when the sun goes out. This means you will often find your Pixel 3 with a maximum brightness outside, which – as you probably know – is not good for battery life (more later). We would love to see better on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL watches.
Another problem that has plagued the Pixel 3 line since its launch is performance issues. We've experienced mixed results with our own units, but a lot of Pixel 3 users have complained about slow, laggy phones as the months go on.
First, it was the exaggerated memory management problem. Google solved the problems & # 39; a few weeks after they came to light, but we should ask: Would this be a problem in the first place if the Pixel 3 and 3 XL had at least 6 GB of RAM like other phones ? We want to say no. If Google wants to avoid these problems with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, they need at least 6 GB of RAM.
I won't talk too much about this because I've talked about it quite a bit. The Google Pixel 3 won't last a whole day at a single charge. Since it was launched in October, mine struggled to deliver four hours on any screen on any given day. This is usually about 2.5-3 hours.
It's not as much a problem with the Pixel 3 XL – many of my colleagues have little or no trouble with the longer battery life.
With top-tier phones used by top-level processors, it is easy to blame the power-hungry SoC as one of the main culprits for poor battery life. The thing is, many other phones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 platform – OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40 and G7, and many others – many of which have stellar battery life.
Some OEMs make their own optimizations for the software to keep the battery longer, while others just try to pack as much battery as they can. Whatever the case, it's clear that Google & # 39; has some work to ensure that the Pixel 4 doesn't experience the same battery problems as the Pixel 3.
Google's Pixel phones have long been like this best smart phone cameras around, but the conversation has changed this year. Google's phones may be the best point-and-shoot cameras in terms of quality and accuracy, but there are many more flexible cameras out there.
The Huawei P30 Pro has a standard lens, wide-angle lens, tele-lens, as well as a flight sensor – and it's just at the back of the phone. It allows for one of the most versatile camera experiences you can get a smart phone.
The Galaxy S10 line also offers a flexible shooting experience, even if the quality of photos is not P30 level.
Google can do much more than other companies with a single-lens camera, but it can only get Google so far. Important camera features such as loose zoom and wide angle shots simply cannot be fitted with a single lens.
If it wants to continue to compete for the photography crown in 2019, consider adding a few sensors.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are not ugly, they just aren't really up to the standards set by other phones at this price.
We talked about bezels and notches ad nauseum, but it's worth re-counting. Smartphone slides are still alot, but those on the market in 2019 either shrunk, completely disappeared, or replaced by a punch-hole camera. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL allow much to compare.
The notch on the Pixel 3 XL is the most striking change Google has to make with the Pixel 4 line. Even people who don't mind look fun on the 3 XL. It's just too big and too uncomfortable.
See also: OnePlus 7 Pro review
The Pixel 3 line rings are another thing that people are not excited about. Personally, I'm not worried about the show – it makes it easier to keep the phone and in this case front-facing home speakers. I think if Google was able to cut off the bones and reduce the notch while the front speakers are somehow kept, many people will do it.
While talking about hooks, it is surprising that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have no extra sensors to enable secure face lock. It is possible to implement face recognition by the front camera alone, but the best implementations are done with multiple sensors – namely a camera sensor and time-of-flight sensor.
Time-of-flight sensors in front of & # 39; a phone allow the device to take a 3D map of your face to help distinguish between your actual face and, say, & # 39; a picture of your face. Done, it's a safe way to implement face recognition. We saw it in devices like the Apple iPhone X and XS, LG G8, and others.
It's time Pixel phones also support facial recognition of this caliber.
The Pixel 3a is a proof that Google has the ability to headphone jack in his phones. Certainly, this can make engineering harder, but companies should stop us saying they "ran out of the headphone jack room". These ports have been in virtually all phones since the beginning of the smartphones, and that's gone. & # 39; one step backwards.
I don't expect Google to include a headphone jack in Pixel 4 and 4 XL. When talking about the Pixel 3a's headphone jack, product manager Soniya Jobanputra said: "We really felt that consumers at this price point and level really needed flexibility [for the headphone jack]. This suggests that Google thinks that people who buy more expensive phones do not want or need wired audio options, but as readers pointed out time and times again, That is not the case.
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