Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL of Google are difficult smartphones. The pixels have always been well-rounded devices with no doubt the best cameras on a smartphone running on the company's brilliant work in computational photography. Yet, in their third generation now, they have not flown by themselves.
Designed by Google Pixel 3 (and I use it to imply both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL through the article) is an aspect of the phone that caused the most controversy. Many of our readers and friends on Twitter were underwhelmed and called the design as "boring", "not premium enough" and even "lame".
Unlike anything on the specification sheet, design is a subjective thing (along with camera, I suppose where one can prefer a more saturated image over another with real color or vice versa). There are some absolutely beautiful devices – like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro – but most design is a personal choice and a matter of individual taste.
Pixel 3 continues with Pixel DNA with its indescribable two tone design.
Of course, the most controversial design aspect of the bigger Pixel 3 XL notch – the biggest chopper on a smartphone. It's like a bathtub located in your office – big and intrusive. Nevertheless, most of us ultimately end up tune it out, as we do for chopping, in all shapes and sizes, on all other phones. Hack is a design disgust that we must live with and not celebrate. This too must pass, hope. Or you can choose the smaller Pixel 3, which is also my choice because I'm a big fan of smaller phones.
See also: I'm done with 18: 9 monitors and have fallen in love with the boring Pixel 2
As one of the other, Pixel 3 is the best smartphone ever from Google. The shift to a whole glass back with a soft matte finish looks great and feels very safe in the hand. Of course there is Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and fingerprints are not much of a problem. The rounded aluminum rails replace the blocked edges and provide a better grip.
Pixel 3 is for anyone who prefers a discreet design.
While most changes are quite subtle, Pixel 3 looks much more like a modern product. The colored buttons on the white and pink variants are a nice touch.
Pixel 3 can be quotidian to anyone, but is quite organic comfortable for me. There is a sense of comfort and class with this, and Google has obviously retained any temptation to jazz it up. Pixel 3 is for anyone who prefers a discreet design, like this old author.