About Pixel 3 XL - Review, Specs + more Google's flagship is now almost a year old, and we're not far away from the Pixel 4 launch. But as prices fall further, is now the best time to take a punt on this great phone? Let's find out... Contents Pixel 3 XL: High-quality metal and glass First-class display Pixel 3 XL: Blistering performance Great cameras, wide angle for selfies Pixel 3 XL - Specs & Battery Our Verdict on the Pixel 3 XL Google Pixel 3 XL price in UK The Pixel 3 XL is the quickest, most impressive handset that Google has made. It's blisteringly fast with the Android UI, which I suppose it should be as it's made by Google too. It's also a bit of an acquired taste with the notch, and what's more it's not actually that cheap either. These criticisms Google has sort to solve with the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL recently. Pixel 3 XL: High-quality metal and glass The housing of the Pixel 3 XL consists of an aluminum frame and specially coated glass. The fact that the back is made entirely of glass is not only good for the reception/signal, but also has so-called touch or haptic advantages. It feels like smooth pebbles one reviewer has said, Google have done a great job again. It also feels better just, well, generally. There was a cheapness to the Pixel 2 XL’s oleophobic coating (the thing that’s supposed to prevent it from collecting unsightly fingerprints) that wore down over time and made the screen appear even more muted. But the glass on the Pixel 3 XL feels much better to my fingers. And the speed and crispness of animations make it feel like it has a 120Hz refresh rate (it doesn't). Both design and case materials were well received by these guys as well as the oneCompare test team, and we're happy to report it's probably one of the nicest "feeling" smartphones around. It also looks great - but more on that later. First-class display The WQHD OLED display (2960 × 1440 pixels) supports 18: 9 format, as well as HDR+ and looks attractive. It is protected by Gorilla glass 5. One minor negative, however, is its brightness, which is also the biggest criticism from this review. Once again, there is praise for the excellent sounding stereo speakers, which are located above and below the display. Pixel 3 XL: Blistering performance The Snapdragon 845 processor is worthy of a premium smartphone and the Android UI is blisteringly quick. However, 4 GB of RAM is not really sufficient to futureproof a device in this price range. This disadvantage compensates for the excellent interlocking of hardware and software. Generally speaking, the hardware specs are optimally distributed and background tasks are trouble-free and done efficiently. This makes the Pixel 3 XL very fast, and most reviewers praise this alone as the stand-out feature of the Pixel range. Android 9 Pie, since upgraded to Android 10 on most models, with Pixel Launcher provides the tester with the best software experience so far on an Android smartphone. Other Pixel 3-specific features and apps have been launched since this phone come out almost a year ago, and we'll update this review shortly with our appraisals. Great cameras, wide angle for selfies The praise for the Google device doesn't stop at the screen or design, it's also a high-scorer when it comes to the camera setup. Thankfully, Google provides 2 front cameras for selfies. This gives the device an advantage over the competition - namely with the second lens, it sees 184% more than, for example, the much more pricey iPhone XS. But even without a second lens or DSLR-style manual controls, Google has given the Pixel 3’s photo-taking abilities quite an upgrade. There are several new modes and enhancements that make capturing the perfect photo both fun and easy, thanks in large part to a new Pixel Visual Core image processing chip. Chief among them is a feature called Top Shot that takes the gimmicky Live Photos and makes it useful. An optical and an electronic image stabiliser ensure a jitter-free, non blurry picture almost every time. But be aware there is no microSD card slot, no headphone jack. Pixel 3 XL - Specs & Battery The Pixel 3 XL comes with 64 and 128 GB of memory, make sure you choose wisely because Google does not let you expand this later. As mentioned above, a headphone jack has been omitted. However, the box includes includes a 3.5 mm jack adapter for the USB-C port in the UK which will work just as well. The battery capacity of 3430 mAh is not exactly overwhelming and in our testing we found this lasted - with average phone use - for about 22 hours. Not bad, but not exactly something to shout from the rooftops. However, wireless charging is possible (as you may expect), so that makes up for some of the battery life's negative scoring. Our Verdict on the Pixel 3 XL This is a great phone, and should be an iPhone killer. Quite why it's not at the top of everyone's wishlist is beyond us. Of course, if you already own a Pixel 2, buying the Pixel 3 may not make much sense, as so many killer features will trickle down to the entire Pixel family such as the Pixel 3a. But if you haven't upgraded your phone in more than a few years, the Pixel 3 XL has to be considered. Alternatives to the Pixel 3 XL are the Huawei P30, or the iPhone XS. Once the Pixel 4 comes out, we expect Google to smash the competition away yet again. Google Pixel 3 XL price in UK The Pixel 3 XL is available on contact and starts from £12 a month on all the major UK networks like o2, Vodafone.