Just like Apple and Samsung, Google now has a brand-new phone every year. Two years ago, it was the Google Pixel. Last year, the Pixel 2 arrived.
And this year, in 2018, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the Next Big Thing.
You may be left wondering: What's different from last year's model? How much difference could 12 months make?
The answer, it turns out, is more substantial than you might imagine.
1. Yes, the notch. Unfortunately yes. But it's only one of the Pixel models that has the notch.
Depending on how you feel about phones with notches — like the iPhone X, and many imitators since — the new design of the Pixel 3 XL may be a plus or a minus.
Like so many other Android phones before it, the latest version of the Pixel XL replicates the notch design popularized by Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone. In practice, this means users get a slightly larger screen than they otherwise would — albeit one with a large notch sitting in the center at the top of the screen.
Here's how Google compares the screen sizes of the Pixel 3 XL (left) with the Pixel 2 XL (right):
The additional one-third inch in diameter comes from the notch design.
The standard, smaller Pixel 3 also gets an enlarged screen — an additional half inch in diameter over last year's model. That's largely due to shrunken bezels at the top and bottom.
To be all the way clear: The Pixel 3 doesn't have a notch design at the top, and the Pixel 3 XL does. It's a little weird.
2. The edges are rounded.
Google's Pixel phones aren't known for being beautiful like the iPhone.
They're known for being excellent little devices that run quickly, capture best-in-class photos/video, that run the cleanest, newest version of Android.
With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is taking a step closer to making the Pixel line into something as beautiful as it is functional. The Pixel 3 line has rounded edges that make it feel like an iPhone 8.
It's a subtle design change that makes a strong visual and in-hand difference. Like the round-edged iPhones, the Pixel 3 is a bit slippier for being rounded off — but the tradeoff in ergonomics is more than made up for in premium feel.
3. The power button is off color — a snazzy little nod to style that fits beautifully with the Pixel line.
Simply put, this is a really nice touch: With each different color of the Pixel 3, the power button color gets adjusted to either offset or match the phone.
It makes the device stand out in a subtle, smart way.
Moreover, it shows that Google considered how personal smartphones are to people. Perhaps most crucially, it's a small detail that is still able to shine even through a case.
Why aren't more smartphones getting off-color buttons? How is this not a thing?
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