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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 527 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best Android has to offer!

    Posted
    SinisteR
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    I've had the Pixel 3 for 4 days now. It's easily the best Android device I've used! Here are the key points! Build: the build quality of the device is fantastic! Glass front and back(so you CAN charge wirelessly now) and it feels phenomenal to hold! It's hands-down the best one-handed flagship on the market right now without question. I've held others and NONE of them have felt THIS good in my hand. Display: admittedly, last years Pixel 2 was a tad of a let down because of the display quirks. Those are gone! The Pixel 3's are using Samsung panels and it shows! Contrast is fantastic and colors are great! It has 3 modes. Natural(a bit dull), boosted(a bit much), and Google's calibrated adaptive (perfect in my opinion). The display on the Pixel 3 is 5.5 inches and it just melts into the frame. It's the perfect size for an 18:9 display. One-handed use is a dream with this size! Performance: being that it's a Pixel, it's running stock Android 9.0 Pie. The best way to go if you're thinking Android. In my 4 days of use thus far everything is just instantaneous when it comes to apps. You tap an app or something within an app and you're there. No stutter, lag, nothing; just butter smooth and lightning fast! Faster than the Pixel 2 which I didn't even think was possible because that device just tore thru everything. The only thing that can take a second or two is browsing the web but that can be expected as websites have much data transfer going on. Software: well, as stated above, you're getting stock Android. So you're getting the absolute best software experience Google has to offer! Android Pie is truly an amazing experience. It's just so well thought out and intuitive. Frankly, it puts iOS, a software that at one time was nearly impeccable, to shame. From the volume controls, to the notifications, to the way the phone app works, and everything in-between. Everything within the software is a one to two step process at most. Unlike iOS where things can take 3-5 steps. One thing people will most likely complain about at first is the new gesture navigation in Android Pie. It took me all of a day to get used to it and it's actually nice. It's smooth. It makes multitasking really easy. Then of course you have the Google Assistant which is renowned for it's intelligence and abilities. Best Assistant on the market by far! I guess the easiest way to sum up the software is it's just SMART. It learns you and knows what you're going to do before you do it and shows itself in very useful ways. It's probably the most evident when writing a text message. It seriously knows what I'm going to say before I say it! Cameras: I actually haven't taken many photos yet. The ones I have taken were super clean. Just go to YouTube and search the Pixel 3 camera. Coming off the success of the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3 actually somehow improved and is better. Best cameras on the market. What's crazy is again, Google is doing it all with just ONE camera. Just tells you how insanely good their machine learning is! Battery: for whatever reason, people have been criticizing the battery life of the Pixel 3's... In my experience so far battery life is stellar! I'm currently at 12% because I didn't charge the phone at all since yesterday morning so I'm sitting at 25 hours since last full charge and 6h 52m SoT! That's f'ing good in my opinion! I have adaptive brightness on with adaptive battery on and I manage my apps meticulously so maybe that's why? Maybe people don't want to take a couple minutes and set up their device to maximize battery life? I don't know... But mine has been great considering the Pixel 3 battery comes in at 2,915mAh. Kudos to Google! Speakers: in my experience so far, the speakers are good. On par with the Pixel 2 maybe a bit louder. They get pretty loud. Call quality and reception: so far I've taken one call on my Pixel 3. I had it on speaker and it was great. Very clear, crisp audio. No static or distortion at all. Cell reception has also been great! No issues at all! Cons: the only knock I suppose one could give the Pixel 3 is that it does NOT have a headphone jack... BUT, not only does Google give you a dongle for it(which actually significantly improves audio through analog), but they also give you Pixel Buds which are USB-C. Plus, who seriously doesn't use Bluetooth these days? Most people do... Oh, and it doesn't have expandable storage... BUT, Google again comes through and gives all Pixel users unlimited backup for photos and videos to Google photos at original size. So....can you really complain? Conclusion: so, for at a minimum $800, is it worth it?!? In my opinion, yes! Not only for all the reasons I described above, but most importantly, support! You're guaranteed 3 years of OS updates with the Pixel 3 plus all the little things in-between! It's an investment and one I myself was very excited to make. Knowing this device has Google's backing and support is definitely worth it! Much like the iPhone (except $200 less;) it's an investment. Take the leap. You'll be glad you did! I know I sure am!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Phone, "Meh" Upgrade over Pixel 2XL

    Posted
    SamG
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    I will start off by saying that I love this phone. I've been a fan of the Google Android experience ever since the Nexus phones and have generally stuck with those despite their shortcomings. I previously owned the Pixel 2 XL prior to the Pixel 3 and while the Pixel 3 isn't as dramatic an upgrade as I hoped it would be, it fixed pretty much all of the problems I had with the 2 XL. I really like the look and feel of the Pixel 3. The design has this simple understated look that I appreciate and the mint green power button adds a nice accent. It feels like it’s put together better than my previous Pixel too; the different pieces all blend together nicely and the buttons are nice and clicky. The screen and speakers are much improved. The screen is so much better than the 2 XL’s. That isn’t saying a lot on its own given the issues that screen had, but really does look great in general. The OLED is bright and colorful and I don’t have any problems seeing the screen on sunny days. The iPhone XS and probably the Galaxy phones still get the slight edge with their screens, but unless you’re holding them up side-by-side I don’t think the difference is noticeable. The speakers are louder, but more importantly the sound is clearer. Music actually sounds pretty good just coming out of the phone’s speakers. It’s not like $100 Bluetooth speaker good, but you could probably throw your $30 one away. The experience of using the phone is as great as it’s always been. It’s fast and besides a Verizon app that can be easily uninstalled completely free of carrier bloat. I’ve always preferred Nexus and Pixel phones because they offer the ‘purest’ Android experience and reassurance that you won’t have to wait 6 months to never to get the latest version of Android. The Pixel phones do deviate from the ‘pure’ Android experience a bit, but the the specific features built-in for Pixels are all useful and well integrated. The camera is just as great as the previous Pixel phones have been too. The amount of detail and quality it’s able to capture is just incredible. I wouldn’t call the camera a huge leap forward from my Pixel 2 XL, but it’s definitely better. Most of the improvements have been made in the software. The automated tracking I like especially - tapping to focus on something will lock the focus on that object even as you move the phone around. It works on photos and videos and not having to constantly be tapping on the screen to make sure I’m in focus is great. Top Shot I also really like, which takes saves a stream of photos when it detects the one you’ve taken might not be the best, so you can nail those jumping shots without having to take the same picture for 5 minutes. Battery life for me has been okay. It gets me to the end of the day for sure, but if I’m going out again I do feel like I have to charge it. It’s the only part of the phone that feels worse than my 2 XL, but having a smaller phone also means having a smaller battery, so I knew I was making that trade going in. Fortunately, the USB-C charger that’s included charges VERY fast and I’ve found leaving it on the charger for 10 or 15 minutes gives me more than enough to get through whatever else I’m doing. Some miscellaneous items: There’s still no headphone jack, but I guess that’s just the way things are going now. Google is still including the 3.5mm adapter at least. I’ve got a couple of pairs of Bluetooth headphones that I really enjoy and am pretty much onboard the wireless train. The box actually includes a pair of wired USB-C earbuds this time and I think they’re pretty good; I’ll be sticking with what I already have, but you could do a lot worse than these. I’ve read problems with the glass on the back scratching, but I have not experienced that at all so far on mine (though I do have it in a case most of the time). I don’t regret upgrading my phone to the Pixel 3, but besides the improvements to the screen and the camera it doesn’t feel that different than my 2 XL. I still think it’s a great phone and it’s the only Android phone I would recommend for most people, but if you’ve already got the Pixel 2 or 2 XL it might be worth thinking about if you really want to upgrade this time around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone so far

    Posted
    Keegan
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    I upgraded from a 3 year old Droid Turbo 2, and so far the Pixel 3 is refreshingly great. Battery Life: The first few days I was disappointed in the battery life. I was expecting the smaller battery with the more efficient Pixel phone to be better than a 3 year old Turbo 2 (even though those phones had huge batteries), and it was about the same or a little worse (about a day of use). But, after having the adaptive battery setting on for a little over a week, the battery life has gotten better every charge, and is up to 40 hours on a single charge. Build: The Turbo 2 was an indestructible tank of a phone. I never had a case or screen protector on it. I dropped it many times and it was still working great for me after 3 years. With the Pixel 3, it definitely feels like a quality phone. But, being all glass, this phone will obviously need more protection. The glass back is a little slick with the rounded corners. I plan to take better care of this phone, and have a case from Carved that has a nice grippy edge so I don't drop the phone on accident. Display: I went with the smaller phone for 2 main reasons: 1. I prefer the small form factor because it's more comfortable in my pocket and my hand, and 2. The notch on the XL. I'm more old fashioned and don't like the notches - they seem like a useless feature. But, the screen on the Pixel 3 is great. I like the 18:9 aspect ratio, the rounded corners, the brightness range (from almost off to blindingly bright), and everything about it. I may miss the "shatterproof" screen from the Turbo 2, but this is a much nicer screen. Performance: smooth, fast, snappy. Has some RAM management issues, but Google announced an update to fix that in December 2018. Camera: Probably the reason most people will get this phone. I haven't been able to put it through the wringer yet, but it is pretty great. Night sight is some sort of sorcery. Top shot, Google lens, the wide angle selfie camera, and unlimited photo storage are all great features. This phone camera can almost compete with my Nikon DSLR... ALMOST. I'll always take a high quality DSLR over a phone for pictures. But having a camera like the Pixel 3 in your pocket all the time is pretty awesome. Other things: Android 9 Pie is really nice. I almost immediately got used to the "gesture" navigation and prefer it now. The speakers sound amazing. I'll still use my bluetooth speakers for listening to music around the house, but they make watching videos great. i haven't missed the headphone jack yet, and the included Pixel buds will probably be just fine for my needs. Finger print reader is in a very natural place, is very accurate and fast. I got my Pixel 3 for $200 off and it was well worth it. It's a great overall phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No Issues

    Posted
    Shwanny
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    I spent way too long researching phones recently, but always kept coming back to the Pixel 3 as the one that would be my next. My hesitancy was over the numerous quality concerns/bugs that were reported all over the internet. So I figured I'd just weigh in to say I'm incredibly happy with this phone and so far haven't experienced anything that would make me regret my purchase. I've had the phone for a month and a half and perhaps the December and January updates fixed a lot of the problems that the people who bought on release were experiencing. I'm not sure, but seriously - I love this phone. It's as fast and nimble as any I've used, the camera delivers on expectations again and again, and the "pure" Android experience really is very satisfying. I'm coming from a Galaxy S7 and simply not having all those Samsung and carrier apps pre-installed does indeed make a difference. I thought I would miss having an SD card option and worried that 64 GB would not be enough. I was wrong. It's plenty of space (I've barely scratched 40%) and I don't have to deal with constantly moving apps back to the SD card every single time they're updated because I don't have space. My app drawer only has the apps I actually use and wanted in the first place. What a concept! I'll say this: my wife's S9 is a little wider and feels better in my hand than the Pixel 3. There's definitely more screen real estate on that one, as well. But neither thing would make me switch. The Pixel is easy to use one handed and fits in a pants pocket. Oh and this is my first phone without a headphone jack. I don't really miss it. Still seems unnecessary, but at least the Pixel comes with USB-C earbuds in the box and they're actually pretty cool. Google Assistant is baked right in, meaning you can listen to your notifications as they come in simply by pressing a button on the headphone cord. Neat. Last thing: wait for a sale. $800 or whatever they cost at full-price still seems ridiculous to me for just about ANY phone. But it's frequently on sale and at $500 I don't know what could possibly beat this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A solid upgrade from the Pixel 1 XL

    Posted
    Eric
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    I upgraded to the PIxel 3 from the PIxel 1 XL. I won't comment about the camera since that's the main focus point of nearly every review out there, and I don't think I can say much that others haven't already said. :P I've only had the phone for about a week now, but so far these are the things - some very small things - that I am particularly liking since upgrading: The smaller form factor and overall premium build quality feeling: • Coming from the Pixel XL, the smaller size of the Pixel 3 is a fun change of scenery. The screen is still plenty large, and while I liked the larger Pixel XL just fine, I really like the compact-ness of the Pixel 3 and it feels great in the hand. The rounded screen edges: • Pixel 2 owners will already be familiar with the rounded screen, but the original Pixels had the sharp squared screens, so coming from that to the rounded-edge design of the Pixel 3 screens is neat, and I really like the way it looks. Software upgrades and differences: • Some of these, like the point above, were there for the Pixel 2s but not the original Pixels. For example, always-on screen mode is awesome. Call screening is super cool too, and I look forward to being able to try that out for myself more in the future. Pixel earbuds included in the box: • Small point here, but I think it's cool that the earbuds were included in the box with the PIxel 3s. They fit extremely well with the loop-earpiece design, and the integration with the assistant is something I'm looking forward to using more. -- I know that this is a fairly lopsided review lol, but I honestly am really enjoying it so far and don't have any gripes or complaints (yet). Of course, nothing is perfect, and I haven't had it for a terribly long time yet, but so far it's a solid upgrade from the Pixel 1 XL.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Switched from IPhone to Pixel, No Regrets!

    Posted
    Meebo
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    I have been a loyal iPhone user since their first phone came out, but have recently been displeased that Apple keeps their best features for their costliest products. Meanwhile, other manufacturers have been providing a lot of features at much more compelling price points. I was hesitant to switch to Android due to my comfort with iPhone functionality and apps already purchased, as well as worries about bloatware on Android. I finally decided to try the Pixel due to the glowing reviews of the phone, screen, lack of bloatware from Google, and camera and I'm so happy that I did. I've had the phone for a week now and absolutely love it!!! The screen is beautiful and really makes images pop. The camera is amazing and is the first time I've seen pictures from a phone that can rival a DSLR. I love that the Google OS is more customizable and can be tweaked to my preferences. The phone itself is beautiful; the screen is large without being uncomfortable to hold. It has a slim form factor and the finish is beautiful. The fingerprint reader works flawlessly and battery life has been great. When I initially bought the phone and transferred my information from iPhone to Google, I experienced withdrawal symptoms and regret and wondered how I could live without Apple. It honestly took a few days to setup all the apps and phone to my liking and learn how to use the new OS. I also downloaded Apple Music and that has worked perfectly on Android. Now I absolutely love the phone and I plan on never going back to Apple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Hardware issues and poor service

    Posted
    Mudsnowh2o
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had My Pixel 3 for 3 months. A few weeks ago I started having issues with the camera. Often the preview screen is just black and none of the controls do anything. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Other times it will lock up and I cannot even get out of it and sometimes it just closes on its own. This is all from the Pixel native camera app. Rebooting the phone will get the camera working for a few minutes. Other people are reporting the same issue in various forms. I contacted Google support and they said to do a factory reset. I did this and the issue did not improve, which points to a hardware issue. Google then told me to work with the retailer and come back to them if the retailer wouldn't take care of it. I took the phone back to Best Buy and spent a half hour there while she was supposedly processing my return. Finally someone else came out and said they cannot return phone's and I would have to go back to Google. So I did and now Google is telling me I have to send my phone to them, they will inspect it, then send me a replacement in 10 to 18 days. This has proven to me that buying from Best Buy had no value to me and I should have just bought online. It also proves that Google does not care that I paid good money for a flagship device that only worked correctly for 3 months and now I have to jump through hoops to get a defective product replaced. I should also point out that I baby my phones and nothing has happened to this phone to cause any issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good cellphone in a small package

    Posted
    Larry
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    I am a dedicated Android user and a photographer so when my Motto Z Force started to break down, the Pixel became one of the obvious contenders. If Motorola continued the Force level of the Z line phone, I would have stayed with that without a second thought. The Galaxy 10 was the other competitor. I liked the lower price of the Pixel 3 especially since it has the same same high camera quality as the XL. After having large phones for a long time, its small size became a positive. Nice to be able to work on a phone with one hand and easily side it into a pocket. As a negative, I do not like its lack of manual controls for its camera. This was a huge plus for my Z, and I thought about moving to the Galaxy because of this. But the much smaller size and lower price of the 3 overcame this negative (though caused a loss of a point in my score). I am also very impressed with the quality of the selfies I am getting from it. Far better than the Z's. I am having none of the glitches I have seen reported. All apps work quickly and well. Battery life has been good. One of the pros of the Z line is the ability to use a battery mod to extend battery life. So, I bought a case that doubles as a charger. I am very pleased so far. I have had it for a short time. How long it works at this level is an important unknown and will help determine whether I get a Pixel next time around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC PHONE

    Posted
    AZMommy
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    I love this phone! The camera is amazing and the features on the camera are great. I really like the fingerprint scanner being on the back of the phone - it's more convenient when I'm picking it up to unlock it. The google assistant is awesome. My husband bought the same phone, so when we send texts, it gives the ... bubble indicating he's texting and I can tell when he read them. The phone has night mode the pulls out the blue light so that it doesn't keep you as awake when you are winding down. You can even tell the Google Assistant to go in to wind-down mode. There is a setting for Digital Wellbeing that displays time on apps and you can set limits on apps. The battery life has been amazing as well. I've gotten at least 36 hours on every charge so far - I've owned it for about 9 days. There is also a battery saving mode when it hits 15% and the phone will tell you the approximate time that it will die based on your current usage. The only negatives I can mention is that it uses USB-C ports, rather than micro-USB. So I had to buy a bunch of new cables to charge my phone at home, work, car. And the headphones use the same port as charging, so you can't charge and have headphones plugged in at the same time. Also, it does not have expandable memory. So you'll just have to transfer pics and videos off more frequently.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrading from the OG pixel very satisfied

    Posted
    Usmc44036
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    I'm upgrading from the OG pixel. Hands down you guys performance is felt off the bat while using the phone. Extremely smooth processing throughout my apps and internet. Wireless capabilities is a huge plus for me and very happy with the must needed upgrade feature. Camera is better especially the front camera that dual camera really does give you a wider better angle. Night features on the camera is pretty stunning I was blown away. I'm currently using the Google pixel fabric case and still the phone is light and looking real good. Now my only gripe or con that idk how I really feel is the speakers at full volume yes it is hands down the loudest producing speakers on a phone I've ever heard. But the dual front mounted speakers vibrate so much it almost distortes the quality and the vibration is crazy in the hands it's almost uncomfortable. Now the Google pixel fabric case helps very little but it does help barely softening up the vibration. But yes those speakers are very loud and quality is ok. Overall I've been using it for a week now and I'm happy still learning to use this special Google features it's taking me time but I think Google is heading a great direction Google assistant really has blown me away over the years and on this pixel 3 generation I am not disappointed. Would recommend greatly especially compared to these other flagship phones I don't think you can go wrong in the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Snappy, functional phone

    Posted
    AJS2P
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Switched from a Note 5 and was initially a little reluctant to give up the S-pen, stellar performance, and larger display for the smaller Pixel 3. I could have got the Pixel 3 XL, but I don't like the notch. Having used the Pixel 3 for about a month now I must say it's really a fun little phone. I've found the smaller size to be refreshing. It's not got as high of specs as many other high end phones out there, but performance has been great so far. Initial setup was straightforward. Make sure to install all the most recent updates. I did have one issue with the Google Feed after the last of the initial updates, but I just uninstalled the update for that app specifically and it worked just fine. The next time the app was updated everything continued to work fine. Battery life has been good. I'm not a gamer, nor do I regularly stream videos, but I do use the phone for work to make calls and send texts and emails. I also use the web and other apps at home. With that usage I typically only need to charge the phone two times a week. Pretty impressive to me. If the Pixel 3 will continue to perform this good for as long as my Note 5 did, and if Google delivers on the promised OS support, this phone may become my new favorite.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone

    Posted
    Fred
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    Best buy has the best customer service and they set everything up for me in a matter of minutes with everything transferred from my s8. The phone is a little bit smaller than I thought it would be and the design seems the same as the pixel 2. The camera is great and the quality of the product is great. I have noticed that my signal is not as good as the Galaxy s8. Along with the service, the phone doesn't seem any better than the s8 being 2 years newer. I could do everything on my s8 that this phone does. However I still think the phone is off great quality and is well worth buying because I loved my s8. Besides the reception part which isn't always bad I do not have any complaints. I would also say that if you have a Samsung s8 or newer updating to this one thinking your going to have the next great phone, and that it's going to be way better I would have to say that's not true. Also the headphones that come with the phone are of high quality and stay in my eyes great. The only down fall is that you have to plug them into your charging port therefore you can't listen to anything when you need to charge your phone. Maybe I just use headphones too much!? Great product overall!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camera is good

    Posted
    Lindsayi29
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    I had to get a phone after my iPhone6s was destroyed. At first the phone was awesome. Everything worked good. Then the speakerphone went out. No one can hear me when speakerphone is activated. I waited for the next software update and still the speakerphone is junk. I contacted Google and they wanted me to send in my phone. That is not an option for me. So they told me to go to best buy. I have the Geek Squad protection which is an absolute waste of money. They would not replace my phone even though it was only a month after purchase that I started experiencing the problem. They wanted a 200.00 deductible first. The only thing good about this phone is the camera. I love the camera. I hope google steps up their game a little bit because the quality of calls and reception is poor. I am also told people call me all the time and my phone just goes to voicemail. I look on the call log and never see a missed call so Im not sure of the issue there. Oh and my screen has already cracked. I have the Goggle brand case on it-the only one available for the phone at my local best buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pixel 3 is great for me

    Posted
    SBCowley
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    I had Motorola phones for the past 3-4 years and came to appreciate the "slim-down" Android experience. My last Moto phone experience wasn't great though and I needed a new phone. I didn't want to switch over and learn Apple OS, and I didn't want all of Samsung's "add-on" ecosystem to Android. The Pixel 3 is perfect for me. I am not a power user, and primarily use my phone for apps, social and pictures. The Pixel 3 camera is superb, I still haven't scratched all the features, and the picture quality is really terrific. The Night Sight feature is unbelievable how it can extract accurate colors and detail in low light. The phone seems very fast and responsive to me. Power users may complain of the 64GB but that will be more than enough for me. The Call Screening AI feature alone is worth the price of the phone, considering how awful spam calls are getting. When I get MY robot to answer THEIR robocall, it just fills me with fiendish glee. I am very happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Project FI Capable from Best Buy!!!

    Posted
    gray
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    Purchased the phone at BB without activating it with Verizon. Went home, removed the SIM card, THEN powered on for the first time and went through the setup process. This way you get zero Verizon bloatware :) Even though the Pixel 3 has an eSIM, it is pre-programmed from Verizon. As a result, a physical SIM needs to be ordered from your Project Fi account (SIM & shipping is free) and then installed into your Pixel 3 in order for you to have access to the Project Fi network. Just wanted to write this review because there have been some reviews on Google/etc saying that it's impossible to get an unlocked phone from Verizon. It's misleading, and Best Buy is an excellent place to purchase your Pixel 3 if you don't/can't wait for Google's procurement to catch up (current deliveries are 3-weeks away).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Connectivity

    Posted
    TechReview
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    The phone has horrible connectivity issues in general, particularly when using data. The side effects of this are that calls/SMS messaging do not work nor does anything that requires data like surfing the web/streaming music. The problem does not lie with my carrier (AT&T) as I used their service with my old Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge which worked perfectly well. The problem is also not specific to a location since the phone fails everywhere. To fix this I have: (1) cleared caches, (2) restarted my phone multiple times, (3) checked that my data plan is still allowing me to use data--it is, (4) looked over the settings to make sure there isn’t a limit on the data that I can use, and (5) ensured my software is up to date. Connectivity is vital in a smartphone and a lack thereof renders the Google Pixel 3 XL pretty unhelpful. There always seems to be an “x” on signal bar indicator on the upper right-hand side of my screen. I am very disappointed in this product and my faith in Google hardware has been damaged.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Android Phone!

    Posted
    Kotor
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    I bought this phone as Christmas Gift for my son. It was at his request and I am writing this review from my observations of him using it and what he has told me. The battery life is amazing and is far superior to his last phone. He only has to charge it every couple of days. The camera quality is of the charts. Hands down some the most vibrant pictures I have ever seen. He is using it with the Google wireless charger and the two work flawlessly together. My son constantly has it with him, and he highly recommends it. If you are looking for a high quality Android phone, I don't think you will be disappointed with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely love it

    Posted
    Misspriss
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    The Google Pixel 3 is without a doubt the best phone I've ever owned! I love the size, the color on the screen is beautiful, takes super great pictures, is lightweight. I would suggest a good phone case to protect it. It is quite slick to hold. I really like the selection of notification sounds available. The speakers are good quality & their placement means better sound. The processor makes for quick response time & fluid movement between screens, apps & any function you choose. I have always owned Motorola phones but last year decided to try a Samsung S7 which after a few months i totally hated. The Android operating system is easy to figure out & get used to. The battery life is awesome, i get about a day & 1/2 out of it with a lot of texting/messaging & internet use although i do not use it for work much. The Pixel 3 is an excellent choice, you won't be disappointed !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very good phone

    Posted
    OrangeTiger
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I switched from a Galaxy S6 Active to the Pixel 3. Both phones are good. The Pixel 3 has some differences that you might want to be aware of. Some good things: Can swipe home button to right to switch between most recent 2 apps. Call screening. Night sight photos. Unlimited photo storage. No Bixby or bloatware. (at least on the unlocked version) Some annoyances: App labels cut off at 1 row. Notifications delayed when screen is locked. No LED notification light. Notifications are on the dimly lit ambient display. If ambient display turned off, then there’s no visible notification at all; need to double-tap screen to see it. Shows weather next to date, but it’s mysteriously absent at times. Contact list doesn’t have A-Z index, so you have to do a lot of scrolling. Proprietary fast chargers. No fast motion/timelapse, but can get an app for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Google Pixel 3 - nice upgrade

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    physicsgirl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was replacing a Galaxy S4 and torn between the Pixel 3 and Galaxy S9, both rated very well. The curved screen on the Galaxy S9 is similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge which is a nuisance finding a screen protector for that doesn't interfere with touch sensitivity. That convinced me to purchase this Pixel 3. Because the old and new phone were both Android, the transfer of data, including apps, went very smoothly. My text messages were moved but the photos within the texts did not transfer. The camera has a number of interesting features and seems to work well. One complaint so far is that there is only one volume for both the ringer and text notification. They were separate on my old phone, I could keep the ringer loud and the text sound softer so as not to be annoying. Online searching indicates I will need to download a third party app to separate them again. It charges very quickly and lasts longer than my old phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend