Google’s Pixel Three XL provides the iPhone XS Max a severe run for the cash at the beginning of 2019.
Evaluation Backgrounder: two months with each the 6.3-inch Google Pixel Three XL (128GB) and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max (256GB).
(This can be a temporary evaluation that touches on highlights of the Pixel Three XL.)
AI: The Pixel Three XL has some novel AI — through Google Assistant — that the iPhone cannot match.
That features spectacular AI that can assist you display calls: Google Assistant takes the decision, asks who’s calling and why, and generates a real-time transcript of the caller’s response.
And, total, I’ve had higher luck with Google Assistant as an clever assistant in comparison with Apple’s Siri (the latter I do not use anymore and I flip off to avoid wasting battery life).
Digicam: Right here, Google will get the more-with-less award.
The Pixel 3’s single rear digicam renders superb images. Superb as a result of different telephones just like the iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 require two cameras to do roughly the identical factor — which incorporates taking portrait images and zooming. Low mild efficiency can be excellent courtesy of options equivalent to Evening Sight. And the Pixel 3’s video is on the prime of the smartphone heap.
Efficiency: for what I do, efficiency is just about a draw between the Pixel Three XL and iPhone XS Max.
That mentioned, Google’s pure Android expertise is easy and feels slightly quicker than iOS. However that is a subjective factor as a result of Android feels extra intuitive to me than iOS. Uncooked benchmarks favor the iPhone XS Max.
Battery life: the iPhone XS Max tops the Pixel Three XL right here.
It helps that on the iPhone I flip off Siri, flip off the mobile connection (activate Wi-Fi calling as a substitute), and activate Do Not Disturb (contacts solely) once I’m at residence. That has confirmed to stretch the battery life on the iPhone.
However all issues equal (and all issues turned on), each telephones are fairly shut. Backside line: battery life just isn’t a deal breaker.
Weight: the Pixel Three XL is lighter (by 0.eight ounces) than the iPhone* XS Max. Little issues like this matter if you’re dealing with a telephone dozens of instances over the course of a day.
Value: this may be the deciding issue for patrons not wedded to a single platform. The Pixel Three XL will be the higher deal, particularly should you can seize one at a reduction.
The Pixel Three XL value begins at $899 for 64GB. iPhone XS Max begins $1,099 for a similar 64GB.
The highest of the road 128GB Pixel Three XL is $999, whereas the mid-range 256GB iPhone XS Max is $1,249 (per gig favors the iPhone on this case).
However wait. The Pixel Three will get pretty common reductions. The Google Retailer has already had two large gross sales on the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL (regardless of being available on the market for only some months). The primary time each Google telephones have been discounted $200 (bringing the 128GB Pixel Three XL right down to $799), the second time each telephones have been discounted $150. I do not recall the Apple Retailer ever doing that.
I would take a $799 or $849 Pixel Three XL 128GB over a $1,249 iPhone XS Max 256GB.
Abstract: the Pixel Three XL is an enchancment over the already-very-good Pixel 2 XL. In the event you’re affected person and purchase it at a reduction (and should you’re not a fan of iOS), it is among the best high-end smartphone offers on the planet — and cheaper than the iPhone XS Max.
*Nevertheless, the iPhone XS Max is a extra environment friendly design: the 2 telephones are roughly the identical dimension however Apple squeezes a 6.5-inch show into roughly the identical area.