Last year we saw two types of google Pixel phones released within the year. The 3 series, which is the first budget Pixel phones, and then the true successor: the Pixel 4.
We’ve compared a few of the phones already, but how do they compare today in general as a phone? Well, we’ll go into that here? We’ll tell you whether you should save some cash and get the 3A or the 3, or if splurging and getting the 4 is the better option.
The range of Pixel phones has had a consistent smart, but also unassuming look ever since the 2, but the 4 made some great tweaks to the formula, where instead of the frosted glass back, this one had only one panel, with a matte finish. The glossy option is just black, but also comes with a metal frame. The 3A of course, still has the polycarbonate version, and it’s still very premium.
All three of these come in different colors, and each of them has their own special edition too, with quirky names. The 34 comes in a few wild colors, and the 3 has more subdued colors. Many of these also come with accented power buttons of more vibrant colors.
The bezels on this are slowly being taken out of most smartphones, but for the moment, they’re still on all of these, with the 3A being the largest, and the 4 has more of a punch-hole pop up. The google phones still have a lot of sensors to them too.
Now, the sensors on the Pixel 4 allow for google to take on the 3D unlock technology, where various attempts at the hardware facial biometrics was seen, and it is some of the best that’s out there, since it’s fast and accurate. But, there is no in-display fingerprint reader or a mounted scanner on the 4, which the 3 and the 3a both have, which is something that is pretty nice, since it can be used as a face unlock for your apps.
There are many censors on the 4, especially the soli chip, which allows for faster face unlock, and can be used for motion sensing, which is a good name for inconsistent hands-free gestures. Google has always promised this functionality, but Soli is still lacking.
What is probably the biggest upgrade is of course that OLED display, which is a really nice panel, and it has a super high refresh rate, but that does make it a little bit buggy, since there is a brightness limitation.
Each of these phones, however, have the 1080p resolution, but the 3 XL and the 4 XL both have the QHD+ on them, so it’s good because even if you’re looking for a budget phone, you’ll still have a nice budget phone to it.
The 4 adds new RAM, and it solves the RAM issues that the 3 would have, and they can stay open a little but longer. This is a good reason to get the 4, since it is a good device, but it doesn’t get the improved graphics like in the way the other android phones do, but the Snapdragon 670 handles normal tasks pretty well.
The biggest downside to the Google Pixel 4 is of course the battery life. It has the smallest battery life of the 3, and while it does have Qi wireless charging, it definitely is very bad. It’s one of the major downsides. But, you get a good camera out of this instead, and this is something that you should definitely know about.
At the end of the day, if the newer specs are what matters, then you should get a 4, and if you’re a camera snob, this is definitely something that you’re going to want to consider too. But, if you’re not interested, the 3 and the 3A do the job well.