1. v1ru5879's Avatar
    Thinking about upgrading from my S7. I am leaning towards a Pixel 3 variant but am open to other suggestions. I would be buying used, unless there is a phenomenal deal on a new or refurbished device. I would like some suggestions on the Pixel 3 variant pros and cons. At this point just looking for something nicer than the S7 that is dying ever so quickly these days. I also had considered a battery replacement on the S7 but a new device seems to be in order
    05-13-2020 11:43 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    Have you looked into the pixel 3a and 3a xl ?
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    05-13-2020 11:46 AM
  3. v1ru5879's Avatar
    I have been looking at the 3a XL I have not had a chance to take a look at the exact differences of the pixel 3s which I need to take some time to see the pros and cons of each
    05-13-2020 12:10 PM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    I have been looking at the 3a XL I have not had a chance to take a look at the exact differences of the pixel 3s which I need to take some time to see the pros and cons of each
    Main thing be no wireless charging, water resistant and the better chip , but when I had the pixel 3a didn't notice any performance issues.
    05-13-2020 12:44 PM
  5. v1ru5879's Avatar
    I do like the wireless charging only because my Jeep has a wireless charger built in. I have never been sold on the water resistance, I have an irrational fear of ruining my device even if its water resistant like my s7, I have never even tried to get it wet. I did notice some do not have the headphone jack either
    05-13-2020 12:47 PM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    I do like the wireless charging only because my Jeep has a wireless charger built in. I have never been sold on the water resistance, I have an irrational fear of ruining my device even if its water resistant like my s7, I have never even tried to get it wet. I did notice some do not have the headphone jack either
    Yeah the pixel 3a has a headphone jack not the 3
    You'll have to weigh in the options that work best for you .
    05-13-2020 01:07 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The 3 XL can be found for a pretty good price these days -- it's $430 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Google-Pixel-...cUvbUpU6790401.

    For me, a major benefit of the 3 XL over the 3a XL is the unlimited Original Quality photo backups to Google Photos until Jan 2021. The 3a XL only gives you unlimited High Quality backups (just like any other phone). So if you're a big photo taker, keep that in mind.
    05-13-2020 01:30 PM
  8. v1ru5879's Avatar
    I was trying to weigh out the battery life. I found the s9+ in my price range but seeing as its still older than the pixel3s there is a good chance the battery has less life than the pixel. Also the replacement process seems easier on the pixel with the plastic backing vs the glass which is easy to break. I think I may end up with a 3a XL I can't seem to find any cons so to say with going that route. Also a big fan of having the latest version of android which is a huge pro on the google phones
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    05-13-2020 01:45 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    All good points. I think the reason why the 3a line has better battery life is primarily due to the lower power consumption by the SoC, but by all accounts, the phone's overall performance is hardly distinguishable from the flagship 3. I also agree with the plastic vs glass argument -- I've always found glass backs to be silly and unnecessary.
    05-13-2020 02:21 PM
  10. the_boon's Avatar
    Having the Pixel 3a, with my usage the battery life is okay but not phenomenal. I'm coming from a KEY2 with a 4.5 inch 1080 LCD screen which sips battery compared to this OLED in the 3a.

    However the battery life of the 3a is considered by most to be substantially better than the 3 and 4 (I'm only talking about small non-XL models)
    05-13-2020 03:28 PM
  11. v1ru5879's Avatar
    I was just watching a video on the battery life. I'm pretty much sold on the 3a XL just gotta find the right deal. Some good ones on swappa so I'm gonna go that route
    05-13-2020 11:33 PM
  12. v1ru5879's Avatar
    I was just reading an article that even tho the XL version does have a larger battery the 3a lasted a bit longer. Is this accurate?
    05-14-2020 09:49 AM
  13. the_boon's Avatar
    I was just reading an article that even tho the XL version does have a larger battery the 3a lasted a bit longer. Is this accurate?
    I don't know if a 3a would outlast a 3 XL, that is a good question.

    The 3 XL does have a head start of about 400mAh or so, but also with a 0.7" increase in display size and a supposedly less efficient processor.
    05-14-2020 01:01 PM
  14. v1ru5879's Avatar
    It was an article on tomsguide that said the 3a outlasted the 3axl by 15 mins
    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pixel-3...ews-30029.html
    05-14-2020 01:03 PM
  15. the_boon's Avatar
    It was an article on tomsguide that said the 3a outlasted the 3axl by 15 mins
    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pixel-3...ews-30029.html
    I wouldn't trust it.

    There is no way a 3a could outlast a 3a XL if we're comparing with the same usage patterns etc...

    Because the 700mAh difference in battery size makes for a 23% increase in size.

    While the 0.4" difference in display size translates to just 7% increase.

    So that means that the 3a XL is effectively ~15% better than the 3a in battery life.
    05-14-2020 01:19 PM
  16. v1ru5879's Avatar
    Yeah there was no logical explanation for it but I figured I would come ask the community. Well I missed out on a good deal $215 so I just gotta wait it out and wait for another to pop up
    05-14-2020 01:22 PM
  17. Kamran Rizvi's Avatar
    Pixel 3 (5.5")
    05-15-2020 10:00 AM
  18. muhammedazhar's Avatar
    My favourites are Pixel 2 XL (Panda) and Pixel 3 (Black)
    05-15-2020 03:40 PM
  19. jlarkins08's Avatar
    I have a pixel 3 as my daily driver. I would and have recommended this phone to anyone looking for a small form factor smartphone. It's great for my use... I plan to hold on to this form factor as long as I can because phones are just too big these days for me.
    05-15-2020 06:02 PM

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