Current State of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL


I had a Pixel 3 XL on launch day that I returned a few days later, due to its rocky start. I had all the issues many people complained of – bad speakers, crashing apps, missing photos, etc. I’m curious to find out, from those that own one of these phones, how things have improved since the launch.

What has me thinking about this is that Best Buy has them on sale for $450 off. $150 instant Best Buy savings, then $300 worth of credits over 24 months (that’s the rub). But anyway, that puts the 64GB XL at $449, which is around where I thought this device should be priced. It’s tempting at that price for sure.

So, is the Pixel 3 a better phone now than when it launched? Have the issues been addressed?

Comments (7)

7 responses to “Current State of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL”

  1. yoshi

    EDIT: Yes, I meant to type $300 worth of credits, not $350. I tried to edit the post but it is not allowing me to.

  2. dcdevito

    I think the P3 is a dud. I have 3 family members who have the 3XL and they perpetually complain about various issues. My 2XL runs great, ao my guess is they botched the firmware with memory management on the 3. Just a guess.

  3. BeckoningEagle

    I may be the exception, but I have a Pixel 3 XL and it has worked great for me. Buying it for $449.00 would have been better though.

  4. Paul Thurrott

    Weird, I kept hearing from people that none of those issues were real. :)

    But seriously, I experienced them as well. And also returned mine for the same reasons.

    $450 is a great price for a Pixel 3 XL ... assuming that the issues are fixed. This is the best resource I've found for determining what's been fixed and what hasn't:

  5. ggolcher

    I own a Pixel 3 and it generally works well, although the battery is wonky (sometimes lasts forever, sometimes it drains unbearably fast).

    What is very aggravating is the materials and texture. Holding that phone is like holding a bar of soap. I've dropped it too many times to count. I don't think it'll last me the 3 years I was planning.

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