The Pixel 3 was the final Google telephone I truly loved holding

With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro on the horizon — and searching very thrilling as well — I believed it might be time to wax poetic about one among my favorite Google telephones, the good Pixel 3.

Well, principally nice. I’ll be sincere, the Pixel 3 was removed from an ideal machine. Admittedly, most Pixels are flawed smartphones. But the Pixel 3 additionally stands out to me as being the final actually small Google flagship. With the 2021 Pixels shaping as much as be huge, 6-inch+ telephones, I discover myself eager for a revamped, fashionable model of the Pixel 3.

Rumour has it the Pixel 5a will drop on the finish of August with a 6.4-inch show (though it gained’t come to Canada). Likewise, Google confirmed the incoming Pixel 6 will sport a 6.4-inch show, whereas the 6 Pro will include a 6.7-inch show. Most persons are possible completely happy about these sizes; large screens appear to be well-liked, in any case.

The Pixel 3 simply feels proper in my hand

To be honest, I don’t have something in opposition to large screens. It was solely just lately that I started to choose smaller sizes. For just about so long as I’ve been into telephones, I’ve most well-liked bigger display sizes. But again within the early 2010s, it was simple to ask for one thing larger when most telephone screens maxed out at 4- or 5-inches.

I usually caught with Nexus and Pixel telephones, past a quick stint with the OnePlus One again when it got here out in 2014. 2015’s Nexus 6P — of which the Pixel 6 bears an uncanny resemblance to — felt positively huge to me with its 5.7-inch display, as did the Pixel 2 XL’s 6-inch show in 2017. While I loved utilizing each these telephones, I seen that I most well-liked the texture of the smaller 2016 Pixel to each of them. The solely cause I received the two XL was as a result of I didn’t like how the Pixel 2 bezels appeared.

In 2018, I began working at MobileSyrup, which introduced the chance to strive a ton of various smartphones from totally different producers. I broke away from my Nexus-Pixel mainstay to strive telephones from Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus and even Apple. It didn’t take lengthy for me to comprehend I actually disliked large telephones. And once I received to strive the Pixel 3, I knew it was the proper dimension.

The transfer to bezel-less shows meant larger screens in smaller telephones

The Pixel 3’s matte again helps keep away from the fingerprint smudges that plague shiny telephones

Here’s the factor I’ve come to comprehend — I like giant screens, however not giant telephones. The Nexus 6P I discussed earlier had a 5.7-inch display, which is simply just a little bigger than the Pixel 3’s 5.5-inch show and technically smaller than the current Pixel 4a’s 5.81-inch display. The large distinction between the large Nexus and the tiny Pixels? The bezels. For me, the best display dimension sits within the mid to higher 5-inch territory, the place it’s simply sufficiently big to be purposeful with out being so large as to make it troublesome to make use of with one hand (assuming you could have relatively small arms like myself).

However, the Pixel 3 does extra than simply supply the appropriate display dimension. It’s the right width too. At 68.2mm extensive, the Pixel 3 is sort of skinny. It additionally helps that the Pixel 3 measures simply 7.9mm thick. All in, the telephone feels very svelte and slim in my hand, which I completely love, however nonetheless provides a big and fairly useable quantity of display.

Sure, the Pixel 4a may be very, very shut at 69.4mm extensive and eight.2mm thick. It’s an in depth runner-up to the Pixel 3 by way of hand-feel and is truthfully one among my favorite telephones to make use of. Unfortunately, the 4a simply doesn’t fairly match into my typical day-to-day use just like the Pixel 3 does, and it lacks some premium prospers I actually like (for instance, wi-fi charging).

The Pixel 4 can be pretty shut with its 68.8mm width, nevertheless it’s not fairly as skinny at 8.2mm. What’s worse, I’ve the shiny black mannequin which, frankly, feels disgusting in my hand — I can’t stand utilizing the Pixel 4 and not using a case. I can’t converse to the Pixel 5 since I haven’t held one, however at 70.4mm extensive, I can’t think about I’d prefer it. Every different telephone I’ve held that’s 70mm or wider hasn’t matched as much as the Pixel 3.

All that is to say that, excited as I’m for the Pixel 6, I’m virtually sure I gained’t get pleasure from holding it. At least, not almost as a lot as I get pleasure from holding the Pixel 3. It simply feels proper in my hand in a means that no different telephone — Pixel or in any other case — has matched.

I’d find it irresistible if Google launched a Pixel 6 Mini (or Micro, or Nano, or no matter different synonym you need) that matched the Pixel 3 dimensions. I’d purchase it in a heartbeat. But it gained’t occur — Google’s Pixels usually promote nice, and even Apple couldn’t transfer the iPhone 12 mini effectively — however one can dream.

What do you think?

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