Google Pixel 3 ‘Top Shot’ Feature Isn’t As Great As It Sounds

Sheri Evans
October 20, 2018

While pre-orders are already shipping, you can now buy either of the third-generation Pixel phones directly from the Google Store, Project Fi, or from Verizon in the U.S., while United Kingdom readers will have to wait until November 1st to splash the cash.

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People in the Googleplex need to talk to each other more: the Chocolate Factory has launched a third product with "Titan" in its name, and it's only related to one of the other two bits of kit.

The alternative is to buy a Pixel 3 phone directly from Google, in which case the device will be unlocked by default, and you'll be able to use it with any carrier of your choosing.

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Titan M also prevents device tampering from hackers (or even law enforcement), from bypassing the lock screen of the Pixel 3 in any attempt to update the firmware to decrypt the device and its contents. You couldn't just walk into a Best Buy, buy a Pixel 3, and slap a T-Mobile SIM card into it.

The first to do so is the trusty iFixit, and while digging through the Pixel 3 XL's innards didn't result in any groundbreaking discoveries, there are still a few interesting changes compared to the last generation of Pixel phones. As for Pixel 3 XL, the 64GB and 128GB storage model can be pre-ordered at Rs 20,000 and Rs 29,000 respectively. Sadly, this leaves the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with an underwhelming score of just 4 out of 10. The Pixel 3 gets 443 pixels per inch, and the Pixel 3 XL does better with 523 ppi.

Regardless, Google's selfie game was on top previous year as well, but that's when the Pixel 2 series also delivered the best-in-class performance in the rear camera department, according to numerous reviewers and image benchmarking experts at French DxOMark. The front camera is a commendable 8MP+8MP unit on both handsets. Both come with fast, 18-watt chargers in the box and both wall chargers support the new Power Delivery fast-charging standard.

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