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I bought a Pixel 3

Charles.D. | April 25, 2019

In the ever-evolving world of smartphones, the quest for the perfect device can be both exciting and daunting. After much contemplation, I recently replaced my trusty Essential Phone with the sleek and feature-packed Pixel 3 in black. However, the journey has been filled with unexpected twists and turns, leading me to question if the upgrade was truly worth it.

The Allure of Pixel 3:

The Pixel 3, with its compact size and powerful features, seemed like a logical upgrade. The wireless charging, IP68 rating, faster processor, OLED display tailored for VR experiences, and stellar camera were persuasive factors. As someone often relied upon for tech recommendations, explaining the unique charm of the Essential Phone had become a challenge.


  1. Loud Front-Facing Speaker: The Pixel 3 boasts an impressive front-facing speaker, delivering clear and robust audio for an immersive multimedia experience.
  2. Wireless Charging: Bid farewell to tangled cables with the convenience of wireless charging, a feature that has become a staple in modern smartphones.
  3. Google Exclusivity: Embracing the Pixel comes with the perks of Google exclusivity, ensuring timely updates and a seamless integration with the ever-expanding Google ecosystem.
  4. IP68 Waterproof Rating: The Pixel 3’s waterproof design provides peace of mind, safeguarding the device against accidental spills and unforeseen weather encounters.
  5. Amazing Camera: The Pixel series is renowned for its exceptional camera capabilities, capturing moments with stunning clarity and vibrant colors.


  1. All-Glass Design: While aesthetically pleasing, the all-glass design can be a double-edged sword, making the device more susceptible to damage from accidental drops.
  2. Endless Bluetooth Connectivity Issues: The Achilles’ heel of my Pixel 3 experience has been the persistent Bluetooth connectivity problems. From car connections to smartwatches, headphones, and earbuds, frequent disconnections have become a major inconvenience.
  3. Not the Brightest Screen: Despite its OLED display, the Pixel 3 falls short in screen brightness, leaving users wanting more in well-lit environments.
  4. Battery Woes: The promise of all-day battery life seems elusive, as the Pixel 3 struggles to keep up with the demands of a busy day, often requiring a midday recharge.

As I navigate the pros and cons of my Pixel 3 experience, the decision to upgrade becomes complex. While the device excels in various aspects, the persistent Bluetooth issues and battery limitations overshadow its overall performance.

In the spirit of shared experiences, I invite you to contact me in the comment section. Have you encountered similar challenges with your Pixel 3, or do you have tips to overcome these issues? Let’s dialogue and unravel the mysteries of smartphone upgrades together.


Written by Charles.D.