Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg

Apple MacBook Air 2018 | Review | Tech Magg
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The MacBook Air 2018 features Intel’s 8th gen Core-i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a gorgeous retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 and it packs all this into a smaller and lighter chassis than its predecessor.

Tech Magg Rating ➝ 70/100


Our Prospective

The Apple MacBook Air 2018 refresh improves on what was already considered the best ultrabook, but at the same time, also brings in a significant price bump. The earlier MacBook Air was one of the most affordable and powerful ultrabooks one could buy and while the 2018 MacBook Air continues to be powerful, it is no longer the best value for money device. It is still a great device for work which is guaranteed to last you a few years. It is perfect for watching movies as well, but if you’re looking for a photo or video editing machine, this is definitely not it. For everything else, its great.


PROS CONS
  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Weighs lesser than before
  • Great battery life
  • No 16GB RAM variant available in India
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports not enough



Apple MacBook Air 2018: Detailed Review

For years, the MacBook Air was the best ultrabook available, period. For the price, it was the lightest laptop available. It was also one of the most reliable machines available, delivering consistent performance day after day, for years. However, by the time 2017 started coming to a close, people started to wonder when Apple would refresh the world’s most loved ultrabook. Apple finally announced the much-wanted refresh earlier this year and we’ve had plenty of time with the new MacBook Air to figure out if the new laptop lives up to the legacy of its predecessor.

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : What’s in the Box

MacBook Air
USB-C to USB-C cable
30W Power Adapter
Warranty paperwork
Apple Stickers

Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Specifications

Processor: Intel Core i5 – 8210Y
Core Count: 2
Clock Speed: 1.6GHz
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB PCIe based
Display Resolution: 2560×1600
Display Size: 13-inch
Thunderbolt Ports: 2



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Build and Design

The 2018 MacBook Air has received a design refresh, but it isn’t as radical as one. Would expect it. To be. The chassis is now slightly slimmer, the overall body size is smaller, all thanks to the display coming with a slimmer bezel. Its not just the bezels around the display that have slimmed down, but also the space around the keyboard has been cut down in thickness. There is no TouchBar on the 2018 MacBook Air, which allowed Apple to accommodate a bigger touchpad on the MacBook Air. The pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Air can be found on the left side of the machine, leaving the headphone jack all alone on the right side.

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When you take out the MacBook Air out of its box, 
the first thing you are likely to notice is how light it really is. Apple says the MacBook Air has become lighter, and we verified their statement by weighing the old and the new. Sure enough, the MacBook Air is a whole 100 grams lighter and it only took the laptop three years to shed the weight. This is now how slow you want to lose weight. Apple has also incorporated TouchID into the MacBook Air as a square button and not the round one we’ve seen on the iPhone for so many years. The TouchID also doubles up as the power button.

When we look at the new MacBook Air, it’s hard not to see the Macbook influence here. The slimmed down sides, the thinner bezels on the display and not to mention the same gold finish. The other two colours are Space Grey and Silver, both of which look equally stunning. When Steve Jobs pulled the original MacBook Air out of an A4 envelope, no one would have thought it would be possible to refine the design further, but here we are, typing this review on a thinner, lighter and more visually appealing MacBook Air.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Keyboard and Trackpad

The new 2018 MacBook Air features the second-generation butterfly mechanism for the keyboard. The original design was highly criticized for its being completely crippled by a single grain of dust. Apple worked on that vulnerability by introducing a membrane under the keycaps that prevents dust from getting in there. Additionally, it raises the keycaps a little higher than the original Butterfly mechanism. The result is slightly higher travel in the keys, which feels pleasant to type on. We also have a late 2016 MacBook Pro with the older Butterfly mechanism and those keys are practically one with the keyboard island, offering little to no feedback. On the new MacBook Air, typing is a far more enjoyable experience, especially given how eerily quiet the keys can be, unless you’re the kind who likes to take out their frustration on the keyboard as a means of cathartic release. For those with gentle fingers, this is for sure a pleasant keyboard to type on.
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Moving onto the trackpad, there is a generous slab of capacitive glass lying on top of Apple’s Taptic Engine. On either side lie force sensors which translate to the feedback you receive when you click on the trackpad. There’s no actual physical movement here, but it definitely feels like it. We had someone who had not used a Mac in the last 5 years have a go at the MacBook Air, they genuinely thought the trackpad was moving up and down. The feedback is that real. If you’re a seasoned Mac user, you’d be familiar with all the gestures one can use to get more out of the MacBook Air and for years, Apple has implemented this flawlessly. Every single gesture register with incredible ease. Spend some time with the MacBook Air and even if you’re a first-time user, you’ll get used to the gesture-based navigation very quickly, mostly because they’re intuitive and because the trackpad does not fail even a single time in registering them right.




Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Display

One of the biggest upgrades to the MacBook Air is the display. It was somewhat disappointing to see Apple carry its MacBook Air into 2018 with a 1440×900 resolution display. Well, the company is sure closing the year with a bang of pixels and colours. The new MacBook Air brings you a retina display with the resolution of 2560×1600 and a higher than sRGB colour gamut coverage. Apple continues to use IPS panels on their MacBook Air for its incredible colour accuracy. The MacBook Air is factory colour calibrated for sRGB and right out of the box, has colour reproduction accurate enough to be used as a professional photo-editing display. The display also gets really bright, hitting almost 800 nits on the top-side and going as low as 2 nits on the lowest visible setting.


Specs aside, the IPS LCD panel Apple has used continues to be an industry-leading display, with colours that have true-to-life representation and a level of crispness that is often missing on Windows-based machines. Pair that with MacOS Mojave’s dark theme and it is nothing short of a visual treat. Watching movies on his display whether from own source material of from various streaming services like Netflix is absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, unlike its bigger and more expensive MacBook Pro brethren, the MacBook Air is not capable of reproducing colours from the DCI-P3 wide-gamut colour, meaning it does not support HDR content playback. This is probably the only downside of the MacBook Air’s display, but honestly, its not something you could tell when looking at this display. What Samsung’s OLED is to smartphones, Apple’s IPS LCD is to the laptop world and the MacBook Air comes equipped with one amazing panel.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Ports and I/O

There’s only two Thunderbolt 3 ports here, one of which is taken up by the charger. On the other side, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s it. That’s all you get.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Performance

The 2018 MacBook Air is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 processor, but this is a Y-series chip. The Intel Core i5-8210 is a low power dual core CPU with a base clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.6GHz. Accompanying the processor is 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 2133MHz and 128GB of PCIe based storage. IF you’re having an eerie sense of déjà vu, you’re so not alone. There are a few things that feel very underwhelming in regards to the specification set. First, Apple used a low-power CPU for this machine. Second, for some reason, the company continues to use DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4. Lastly, 128GB of PCIe storage just feels too little, especially when you consider the number of smartphones available today with this much storage. If you do end up buying your MacBook Air from abroad, you may get lucky with more RAM, but you’re still stuck with 128/256GB storage and the low-power CPU. Interestingly, when we measured the read/write diskspeed on the MacBook Air in comparison to our 2016 MacBook Pro, the Air’s storage came out notieably slower. 
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Let’s now move to how the MacBook air performs in real life. One of the reasons the original MacBook Air became so popular was its battery life. Since PCMark doesn’t have a MacOS benchmark for the battery, our best way to figure out the capabilities of the MacBook Air’s battery was to use the machine without the charger for as long as possible. It started with a fully charged MacBook air and a whole day of editorial work ahead of it. Turns out, the MacBook Air managed to last a solid 8 hours of use with the brightness set to half and Wi-Fi turned on. The day involved writing roughly 3000 words in MS Word for various stories and some photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Typically, most ultrabooks will give 5-7 hours of battery life provided the activities are limited to basic use. But with the MacBook Air, 8 hours was a given even with a multitude of browser windows open in both Chrome and Safari, some photo editing and a little bit of YouTube. That’s Apple for you!


While my usual work machine is a 2016 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 chip and 16GB of RAM, I figured it would be a good idea to switch to the MacBook Air for a few weeks and see how it holds up to my needs. A significant part of my work involves extensive photo editing, large RAW files with 45-megapixel resolution are commonplace. Running a Lightroom Catalog with close to 13,000 photos was no problem, but editing individual high-resolution RAW files did see the machine stutter a little bit. For example, when switching from the library to the develop module, the image not only took a good 6 seconds to load, but the preview itself loaded in parts. Additionally, moving the adjustment sliders around wasn’t a smooth experience. This isn’t a photo-editing machine, so it is unfair to ask of it to be capable of editing 45MP RAW files.

The MacBook Air isn’t a sprinter, but instead, it’s the slow-and-steady marathon runner. It’s great for office goers and even the college student who lives an affluent lifestyle as the MacBook Air can easily handle the day-to-day tasks of keeping you entertained and also being your trusty work companion, as long as your work doesn’t involve photo or video editing.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Battery Life

The Apple MacBook Air comes with a 50.3Whr Lithium Polymer battery that Apple says should last you about 12-13 hours, depending on the use case. While we continually clocked a solid 8 hours, we also know that had we eliminated photo editing from our day, the machine would have easily clocked 10 hours of use. The topping up of this battery takes closer to two and a half hours with the provided charger, which is a 30Watt Power Delivery charger that charges the machine over USB-C. what this means is that while you’re charging the MacBook Air, you lose one of the two charging ports, which is a bummer for sure.



Apple Macbook Air 2018 : Bottomline

Every Apple loyalist is going to love the MacBook Air. Everyone who has loved using their older MacBook Air is going to love the new MacBook Air. However, if you’re not an Apple loyalist, you’re not going to be very impressed with the MacBook Air’s offerings, in comparison to what the Windows counterparts have to offer. For example, The Asus Zenbook S which costs Rs 15,000 more, comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, far more storage, one additional USB-C port and not to mention, a dongle in the box.


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review | Tech Magg

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review | Tech Magg


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition | Review


Celebrating its 5th anniversary, OnePlus recently announced a collaboration with Formula 1 giant, McLaren, launching the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition priced Rs 50,999. “Salute to speed” is the justification for it, and for the most part, the two complement e


ach other perfectly. Both brands are icons of speed — One on the race tracks and the other, in the hands of people. While many thought the collaboration would simply mean another sexy colour variant, OnePlus took us by surprise, packing the most amount of RAM in the phone ever. 10GB worth of memory is the highlight of the device, apart from the 30W fast charging which OnePlus rechristened as Warp Charge.


A word about the tests

The tests we used to measure the performance of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition are a combination of synthetic and extreme real-world scenarios. There’s nothing out there in the smartphone space that can really leverage so much RAM. Even Android 9 Pie’s resource management doesn’t have the provision for so much RAM and as a result, even if you keep 50 apps open (hypothetically), it won’t make any difference as Android will start killing the apps after say, the tenth app you launch.

With that in mind, here’s how the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition performed in our tests:

Test 1: Synthetic Benchmarks

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was made to pass through the usual rounds of benchmark tests. The results were a little surprising and we spent some time figuring out why. Turns out the 8GB+128GB OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition performed better than the 10GB OnePlus 6T McLaren edition on all the three popular mobile benchmarks — AnTuTu 7.0, 3DMark Slingshot and Geekbench Single Core and Multi Core tests.



While the difference weren’t all that big, it dampened our expectations from the McLaren branded phone. On AnTuTu 7.0, the McLaren edition scored 293811 while the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T scored 295197, a difference of around 1386 points.



On Geekbench Single Core, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition scored 2302 against the regular OnePlus 6T’s 2375, a difference of 73 points. Even on multi-core tests, the McLaren edition charted 8691 as compared to the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T’s 8856, ahead by 165 points.



Even on 3DMark Slingshot, the OnePlus 6T McLaren gave a score of 6198 against the 8GB OnePlus 6T’s 6359, a difference of 161 points.

The difference, even though negligible, was quite baffling. Everything in the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is the same as the regular variant, save for the RAM under the hood. At least, that’s what OnePlus advertised. It was also easy to figure out that even the benchmark apps couldn’t put so much RAM into use. However, investigating deeper into the scores, we figured the RAM module on the McLaren edition, despite having a larger memory, is slower than that on the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple.



On AnTuTu, the RAM score of the OnePlus 6T McLaren came up to 3381 while the 8GB OnePlus 6T scored 3390, a difference of just 9 points. That’s just an arbitrary number you can say, but that difference in score was corroborated by Geekbench’s findings.

In the single-core tests, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition had a memory latency higher than the 8GB OnePlus 6T. Anyone remotely familiar with how computers work will know a higher latency is never a good thing. Furthermore, the memory bandwidth on the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is lower than the 8GB variant. All this, despite having a larger amount of available memory. The difference was the same in the multi-core tests as well, and we presume, that’s the reason behind slightly lower scores on synthetic benchmarks.

Let’s simplify the concept of RAM for you guys. To begin with, the software available for the device needs to be able to exploit it, which in the case of Android smartphones isn’t available. However, let us understand why the higher capacity and slower speed of the RAM isn’t a good thing. Think of RAM as the size of a room and the speed of the RAM as the number of doors in that room. RAM as the name suggests is Random Access Memory which means data comes in and out of RAM as and when you use the phone. Keeping our room and door analogy in mind, a large room with more doors (the 8GB RAM variant of the phone) will always be more efficient than a larger room with fewer doors. Remember, data needs to go in and out of this room as fast as possible and even though the size of the room is important (8GB or 10GB RAM), so is the speed at which it can enter and exit the room.

Winner: 8GB OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple

Test 2: Batch edit JPEG files

Synthetic benchmarks, as the name suggests, are artificially induced scenarios that run the same instruction set on every device to offer a standardized measurement. While it helps in comparing two similar devices, real-world usage isn’t always taken into account. That’s why we devised a performance test of batch editing JPEG files. It’s a good measurement of RAM performance as more available memory is always good for such tasks.

We divided the test into four parts — One batch with 40 images, another with 80, then with 120 images and finally, with 150 images. For every batch, we applied a preset Cross-Process filter to the images and batch processed them, and recorded the time it took for both the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and the 8GB variant to complete each set.

Here are the results:

In this case, it’s clear that the 10GB RAM on the OnePlus 6T McLaren has some impact on the processing. The higher memory allows the phone to store more data in real-time for the processor, and as a result, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition completed each test round, around 3 seconds faster than the 8GB variant.

Winner: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

Google Pixel 3 Review – In Depth



The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available in India starting November 1. The 64GB Pixel 3 is priced at Rs 71,000 whereas the 128GB Pixel is priced at Rs 80,000. The Pixel 3 XL starts at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 92,000. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display whereas the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display.

Google Pixel 3 Review ➝ 74/100

Our Verdict


The Pixel 3 brings with it refinement to a known design, butter smooth performance, a pixel perfect camera and a display to immerse you. For the asking price, it is cheaper than an iPhone XS and offers fantastic overall performance. Sure, there is no face unlock and at full volumes the entire device vibrates but if you want flagship performance, then you can absolutely consider it.


PROS

  • Butter smooth performance
  • Fantastic camera
  • Rich display
  • Ergonomic design
  • No Notch

CONS

  • Device vibrates when the speakers are at full volume
  • Battery life may not appeal to the power user

Google Pixel 3: Detailed Review


If you are looking for the crème dela crème Android experience on a smartphone, chances are you are looking at the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, LG G7+ ThinkQ, and offerings from Nokia among others. Apart from Nokia, the only other smartphone to give you a pure premium Android experience is Google’s own Pixel family of devices. Today we have with us the Google Pixel 3. The smartphone is the successor to last year’s Pixel 2. Is it a worthy upgrade? Let’s find out

Google Pixel 3 Key Specifications at a glance :

Display: 5.5-inch
Display resolution: FHD+ (2160 x 1080p)
Display protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Weight: 148 grams
Battery: 2915mAh
CPU: Snapdragon 845
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear camera: 12.2MP
Front camera: Dual 8MP
OS: Android 9 Pie
Price: Rs 64,500 for the 64GB and Rs 80,000 for the 128GB variant

Google Pixel 3 – In the box

Usually, in the box, you get the phone, a USB cable and the charger, that’s it. With the Pixel 3, you get a lot. Apart from the USB-C cable, charging plug and USB-C to USB-A adapter, you also get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter to connect your old headphones and a pair of Pixel USB-C headphones in the box that are very reminiscent of the Pixel Buds.

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Google Pixel 3 – Build and design

Sleek, and attractive are the first things that come to mind when you will first see the Pixel 3. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch display, but thanks to the 18:9 form factor, it fits comfortably in one hand and single-handed use is possible even if you need to move your hand a little to get to all the corners

We have the ‘Not Pink’ colour with us and besides this, the smartphone is available in 2 more colours – Clearly White and Just Black. As the name suggests, the Not Pink colour looks like a pale pink and honestly, it sets itself apart visually. It isn’t a Rose Gold pink, more like a baby pink colour with a matte finish. The back is Gorilla Glass 5 protected and has the same dual tone colour we saw on the Pixel 2. The bottom two thirds of the back has a soft feel, making it seem a lot more like polycarbonate than glass, which is what it’s made up of. It also doesn’t feel as fragile as the glass back on other smartphones like the new iPhone XS for example. The glass back gives the Pixel 3 wireless charging capabilities which work with any Qi wireless charger. The top portion which houses the camera has the traditional reflective glass finish to it.

Another interesting thing to note is that the glass back of the Pixel 3 isn’t prone to fingerprints as we have seen with other glass back smartphones and that is a very good thing.

Coming to the front, thank god there is no ugly notch on the smartphone. The Pixel 3 has a prominent chin and forehead and that’s ok as the chin houses the second speaker, whereas the forehead has the earpiece-speaker combo accompanied by the dual-camera setup. The bezels on the side of the display are also quite thin but not as thin compared to the Galaxy S9. This is because the display of the Galaxy S9 curves towards the edges which makes it look like it has edge to edge glass. The Pixel’s display doesn’t have that and hence you have black borders on the left and right. This isn’t a big deal but is something that you will notice when placing the smartphone next to the Galaxy S9.

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On the right, the smartphone has the power button and the volume rocker. On the Not Pink Pixel 3, the power button is orange making it stand out. On the Clearly White it is green and on Just Black, it is, well, black. The bottom of the smartphone has the USB-C port along with the SIM tray. The smartphone is a single SIM device with no expandable storage. In a day and age when even the iPhone is dual-SIM capable, it feels like a missed opportunity for the Pixel. Expandable storage is something we’d like since the Samsung Galaxy devices offer it.

The fingerprint sensor which rests at the back of the device is fast, accurate and convenient to reach. However, this is the end of 2018 and face recognition is something we expected from the smartphone.

Overall, the Pixel 3 is an attractive, compact device with a unique implementation of the glass back. We have seen something similar on the White OnePlus 6, but in this case, it still feels different. The absence of a notch is appreciated along with the ergonomic nature of the smartphone. The only downside is the absence of any face recognition technology which feels like a missed opportunity especially at the end of 2018

Google Pixel 3 – Display and Sound

The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch FHD+ display in the 18:9 form factor. This has become a norm with displays and it works quite well. The simplest way to describe the smartphone’s display is that it looks fantastic. Put a high-resolution detailed wallpaper or watch Netflix or high-res videos on YouTube or check out photos of food on Instagram. The display is more of a window into the content you are consuming rather than a display.

A large number of apps on the Play store have been optimised for this form factor. In an app like YouTube, you can always pinch to fit the video in full screen and you will not have a notch cutting into the video because the display doesn’t have a notch.

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The pOLED display produces rich colours, deep black and makes content look absolutely breathtaking. Even under direct sunlight the display works well for social networking, messaging, using the camera and more. The only thing you may face an issue with is watching videos on the display under direct sunlight.

The display definitely has the potential to go toe-to-toe with the new iPhones and the offerings from Samsung, if not surpass them when it comes to performance. The touch response of the display is fantastic too. It responds to the slightest touch and typing with one hand or both hands was a breeze on the smartphone.

Moving to sound, you have a stereo setup on the smartphone with both the speakers facing you which is how we like it. The sound from the speakers is really loud, clear and you can huddle around the phone in a relatively noisy café to enjoy a movie trailer. Even if you consume content from Netflix, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or the audio from games, it all works extremely well. There is one problem though. At full volume, the entire device starts to vibrate, and this can’t be a good thing. Sure, if you fit the device in a case, then some of the vibration may be reduced, but during the review of the smartphone, we didn’t put it in a case and the vibration could get quite annoying.

The speakers on board the LG G7+ ThinQ can give the Pixel 3 a run for its money, but it ultimately boils down to your preference.

If you’d rather not disturb those around you, then you do have the option of the bundled Pixel Bud styled wired USB-C earphones with Google assistant support. Bringing up the Google Assistant is as simple as holding down a button on the cable. The performance of the earphones can be described as average at best. It is the build that I have a problem with. Rather than going with a one size fits all approach or giving you interchangeable earbuds, the headset has this string like setup that you need to pull until you get the perfect fit. Getting it to the position of the perfect fit is annoying.

Google Pixel 3 – Call Quality

Speaking of using the Pixel 3 as a phone, it gets the job done with a lot of clarity. The audio is loud, clear and at 70 percent volume is loud enough to hear well. At 100 percent volume, there is a little nose bleeding and in a car the person sitting next to you can hear some of the conversation. It is possible that the person at the other end was talking very loudly.

Google Pixel 3 – Software and UI

The Pixel 3 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box with a promise for three years of OS updates. We have experienced Android 9 Pie before and you can read more about the OS here. The Pixel 3 brings with the same features we have seen on the Pixel 2, like squeeze to bring up the assistant, always on recognition of songs, always on display, and more. What’s new here is digital wellbeing which is still in beta. It will show you how much time you spend on the device, show you time spent on specific apps, help you control the amount of time you spend on an app and give you the ability to switch off from your smartphone on a daily basis.

Overall, we faced no bugs or random crashes when using the smartphone and the OS and software worked like a dream. 

Google Pixel 3 – Performance

When it comes to performance, the smartphone is a beast. Sure, on paper, 4GB ram doesn’t seem like much and this shows in the benchmark performance when compared to the S9+, Note 9 and the iPhone XS.

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However, real world performance is a different story. Games ran perfectly smoothly with little load times and smooth response. Multitasking was a breeze and switching between over two dozen open apps was a simple swish and tap of the display. Animations are swift, apps open almost instantly, games run without any glitches, there is really nothing I can tell you about the performance that has a significant drawback in real world scenarios. It can go toe to toe with the performance of the any flagship on offer today.

The smartphone just works and whether 4GB RAM will be a limiting factor is only something time will tell. In the past couple of days that we have spent with the smartphone, it is butter smooth.

Google Pixel 3 – Camera

Last year’s Pixel 2 had the best smartphone camera money could buy, overtaking the performance of the iPhone as well. Google has taken its fantastic camera and ensured its performance has been updated to 2018. There is zero shutter lag no matter what the lighting condition when taking a photo. Even if I thought I took a blurry photo, going back to the gallery showed me that the focus was just right. Tap the shutter button and it’s like the phone can read your mind and click the perfect picture.

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Top shot is a fantastic feature. When you click a photo, simply swipe up and you will the option “shots in this photo”. This essentially captures the image a couple of seconds before and after you click the shutter button, giving you access to the perfect photo. This “shots in this photo” option wasn’t always around and I did find myself with a few eyes closed selfies. You also have photos with motion in them, similar to the live photos on iOS and this is something we have seen in Pixel devices in the past.

Portrait mode here works like it did on the Pixel 2. A single rear dual-pixel camera and a lot of software (AI) is used to get some fantastic bokeh effects. It is a lot better than those found on some dual camera devices. You also have the option to see the clear version of the photo if you don’t want to add the bokeh effect.

When it comes to regular shots from the rear camera, they are rich in details, clear and sharp. In well lit conditions you get some fantastic photos with absolutely clear details. Even in low lit condition, the camera’s performance is fantastic with low noise and good detail retention. When it comes to zooming from the rear camera, the image of the cars below should better elaborate how well it works. The clarity of the image is well defined considering the distance.

How this camera compares to the new iPhone camera’s and the one on the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9 is something we will talk about in a dedicated comparison. However, we can tell you this, you can’t go wrong with the camera on the Pixel 3. Features like Night Shift are yet to come on the device and we can’t wait to try them out.

Moving to the front camera, you have two 8MP shooters here. The purpose is to give you a wide angle when clicking selfies. While the wide-angle camera works well for selfies and the selfies are great in low light and well-lit conditions, the only downside is that a detailed inspection of the selfies reveals softening of blemishes on the skin like the beauty mode found on other smartphone cameras. This is more pronounced if you have freckles, or pimples or a light stubble. It is a great camera nonetheless, but I wish the softening of the skin wasn’t there.



Google Pixel 3 – Battery Life

Another area where the Pixel 3 impresses is with the battery life. You can easily run the device for a work day with little gaming and video content consumption among other daily activities of calling, messaging, social networking and more.  Starting out with 100 percent battery I was left with about 20 percent at 8PM when I got home. Now this isn’t the best battery life when compared to the OnePlus 6 or the Note 9 but in our PCmark battery test the smartphone trumps the iPhone XS, Galaxy S9+ and the LG G7. Super heavy users who keep the brightness on full, have the display always on and are absolute work horses may not like the battery life. But like I said, normal users will run through a day of use with ease



Bottom line

The Pixel 3 brings with it refinement to a known design, butter smooth performance, a pixel perfect camera and a display to immerse you. For the asking price, it is cheaper than an iPhone XS and offers fantastic overall performance. Sure, there is no face unlock and at full volumes the entire device vibrates but if you want flagship performance, then you can absolutely consider it.