Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are still two of the best phones on the market and there are some great reasons to buy one right now. That said, there are also some reasons why you might want to put your wallet away and wait or go with something else.
If you’re hunting for your next smartphone Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL should be near the top of your list. The company’s flagships come with a ton of interesting upgrades and they’re worth a look if you’re thinking about going with an Android phone over Apple’s iPhone line.
The two Pixel 3 models are available at Google, Verizon, and various retailers and the companies are selling three different colors (White, Pink, Black) in two different storage sizes (64GB and 128GB).
The smaller 5.5-inch Pixel 3 starts at $799 while the larger 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL starts at $899. There are ways to save on a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, but the best deals will likely arrive later this year after the Pixel 4 launches.
While the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL look good on paper, spending $800 (or more) on a product you haven’t researched or held in your hands is a tall order.
In this guide we’ll help you decide if buying a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL in 2019 is the right decision for you and your budget. Keep these reasons in mind as you try and decide what to do with your money.
Buy for Google's Software Support
In addition to running the best version of Android Pie, you also get top notch software support from Google.
While you might be tempted to go with an older Nexus or Pixel phone, software support will end for those devices long before it ends for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
If Google's Android timeline holds, Android Pie will be the last major upgrade for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. The devices will get security updates and bug fixes for another year, but after that users will be on their own.
Android version support for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will end alongside security updates in October 2020.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will get software updates until October 2021 making them the best choice for those that love holding onto their phone for three years or more.
Pixel devices are also first to milestone Android upgrades from Google. For instance, Pixel phones were the first to Android 8.1 Oreo. That update rolled out in December, 2017.
Samsung didn't get its first Android 8.1 update out until summer, 2018 and the roll out continues as we push into 2019.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will both get upgraded to Android Q later this year.
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