Google’s Pixel 3 XL gives the iPhone XS Max a serious run for the money at the start of 2019.

Review Backgrounder: two months with both the 6.3-inch Google Pixel 3 XL (128GB) and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max (256GB).

(This is a brief review that touches on highlights of the Pixel 3 XL.)

AI: The Pixel 3 XL has some novel AI — via Google Assistant — that the iPhone can’t match.

That includes impressive AI to help you screen calls: Google Assistant takes the call, asks who’s calling and why, and generates a real-time transcript of the caller’s response.
Pixel 3 XL.
And, overall, I’ve had better luck with Google Assistant as an intelligent assistant compared to Apple’s Siri (the latter I don’t use anymore and I turn off to save battery life).

Camera: Here, Google gets the more-with-less award.

The Pixel 3’s single rear camera renders amazing photos. Amazing because other phones like the iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 require two cameras to do more or less the same thing — which includes taking portrait photos and zooming. Low light performance is also outstanding courtesy of features such as Night Sight. And the Pixel 3’s video is at the top of the smartphone heap.

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