Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4, and it is going to be tough to decide but let’s see which device is more reliable so that you can choose one for yourself.
After so many leaks, Google Pixel 4 was finally released, and we are going to compare both the phones
|Key Specs||Pixel 3||Pixel 4|
|Display||5.5 inches, P-OLED, HDR||5.7 inches, P-OLED, 90Hz, HDR|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 Pixels, 443 PPI||1080 x 2280 Pixels, 444 PPI|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 11||Android 10, upgradable to Android 11|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||128 GB UFS 2.1||128 GB UFS 2.1|
|Main Camera||12.2 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.55", dual pixel PDAF, OIS||12.2 MP, f/1.7 (wide) dual pixel PDAF, OIS | 16 MP, f/2.4 PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom|
|Selfie Camera||8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF||8 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), no AF TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)|
|Battery||2915 mAh | Fast charging 18W | USB Power Delivery 2.0 | Wireless charging||2800 mAh | Fast charging 18W | USB Power Delivery 2.0 | Wireless charging|
|Color||Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink||Clearly White, Just Black, Oh So Orange|
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
Snapdragon 845 – Pixel 30
Snapdragon 855 – Pixel 40
Let’s start with the design; and Pixel 4 still features rounded corners like Pixel 3, and some of you might not like the curved edges on the display.
These edges look more aggressive than the pixel 3, and the frame now comes with the matte black finish, and I personally love it.
Google Pixel 4 comes in three different colors, and it starts with clearly white, Oslo orange, and finally, there is just black.
Pixel 4’s white and orange variants have a matte texture at the back, but the black model doesn’t have this matte finish.
The black model is completely glossy, and it is a fingerprint magnet, and instead, Google should have gone with all matte black finish on this particular variant.
Google Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4: The Key Differences.
|Key Differences||Pixel 3||Pixel 4|
|Hold||Pixel 3 is not that easier to hold in hand||Pixel 4 is easier to hold in hand|
|Dimensions||145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm||Pixel 4 is basically the same size as the Pixel 3. 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2 mm|
|90Hz Refresh Rate||Not Available||Available|
|Front Facing Speakers||Available||Not Available|
|Ultra-Wide Lens||Available||Not Available|
Is the Pixel 4 worth upgrading from Pixel 3?
I’m glad that Google didn’t implement the curved screens around the edges because, just like Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 is easier to hold in hand.
The Pixel 4 XL model might be too big for people with smaller hands, and for size comparison, it’s almost similar to the Oneplus 7T, but it’s definitely smaller than the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
- The Pixel 4 is basically the same size as the Pixel 3, and Google hasn’t changed the dimensions of these phones.
- Pixel 4 has a better display as compared to Pixel 3, and it now features a 90Hz refresh rate. With the 90Hz refresh rate, the Android UI feels faster.
The 90Hz refresh rate is going to drain the battery at a very faster pace.
Snapdragon 845 – Pixel 364%
Snapdragon 855 – Pixel 479%
The screen size on the Pixel 4 has increased slightly from 5.5 to 5.7 inches, but it still maintains the same form factor.
Google did this by extending the display all the way to the bottom, but with this change, you won’t be getting the front-facing speaker system.
The Pixel 3 comes with a front-facing speaker system. These speakers are louder.
The earpiece and the bottom facing speakers are configured in stereo mode, and they sound amazing.
These speakers sound a lot better than the Pixel 3, and the reason is there is a little bit more base to the speaker, and the sound quality is outstanding on the Pixel 4.
We can not move to the other aspects of the phone without talking about the forehead bezel.
Some of you might hate this design, and sure you lose symmetry, but Google had to take this approach in order to implement their radar Soly motion sensor and the front-facing camera.
- Google decided to remove the secondary ultra-wide-angle camera on Pixel 4, which is available on the Pixel 3.
- You might not like this move by Google of removing the ultra-wide camera when they had enough room for it.
- Without the ultrawide lens, the wide field of view is noticeable, and I’m not sure why Google decided to eliminate these features from the front-facing camera.
- Many people enjoyed having that wide-angle selfie camera on Pixel 3, which is like a step backward.
Let’s talk about the motion radar sensor implementation.
The radar sensor allows users to control certain aspects of the phone without having to touch the device.
You can wave your hands to skip track, silence phone calls, snooze alarms, but you can not control the volume or answer the phone calls.
The motion gesture is not up to the mark, though but with little practice, you will get used to it.
I feel that many developers have to take advantage of the radar sensor to start implementing gestures for their respective apps.
This will help the user take advantage of the sensors; it an interesting feature to add to a phone.
LG tried this feature as well, and I hope Google will improvise on that, and they will bring back this technology with better enhancement.
Initially, Google decided not to sell the Pixel devices in India, but now you can see the Pixel 4 XL on Amazon.
Pixel 4 doesn’t have any physical biometric authentication like the fingerprint sensor, and that is because Google decided to use the advanced encrypted face unlock via the Titan M chip.
The face unlock works well on Pixel 4, and it is very fast, and it recognizes you even with having the glasses on.
In a low-light situation, the face unlock feature works just fine.
Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4: Processor Performance.
Pixel 4 is really not that great, especially for the price, and it is very upsetting. You get a Snapdragon 855 and not the 855+, 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage, and it’s not expandable, and you can only max it out to 120GB.
Snapdragon 845 – Pixel 352%
Snapdragon 855 – Pixel 468%
The updated processor and 2 extra gigs of RAM are the only differences between Pixel 4 and Pixel 3.
Both phones lack UFS 3.0 standard for data transfer the Oneplus is always comes first with such bold moves with their devices.
- The battery is smaller on the Pixel 4, the Pixel 3 has a 2900 mAh battery, and the Pixel 4 has an 1800 mAH battery.
- The battery life has not been that great for Pixel 4; in fact, the screen on time is similar to Pixel 4 compared to the Pixel 3.
- The battery is not something that has been improved from Pixel 3 to Pixel 4, and if you’re looking for better battery life, you might want to go for the Pixel 4XL.
- The Pixel 4XL comes with a 3700 mAh battery, which is definitely a step up from the Pixel 3XL.
Snapdragon 845 – Pixel 366%
Snapdragon 855 – Pixel 479%
The Pixel 4 still has the IP68 water resistance rating, wireless charging, but unfortunately, the charging solution is not faster compared to last year as it is using the 18W charging speed.
Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4: The camera comparison
The Pixel 3 came with a single 12.2 MP f/1.8 sensor, and the Pixel 4 comes with the exact same sensor and a 16 MP Telephoto f/2.4 telephoto lens, and that’s all it.
The Ultrawide lens is missing in Google Pixel 4.
I was hoping for Google to include the ultrawide lens on Pixel 4, but unfortunately, we do not get it.
Google really improved the software experience with the Pixel 4 because they have added features like a super resume, improved portrait mode, astrophotography, improved white balancing algorithm, and live HDR plus.
- It is expected that the Google Pixel 4 provides better photography due to its computational photography, and there is a little bit more detail on the Pixel 4 versus Pixel 3 and better dynamic range.
- Pixel 3 produces images that are more contrasty compared to Pixel 4.
- There are no other major differences between the two smartphones. Pixel 4 is a little brighter compared to the Pixel 3.
- Dynamic range is better on the Pixel 4 compared to the Pixel 3 and during video recording. The Pixel 3 tends to add a bit of contrast to the video, whereas the Pixel 4 retains the HDR feature, which is great.
The dynamic range is terrible on both the phones and the front-facing can only shoot videos at 1080p and not 4K, whereas the iPhone 11 costs less compared to the Pixel phone can shoot 4K video.
Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4: Software Optimization
Google added a few refinements in the software department, and there some cool features on top of it.
Now you can choose live pokemon wallpapers that reach with your motion gestures.
The live transcribing feature is also very good; it lets you record audio and transcribes it in real-time using the voice memo app.
The most important thing about this feature is that you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use this app.
The most fascinating fact about the Android OS is that it is so simple and easy to navigate, but personally, I like the Oxygen OS from Oneplus.
The Oxygen OS gives you the extra features which are baked on top of the Android OS.
Which is better Pixel 3 or Pixel 4?
Pixel 4 is definitely a good smartphone, but it’s not a FLAGSHIP.
Every other OEM is implementing the ultra-wide lens to their phones, but Google decided not to use it.
Google Pixel 4 has one of the smallest batteries on Android, and it is 2800mAh only.
As far as new features goes the you get the enhanced camera and a motion radar sensor AKA Project SOLI.
There are so many sensors which are available on the Pixel 4 but the real problem is that these sensors eats up a lot of battery and it gives you very bad battery life.
Pixel 3 is definitely a greater option to go for as it serves all your needs. The Pixel 4 feels like an unfinished job and there are lot more things to be improved in this phone. Starting from battery and motion sensor.
The battery is terrible on Pixel 4 and the cluster of sensors eats up the battery and there is no point to turn these senors off.
Pixel 3 would be the right choice for anyone who wants to use a Google phone and experience the Google ecosystem.