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  • I have been using Apple's iPhone XS Max

  • in my day-to-day life, which costs

  • more than a $1,000,

  • but I recently switched to

  • Google's cheap new Pixel phone,

  • which costs less than $500,

  • and I was surprised at how little I missed.

  • All in all, the Pixel 3a was proof

  • that you don't need to pay $1,000

  • to get a really good smartphone

  • that doesn't compromise.

  • The Pixel 3a delivers where it counts:

  • on battery life, camera performance,

  • day-to-day performance, and screen quality.

  • It doesn't have all the bells and whistles

  • that you'll get from a high-end smartphone

  • like the iPhone XS Max.

  • But, like I said, it performs where it counts.

  • So the thing that really stood out to me

  • after having used both of these phones

  • is really how little I missed when

  • switching to a smartphone this cheap.

  • So what's interesting about the Pixel 3a XL

  • is that it really maintains a lot

  • of the really important features

  • of a flagship smartphone.

  • So most of the time in the past

  • when I've used budget smartphones,

  • you know, they usually get the job done,

  • but they lack in a few areas.

  • Especially, you know,

  • camera performance is usually one of them.

  • One of the best things about the Pixel 3a

  • is that it has an excellent camera,

  • just like the more expensive Pixel 3.

  • The Pixel 3a has a 12.2-megapixel camera

  • that comes with the same features

  • as Google's more expensive phone.

  • This includes Google's Night Sight feature,

  • which takes really good photos in low-light conditions.

  • When I was out with a group of friends,

  • I took a picture with both phones in a dim bar,

  • and the difference was astronomical

  • between the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone.

  • The photo I took in the bar was just so much brighter,

  • and the colors were a lot richer,

  • and it just captured more detail

  • than I could have with Apple's iPhone.

  • The iPhone XS Max has a 12-megapixel camera

  • that's also very good.

  • When I used the two phones side by side,

  • I noticed that they were both able

  • to take bright, crisp, colorful photos.

  • Although I did notice that the iPhone's pictures

  • were sometimes a bit brighter in daylight.

  • But the Pixel's photos took very, very sharp

  • details, which was very impressive

  • for a phone that's this cheap.

  • Both phones also support portrait mode,

  • although you'll notice that Apple's iPhone

  • has two cameras on the back,

  • whereas Google's only has one.

  • That's because the iPhone uses two camera lenses

  • to create that portrait-mode effect,

  • whereas Google's camera does it through software.

  • Both phones are capable of taking really great pictures

  • in portrait mode.

  • The photo I took with Apple's iPhone

  • looks slightly more natural than Google's,

  • although the portrait effect is much more noticeable

  • in Google's photo.

  • Which one is better will depend

  • on your preference.

  • One of the biggest differences

  • between these two phones is the build quality.

  • You'll notice Apple's iPhone is made

  • of glass and metal and has a very premium feel to it.

  • The Pixel 3a XL is made of a more lightweight

  • polycarbonate material.

  • This makes the Pixel 3a feel much more lightweight,

  • but it also has a little bit of a cheaper feel to it.

  • The iPhone, on the other hand, does feel more premium,

  • but it's also a bit heavier.

  • Another important difference between

  • these two phones is the screen.

  • You'll notice that the iPhone XS Max

  • has an edge-to-edge screen,

  • whereas Google's Pixel 3a still has bezels

  • on the top and bottom like some older phones

  • from previous years.

  • In everyday use, the screen quality was pretty similar

  • between the two phones, other than that design difference.

  • An important detail about Google's Pixel 3a

  • is that it still comes with an OLED screen,

  • whereas a lot of cheaper phones

  • come with LCD screens.

  • For a cheap phone,

  • the Pixel 3a XL performed pretty well

  • in everyday use.

  • I didn't notice much lagging

  • except for a couple of circumstances.

  • In one instance, for example,

  • I noticed that a game that I had been playing

  • was a bit laggy.

  • Although it was still playable,

  • it just didn't feel as buttery smooth

  • as it did on the iPhone.

  • That's because the Pixel 3a runs on

  • a lower-end processor,

  • while Apple's iPhone XS Max

  • comes with the company's top-of-the-line A12 Bionic chip.

  • The battery life on the Pixel 3a XL

  • was very impressive.

  • I was able to get through a full day of use

  • and then a half day after that

  • without having to plug the phone in.

  • That's usually the type of battery life

  • I would expect from a much more expensive phone.

  • While the Pixel 3a XL does not support wireless charging,

  • it does come with a fast charger in the box.

  • That's important because the iPhone currently

  • doesn't come with a fast charger.

  • It comes with the same 5-watt charger

  • that Apple has been selling with its iPhones

  • for years.

  • And of course,

  • the Pixel 3a comes with Google-specific features

  • that you can only get on the company's smartphones.

  • For example,

  • the Pixel 3a has a feature that lets you launch

  • the Google Assistant just by squeezing the bottom

  • of the phone.

  • Some people may find that useful,

  • but I honestly didn't really use it very much.

  • But it's just an example of how Google

  • is trying to differentiate its smartphone experience

  • from the rest.

  • One thing I tend to love about Android phones

  • in general, since a few phones have this feature,

  • is the always-on display.

  • That means that even when you turn the phone's screen off,

  • you can still see information

  • like the time and notifications.

  • I find this to be very useful,

  • and it's a feature that companies

  • like Google and Samsung have adopted

  • that Apple still has not brought to the iPhone.

  • Most of the Google-specific features,

  • as I mentioned earlier,

  • can be found in the device's camera.

  • But when it comes to Apple, if you're an Apple fan,

  • and you like to use Airpods often,

  • and you have an Apple watch,

  • your gonna miss that experience

  • by switching to Android.

  • That's one of the key features

  • that's kept me hooked into Apple's ecosystem.

  • You can use Airpods with Android phones,

  • but you won't get the same benefits that you get

  • from pairing them with an iPhone.

  • Other than that,

  • some of the key differences that you get

  • when you buy a more expensive phone

  • like the iPhone XS Max

  • are advanced features like wireless charging

  • and facial recognition.

  • Those two features are definitely appreciated,

  • and I love being able to just rest my iPhone

  • on my nightstand on its wireless charger

  • without having to fiddle with a cable.

  • But it's not necessarily worth paying

  • all of that extra money.

  • Also, with Apple's newest iPhones, you get Face ID,

  • which lets you unlock the phone just by looking at it.

  • The Pixel 3a does not have this feature,

  • although it does have a fingerprint sensor

  • on the back of the phone.

  • The fingerprint sensor worked

  • pretty reliably in my experience.

  • There were a couple of times

  • where it would ask me to

  • swipe my finger again,

  • but that also happens with Face ID occasionally.

  • I don't always unlock the phone

  • immediately when I look at it.

  • The Pixel 3a is a great phone for those

  • who maybe have a phone that's a year or two old,

  • and they're looking to upgrade,

  • but they don't want to pay $1,000.

  • Smartphones are getting more expensive than ever

  • with new models from Samsung, Apple, and even Google

  • with its more premium phones costing nearly $1,000.

  • This is a great option for Android fans

  • that want to upgrade and really care about

  • camera quality and display quality and battery life

  • but don't necessarily want to chalk up

  • the extra, you know, $500

  • for the top-of-the-line smartphone

  • that has high-end features like

  • facial recognition and wireless charging.

I have been using Apple's iPhone XS Max

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/02
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