New smartphone season is upon us, and apparently, this is the year that things are going to get a bit interesting. You probably want to hold off on buying anything for at least another month.
It’s almost the second month of the new year, and though there are some sales out there offering a nice bit of cash back, I don’t think it’s worth upgrading to the Pixel 3 XL this close to smartphone launch season. Samsung, LG, and a bunch of others are all coming out full force with folding screens, impressive camera hardware, and AI-infused tricks. You don’t know what the future holds; with all that on the horizon, you may very well decide the Google Pixel life isn’t for you anymore.
What’s more: you don’t need the new phone to get access to all the new stuff. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have already adopted several of Pixel 3’s marquee features, including call screening, Night Sight, and adjustable portrait shots.
I’ll also tell you: after a few months with the Pixel 3, the only thing that still sparks any joy about it is its not-pink-but-salmon chassis color. Everything else about it is exactly on par with the Pixel 2, from speed and performance to camera abilities and battery life. I like that the Pixel 3 has a bigger screen, too, but since you’re asking about the XL version, that point is moot here.
For the time being, the Pixel 2 you already have in your hand is still as good as it’s going to get.