Now is not the time to upgrade to the Pixel 3

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.

Do you think the Pixel 3 XL is worth the upgrade over the Pixel 2 XL? Especially since Google slashed the price?

I don’t think it’s worth upgrading

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.