CNET may get a commission from these offers. The Good The Pixel 3 XL has a top-of-the-line camera that includes an enhanced low-light feature and it can now take wider selfie shots. Obviously, if you're an iPhone fan, you're better off sticking with Apple and iOS. The Google Pixel 3a XL is a different kind of flagship phablet. It's important to keep in mind that image retention can happen with any OLED phone's screen -- yes, even Apple acknowledges the possibility. Does camera hardware matter more than image processing? Let's round up Amazon's best gems. Sign up now to get the latest news, deals & more from Android Central! Every issue and complaint has been picked apart, and considerable improvements and bugfixes have been addressed with monthly software updates. While the Pixel devices are no strangers to controversy, the Pixel 3 XL got its fair share even before the device was launched. AI calling features are simply mind-blowing. The notch, however, takes something away from this phone. When you're doing absolutely nothing else with your phone, the camera is pretty quick. Google also updated the camera's dynamic range at the hardware level and added a new spectral sensor, both of which help the phone get more accurate colors over a wider range. It's significantly better than the Pixel 2's, offering a sharper image with brighter, richer colors. What you will notice is how exquisite the Pixel 3 is to hold. No matter how good the Pixel 3’s camera is—and trust me, it’s really good—it would be that much better with optical zoom, a wider aperture, or a second lens. On a scale from pork chop to Piglet, the Pixel is definitely closer to the other white meat. The Pixel 3 XL is pricey for a phone with no expandable memory, but its standout camera and premium hardware make it one of the best phones of the year. Other non-camera software features are mostly what you'll get with the Android 9 Pie update, though something we haven't seen is Call Screen. All these phones also cost about $200 more than the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3 XL has gorgeous minimalism in any color (mine's white), and if there's any reason to not use a case it's to hold that sweet etched glass back. I'd never notice this on its own, and in and of itself, the 3 XL still has a bright and vibrant display. Nontheless, I can’t help but wonder how much better the Visual Core would be with a camera system like the one in the Note 9 or LG V40. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. If not, get the notchless Pixel 3. Right: Wide-angle selfie. Another thing I loved about both the regular Pixel 3 and the XL was the new color option, and the question everyone's been asking is "Just how pink is Not Pink?"