At the moment my Google Pixel 3 sits in my natural environment on my desk: on the pixel level. It lives there now – not because I want it, but because I can no longer use it as my main smartphone. The battery life is simply too low.
Surprise, surprise, right? Not only have we mentioned this in our entire Pixel 3 test, but also countless others. I like to charge over Wi-Fi, but that does not make up for the 2.5 to 3 hours of screen on-time I get every day. That's half of what other big flagships offer, and about an hour or two later, when my Pixel 2 XL runs on Android Q-Beta.
True, a phone with beta software (albeit with a bigger battery) is getting more powerful for a longer life than a phone with stable software. It's not that I do not like the Pixel 2 XL – it's actually one of my favorite phones of all time – that I'm only a little bit busy with big phones.
Every phone is big now. Even the small cell phones offer more than enough screen space to view YouTube and scroll through Instagram. I think that's why I am now more interested in small phones than I used to. You get a phone that's easy to handle and does not take up much space in your pocket.
However, battery life is one of the sacrifices you need to make with smaller phones and it is getting old.
More information: Google Pixel 3 Revised in 2019 Google Pixel 3a Test
I do not want to go into Pixel 3 here. It is well known that phones with smaller batteries do not last as long as phones with larger batteries. This is certainly the case with the Galaxy S10e, iPhone XS and Huawei P30 compared to the larger models.
If you buy a phone for $ 750 or more, regardless of screen size, you should expect it to have a certain value in features and perform well in most areas. The Pixel 3 can be found in most categories for me, with the exception of the battery life. And I know that the Pixel 3 XL lasts longer with a single charge.
But damn, I do not want to lug around a big phone anymore.
Is there no end to the madness? Will this situation ever improve with poor battery life? Or will all small phone owners be tied to their charging cables for the rest of their lives?
That may be an overreaction, but you know what I mean.
So, to all the people I want to know that you prefer small phones: are you willing to accept a small battery life for a smaller form factor? Or is the battery life so important that you opt for the larger phone?