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Google stumbled a lot getting here, but the Pixel 3 XL is the best smartphone the company has ever made. The myriad issues impacting the Pixel 2 family were addressed in the sequel, including a mega-sharp 6.3-inch 1440 x 2960 (523ppi) OLED display that isn’t as quick to produce burn-in as previous models. The mighty trio of an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and the highly optimized Android 9.0 Pie contribute to blazing-fast performance.
And that’s not even the best part. With Pixel Visual Core and AI-powered post-processing, the Pixel 3 XL’s camera is excellent. Above the rear-facing fingerprint sensor is a 12.2MP dual-pixel camera, pictures from which could have you mistake it for a DSLR. Even in low light, the Night Sight feature preserves detail without the need for overpowering flash. The 3,430mAh battery can charge quickly by wire or conveniently on a Qi wireless pad, and it lasts all day long.
You buy Pixel to experience Android at its purest, and with Google steering the updates, you’ll always be first in line for new software.
Yin to the Pixel 3 XL’s yang, the Pixel 3’s smaller stature doesn’t take away from its worth. The 5.5-inch 2160x1080 (443ppi) OLED display isn't quite as sharp on paper, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless. You should go with the bigger model if you’re an avid VR user, but even still, the Pixel 3 shines. You’ll also sacrifice a bit of battery life coming from the Pixel 3 XL, but the 2915mAh cell inside provides enough juice to get you through the typical day.
Elsewhere, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are identical. They both have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 12.2MP dual-pixel camera with HDR+ and Night Sight powered by Pixel Visual Core, and an 8MP front camera with standard and wide-angle focal length options. Front-firing stereo speakers, IP68 water resistance, a fingerprint scanner, USB-C, the purest Android 9.0 Pie experience, and more round out the list of desirables.
The Pixel 3 is a fine choice for tinier paws, or for those who favor pocketability over bleeding-edge performance.
You’ll pay a premium for high-quality smartphones like the Pixel 3 XL, but it’s hard to ignore the Pixel 3a XL’s value proposition. Google cuts costs by using polycarbonate over glass for its outward construction, dropping the resolution on its 6-inch OLED display to Full HD+, and nixing water resistance.
The Pixel 3a XL also uses the lesser Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 paired with 4GB of RAM. However, that silicon punches above its weight when combined with the lightweight Android Pie software. There’s no wireless charging, but with a 3,700mAh battery that can be fast-charged to full in just a couple of hours, we can't be too disappointed.
Google, surprisingly, reintroduced the 3.5mm headphone jack it once swore off as obsolete, too. The phone measures up with the big boys nearly pound-for-pound elsewhere. The same 12.2MP dual-pixel Night Sight sensor with f/1.8 aperture is here, though the 8MP front camera sits in solitude.
While Pixel Visual Core is nowhere in sight, the Pixel 3a XL still benefits from top-tier postprocessing to capture memories true to life.
If the Pixel 3 is a smaller, weaker version of the Pixel 3 XL, then you’re right to assume the same relationship between the two Pixel 3a models. The base Pixel 3a comes in with a 5.6-inch OLED display, but at the same Full HD+ resolution, making it even sharper than the XL model. The smaller size means battery life takes a hit at 3,000mAh. Even so, that’s enough juice to power through your average workday.
Everything else about the Pixel 3a XL holds true for this one. Sitting beneath the polycarbonate shell is the same Snapdragon 670 chipset — plus 4GB of RAM to go along with 64GB of storage — all responsible for smooth Android Pie operation. The 12.2MP Night Sight camera excels in both daylight and nighttime shooting scenarios, while the front 8MP camera is plenty for selfies and video calls.
Forgive us for being so giddy about the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, but you really can’t understand its value until you’ve lived without it.
Having a tight budget doesn’t doom you to a bad smartphone. The Moto G7 marries solid performance, well-balanced features, and sturdy glass construction for a very reasonable price tag. Highlighted by a 6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS display, the Moto G7’s spec sheet reads like a device that should cost double what it does. It makes use of Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage as a vehicle for a relatively clean installation of Android 9.0 Pie.
A fingerprint sensor joins a pair of 4K-ready cameras on the rear (12MP + 5MP) to go along with an 8MP selfie sensor. The Moto G7’s 3,000mAh battery can get you nine hours of usage after just 15 minutes of being tethered to a wall outlet. USB-C is here for charging and data transfer needs, and the 3.5mm audio jack is much appreciated. It’s not the mobile NASA control center that true flagship smartphones are, but the Moto G7 offers the fundamentals (and then some) at a fraction of the cost.
Regularly available for under $200 — with rare dips into the double-digit territory during the most aggressive sales — the Moto G6 deserves to be on your radar as a low-cost entry point for Google Fi. The Moto G6 may have ceded the spotlight to the newer Moto G7, but there’s still a lot to like here.
Looking the part of a modern smartphone, with its 5.7-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display and Gorilla Glass backing, the Moto G6 keeps it simple, opting for an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset. It doesn’t win any performance awards, though you’ll be able to run any app you want, and the Adreno 506 GPU should be enough for most games with moderate graphical fidelity.
The rest of the Moto G6 checks out as you’d expect from something so cheap. An array of 12MP and 5MP camera sensors on the rear facilitates quick and dirty photography. That being said it lacks 4K video recording like the younger and bigger successor. Tack on GPS, 3.5mm audio, a fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower charging to fill out its spec sheet.
Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most Google Fi phones on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different phones overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 10 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 6 of the phones themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.