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Google Pixel 3 Not Pink (64GB) $259 Delivered @ Mobileciti

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  • +8 votes

    are people getting older pixels just for google photos?

    You get unlimited free storage at Original quality for all photos and videos backed up to Google Photos from Pixel 3 through Jan 31, 2022. Photos and videos backed up on or before that date will remain free at Original quality. After January 31, 2022 new photos and videos will be backed up in Storage saver quality (previously named High quality) for free. Photos and videos backed up in Original quality will count toward your Google Account storage.

    • +7 votes

      Can someone explain the rationale behind this? Is unlimited storage at lower quality worth ~$250?

      • +11 votes

        Unlimited storage plus an actual decent mobile device.

        • +1 vote

          Any idea if the unlimited storage applies if you purchase secondhand?

          • +7 votes

            @auxilrod: Yes it does. Bought my Pixel 1 second hand a couple months ago

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              @Baka Baka: isnt pixel 1 original quality for life? Ive been considering a device just for that purpose.

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                  @stickymoo: off i go to find a pixel 1 …. original quality from pixel 3 expiring soon in jan 22… oh wow they're expensive and pretty rare…

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              @Baka Baka: So would it work if you borrowed one?

              • +1 vote

                @dasher86: Yes it would. Doesn't matter who owns it as long as the content being uploaded is from a pixel phone.

                Please don't steal someone's Pixel phone

      • +2 votes

        Makes a difference as soon as you're uploading 4k60fps videos.

        Lower quality backups are better than no backups.

        I have a Pixel XL that I bought from cex for about 140. It's synchronising with my OnePlus and then uploading at full quality with no impact to storage capacity.

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          So it downloads onto your phone then uploads?

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            @itshammer: Yes. Sync from non-pixel to pixel. Non-pixel has uploads turned off, pixel had uploads turned on. Google Photos on non-pixel is clever enough to recognise that photos are uploaded and will clear space.

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          How do you do the sync? Anything tricky?

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            @uzz30: One way sync (Pull only) between the phones using SyncThing. Works really well, but only on same WiFi it seems.

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        It doesnt matter for photo backup as a Pixel owner.

        Great post-processed photos at 12megapixel. The original quality only matters for phones with over 16mp, a lot of which are poorer quality than those taken with a pixel camera and camera app.

        As for videos, anything over 1080p is downscaled to 1080p.

        The Pixel1 was notorious for the broken mic/sound issue because of the poorly welded sound processor exacerbated by also dropping the phone. Easy enough to fix though if you have a heat gun and means to remove the screen without breaking it.

    • +2 votes

      Wait until you see how much the used pprice for original Pixel 128GB.

      Last time I check most ask $200… Crazy!!

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        It was a good phone.

      • +4 votes

        Still easily worth it if you stop thinking of it as a phone and think of it as a one time payment for "all you can upload" storage.
        People who bought them aren't using them as phones, we are using them as an access point to unlimited original quality storage as we continue to use our current phones.

        Would you rather pay $2.50 per month every month for only 100GB of storage or a one time payment for TB's +++ ? Doesnt have to be photos taken with the phone either. Anything uploaded from the phone or via that phone's account (eg. syncthing) is quota free. I grabbed a 32GB for $80 last year and have already uploaded over 4TBs of family photos and videos and I will continue to scan everything I can grab my hands on so that there is at least one permanent backup. That's there for me as long as Google exists with no ongoing fees and all in original quality and I can share them with family and friends.

        When you think of it as a physical hardrive for unlimited cloud storage rather than an old phone, you'll realise that even at $200+ it's a ridiculously good deal. Third party apps also guarantee that even when the phone is no longer supported by Google that we'll still be able to upload photos from our current phone quota free. Australians have been much slower to cotton on to this compared to the rest of the world and Pixels were still cheap and plentiful for a long time. People overseas have been snatching up what's left here as have professional photographers and now the locals are onto it. Grab one while you can.

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          But if Google photos costs $25-$50 per year, you need Google to allow this loop hole for at least quite a few years before it's cheaper

          Surely Google will close the loop hole within the next few years?

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            @dsta: From what I can see Google is changing the lifetime original quality uploads in January. But this means I can upload all of my Raw files to Google Photos. All new uploads will be compressed. But that's still amazing! This would end up costing much more than $259 for me.

            I never even thought about this, Thanks everyone! Jumped on it.

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              @hypie: Yeah but what i am wondering is, will google eventually prevent uploads from a pixel when the photo wasn't taken on the pixel phone.

              Can they even identify if the photo was originally taken from a different phone?

              • +1 vote

                @dsta: They could identify for sure

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                  @stickymoo: Thanks!

                  I wonder if it's something they will stop allowing at some stage in the next few years then

              • +1 vote

                @dsta: No. You can upload anything from the phone. They don't care where it's from originally as long as you upload from or via the Pixel.
                Not a single photo or video I've uploaded was taken with the Pixel. Most are photos I've scanned.

                Hell, people are even using this to upload their collection of pirated movies. Google doesn't care as long as you don't share them.

                • +2 votes

                  @Freezies: Interesting. However you're sharing experience based on what is happening and allowed today, not the future. Up until this year, they didn't care what anyone was uploading from any phone at all… they didn't care until they did start caring and stopped it (or rather, charged for it)

                  If people are uploading photos taken from non pixels via a pixel to avoid paying, do you honestly think they will let this happen for ever without clamping down on this?

                  Surely it won't be a thing forever.

                  Whilst you can obviously upload a lot more than the 2tb package, but for a relatively light user (like myself), I am wondering whether the math stacks up (assuming there is a risk that google won't allow it forever)

                  • +2 votes

                    @dsta: Even if it changes in the future, it's irrelevant. Things always change but you will more than get your money's worth. On the highest tier of 2TB, you have to keep paying monthly. One you hit the limit, Google have said it affects your account and you may not receive emails until you delete stuff. At the moment that $12.50 per month, who's to say that doesn't change to $25 a month down the track?

                    Stop thinking about the forever part and think of it as being able to upload as much as you want now. Even if it was just for 1 year it's worth it as you will uplaod a lot more than you can possibly upload on any of their tiers with the added bonus that it never affects your quota. Use it to back up all your family photo albums and home movies. Whatever you have uploaded before things change will be there for as long as Google is around.

                    If people are uploading photos taken from non pixels via a pixel to avoid paying, do you honestly think they will let this happen for ever without clamping down on this?"

                    They already know. People have been doing this for years long before the June 1 deadline. Google are and have always been aware of it. They don't care. Just like they don't care where you got your music from with the free 100.000 song uploads to your Youtube music accounts etc etc. The only thing they care about is sharing copyright material. Don't do that and you're fine.

                    As far as the light usage. You will be surprised how quick you use up 100GB. Not having to pay monthly to keep your storage forever is a massive bonus. Nobody really thinks it will be FOREVER, but it's guaranteed to at least be for a few years.

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                      @Freezies: Whilst I am not convinced that they 'don't (won't) care' down the line… I'll admit I didn't quite considered your point below and yes I agree that is certainly a great way of looking at it the benefit it offers

                      "Stop thinking about the forever part and think of it as being able to upload as much as you want now. Even if it was just for 1 year it's worth it as you will uplaod a lot more than you can possibly upload on any of their tiers with the added bonus that it never affects your quota. Use it to back up all your family photo albums and home movies. Whatever you have uploaded before things change will be there for as long as Google is around."

                      My specific scenario is quite different though, I actually have a P5 and was looking at something for my wife (non Pixel user) to upload her photos and looking at her photo taking history even 100GB would be more than sufficient for her for a very long time. She's only really used 1gb out of the free 15gb so far so have a bit of time.

                      Appreciate your comments though as it has given me something to think about, especially as I have a P5, and there is probably a way to leverage for her as well.

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            @dsta: It's not a loop hole. Google made it for the life of the Pixel 1 phone and have honoured it. Google photos doesn't cost anything, Google One storage does and thats what Google photos uses.

            Even if things change in a few years, Google One has a storage cap with the highest tier being 2TB for $12.50 a month. Pixel 1 storage has no cap. How much do you think you could upload in a few years? A lot more than 2TB, right? Then after that, you still have the original 15GB of storage from your Google account to use. No matter what way you look at it, it's a steal.

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            @dsta: But that's only for 100gb or so, rather than unlimited storage.

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        You can pick them up on eBay for under $100. There's one going super cheap right now because it has a hairline crack on the screen. If it's just going to sit on your WiFi as a Photo Sync device, then that's a steal.

        https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/224583962936

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      I bought an OG Pixel with busted speaker for $40. So yes, I guess.

      • +1 vote

        Had same issue with my pixel xl. Just used a old tooth brush to clean the speaker at the bottom and it started working.

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          Sounds good. This one will just be a photo upload device though so I wasn't worried.

    • +6 votes

      Yes got a 128gb pixel 1 for about $150 and backed up at least 2TB of videos and photos. I now use Syncthing to keep my main devices syncing with the Pixel which then backs up to Google photos.

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        You are doing what was mentioed on the other Pixel3 thread?

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/10787688/redir

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          yep absolutely :)

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          Commenting here for later.. I think a cheap investment into this will be well worth it.

          Especially since I had to purge my Gmail recently just so I could resume receiving some files so not worrying about Google photos would be nice.

          I can't think of many uses for it though since I don't really take photos of myself or family.

  • +8 votes

    No guaranteed security updates after October, 2021.

    • +27 votes

      I hate to say this but that's indefensible for what was once Google's halo phone when the iPhone 6S (released 2015) is still getting updates

      • +6 votes

        Well, one is a highly acclaimed phone that sold millions. The other is a pixel.

      • +5 votes

        Which has been unprecedented, given Apple's past history. Note that the iphone 6s won't be compatible with all the features of the iOS update anyway.

        Though this is also from the same company who limited battery capacities…

        • +4 votes

          Depends on whether you're talking about feature or security updates. The iPhone 5S was released in Sept 2013 and got its last security update in Dec 2020, so a bit over 7 years later. The 6S will need security updates to the end of 2022 to match that. Just for the record.

          That still puts Google's 3 year guarantee to shame, but there's nothing to say they won't choose to update it past that. They just don't have to.

        • +2 votes

          Given pixels don't even support all pixel features I would take apples side haha.

        • +1 vote

          Still better than zero feature updates after 2 years, sint it?

      • +3 votes

        Updates to make your phone slower

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          This has been true for me of all phone updates except Android 4.4 -> 5

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        I believe lack of Android updates comes down to SoC (Qualcomm) not updating drivers and hardware support for their chips when Google releases new builds. This is why Google is building its on chips and hoping to support future pixels for ~6 years.

    • +2 votes

      You can switch OS. GrapheneOS works well with these. Most secure OS from what I've read so far if you dont mind losing every other function of the phone that is google related ;P

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    Excellent phone and an absolute steal at this price.
    I've been very happy with my 3XL.

    • +2 votes

      The 3xl has decent battery life, the pixel 3 is terrible.

  • +3 votes

    I still have a pixel 3 as my daily, and its great!
    Camera is amazing and holds up well against new phones due to the amount of software refinement.
    Still runs all the new Android apps

    Downside is battery is bad if you want to play games all day

    • +13 votes

      Hate to tell you but most phone batteries won't last if you play games all day…

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        Yeah, that's a truly weird "downside"…

      • +1 vote

        Laughs in 6000 mAh ASUS ROG II Phone

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          Energiser peeks in at conversation in 18,000mAh

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            @AlienC: As novel as that phone was, it was never actually released. It's not like you can just buy one. They cancelled the project after they managed just 16 orders.

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              @Wraith: Oh damn I didn't know that til

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    Why are these getting cleared out at such cheap prices? Weren't these flagship-priced just 2 or 3 years ago?

    • +4 votes

      Probably pixel 6 is going to get launched in a few months and no further security updates to it after October 2021 so clearing the stocks.

    • -3 votes

      They aren't supported anymore, no more updates, super basic phone these days.

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    Got one, thank you !

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    I've already ordered one from Amazon US and can't cancel it now.

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      Yeah this one looks better value with local warranty

  • +3 votes

    $1,199.00 Special Price $329.00

    In three years its dropped - 300 dollars a year

    • +3 votes

      And your point?

      • +35 votes

        S/he trying to say next year it will be a bargain for $29!

        • +4 votes

          Give it another year and they'll be paying you to buy it

        • +2 votes

          i wonder if moobile companies are destorying old stock,

    • +2 votes

      That's what happens to consumable products like phones.

      I bought a BNIB Galaxy Note 8 a few weeks ago for just over $300. How much were they in 2017? $1800?

      • +1 vote

        Note 8 was $1499 new. $300 is more than pixel 3 is new haha. Pixel 3 is newer too! I remember buying pixel xl for $1500 and then selling it for $500 a year later haha.

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          Wait 50 years it will be worth 1499

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          Sure, there are probably better phones for what I paid but I wanted the N8 because of its very bright screen to use with my drone - and for what I paid, I probably couldn't have got a better screen for my purposes.

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        consumable products

        I am not going to eat my phone (or ink, paper, toner, or pens, which are consumables).

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          Speak for yourself. Toner in morning coffee is my jam!

        • +1 vote

          look how often phones are upgraded - they are essentially classified as consumable in the scenario.

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      Still not as bad as the Moto Razr

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    What is the latest Android version via update? Thanks

    • +6 votes

      You can update it to latest Android 11

      • +1 vote

        Thanks!!

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    Need a bit bigger than 5.5"

    • +26 votes

      thats what she said….

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    the camera is really nice, same as 2xl kinda

  • +1 vote

    Battery life can be disappointed.

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      the disappointed

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    Good price

  • +1 vote

    Great phone at an absolute bargain price. I can't think of any problems except the 1-day battery life and it will throw up an overheating warning if you have a thick cover on it and you're gaming out in the sun (what, not everyone does this?). Just does the job without fuss.

    • +3 votes

      It barely lasted me half a day haha. Worst battery life of any phone I've owned.

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    How pink is this 'not pink' color? will it look very girly for a guy using it?

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      It's a very pale pink almost white in colour.
      Toss a thin case on it and no-one will know that's it's barely pink.
      I had one for a few months before upgrading .
      Camera was reasonable , but upgraded to the brilliant Huawei pics.
      Think I paid about $800 (but only for the barely pink colour) and traded it in for $600.

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      It will make you less manly.

    • +1 vote

      It will help your transition into a metro-sexual.

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    Thanks mum's Pixel 1 needed replacing

    • +3 votes

      I have the 3 XL but if buying for your mum, get the Pixel 4a instead. This thing doesn't have the best battery life, even the XL had just decent life at launch.

      I would recommend an iPhone for parents in general since they are very easy to troubleshoot but if going android, the 4a might serve her better.

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        I'm rocking the 4a 5G. I haven't bothered switching my phone plan to 5G, I'm happy enough with a 4G service. But, the 5G version comes with a much better battery.

        That said, i tried to buy another one for my wife a few weeks ago when all the retailers had them on clearance and they were all gone. I wouldn't endorse paying $800 for one.

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      Make sure you check out the other posts about the pickle 1 perks before you throw it. Might wanna hold onto it or sell it.