The Pixel 3 - my first foray at official GrapheneOS & CalyxOS.
The Pixel 3 is one tiny PDA, when compared to most of the PDAs I've held & used.
On the top section, there's the secondary mic.
The single-SIM slot, USB-C charging port & primary mic are located on the bottom corner.
Left section is essentially blank.
Right section is home to the volume & power buttons. As per the Pixel design tradition, the power button is above the volume buttons.
Front side is reserved for the 5.5' 18:9 OLED, front cameras, & stereo speakers located on the top & bottom bezels. The top speaker also doubles as an earpiece.
The back is 2-toned, with rear camera & flash module on the glossy section & the fingerprint scanner on the matte section, which takes up most of the back.
For materials, the front & back are covered with Gorilla Glass 5, while aluminium is used for the frame. The power button uses plastic, while the volume button uses aluminium.
The Pixel 3 only comes with front-facing stereo speakers which sounded pretty decent. However, as there's no headphone jack on the Pixel 3, good luck finding a dongle (or compatible USB-C headphones) for it if you either lost the one that came with it, or didn't get one when getting the Pixel 3.
The 5.5' 18.9 OLED display is fine enough (turned-off blacks are good). Since it's an OLED, burn in will eventually happen. As it's a 18:9 display, games with blue-bar letterboxing (Fate/GO) is a burn-in incident waiting to happen if you're playing it.
The bootloader unlocking process is foolproof & simple : plug PDA to PC, enable OEM unlocking & USB debugging in stock OS' developer options, boot to fastboot & fastboot oem unlock in fastboot. No connecting to internet (if you have the adb/fastboot tools ready).
When it comes to custom ROMs, there's 2 categories - with lockable bootloaders & without.
As for the custom kernels, there's only Elemental, & it probably won't work on locked bootloaders.
Let's start out with the bad ones:
Then, the less bad ones
And, finally, the actually good ones: