Nick Statt writing at The Verge argues Google doesn't provide enough features in the Pixel 3 XL to justify a notch.
The stand out, tone deaf paragraph for me is this:
Google says the Pixel 3 XL will come with the ability to “turn off" the notch if you don’t like it, transforming the top portion of the phone next to the cutout into a black status bar and nothing else. But then why bother shipping a phone with an edge-to-edge display if customers end up disliking it so much that they disable it? Sure, some consumers might not mind it at all and leave it as is, while those who prefer the extra room for the status bar will just turn it off. But needing to give people the option would suggest that even Google understands that it’s offering a compromise that’s more complicated than it seems at first glance.
One of the largest differences between Google and Apple is the amount of control over a device the companies give users. Choice. It comes down to choice. Google knew some people wouldn't like the notch but, still want a larger phone so they gave those people the option to do something about it.
Apple didn't give their customers a choice at all. It was notch or no new phone.