You’ve probably heard your friends talking about the new iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S9. What’s so great about these phones? Why should you buy one of them instead of an older model? And which one should you buy? Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of both phones and help you decide which one to buy!
When it comes to displays, Samsung takes the lead.
The iPhone XS sports a 458ppi density (the iPhone X is 326ppi), and it has an LCD. However, comparing resolution doesn’t tell you everything about which screen is better. For example, although both phones have OLED displays, they are of different sizes: 5.8 inches for iPhone XS and 6.2 inches for Galaxy S9+. It’s also worth noting that OLED screens have a more vivid color range than LCD screens. In addition to having more pixels per inch than Apple’s iPhone XS, Samsung’s flagship phone also has a larger display than Apple’s newest offering: 6.2 inches compared to 5.8 inches on iPhone XS.
Both smartphones have excellent cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a single rear camera but has a low/medium quality picture. The iPhone XS’s front-facing camera is capable of taking 1080p videos at 30 fps. The front-facing camera on both devices has an 8MP resolution and an f/1.7 aperture. Both devices can take up to 1080p videos at 60 fps and slow-motion videos at 240 fps. The main camera on both devices is 12 MP with optical image stabilization (OIS). The Galaxy S9+ has a 458ppi density/LCD while the iPhone XS has a 458ppi density/OLED display. The Galaxy S9+ comes in two colors: Midnight Black and Lilac Purple while it also comes in Coral Blue which was released later in 2018. The iPhone XS comes in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. It also comes in Product Red which was released later in 2018.
In either case, the battery is unlikely to tip the scales
The iPhone XS has a smaller battery than most flagship Android phones. If you’re an average user, you will probably only see about one to two hours of difference in battery life between your iPhone and an equivalent Android phone. But if you use your smartphone to play games and stream videos on YouTube all day long, it might be worth upgrading to a more capable device like the Samsung Galaxy S9+. It has a bigger screen with a 458 PPI density/LCD that uses less power. Its larger 4,000 mAh battery can last for up to 25 hours of talk time!
While both phones are expensive—$849 for a 64GB Galaxy S9, $999 for an iPhone XS—it’s worth noting that Apple charges $250 more for its 256GB model. That may not seem like much on a dollar-to-dollar basis, but it makes a bigger difference to someone who’s thinking about committing to two years of monthly payments. It also means you can get almost twice as much storage for your money with Samsung than with Apple. The Galaxy S9+ comes in at around $30 less than the iPhone XS, too. If you don’t need all that extra space and want to save some cash, there’s always last year’s Galaxy S8 Plus (which is still a great phone). It’s available in 128GB for just under $600.
It’s a matter of personal preference when it comes to the operating system.
On the other hand, the operating system is a different story. Which is better, Android or iOS? It’s not so much a question of features as it is a matter of personal preference. Both systems have gotten increasingly comparable over time, even if Apple’s interface might use some updating. Although the number of apps available on both platforms is equivalent, there are still significant benefits with iOS in some applications. On the iPhone, Instagram has a couple of new tools, but an Android equivalent to iMovie is still absent. Meanwhile, Samsung’s version of Android contains a slew of unique features that you won’t find anywhere else, as well as multiple duplicate apps thanks to pre-installed Google apps.
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