When it comes to smartphones in 2018, there are two that typically come to mind: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS. The first thing to keep in mind is that they both cost $1,000 in starting price. They’re both extremely powerful smartphones with the highest specs, advanced cameras, great battery life, and immersive displays.
The Note 9 it comes with its distinctive feature: the S Pen. According to most people, it is what makes the Note different from other smartphones. “It’s mainly been on tablets and it’s never been in a smartphone before as far as I’m aware of.” (Zou ‘19) The S Pen isn’t only a drawing utensil, but also a remote control with its newly added feature of Bluetooth, so it’s not only limited to just being a creative tool but a tool for thinkers and professionals. “I feel like the S Pen could seem like a useful tool for professionals and students when using their smartphones since it does more things than using it to draw.” (Eri ‘19). Not only is the S Pen the newest feature of the Note 9, but it’s all day battery. “The all-day battery life of the Note 9 intrigued me the most because I feel like most phones tend to lack that feature. Also, the fact that it has an all-day battery life will attract a ton of people because battery life has been a major issue for me especially.” (Zafran ‘19)
On the other hand, we have the newest iPhones: the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. These phones not only come in a bunch of new colors (Gold for the XS and various bright colors for the XR) but feature an updated processor which translates to making your day to day tasks like a breeze. They’re also the first iPhones to feature dual sim capabilities (e-sim and a nano-sim) and now have cameras with a bunch of newly enhanced image processing. “Since it was an S upgrade for the iPhone, it wasn’t a huge leap forward compared to its predecessor, which makes it more of a refined version of the previous iPhone.” (Zafran ‘19) The most talked about feature of the new iPhones were their cameras. They now feature better image processing thanks to Smart HDR and have depth control using portrait mode (It can adjust the background blur of your photos from an f-stop of f16 to f1.4. Just as well, because it’s probably the most improved feature of the new iPhones. “How they marketed the new iPhones made it seem like it’s got a much better camera.” (Eri ‘19), “This appealed to me the most since it seems that it’s gotten better with every generation of iPhones.” (Zou ‘19).
When it comes to smartphone operating systems, it always comes down to personal preference, but when students were asked which one works better for them their answers varied, “I’m pretty used to using iOS (since I have an iPhone), so iOS works better for me personally.” (Eri ‘19), “I would go for Android because I prefer Android than iOS in general.” (Zou ‘19), “It’s iOS all the way for me. I’ve had both an Android and an iPhone in the past and I feel like iOS just makes it simpler and more elegant to use especially since I have a MacBook, it’s all connected with the Apple ecosystem.” (Zafran ‘19). Regarding their choice of phone, the answers varied by personal preference: “I would go for the Galaxy Note 9 because I never had a Galaxy Note before and I would like to try a new kind of smartphone. And since the Note 9 has a longer lasting battery, that appealed me the most.” (Eri ‘19), “I would go for the Galaxy Note 9 because it’s much more feature packed than the iPhones, which makes it much more appealing to me.” (Zou ‘19), “I would go for the iPhone XS if I had to choose because one reason I love iPhones so much is because of the software; iOS. If I had a Samsung phone that ran iOS, I would get that, but the XS is the perfect size for me and it is fast and reliable. it has everything that I need.” (Zafran ‘19). What usually makes a person buy a smartphone isn’t only about the phone, but the ecosystem around it. Samsung has an ecosystem where all of its electronics are connected to various machines using their ability to connect wirelessly, (like turning on the washing machine, adjusting the AC temperature by using Bixby, Samsung’s controversial personal assistant to control your home, etc.) whereas Apple’s ecosystem is seamless within its products (like Airdrop and Continuity) thanks to iCloud, not to mention the utility of AirDrop between Apple devices.
Either way, these smartphones are probably the best phones that money can buy right now and I highly doubt that you’ll be dissatisfied with either one. So, are you on team #Apple or team #Samsung?