The two best smartphones head-to-head.
It’s iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Let’s look at what you can expect from each and choose the right one for you.
If something isn’t broken, why fix it? At least, that’s what Samsung seems to think. The design on Galaxy S9 Plus hasn’t really changed in any noticeably way from the previous generation. Not that we’re complaining…
That’s because it flaunts the same all-screen design, spanning from edge-to-edge for a stunning appearance. It also has a beautifully curved frame to fit more comfortably in your hands. As for available colours, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and the brand-new Lilac Purple.
iPhone X is Apple’s golden child right now, and offers some radical changes over previous generations. The mega-company finally yielded with this device, opting to give the smartphone a near bezeless look. True to the brand’s original form, everything about the design is minimal and no-fuss. The colour options are slightly less jazzy, with Silver and Space Grey available.
Sure, there’s the small notch at the top of the screen, but that’s unlikely to be much of an issue. Needless to say, one of the biggest changes here is the fact that Apple has ditched the home button. Packing a huge screen and not much else, the device feels thoroughly modern.
In the battle of the screen sizes, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes out on top, boasting a 6.2-inch display with a Quad HD (1440 x 2960) resolution. The 18:5:9 display ratio offers a cinematic view. While the advanced contrast enhancement ensures photos and videos look more detailed.
iPhone X isn’t far off in terms of size, at 5.8-inches with a 1125 x 2436 resolution. The OLED screen guarantees stunning colours, true blacks, high brightness and an incredible contrast ratio. There’s also the 3D Touch capability built into the screen, that lets you long press it to open up more options.
From the upgraded DeX features to Bixby’s new capabilities, Samsung has done a great job on boosting what was there already. There’s also a Facial Recognition feature that you can use to activate Samsung Pay, and AR Emoji to boot. It also has wireless charging and a water resistant IP67 rating. All the above sounds very familiar.
In fact, if you look at what iPhone X has to offer here, you may find some similarities. It features Face ID for quick unlocking and activating Apple Pay. There’s Animoji (which works like Samsung’s AR Emoji), Siri (Apple’s Bixby) and a water resistant IP68 rating.
It seems that both companies believe that these sorts of features are the future of smartphones and, let’s be honest, they’re probably right.
The two devices are by no means identical, though. For example, Samsung’s AR Emoji can be used with third-party apps, whereas Animoji is limited to iMessage. Plus, there’s the fact that Samsung has held on tightly to the headphone jack, despite Apple getting rid of it a while back. Plus, there’s the fingerprint sensor that Apple has waved bye to, while Samsung has kept going strong.
These days, a phone is absolutely nothing unless it’s got a serious camera under the hood.
Luckily, both iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus deliver in this area. The selfie cameras are impressive, with iPhone X featuring a 7MP unit, against the Galaxy S9 Plus and its 8MP camera. The main cameras are both 12MP, which means that there’s little between the two.
Digging a little deeper, iPhone X has an f/2.2 aperture, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has both a f/1.7 and f/2.4 aperture. The image resolutions are exactly the same at 4000 x 3000.
The Galaxy S9 Plus has a Wide Angle Selfie feature, which is certain to please fans. While iPhone X sports Optical Zoom, Face Detection, and Touch to Focus. Both phones are likely to perform well when it comes down to it, though, and so it’s worth trying them out before you decide.
Power and Storage
Apple’s very own A11 Bionic chipset beats at the heart of iPhone X, and it’s reported to be one of the most powerful around. Aside from that, the phone comes with iOS 11 (of course!), 64GB of storage (a 256GB version is also available), and a 2716 mAh battery. The latter means that the phone can last for up to 21 hours, and has a fast-charging feature too.
On the flip side of that, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus features a Exynos 9 Octa 9810 chipset, runs on Android Oreo, as well as 64GB of storage, which can be expanded by a further 400GB via microSD.
The battery is a little larger than iPhone X at 3500 mAh, but we should remember that this is a slightly larger device that requires more juice. The Galaxy S9 Plus offers up to 25 hours of user time, which should be enough between charges.
You can spread the cost if you buy on contract or finance. Right now you can get iPhone X with 8GB of data for just £57 a month. Or, on finance, just £43.90 a month. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is available with 12GB for £56 a month on contract, and just £38.19 a month on finance.
So, which smartphone is best for you? Well, it’s fair to say, that there’s very little in it this time around. Both devices are seriously high-end and have the very latest specs. There’s no doubt that iPhone X is a revolutionary device, but it does cost a little more. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has all the tech at a slightly lower price. Whichever you happen to choose, you’re sure to have one of the snazziest smartphones ever.