Comparing the Giants
As far as large companies competing, it hardly gets better than the battle between Apple and Samsung. These technology titans sold over one billion phones combined in 2016, a number that has since gone up. The latest representatives of Apple and Samsung are iPhone X and Galaxy S9, respectively. To be noted, however, iPhone X has been on the market since November 3rd of 2017 while Galaxy S9 is not coming out until early 2018. Regardless, due to countless leaks and forecasts, one can make a comparison between the two.
The latest invention by Apple weighs 174 grams, has dimensions of 143.6×70.9×7.7 millimeters, contains no headphone jack, is covered in glass, and feels like a very upscale device upon touch. The phone further contains a rear camera that has been rotated and now, for the first time ever, it stands vertically. The biggest front screen change involves the disappearance of the home button as well as an “addition” of the notch where the front-facing camera is placed.
Based on the leaked photographs of the phone, it closely follows its predecessor S8. It is forecasted to weight around 20 grams less than the iPhone X. The dimensions of the phone are 147.6×58.6×8.41 millimeters, which make it a little longer yet less wide than Apple’s device. The headphone jack remains intact and accessible. As far as the camera, its position is essentially the same as it was with the fingerprint scanner being moved right below it.
Better Than Ever
The redesigned screen has been the most popular topic about the new phone from Apple. Taking out the home button is the first time this has been done since the product line was formed. The notch that now covers the top of the screen is also a new addition, meant to only take the minimum amount of space for the front-facing camera. The bottom of the front screen has become the display that now stretches over a 5.8-inch diagonal. The most impressive feature, however, is the resolution that Apple managed to pack into this product. The screen offers 2,436 by 1,125 pixels which finally brings it closer to years of trailing Samsung’s screens.
Better Than Any
Although the leaks were not conclusive, Galaxy S9 seems to have the exact same screen size of 5.8 inches as iPhone X. This is not an enormous improvement over the last phone that the company put out as it had an identical display size. The bottom-level notch has been reduced, thus making the phone seem very well-built and screen-dominant. The top-notch is a little wider than the one on iPhone X as it covers the upper corners of the phone. The resolution once again beats Apple with a whopping 2,960 by 1,440 pixels. This ensures some additional saturation that people can enjoy during their photography and video recording.
The latest iPhone does not contain the well-adapted touch ID. This has been replaced by the facial recognition system that uses 30,000 points to make a pattern of one’s face. Memory options are still in between the 64GB and 256GB, and the operating system supports the latest iOS 11 with a powerful A11 bionic chip. The speed of the phone has been improved yet the customizability remains very vague.
Samsung moved the touch ID sensor under its rear-facing camera, which is the opposite of where it used to be on an iPhone. As with almost every other model by this company, the only memory available is 64GB. This issue is easily fixed with a relatively cheap memory card that can add an additional 256GB and be replaced as needed. The operating system is Android 7 that allows for speeds that match every Apple product. One thing that Samsung delivers is a highly customizable device. For example, buyers can change everything on their home screen, which is something Apple never allowed.
It is a Never-Ending Marathon
As soon as Samsung increased the size of its screen, Apple swiftly followed. Similarly, as soon as Apple implemented the fingerprint scan, Samsung added it to the back of their phones. The competitive nature of this business forces both companies to push innovation to its limits. Luckily, it is the market and countless buyers that will benefit the most as they will always receive options to purchase state-of-the-art devices. Therefore, declaring a winner would be arbitrary and useless since there are obvious wins for iPhone X, but also some very obvious victories for Galaxy S9.
Noelle Neff is a Miami native that works as a photographer and journalist. Her photos cover almost every category of art as she captures things like travel and weddings. Neff has won awards for her undeniable skills with picture-taking, and she accompanies this endeavor with high-quality, published writing!