Product comparisons are strange beasts with results that can be twisted, turned, and repackaged to reveal whatever we want them to be. Every year about this time we get details on a new Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone. Every year it will have features not found on the latest iPhone released less than six months earlier. And, every year we read comparisons. Here’s another.
These new flagship phones aren’t just better than their predecessors in every conceivable way, they’re also better than every other handset on the planet in several important ways.
See? Galaxy S9s are better “in several important ways.” Camera? Yes. Camera. Official testing isn’t available yet, but the anti-Apple boys believe in leap frog as technology’s most important game. The problem here is that all premium smartphones have cameras so good that their photos are difficult to tell apart.
What about the display?
Apple’s iPhone is made by Samsung to Apple’s requirements, so don’t expect too much difference between them from reviewers. Unless you hate the Notch. Galaxy S9 doesn’t have a Notch. Instead, it has an ugly Forehead and Chin, instead of space-saving Notch that houses additional information.
What else is better on S9 than iPhone X?
Samsung’s new AR Emoji feature is a blatant rip-off of Apple’s Animojis
How is Samsung’s AR Emoji better than Animoji? Or, are they just different?
Samsung’s AR Emoji feature includes a cool option you won’t find on any iPhone: you can make a 3D character out of yourself. Simply scan your face and the S9 creates a digital character with your likeness. Then you can send animations of yourself in more than a dozen different scenes.
You know, like Animoji does when you select an animated character. Honestly, Samsung’s executives, engineers, and designers cannot help themselves. Must. Copy. Apple.
The Better Than iPhone X territory shrinks rapidly from here on out. The Samsung Galaxy S9 display is a bit bigger thanks to a different aspect ratio and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus.
Now we’re down to the headphone jack. Samsung still lives in the 20th century while the rest of us have moved on. AirPods are a thing. Samsung does not have an answer for the much acclaimed AirPods, but since differentiation is a key component of product marketing, the headphone jack stays until Samsung sees the future Apple already brought to today. Oh. Wait. 2016.
The folks over at AnandTech, more genius than the little anti-Apple boys at Boy Genius Report, gave a very detailed look at the Galaxy models and displayed a nice graphic on chip performance. Guess which chip beat all the Exynos and Snapdragon CPUs? Apple’s A-Series CPU. From 2016.
As always, different strokes for different folks. Smartphones are not commodity items unless all you want is a phone that takes photos. Products are differentiated one from another for a reason. And, wherever possible, Samsung copies Apple as much as it can, a successful strategy that seems to have garnered more profits than Android smartphone kin, but not as much as Apple.