The Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs iPhone X
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to make a full comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs iPhone X. The Galaxy S9 was released in March 2018 while the iPhone 10 in November 2017. So, there’s an approximate 4-month difference between these two smartphones. As you know Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market and they are the most prominent rivals. As such people quickly ask questions such as, Is the iPhone X better than the Samsung Galaxy S9? Of course, the most famous question of all, just tell me which one is better? And of course, that’s exactly what I’m going to do in this discussion I’m going to do a full side by side comparison of every aspect of the smartphone. So, let’s dive in-
Design & Build: –
Both the iPhone 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 have a similar build quality. Front and back you will find glass on both phones with a solid metal band around the edges. It makes for a high-end build, and therefore both smartphones feel like a million dollars when you hold them in your hands. The glass build makes both phones slippery so be sure to protect them with some grippy case.
When you move on to the Design is where things differ. They both have massive frontal displays, and they both look gorgeous. The Galaxy S9 has a large and tall display that dominates the screen leaving tiny bezels on the top and bottom while the iPhone 10 strives to fill the entire front with a screen almost succeeding except for that little notch on the front. You will observe that the bezels on the side of the S9 are thinner and it sports the signature dual curved edge design.
All-in-all, I must say that the design is a subjective choice, but in my opinion, Samsung S9 still seems to pull ahead slightly, it looks cleaner in over presentation from the front. This slight lead could have been avoided if the iPhone X had somehow eliminated that notch on the top which does serve a significant function known as the face ID.
Both are approximately the same size overall. This is not a big deal, but I wanted to show it, you guys. They both offer excellent one-handed usability.
Protection & Sound: –
Now, both flagships come with water resistance, but the Galaxy S9 once again gains a slight lead with a higher IP68 rating as opposed to the iPhone 10’s IP67 rating. Rest assured, however, both smartphones can easily handle a rainy day or an accidental drop into a puddle of water.
Both flagships also support Bluetooth v5.0 which is the latest standard in Bluetooth which is going to allow for better quality audio and even for a more extended Bluetooth range that’s all good stuff.
Now, both smartphones also come with dual stereo speakers, one speaker at the bottom and other one is on top built into the earpiece. Both speakers sound fantastic, but the Galaxy S9 once again takes the lead here because it retains the 3.5mm Headphone Jack while the iPhone 10 does away with it. So, the Samsung S9 certainly has an edge in this category.
Biometrics & Security: –
In this category, the Samsung Galaxy S9 leads in overall tech. It has three ways to unlock your smartphone a fingerprint sensor, an Iris scanner and a basic facial recognition tool. The iPhone 10 only has one way to unlock your smartphone, the Face ID which replaces the fingerprint sensor known as the touch ID. Now, the Face ID on the iPhone X is far superior to the facial recognition tool found on the S9. Even Samsung doesn’t recommend using the facial tool only S9 as a reliable security measure. So, we could potentially discard that option only S9 if used all by itself.
So, what we have is an iPhone 10 with a state of the art Face ID system versus the S9 with a state of the art Iris recognition tool + the proven fingerprint sensor. There is one more trick that the S9 has it does allows you to combine the Iris scanner and the facial recognition to create what is known as the Intelligent Scan.
You have to be very careful because it has been noted that the Intelligent Scan because it uses the less reliable Facial scan as part of its unlocking, will not be as safe as using the Iris scanner all by self. The primary function of the Intelligent Scan is to make sure unlocking your phone is faster in bright light or total darkness, but it does sacrifice a little bit of security. So, I will recommend using the Iris scanner if you want complete protection.
The iPhone 10 has a 5.8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 with 456 pixels per inch.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 also has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 with 579 pixels per inch. Of course, both of these phones offer HDR enabled displays. Both of these flagships have a fantastic screen that looks stunning from every angle; they are not dull, they are very vibrant.
The S9 is sharp and clear and it slightly more saturated. The iPhone X is also very bright and clear but with better colour accuracy as opposed to saturation. Overall, I cannot recommend one over the other as they both look spotless and crispy. I’ll consider this category a draw.
The iPhone 10 has a dual camera system while the Galaxy S9 has a single camera system. The iPhone X has a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle camera with an aperture of F/1.7; the secondary camera is 12-megapixel with an aperture of F/2.4.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 also has a primary 12-megapixel camera that comes with a dual aperture of F/1.5 and F/2.4.
Now, both the primary cameras are quite capable. They take stunning daytime shots and produce a bright and sharp image. Now, because the S9 Plus make use of the small F/1.5 aperture, at night, it takes slightly better night time photography, but the difference is not too mind-bending.
The secondary telephoto camera on the iPhone X is designed uniquely for two times optical zoom and being able to take beautiful portrait photos that will keep your face in sharp focus while blurring the background to create the bokeh effect.
Now, when we move on to the video recording both the iPhone 10 and Galaxy S9 is capable of some fantastic things. They can record at 1080p at 30/60 frames per second quickly and can also record in 4K at 30/60 frames per second which is great. However, the Samsung Galaxy S9 takes a significant lead in the slow-motion recording. It can now record at 960 frames per second slow-motion speed as opposed to the iPhone 10’s 240 frames per second. This super slow-motion allows you to capture some incredible moments if you are into this kind of videography.
Front Camera: –
As for the front camera, both flagships are great and get the job done by taking selfies and video conferencing. So, in this category, we have a bit of a draw.
The iPhone X sports a powerful Hexa-Core A11 Bionic processor with 3 gigabytes of RAM and can be acquired with 64 gigabytes of storage for the base model or you can buy the 256 gigabytes of storage option.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 also sports a robust Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 CPU or an Exynos 9810 variant in Non-USA markets with 4 gigabytes of RAM. The Galaxy S9 will be available in a 64-gigabyte storage option, but you can quickly add up to 400 gigabytes of extra storage using a microSD card, a feature that iPhone 10 lacs. Adding additional storage to the S9 is much cheaper, you can get 128GB microSD card for around $50 and just load up on photos, videos, and any media if desired. With the iPhone 10, the jump from 64GB version to 256GB version of the iPhone X will cost you $150.
Now, if we move on to the benchmarks, it is immediately clear that the iPhone 10 has more processing power. Apparently, the Galaxy S9 is not a slow phone by any means, but the iPhone’s A11 Bionic chip produces more energy which will possibly translate into more magnificent looking buttery smooth games. So, the iPhone takes the win in total processing power, however, the S9 counters with the availability of the microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 runs on the latest version of Android while the iPhone 10 runs on the newest version of iOS. When comparing iOS and Android, it is hard not to overlook two significant differences-
Customization: – Android system is a much more open-ended environment and allows for extensive customisation via widgets, themes and home screen tweaking. You can tweak an Android smartphone to fit your sense of style.
The iOS on the other hand when it comes to home screen is just a static grid of app icons with necessary customisation capabilities such as being able to change the wallpaper. On the other hand, the iOS does offer more polished apps and a more excellent gaming experience just about every games on the iPhone 10 including graphically demanding games will run at maximum performance with smooth and lag-free gameplay effete Galaxy S9 won’t be able to match, not because it isn’t capable but directly because iOS apps are given more quality control before production.
Additionally, the Apple App Store does yield a more substantial number of quality apps as opposed to the Google Play Store. So, if you care about apps and games and how well they perform, this is indeed something to pay very close attention to especially for app-driven people who prefer the simplicity of use over customisation and personalisation.
Beyond those two differences, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is indeed more productive and feature-rich in the software department. It allows for split-screen multitasking which means you can run two windows side-by-side at the same time. I’m not sure if the iPhone will ever get split-screen multitasking even though the iPad does have it.
The S9 also has the edge functionality you can swipe inwards from the edges of the display to bring up the edge panels; these edge panels can give you access to apps shortcuts weather widgets, tools such as a compass or a digital ruler or calculator and much more. On top of that, it is entirely customizable you can add or remove a bunch of panels based on your needs.
The iPhone 10 also has some software capabilities such as 3D Touch which is a pressure-sensitive screen that allows you to access quick actions and other gestures by pressing down on the screen with a certain amount of pressure, not a bad feature but rarely used.
So, it is clear from everything I mentioned that the Galaxy S9 is a more customizable, feature-rich and productive overall. However, where Apple wins is the App Ecosystem which is not a joke, like I said the Apple App Store would offer superb games and provide more polished and quality apps in comparison to the Google Play Store for App driven people. It might be significant enough to stick with Apple.
Both smartphones can last a full day with a full charge with medium to heavy use which is a healthy combination of browsing the web, listening to the music, watching a few hours of video and using Apps. Now, both the iPhone 10 and the S9 offer wireless charging using the same Qi-standard which is fantastic. Both smartphones also offer fast wired charging. However, the Galaxy S9 has fast wired charging right out of the box with included charging adapter. On the other hand, iPhone X will require you to purchase the fast charging compatible adapter if you wish to utilise the fast charging option which means you will have to spend some extra money with the iPhone X. So, again Samsung S9 takes the lead here in this category.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has an official price of $720 for the 64 gigabytes model, and the iPhone 10 starts at $1000 for the 64 gigabytes model. You can also get the 256 gigabyte iPhone model for $1,150. It is clear that the price advantage lies with the Galaxy S9, there’s a $280 price difference.
All right, so it is clear that both phones are technological marvellous in the premium segment. As tech package they both offer a lot of value, they both provide excellent displays and very impressive cameras. However, the Galaxy S9 either appears to meet or exceed the iPhone 10 at just about every category, and it still manages to be less expensive.
Advantages of the Samsung S9; A higher water resistance rating of IP68, Still retains the 3.5mm Headphone Jack despite having stereo speakers, in my opinion, it has a better design and offers more biometrics security options.
Advantages of the iPhone 10; It has a higher processing power, and the availability of a secondary telephoto camera.
Even when you look at the Wireless charging, the Galaxy S9’s wireless charging speeds are slightly faster than the iPhone X. And of course, software and Ecosystem will play a significant role in deciding between the two.
For instance, if you are fully invested in the Apple Ecosystem such as if you own any Apple products from a MacBook to an iPad to an Apple TV or the Home Pod you will benefit by buying the iPhone 10, and I would highly recommend that you do buy the iPhone 10 over the Samsung Galaxy S9 for Ecosystem benefits.
However, if you are merely in the market for a rock-solid premium smartphone and have no deep ecosystem investments, it is natural for me, to recommend buying the Galaxy S9 over the iPhone X.
So, which one is better and which one you have to buy?
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is better than the iPhone 10. It’s packed with more tech and has the lower price.