There aren’t many technology experts out there nor just the regular person would argue with the statement that Samsung and Apple are the giants of smartphone technology in our modern world. So, we thought we’d do a bit of investigating and look at the features of both of their devices, what do they offer their user that the other perhaps can’t? To do it, we’re reviewing two of their latest additions to their long line of successful productions, the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X!

iPhone X – Released 3rd November 2017

From £999.00

  • Screen: 5.8-inch OLED
  • Display: 2436 x 1125 (458ppi)
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Rear Camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS | 12-megapixel telephoto, f/2.4, OIS
  • Front Camera: 7-megapixel f/2.2
  • Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/256GB
  • Battery: Not Stated
  • Waterproof: IP67
  • Fingerprint scanner? No
  • Face/Iris scanner Yes/No
  • Headphone Jack? No
  • Data port: Lightning
  • Wireless Charging? Qi
  • MicroSD slot? No
  • Weight: 174g

Samsung Galaxy S9 – Released 16th March 2018

From £739.00

  • Screen: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED
  • Display: 2960 x 1440 (570ppi)
  • Aspect Ratio: 18.5:9
  • Rear camera: 12-megapixel, f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture, OIS
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel f/1.7
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Waterproof? IP68
  • Fingerprint scanner? Yes
  • Face/Iris scanner? Yes/Yes
  • Headphone jack? Yes
  • Data port? USB-C
  • Wireless charging? Qi/PMA
  • MicroSD slot? SDXC up to 400GB
  • Weight: 163g

Key points:

  • Apple’s release of the iPhone X brought the first bezel-less device produced by the apple giants, this caused quite the stir in the sense that it seems to edge towards the style of their Android rivals.
  • The iPhone X screen doesn’t go right to the edge of the phone whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9 screen has no notch and reaches the very edges of the device.
  • The Galaxy S9’s fingerprint scanner can be located below the device camera on the rear. It’s a perfect place to have it as it makes it easier and more accessible for users to interact with, however, some may argue that it’s too small and can be fiddly.
  • Samsung’s S9 also has a face and iris unlock system which is a clear rival to the brand-new Face ID system engineered by Apple for the iPhone X. It’s fair to say Apple would win with this new integration as the Face ID system allows you to trigger payments for example. Whereas this isn’t possible with the S9.
  • Both phones are tied when it comes to screen sizes of 5.8-inch OLED. Though, the Samsung S9 screen is a super AMOLED, with a higher resolution of 2960 x 1440 display, resulting in a 570ppi pixel density. In terms of the iPhone X, the screen sits at a 2436 x 1125 OLED, leaving a 458ppi pixel density.
  • These devices both have impressive makeups, both constructed with premium material. The S9 slightly edges the iPhone X when it comes to which phone is more resilient to dust and water resistance with an IP68 in comparison to the X’s IP67.
  • The devices both support wireless charging, the glass back of the iPhone X has allowed Apple to integrate this into the product.
  • Only the S9 has a headphone jack, you will be required to use a lightning adapter if you wish to plug your headphones into the iPhone X.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 is considerably cheaper than the iPhone X.