Samsung smartphone or iPhone: what to choose

Absolutely in any area / sphere there is a constant competition between several companies that occupy leading positions in their market. Such a “confrontation” is particularly acute in the software and electronic (mobile) gadgets market, where two companies try to identify the best year after year. Within the framework of this article, the products of the two “giants” are subject to analysis: “Samsung” and “Apple”, the comparison of which can help someone to find the answer to the eternal question “Whose smartphone is better?”.

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung or iPhone.

Comparative criteria

It will be quite reasonable to begin with the fact that it is impossible to unequivocally answer the question posed, since any particular conclusion depends on a huge number of different factors and the dominant one is far from a technical question. The fundamental criterion that determines the user interest is the personal preferences of each user (potential buyer). If someone thinks that Apple’s smartphone is better than Samsung’s competitive smartphone, then it’s unlikely that any arguments will convince him of that. It acts in the opposite direction. So, the predisposition to a particular brand is the demand that development companies (manufacturers) are trying to satisfy by constantly updating their product range. This article will compare the Galaxy S9 Plus and the iPhone X, which have already received user ratings and show the majority of their positive and negative sides.


The proverb “They meet on the cover, but escorted by the mind” suits the question at hand. The first thing that is paying attention now is the size of the screen, as well as the external style, overall dimensions and to some extent elegance, since for many such smartphones are an indicator of financial wealth. The mentioned candidates have overall indicators as follows:

iPhone XGalaxy S9 Plus
Height x width x thickness, mm.143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5
Protection standardIP67IP68

As can be seen from the table, the representative of the Korean company has a larger size and weight, as well as an increased level of screen protection from dust and moisture. Whether a larger size is a significant disadvantage is a moot point, since the difference in performance is insignificant.

Display indicators

Without unnecessary preface, it is worth saying that both the Galaxy S9 Plus and the iPhone X are equipped with incredible displays using OLED technology. Incredible color rendition and color saturation, high brightness and contrast - this is what many customers love these smartphones for.

iPhone XGalaxy S9 Plus
Resolution2436x1125 pixels with 458 ppi2960x1440 pixels with 570 ppi
BrightnessMore than 650 cd / m2More than 700 cd / m2

In general, it is possible to talk about the quality and benefits of displays with these models for hours. They can already be called a business card, which Apple still slightly better due to a better anti-reflective coating.

operating system

Perhaps only this criterion of all that are subject to analysis in the framework of this article (and running forward as many as 6), shows a significant difference between the Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X, and in general between Samsung and Apple . “Apple smartphones” are already equipped on a standard basis with the latest version of iOS, which stands out for many as the best operating system for mobile platforms. At the heart of such high ratings is the opinion that iOS has a significant advantage over Android in speed and frequency of updates, which cannot be called a well-founded opinion. Both iOS and Android receive a sufficient number of updates, which ensures their constant updating. In terms of the presence of bugs and errors in these operating systems, it is also impossible to identify a clear leader, as they are present both there and there. But the “stuffing” of the operating system is of greater interest in the topic under consideration, because here “iOS” has a small but advantage.

  1. On the iPhone, there is an incomparably smaller amount of “extra” pre-installed software from third-party developers, which in most cases guarantees greater stability of the device as a whole.
  2. iPhone has more convenient synchronization functionality between devices of its brand. This is a significant advantage, especially if other devices from Apple are working in conjunction with a smartphone.
  3. The range of the AppStore has a huge amount of various software that was developed exclusively for iOS, but distributed for a fee (for the most part).

In Google Play, the assortment is somewhat smaller (besides, it is often “diluted” with candid dummies), but at the same time 90% of the content is distributed absolutely free (or conditionally free). Summing up the interim result, we can express the sports term - in this criterion the score “2: 1” in favor of “Apple”.


It is necessary to immediately proceed to the analysis of the “toppings” of the considered smartphones:

iPhone X *Galaxy S9 Plus *
CPUApple A11 BionicExynos 9810 Octa
Number of Cores6eight
Frequency1.42-2.53 GHz1.9-2.9 GHz
Graphics processorApple GPUMali-g72 mp18
RAM capacity36
Internal memory64 **64

* indicators of only the "younger" versions of these models

The technical specifications clearly demonstrate that the Galaxy S9 Plus is superior to its more eminent competitor, at least 3 points.

** In addition, the “iPhone X” has no microSD slot, which does not allow to increase the amount of internal memory.

As for performance, a huge number of different tests demonstrate that the differences and advantages of Samsung mentioned above are leveled. Performance indicators are about the same, which has been repeatedly confirmed in practice.

Camera (shooting quality)

The time has already passed when the benchmark for the quality of the shooting was only Apple. Now "Samsung" is not only not inferior, but in some moments surpasses its main competitor.

iPhone X *Galaxy S9 Plus *
Main cameraA photo12 + 12 MP, an increase of 2x, f / 1.812 + 12 MP, an increase of 2x, f / 1.5-2.4
Video2160p (up to 60 fps), 1080p (up to 240 fps)2160p (up to 60 fps), 1080p (up to 240 fps), 720p (up to 960 fps)
FrontalA photo7 MP, f / 2.48 MP, f / 2.4
Video1080p (up to 30 fps)1440p (up to 30 fps)

As you can see, it is based on two modules of 12 + 12 MP, which demonstrate the same level of quality of shooting in the daytime. But the Galaxy S9 Plus has a variable aperture, which allows you to achieve maximum results with variable lighting, for example, at dusk. Despite the fact that the front camera of Samsung is conditionally better, practical tests demonstrate the opposite result. Again, equal results, which only confirm the difficulty of a single choice.


The last criterion that should be addressed in this article is the battery life of smartphones. On board, the “iPhone X” has a battery with a capacity of 2716 mAh, which ensures uninterrupted operation for about 9-10 hours at a non-maximum load level. Samsung has 3500 mAh, but the average operating time with the same conditions does not exceed the same 9-10 hours. In idle mode, both demonstrate approximately equal time - about a day, active web surfing for about 5-6 hours, resource-intensive games and programs for about 3-4 hours. In addition, both options are equipped with fast and wireless charging functionality.


As can be seen from the foregoing (this is only a small part of what can be compared), all comparative criteria have approximately the same result with a slight bias in one direction or the other. Therefore, it is impossible to make an unequivocal conclusion. Both the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9 Plus have their strengths and weaknesses, and only practical testing in each specific case (as well as the personal preferences mentioned) will provide you with a definite answer.