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Battle Of The Smartphones

A side-by-side comparison of today’s smartphone cameras. PHOTO/ Flickr Creative Commons
A side-by-side comparison of today’s smartphone cameras. PHOTO/ Flickr Creative Commons

By Michelle Ayr

Published: November 29th, 2017

It’s 2017. Although we do not have the flying cars and picturesque utopian city of the future we anticipated, we do have the battle of the new iPhones. Apple, aside from Android, has acquired the iOS podium, monopolizing the cell-phone platform and creating what we now call “smartphones.” Recently, Apple came out with the iPhone X as a way for us to “say hello to the future.” However, not everyone has been keen about taking the next step into the new era.

So what is the first major difference individuals are comparing? The price point of each iPhone. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now on sale, making them a little more attractive than the iPhone X. According to Gordon Kelly, an Opinion Contributor on Forbes, the iPhone X is 40 percent more expensive than the latter. The cost of the iPhone X is understandable to some, though, as it comes with many new features that the iPhone 8 does not include. For one, the displays on the iPhone X are definitely bigger, making it 17 percent more heavy. This leaves some to question if bigger is always better. The switch to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) attains a greatly improved contrast ratio and power saving storage.  Not to mention, the iPhone X has the most increased pixel density and resolution that has ever been seen on an iPhone, making it the perfect phone for selfie-lovers.

The iPhone 8 does have some similarities to the new “phone of the future.” For one, it matches Apple’s True Tone technology, which plays into color balancing against ambient light, along with the same High Dynamic Range, commonly known as HDR. Also, both phones have “upgraded” to the new glass back, making them dust and water resistant. This allows for full submersion in up to three feet of water for approximately 30 minutes. The glass back also calls for wireless charging, which leaves some wondering whether this is just another ploy for Apple to make more money; the wireless charging stations that the company sells are close to $60 each. This may all sound new and exciting for some, but according to SquareTrade, Apple’s “most durable glass” and home-button absence do not make the relationship between glass and concrete any stronger. The new phones are now known as “the most breakable iPhones ever”.

On the contrary, many individuals believe that the iPhone X is simply copying many of its competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, which includes a higher 2K resolution. The iPhone X has also caught up with 64GB of storage that the Samsung Galaxy S8 already had. Before, one would have to purchase the extra storage for the iPhone, but now the iPhone X comes with the 64GB capacity without extra purchases for storage.

While both smartphones have Face ID, the Samsung Galaxy S8 also includes a fingerprint scanner, a feature not available on the iPhone X, as it no longer has a home-button.

Whichever smartphone you end up buying will most likely be decided on which team you are on: Apple or Android. The iPhone X and iPhone 8 are definitely the best phones for those who are hardcore Apple fans, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8 depicts the leader of the Android band. So, which color bubble will you choose? Blue or green?

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