My next phone: Galaxy S9 versus iPhone X

Discussion in 'Smartphones and Tablets' started by Mitlov, Mar 5, 2018.

?

What should I get?

  1. Galaxy S9 Plus

    12 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. iPhone X

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. Pixel 2 XL or OnePlus 5 because I totally didn't read the post before voting

    4 vote(s)
    22.2%
  1. Ultra Male

    Ultra Male Super Tweaker

    Reputations:
    18,494
    Messages:
    19,121
    Likes Received:
    27,160
    Trophy Points:
    931
    He wants to do Photoshop editing on his phone so every pixel matters /sarcasm :rolleyes:

    The moment I get a phone I turn down the resolution to the minimum, they all look the same to me on a freakin' 5.8 to 6 inch screen.

    1080p vs 1440p: How much does 1440p really affect battery life?
     
    kojack likes this.
  2. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

    Reputations:
    4,935
    Messages:
    12,097
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    581
    First off, when the Xr is getting beaten out by my 6S+ (same screen tech, 1080p) for far less money, that's a problem.

    Second, for me personally, I do want/need higher resolutions on a phone (1080p, currently). Specifically, one of my major uses for a phone is to read and watch video in bed when I have my contacts/glasses off. I have horribly nearsighted vision (-4.75, -ish), so to see anything on the phone with any sort of detail, it needs to be pretty close to my face. And when you have such nearsightness and have something that close, you can absolutely tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. I'd love to try out a 4K phone once they get cheap enough and battery life is acceptable.

    If I'm going to use a 720p phone, there are far cheaper options out there, even including Apple's older phones (the SE is very close to 720p for far less money than the Xr). The Xr could be okay (sort of) if it was 720p but a better display tech like OLED. Or it could be alright if it was the same old screen tech but 1080p; I can see a justification for a 1080p Xr for $750. But as it stands, there's literally nothing special about the Xr, and there are too many downsides to it, to take the Xr as a serious option for an iPhone other than the subset of customers who absolute must have a new iPhone for the cheapest price point possible.

    That Apple has the balls to charge $750+ for such a basic phone (nevermind the display, everything else too) is a farce.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  3. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    321
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    697
    Trophy Points:
    131
    I have a 6s, and an 8. The Xr's screen is better than both of mine, and it's quite a bit faster too. So I don't know where your 6s is "beating" the Xr. In costs? maybe. but that's like saying the galaxy s7 beats the s10 because it's cheaper. OLED has it's own set of issues. (see screen burn in).

    Furthermore, The Xr is faster, and has better battery life than either of the Xs models. I think it's a great phone. Camera is non essential for me to be "fantastic". I have my Fuji real cameras for that. So stating your 6s is "beating" the Xr, please.
     
  4. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

    Reputations:
    4,935
    Messages:
    12,097
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    581
    The rest of the specs are just fine, the Xr is just incredibly let down by the display (relative to price). Given how pretty much any bargain-bin smartphone can handle video streams, calls, text, and internet just fine, the display is the most important spec for me, hence my disappointment. Sorry that some people have different priorities than you :)
     
  5. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    321
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    697
    Trophy Points:
    131
    Exactly, Just as some people have different priorities than you. But have you used the Xr? What (besides the specs) do you dislike about it? I have used it for a few hours now (not mine), and went into it with the same mindset as yourself after reading and watching a bunch of videos of people claiming it's the "same" lcd as the 8. I can tell you the display in the Xr is MUCH better than my iPhone 8 display, which is pretty damn good imo. So, I want to hear what you dislike about it. I am not arguing , I am curious and interested in discussions like these.
     
  6. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

    Reputations:
    4,935
    Messages:
    12,097
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    581
    I have an Apple store near me that I frequent (since I’m on the market for a new phone; yay for getting only 32GB on the 6S+...). Aside from the specs, I dislike the price of the Xr; I’m not paying flagship prices for an entry-level phone.

    More in detail, while the chipset is the same as the Xs, I personally give zero crap about stuff like that. Unlike desktops/laptops where I care a lot about the performance since I do lots of things on those devices, a phone is *simply* a black box used for phone stuff and internet stuff, so there’s basically no difference (for me) between the A12 and what my current phone has. Therefore, my main priorities in a phone are the display (as previously discussed), the price, and the storage capacity (since Apple doesn’t believe in microSD).

    To go further into detail into the display, it *is* the same LCD tech as previous iPhones. Same construction, same propertities; there’s nothing special about it compared to the 8 (hell, it’s even the same PPI, albeit *sightly* more resolution than the 8). If I become okay with the Xr resolution, I might as well save money and buy an 8 ($599 new, less refurb) or get a *higher resolution* 8S for still less money ($699 new). At that point, in the Xr I’d be paying extra for.... the color? Then there’s the X...

    Anyway, it seems like sales figures for the Xr (hell, even the Xs/Xs Max) speak loud enough to the lack of value in Apple’s latest iPhone offerings. It seems I’m not the only one who takes issue with it :)
     
    Vasudev likes this.
  7. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

    Reputations:
    4,935
    Messages:
    12,097
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    581
    Hell, here’s you own words on the Xr in the China iPhone thread:

    Personally I like to buy my phones upfront, but if that’s the situation for a financed phone, that’s insane...
     
  8. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    321
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    697
    Trophy Points:
    131
    Yes. Did I not say that I am a year out on getting a phone. By the time I am ready, the 256gb Xr is going to be reasonable. I think ALL phones are way overpriced. Still nothing against the SPECS on the phone. Just that everyone is overpriced.

    Again, you are just stating Specs sheets. Have you used the Xr ? I don't judge by specs, I judge by real world in hand use. I could have had the samesong etc but they were terrible in real world useage. The Xr is not an entry level phone btw. It has all the same internals as the Xs. The screen is a different technology than the Xs, that don't make it "entry level" it makes it less expensive than the Xs. Again, what do you NEED a 4k screen for?
     
  9. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

    Reputations:
    4,935
    Messages:
    12,097
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    581
    1080p display sweetie, not 4K. 4K would be nice, but not something I’m looking for right now :). Anyway, I’ve already said why I need a high-red phone display, I’m not going to repeat myself.

    And yes, I have used it in the store. It’s an iPhone, it does iPhone things. Not terribly different from my 6S+ other than the size and bezels.

    Anyway, it’s certainly entry level in Apple’s current lineup. Hopefully someday they’ll release a SE 2 to become the new entry into their phones, however.
     
  10. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

    Reputations:
    321
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    697
    Trophy Points:
    131
    I have yet to read what you NEED a higher resolution display for. Seriously. Again I’m not picking fights, etc. I am genuinely curious.
     
Loading...

Share This Page