iPhone X – A Social Status Icon Or A Burning Hole In Pocket

Whether its iPhone X or any other smartphone, today, they lead their own race of getting a customer acceptance in the market. Even though all smartphones look similar in sizes and have alike features, it is this industry that has become big and competitive. Actually, what is fascinating for people is not just the smartphones. Yes, you heard it right; it is not just the smartphones, but the brands and their owner’s; these owner’s strategies and their processes that lead to brands evolvement. From this bigger picture, it becomes difficult to extract people’s attention towards the real and core challenge faced by the masses. People have started buying smartphones ignoring one’s need for it and its purpose in their life. Various studies reveal that the term ‘Smartphone Inseparable Syndrome’ has hit like a plague and has affected everybody from kids to adults. It has become important to make them think responsibly and limit the use of these artificial devices to an extent. The idea is ‘to be smart and buy smart’.

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Hence, the outcome is this article, which is an attempt to draw the comparison between the flagship products, iPhone X and Galaxy S9, of two major manufacturers of smartphones, Apple and Samsung. Later, I would also an emphasis on why only specific users should opt for iPhone.

To begin with, iPhone, undoubtedly, is the most powerful smartphone in the market with myriad features but at the same time, it can burn a big hole in its owner’s pocket. Considering the fact that a big hole means big damage, I have compiled the latest hardware features of Apple’s flagship phone ‘iPhone X’ and compared it to Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Read on and find out how the actual numbers, such as mAh, GB, PPI, and GHz, help in deciding the right phone for any general user. The higher the number the better it is, does not hold completely true for a smartphone industry. Sometimes, the smaller the better also works here.

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Apple’s Flagship Phone ‘iPhone X’ vs Samsung’s Galaxy S9

  1. Display:

iPhone X is the first iPhone ever with the biggest screen display measured at 5.8 inches diagonally and its resolution is 1125 * 2436 pixels. This makes out the pixel density of the iPhone X to be 463 PPI which is way less than the pixel density, measured at 549 PPI, of Samsung Galaxy S9.

  1. RAM, Storage, and Extended Memory:

RAM is a primary memory of a phone which is the more the better. It makes switching between applications quicker and enabling users to multitask faster. Talk about iPhone X, it offers 3 GB RAM which is half the gigabytes provided by Samsung i.e. 6 GB. As far as internal storage is concerned, both iPhone X and Samsung offer similar gigabytes, which is 64 GB. However, when two are weighed in terms of an added value, Samsung Galaxy S9 wins over iPhone X by providing an expandable memory feature that can go up to 256 GB but is not an option in iPhone X.

  1. Processors, Architecture, and Battery-life:

There are these three parameters, such as processors, architecture, and battery-life that define the productivity of any device.

  1. Processors:

A mobile processor is the brain of a device that is divided into three types:

Processor 1: Processor’s performance largely depends on faster clock speeds (measured in gigahertz) and lesser die sizes (measured in nanometer) which make the most of the brain of your device.

Processor 2: Furthermore, dual or multi-core processors may indeed be a better fit but having at least two cores is obviously better to divide the workload of multiples apps on these cores.

Processor 3: Additionally, mobiles with multiple cores assign one of these cores to low-power tasks that can be quite helpful to perform useful tasks while your screen is off which does not suck phone’s battery life.

  1. Architecture:

Next factor that adds up to the real-world performance of a device is its architecture.

Most mobile phone processors are built on ARM or ARM64 which are better architectures than X86 or X64.

  1. Battery Life:

Another most important factor that plays a vital role in device’s performance is its battery life. Measured in milliampere hours (mAh), the higher the mAh value the better the battery lasts.   

To sum up their differences, iPhone X uses Apple’s A11 Bionic and Samsung Galaxy S9 uses Exynos 9 Octa 9810. If I further break it down based on the understanding of above parameters, both of these have following things in common: Multi-core processors (with die size as 10 nm, which is lesser than their previous versions) with higher clock rates and 64-bit ARM-based SoC which is the best architecture to stick with. The actual difference lies in the battery life of both. iPhone X has 2,716 mAh of battery life whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9 has 3,500 mAh of battery life.

Conclusion

The idea here is to make people think that one should use smartphones as per their maximum technical acceptance of the device. Never buy phones merely to boost your social image and stave off your social-acceptance hunger. Last but not the least, only those users who live in Apple’s ecosystem where they can effortlessly connect their Macbook, Apple TV, Watch, and other Home-affiliated smart devices should buy flagship phones like iPhone X.

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