If you're shopping for a new smartphone, there's a good chance three options immediately come to mind: the iPhone X, the Galaxy S8, or the Google Pixel 2. Your buying decision might come down to whether you're more comfortable using iOS or Android. But for those who are struggling to decide which phone is best, or simply just want to get a better sense of how each phone differs from one another, here's a closer look at the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy S8. While more powerful processors, sharper cameras, and better screens have become routine annual updates, 2017 was the year that smartphone makers began to rethink design, too. All three companies released new phones with screens that cover nearly the entire front of the device, resulting in a look that's more slick while also offering more screen space. And, most importantly, the new edge-to-edge design on the iPhone X, Galaxy S8, and Google Pixel XL means you're getting a bigger screen in a phone that's not noticeably larger, which makes them easier to hold than big-screened devices of years past.
For the past three years, Apple's iPhones haven't changed much. Or, at least they didn't appear to on the outside: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all maintained the same slim, aluminum-crafted design with a circular home button at the bottom. Each phone came in the same size options: a 4.7-inch standard model or a larger 5.5-inch version. The new iPhone, which starts at $999 and begins shipping on Nov. 3, represents the most significant design change Apple has made to the iPhone in years. Apple's new flagship now has a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen that's more vibrant than ever.
Between all the makes, models and sizes out there, buying a new smartphone can be a dizzying experience. Should you get an iPhone or an Android? Do you want a massive phablet with a giant screen, or a more modest and pocketable phone? Do you care about having the latest and greatest camera features, or are you O.K. with something more modest?
Samsung's latest pair of iPhone rivals, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9, hit stores on March 16. And this year it's all about the camera: Samsung's new phones have a mechanical dual aperture that can adjust depending on the lighting and a new Super Slo-mo feature that automatically creates GIFs from your footage. If you're switching from an Apple iPhone, there are plenty of more subtle features that have existed on Samsung phones and other Android devices for years that may be worth paying attention to. After spending more than a week using the Galaxy S9 instead of the iPhone X, here are five features that stood out to me that Apple's smartphone is missing. The screen on Samsung's smartphones can show information like the time, date, battery level, and notification icons even when the display is turned off -- essentially allowing it to double as a bedside clock.
The good: Premium design, long battery life, great camera, helpful stylus The bad: Bloatware, Edge panel doesn't add much to the experience Who should buy: Those seeking a larger-sized Android phone, especially for productivity After a quick tap, the tiny red light began to gleam. This signal indicated that the device was scanning my irises to make sure I was authorized for access. This isn't an excerpt from a science fiction novel -- it's how I've been unlocking my phone over the past week. An iris scanner is among the standout features on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, the latest device in the South Korean company's series of large-screened, stylus-toting Android smartphones. The Note 7, which launches on August 19, is a modest but welcome improvement over its predecessor, offering a more ergonomic design, an enhanced stylus, the same camera as its Galaxy S7 cousin, and some software tweaks.