There must be something in the air. Maybe there is something in the water. How do you explain all the new smartphones that appear at about the same time each year?
It is the season of dissatisfaction. No matter what we bought last year, we must be getting older and ugly this year, so this year we get new smartphones; Lots of smartphones, more smartphones than you can easily compare or contrast, and more than you can find in any store. Here is my list of flagships.
Yes, I know that most of us have dozens of applications on our smartphones these days; social media apps, email, browser, photo processing, games, but high on the list of bragging rights is the camera. What kinds of pictures can you bring the latest and best camera? That's what we want. Oh, and big screens. Apple invented the big screen smartphone, you know?
Flaggskip smartphones have a lot of features these days. High-resolution monitors, high-resolution cameras, fast processors, and batteries, fingerprint sensors and face detection, a few buttons, some waterproof and good, speakers and microphones.
In other words, all the good phones are the same as each other.
Showing – Smartphone screens come with some basic considerations. OLED vs. LCD. PPI (pixel density) versus resolution. Size vs Case Size. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has the largest screen size; half a inch bigger than iPhone X. The smallest screen among new smartphones is iPhone 4 on 4.7-inch and Google Pixel 2 on 5-inch.
The pixelthet race belongs to Sony Xperia YZ Premium of 807 PPI vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 at 567 PPI. Apple's iPhone X-paths to the middle with 458 PPI. Samsung owns the so-called screen-to-body relationship, thanks to ultra thin fittings and a small chin and forehead. The iPhone X is quite tight. Google Pixel 2 decided to stay home with the best iPhones among the lowest. Ditto for Samsung has most models with the lowest thickness. Or, highest thinness. All iPhones are among the heaviest models.
Waterproof – Apple claims IP67, a standard for dust and water resistance, but LG and Samsung models have higher speeds.
RAM and SSD ] – For whatever reason, RAM-blocked privileges are something for some, and are completely ignored by others. OnePlus 5 has 8GB of RAM while the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have 3GB of RAM. RAM specifications are just not what they used to be. Pentium, anyone? Storage options are across the board, but Apple is the leader of the package. Most new smartphones start with at least 64GB of SSD storage, but only Apple goes to 256GB, most others only to 128GB, although some models have removable SSD storage.
CPUs – Apple rolls with A11 Bionic in iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, but elsewhere it's either Samsung, Qualcomm or a cheap knockoff. The winner? Apple. Nothing else is close.
Cameras – They have all front and rear cameras (or are they back and front?). Cameras can be measured in megapixels, and for some, like GHz, it is still important. It does not. What matters is the image or video itself. Apple is in love with 12MP sensors on the backside (I'm sure it's back) and a measly 7MP on the front but it does not matter. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus rank among the tallest smartphone cameras in almost any test. Samsung is excellent. Even Google's new Pixel 2 models score high. The Sony Xperia YX Premium has 720p HD video at 960fps slo-mo. New iPhone 8 models and iPhone X make 1080p HD at 240fps.
Battery – From what I can tell, batteries in today's smartphones are measured in two ways. Total capacity of mAh. It does not matter. All that matters is how long the battery lasts during the day.
Conclusion – In the case of hardware, Apple is a medium-sized player, except in terms of CPU performance, camera performance and storage options, where it stands out. In terms of price tag, Apple excels at the high end with iPhone X, which reads a $ 1000 card, and Galaxy Note 8 about $ 60 less, Google Pixel 2 XL of $ 50 less, and all other manufacturers and models for special less. Interestingly, iPhone 7, which was new a few weeks ago, is among the least expensive.
Charles McLellan has all details of each individual with some lists and graphs. There is no mention of the most important factor among specifications. Software. iOS vs Android.