What should my next phone be

I’m going to start saying I’m no expert in the products review market. I’m just posting what I researched in a nice way, so I can show it to my wife. She recently started to ask me what phone she should get. She has been using iPhones since the 3g model. I, on the other hand, have used Android and iOS. I wanted to tell her what I truly believe is the best phone for her needs is and not just say “Oh, get the new iPhone”. Yes, that’s the easy way, but it’s not fun. To be honest, I was really disappointed with the new iPhone release. Yes, the processor is incredible and the iOS always had a better performance than Android, but I’m still not that impressed. Especially considering the new phone costs $999+.

Oh, I will also say that I’m biased towards Android. I’ve worked in that OS and had good phones (for my needs). That’s why I wanted to do this research.

Below there will be a quick and short compilation of data I’ve collected for some flagship models. I separated in four topics: 1) Operating System; 2) Camera; 3) Benchmark; and 4) Price.

OS: Android vs iOS

First, there is an important aspect that I needed to analyze: the operating system. It is one of the core components of the smartphone. It is responsible for managing the memory, I/O operations, CPU usage, battery, etc.

The resource management on Android is known to be worse than iOS. iPhones usually have less memory and less battery capacity. Still they often perform better than other top Android phones. With that said, the Android flagship models tend to have more memory and the batteries with more capacity to compensate this problem.

Some topics are not strictly related to the OS, but since it ships with all devices that comes with the specific OS, I thought it would be a good idea to point it out. Here is a list of topics that is easy to understand and compare:

| | Android | iOS | | ————- | ————- | ————- | | App Store | Google play | Apple Store | | File management/sharing | Just plug in your computer | Requires itunes | | Source model | Open Source | Proprietary | | Update | Patches containing bug fixes can vary depending on the manufacturer | Only depends on Apple | | Number of apps | 3.3 millions | 2.8 millions | | Widgets | Yes | No | | Root\Jailbreak| |Yes| |It’s possible, but requires much more effort| | Wi-Fi call |Google hangout | Facetime | | Market share | 87% in 2017 | 12% in 2017 | {.table}

List of features you can find on Android and not iOS: * Multiple windows (split screen) * Multiple modes for silent/non disturb * Clear all apps * Native swipe keyboard * Turns screen on when you make some movements (check your time) * More options to organize apps in home screen * Prioritize notifications * NFC can be used by apps * Google daydream a virtual reality platform {.table}

List of features you can find on iOS and not Android: * Physical button to silent phone * Air drop * iMessage

Camera & lens

Great cameras are always something I expect from flagship models. There is a company called DxOMark that is great at rating the quality of the cameras and lens. Also, they just updated (as 2017) the new way the test is scored, because the smartphones are adding more and more features (like bokeh, which is how blurred the background is). It’s unfortunate that some of the phones I was researching were not scored using the new test yet, like the Galaxy S8\S8+ or the LG V30 (which I’ve heard it has an exceptional camera!)

Here are the results: | Phone | Photo score | Video score | New test | | —— | ———– | ———— | ——– | | Samsung Note 8 | 100 | 84 | ✓ | | Pixel 2 | 99 |96 | ✓ | | iPhone 8+ | 96 | 89 | ✓ | | HTC U11 | 90 | 89 | ✓ | | Samsung S8 | 88 | 88 | | | OnePlus 5 | 87 | 86 | | | LG V20 | 86 | 82 | | | LG G6 | 85 | 83 | | {.table}

Besides that score, I also collected data from other sources that contain other information such as the camera speed, so you can take that pic at the right moment! This information was collected from phonearena. | Phone | Time to take a pic (in s) | with HDR (in s) | | —— | ———————- | ————– | | iPhone 8+ | 0.95 | 1.58 | | Motorola Moto Z2 | 1.1 | 2.1 | | Pixel 2 | 1.1 | 1.8 | | Samsung S8 | 1.2 | 1.3 | | Meizu MX6 | 1.2 | 2.5 | | HTC U11 | 1.4 | 3| | LG V30 | 1.6 | 2.15 | | Samsung Note 8 | 1.7 | 1.96 | | LG G6 | 1.7 | 2.7 | {.table}

Benchmark

I saw that many benchmarks are used for phones, but I wanted to pick only one. I found one called [link AnTuTu|http://www.antutu.com/en/] that seems to be well accepted by the community. This company tests many aspects of the phone like CPU usage, battery, ram usage, time to load apps, etc. The iPhone 8 shows incredible performance compared to the Androids… the new processor and the kernel optimizations really make the difference here!!! Below you can find the scores for each phone also from phonearena/antutu:

| Phone | AnTuTu score | | —— | ————- | | iPhone 8+ | 220618 | | OnePlus 5 | 178968 | | Motorola Z2 | 177318 | | Samsung Note 8 | 175439 | | LG v30 | 174456 | | HTC U11 | 172131 | | Samsung S8 | 166646 | | Xiaomi Mi 6 | 160053 | | LG G6 | 157208 | | Google Pixel | 141405 | {.table}

Price

Going to Amazon/Google and some carrier websites I found the current prices in the table below. An important thing to notice is that I found a BOGO (Buy One Get One) for the LG and Samsung phones on Verizon’s website. They were was also offering the Google VR handset as another option if you didn’t want to get two phones. So, if you are in doubt about some models check some carrier promos.

| Phone | Price (in US) | | —— | ———— | | Xiaomi Mi 6 | N/A | | LG G6 | 480| | OnePlus 5 | 545| | Motorola Z2 | 545| | Samsung S8 | 625| | Google Pixel 2 | 650| | HTC U11 | 650| | LG v30 | 800| | iPhone 8 | 830| | Samsung Note 8 | 930| | iPhone 8+ | 935| {.table}

Summary

  • With this research I could see some other phones that were out of my radar, such as the OnePlus 5;
  • It was also interesting to see how well the iPhone is performing. I don’t remember the gap of the benchmarks being so apart from each other;
  • The lack of features the iOS is disturbing, although Apple is catching up;
  • When we are ready to purchase, we are definitely going to see if there is a promotion before buying.
  • We are torn between the S8 and the Pixel 2 for now, but if there are promotions like the one I saw for the LG V30 we might get that 😉

Updates

[10/21/2017] Apparently the Pixel2 is having problems with the OLED display. The tones of white and the contrast are funky. The display is built by LG and is the same used on the LG V30… [12/15/2017] My wife got the S8. The camera is fantastic, the design is amazing (I really like the infinity screen), it has a lot of perks that are great. I just didn’t like the fingerprint sensor at all and the battery life. I got one phone that I didn’t mention here, the Moto G5 Plus. The motorola G5 Plus is amazing. The fingerprint scanner is amazingly fast, the battery lasts 2-3 days, the phone does everything I need and more. The price is sweet too; 250 dollars for the version that has 64gb of storage and 4gb of ram or 200 dollars for the 32gb/2gb!

Sources

http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/iphone-android-comparison/index.html http://www.diffen.com/difference/Android_vs_iOS https://www.androidauthority.com/android-vs-ios-682005/ https://www.dxomark.com/ https://www.phonearena.com/phones/benchmarks https://www.amazon.com/


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