First, to help support our own decision to buy this or that. Second, to see what differences there are between various products, especially those we own and use that are made by Apple. Here’s a good example of how it’s done.
Mine. Is. Better.
Jurica Dujmovic decided to compare an Apple iPhone Xs Max to a Galaxy S10+. That’s not exactly a flagship to flagship comparison– Galaxy Note 10 is not out yet– but close enough.
One of these smartphones wins in three key categories
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then so are important key considerations in a product shootout. A $200 Android smartphone can top iPhone Xs Max in at least three key categories, right?
Samsung brings overwhelming competition to market
Overwhelming? I don’t think so. Apple will sell more iPhones than Samsung sells premium Galaxy models. Samsung does what it always does. Bullet points. More bullet points than iPhone.
Whether you’re a diehard Apple fan or someone who dislikes its products, you have to agree that, under Tim Cook’s rule, the company has underwhelmed on innovation.
How does facial recognition work on Samsung’s Galaxy models? How has Samsung’s smartwatch done against Apple Watch? How well does Bixby stack up to Siri? I could go on, but you get the idea.*
Innovation is in the eye of the beholder.
The California-based company co-founded by the late Steve Jobs has reinvented itself as a luxury brand.
Uh, no. Apple has always been the premium brand and remains the premium brand. Not much has changed since I bought my first Mac back in the last century.
It seems to me that this product comparison was finished before it started.
Apple routinely follows its Android-based rivals, and adds an overblown price tag and downright horrible customer service and tech support that’s been going on for quite some time.
Have you ever talked to a Samsung employee at the Samsung Store or taken a Samsung product back to the Samsung Genius Bar?
Cherry picking is an exercise in argumentation futility, Jurica. Shame on you.
Price – Samsung offers more bang for your buck.
Uh, no. Samsung’s models are less expensive and come with more features– many of which do not work very well, but price is not an issue. Somehow Jurica forgot about resale value. Whatever you pay more for an iPhone vs. a comparable Galaxy model is made up in resale value.
Power – Samsung has more of it.
Uh, no. Samsung has more RAM, yes, but Apple’s iPhones routinely outrun Samsung’s best in performance. As to display resolution, nobody can tell the difference between them, specifications not withstanding.
Innovation – Samsung leads the way
If by innovation you mean a whole bunch of bolted on features and functions that do not work well or seldom get used, then, yes. Samsung leads in mediocrity.
It takes little effort to stack the deck against one product when you favor another and that is what happens with most product shootouts. Was there mention of all the malware that thrives on Android smartphones? Was there mention of all the privacy problems with Android itself?
No. Why not? That would mess with the narrative that Apple has lost its way and Samsung is a smartphone from God. Stacking bullet points is an easy endeavor but comparing what counts– usability, frequent OS updates, privacy and security– all the things that matter to users, seems to have been lost in the shoot out.