Apple vs Samsung- Which is better?

This has been a “war” going on for ages, both between customers and the developers themselves. For those who don’t know, these two companies have been in a feud since 2012, where Apple successfully sued Samsung for copying the iPhone’s design. The amount? One billion dollars.

After this, Samsung managed to get the price lowered from a billion down to 400 million. Still a ridiculous amount, but it’s a big change from a billion dollars. With this, Apple still won, but Samsung’s attempts to lower it succeeded, which was kind of a slap in the face to Apple. Even so, a billion dollars isn’t much to these two companies. They could both pay it off many, many times. For those who don’t know, however, just a few days ago this court case was declared to be tried again.

At this point, however, Samsung’s essentially won the battle. Since the original case was in 2012, the company’s managed to develop from iPhone clones into genuine, different phones- their Galaxy line. Even if Apple now wins, the Samsung product isn’t their main product anymore. They’ve developed far past it at this point, it’s own software almost superior to Apple’s.

Samsung’s display, for instance, easily surpasses Apple’s. Take the newest models of both- The Galaxy S8, and the iPhone X. The X’s resolution is 2436 x 1125 pixels, which is 458 pixels per inch. The S8 surpasses this with a resolution of 1440 x 2960, which beats the X with 570 pixels per inch, making it much sharper and a better quality screen.

Design wise, Samsung wins as well. While the X’s only bezel, or non-screen part of the phone, is a small section on the top holding the front camera and sensors, the S8 has a small strip on the top and bottom of the phone. While you’d think this is a win for the X since there’s more screen space, it’s quite the opposite. Because the X has the notch for the camera in the top, the screen is no longer rectangular. This means that game developers have to quickly change their games to fit the new design, or a portion of the game would be blocked off by this notch. Along with this, video watching would now either have a black bar by this notch or just be cut off, due to most videos being filmed on rectangular screens, whether on a computer or another phone. The S8 doesn’t have to deal with any of these issues, making it much more straightforward and easier for app companies. To further this, the S8 has small curves alongside the left and right edges of it’s screen, allowing slightly more space for video and a menu function to appear when swiping from these edges. The X doesn’t possess these features, which is another plus for the S8. Finally, in terms of colors available, the X only has two colors for it, Space Grey and Silver, while the S8 is available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold, although these colors are not available everywhere.

Now, in terms of price, Samsung wins once more. The X starts at $999 for it’s 64GB model, and $1,149 for it’s 256GB model. The S8 is only available in its 64GB model for $725, although it has an Micro SD card slot that goes up to an additional 256GB, totaling at a possible 320GB. The SD cards come at less than $50, meaning that the Samsung is not only cheaper, but has more storage.

In the end, however, it’s all down to personal preference. I prefer Apple just due to the simpler design and OS, while many out there prefer that of Samsung’s. All in all, you should just get what you want instead of what that of others want.

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