The Noisy Neighbours: Meet The Smartphones Hoping To Knock Apple's iPhone X Off Its Perch
In the eyes of many, Apple takes the throne as the single biggest name in smartphone technology. Under the visionary guidance of Steve Jobs, their introduction of the iPhone a decade ago sparked something of a revolution in the industry and formed a blueprint in how to produce devices that are brimful of clever technology.
Although the ten years that followed hadn’t always been plain sailing for the tech giants, Apple’s iPhone is still widely regarded as the cream of the crop when it comes to smartphones. Their release of the luxury model, iPhone X, gave us a glimpse of a future of even fewer limitations on the potential that handheld devices can possess.
Despite its evident quality, the iPhone X hasn’t exactly been jumping off of shelves - and lower sales have paved the way for competitors to finally stake a claim as the better producers of high-end smartphones. Here, we assess Apple’s noisy neighbours and take a look into whether they can compete at the pinnacle of smartphone technology and practicality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
When talking about Apple’s competitors Samsung is usually an early mention, and here it’s no exception. Samsung’s Galaxy series has been a wildly successful hit in recent years on the Android market, and their Galaxy Note 9 is an excellent and beautiful competitor to the iPhone X.
With up to 512gb of storage available the Galaxy Note 9 certainly has the power to cater for all needs, and with dual 12-megapixel cameras to boot this phone caters to even the most prolific of shutterbugs.
Powered by a 2.7 GHz Octa Core Processor and 1.8 GHz Octa Core Processor accompanied by 6gb of RAM, this smartphone is a worthy competitor for the iPhone’s A11 and A12 Bionic Processor (which run on iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, according to SmartphoneChecker).
Accompanied by its freshly redesigned S Pen, the Galaxy Note 9 offers a unique level of functionality that enables users to scribble and draw to their heart's content, and boasts more features and higher responsiveness than ever before.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also pips the iPhone X for the price too.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei has long had ambitions to gatecrash the manufacturing elites in the smartphone industry, and after a series of increasingly impressive releases comes the Mate 20 Pro.
David Phelan described this model as ‘sensational’ in Forbes when reviewing the cream of the crop for 2018, and it’s clear to see why.
Boasting the very best in biometric security, including a 3D face unlock, you’re safe in the knowledge that your device will be as secure as can be when out and about. The Mate 20 Pro even has two-way wireless charging - where you can not only charge your phone wirelessly but then also use it to charge other wireless-enabled devices.
The Mate 20 Pro’s cameras are truly astounding also. With 40 megapixels worth of cameras positioned on the rear of the phone, users can take pictures with a multitude of different focal lengths.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro might well be the best Android device in the world right now, with justifiable cause to argue that it’s even better than the very best of Apple’s efforts.
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to producing screens of the highest quality. Thanks to the gargantuan television pedigree of this omnipresent company, Sony’s Xperia XZ3 boasts arguably the finest OLED display on the market. With colour-faithful video playback and upconversion from standard definition to high definition, the XZ3 certainly packs a punch for a more cost-effective super-smartphone.
If you enjoy entertainment on the go, then Sony’s high-res audio coupled with its 19-megapixel and 4K HDR camera will bring your snaps and recordings to life.
The XZ3 is also a smartphone that’s been built with convenience in mind. With Sony’s one-handed usage feature, users are capable of using their handsets quickly and efficiently even if they only have one hand free by launching a pressure sensitive mini-menu designed to be easy to access regardless of how you’re holding your phone.
With the added inclusion of enhanced biometrics, the Xperia XZ3 seems like something of a steal from the relatively low price.
Google Pixel 3
The Pixel family has increased sizeably in recent months with the arrival of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Although the XL model’s used its larger canvas to create an extra special display, it’s the Pixel 3 that looks the most breathtaking and threatening to Apple alike.
Google excels in utilising the latest software and firmware to provide users with the most worry-free experience possible when carrying the Pixel 3.
The standard 12-megapixel camera is on a par with Apple’s iPhone X offering but the Pixel 3’s ‘Night Sight’ feature may give Google’s offering the edge - where users have the ability to take photos in very low light surroundings with very little end-product quality diminished.
The Pixel 3’s Snapdragon 845 processor, although not quite as powerful as the A11 Bionic processer under the bonnet of the iPhone X, is a respectable and very usable engine. The 4GB of RAM supplied can also make all but the most demanding of functions a doddle.
The Google Pixel 3’s biggest appeal is no doubt its price.