Earlier today, I got a chance to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, touted as the biggest rival to Apple’s iPhone X.
After spending some time with Samsung’s 2018 flagship devices, here are some of the features I would love to see coming to iPhone 9 or iPhone XI and whatever Apple ends up calling the next generation iPhone X.
1. Notch-less Design
Samsung Galaxy S9 with its Infinity Display with 92 percent screen-to-body ratio looks absolutely stunning. It reminded me again that I hate the iPhone X notch. It is impressive what Apple has managed to pack in the notch with the TruDepth camera system, but Apple needs to get rid of the notch if it wants to win back the crown of the most beautiful smartphone.
Similarly, Samsung Galaxy S9’s edge-to-edge screen looks stunning, but I am still not convinced we need the curved edges around the sides of the phone.
DeX is Samsung’s innovative dock feature that allows you to use your premium Samsung Galaxy phone as a desktop computer. Samsung had launched it last year, but it had a few annoying limitations. The new version of DeX addresses some of the limitations.
The apps that support a DeX mode offer a much more desktop-like experience. The latest version of Dex Pad also allows you to use the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ as a trackpad so you don’t need a mouse to use the apps. Samsung plans to also add a software-based keyword, though I don’t think the small keys would be very convenient for typing. I wasn’t able to test the DeX feature, but I have always wanted to be able to hook my iPhone to a monitor and use it as a desktop computer.
3. Variable Aperture Camera
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ come with a 12MP Super Speed DualPixel AF camera at the rear. The highlight of this new camera is the f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture. The Galaxy S9 is the first phone in the market to feature this technology which we have so far only seen in digital cameras.
The variable aperture allows the Galaxy S9’s camera to automatically adjust the amount of light it can absorb. In low-light, the S9’s camera opens the aperture to f/1.5 which allows it to take in more light. Combined with Samsung’s new multi-frame processing algorithm and the Galaxy S9 is able to capture better low-light photos with lower noise levels. In daylight, the camera switches to a f/2.4 aperture to limit the amount of light coming in thereby so as to prevent the image from being overexposed.
4. Ultra-Slow Mode
You can take a 0.2 seconds video at 960 fps slow motion at 720p. The iPhone X can currently shoot slow-mo videos at 240 fps at 1080p. The time limit may seem low, but some of the ultra-slow motion videos that I have seen are quite impressive. You can even set the ultra motion video as a wallpaper, which is quite cool.
5. Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
I am adding this for all the readers who would still prefer the option of having the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in addition to Face ID. The only problem with the all-screen design of the iPhone X is that the Touch ID would have to be at the back, which isn’t going to be as convenient as the Touch ID in the Home button or in the display.
Oh, by the way, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ also feature headphone jacks. I am sure many of you would love to have it back, but it would be wishful thinking so I didn’t mention it in the list above.
Were you impressed by the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+? Let us know which feature Apple should steal from the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.