So, which flagship did you like better? Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2

So, which flagship did you like better? Galaxy S9 vs Xperia XZ2
MWC has been a bit... less intense this year and we only saw two major flagship launches from the big players out there. We got the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, followed by the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. And both entries are quite good!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 refines on the S8 formula with very slight design changes, stereo speakers, the introduction of Super slow motion on Samsung's side, AR Emoji, Portrait mode for the S9+, and the cool new variable camera.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 got a redesign with a super-wide 18:9 screen ratio, a fingerprint scanner for the US market, its own 3D Creator Avatars (custom emoji), the weird dynamic vibration, Super slow motion upgraded to 1080p, and 4K HDR video recording.

It's also worth noting that Samsung kept the 3.5 mm headphone jack, while the usually traditionalist Sony did not. Otherwise, both devices sport the best hardware available, but differ greatly in software — Samsung's UI has everything and the kitchen sink thrown in, while Sony prefers to go light on its Android reskinning.


So, which one of these did you like better?

Which one did you like better?

Samsung Galaxy S9
57.37%
Sony Xperia XZ2
42.63%

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Xperia XZ2
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3180 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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75 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

Both boring as shït.

4. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I agree. Both of them are boring....

15. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Your obsolete phone without features is more fun, is not it? LOL

16. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I didn't knew that Pixel XL 2 is obsolete.... Thanks for the info...

37. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Love my Pixel 2 Xl... The only thing that I want now is wireless charging and a dual camera with 2x zoom (come on Google). Thought 2x zoom was bleh at first, but it comes in handy when filming sports and you don't want to bring the DSLR.

41. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

more than the xz2 sip or not lol

44. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

no wonder why you think it's boring. Its really all brand loyalty at this point

18. Jacksie66 unregistered

My XZ Premium feels far from obsolete. At least I have a headphone jack..

62. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Savage AF.

65. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I told it to the one below, (pixel 2) I also have a xzp whith slowmotion, 3d creatoe etc lol

45. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

LOL!!!!!

57. thxultra

Posts: 436; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree nothing on the S9 worth having over the S8. I would save my money and get a S8 when the price drops.

2. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Sony is on the wrong way so I choose S9 although it doesn't has really good things but it still much better than XZ2

10. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I would have choosed XZ2 if they have used AMOLED. IMO Sony looks better.

69. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The phone is a brick at 200gr and 1.2cm thick.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Voted for the sony .. the S9 announcement was cold note 8 owner .....

52. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The announcement was terrible, but s9 is still a better phone.. I would vote for P20 if it was an option, or neither.

5. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Xz2 innovo s9 copied features 2017

53. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

You mean that innovative feature "missing headphone jack"?

66. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

If that one that has dac

7. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Voted for the XZ2 because it's more interesting to me.

9. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

I'd pick the S9. Did anyone realize that the S9 was about as much of an upgrade from the S8 as the iPhone 8 was from the iPhone 7?

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Samsung for hardware Sony for software

23. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Totally with you on this one. I'd definitely go for Samsung for the hardware, but considering that nowadays phones become just screens, software design takes presence over hardware design and Samsung interface is for me a joke. So, with heavy heart, Sony again.

46. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

samsung software is great. the New Samaung Exp. 8.1 and 8.5 don't lag

49. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I didn't mention lag. The design is a joke; with a Samsung phone you have a Samsung Experience aesthetic while navigating the home screen, settings and Samsung apps; and a Google Material Design aesthetic while using Gmail, Play, Chrome, Assistant, Drive, Wear etc. You jump incoherently all the time between two different designs and Samsung knows it but doesn't give a s... as long as it locks you to their own ecosystem. And don't let me start with its update policy. Sony adheres to Material Design principles and no matter whether you are using Sony or Google apps, the design is unified, just like with an iPhone. As an additional benefit you get around 4-6 months faster Android updates.

58. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Obviously it's been a while since the last time you used a Samsung flagship. The theme manager that was introduced with the S6, doesn't just change the home screen of the launcher, it changes how all native apps look, notifications bar, keyboard, lockscreen, settings menu. In other words, it changes everything that isn't a 3rd party application. So, downloading a stock like theme addresses ALL the issues you just talked about.

61. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'll check this with my friend's Galaxy S8 or my J5. If you're right I'm getting an S9. If you're wrong, you pay me beers.

63. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If you were in my country, I would've literally paid for your beer either way lol

64. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Looks like you owe me a beer, Maherk because from what I found in the internet, settings, notification bar and nav bar iconography cannot really be changed with themes, only the colour. And the nav bar is one of the things that looks totally Samsung and not stock Android at all. Correct me if I'm wrong please.

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