Which $1,000 phone would you rather buy? (poll results)

Which $1,000 phone would you rather buy? (poll results)
Apple's iPhone X (released in November 2017) seems to have inaugurated a new era - one of mass-produced smartphones priced at around $1,000 or more. In the US, we now have three flagship handsets from well-known companies that cost $999 or $999.99 (not literally one thousand dollars, but pretty much the same thing). We're talking here about smartphones that are officially sold Stateside and aren't special editions of otherwise normally-priced devices (like the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design is).

Besides the iPhone X, the $1,000 US smartphone club includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. Of course, it needs to be mentioned that, while the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9 are offered both unlocked and via all relevant carriers, the Xperia XZ2 Premium comes only unlocked, being compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Our question to you now is: which of these $1,000 smartphones would you rather get (assuming you haven't bought one already)? Our poll below also includes an "Other" option, just in case a different handset priced at $1,000 has caught your attention. Also below, you'll find reviews of the iPhone X, Galaxy Note 9, and Xperia XZ2 Premium.

Update: Poll results are in. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 alone received 58.05% of all votes, followed by the Apple iPhone X with 26.54%. Sony's Xperia XZ2 Premium is way less popular - at least among our readers - having received just 6.23% of all votes. Surprised?

Which $1,000 phone would you rather buy?

Apple iPhone X
26.55%
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
58.04%
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
6.23%
Other (explain in the comments if you like)
9.18%

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191 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2219; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I chose the iPhone X because it is the shortest and narrowest. The other phones are great but way too wide for me.

2. djinn911

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I already bought the note9. It's been in my possession for a day and I gotta say, other than the size of the phone I'm totally loving it. My last note was the note2 and I was always more deviated towards the s line. Coming from the s7edge I am really loving the new features it is providing and I bet if you want to spend your 1000€£$ it should be the note9 if you can handle the size.

19. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 996; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The S7 Edge was a let down for me, after having to switch to it from the Note 7. Now a day into rocking my Note 9 and couldn't be happier

32. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The S7 Edge was awful.

82. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Dude...... then had he swallowed into a refurb due to screen burn in?! That's when I agreed with everyone about samsung phones lagging. All my brand new phones worked great but that S7E was terrible.

173. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

But why? S7 edge worked just fine... great actually.

183. Saqlain

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Come on!! it was an awesome device

92. djinn911

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I myself had mixed feelings about the s7edge when I first got it as I came from OneM8 which was far superior in terms of sound quality and build (that thing was built like a tank seriously). Back then a phone for me was something which I used for texting and watching my media. I wasn't into gaming or media creation like taking pics or videos so the bad camera of m8 was palatable for me. Coming to s7edge I was frustrated with the random touches caused by the edges when used single handed. The sound quality from speakers and as well from the headphone jack was a joke. I even thought if my decision of going with the edge version was wrong but then later the phone grew on me. I was always fascinated with it's display and camera and then being a Samsung I knew it will hold on to it's value when it will come to resale and it did. Like I said, apart from the size I am happy to be in this familiar ecosystem and now that I am also in media creation and gaming on phone, I am happy with my decision of getting the note9. Who knows maybe it will become my favourite smartphone of all time (which is currently held by the original galaxy s i9000 and closely followed by the m8)

171. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I had the s7edge as well it was ok but after that I didn't want sammy for a while so I bought the p20 pro and after a sammy phone I am always surprised how snappy and responsive could be a phone outside of the sammy's world. Not a perfect phone like the AOD is still like beta but it is actually cool. I thought I would never buy a phone with notch without mSD slot and without jack and then I bought this. The notch you basicaly cannot see after 2 days, the jack is not missing since I bought a HTC dongle which sound far superior than sammy's dac and the mSD is still misiing however only the copy time is the issue...

182. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Available@$830 in India..

3. Knownhost

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

Note 9 is the more capable device. Not sure it's worth a grand, but it's the best phone on the market at the moment.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30784; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Easily. I’ve doing comparisons between it, and my X, and it’s almost embarrassing how far ahead the Note 9 is. These 2018 iPhones had better be truly revolutionary, or else.

25. Taphius

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Dont use the term, really ever, but the note is freaking lit. Haven't touched my 8 plus since I got it and dont see me doing so unless io12 does something magical. This literally checks every box on the sheet

33. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Isn't iOS 12 already out?

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30784; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Beta.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30784; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm blown away. Once you get into the Note 9, and just start seeing what it does, and how good it works...its just crazy. Samsung hit a homer with this. This phone is amazing. And all the damn storage lol. I have the 512 Blue, and a 256 gig SD card in it.

28. c.m.s

Posts: 217; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Come on, don't kid yourself. Note 9 is certainly a nice phone but its hardly revolutionary in comparison with Note 8, so it's just a matter of taste as its always been. You seem to like your pen and split screen, and thats fine. Note 9 is a better phone for you but hardware wise the Note 9 is hardly "embarrassing far ahead". Personally I could not care less about those features.

41. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Sad but true... My iPhone X is a mini speaker right now because the speakers on it are that good... If Apple doesn't bring it in a few months I may take a few years off from them until they catch up...

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 30784; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The X is great, but the Note 9 just put every phone on notice. If the 2018 iPhones don't wow me, I'm keeping my X for another year. There's some features I have to see implemented, before I give up more money. This Note was expensive enough, and I'll need more than a 6.5 inch screen to shell out even more. I also bought the Galaxy Watch, and I'm very impressed with Tizen 4.0, it's a nice update.

150. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I bought the Galaxy watch as well and 2 things I've found already to be a issue. For the life of me I can't tap the screen to wake it up and if I get a call the watch will vibrate but it will not show on the screen until the phone stops ringing... Other than that it's a definite upgrade from the gear s3.

172. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What’s so great about the note 9.(that’s not androids doing) pluss there won’t be any surprises this year from apple. Better camera, better p.....hardware upgrades. Bigger x model, cheaper x model. I don’t even see what’s the big deal about the note 9 compared to the note 8. If you’d like everyone’s getting over excited over the phone just to say it’s better. To me this doesn’t really change anything apples still sets the bar that all phones are ultimately set to. The iPhone X is the only reason you are seeing $1000 phones. That part sucks. None of these photos are really that innovative iPhone included and it’s kind of thought of the way the computer Went. Nothing really new but minor hardware upgrades and slight design differences. Honestly it’s kind of depressing that all I really got to look forward to the iPhone X plus.

64. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The speakers are about the only thing that I can see that's good on the iPhone X. I just don't see what's so special about it. I don't think they did enough to justify it costing $1K especially when it doesn't even have a fingerprint scanner.

67. Leo_MC

Posts: 6349; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It doesn't even have a physical keyboard or at least a home button...

110. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. It has neither, but they have the nerve to ask $1K for. Even the flipping Note 9 has a headphone jack and a fps.

143. Leo_MC

Posts: 6349; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Exactly: for $1k I would want a phone that has a corkscrew... or at least a pen; sure no right minded man uses a phone to unscrew a bottle and the pen is just as good as the finger, but at $1k the phone needs to have the corkscrew.

170. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Everything is worth exactly what people pay for it.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

X pluss

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I chose the Sony simply because their native PIM apps are the best in the Android landscape. To me it makes no sense to have to download another calendar, contacts or email client because the native app is not as intuitive or feature-rich. BlackBerry is far and away the best but their hardware is not there yet.

6. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

"hardware is not there yet." Perhaps once again you see the point that I have been trying to get across.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nobody's ever denied that TCL's hardware offerings were nothing more than mid-grade. The DTEK60 was borderline flagship but that was a proof of design concept and not much else. As usual, your statement is pointless.

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