iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9: which one would you buy?

iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9: which one would you buy?
Well, Apple and Samsung's heavy hitters for 2018 are out. Sammy's Note line has always been a representation of what the biggest and meanest Android smartphones can do. And Apple's Plus-sized smartphones are... well, slightly better than the non-Plus ones. Except, this year around, it's called Max.

So, in Samsung's corner, we have the Galaxy Note 9, with a Snapdragon 845, 8 GB of RAM, a massive 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2960 pixel resolution, and the beloved S Pen — an unrivaled smartphone stylus. The camera has a 2x telephoto lens and a "normal" lens for your Portrait Mode and Auto needs, there's a blood pressure meter, heart rate sensor, a fingerprint scanner, and an iris scanner on board. Yeah, Samsung packs these things to the brim.

You can get the Note 9 in either 128 GB or 512 GB storage variants, costing $1000 and $1250 respectively.

On the Apple side, it's a 6.5-inch, 1242 x 2688 screen with the controversial notch on top, next to no bezel all around, Apple's very impressive A12 Bionic chip inside with 4 GB of RAM to help it out. The iPhone XS Max sports a dual camera on the back — one normal lens, one with a 2x telephoto lens. Apple's done with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner — the new iPhones have the Face ID tech only, and if you want to get some fancy health-related meters, you'd have to invest in a separate Apple Watch.

Admittedly, the Apple Watch Series 4 is pretty awesome.

So, the iPhone XS Max comes in variants of 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB, with prices of $1,100, $1,250, and $1,450.

So, yeah, the two phones are comparable in terms of price. If you were to splurge $1k+ right now, in this very moment, which of these phones would you buy? Feel free to explain your motivations in the comments below!

Which of these would you buy?

Apple iPhone XS Max
Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Related phones

iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)
Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)




Posts: 939; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I want useful features and a phone that charges. Note 9.

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Don't overcharge it mate, it might become Note 7.

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Ok... But whats about your use and throw... iCrap.

90. andrewc31394

Posts: 297; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

valid sentences would be appreciated

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

like an ex trying to throw shade at someone's fiance... you just keep bringing back old crap what about bendgate? which could easily cause a battery issue.... everyone has moved on to current issues, try to stay up on the news if you come here

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

At least it can be charged, unlikely the latest iPhones.

16. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I never said it can't be charged just avoid overcharging. Note 7 was hell of a explosive.

80. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Since then it has been iPhones doing all the catching fire and blowing up, but of course you blindly ignore that.

88. h4ck3d

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

i hope your iphone doesn´t bend, have a good wifi and celular, charges every time you want and doesn´t shave your beard.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can't overcharge NY phone because chargers turn off when battery is full. Stop crying like IPhones have never caught fire. In fact more IPhones have done so vs the Note 7

82. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'm honestly laughing at the amount of energy y'all put into responding to a dense guy like this.

3. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Difference with this poll results will be, Apple users actually going to buy XS Max and Android users just voting Note 9 but they won't going to buy one (very few might)

5. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Possibly both ways, I know quite a few people that said they would like the Max but cannot justify the price. Likewise I know people that would prefer the Note 9 but will not because alternatives that offer similar (bot not equal) performance and functionality. As for me, I put my money where my vote is...I have a Note 9 and resisted the Max. I may still purchase one (should they fix antenna performance), but only after seeing the Pixel 3 XL in person (and hopefully a third Pixel variant).

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because every Apple user here can afford the new iPhone? Classic ignorance and denial.

29. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

More like the opposite of what you have mentioned in reality as Apple failed to justify the price they ask for. If they want to be lucky, just don't forget to tip them to at least put a dongle and fast charger brick+(higher quality)cable before they suck dry their sheep's hard-earned money?


Posts: 417; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

These surveys like this is pointless. Basically saying do you want Android or iPhone. Most iPhone user stay iPhone users. Most Android users move to other Android devices because they're plenty of options.

6. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Couldn't be anymore correct for 85-90% of voters!

7. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Neither! My IPhone X is still rocking!

10. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Winner for this poll - note 9 But in reality, iphone Xs Max will sell like hotcakes and note 9 will be treated like s9. Well good enough for freebies for Samsung next flagships.

11. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So true!! Unfortunately most will not give the Note 9 a try because iPhone is ingrained in the minds of all. Great devices (okay interface) and ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING Marketing. Would be surprised if they pushed upper phones to $2k. I hear my son talk about $300 hoodies and $100 jeans, $500 shoes, etc, etc... I you can make people feel good about a purchase (I belong to an exclusive club), they will come and spend money. Apple Marketing is the best, sorry Mr. Koh

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The Note is a unique device that has no equal. Oh and it wasn't meant to be a top selling device either. Samsung will still sell the most phones overall. OH and fact is, any product that is high end where the producer also sells mid and low end products, the lesser costing ones will sell more. If Apple was to sell a $600 iPhone right now, they would have lower sells at the top end. No one cares about sales but fan boys. Apple is suppose to sell their phone. If they don't, too bad!

25. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"If Apple was to sell a $600 iPhone right now," they do that already and even cheaper. But Apple users like to buy the newest more expensive models.

37. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And that's why each year more older models get sold than new ones.

58. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Lol iPhone X was the bestseller. Sit down.

41. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Without knowing why they are buying it.

70. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

he is talking about latest phone

12. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Cause apple lies .

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The Note just give you more for the price. Period. More storage, more ram, high standard resolution, better stereo sound, bigger battery, fast charger, premium headphones, a jack, adapters, more productive, better cameras, more useful features like it retains its GPS, more secure Iris Scanner and so much more. The new IPhones are nice, but considering price; the Note or S9+ is a better buy.

27. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That was funny. Yet iPhone is faster, have better screen, have better stereo sound, have better battery life, have better cameras, both still and video and did you really say iris scanner :D

42. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well an iris scanner is more secure than face id

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