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
26.52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
73.48%

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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Galaxy Note9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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