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Gear Lust – iPhone X vs Galaxy S9


Today we do a comparison between the iPhone X vs Galaxy S9. If you haven’t heard, both are currently at the top of the smartphone heap. So naturally, we can’t help but wonder which is better.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?


The cheapest iPhone X (64GB) costs $999, while the S9 starts at $720. Its higher-end S9+ has an SRP of $840. Those are also 64GB models, but iPhones, they can be expanded with the addition of cheap MicroSD cards.

Take note that the iPhone 8 Plus, which has nearly all of the X’s features, has a price tag gloser to the S9+, but the iPhone 8 has larger bezels.

Edge: Samsung

Headphone jack

This one’s another clear win for Samsung. It has a headphone jack and the iPhone X doesn’t. The X requires you to use a dongle for regular headphones, use Apple’s Lightning port headphones, or you can use the Bluetooth option on both phones.

Edge: Samsung

Software and ecosystem

Android Oreo 8.0 vs iOS 11 is pretty much like comparing apples to oranges (pun intended), but switching from either is a big deal. If you have deep ties to one or the other, this might be another easy deal-breaker.

But even if you’re neutral on your OS preference, remember that your OS choice has impact beyond the phone. For instance:

  • If you already own all of your TV shows on iTunes, you won’t be able to access them on a Galaxy phone.
  • Own a HomePod? Also no good on Samsung.
  • Google services are much more Apple friendly, but still not 100% compatible.
  • You can send audio and video from some but not all of your iPhone apps to Chromecast devices.

Edge: Depends on what you want


Both devices use glass-on-glass designs with metal frames and barely-there bezels. The S9s have curved edges and screens that appear to spill over the sides. The iPhone X bezels are slimmer top to bottom, but you get the intrusive notch at the top.

The iPhone comes in monochromatic Space Gray and silver, while the S9 comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple and Titanium Gray.

Edge: Depends on what you want