High end phones cost a pretty penny, but the sort of performance and features you get for the money are the result of billions of dollars of R&D budgets combined with decades of expertise in the field. This segment has the most cut-throat competition, with phone makers sparing no quarter to deliver the best of what they have got. Let’s take a look at three such phones from Samsung, Apple, and Google and see which one emerges victorious.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2: Display
Not matter how you look at it, this is a no contest. As of this writing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has the second best display in the world. Since the Apple iPhone X isn’t in this list, that automatically makes the Galaxy Note 8’s brilliant Super AMOLED display the best one here. And why wouldn’t it be the best considering how it sports an ultra-wide 18.5:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 2960×1440 within a 6.3-inch bezel less form factor, amounting to a pixel density of 521ppi.
Between the Google Pixel 2’s Full HD AMOLED screen and iPhone 8’s lower resolution IPS LCD screen, the former beats the latter despite its quality control gremlins. By the virtue of having a higher resolution, it offers greater pixel density and hence a sharper image, while also sporting better contrast ratio and colour reproduction. The Google Pixel 2 comes second with the iPhone 8 being the last in the display stakes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera setup isn’t about DOF gimmicks, but the unit actually manages to capture some jaw-dropping photographs. The dual camera setup employs a pair of 12-megapixel sensors equipped with the advanced dual pixel PDAF and OIS for really fast and sharp photo capture. The wide aperture also helps the phone excel in low light photography.
The iPhone 8’s 12-megapixel camera is nearly identical to that of the Google Pixel 2, sporting the same goodies such as OIS, PDAF, and multi-tone LED flash. The Pixel 2, however, has a sensor with a few more pixels and laser assist to its autofocus system. However, in the real world, the iPhone 8 tends to outperform the Pixel 2 in most use cases. For this reason, the iPhone 8 comes second and the Pixel 2 third.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2: Performance
Apple did a pretty good job with the A11 Bionic processor powering the iPhone 8. The new hexacore CPU paired with NVMe support and new instructions catering to AI and machine learning has put the A11 ahead of the competition. The iPhone 8 powers ahead of the competition with strong single-core and now a competitive multi-core performance as well. Needless to say, the iPhone 8 is the best performance phone here.
The Galaxy Note 8 performs really well with the Exynos 8895 Octa SoC and doesn’t exhibit the stuttering witnessed in the Galaxy S8 phones. However, that’s still no cigar compared to the powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC found in the Google Pixel 2. What sets it further apart is the painstaking performance optimisation, which leads to the smoothest and fastest experience you can on the Android ecosystem.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2: Price
The Google Pixel 2 wins hands down due to the generosity of Tata Cliq and Croma, which are selling the phone for a massively discounted price of ₹50,000, as opposed to the regular price of ₹61,000. Between the iPhone 8 (₹ 60,000) and the Galaxy Note 8 (₹67,900), the former wins by a margin of ₹7000, which is not very substantial when considering high-end smartphones, but still a victory nonetheless.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 vs Google Pixel 2: Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wins this by a long shot. It has the best camera and display, but what sets it apart is its gorgeous bezel-less design and terrific construction quality. Samsung has put all of its manufacturing and R&D might into this phone and it shows. The iPhone 8 comes in second, thanks to a powerful new SoC, great camera, and blazing fast NVMe storage. The Google Pixel 2 comes in last despite having the lowest sticker price.