I'm often asked why someone in the wireless industry would still be using a three year old iPhone 6s+. As I use my 3.5mm earphone jack every time I get on an airplane, I didn't like the fact that Apple took this away on the 7 series . I spoke to an Apple "Genius" trying to explain that it's not just having to use a stupid adaptor that I'm going to lose eventually. The deal breaker was not being able to charge the device while listening to my Amazon Prime Music.
Apple's iPhone 8 did absolutely nothing for me. The 8+ on the other hand, had a better shooter and integrated dual optical image stabilization and was very tempting. Unfortunately, it still had Apple's obsolete bezel. I decided to wait for the iPhone X to come out before upgrading, as it's features looked intriguing.
Don't get me wrong. The Apple iPhone X is beautiful! What's not to like? The 5.8" edge-to-edge OLED screen, glass body, Facial recognition, wireless inductive charging, and lack of the home button make this device unique to Apple. Before pulling the trigger though, I figured it best to wait for the first wave of reviews from my fellow analysts and first adopters. Apple sold this device on sex appeal and assured everyone during their launch that the glass was the most durable of any iPhone ever. What a crock of s**t, according to CNET and several other organizations that performed drop tests. The iPhone X turned out to be far more fragile than all previous models. Yes, the phone has sex appeal but anyone buying one is an idiot not to immediately put a case on it. It gets worse. Apple doubled the price of Apple care on this device from $100 to $200. Technically, AppleCare does not cover customer abuse (dropping it). They will charge $179 for screen replacement with AppleCare. Repairing just the screen of an iPhone X without AppleCare will set you back $279, but it gets worse. When Apple assesses your phone for what it calls “other damage,” repair fees could surge as high as $549. This was enough to make me evaluate what these kinds of features would cost on an Android Google platform model. What I found was Samsung's S8+ offered even more features and functionality than the iPhone X without sacrifices.
The above picture of my new phone looks like an iPhone X. After all, it has the edge-to-edge screen, facial recognition, lack of home button. The difference is my new phone has an 6.2" screen, Facial recognition and Iris scanning, Biometric finger print sensor, and yes... the 3.5mm jack. Did I mention it's water resistant too? The S8+ reviews were phenomenal and it's been out long enough for all the bugs to be worked out.
Samsung also made it super easy to move from my iPhone to Android Nougat 7 with their amazing Smart Switch, content transfer tool. It was just like moving from one iPhone to another. Nearly everything moved over including my screen saver. About 98% of my Apple Apps also moved over too which I found amazing. The Facial recognition feature is a bit buggy but the IRIS scanner is killer. Remember, Samsung actually makes Apple's OLED screens. They have offered these Super Amoled screens for the last 5 years on most models so it ticks me off when I hear Apple talking about how state of the art their new screen is.
Obviously, this is just day two with my new Galaxy S8+ so it's too early to review GOOGLE's OS. I can say that after using an iPhone 6s+, this new S8+ blows the doors off it for web browsing. I've been watching the Hawaiian Pro Surfing contest (above picture) at Haleiwa, Hawaii and that 6.2" screen is amazing!
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.